We have returned to number but this time the focus is on multiplication and division. So far we have brainstormed what knowledge we have brought to the classroom. From assessments I could see we had a good understanding of some basic multiplication calculations, but the conceptual understanding behind the operations was needed. So that is where we started. We have been exploring what multiplication is and actually discovering why we learn about it! We realised we needed to understand key words such as arrays, equal, groups, sets, lots of, operation and multiplication. We went array crazy in class, finding arrays everywhere! I think we'll be finding post it notes for some time to come.
The key area to explore over the next two weeks is:
Multiplying numbers is useful when we:
· Repeat equal quantities
· Use ratio
· Make ratio comparison or changes, e.g. scales
· Make arrays and combinations· Need products of measures.
What can you do at home?
- Spot arrays at home
- Take opportunities for calculations while out shopping
- Visit these websites:
Our language lessons are closely connected to our unit of inquiry. We are focusing on Writing to Describe. A big goal here is being able to describe pictures and objects verbally, before we put our ideas to paper. Adjectives are clearly important to understand and use creatively. Encourage your children to describe events and objects in detail, encouraging clear and precise sentences. Try this game:
Keep it Going!
1. Name an object.
2. In turn say something about the object.
3. Can you make a collection of eight or more ideas?
Horse: It's an animal; it has four long legs; it has a mane and tail; it can be black, brown, grey or dappled; you can ride on it; it can run fast; it can jump; it can pull carts; it can run races; it can bite and kick when annoyed; it may live on a farm; it's a bit like a donkey.
Tip: If your child runs out of ideas, use questions such as: 'What sort of thing is it?' (category) 'What can you do with it? (use), and so on.