Subject Ambassador: Mrs. A. Green
Link Academy Councillor: Ms. S. Callaars-De Gruyter
Statement of Intent:
Opal Learning Zone
Numbers everywhere! – In the Opal Learning Zone we have recently enhanced the unit to ensure number is apparent in all areas. The children have been captivated with this approach as it allows them to have a deepened level of understanding for number. For instance, the children use counters to pay for snack which promotes number recognition and one-to-one counting. Furthermore, the children are using number through their imaginative play. Here some of the children are accessing the shop and utilising their new-found number vocabulary.
Amethyst Learning Zone
Mastery for Maths – It has been another exciting week in the Amethyst Learning Zone as we continue to improve our number knowledge. The children have been focussing on teen numbers and the importance of being able to represent them in a range of ways. The use of Numicon, tens frames and pictorial recording have allowed the children to have a deeper understanding of number. The pictures below show how the children are able represent numbers and also explain what they have created.
Sapphire Learning Zone
Engaging with Numbers – Maths is both interactive and engaging in the Sapphire Learning Zone. The children have been taking their learning outside to record their work using chalks to record and concrete apparatus to help show their understanding. The children have been having fun completing the daily challenge activities on our maths wall. They have been setting challenges for one another too.
Ruby Learning Zone
Multiplication – This term the children in Ruby have been looking at different multiplication tables and identifying the different patterns and systems that are involved. The children have worked hard to show their understanding in lots of different ways.
Emerald Learning Zone
Division with remainders – This half term we have had a huge focus on division in the Emerald Learning Zone. Today we were looking at the concept when the calculation does not represent the complete solution. The class went outside to investigate how many tents a scout group would need to fit in all of their children. The children were able to realise that we would need an extra tent as there was one remainder. We then took this learning back to the classroom and explored the concept further.
Diamond Learning Zone
Can I find all of the possible combinations by using concrete materials? – The children in Diamond Learning have been continuing to use concrete materials to help them solve mathematical questions that are often challenging to work out in our heads. The children in year 6 have been working hard on finding all of the possible combinations from a given maths problem.
September 2020- February 2021
Math Mastery – In Maths, we have continued to use a range of concrete, pictorial and abstract methods to develop our understanding of number. We have used Numicon, cubes, part-part-whole models, ten frames and Cuisenaire rods to help us learn. Following the Mastery Approach, we have thoroughly investigated the composition of numbers 6-10, including odd and even numbers. We have also used iPads to further develop our understanding.
Understanding numbers – In maths, Class 1 have been learning about ‘fewer’ and ‘more’ and have been exploring part-part-whole models. They love learning new ways to solve problems.
Resources to solve problems – In maths, we have been using a range of concrete resources to help support our learning. We have become confident using ten frames, cubes, part-part-whole models and bar models. The children are encouraged to use the resources to help explain their thinking when solving a maths problem. We have been carrying out lots of practical maths to problem solve and explain our reasoning behind some tricky problems.
100 – This half term, the children in Class 3 have been lots of work around the number 100. We have used part whole models and bar models to work out what numbers we need to add or takeaway to get to 100. The children have had lots of fun doing this and really enjoy their quick fire questions!
Addition & Subtraction – The children have been refining their skills in addition and subtraction as well as building on their knowledge of place value. We have used a range of representations such as; part-part whole models, bar models, place value tables and number lines to support out working out.
Negative numbers – We decided to take our negative number lesson outside today. Each child was given a number, some negative and some positive. They then had to work together to put themselves in the correct order. They did it in under 2 minutes!
Negative Numbers – In class 5 we have been working hard to improve our reasoning and problem-solving skills. The children have been using their knowledge of negative numbers and applying these to more tricky, challenging questions. We have been using a range of representations, such as number lines and information charts, to help us.
Maths Challenge – On mornings when numeracy is on the curriculum, our children enter school to be challenged by a selection of mathematical questions. The children really enjoy this work as it’s a fun way to start the day and they really like to try and beat their previous score. Individual maths fact books are used to support this work with new topics and objectives added regularly. Class targets are to score half marks if possible.
Numeracy Objectives – Class 5 have worked on 3 objectives. We began by changing numbers into words before which allowed the children to return to school and realise everyone can achieve their personal targets. The children then moved into Column Addition calculations which was designed to refresh knowledge and understanding as well as raise confidence in each child. We extended this objective by including a decimal point. Every child achieved their target.
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