Watch out for these tricky elements that can appear in your child’s Maths questions! Take extra care not to fall into these traps.



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





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.





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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