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National Curriculum: Number and Place Value - Year 6 - Activities

Created on 14 October 2013 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 13 April 2016 by ncetm_administrator


Programme of Study statements Activities
A(i) A(ii) B C
read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10 000 000 and determine the value of each digit bullet     bullet
round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy bullet      
use negative numbers in context, and calculate intervals across zero   bullet bullet  
solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above.       bullet

Activity A(i)

Activities related to space will provide opportunities for children to work with large numbers, ordering and rounding. Try these:

Activity A(ii)

Activities in the context of space and the solar system also provide excellent opportunities for working with positive and negative integers. There are a number of interactive and relevant activities.

Activity B - Tug Harder

This two player game from Nrich requires the children to use their knowledge of both positive and negative numbers, and the effect they have on each other. Some useful question prompts are included too – to really get them thinking!

It is important that children become familiar with both ordinal and cardinal aspects of number so although moving along a number line is the most common way to teach negative numbers, it is also important for them to see negative numbers as the absence of something – teachers often dig (concretely or pictorially) holes to represent a negative value. You could have a lot of fun with moles and holes that will help children develop a robust concept of negative numbers.

The videos ‘Negative Numbers 1’ and ‘Negative Numbers 2’ show Josie Clark helping her class develop their understanding of the concept of negative numbers and how to do calculations with negative numbers. She takes particular care to get the children to use precise mathematical language.

The interactive spreadsheet ‘Positive and Negative Numbers - Brick Walls’ is a resource that can be used with children to discuss calculations involving negative numbers.

Activity C - Sometimes we lose things

This intriguing activity introduced children to working in base 9, with a real focus on understanding our number system more deeply.

Useful Resources

Number lines, thermometer


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