# Maths: Blog items

Year 3 - DT - Investigating existing products and Market Research

Date: 9th Sep 2024 @ 9:05pm

To begin our DT journey, we looked at a range of existing pencil cases.  We thought about what material they had been made from, how they had been joined, who the user was and how they opened and closed.  We  found most of the pencil cases were made from fabric and stitched together.  Some pencil cases were made from wood or leather but these were less common.  We also conducted some market research.  We created a google form to gather data on what users would want from a pencil case.  We thought about what we would need to put in a pencil case, the shape, the design, the material and how the case would close.

We then analysed the data to see what it told us.   Our results showed that a character design is most popular. Those surveyed also wanted a soft pencil case that they could carry in their bags. We also found out that most children wanted lots of different things in their pencil case, so when we design our cases we need to make sure we have enough room and potentially a pocket for organising.

Year 1 Grouping and Sorting

Date: 9th Sep 2024 @ 6:06pm

This week in year one we have been grouping and sorting! We have used a number of different objects and talked about what is the same and what is different. We have learnt we can sort by colour, by shape, by type and by size. We have also learnt how to log into our own Seesaw account and post pictures of our learning! We have also been exploring our new classroom environment and completing lots of maths challenges in our provision.

Year 3 - Place Value

Date: 5th Sep 2024 @ 9:25am

Year 3 started their maths learning by recapping what we remember about 2-digit numbers.  We have been looking at how 2-digit numbers are composed of tens and ones and we have also been looking at how we can flexibly partition 2-digit numbers in a range of ways.  Our next step is to introduce hundreds and then begin to look at the place value in 3-digit numbers.

Year 4 - KIRFs and dictionary practise

Date: 5th Sep 2024 @ 9:07am

Right back at it this week! We have been practising our numbers to 100 for our KIRFs this half term and we have been practising how to use a dictionary. We remembered that the dictionary is in alphabetical order and that we use the first 3 letters of the word to find it.

Year 2- Telling the time

Date: 9th Jul 2024 @ 11:55am

Today, we recapped telling the time to the nearest fifteen minutes including: o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. We used our knowledge to play a game of bingo, making sure we had the correct times that matched before we could have the card.

Acorns - At the seaside

Date: 5th Jul 2024 @ 4:23pm

This week Acorns have been exploring the seaside.

We have had lots of fun sensory experiences including splat the sandcastle, underwater tuff trays and our sensory story, 'What the ladybird heard at the seaside'.

We also read Billy's Bucket and enjoyed choosing what we would put in our own buckets. We even created our own seaside scene.

Acorns - Supertato and Health week

Date: 30th Jun 2024 @ 5:40pm

Acorns have been celebrating Health & Well-Being week this week through a variety of activities. Firstly, our very successful interactive sports session which we all loved. Our sensory story was Supertato. We loved listening to the story and exploring the Superveggies!! We had a selection of vegetables to touch, smell and taste before matching them to the correct cards. We also made fruit kebabs and loved tasting a variety of fruit and strengthening our fine motor skills, threading the fruit onto skewers. We counted potatoes and vegetables during maths and even made our own Supertato art work. We finished the week off wearing bright and sporty outfits and developing some turn taking skills during our activities.

Acorns - Oh Dear

Date: 25th Jun 2024 @ 1:55pm

Acorns have enjoyed meeting the ducklings and learning about their growth and life cycle.

We have incorporated lots of eggciting activities into our learning this week.

We loved our sensory duck themed tuff trays, maths activities and writing activities.

We have been reading Oh Dear and looking for the eggs and enjoyed matching the animals during our sensory story and using the correct noises of the animals.

Acorns have also been busy making ducks during art.

Our highlight was watching the ducks take a paddle in the reception play area before we said good bye.

Year 1 Takeover Day

Date: 20th Jun 2024 @ 6:03pm

Today, we all enjoyed takeover day with our Year 5 teachers! We were very excited to meet our new teachers and TAs and all tried our very best with everything they asked us to do.

After assembly, we began the morning by reading the story 'More or less' to recap our understanding of how to find one more and one less than a given number. We then used our knowledge to find one more and one less for given numbers within 100, showing our Year 5 teachers how we record our learning independently on Seesaw.

We then learnt how to draw a portrait of ourselves. Mr Ridley showed us a great example of his own portrait and gave us step by step instructions to follow.

We all had a super morning!

Year 2 - Takeover Morning

Date: 20th Jun 2024 @ 1:53pm

Today was our annual Year 5 Takeover Morning and Year 2 were lucky to spend the morning being taught by Mr Fleming, Mr Bell, Mr Hudson, Mr Zaleski and Mr Rhodes.  We started off with Maths where we recapped our 2x, 5x and 10x multiplication facts.  We played Hit The Button and then we completed independent tasks where we had to apply our 2x, 5x and 10x table knowledge.

After break we looked at word classes in Reading into Writing.  We revisited nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.  We identified them in sentences and discussed what their uses were.  We then worked in groups to complete a sorting game.

We thoroughly enjoyed our morning with our Takeover teachers, we all worked hard and tried our very best for them and we hope that we have given them an idea of what it is like to work in a school.

Year 1 Beebots

Date: 11th Jun 2024 @ 5:18pm

Today we began our 'moving a robot' work to learn early programming skills. We explored using the individual buttons and commands, identifying what each command for the Beebot does and using them to start to predict the outcome of the robot program.

