Yr R Maths for week commencing 29th June

This week we are going to begin looking at measures. The children will begin by using language to describe length and height, e.g. the tree is tall, the pencil is short. When making direct comparisons, they may initially say something is big or bigger than something else. Encourage them to use more specific mathematical vocabulary relating to length (longer, shorter), height (taller, shorter), and breadth (wider, narrower). They will then move on to make indirect comparisons using identical objects such as blocks or cubes to measure items. For example; “My lorry is 8 bricks long. It is longer than my car because by car is 4 bricks long.” They may also compare distances to see which is further or nearer.

Monday 29th June Listen to the story ‘Titch’ by Pat Hutchins  Encourage your child to talk about the people in their family. Who is the tallest? Who is the shortest? Who are they taller or shorter than? Can they order their family by height? Ask your child to draw their family in order from the tallest to the shortest. Can they show the difference in height in their pictures? Ask them to label the people in their picture and write ‘tallest’ and ‘shortest’ in the correct places. Extension: Write some sentences to say who is shorter or taller than who. Watch the animation of Titch by following this link 

Tuesday 30th June Listen to the story ‘Tall’ by Jez Alborough and recap the language to compare height (taller, shorter)  Challenge your child to build towers. Can they build one the same height as themselves? How tall is the tallest tower they can build? Can they build a short tower? Can they build beds for Daddy Bear, Mummy Bear and Baby Bear? Allow your child time to play and explore, encouraging them to talk about what they are doing using the vocabulary of measures. Encourage your child to re-tell the story of Goldilocks and the three bears, using the props they have made.

Wednesday 1st July Listen to the song telling the story of ‘Superworm’ by Julia Donaldson  Using your playdough make Superworm and his family of worms. Encourage your child to use mathematical language relating to length as they play. Ask: Can you make a long snake? A short snake? A thick snake? A thin snake? Show me the longest snake you can make. How many blocks long is your snake?

Thursday 2nd June Listen to ‘Where’s My Teddy’ read by the author Jez Alborough.  Collect some natural resources from outside (leaves and twigs for example) and compare the length of them. Encourage your child to measure them. Can they order them from longest to shortest or shortest to longest? How many items can they order without the need for adult support? Can they take their own photo to show me their order. Extension: Provide them with labels for longest and shortest to place accordingly. On a strip of paper write _______ is longer than ________ and on another write ________ is shorter than _________. Can they place items on the strip to complete the sentences?

Friday 3rd June Listen to the ‘longer or shorter’ song  Give your child a length of string. Can they find 3 things that are longer and 3 things that are shorter than their piece of string? Can they record their findings? Change the length of the string and try again. Ensure your child is using the correct language. 

Please continue to play on ‘Numbots’ and ‘Maths Factor’.


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