This week we are deepening our understanding of ten by seeing it represented in lots of different ways.
We found that the children would benefit from extra practice reading and writing the numbers as words. (one, two, three).
We have been practicing counting backwards and forwards to ten. We have used different voices, we pretended to be a rocket and counted back from ten, we counted backwards and forwards to ten with a partner. All of this is to get ready to confidently and quickly know which number is one more or one less.
Today we started our "maths mastery" lessons. These lessons are split into lots of small parts. The teacher talks to the children on the carpet for a short time, and then the children get on with a related activity. The focus is on talk, and being able to explain our thinking.
We started by talking about what "sorting" meant, and asking the children to talk to the person next to them, explaining how to sort these shapes.
Then, the children were given a chance to explore some counting objects, sorting them in a way that made sense to them. Again the emphasis was on explaining what they had done as this helps the children to clarify and understand their own thought processes.
Finally, the children were given a chance to independently sort shapes, explaining their choices to their friends and grown ups.
You can support your child at home by asking them to explain how they have solved simple mathematics problems at home, getting them to vocalise their thought patters.
After practicing a "maths mastery" lesson with a familiar concept, we went back to learning about the number ten. We created different numbers on a ten frame. This helps us to visualise the number bonds. We can see we have filled six spaces, and there are four spaces free. 6 + 4 = 10.
A ten frame can be made quickly using the table tool on word and making a table which has five columns an two rows. A quick and useful resource to make for home!
This week in maths we have been looking at the number ten, in preparation to learn about addition and subtraction to ten. We have been counting to ten and recognising numbers to ten.
We gave the children a chance to count as high as they could. Many of the children could count to 100, but it would help them to recap which "ten" comes next (28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40) as this was the moment that children found trickiest.
We played a simple and fun game, where the children slowly revealed a numeral to their partner, and their partner had to guess which number they were being shown. The children really enjoyed it and we recommend having a go at home.