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Balloons 🎈

Our problem solving strategy this term is called ‘Act it out’. That means for each task we are given we will try to find ways to complete the problem practically before working out the answers. This week the problem was called Balloons. We thought that using real balloons would really help us see how many balloons were added on each time. After we completed the problem practically and as a team, we worked out our answers independently by using a number line. We have been learning how to ‘count the jumps’ when adding numbers together. 

Addition using a number line πŸ”’

We have been learning how to add 2 numbers together using a number line. First we worked as a team to complete addition sums on the whiteboard. We used a highlighter to draw the jumps and our friends helped us count how many jumps we had made. Next we used farm animals to move along our own number lines. We did a fantastic job! 

Making Shapes using IZAK9 πŸ”΅πŸ”ΊπŸŸ‘πŸŸ©

We have been using the IZAK9 cubes to revise our 2D shapes. First we revised the names and properties of the 2D shapes that we know; circle, square, triangle and rectangle. Some groups learned some new shapes; pentagon, hexagon and octagon. Next we picked a challenge card. That told us the name and colour of the shape we were building. We worked together as a team to find the blocks that we needed and put them together to make the shape. We tried turning blocks around and putting them in different places to solve the problem. 

Car Colour Pictograph πŸš—πŸš™

We have been learning about pictographs. Before making the pictograph, we needed to find out how many of each colour of car to add. We did this by surveying the cars in the staff car park. We made a table to record our data and worked as as team to record the results. Then we brought our table into the classroom and created a pictograph on PurpleMash. Finally, we interpreted the graph by answering questions such as;

  • which colour is the most popular?
  • how many red cars are there? 
    how many cars are there altogether? 


This week, we have been learning about doubles. We used cubes to represent the double facts by placing the same number of cubes on each hand. We counted the total number of cubes and Mrs McKeown recorded our sums on the IWB. It was so funny trying to put (and keep) the cubes on our fingers. The double facts are:

  • 1+1=2
  • 2+2=4
  • 3+3=6
  • 4+4=8
  • 5+5=10


Leap Frog Problem Solving 🐸

Today we worked with a partner to complete our problem solving task. We were learning to determine ‘how many more.’ We did this by reading the clues and adding and removing frogs from a lily pad. We recorded our answers on our write and wipe boards. We did great! 

Using Ten Frames

This week we have been recognise and making numbers using 10 frames. We discussed all the ways that we could count the cubes to check that we have made the right number, for example; counting in 1’s or 2’s, recognising that if the frame if full it is worth 10, or using double facts. Mrs McKeown, Miss Gracey and Mr McKelvey were all so impressed! 


We have loved exploring capacity both indoors and outdoors in the Rainbow garden. We can now describe bottles and jugs as being; full, nearly full, half full, half empty, nearly empty and empty. 

Measuring Weight

We have been learning about ‘heavier than’ and ‘lighter than.’ We used the pan balance scales to compare 2 classroom items and talk about which was the heaviest or lightest. We loved predicting which item would be heavier. Next, we measured the weight of classroom items using cubes. We did this by adding cubes to the scales until it was balanced. We had lots of fun! 

Monster Maths Week πŸ‘»

This week we celebrated Maths week along with our Halloween celebrations. We have been practising recognising and making numbers within 20. We used a number spinner on the interactive whiteboard to tell us how many eyes to add to make our scary monsters. We made some very funny creations! 

Measuring Length πŸ“

This week, we have been exploring length. We compared items and talked about which was longer or shorter. Then we measured the length of wiggly worms using cubes as non-standard units. We found long worms, short worms and middle sized worms! πŸͺ±

Sorting Shapes 🟑 🟦 πŸ”Ί

We have been learning all about 2D shapes. We have been counting the number of sides and corners on circles, squares, triangles and rectangles. This week we have been learning how to sort using a Carroll diagram. We worked as a team to decide how we would sort our shapes, for example; square / not square. We did a fantastic job at sorting! 

We can make a pattern! 🟠🟣🟠🟣🟠🟣