**Week ending 17.10.14****Week ending 10.10.14**

Hi to all,

This week we started a new unit called ‘Handling data and measures’, and spent the week discussing and practising various forms of measure to do with capacity, height and length.

We worked out who is the shortest and tallest (and everyone in between), measured various body parts of a partner by using a tape measure, and practised drawing and measuring lines with a ruler. This last one still needs a little practise, so might be a good activity to do at home during some ‘free time’.

There are many pictures below showing ‘your children in action’ performing their various measuring tasks this week.

Best wishes for good weekend,

Greg

Hi to all,

This week we started a new unit called ‘Handling data and measures’, and spent the week discussing and practising various forms of measure to do with capacity, height and length.

We worked out who is the shortest and tallest (and everyone in between), measured various body parts of a partner by using a tape measure, and practised drawing and measuring lines with a ruler. This last one still needs a little practise, so might be a good activity to do at home during some ‘free time’.

There are many pictures below showing ‘your children in action’ performing their various measuring tasks this week.

Best wishes for good weekend,

Greg

**Week ending 26.9.14**

Hello to all,

This week we completed the unit

Hello to all,

This week we completed the unit

*Securing Number Facts, understanding shapes*by spending the week reviewing 2D and 3D shapes. While we looked at many shapes and tried to learn the properties of each, the main thing we need to remember is that a 2D shape has one flat surface and 'can't be picked up'; while a 3D shape can have more than one surface, and 'can be picked up'!**You will see some pictures below of the children going on a 2D shape hunt in the classroom. Most did a great job in finding things that matched the shapes we had learned. In the pictures you will see one picture taken from this website:**

http://www.abc123kidz.com/shape_quiz.html

**It is a good website to visit and review 2D and 3D shapes.**

**If you are looking for other sites concerning 2D and 3D shapes, the following might be also useful:**

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/shape.htm

http://www.mathworksheets4kids.com/shapes.html

http://www.mathworksheets4kids.com/solid-shapes.html

**Also, the file below is one we used in class. It uses the 'what am I ' game to introduce various properties of 3D shapes for the children to read and 'guess' the shape. **

what_am_i | |

File Size: | 614 kb |

File Type: | what am i |

**Best wishes for a happy holiday,**

**Greg**

*Week ending 19.9.14**Hello,*

*This week we began a new Numeracy unit called*__Securing Number Facts, understanding shapes__and*revisited some work from previous weeks e.g. 1 more, 1 less, 10 more, 10 less, ordering numbers, and counting backwards in 1s and 2s. The two sites below below can be used to review much of this work if you wish. It is always helpful to ask the children how they know the answer and can they explain their answer.**http://www.ictgames.com/caterpillar_slider.html**http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks1numeracy.html**The site below is another one you might like to use if you are looking to generate some worksheets for your child to use. There are not only Maths resources there, but many from other parts of the curriculum that you may find useful.**http://worksheetgenius.com/maths_worksheets.php**Also during the week we looked at British coins and noted the many differences of the coins up to the 50p coin. The Woodland site below has very good pictures and information about each of these coins, and the ICT Games site allows the children to work out how much they should pay and what coins they can use to do so.**http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/questions/money/coins.**htmhttp://www.ictgames.com/moneypayer50p.html**Enjoy your weekend,**Greg*

**Week ending 12.9.14**

**Hello to all,**

This week we looked at increasing our knowledge of using strategies to complete addition sums to 20 and beyond. We know that we can use our fingers, but we know that we can also use various objects to count with, draw pictures/diagrams using dots, lines, stars, etc to help us also find the answer.

We also looked at ‘finding the difference’ in minus or take away sums, and learned that it is easier to count up from the small number up to the big number, i.e. 14-7=7, so we start at 7 and count up to 14 to get the answer 7. This was a bit difficult for some, and more practise will be required in the future.

