Hare Krishna Dear Parents,
Srila Prabhupada Wisdom quote …
Welcome to our New Students –
Aryan Bhagria and Aanya Kamdar
Learning Focus! – Math
What is the Number Framework?
There are two sections to the Number Framework. The Strategy section describes the processes students use to solve problems involving numbers – how they work things out. The Knowledge section describes the key items about number that children know and can recall quickly.
The two sections are linked, with children requiring knowledge to improve their strategies, and using strategies to develop new knowledge.
The Strategy Section- Solving number problems
The Strategy section of the Number Framework describes a series of stages that children progress through as they develop their understanding of a range of strategies for solving number problems. There are eight stages altogether, with the first three often grouped together: The ones in blue are what a child in year 1 would be focusing on!
- Stage 0-3: Counting from One – children can solve problems by counting from one, either using materials or in their head.
- Stage 4: Advanced Counting – children can solve problems by counting in ones, or by skip counting, starting from numbers other than one.
- Stage 5: Early Additive – children can solve simple problems by splitting up and adding together the numbers in their head.
- Stage 6: Advanced Additive – children use a range of different methods to solve more challenging problems in their head.
- Stage 7: Advanced Multiplicative – children use a range of different methods to solve multiplication and division problems in their head.
- Stage 8: Advanced Proportional – children can solve complicated problems involving fractions, decimals and percentages using a combination of methods.
The Knowledge Section- What we need to know…
The Knowledge section is usually broken down into five areas -: Numeral Identification, Number Sequence and Order, Grouping/Place Value, Basic Facts and Written Recording.
- Number Identification and Order – activities to help children learn to read numbers and know the order of numbers.
- Place Value – activities to help children learn how 10s, 100s, 1000s, tenths, hundredths, thousandths etc are used.
- Number Facts – activities that will help children learn their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts. (eg. addition facts to five – 2 + 3 =) Knowing this fact without having to count
How You Can Help at Home…
Your child is likely to be learning a range of strategies in their classroom mathematics programme. One of the ways that you can most easily support them is to help them develop the knowledge that they will need to be able to use these strategies.
Give them opportunities to do maths
Maths is everywhere! Regardless of the age or ability of your child there are opportunities for them to practice their maths.
If your child is learning to count – count things. You may count the number of steps in a staircase, the number of toys on the floor, the number of cars driving past, or anything else you can think of. The more your child counts, the better they will get.
If your child is learning to add – add things. This could be easy things such as the number of knives on the table plus the number of forks on the table, or more difficult things such as the cost of items at the supermarket. Don’t forget to subtract as well.
Use math in everyday life. Every time you cut up an apple to share you are using fractions. “OK, so we have to share this apple between the 2 of you…so how many pieces shall I cut it into?” “Do you know the fraction for that…yes 1/2 !”
Some great contexts for maths are:
- Money – counting and calculating. Pocket money, banking, shopping…
- Measuring things – lengths, areas, volumes, cooking ingredients…
- Travelling – reading numbers on signs for young children, calculating distances and speeds for older children.
- Games – Monopoly, Bingo, board games, cards…
Tip for the Week – Teaching Number Identification to 100
You can download and print off a simple Hundreds Number Chart from the web like the one below…
Call out a number – and get them to colour it in or cross or tick it off. If your number is 36…ask first….which row are the 30’s in? Then get them to run their finger along the 30’s line. You can use this chart for before and after numbers as well. Can you find the number before 96? Can you find the number after 21?
Homework – Bringing back your plastic bag each day!
We are doing it! Yay! These student’s are bringing back their readers in plastic bags daily so that they can get a fresh book to take home. Note…. The bag does not have to have their weekly homework in it- just the bag and reader. We cannot give out readers without the bag …because this is what can happen…
Developing Fine Motor Skills
This is super important for handwriting, colouring etc so we give the children lots of practice in developing these skills.