Take a look at some of the challenges you could do over the Easter Holidays. Think about what you already know to help you solve them. Try as many or as few as you like.
How will you start? What could you use to help you? How can you present what you have found out? How many different ways can you solve the problems?
I would really like to see how you have solved the problems, so please ask your grown-ups to take photos and email them to me - firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't forget to come back and check how others have solved the problems.
Elf Owls -
There is supportive materials to help you and your child with these investigations. Adapt to suit what you have around your house or have fun making the resources.
Owl's Packing List - Owl has a pictorial packing list with the numbers of various things he needs to take away with him on a visit to his aunty for a few days. He has got lots of all the things, but he needs help reading the numbers on his list and counting the right amounts into his travel bag. He keeps making mistakes which he needs help to sort out.
Incey Wincey - Children choose to be either the sun or the rain. They take it in turns to throw the dice and move the spider up or down the drainpipe according to their role.
Maths Story Time - The story can involve sharing with toy characters and a familiar context which will provoke mathematical discussion, language and reasoning.
Chocolate - This challenge is about chocolate. You have to imagine (if necessary!) that everyone involved in this challenge enjoys chocolate and wants to have as much as possible.
Let Us Divide - It's Jola's birthday and she is having a party. She has 24 cup cakes to share equally between 3 plates for the party.How many cakes will go on each plate?
This is cool chocolate maths!!
At Great Milton C of E Primary School we use a rich variety of ways to teach maths. We plan our maths teaching in accordance with the requirements of the National Curriculum. Much of this is taught in the daily maths lesson, but additional opportunities for developing investigational strategies are also provided. Children are encouraged to actively question and ask why things are true and to explain their thinking.
Our aim is that all children will become confident, competent and have an enjoyment of the subject. Whilst our daily maths lessons follow the expectations of the National Curriculum, each teacher knows the children in their class extremely well and is quick to take into account the needs of individual learners. To this end we are able to support children with well resourced classrooms, experienced teaching assistants and appropriate apparatus. We also aim to further challenge our most able learners through the use of a deeper, broader approach to their mathematical understanding.
The aims of the National Curriculum are at the core of our maths teaching and learning. Problem solving, reasoning and fluency are key. Children are given regular opportunities to solve problems, fluently applying their knowledge and conceptual understanding, then reasoning about what, how and why.
At Great Milton C of E Primary School we encourage our children to develop a positive, confident and loving-to-learn attitude towards mathematics. We aim to provide opportunity for all ensuring that every child in our care achieves to the best of their ability. We support our children to think clearly and logically and form an understanding of mathematics through the formation of secure concepts based on:
* Appropriate practical activities (and access to practical resources, models and images).
* An ability to identify patterns and relationships in mathematics.
* An awareness of the uses and applications of mathematics in everyday situations.
* The ability to express ideas concisely using accurate mathematical language.
* The ability to select and use a range of mathematical tools.
* An enjoyment of mathematics for its own sake.
Here at Great Milton C of E Primary School we believe our vision of “loving-to-learn” is fulfilled in the maths curriculum we offer, which embraces the National Curriculum aims and ensures our children are mathematically ready for their life journey. Our aim is that children:
At Great Milton C of E Primary School we link our mathematics teaching wherever possible to real-life situations, such as shopping, so that our children quickly see the relevance and the way in which mathematics skills are essential to their daily lives. Each fortnight we share and support successes in maths by nominating a child from each class to be the mathematician of the week. Children are chosen for a number of reasons which include applying known strategies to solve problems, persevering with a new concept and for simply having a go.
The children focus on the basic skills as well as having a weekly problem-solving lesson where they are able to apply their learning. Children also engage in a range of Mental Maths activities and are encouraged to learn their times tables facts at home to support the learning that they do in school.