Mission 2

Posted by Jen Jamieson | Posted in Homework, Inter-Disciplinary Learning, Numeracy | Posted on 24-02-2014

Our Alien left us another Mission to solve today!

We were very excited about the bags of metal circles………coins! (Imagine the Alien sending us coins during money week!)

We worked in groups to sort the coins for the Alien. We sorted them..

• by colour
• by size
• by shape
• using the numbers

We used magnifying glasses to look very carefully at the coins. We found out that the coins have the Queen’s head on them. The coins tell us the Queen’s name and when each coin was made.

Why not sort some coins at home? Maybe you could sort your piggy bank or the coins in Mum’s purse?

In the afternoon, we had a big chat about January and March as well as our Earth Birthdays! We used this little song to help us work out the different months we have on Planet Earth. Did you know there are 12 months?

Posted by Jen Jamieson | Posted in Numeracy | Posted on 31-01-2014

We have been learning to add using our fingers this week.

This is how we do it…….

• 8 + 6 =         (eight add six makes….)
• Eight is going into our head so we need 6 fingers.
• Put fingers out.
• Put 8 into head by nodding and counting aloud….1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

Nodding and counting to put the numbers into our heads.

Using our fingers and nose to add on the other number.

Funky Mummy

Posted by Jen Jamieson | Posted in Numeracy | Posted on 13-01-2014

We have enjoyed using this game to help us with our addition over the last few days.

http://www.ictgames.com/funkymum.html

At the moment, the children are using counters to help them add. Later in the week, we will be learning how to use a number line to add before moving on to adding with our fingers.

Children learn in different ways – there is no right or wrong way to do it. My aim is to introduce a range of strategies, and the children can then choose the strategy they prefer. Before removing the “scaffolding” these strategies provide, they need to fully understand how addition works, the relationship between numbers and the patterns they make….so if you see your child using their fingers or asking for buttons, please don’t discourage them!

Posted by Jen Jamieson | Posted in Homework, Numeracy, Parent Information | Posted on 06-01-2014

For the next few weeks, the children will be learning about addition and how to record calculations in different ways.

In order to ensure the children don’t get confused, here is the terminology that I will be using in school with them. It would be very helpful if you could support this at home too.

• =   makes (rather than equals)
• We will talk about calculations rather than sums. (The reason for this is, technically, sums only refer to addition – the word “sum” is another way of saying “add,”  in a similar way that you might add to find the total, how many altogether etc. The term “subtraction sum” is mathematically incorrect!) Since we will be learning about subtraction later in the term, I would like the children to use the correct language from the outset.

Today, we talked about adding and what we knew about it. We used adding butterflies and counters to help us add amounts of objects together and recorded our calculations on whiteboards.

We used this little game to help help us work out and record addition calculations.

Why not try at home too?

Christmas Maths Puzzles

Posted by Jen Jamieson | Posted in Maths, Numeracy | Posted on 18-12-2013

In maths this week, we have been doing some Christmas Puzzles.
First, we had to make some drawings and count how many legs, ears and eyes were in the picture.
We also coloured in 9 snowmen…..but we were only allowed to use 3 colours and make every snowman different! We had to think very hard!
Christmas Maths Puzzles on PhotoPeach

In Learning Areas, we have also enjoyed building a snowman on the Big Board. Follow the link to play at home too.
http://www.think-bank.com/iwb/flash/snowman.html

Numeracy Homework

Posted by Jen Jamieson | Posted in Homework, Numeracy | Posted on 25-11-2013

The children have been working very hard this term learning about numbers to 10 and 20.

Please look out for some homework sheets in bags on Tuesday night. I am hoping to work with the children on a 1:1 basis next week to assess what they have learned and what they need to do next. It would be great if you could support this at home by playing some of the suggested activities on the sheet. Just incase these sheets go missing, here are some of the suggested activities for you to try at home.

 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

FIRST, CUT UP THE NUMBER CARDS ABOVE.

• Muddle the cards then put them into the correct order.
• Show the cards one at a time, asking your child to say the number.
• Use counters/buttons/sweeties to play Bingo – put your counter on the number….
• Turn all the number cards face down. Turn over and say the number.
• Treasure Hunt – hide the cards around the room. Ask your child to find them, saying the number as they do so.
• Put all the number cards into a bag or hat. Pull them out one at a time, child should say the number.

If your child is able to do these activities confidently, here are some ideas to extend their learning.

• Bring me the number after….
• Bring me the number before….
• Bring me the number between….and ….
• Bring me the number 1 more than….
• Bring me the number 1 less than….

b,d,p,q

Posted by Jen Jamieson | Posted in Literacy, Numeracy, Parent Information | Posted on 19-11-2013

The children have been working very hard on their sounds and numbers……however, as lots of children (and adults) know, the letters b,d,p and number 9 can be very confusing because they all look nearly the same.

Don’t worry….we have a plan!

Today, we looked carefully at the letters b and d. When we see them in the word “bed,” the word makes the shape of a bed.

We know that the first sound in bed is “b” so we can look for the letter shape at the start of the word.

We know that the last sound in bed is “d” so we can look for the letter shape at the end of the word.

We have these little picture cards in our pencil tubs to use whenever we need them.

Another little trick is to make a bed shape with your hands…..

The first hand makes a “b” shape for the first sound in bed and the other hand makes a “d” shape for the last sound in bed. The children can check their hand shapes to help them decide how to write the letter.

Letter p and number 9 also cause lots of confusion. Again, we have little picture cards at our pencil tubs to look at if we are stuck.

When we write letter “p” we need to make the long POST first, just like a fence post!

Number 9 makes the same shape as Naughty 9, the elephant in our number zoo – remember to make his round head first!

Hope this all helps if you are working with your child. If you would like a copy of the little picture cards to use at home, please let me know. 🙂

A Great Discovery!

Posted by Jen Jamieson | Posted in Homework, Literacy, Numeracy, Parent Information | Posted on 30-10-2013

I was at a teacher training course last Friday and came across this amazing website. I used it with the children today and it was fantastic!

It is a teaching tool to help children with handwriting. The teacher/parent/child can use the mouse (or in class, the interactive whiteboard) to write a letter/numeral, save it, then replay. This lets the children watch the correct formation, follow with their finger in the air then write.

It’s really simple to use – the children were “playing at teachers” today during learning areas. It was great to hear them verbalising the correct way to make letters and numerals.

http://www.kenttrustweb.org.uk/kentict/content/games/writingRepeater_v6_withloop.html

NUmbers to 20

Posted by Jen Jamieson | Posted in Homework, Numeracy | Posted on 28-10-2013

Over the next few weeks, we are going to be learning more about numbers to 20. We will be learning how to recognise them, write them and order them. Today, we watched and sang along to this counting song. We had to listen well to help us sing along in time to the music. Why not try at home too?

Numbers to 10

Posted by Jen Jamieson | Posted in Homework, Numeracy | Posted on 07-10-2013

In number work this week we are practising everything we have learned about numbers to 10 this term. We are making sure that we can write the numbers properly and have had fun playing some games on the big board.

Here is the game we played in class today. Have a go at home!