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Errors and misconceptions: Reception multiplication and division

Objective 6: Solve problems that involve finding halves

Reception Key Objective Use developing mathematical ideas and methods to solve practical problems. (NNS Framework for teaching mathematics, Supplement of examples, Section 4, page 20)
Associated knowledge and skills Errors and misconceptions Questions to identify errors and misconceptions Teaching to address the errors and misconceptions Next steps in moving towards the Key Objective

Solve problems that involve finding halves.

6 YR

When halving, makes two unequal groups or splits a single object unequally.

6 YR ×/÷

How many sheep in the field? Can you put half of them in the pen? How many are in the pen? How many are in the field?

Practical activities with different numbers and types of objects to experience halving. Include activities involving measures; for example capacity, mass, money.

Extend to activities that involve the child.