Maths Week 2020
Our class had an outdoor scavenger hunt and a table quiz to celebrate Maths Week 2020! We worked in pairs to find the word problems that had been hidden around the school yard and to work out the answers. Each answer corresponded to a letter and when we had finished our hunt the letters came together to make a Halloween word - cauldron! We then got into our quiz teams and tried our best to answer all of the maths/number related quiz questions. We did really well and even learned some new facts along the way.
Patterns in Pairs
In 1st and 2nd class we have been revising our patterns. We did lots of hands on work with our partners using the different materials we have in our classroom. We made patterns using snowflakes, lollipop sticks, counters, coloured shapes, and blocks. We worked together to create patterns based on prompts from Múinteoir Caoimhe. We also enjoyed creating patterns and then challenging our partners to extend them. We have noticed lots of different patterns in our environment, pattern is all around us!
2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20 - Did you know we can skip count in 2s? We can skip count, not just in 2s, but in 5s and 10s too! We have also been practising counting in 3s and 4s. We love watching these skip counting videos and joining in to help us practise.
Playing maths games provides us with an excellent opportunity to practise our skills and facts on a daily basis. We play a number of games such as fiddlesticks, number balls, POP, and number chains which focus on number fact fluency. We also play games based on our topic of the week which both reinforce our learning and provide us with opportunities to put our learning into practice.
We have been learning about place value (tens and units). We use our Dienes blocks and place value mats to make numbers between 1 and 100. We love getting a chance to use Múinteoir Caoimhe's visualizer (especially when we get to see ourselves on the big screen!). Each of us made a number using Dienes blocks under the visualizer and our classmates wrote the correct number on their mini whiteboards. We also used our Aldi catalogues to do a number search! We found tens and unit numbers in the catalogue, cut them out, and stuck them to our chart. It was tricky but we figured it out when we worked together!
Greater Than, Less Than, or Equal To
The greedy gator eats the greater number. We have been learning about the greedy gator and his love of the greater numbers! We pretended to be greedy gators and used our hands to show the greater than, less than, and equal to signs. We each got a greater than gator, a less than gator, and an equal to gator to keep in our folders and used them to play independent and pair games. Check out the greedy gator song below, this song helped us to remember the rules of the greater than, less than, and equal to signs!
Rang 1 have been using Numicon as a support when completing maths problems and when exploring new numbers between 10 and 20. The girls have learned to use the number shapes to support them in completing addition and subtraction sums and when writing their number stories. The colourful numeber shapes are lots of fun to play with too. We can use them to play lots of different games and in many different ways!