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YR2 maths homework, how to help her......

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npg1 Wed 09-Sep-09 21:11:44

Hi. Bit stressed at mo, DD who is nearly 7yrs old, just started in YR2 is now having homeowrk every night. Monday night it was english which I can deal with. Tonight was maths and it was hard for her to understand. for instance, it was divided into 3 sections A, B and C and she had to do all 3 sections.

Sec A was (example)

14= blank+ 4
18= 10+ blank
16= blank+ 6
and so on with different questions filling in the blank numbers

Sec B was

24= 20+ blank
87= blank+ 7
49= 40+ blank
and so on filling in the blanks.

Sec C was write the value of the underlined digit (not sure how to underline on here so will write in brackets)

524 (5 being underlined), so answer is 500
362 (6 underlined) answer 60
689 (6 underlined) answer 600
and so on.

This homework took us 30 minutes. She got sec a and b but sec c was quite hard for her.

I am unsure how to teach this to herand help her understand, any advice/ ideas would be great please!

Goblinchild Wed 09-Sep-09 21:17:12

You can use an abacus.
Or £1 10p and 1p coins.
I'll try and find a link to place value arrow cards which are a very easy and fun way of understanding what's happening.

Goblinchild Wed 09-Sep-09 21:20:27

If you colour all the hundreds red, the tens yellow and the units green, it makes it easier to see which digit you are talking about.

BuckRogers Wed 09-Sep-09 21:30:45

1) Cut 3 different colours of paper into strips. On one colour write units, 1,2,3 etc on another write the tens, 10, 20, 30 etc then on the other write the hundreds, 100, 200 etc.

2) Put 3 strips together to make, say, 156. Lay the 100 on the bottom, place the 50 on top of it but slightly to the right so the 1 is showing but not the zeros. Lastly, place the 6 on top but to the right of the 50 so the zero of the 50 is underneath.

3) Make lots of 2 and 3 digit numbers then way. Read them then separate the 3 pieces to show the value of each digit.

Basically you are trying to show that the 5 in 153 is actually 50 rather than 5 and therefore is not the same as the 5 in 275.

It's a place value exercise and is really good at showing the value of the digits.


BuckRogers Wed 09-Sep-09 21:33:00

BTW, that piece of homework is quite advanced for a child just entering Y2. Your DD is obviously quite able in maths so don't worry too much. smile

thirtypence Wed 09-Sep-09 21:34:18

Ds would have understood the logic of c rather than it's real meaning and would have completed the homework that way.

It's her teacher's job to help her understand place value - she is the one who has been trained to explain it properly. If she hasn't managed it (and it takes more than once for every child to totally get it) then I don't think you should beat yourself up that you didn't.

I like buckrogers idea though.

movingnow Wed 09-Sep-09 21:37:44

Seems quite advanced, ds started Y2 this week and we're just on reading homework.

npg1 Wed 09-Sep-09 21:41:20

Thank you everyone for your help and I will look into it. She understood a and b but c was quite difficult and we are having this every night now!

Thank you

trickerg Wed 09-Sep-09 21:43:13

This is an absolutely appalling way to introduce a 6 year old to year 2. Homework every night? 3 sections of maths? Why? sad

I'd take the teachers out at dawn and shoot them.

movingnow Wed 09-Sep-09 21:48:19

Is this a private or state school?

Goblinchild Wed 09-Sep-09 21:53:50

Because the teacher is being an idiot. The book sounds like it has A B and C so that you have differentiated questions. You pick ONE for the child to do, not all three. Check the school's homework policy, I can't believe it says nightly for any primary child if it's a state school

npg1 Thu 10-Sep-09 19:42:12

Back again, it's private school she goes to. I spoke to the teacher today and they are havig a piece of english homework on mondays, a piece of maths on wednesdays and abit over weekend so wont be every night (panic over!)

And yes, she had to do all 3 sections!

trickerg Thu 10-Sep-09 20:22:39

We did this same exercise with tens and unit dice the other day in class. I could tell who could do 'partition', and who couldn't, thereby making an initial assessment of the children's knowledge of place value. Your daughter's teacher won't know who has had help from parents and who hasn't, so making this homework a complete waste of time!

BTW have you seen the decahedronal 0-90 and 0-9 dice? They are great for throwing tens and units - for practising place value, adding tens and units, etc. Y2 children love them.

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