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National Curriculum: Number and Place Value - Year 4 - Activities

Created on 11 October 2013 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 07 August 2015 by ncetm_administrator


Programme of Study statements Activity
Count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1000.              
Find 1000 more or less than a given number.            
Count backwards through zero to include negative numbers.                
Recognise the place value of each digit in a four-digit number (thousands, hundreds, tens, and ones).              
Order and compare numbers beyond 1000.              
 Identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations.                
Round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000.                  
Solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above and with increasingly large positive numbers.              
Read Roman numerals to 100 (I to C) and know that over time, the numeral system changed to include the concept of zero and place value.                  

Activity A – Some games that may be nice or nasty

This a variety of activities that can be teacher led as a whole class or used in pairs or groups. Use dice or spinners to generate single digits to be placed on a place value grid to create four-digit numbers. Whoever has the larger four-digit number wins etc. Take the opportunity to randomly ask, “What is 1000 more?” or “What is 1000 less?”

Activity B - The Thousands Game

Children pull digits out of a bag to create 4 digit numbers and compete and compare. Take the opportunity to randomly ask, “What is 1000 more?” or “What is 1000 less?”

Activity C - Place Value KS2 KS3

Children should be given a copy of one of the grids within the document and asked to place their digits in various positions. This activity can be made as simple or as complicated as required. Teachers can take the opportunity to randomly ask, “What is 1000 more?” or “What is 1000 less?”

Activity D - Clapping Times

This activity is similar to the traditional game Fizz Buzz and can be played as a whole class. In pairs or more, children take turns to count and clap in ones, clapping loudly on their chosen/assigned multiple, therefore practicing counting in selected multiples. This activity can be easily adapted for multiples of 6, 7 and 9.

Activity E - Music to My Ears

This activity can be teacher led or played in pairs or more. Clap and click a rhythm (or use musical instruments) using the selected multiples. Ask questions regarding what will come next, what will happen on the 100th beat? In pairs or more use different multiples and predict when there will be a clap at the same time etc.

Activity F - Count from a Random Number

This is a quick activity. Count forwards and backwards as a whole class e.g. “6, 12, 18, 24,

30, 36, now back again 30, 24, 18, 12, 6.”

Generate a random number by asking a child or rolling a dice. Now count forwards and backwards. E.g. a child chooses 23 as the starting number and you all count in multiples of 6 so “23, 29, 35, now back again, 29, 23, 17, 11, 5, -1, -7”

Or you count in thousands so “ 23, 1023, 2023, 3023, 4023, 5023 now back again 4023, 3023, 2023” etc.

Roll a dice, get 3, then say “ 3, 4, 5 now back again, 4, 3, 2, 1 , 0, -1, -2, -3, -4, -5” Try to do it reasonably fast.

Activity G - Sea Level

The picture shows a lighthouse and many underwater creatures. If you know the markings on the lighthouse are 1m apart, can you work out the distances between some of the different creatures?

Activity H - Money Bags

An investigation involving money that begins: Ram divided 15 pennies among four small bags. This activity can be extended.

Activity I - Rounding Quiz

A motivational activity to practise rounding skills with multiple choice answers, which spell out a joke and punch line.

Activity J - Roman Numerals

A fun interactive activity to learn and use Roman numerals.

Useful Resources

Dice and spinners interactive

Counters, dice, digit cards including negative digits, money, place value grids, arrow place value cards, place value blocks or interlocking mats, percussion instruments, multiplication charts for 6, 7 and 9, multiplication square, Multiplication tables ITP, Place value ITP, Thermometer ITP.

(NB The three ITP resources above were produced for the Primary National Strategy, which was formally discontinued in 2011. However, the resources have the potential to complement teaching in line with the new 2014 mathematics curriculum)


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12 September 2016 14:25
Emma - thanks for your comment. It's an NRICH game, so yuo'll need to contact them: details at http://nrich.maths.org/contact.
12 September 2016 14:15
The sea level game is a nice idea BUT the base of the lighthouse is so dark that you cannot see the black markings. PLEASE can this be rectified?
07 August 2015 10:54
We appreciate you bringing this to our attention. The link in Activity C points to content on an external website. The location of external content may be subject to change without our knowledge. Fortunately, in this instance, we have found where the content has moved and have updated the link on our page.
07 August 2015 10:15
The link for Activity C is broken. Is it possible to update please?
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