10 essential maths skills for 7 year olds
Age seven is a pivotal time in maths for young learners - with two years of primary school maths under their belts, they’re about to take on some tricky and important Key Stage 2 concepts.
As a maths teacher I’ve often considered when it starts going wrong in maths, and I believe seven is a key time when some learners start to get left behind. Sadly, more often than not, this goes unnoticed - making future progress more difficult.
This maths health checklist for seven year olds will help parents ensure falling behind doesn’t go unnoticed.
We've also developed a series of fun maths quizzes which are free and fun for kids to use and give parents private feedback on their child's strengths and identifies any areas which could benefit from a little extra attention. So why not take a Kickstart Quiz? (once you've read the article, of course!)
1) Number: Know one more or less than and ten more or less than any number from 1 to 100
"Write down the number 67 now write the number that is 10 more than this."
"What about the number that is one less, ten less."
2) Number: Count forward and backward in twos, fives and tens
"Starting at 12 count forward in twos" "Starting at 60 count backwards in tens"
3) Number: Mark and read a number on a number line:
"What number is this?"
"Mark where the number 23 goes on this number line:"
4) Number: Use place value to 100 ( tens and ones )
"What does the four stand for in 48?"
5) Number: Compare and order numbers to 100
"Put these numbers in order 27 56 23 78 14 smallest first"
6) Addition & Subtraction: Add and subtract to 20 ( including bridging 10 )
"7 + 8 = " "17 + 9 = "
7) Addition & Subtraction: Missing numbers to 10
" 5 + __ = 9 what's the missing number?"
8) Multiplication: Find double and half of a number
"Double 7 is " "Half of 22 is"
9) Multiplication: Use multiplication as “lots of” and that the answer is the same when you change the order
"Two lots of three is?" "Three lots of two is?"
10) Multiplication: Know 2, 5 and 10 times tables
"3 x10 = " "4 x 5 = " "6 x 2 = "
A good indication your child has really mastered a skill is if they can answer correctly and quickly. Being hesitant is an indication that mastery isn't quite there.
The good news for parent and learners is that addressing problems in maths is easy when children are young, and in most cases all that's needed is some regular targeted practice. This is why we designed Komodo for home use and families.
About Komodo – Komodo is a fun and effective way to boost primary maths skills. Designed for 5 to 11 year olds to use in the home, Komodo uses a little and often approach to learning maths (15 minutes, three to five times per week) that fits into the busy routine. Komodo users develop fluency and confidence in maths – without keeping them at the screen for long.