Warning: To have greatest success with formal division, knowledge of Terrific Tables is really important. If you feel your recall could be better, there are lots of ideas on my website for you to use. I have added buttons below to help you find them more quickly.

Definitions from a mathematical mouse

divisionthe process of splitting a number or and amount into equal parts or equal groups (that is why it why it helps us understand fractions)

My Youtube videos below demonstrate how to understand formal methods for division. Hope you enjoy them and watch them as many times as you need until you become really confident that you fully understand them!

Of course, you as a great mathematician already know that sometimes using mental methods can be the best strategy and sometimes using formal methods is the best method. Don't always use the same approach - use the best approach!

TdM Brie-Anna de Mouse, creator and star of Maths with a Mouse

Short division with evidence

Snorks long division (short division with evidence)

This great activity uses the exact same skills as my method for short division with evidence. This is perfect as it breaks the process down into simple steps. Very soon, you will be an expert just like me!

Short division without evidence

If you are confident using short division, you can combine this skill with dividing by 10/100/1000 and now you can divide by multiples of 10, 100 and 1,000 easily such as 70, 300 and 6000. Have a look below at how to record this clearly.

Long division (dividing by TENS and ONES)

Time to put those division skills to good use. Average Racers by Starfall requires you to calculate the average speed but what is great is that you get to have a race first! Vroom! Vroom!

Once the race is finished, I prefer to not chose the advanced method as I think the structure without the advanced stage really helps to understand long division better.

What a great way to practise you skills!