In maths we have been recapping on the “part/whole” model which supports us when learning addition and subtraction facts. For example, if 10 is the ‘whole’, 6 is one ‘part’ then the other ‘part’ must be 4.  We have been so impressed with how well the children have remembered how to manipulate number facts and number bonds using this approach and will continue to embed understanding of this method.

We then furthered our knowledge of addition by looking at addition fact families.  The children discovered that the order of an addition sentence can be varied, and they began to discover that addition is commutative, i.e. when two numbers are added in any order the sum remains the same.

I was so impressed by the way the children recorded their own fact families in their maths books – setting out their work neatly and using just one square for each digit. A very important skill for young mathematicians to learn!

Looking at the children’s baby photographs was a real highlight of the week – thank you so much for sending these in.  We had a wonderful time looking at the pictures and discussing who was who! We discussed how the children had changed and compared things that they could do now, that they weren’t able to do as babies.