As we finish our time in remote teaching and learning, we'd like you to focus on quick recall and fluency with the pairs of number that make 10. This is one of the Early Learning Goals that we assess for at the end of the reception year and a key underpinning knowledge that will support further maths development. Enjoy!
Welcome back to maths! This week we are exploring and experimenting with ways to represent, recognise and talk about the numbers 9 and 10. Our aim is for the children to have a fluent understanding of the number bonds for ten (pairs of numbers that combine to make ten) and a recognition of 9 as a square number.
Try asking questions in a story format, such as - there are 3 children, I have 9 biscuits. Show me how many each child will get, and try to make it fair!
or - if i have 10 children in my class, but there are 2 empty spaces, how many children are here today?
shapes - 2D and 3D
An exploration and investigation week, the best kind of maths in my opinion! You can refresh your memory of the properties of shapes, use them to solve problems and build models. If you are feeling like a super smartie, try our challenges, but be warned - they're not as simple as they look!
This week we are looking at grouping and sharing and the concept of 'equal'
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.