This week during group time the children were looking at similarities and the differences between Australia and the U.K. It was a little challenging as some children had different ideas of what was in Australia. Eventually they worked together and discussed what animals could be found in Australia and if they look like any animal we have here in the UK.
The children spoke about what buildings Australia may have. A couple of children tried to work out what the time would be using clocks after having been explained how many hours Australia are ahead of the U.K. Once the children had worked out the time they then moved on to the animals. However the children found a kookaburra a strange but ‘very funny bird as it sounds like it’s laughing!’
There were a few similarities and a lot of differences between the two countries that the children could find.
How many do you know? Do you know the time difference or the Australian current season?
This week the children have been doing some Easter themed maths. They have been set the challenge to see if they can choose more than one numicon piece to make the number on their Easter egg. Some children firstly picked the one numicon piece that represented the number on the egg and then used it to help them work out the other numicon pieces they could fit on top of the original numicon piece. Other children also experimented with using 3 piece of numicon to make their number.
This week our focused maths activity was based on constructing 2D shapes using coloured lolly pop sticks. The children were most enthuastic and took pride in creating different shapes. We then spoke about edges and corners and the children were encouraged to count them.
Squares, triangles, rectangles and even a hexagon was created.
Which shape could you make?
This week our focused group time in maths is to sing and act out the traditional nursey rhyme 5 currant buns. This helps with shape, money concepts and vocabulary relating to takeaway.
The children took turns to have a penny and buy a currant bun from the baker.
Homemade currant buns!!! Not safe for eating though!!!
What other nursery rhyme do you know that has numbers in it?
This week the children have been building their maths knowledge in a variety of ways. Some are securing their shapes where as a few are developing their knowledge of patterns or repeating patterns and how to make them as well as recognising them.
The children had a choice of designed hats to use the variety of shapes to create their patterns or design their own detailed hat.
They had a choice of circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, diamonds, stars and ovals in an array of diiferent colours.
Â ” it’s all sticky”. Â Â Â Â
Â ” I have a star, diamond, circle, triangle and rectangle”Â Â “I need this one now”Â Â “Look at mine, it’s all purple”Â Â “I’m drawing my shapes”. Â
What shapes would you use? And could you make a repeating pattern?
This week the children are counting, tallying and recognising number patters. Using the Numicon pegs the children have worked to discover how many of each picture they can identify and mark on their picture mat.
Once the items have been identified the children have to count the pegs and then select the corresponding piece of Numicon.
Some of the children were then challenged to compare values by each counting a different picture using the pegs and then finding the correct piece of Numicon.
Â Our counting skills are improving !
This week in our focus group time the children are being challenged to create a transport picture using different sized shapes.
Â Â working hard…..
Â “a racing car”
Â “its a home car!”
Â “a tractor”
Â “a train car”
Â “its a very long car”
Â ” a big train”
“a roof car”
What shapes can you see?
What transport could you make using different shapes?