Column division

First think of two numbers: for example, 246 divided by 6.

Next write it out like this             246

Afterwards find the biggest number in the six times tables thats smaller the number you’re dividing.

like this

246

240 (6×40)

In brackets write what you’ve multiplied the number by.

I’ve written (6×40) which is 240

Then subtract the bottom number from the top number.

So it should look like this

246

-240

006

As my answer was 6 so then I would subtract 6 from 6

and it should look something like this

246

– 240               246 subtract 240 is 6.

006

– 006. (x1)

Your answer subtract another number in the six times tables.

For mine it would be six subtract six which is zero. But zero isn’t my answer!

To get your answer, add up all the numbers in the brackets and then you have it!

My answer is 41 because the bracket numbers were 40 and 1 so I then added them and got 41!

How about a second example

This time let’s divide 1024 by 13.

Next write it out like this 1024

Afterwards find the biggest number in the thirteen times tables thats smaller than the number you’re dividing.

like this

1024

910 (70×13)

In brackets write what you’ve multiplied the number by.

I’ve written (70×13) which is 910

Then subtract the bottom number from the top number.

So it should look like this

1024

-910

114

As my answer was 114 we then need to column divide again like this

114

104 (8×13)

In brackets write what you’ve multiplied the number by.

I’ve written (8×13) which is 104

Then subtract the bottom number from the top number.

So it should look like this

114

-104

10

This time you cannot divide 10 by the thirteen times tables so to get your answer, add up all the numbers in the brackets and then you have it!

My answer is 78 because the bracket numbers were 70 and 8 so I then added them and got 78 but remainder 10.