Greater than and fewer than

This week in Maths we have been using ‘greater’ and ‘fewer’ to compare 2 digit numbers. We started by thinking about other words that mean the same as greater than and fewer than.

Our teachers wanted us to explain how we knew which number was greater than or fewer than. We decided we could explain by comparing the number of tens and ones in our numbers.

We took our learning outside and used natural materials to make each number using tens and ones. Then compared our numbers using our mathematical vocabulary.

Have a look on Seesaw to see some more videos of our reasoning.

How to support at home: 

  • Notice numbers in the natural environment – what do you know about them? Discuss the place value of each digit in the numbers you find e.g. 54 is made of 5 tens and 4 ones. How could you regroup the number? e.g. 50 + 4 = 54, 40 + 14 = 54.
  • Use objects from around the room to represent tens and ones and use them to create 2 digit numbers.
  • Use mathematical language, such as greater than and fewer than in everyday situations.
  • Encourage your child to play Numbots regularly.