This week the children have been reviewing some of the strategies they have learnt in Maths and deciding which ones they like most and which are more useful. For example, when the numbers in an addition equation are greater than 5, they can use the “make ten” strategy. In 9 + 6, they can make ten by taking one from 6 then they will have 10 + 5, which they will add up by using their knowledge of teen numbers. They tried this method using both the bead string and the ten-frames to see which suit them better. We find that each child will have their favourite way of adding: counting on, using near doubles, making ten first, using the number line or concrete manipulatives. It is important that they understand that there’s no right or wrong way, only that these strategies help them to solve mental maths problems more quickly and efficiently.
In Computing they have been illustrating the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood, using the software Paint. They can also use Purple Mash to practice their drawing skills.
Our Big Writing today focused on editing our own work, looking especially for missing capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. We asked the children to re-write their work making the necessary changes, including writing neater in their final draft. These skills take some time to embed and we will continue to develop them in following sessions.
We look forward to meeting some of you next week sharing some of your children’s learning.
Have you all a restful weekend.
Year 1 Team