Maths for the more able in Years 3 and 4


In Years 3 and 4, children will continue to work with partners and in small groups. They still need to Young girl with a Rubik's cubeexplore mathematical concepts through practical tasks and through solving everyday problems.

Plenty of opportunities should be given to consolidate children's learning through real-life situations such as cooking, shopping, playing board games, simple Sudoku and giving their own ideas for solving mathematical problems within the home. Eg How many weeks pocket money will I need to save to buy...? How much will we need to save every week to pay for our rides at the funfair?

They will be extending and enriching their knowledge. They will be concentrating for longer periods of time and beginning to persevere.

Some of the following characteristics may be observed:

Behaviour and learning style

  • They often communicate better with adults than their peers
  • They learn quickly and have a good memory and recall of facts
  • They often work things out in their heads, leaving out some stages that less able children need, and if wrong are able to check their workings
  • They often show unusual responses to problem solving
  • They enjoy learning
  • Sometimes they are keen to disguise their ability
  • They can appear arrogant
  • They can be highly motivated and determined with good powers of concentration

In maths specifically

  • They still need to find mathematics exciting and fun

They will be working with large numbers to solve number problems mentally eg 36 + 28 and 81-14. They will learn more times tables. They will begin to grasp significant mathematical ideas such as working out division using multiplication eg if 6 x 9 = 54, then 54 ÷ 9 = 6.


Learning with Pearson logo


Last updated: 29-Jun-2012 at 9:23 AM