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Class 1 Mathematics

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   How many hands can you count?

There are 20 children and they each have 2 hands!

Telling the Time Learning to tell the time with our human clock.




Learning to tell the time is complicated so talking about the time, helping your child to see the pattern of the day and then match these to specific times can really help. The expectations for year one children is that they can read the o’clock and half past times on an analogue clock.  By the end of year two the children are expected to tell the time by intervals of 5 minutes! We often believe at school that telling the time can be learnt on a 1:1 basis at home.  Many children are becoming confident with o’clock and half past times and knowing the order of a school day and connecting these with times.

The easiest order for learning to tell the time is o’clock, half past, then the quarter past and quarter to and then the five past, ten past times and so on!  It would be brilliant to send children into class 2 already telling the time correctly.  Shout out a time and see how fast your child can make the time match on a clock.


Making teen numbers and observing patterns within numbers.

The children are being introduced to tens and units (now commonly referred to as one’s).  We have been working on number patterns such as 10 +9= ___ 11 +8 =___ and 12 +7=___ and carrying this on.  Hint; please remember not to refer to teen numbers such as 15  as a one and a five as this makes 6 and further adds to confusion! In school the number 15 will be described as a ten and five ones. Great use of egg boxes and counters to help us understand how teen numbers can be made from tens and ones.


Investigating the properties of shape.

Using tangrams to create pictures of animals

Using lolly pop sticks and blue tac to create 3-d models. The pictures show the early stages!


We have now become a Tagtiv8 school!

Follow the link  http://tagtiv8.com

TagTiv8 provide a unique set of Active learning Games to create fun, active and engaging opportunities to improve mathematics.  We have started to use these resources to investigate place value, recognising numbers to 100 and finding 1 more and 1 less than any given number as well as odd and even numbers-phew!  Tagtiv8 is evidenced based which demonstrates that children who are physically fit are better at absorbing and retaining new information.  It was great FUN!

The pictures show the children working together cooperatively and actively engaged to order their numbers-after lots of games in the playground.

We have worked on making number bonds using a technique to aid understanding and future problem solving-developed from ‘Chinese Maths’.  Rather than doing lots of repetitive sums and not fully understanding the relationship between the numbers this technique works well.  The children could show you at home.  Using different objects such as Lego pieces, counters or penny coins can be fun. 

Firstly the children need to draw a circle around a small set of objects and write the number in the circle.  Do the same again with another small set of objects  This also helps the children count 1 to 1 (this needs practice for many children in order to be accurate- and a good tip is to move objects into a straight line which really helps).  Next draw two separate lines from each of the small circles to a larger circle.  Place all the objects into the large circle, count and write the number. The children should then be able to write a sum such as 12 = 4+8 and repeat and make another sum using the same number of objects!  The children will eventually understand and solve problems such as 12 = 7 +___   and work independently to work out the missing numbers.  This pictorial representation is a really powerful technique to aid understanding.  However for any adults that want to improve their mental calculation such as doing the 11 times tables up to 99 try mental math tricks on mathstec on youtube!


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