# Strategies for helping at home Multiplication3 x 5 = The children have been learning the multiplication symbol as "groups of". So they would read this calculation as 3 groups of 5. To work this out they could count in groups of 5, three times using their fingers. E.g. 5, 10, 15. The answer is 15. (see video below)

## Multiplication DivisionE.g. 12÷2 = There are two different strategies the children have been taught to work out division calculations.  1. To share - The fist (largest) number in the calculation shows how many there are to start with and the second number is how many you are to share it into. e.g. you have 12 sweets and you are to share it between two people. How many would they get each. To work this out the children could draw two circles and share 12 dots between the two circles, and see how many dots ended up in each circle. 2. Grouping - How many groups of 2 are in 12? To do this we can count up in 2s until we reach 12. Then see how many groups we have. We can use our fingers for this. This is the most efficient method. (see video) If we are unsure how to count in 2s we could always draw a picture of 12 in twos and see how many groups of 2 there are.

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