Place Value, Number Stories and Basic Facts
As their work in mathematics progresses, children are beginning to use larger numbers. In Unit 5, children will begin to explore the system we use for writing large numbers by focusing on the idea of place value. For example, in the number 72, 7 is in the tens place, so there are “7 tens”, and 2 is in the ones place, so there are “2 ones”. Children will use base-10 blocks to represent numbers and to find the sum of two numbers. They will also use place value to determine “greater than” and “less than” relationships.
Later in the unit, children will continue to work with addition facts. Shortcuts for learning facts will be introduced. One shortcut is the turn-around rule, which states that the order in which numbers are added does not change the sum. For example 4+3 and 3+4 both equal 7. Your child will also learn the meaning of adding 0 and 1 to any number. Knowing these shortcuts will make the task of learning addition facts easier.
Children will also practice place value and addition and subtraction facts by acting out number stories. They will act out these stories using concrete objects and will begin to represent stories with number models.
Thursday 5th December
Tomorrow there will be a Roots and Shoots day to raise awareness about the concern for the ENVIRONMENT and how a healthy environment is needed for the other two elements of ANIMALS and COMMUNITY to flourish. This links really well with our unit about ‘Sharing the Planet’, so to help the children show their support we are asking everyone to wear BLUE OR GREEN FREE DRESS THIS FRIDAY.
There will also be some things to purchase, so please help children bring some money. All money raised will go to TAWESO and their building of Dar’s first Animal Rescue Centre. A great cause!!!
A reminder that the Grade 1’s will be performing in the Music Concert on Tuesday December 3rd at 7.30am in the hall and they are required to wear smart casual dress, no jeans.
Grade 1 Field Trip to Wonder Welders!!
In this unit, Sharing the Planet, students explore how the materials we use have an impact on the environment. They learnt that bottles, wood, metal and plastic can all be reused. All students made paper out of onion skin, pineapple leaves, cardboard, recycled white paper, banana leaves and water.