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The following are some areas of Numeracy that we cover each week in Primary Four.  The activities mentioned are either attached as downloadable/reference documents (big pics) or have been sent home in booklet form (small pics). 


Please resist the temptation to let your child work ahead of what is recommended each week as, if we return to school before the end of June, we will try to pick up from the point we have covered on this site.  If you find that your child copes particularly well with any task, please avail of the links at the bottom of the Contingency Resources to extend their learning and practise skills in different ways.


Thank you,

L. Neill and R. Millar

Mental Maths (daily)


The Daily Mental Maths Book activity covers a wide range of skills and should be read and completed independently. 

Mon- Fri (pg 54 & 55)

Tables (daily)


The tables for the week should be practised and rote learned for rapid and accurate recall.  The children know that multiplication is simply repeated addition and have shown their understanding of this in class.  There are many games and songs available online that may help with the retention of facts.


This week's times tables are revision of x3/x4. 

Practise counting in 3s and 4s to help recall the answers quickly.


Play Buzz with your family. 

Begin counting from 1-30 (3s) or 1-40 (4s). 

You are not allowed to say the tables answers but instead say Buzz. 

The next person carries on counting from the next number. 

If you say the answer, the wrong number or hesitate too long, you are out! 

When you get to 30/40 just go back to 1 and start again


(i.e. 1, 2, Buzz, 4, 5, Buzz, 7, 8, Buzz etc or 1, 2, 3, Buzz, 5, 6, 7, Buzz, 9, 10, 11, Buzz etc)

Have fun!!!!


Read the page carefully and ask for more explanation if necessary.

Complete the task into your Numeracy Classwork Book

Set out neatly with 'date' and 'w.a.l.t.:use the x3, x4, x5 tables'

Take your time, answer carefully and then check!

Numberwork (Mon and Tues)

There will be two main pieces of Numberwork each week which we usually complete on a Mon and Tues. 

We use practical materials as much as possible to explain new concepts which will mostly be replaced by PowerPoint presentations or explanation pages on this site. 


Tens and Units vertical subtraction - with exchanging (Mon)



 - begin with the units column

 - if the number on the bottom is bigger than the top then you must exchange. (see explanation page below first)

 - then take away the tens

 - check that your total makes sense!


Complete the associated activities on pg 33 & 34 in Tens and Units - Subtraction Book



Tens and Units addition - no exchange


There is no need to exchange if the Units total is 9 or less.

Tens and Units addition - with exchange


You need to exchange if the Units total is more than 9.  

Every exchange has to be fair...10 Units for 1 Ten.

Tens and Units subtraction - no exchange


You don’t need to exchange if the top Units number is bigger than the bottom one.

Tens and Units subtraction - with exchange


If the top Units number is smaller than the bottom one, you must exchange.


Every exchange has to be fair...1 Ten for 10 Units.

Using the Text Book (Tues)

NHM3 Text Book pg30

You do not have a copy of the text book so the page below is for reference only.  You should complete the activity carefully into your Numeracy Classwork Book.  An example of how to set it out is given below.


Read the questions carefully.

Set your page out as in the example with one number to one square.

Rule the lines with a ruler!

You have to change each sum from a horizonal format to a vertical one.

Remember: if the units number on the bottom is bigger than the one at the must exchange.

Measures, Shape & Space and Handling Data (Wed)




Continue investigating the area of shapes by looking at the PowerPoint below again and then completing the page from the text book that follows.  Answer this in your Numeracy Classwork Books, using the squared paper to accurately complete part 3 & 4.