In this weeks maths we are looking at the composition and decomposition of numbers within 10.
This is key to a solid foundation of understanding of numbers in a concrete way (holding physical objects and understanding it as a total, a mass and a volume of things.) and in a pictorial way (recognisisng that a picture can represent real amounts) and finally transferrin that understanding to an abstract knowledge (ie that the digit 9 represents 9 things, likewise, 19 and 91 are hugely different! ) Sometimes it can seem very obvious to us as adults, but there was a time when we didn't know these concepts either!
The more children play with physical objects and correlate them to the pictorial representations and abstract system of numerals, the deeper their intuitive understanding will be.
If you would like to add challenge to your maths conversations, consider asking deeper questions.
When your child can answer retrieval questions (what is x or y) move on to asking them to look for connections, groups and patterns, to make a change and hypothesise about whether we will get a different result and why. The possibilities are endless!
There are Oak National lessons and activity sheets for you. We also have White Rose maths materials if you would like to have some more practical maths investigation activities (less screen!)
Have fun my mathmagicians!
Our maths this week will be developing a deeper understanding of the numbers within 20, how to move between them fluently and use prior knowledge to manipulate numbers to solve problems.