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National Curriculum: Multiplication and Division - Year 3 - Activities

Created on 15 October 2013 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 23 October 2017 by ncetm_administrator


Programme of Study statement Activity
recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables
write and calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division using the multiplication tables that they know, including for two-digit numbers times one-digit numbers, using mental and progressing to formal written methods    
solve problems, including missing number problems, involving multiplication and division, including positive integer scaling problems and correspondence problems in which n objects are connected to m objects.      

Activity A – Always, Sometimes, Never

A wonderful, generic resource that can be adapted to suit learners of different abilities as well as different aspects of the curriculum. Versatile resource to use to spark discussion and gain a deep insight into pupils’ understanding of a concept. This set is specifically for division and multiplication.

Activity B – Using pendulum to count in equal steps

Children choose their individual target table and count in steps of their chosen multiple silently in their head in time to pendulum / counting stick etc. Teacher stops and children give the number they have reached and times table facts for that multiple.

Activity C – Arrays for TU x U

Interactive website that gives the array model for the calculation and children input the missing numbers. Also provides an empty numberline representation of the calculation to support children’s developing mental strategies. Arrays can be printed / matched to word problems or children can write their own word problems for the arrays/ calculations.

Activity D – Multiplication involving multiples of 10 and 100, describing effects and moving onto modelling multiplication of 2 digit numbers

Year 3 lessons 131 – 140 from the Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching: MEP

These activities are quite challenging and are based around whole class interactive teaching with pupils having regular opportunity to explain, self correct and reason. There are a number of shorter tasks in each lesson, giving the children chance to engage with a concept in different ways.

Activity E – Andy’s Marbles

A challenging problem that requires children to link multiplication, division and fractions to find the number of marbles Andy started with. A perfect example for the use of the Bar Model.

Useful Resources

  • Counters
  • Hundred squares
  • Times table squares
  • Counting stick
  • Cuisenaire rods
  • Place value discs

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22 November 2016 20:14
Activity C is part of a colection now only available for registered users. £10 individual and £50 for a school.

By A Greig
By pass1234
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31 October 2016 09:04
Thanks for letting us know: we've updated the CIMT links.
29 October 2016 14:34
Activity D links to CIMT resources are no longer valid.
By rlbwilson
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20 September 2016 15:36
You should be able to find some activities in our (downloadable) National Curriculum Assessment Materials at https://www.ncetm.org.uk/resources/46689
20 September 2016 14:39
Activity E is to do with fractions, which I know is a by product of multiplication and division, but it's a step beyond.

Is there not a mastery activity for multiplication and division?
By tgbrock
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14 December 2014 08:34
Hi - are there any answers for the workbooks?

By saddyman1
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