Divide up to 4-digits by 1-digit

Learning focus

Learn how to do short division using written methods.

This lesson includes:

  • a catch-up quiz
  • a learning summary
  • a videos
  • two slideshows


Practise dividing up to 4-digits with this quiz.


Watch this video to learn about using short division in a clothes shop.

Short division

This written method can help you divide large numbers.

Short division will sometimes give an answer with a remainder (r), which you can round up or round down.

Short division is also known as the bus stop method because it looks like a bus stop. Once you understand the bus stop method, you can divide any number of digits by a 1-digit number.

Example 1

What is 6528 ÷ 4?

Place value chart showing 4 goes into 6 in the thousands column with 2 remainder.

4 into 6 is 1 remainder 2

Start with the first digit in the number you are dividing into. In this case it is six thousands. How many 4s go into 6? 1 with 2 remainder. You carry the remainder over into the next place value, the hundreds.

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Example 2

Sometimes there will be a remainder when you use the bus stop method.

What is 2435 ÷ 6?

Chart showing 6 goes into 2 in the thousands column zero times with 2 remainder.

6 into 2 is 0 remainder 2

Start with the 2 in the thousands column. 6 cannot go into 2 so you carry it over into the hundreds column.

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Activity 1

Try this activity from Twinkl to practise short division. If you don't have a printer you can always make your own fish!

Gone fishing

Activity 2

Explore division further with this interactive lesson from My Maths, Oxford University Press.

My Maths - Short division


Play Guardians: Defenders of Mathematica to learn more and sharpen your skills on this topic.

Guardians: Defenders of Mathematica

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