Category Archives: Maths

Creating bar charts!

Bluebirds have been finding bar charts very tricky so this morning, the children were shown these examples to spot the common mistakes! They were VERY critical about Mrs Parry’s attempts on the white board and had to give her lots advice about where she was going wrong! The class constructed a list of steps to success! These included:

► Labelling the scale accurately using the lines.
► Ensuring the scale is evenly spaced and of suitable jumps.
► Label the axis and include a title.
► Start at zero.
► Use a ruler and the blue lines in the maths book.
► Evenly space each bar.
► Shade the bar carefully and accurately.

Can you spot the mistakes ?!

All the class felt extremely proud after today’s lesson and could see great improvement in their work from yesterday.

Doing Division

This morning, after recapping dividing with regrouping, Bluebirds learnt about dividing with remainders left over. They started with an activity of seeing how many squares they could make using 13 lollipops. They discovered they had one left over….one remainder! Next they had to investigate how many triangles could be made with 38 sticks. Ke Xin, Lola and Callum C ran on just of sticks but decided to write down the multiple of three to find the answer! Good thinking!

Afterwards, Bluebirds were successful in using a number line to calculate division with remainders accurately. Well done Bluebirds!

Multiplying 2 digit numbers by a 1 digit number

Bluebirds are enjoying mastering the skill of multiplying a two digit number by a one digit number. Today, Mrs Parry began by presenting the class with a problem to solve. The children got straight to work, using place value counters and jottings to calculate the answer together in pairs.

The class solved lots of multiplication calculations by partitioning the tens and ones of the two digit number to find their answer. Afterwards, they became the teacher and explained what mistakes had been made. Well done Bluebirds! Next we will be regrouping too so we need to make sure we line up our digits accurately to avoid making similar mistakes in our own work!

Composing questions!

After investigating lots of true and false statements this week, Bluebirds have been using pictures as a stimulus to invent their own questions for their partner. There was some very creative thinking!

See if you can answer any of our examples given by Moharnab, Alexi, Ryan and Shona!

Saving money

Today, Sandra from HSBC came to visit Bluebirds to talk about saving money. She asked theW class what they would like to save up for. There were lots of suggestions such as…

Sandra explained that once children are 7 they can have their own account to save their money in. She showed the class the special money box which is like a real bank safe and has a secret combination code to unlock the door. She advised them how to complete the application form and advised the children to open the account with £10 to start the account off. She clarified this wasn’t a charge! Then she told them about how to pay in using a special book.

Introducing Place Value counters

On Thursday, Bluebirds made three digit numbers using place value counters and charts. In partners, one child wrote a three digit number out in numerals and words, whilst their partner made the number using the equipment. We discussed numbers that contained a zero. For example, Mrs Parry asked the children if 704 had no tens. After partner talk, the children realised there were tens in the number and even calculated how many (70!), using their knowledge of ten times tables. Similarly, children realised there were ones in the number 740! Well done Bluebids, you completed great investigation work practically using new equipment!

Angles, Lines and Shapes!

Year 3 have been busy working through their final Maths topics over the last week or so.

The children spotted right angles around the room, realising they were everywhere! They learnt about Obtuse and Acute angles and identified where they were in 2D shapes. The class identified parallel and perpendicular lines around our room. Today, children have been choosing a shape and describing the properties to a friend, to see if they can guess the shape, hidden in their hand!

Estimating and measuring capacity

Today Bluebirds enjoyed a practical lesson, which took place on the playground, involving lots of water!

Mrs Parry challenged the children to estimate amounts of water and then use the measuring jugs and cylinders to see how accurate they were. This gave the children great experience in reading different scales and calculating various increments.

Measuring mass!

Today, Bluebirds began their new topic in Maths. They discussed different types of scales and familiarised themselves with the language such as grams, kilograms, heavier than and lighter than. The children selected two items to weigh and found which one was the heaviest/lightest. The children looked at a variety of scales with different intervals and practised calculating how much each increment was worth.