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Activity 1

Time revision: Find the clock you made 2 weeks ago, and try and remember what we know already -  the long hand at the number 12 tells us it is an o’clock time. Ask your child to show you some o’clock times -  we were familiar with 2 o’clock (home time) 9 o’clock (start of school day) and 11 o’clock (end of break time). You could also play “What’s the time, Mr Wolf?” throughout the week to help your child become familiar with the language of time.

 

We are going to play “A minute to win it” today, to help the children understand the passing of time. Set the timer on your phone/ device for 1 minute, and ask your child to complete a task within the 60 seconds. E.g. how many times can you write your name in 1 minute? Then time them doing the task! The whole family could join in. You can decide which tasks would suit your child best, and make up your own, but here are some ideas to get you started:

How many times can you jump up and down/ say the alphabet/ sing happy birthday in 1 minute?

How many star jumps/ bunny hops/ giant steps can you do in one minute?          

How many clothes pegs you can attach to your top in one minute?

How many times can you roll a 6 on a dice in one minute? Change the number e.g. your child’s age and try again.

Can your child stay quiet/ freeze like a statue for 1 minute?!

Have fun together!

 

Activity 2

Back to the books today, P1! Lets warm up our mathematical muscles by starting off with the next page of your number formation book – the number 6. If you have already completed this activity, practice number formation on a blank page.

Find the practical materials you have been using to help you count since we have learning at home, and see if you can set out the sums on page 3 and 4 of your Addition to 5 book, one at a time. Encourage your child to touch count the items to find the total. Your child may be able to touch count straight from the illustrations in the book, but if in doubt, give them the physical experience of using Lego/ pasta/ sweets etc to complete the sums  - learning by practically doing helps the brain understand and remember!

 

Activity 3

Still counting today, but revising our understanding of money. If you have loose change in a piggy bank or purse, let your child see and handle some real coins. Can they name any of them? Can they point out any similarities e.g. round ones/ not round, silver/ not silver, brown/ not brown etc. Can they find the number or word on the coin? Do they know whose face is on the coin? Can you find any coins older than your child – look carefully for the year it was minted. There is a link to a worksheet at the bottom of the page. Carefully count the pennies, and try to write the answer properly – it is ok if it takes a bit of practice, sometimes it is hard not to write them back to front!

 

Activity 4

Another practical lesson today – today we are looking at capacity – in other words, full and empty! If it is a nice day (fingers crossed!) take a bowl of water and some plastic cups outside, and fill and empty them. Ask your child to fill the cup right up to the top. Then ask them to empty the water from the cup so no water remains. Can your child half fill the cup? If the weather is awful, carry out this activity in the bath, at a sink, or with a basin. Use different sizes of cup or container. How many times can you use the smallest container e.g. egg cup to fill the biggest one e.g. cereal bowl etc. How many medicine syringes does it take to fill the egg cup? Play for as long as their attention lasts!

Show your child the capacity picture – either on screen or print it off. Then talk through the accompanying questions. You can take a photo of the questions on your phone if you don’t want to print the sheet.

Advance notice: next week, we will be measuring for a recipe – so you will need 8 tablespoons of flour, 5 tablespoons of sugar and 4 tablespoons of butter at some point! 😊

 

Activity 5

Use today to either revise concepts covered so far, or go over anything you are unsure of. Play some of the Top Marks maths games online, look up the BBC Schools show “Numbertime” on YouTube, or tune in to an episode of Numberblocks on Cbeebies. Try a variation on the minute game – ask your child to close their eyes, and open them when they think a minute has passed. How close to 60 seconds can your child get? Little and often will help the concepts sink in and stay!

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