Maths for Breakfast!

January 11, 2014

Did you know that Kelloggs Variety pack was launched in 1963!
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In our Maths lessons we did all voted on our favourite cereal from the Variety Pack and we are making tally charts and bar charts using the voting slips. We are also using the cereal to help us learn all about measures.

Did you know that the biggest Cornflake box weighs 1kg? We have estimating how much we think a bowl of cereal weighs and then pouring it into the weighing scales and weighing them in grams. Other children have been estimating how many millilitres of milk they pour on their cereal and then pouring it into a measuring jug to find out. Then they pour the milk on, eat the cereal and estimate how much milk is left in the bowl! This they then pour into the measure jug and measure too. Other groups have used the cereal boxes to become experts at using rulers and measuring in centimetres. When we have finished our ‘Maths for Breakfast’ project we will be having a class breakfast, we will weigh all the cereal and see how much the class can eat together! Can you estimate how much that will be?

In ICT the children used the ipads to photograph the work they had done in Maths and have made some great posters about measuring and data handling.


Next week – Maths, LEGO and Christmas Cards!

December 8, 2013

Next week we will begin to make our Christmas cards and other festive items. We know that there is Maths all around us and the Christmas card we are making is full of Maths! You can also follow the same instructions to make a card using any paper, but the wrapping paper with squares marked on the back is ideal. While we make the card you will get to practise all that we have learned last week about doubling, halving and fractions as well as looking at arrays again!

Click on the tree below to open the ebook book.
LEGO Tree Christmas Card instructions.


Here also is a link to the Christmas Maths Games we looked at last week. (Click on the picture)

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LEGO doubling, halving and fractions.

December 7, 2013

First this week we worked on doubling and halving. We used our LEGO 10s and units bricks to help us with this. When we doubled everyone selected the right number of 10s and units, and then got the same bricks again, finally adding all the bricks together to find the double. When we halved, we selected the number of 10s and units that we needed to half and then either shared them into 2 piles, or lined the bricks up in a line 2 LEGO studs wide, and counted the studs along one side. Children soon began to see patterns and links to their 2x tables.

Later in the week we used the LEGO bricks to help of find fractions of a whole.

Partitioning with LEGO bricks

October 5, 2013

Using our LEGO Maths bricks the children have been able to select 10s and units to represent a 2 digit number and then have partitioned (split) the number into 10s and units. By moving the LEGO 10s and units around, we have also seen that there are lots of other ways we can partition a number.

LEGO Maths

October 3, 2013

We have been busy gluing together LEGO bricks so that we have created our own special LEGO Maths bricks which are 2×5 bricks and therefore have 10 small circles on them. We use these as ’10s’ and then the small  1×1 bricks as units to help us understand our Maths.

Today we have been learning about adding multiples of 10s to 2 digit numbers.

Our ‘Save and Spend Game.’

July 6, 2013

We put this board game together to help us think about saving and spending money. You can make your own very easily by using a blank calendar page and then thinking about the money you might get and the things you might want to buy.

Our Game Rules.

You can play the game on your own or with friends. Each person needs a counter or playing piece. You need a dice, pencil and paper. You can use coins to help you work out how much money you have.

1. Throw the dice and move forward that number of squares. If you land on a square with a message on it, you must do as the message says, either collecting money or spending money.

2.When you pass Saturday you collect your pocket money even if you don’t land on the square.

3. If you spend all your money or run out of money you have to go back to the beginning!

4. The winner is the person who gets to the end of the month with the most money left!


This 2nd game board is the same but has higher amounts of money. Click on it to view a larger version.

Don’t forget to scroll down to see the link to ‘Billy and the Crocodile’ and to follow all the links to money related games online.game_2


Singing our 2x table with Table Toons on Mathletics!

July 2, 2013

Remember when you click on the Time Table Toons icon in Mathletics, it opens the songs in a new tab. So you can play Mathletics and listen to the times table songs at the same time! Here are some of us enjoying singing along to the song about the 2x table. More performances to come!

Next week it is the ‘School Fair!’

June 30, 2013

With the School Fair taking place next week we are going to be refreshing our knowledge about money and then making sure that we will be able to total the goods we might like to buy and also work out change. We will also be thinking about the importance of saving.
We will read a book called ‘Billy and the crocodile.’ You can read it online too by clicking the picture of the cover below.

Also click these links for more fun online games about money.

Here are some fun Gordan’s Interactive Games you can play too. Click on the picture to link.

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Maths in the sunshine!

June 8, 2013

We have done all our Maths outside this week in the glorious sunshine. We set up circuits of Maths activities and each team worked their way round the games challenging themselves and helping each other. We took numicon out and created symmetrical pictures. We took metre sticks out and measured the length and width of the KS1 playground. We used the new markings on the playground to give us hoops for playing a game with bean bags, scoring hundreds, tens and units. As we hopped on the hopscotch we counted in jumps of 2s, 5s and 10s and then challenged each other to count in different steps. We used sand timers and pedometers to see how many steps we could do in 1 and 3 minutes. It was so brilliant to be able to practise all our learning, enjoying the sunshine and our wonderful playground.

Enjoy this video of us playing all the different games!

Numberetti! What’s the biggest number you can make?

May 22, 2013

What a brilliant team challenge! Each team had a tin of ‘Numberetti’ and the challenge to find the total of the pasta digits in their tin. We discussed how to do the challenge and decided to sort the pasta first. Each team worked quickly and the pasta was sorted, grouped into 5’s and then counted. With the information recorded the teams worked in pairs to make block graphs and one pair in each team began the calculations. We remembered that zero multiplied by any number equalled zero, so that was an easy sum, but other calculations we much trickier! Finally we found out that the Fantastic Friend’s tin had the biggest total – 1074!

We then looked at this You tube video and found out a different way to solve the problem!