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Making Maths Make Sense!

We have had a lot of fun in our maths lessons this term. Mrs Small likes to make our lessons practical and engaging. These are a couple of the topics we have looked at:Measure; We have compared the weight of mystery objects, made 1 metre in lots of different ways and measured things with our hands and feet.Fractions: We got quite messy one morning as we found a half using water and sand. We also made pizzas so we could cut them into halves and quarters.Money: We started by being introduced to English money, we discussed different money from all over the world and what we use it for. We have learnt to recognise the different coins and how to make different amounts. The children really enjoyed the time they spent playing in the shop.Sorting: For our toy topic we got to bring our toys into school. We had a go at sorting our toys into different groups. Some of us even used a Venn diagram to sort different toys.Shapes: Some children made different shapes out of play dough and we even got to be inventers for the day and invented some new shapes by drawing different shapes together to make new ones!Number order: We used playing cards to practise number recognition and orderRepeating Patterns: We had to help a King and Queen decorate their castle with our own repeating patterns.We hope you can see that it is possible to make maths learning part of everyday life? You could try it at home and thankfully you don't have to be a mathematician (or even particularly good at maths!) to get started. It's not all about helping with maths homework, either.Once you get started you'll find loads of ways to bring maths to life in the house. For example, why not try: Playing games such as Snap, cards, lotto, bingo, pairs and simple board games with your child. Try creating your own games, too, or ask your child to have a go.Singing number songs and rhymes.Sorting, counting, matching and comparing anything and everything together.Encouraging your child to help you with simple household tasks, such as laying the table. Ask them how many plates or chairs will be needed. If you are baking or cooking together, let them help you with weighing or counting out spoonfuls. Use fractions, too, dividing things into halves and quarters. A standard six, nine, or 12 bun tin offers a wonderful opportunity to practise addition and/or multiplication skills.Encouraging them to look at the clock regularly in order to relate times to familiar routines and activities.When youre going on a familiar journey, ask them to lead you, talking about the directions you are taking, e.g. left, right, and straight on.