P4/5 are continuing to look at a problem a week to develop problem solving skills and thinking mathematically. This week, we revisited a problem we completed earlier in the year and tried a follow up challenge. Children had to read and understand, then formulate a plan to check what amounts would work, making sure they could prove they did not leave any out. This called for working systematically which was a bit challenging!
Lots of focus and concentration, teamwork, problem solving and numeracy skills in use! Today, children were developing understanding of place value, ordering non-consecutive numbers, developing basic math facts fluency, problem solving in Sudoku, taking part in a SUMDOG competition and much more!
Following on from a great discussion about the importance of a standard unit of measure, the children used rulers to measure the length of objects. When measuring out our first two, we talked about the importance of the placement of the object against the ruler to be accurate before recording their findings. After this, they gathered other objects, compared it to the two they already had to make an estimate of it’s length before measuring it to see how close they were.
What a challenge! First of all, we had to tackle the vocabulary in the question, the way it was worded was a little confusing! Once we did though, we made a plan and tested it out. After some trial and error, we found our answers :)
Everyone has time (4 days a week) to practise their Basic Maths facts. We use games and flash cards to practise and sometimes even make our own problems on the whiteboard! Next week is assessment week where children will be able to see the progress they have made and start a new goal.
Lots of engagement in this one! They all worked hard to find their answer and prove they had found all the options! We discovered six different ways to do this. When asked “what if there was four buttons?”, many children thought it would be eight options and were surprised to find there was actually 24!
Lots of learning in our numeracy rotation today - building numbers using base 10 materials, place value, practising Basic Maths Facts to develop fluency and solving a variety of addition problems at the writing station.
Today, P4/5 helped me solve a really tricky problem! First, they discussed and shared ideas for how we could solve it. Then they decided who they wanted to work with or if they wanted to experiment on their own. They gathered any resources from around the room that they thought might help and tried it out! Once they found an answer, they tried it a different way to see if they got the same answer and prove that they were correct. Lots of mathematical thinking and reasoning. Thank you for your help :)