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Bar Modelling in Year 3

After our recent Bar Modelling staff training, Year 3 children have been using the bar model as a method in Maths over the last few weeks.


We introduced the concept of using bars to represent amounts and even help us to solve problems by clearly showing what we need to do. The children began by using the bar model to show bonds to 10, 20 and eventually 100.

Some children then used the bar model to 10 to apply to fractions and tenths. They created fraction sentences to make a whole using her bar model which allowed them to make links.

Eventually we moved on to using the bar model to make sense of word problems before using the expanded column to answer them. The children were able to work in mixed pairs to use the bar model with their problem solving and understood how this method is really useful.