To solve maths problems at year 6 it is very important for your child to be able to instantly recall addition and subtraction facts up to 20, and multiplication and division facts up to 10 x 10.
e-ako maths provides free online basic fact learning tools which will help your child learn their basic facts, as well as a collection of games to improve their speed and accuracy. If you think this would benefit your child, click to read how to access this resource (show instructions).
- To access e-ako maths, your child will need an account. You can make a new account for free, but check first whether they already have one that they use at school. If they do, they can use the same username and password to use e-ako maths at home.
- You can log in to e-ako maths or register a new account from the e-ako maths home page. If you are registering a new account to use at home you will need to click the "No join code? Click here." button and then "I am learning at home".
- Once you are logged in, click the "Basic facts" pathway from the list on the left.
- The two large green boxes at the top are 'Learning tools' which will test the basic facts your child knows, and then help them learn the ones they don't already know.
- The blue buttons below are a collection of games designed to practise basic facts to improve speed and accuracy.
- In Year 3 your child should mostly be concentrating on learning and practising their addition and subtraction facts, the buttons on the left.
Click to read about the purpose of the tasks below (show purpose).
The tasks in this section are intended:
- for students in year 6
- to complement similar class tasks
- to be a selection only of enjoyable learning opportunities for your child (and for you)
- to generate useful explanations and discussions between you and your child.
The tasks in this section are NOT:
- intended to be comprehensive in their coverage of all maths at year 6
- drill and practice exercises to learn basic facts.
These Year 6 tasks recognise that students:
- are mostly working at level 3 of the NZ Curriculum, growing in their understanding of number, algebra, geometry, measurement and statistics
- are all different, and some find parts of maths easier or harder than others
- are learning a range of approaches to solving problems that often involve several steps
- learn from and appreciate tasks presented in a variety of ways
- respond well to supportive questions from adults, such as, ‘What is the question asking you to do?’, or ‘What do you already know that might help you (solve the problem)?’
- enjoy exploring open tasks for which there can be a range of appropriate approaches and solutions
(accordingly, set answers are not included for a number of these tasks).
We suggest that you ask your child what they are learning in maths at school, and select a task from this menu.
|Big number research (PDF, 326KB)||Understand and use large numbers.|
|Weekend sports results (PDF, 291KB)||Understand the relative size of fractions and recognise equivalent fractions.|
|Parts and leftovers (PDF, 583KB)||Solve poblems involving operating with fractions.|
|What do they know? (PDF, 336KB)||Understand a variety of strategies for solving number problems.|
|Missing numbers (PDF, x322KB)||Use basic facts to solve number problems.|
|Fun with fractions (PDF, 363KB)||Use fraction circles to find equivalent fractions.|
|Friendly fractions (PDF, 313KB)||Use a calculator to convert fractions to decimals.|
|Building an eco house - a game (PDF, 1.3MB)||Practise adding and subtracting whole numbers to 100 in a game context.|
|Create 5.5 (PDF, 348KB)||Practise adding decimal numbers.|
|Pattern problem (PDF, 344KB)||Interpret a pattern and write a rule for any element of the pattern.|
|Letter puzzles (PDF, 326KB)||Solve algebraic equations - with diagrams.|
|Nets (PDF, 336KB)||Design nets for a variety of containers.|
|It's a matter of perspective (PDF, 1.1MB)||Draw two-dimensional representations of three-dimensional objects.|
|Flights of fancy (PDF, 309KB)||Make measurements to carry out a practical experiment.|
|Hot spots (PDF, 1.2B)||Read temperatures in degrees Celcius.|
|Solve it or sink it (PDF, 432KB)||Learn more about weight and area.|
|An absorbing challenge (PDF, 384KB)||Estimate and make sensible calculations of area.|
|Going the distance (PDF, 373KB)||Use a scale map to measure distances.|
|Checking chances (PDF, 618KB)||Design experiments to explore games of chance.|
|Open or closed (PDF, 1.3MB)||Design a survey to carry out at home.|
|Bargain hunters (PDF, 1.5MB)||Calculate the best value deals at the supermarket.|