Year 3 Maths

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Skip-Counting and Tallies

cricket player and tallies

When you count in fives and tens, you are 'skip-counting', because you skip over some numbers. Can you skip-count by counting in tens? Practise now by saying all of the tens from ten to one hundred. We'll get you started: 10, 20, 30...

Now try skip-counting by counting in fives from five to fifty: 5, 10, 15... What's next? Practise counting in fives and in tens until you can skip-count quickly without making mistakes.

Now imagine you're at a cricket match. You want to keep track of how many runs your team makes, so you use a tally. You mark down a small straight line for each run they make. After a batsman hits a ball all the way to the boundary, which is worth four runs, you make four lines, like the ones above the cricket player's bat.

If the bowler bowls a wide, then the batting team is awarded 1 run. How many runs does that make in all? Five, so far. When you get to five in a tally, you make a line through the first four lines, like the lines you can see below the cricket player's bat.

As the game goes on, continue your tally with one mark for each run, and on each fifth run your tally mark should again show a mark through the first four lines in that set.

Later, when the match is over, you can quickly skip count in fives to see how many runs your team scored. Can you tell from this tally how many runs they scored?


Well, 52 runs – not a bad innings!

This activity is adapted from pages 228 and 230 of What Your Year 3 Child Needs to Know, which can be purchased here.