“But Daddy, you can’t divide five in half”

"But Daddy, you can't divide five in half" Ninja Maths

Today my daughter had an issue carrying five plates from the kitchen onto the dining table

There were five heavy plates in the kitchen and I asked my daughter to carry them onto the dining table. She said they were too heavy so I said to carry half then come back and carry the rest.

“But Daddy, you can’t divide five in half”.

Of course she was right. She couldn’t carry two and a half plates and then come back for the other two and a half.

Luckily she knew what I meant and after finding it really funny, then thinking about it a little longer, I decided I need a few more Ninja Master lessons in the practical application of mathematics in the real world and how language can sometimes be ambiguous, or at least reliant on the other person to “get what you mean” in exactly the same way that computers can’t.

The Ninja Master says that Teamwork is the key for Lockdown Motivation

The Ninja Master says that Teamwork is the key for Lockdown Motivation Ninja Maths

The Ninja Master has worked out a way to motivate three young ninja’s at home during lockdown – in a word it is “teamwork”. If you need another word, that might be interdependence.

All three little ninjas have to complete all their daily studies, work and practice their ninja music (piano, violin & flute) as well as having some kind of ninja exercise to help oxygenate their lungs, hearts and minds.

Absolutely no screen time is allowed before or after dinner for any of the little ninja’s unless all three have completed their daily tasks (with the exception of laptop time for study work).

This motivates and encourages them to study not only for themselves but for the greater good of the larger ninja family.

We are interdependent. We are selfless. We are trying…

International Equivalence


English Year 4 for school ages 8-9 equates to:

USA Grade 3
Australia Year 3
Republic of Ireland Third Class
South Korea Grade 3
India Grade 3
Japan Grade 3
China Grade 3
Germany Grade 3
New Zealand Year 4
Wales Year 4
Netherlands Group 5
Scotland P5

English Year 5 for school ages 9-10 equates to:

USA Grade 4
Australia Year 4
Republic of Ireland Fourth Class
South Korea Grade 4
India Grade 4
Japan Grade 4
China Grade 4
Germany Grade 4
New Zealand Year 5
Wales Year 5
Netherlands Group 6
Scotland P6

English Year 6 for school ages 10-11 equates to:

USA Grade 5
Australia Year 5
Republic of Ireland Fifth Class
South Korea Grade 5
India Grade 5
Japan Grade 5
China Grade 5
Germany Grade 5
New Zealand Year 6
Wales Year 6
Netherlands Group 7
Scotland P7

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November Year 4 - Sample Pages


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November Year 5 - Sample Pages


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November Year 6 - Sample Pages


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