## Using Mathematics

Mental Maths

Every Maths lesson begins with Mental Maths.  The Mental Maths activities are designed to get us thinking about Maths.  These short activities help our concentration levels, increase our confidence and develop our understanding.  You can find us doing Mental Maths inside and outside our school!

3D Shapes

We have been learning about different 3D shapes.  We explored their faces, edges and points. Miss Rainey put some 3D shapes inside a feely bag and we had fun guessing which shapes our friends were describing. After, using a Venn Diagram made from hoops, we were able to sort the various shapes for different criteria.

Partitioning with P2

In P2, we have been using Numicon and the Counting Bears to help us learn about partitioning.  In pairs, Miss Rainey challenged us to think of ways in which we can make different numbers within ten.  We considered all the different components of numbers within ten.  Then, using the Counting Bears and hoops, we partitioned sets of bears into subsets, for example, we know that there are two sets of five in ten.

P3 - Tens and Units

In P3, we have been practically exploring tens and units using Numicon and Base Ten Materials. We have learnt that a 'long' rod is equivalent to ten and a 'short' rod is equivalent to one or a unit.  We have been using the Base Ten materials to explore the composition of numbers up to fifty.

Weight

We have been exploring the concept of weight in groups.  We started with a practical, topic-related activity which encouraged us to predict which piece of gold was heaviest/lightest just by holding the gold in our hands.  Each group reported their findings back to the class and we discussed our thoughts.

Then, we used the pan balance to check our predictions.  We completed a follow-up worksheet based on weight which challenged us to compare the different weights.

As a means of differentiation the P3/4 children explored the idea of weighing using non-standard units and the P2 children developed their understanding of the conservation of weight by balancing the scales.

Outdoor Maths

As a class, we recently enjoyed a session of outdoor Maths on a crisp Autumn day.  In pairs, we used various natural materials to show off our Mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding.   We had SO much fun and Miss Rainey was very impressed with how we creatively represented our learning using just leaves, twigs and acorns!

P3 Estimation

Miss Rainey introduced us to the concept of estimation.  We understand that estimating is making a 'sensible guess.'  Initially, our teacher showed us a tray full of various objects and she asked us to guess how many items there were in the tray. Then, she removed some of the items and asked us to estimate again.  As a group, we discussed the idea of making a 'sensible' guess.

Following this introductory activity, we set off on an estimation hunt around our school. Take a look at how much fun we had estimating around our school...

P2 Number Bonds

In P2, we are learning about number bond facts. Number bonds are sets of simple addition sums that make a given number. We have been focusing on the number bonds of 1, 2, 3 and 4.   Together with our friends, we have been using cubes and bond templates in a number of practical activities to help us visualise the number bonds and develop our understanding of the facts.   In our Maths Books, we have started to record the number bonds.

Money

In P2/3/4, we are learning about money with Mrs Surgenor.  In pairs, we played a fun, practical money game. The person with the most money at the end of the game was the winner.  This activity helped us to develop our addition skills as well as our ability to recognise the various coins.

P2 - Estimation

Miss Rainey introduced us to the concept of estimation.  We understand that estimating is making a 'sensible guess.'  Initially, our teacher showed us a tray full of various objects and she asked us to guess how many items there were in the tray. Then, she removed some of the items and asked us to estimate again.  As a group, we discussed the idea of making a 'sensible' guess.

Following this introductory activity, we set off on an estimation hunt around our school. We estimated how many cars there are in our school carpark, how many books there are in our library, how many balls there are in our PE store, how many chairs there are in the dinner hall and finally how many coats there are in the cloakroom. We had so much fun estimating around WPMPS!

P3/4 - Odd and Even Numbers

We have recently started to practically explore the idea that all numbers are either odd or even.  In pairs and individually, we have used numicon and cubes to investigate how we can identify a number as either odd or even.

P3/4 - Subtraction

In P3/4, we have been developing our understanding of subtraction.  Using practical resources, such as numicon and counting bears, we have been exploring the concept of numbers which are less than and smaller than a given number.  We have also been identifying numbers which come before a given number.

With our friends, we used bears and hoops to practically explore the concept of taking away.  Miss Rainey modelled the subtraction on the board using symbols and encouraged us to use appropriate mathematical language to explain the written form. We are now confident in using a variety of terms, such as subtract, take away and minus.

Using numicon with a friend, we have continued to develop our confidence in the aspect of subtraction in a practical and enjoyable way. We have since progressed to recording using pictures and symbols.

Recently, Miss Rainey introduced us to 'Fact Families' as a means of checking our answers in adding and subtracting. We have been working together to develop our understanding of and ability to construct Fact Families.  Miss Rainey is impressed with our hard work!

P2 - Adding within 20

In P2, we have been practically exploring addition within 10 and have recently progressed to addition within 20.   Using practical resources, such as numicon, we have developed an understanding of numbers which are more than and bigger than a given number.  We can also identify numbers which come after a given number.

We have had lots of practice using practical materials and mathematical language to ensure that we have a good understanding of the concept of addition.  To introduce us to the concept of recording sums, Miss Rainey gave us an addition template and we talked about what the symbols represent. We have used this template to familiarise ourselves with the layout of a sum.

In our Maths workbooks, we have recorded sums using pictures of animals and have since progressed to using only symbols!  Miss Rainey encourages us to check our answers using numicon or cubes.

Numbers to 20

In P2, we are learning to recognise and understand the relationship between the numbers from 1 to 20.  To help us become more confident with our numbers, Miss Rainey set up a carousel-style activity.  This means that there are a variety of tasks for us to complete  all based on the numbers from 1 to 20.  We moved our way around each activity in pairs. Miss Rainey gave us time to complete each task.  At the first station, we were practising our number formation using the whiteboards.  At the second station, we completed a numbers-based jig-saw which encouraged us to count the items and match them to the correct number. At the next station, we completed a numbers worksheet. Then, we played a counting board game with our partner during which we had to count out a variety of number sequences.  Finally, using Education City on the interactive whiteboard, we completed number activities which encouraged us to use our problem-solving skills and think about counting forwards and backwards.

P2 - Doubles

In P2, we are learning to recognise and record our double facts up to 5.  Together with our friends, we have been using Numicon to help us visualise and develop an understanding of the double facts.  We traced around the Numicon to help us record the double facts in our Number Books and we can even record the facts in written form.  Miss Rainey is so impressed with us!

P3/4 - Number Bonds

In P3/4, we are learning number bond facts. Number bonds are sets of simple addition sums that make a given number. We have been focusing on the number bonds of 5, 6 and 7.   Together with our friends, we have been using Numicon in a number of practical activities to help us visualise the number bonds and develop our understanding of the facts.   In our Maths Books, we have recorded the number bonds by cutting and sticking the appropriate Numicon pieces.  Miss Rainey is delighted with our learning!