Year 4 – Multiplication and division

Project Overview

The children previously knew their 3, 4 and 8 times table as they had learnt these in year 3. The children also knew their 2, 5 and 10 times tables and they had learnt these in year 2. Therefore we started the topic by going over these times tables and looking at patters to how we could use them to help us with trickier calculations. Such as using 5 x 6 and 1 x 6 to work out 6 x 6. The children used lots of counters, arrays and diagrams to help with their learning. Once the children became confident with this we then moved on to division and looked at the relationship between multiplication and division. The children soon learnt abut inverse and how using our multiplication can help us with our division. We then used counters and base ten to work out our division. We grouped and shared depending on what the question was asking us to do. Eventually, we moved on to looking at dividing with remainders. From this we are then going to move onto long multiplication and division next half term.

What The Student Says

What skills were developed?

• Children learnt how to use times tables they already knew to help with their trickier times tables.
• Children learnt the word “commutativity” and that 6 x 7 is the same as 7 x 6.
• Children learnt further vocabulary such as dividend, quotient and divisor.
• Children learnt about inverse and how this can help with our multiplication and division.
• Children learnt the different between grouping and sharing and how this can effect our answers.

What The Teacher Says

“The children showed real skill during our maths lessons this half term. They used counters, base ten and diagrams to understand the different methods of multiplication and division. I was so impressed with how the children worked together to problem solve and use mathematical terminology to discuss. The children are more confident in their multiplication and division and becoming more fluent.” – Miss Brennan Year 4 teacher.