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National Curriculum: Addition and Subtraction - Year 6 - Articles

Created on 14 October 2013 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 18 December 2013 by ncetm_administrator


This research outlines possible reasons for misconceptions in most areas of mathematics. The section written by Mark Carpmail discusses why children in Year 6 may have difficulty with addition and subtraction.

This research looks at the connections between working memory and children’s mathematical achievement. In this study, thirty-five children in Year 5 were given tasks designed to measure their phonological working memory, visual working memory, inhibitory skills and their mastery of addition and multiplication facts. It makes very interesting reading and is very relevant to children in Year 6.

This research compares the responses of 11 year olds to two questions relating to the sum and difference of two numbers. The first question was asked on a Key Stage 2 National Curriculum test and was presented in algebraic form. The second question was presented as a word problem and was designed to be more accessible to children. Fewer children were successful in solving the problem expressed in words, although more attempted it than the version presented algebraically.


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