Primary maths: Calculations with four operations

Ensure primary pupils are confident when calculating with the four operations using these classroom activities, lesson ideas, games and displays

Tes Resources Team

Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication & Division Symbols To Represent Primary Calculation With Four Operations

Top resources to make sure that pupils combine addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with confidence

At the heart of most mathematical problems is the requirement to add, subtract, multiply, divide or, more commonly in real-life, a combination of the four operations. Not only does this mean that students need to be fluent with all of the processes, but they also need to know which order to use them. Sounds tricky? It doesn’t need to be with this helpful collection of ready-to-use resources, all created by members of the Tes community.

Classroom activities

Practising these types of questions is all about helping students to select the right tools to solve the problem. Even within this selection of resources, there is a wide range of activities to keep your learners stimulated.

 

Four Operations Problem Solving Cards
krisgreg30

Four Operations Problem Solving Cards

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40 cards that look at addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Handy to just give children as a challenge task or a starter to get them thinking, with questions that challenge fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Written with 5/6 in mind but could be used in other year groups.
Year 6 - Four Operations - Weeks 3 - 6
MKConnolly

Year 6 - Four Operations - Weeks 3 - 6

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Four weeks worth of resources on four operations. This bundle contains all four packs on Year 6 four operations and covers all small steps within this topic. The resources aim to help children gain a deeper understanding of the concepts covered in the topic. The resources include pictoria...

Lesson ideas

Most of the frustration surrounding the four operations is based on using them in the wrong order. That’s why it’s worth taking the time to clearly explore how it all works with help from these straightforward explanations.

 

Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
krisgreg30

Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

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A Powerpoint that looks at the relationship between addition and subtraction and between multiplication and division. Useful as an introduction or a recap for children, exploring the links between operations as well as introducing algebraic links for children and the way in which the equals sign c...
UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) Ordering calculations using BODMAS
MikeRichards

UKS2 (Year 5 and Year 6) Ordering calculations using BODMAS

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Learning Objectives Starter: \- To perform (mental) calculations. \- To revise factors, multiples and prime factors. Main Lesson: \- To solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and a combination of these, including understanding the meaning of the e...
Calculations with four operations
Mathematics Mastery

Calculations with four operations

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Mathematical discussion is a key element of the [Mathematics Mastery programme](http://www.mathematicsmastery.org/?utm_source=tes&utm_campaign=tes_mastery_corner&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=tes_talk_task). Talk Tasks are a brilliant way of enabling pupils to develop their mathem...

Games and displays

Along with being popular amongst students, games are a great way of securing understanding as they provide the opportunity to visualise the problem and the solution. Plus, visual prompts, such as displays around the classroom, can be just the reminder a learner needs to succeed. 

 

Dice Game for Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication.
smidgealot

Dice Game for Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication.

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Suitable for paired or individual work. Also great as a holding activity. Roll the dice, write the number in the first box. Roll again then add/subtract/multiply the two numbers. Record on the worksheets. There are 4 worksheets that are great to photocopy and reuse. Differentiation: lower abil...
Multiplication, division, addition and subtraction challenge
rooney33

Multiplication, division, addition and subtraction challenge

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3 quizzes to reinforce multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. In the multiplication crossword pupils have to solve the operations and then complete the crossword using the answers. In the addition and subtraction challenge pupils complete the sums then look for the answer in the word se...