Subitising

 

Hi everyone!

It has been a while since we have posted on the blog, but now that we have our new Touch Panel technology in the classroom, it will make sharing the blog with the students a much more valuable experience. I hope to be posting a lot more regularly.

Today, I wanted to share this important skill with you all that the Preps have been learning from day one. Subitising. This is the ability to identify how many items are in a small collection without having to count each one. It is a really important maths skill. Below is a power point that we have been using in class. We have recently added the picture collections, so the students are mostly familiar with the tens frames you will see. We have become really good with 1 -10, but 11-20 are still a bit tricky for us! Once we understand that the top tens frame is full and therefore represent 10, we can start to add on the rest. But as the saying goes, practice makes perfect! So here is an opportunity for you to practice this at home.

Clicking on the link below will allow you to download the slideshow. You can edit this from time to time to keep your little genius on their toes!

Subitising

Share your thoughts about the slide show in the comment section below!

Time

Next week, the Prep students will be learning about time. We start off by learning the days of the week, months of the year, and describing days in sequence, for example yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

You can help at home by discussing what day it is each morning as part of a morning routine, what day the previous day was and what day is coming next. Encourage your child to use this language as part of conversation, for example telling you about something they learned yesterday, or what they are looking forward to the next day.

You can practice saying the days of the week, months of the year and seasons in order regularly. Here are some links to Youtube for some songs you can practice at home together.

Have fun practicing this very important aspect of time! 🙂

Data and Graphing

This week, we have been thinking about Data and Graphing in Numeracy. We have been posing questions, collecting results, displaying results and analysing our findings.

Here is a link to a game if you want to practice your graphing skills:

http://www.kidsmathgamesonline.com/numbers/mathdata.html

What different sorts of graphs do you know? When do you think you might use graphs?

If you want to have a try at making your own graph, follow this link!

Time

In Grade 1 and 2 this week, we have been learning to tell the time. We discovered that this is a very tricky concept to understand at first! But it is extremely important so we are going to continue to practice a lot.

We have been focusing on telling the two hands apart on an analogue clock, and making sure that we draw the minute hand as a longer hand, and the hour hand as a shorter hand. We have been focusing on telling the time to the o’clock and half past points, and to the quarter to and quarter past hands. We have been learning about digital clocks too.

Some games that you can use to keep practicing at home are available here:

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/measures.htm

We enjoyed playing a game in class too, called Look At the Clock!

When we were working, our teacher called “Tick, tock! Look at the clock!” and we had to stop whatever we were doing and record the time on a piece of paper. This really helped to get us in the habit of looking at the clock and thinking about the time regularly. I’m sure it is something you can do at home too!

How do you practice telling the time at home? Do you wear a watch? Is it digital or analogue? Which do you see more of in your house, digital or analogue clocks? Can you recommend any time telling games to us?

 

Guest Post: Yen

Numeracy: Fractions

Hello everyone! My name is Yen (12JS’s pre-service teacher) and I have the privilege of being a guest blogger for 12JS. Our focus topic in numeracy for the past two weeks has been exploring fractions. We really enjoyed the different range activities that helped shape our knowledge with fractions. Some of the exciting activities we were able to complete were making pizza fractions using our ICT and craft skills and bubble gum machines.

When we made our pizza fractions, we started to use an interactive website on abcya. Click on this link to access this activity at home http://www.abcya.com/pizza.htm. Below are some samples of the work we produced as a class. Looking at these made us feel very hungry!

 

Pizza fraction boxes

The bubblegum activity was just as fun. We were able to colour in the gumballs and write our fractions in relation to how many colours there were out of the total of gumballs in our gumball machines. Below are some samples of our work. You can also see these displayed on our windows outside the classroom.

Fraction bubblegum machines

After completing our unit on fractions, we are now able to

–       Recognise and describe one-half as one of equal two parts of a whole.

–      Recognise and interpret the common uses of halves, quarters and eighths of shapes and collections.

Here are some fun fraction games that we were able to play in class as well. Please have a look!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/number/fractions_basic/play/

http://www.softschools.com/math/fractions/picture_fractions/

http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks2/maths/fractions/index.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/ma17frac-game-fractions-of-something

Here is what we have learned and enjoyed about learning fractions so far:

 

Noah: “My favourite activity was making the fraction pizzas. It was good to have a try at folding the pizza boxes.”

 

Lucas: “My favourite activity was making the fraction booklet because we could make our own fractions. We were able to make fractions of a whole, halves, thirds, quarters, equal and unequal.”

 

Hannah: “My favourite activity was making the fraction pizzas. It was very fun.”

 

Brock: “I have learnt that if you have a whole, when you cut it in the middle and then cut it in the middle again, you end up with quarters.”

 

Amber: “My favourite activity was the fraction booklet. The fractions that we made were halves, quarters and thirds.”

 

What have you enjoyed about learning fractions? Do you have any other ideas for fun fraction activities? Please share your thoughts and comments with us.