PRIMARY MATHS HACKS
Watch out for these tricky elements that can appear in your child’s Maths questions! Take extra care not to fall into these traps.
MATHS HACK #1
John had 12 lollipops. He shared them with 3 friends. How many lollipops does each person have?
Key word: Share (so John is included)
Incorrect: 12 ÷ 3 = 4
Correct: 12 ÷ 4 = 3
MATHS HACK #2
The total age of John and Ken is 18 years. What is the total age of John and Ken 5 years later?
Correct: 18 + 5 + 5 = 28
Key point: Add the number of years twice because there are 2 people. Add 3 times if there are 3 people.
MATHS HACK #3
The distance between two trees is 8m. 5 trees are arranged in a straight line along the road. What is the distance between the first tree and the last tree?
Key point: Use your hand to identify the number of gaps between trees. The number of gaps in always 1 less than the number of points.
Correct: 4 gaps x 8m = 32m
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