Year 2- Position and Direction

Date: 22nd May 2024 @ 7:35am

This week, Year Two have began their position and direction Maths unit. Yesterday, we described movement in straight lines by working with a partner to follow a set of instructions to move a counter around a grid in the correct direction. We had to understand positional language including: forwards, backwards, left and right which linked to our Programming unit of Beebots. Our knowledge from the Computing unit helped us to use the vocabulary correctly and apply it in a different area of the curriculum.

Year 1 Finding Half of a Quantity

Date: 20th May 2024 @ 5:50pm

Today we learnt to find half of a quantity. We worked through lots of examples together, seeing that to find a half we need two equal groups. We then explored practically sharing a given quantity of objects into two groups using skills developed throughout our previous lessons. We checked the amounts in each groups after sharing to ensure that there was an equal amount in each group.

Acorns - Sam plants a sunflower

Date: 17th May 2024 @ 4:42pm

This week Acorns have been reading Sam plants a Sunflower, as our class story.

We have enjoyed learning about how plants grow and what they need, including soil, water and sunlight.

We have been developing our focus and attention, taking part in small adult led group activities based around our story.

Acorns have enjoyed the immersive sensory story, especially being sprayed with the water spray when Sam plants his seeds and waters them.

Acorns have experienced planting their very own sunflowers and can't wait to see them grow.

Nursery and the Repeating Pattern

Date: 17th May 2024 @ 12:14pm

This week we have read the story "Bumble Bear" about a bear who loves honey so much he joined a bee school! We have looked closely at the yellow and black striped pattern of the bee and have been recreating it in different ways,

Year 3- Telling time!

Date: 13th May 2024 @ 4:21pm

In Maths, the children have been using practical resources to help support tell the time. The children have enjoyed finding o’clock, quarter past, quarter to, half past. The children have also told time in minutes, and counting in 5 minutes intervals.

Acorns - Ben plants a Butterfly Garden

Date: 12th May 2024 @ 6:25pm

This week Acorns have been exploring the story Ben plants a Butterfly Garden.

We are continuing to develop our understanding of the butterfly life cycle.

We have enjoyed a variety of sensory tuff tray experiences as well as the sensory story.

We have also noticed the change in our caterpillars, which a now chrysalis.

We have engaged well in lots of different literacy and numeracy activities, developing our overwriting skills and number knowledge. We are continuing to develop our engagement in adult-led activities alongside our peers.

What a busy week.

Nursery Explore Spirals

Date: 9th May 2024 @ 11:03pm

This week we have been reading "Nornan the Slug with the Silly Shell" by Sue Hendra. In the story, Norman the slug meets some snails and loves their shells! We looked closey at the spiral pattern you find on shells and then made our own jammy spiral pastries!

Acorns - Jaspers Beanstalk

Date: 3rd May 2024 @ 9:00pm

We have enjoyed our sensory story this week all about Jaspers Beanstalk. We have been engaging in small adult led activities to support our understanding, learning and developing our focus and concentration. We have loved copying the actions from the book, planting, digging, watering and watching to see what grows. We have enjoyed exploring a variety of vegetables through touch, smell and taste if we were brave enough. We also enjoyed counting vegetables and trying to order beanstalks from smallest to biggest. For some of us we counted to 10 and others showed great listening skills and engagement. What a busy week.

Nursery Make a Worm

Date: 2nd May 2024 @ 4:50pm

This week we have been reading "Superworm" by Julia Donaldson and the children have made their very own Superworms! They  were able to practise lots of skills as they made their worms. These included counting as they rolled the dice and added the matching number of beads to their worm. Putting the beads on to the pipecleaner supported their fine motor developement and taking turns to roll the dice was great for developeing their social interactions. The worms looked pretty amazing too!

Year 2 - Finding three quarters

Date: 1st May 2024 @ 8:54pm

We have been using cubes to find three quarters of given amounts.  First we had to count out the whole, then we had to share the whole into four equal groups.  Each of these groups represented a quarter.  Finally, we added three of the equal groups to find three quarters.  This is a tricky concept, but we all worked well on this and we have deepened our understanding of non-unit fractions and finding a fraction of an amount.

Year 5 - 3-D Shapes

Date: 1st May 2024 @ 9:49am

As part of our journey into 'properties of shapes', children in year 5 have been exploring 2-D and 3-D shapes. We used practical objects to support learners finding the number of faces, edges and vertices, and used an online tool to make a variety of 2-D shapes on a virtual pinboard.

Date: 30th Apr 2024 @ 6:20pm

Today we used our previous learning of recognising equal groups to now add equal groups together to find a total. We focused on counting equal groups of 2, 5 and 10 within 50, identifying and recording the number sentence to match the groups. We discussed and began to use the language of multiplication, e.g. ‘there are 5 equal groups of 2, so there are 10 in total.’

Nursery and Repeating Patterns

Date: 25th Apr 2024 @ 11:31am

We have been looking at repeating patterns this week using two objects or colours. To embed this learning, the children have made their very own Hungry Caterpillar neclaces. This is also great for developing the childrens fine motor skills.

Nursery and The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Date: 25th Apr 2024 @ 11:25am

We have been reading the story "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle. The story is brilliant for teaching the children the days of the week, counting and exploring the life cycle of the butterfly. The children have been busy outside looking for caterpillars - we haven't found any yet! We have leanrt the caterpillar starts with a "C" and thought of other things that start with a "c". The children have also enjoyed leanring a new song that teaches us about the liec cycle of a butterfly.