Combining division with addition and subtraction

Spine 2: Multiplication and Division – Topic 2.28

Primary KS2 Year 6
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Learn to combine division with addition or subtraction. Revisit the use of brackets to change the order of operations. Build on knowledge of the distributive law.

Teaching points

  • Teaching point 1: Division can be combined with addition and subtraction; when there are no brackets, division is completed before addition or subtraction; when there are brackets, the calculation within the brackets is completed first.
  • Teaching point 2: When adding or subtracting division expressions that have a common divisor, the distributive law can be applied.