# Use knowledge of the distributive law to solve problems in different contexts

I can use knowledge of the distributive law to solve problems in different contexts efficiently.

# Use knowledge of the distributive law to solve problems in different contexts

I can use knowledge of the distributive law to solve problems in different contexts efficiently.

## Lesson details

### Key learning points

- The distributive law allows you to add or subtract known times tables to solve problems.
- You can partition the group number or the size of a group to solve problems.
- Factors can be re-combined or subtracted to simplify 2-part problems.

### Common misconception

Pupils may be less familiar with the names and properties of polygons and this may be a distraction from the focus of the learning.

Consider providing scaffolds for some pupils or pre-learning to revise shape names and properties.

### Keywords

Distributive law - The distributive law says that multiplying a number by a group of numbers added together is the same as doing each multiplication separately.

Polygon - A polygon is a 2D shape made up of 3 or more straight lines.

### Licence

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