Year 4.1 – The Bar Model

The Bar Model is a tool to help children reason about the relationship between numbers in the context of a maths problem. It is simply a diagram which clarifies relationships between elements of the problem so that pupils can easily identify what they know, what they don’t know and what they need to work out.

The students in Year 4.1 worked in pairs, where they were each given a problem to solve, using bar models. The children thoroughly enjoyed this activity and were made aware of how this method could be used in various other problem solving tasks.