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Tuesday 12th May


Hello my maths superstars!

Yesterday we practised finding the difference - a type of subtraction calculation where 

you count up from the smaller number to the larger number. 

Look at the calculation below to remind yourself.



Last week we practised subtracting a number, using a unstructured number line and partitioning the number we were subtracting into tens and ones. Here is an example from last week's work.



Do you remember when it is better to use which method? frown

  • Finding the difference by counting on is better choice when the numbers are close together.  E.g. 76 - 69 = 


  • Subtracting by partitioning is a better choice when the numbers are far away from each other. E.g. 78 - 36 = 


TASK Today I would like you to sort the calculations by which method you would use. 

Draw a table in your book like the one below. Then sort the calculations.



Fancy an extra challenge? 

Can you complete my calculations?   Then can you write 3 of your own calculations for each method and place them in your table. GOOD LUCK!


Now remember both methods will give you the same answer, if you have calculated correctly. Some people always use just one method to solve all subtraction calculations and that is fine, while others will have lots of different methods!


In Year 2 we learn that some can be more efficient and we learn lots of different ways. People often have a their own favourite way to calculate - what's your favourite? Why not ask your parents too! 



Today we are going to look at a set of important words that we need to learn in Year 2. They are called common exception words and today for your activity you will need an adult to help you.   Your helper will need to read out the text with words for you to spell. You will have your own sheet, the same as your helper, but with missing words and all of these words are common exception words. 


When you have finished, mark your work together and see which words you need to practise and mark them on the grid of words. Keep this grid and keep practising. 


Mental Health Week Activity 2

How did you get on with the activity yesterday? Did you find it harder to think of 5 positive things about yourself than other people?


Have a look at the powerpoint/PDF below that will tell you a little bit more about what exactly mental health is.



Today I would like you to complete the activity page below. If you don't have a printer, read through the pages and record your ideas in your book. 


Finally look back at today's quote at the top of this page and say it out loud to yourself.  Discuss what you think this means with an adult at home.