Year 5 Word Problems Addition and Subtraction

Teacher Specific Information

This Year 5 Word Problems Addition and Subtraction activity checks pupils’ understanding of using the formal column method to solve addition and subtraction calculations, and their understanding of estimating through rounding. Pupils will state what error has been made in a column addition calculation, complete a column subtraction calculation, estimate the weight of parcels using rounding and then add them together, calculate the height of two children using subtraction, and use clues to calculate the number of pages in three books.

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National Curriculum Objectives

Number – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
(5C2) Add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using formal written methods (columnar addition and subtraction)
(5C3) Use rounding to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, levels of accuracy
(5C4) Solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why