Week beginning 2nd May 2022.
We hope you enjoyed your long weekend. This week in maths we are starting by making equal groups. We will place counters, or other objects, into two piles. Are they equal? Do they contain the same amount of counters? The children will need to count them to find out.
We will then move on to find different ways of counting the objects in order to find out if they are still equal. ie instead of counting in ones, could we count in two's, five's or more? What would be a more efficient way to find out if groups are equal.
Can rows of objects be equal? We will encourage the children to place objects in rows, where the rows start at the same point and the objects are directly underneath each other. Is this an easier way to count in two's? Will we get the same answer if the rows do not line up? If we had a row of 10 counters, how many counters would we have in 2 rows?
This will help the children in starting to think about doubles. There are some good youtube videos by Jack Hartman that can help us know our doubles. Perhaps you could watch one of these with your child. Or you could play a game with your child. Hide some sweets, or something else, in one hand. If you have the same amount in the other hand, ask your child, how many sweets have you altogether? Any help you can give your child really does make a difference. Thank you for your continued support.
Week beginning 14.3.22 onwards.
This week we are learning to count from 0 to 40 and in back again, ie 40 to 0. Can your child do this?
Once they know how to say the numbers, can they write them?
We do lots of counting in year 1 but rather than count in one's all the time, we have discovered it is quicker to count in 2's, 5's and especially 10's. Can you help your child learn these? It would make maths easier for them.
We also want to learn to compare numbers given any list of numbers. For example, if the child is given the numbers 38, 17 and 24, which number is the greatest? Which number is the smallest?
Finally we are going to learn about less than numbers and more than numbers. For example, what is 2 less than 8? What is 5 more than 17? Could you make a few questions to help your child practice these?
We appreciate we ask a lot from the parents and carers but we visibly notice the difference in those children who are helped at home. Thank you very, very much for your continued support.
From 17th February 2022 onwards.
We are learning all about height and length. We are using the correct terminology: short, shortest, tall, tallest, long, longest, small and smallest. We ask children to put lengths of cubes in order starting from the smallest to the tallest.
We then ask children to put lengths of ribbon in order from the shortest to the tallest. Children know that to find the correct sizes, the objects must all be straight and start at the same point.
We will then go on to ask children to measure things using either their feet or hands. Then use a ruler. Which is the most accurate?
Perhaps you can help your child with this. Perhaps if you are standing in a bus stop, ask your child which is the tallest person in the queue? Who is the smallest person in their family?
Week beginning 10th January 2022
We are continuing with our number bonds to 10. It is so important for a child to instantly know what goes with any given number to make a total of 10.
0 + 10 = 10
1 + 9 = 10
2 + 8 = 10 etc, etc
Perhaps you could play a game with your child to help them with their number bonds. In class we choose 10 items, ie cubes, buttons, counters etc. We use a cloth to cover some of them. We then ask the child to look at how many cubes they can see and tell the teacher or their partner how many cubes are hidden under the cloth.
We are also teaching children addition by counting on. This means holding a number in their heads and counting on the other number. For example, if we want to add 8 + 3 to find the total, rather then count from number 1, hold 8 in your head and count on the other 3 to make the total 11.
We can also do this in reverse to subtract/take away.
Week beginning 29th November 2021.
This week we are counting up to 20 objects. The children have been taught to make a group of 10 and then count on. We are also learning to recognise, read and write numbers up to 20.
Again parental help is always appreciated.
Can they write numbers in digits?
Can they write numbers in words?
Can they arrange the numbers in order?
In maths we are currently learning about ordinal numbers and naming positions. We are teaching children to use ordinal numbers, e.g. 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. We have had races and the children had to use the correct positional numbers to say which person came in each race position.
We are also teaching the children their position in a queue e.g. who is first in the queue? Who is fourth in the queue? etc. Perhaps you can think of some situations to help your child with this.
We would also really appreciate if you could continue to help your child with their number bonds up to 10.
0 + 10 = 10
1 + 9 = 10
2 + 8 = 10
6 + 2 = 8
5 + 2 = 7
3 + 4 = 7
4 + 5 = 9
Thank you very much for your continued support.