One ‘tricky’ problem we worked on went something like this:

Jenny had a bag of 14 sweets. She put 4 on plate a, 2 on plate b, and 3 on plate c. How many sweets were left in the bag?

We did ‘act’ this out, and found the answer, but as I said, it is a bit tricky, and if you can practise things like this at home, it would be great help to your child.

A final note about homework – homework is given by me on Monday, and should be returned by the following Monday to me. Of course, if your child finishes it earlier, they can return it the classroom whenever it is done. Please, if there is a problem with doing any of this, please contact me so I know the situation.

Best wishes for a happy weekend,

Greg

This week we looked at increasing our knowledge of using strategies to complete addition sums to 20 and beyond. We know that we can use our fingers, but we know that we can also use various objects to count with, draw pictures/diagrams using dots, lines, stars, etc to help us also find the answer.

We also looked at ‘finding the difference’ in minus or take away sums, and learned that it is easier to count up from the small number up to the big number, i.e. 14-7=7, so we start at 7 and count up to 14 to get the answer 7. This was a bit difficult for some, and more practise will be required in the future.

One ‘tricky’ problem we worked on went something like this:

Jenny had a bag of 14 sweets. She put 4 on plate a, 2 on plate b, and 3 on plate c. How many sweets were left in the bag?

We did ‘act’ this out, and found the answer, but as I said, it is a bit tricky, and if you can practise things like this at home, it would be great help to your child.

A final note about homework – homework is given by me on Monday, and should be returned by the following Monday to me. Of course, if your child finishes it earlier, they can return it the classroom whenever it is done. Please, if there is a problem with doing any of this, please contact me so I know the situation.

Best wishes for a happy weekend,

Greg

*Week ending 5.9.14*

*Welcome to the Tiger class maths page!*

During the year we will add information about what is happening in the classroom relating to the Year 2 Maths Curriculum.

We have begun the unit Block A1 ‘Counting, Partitioning and Calculating’ and focused on activities involving counting and adding to 20, grouping and ordering bigger numbers, tens and units, 1/10 more, 1/10 less, and which number is bigger.

If you would like to help/support your child at home with any of these activities, the following links may help you help your child to reinforce what we have learned in class this week.

http://primarygamesarena.com/splatre1002622

http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html

Happy weekend,

GregDuring the year we will add information about what is happening in the classroom relating to the Year 2 Maths Curriculum.

We have begun the unit Block A1 ‘Counting, Partitioning and Calculating’ and focused on activities involving counting and adding to 20, grouping and ordering bigger numbers, tens and units, 1/10 more, 1/10 less, and which number is bigger.

If you would like to help/support your child at home with any of these activities, the following links may help you help your child to reinforce what we have learned in class this week.

http://primarygamesarena.com/splatre1002622

http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html

Happy weekend,

Greg

**September 3rd 2014**

*Hello to all Parents,*

*The information*__below__belongs to Tiger Maths class 2013-2014.

*For all NEW information and pictures about Tigers Maths 2014-15, please look*

__above__this post.

*Thank you,*

*Greg Rendall*

Make a 'Space Cake' using your measuring skills!

We really enjoyed using our knowledge of scales to make a moon cake in this game. Try it out yourself!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/starship/maths/aliencookbook.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/starship/maths/aliencookbook.shtml

## Capacity

This week we looked at capacity. First we talked about the different units that we measure capacity in and then we had a go at working out how much water different containers held using measuring jugs. This was great fun and because we worked as a team we had lots of great discussions about what we were doing and we were able to improve each others measuring skills. After we had worked out how muchwater the different containers held, we then estimated how many times one container could be used to fill another, for example we thought you would need two 250ml bottles to fill one 500ml bottle. We then tested our results!

## Money Word Problems

On Friday we used a range of different websites to investigate working with money. Try some of them out to practice your skills!

http://www.ictgames.com/change_eXchanger_50p.html

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?b=maths/problemsolving

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=PriceListsv5

http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks2/maths/shop_counter/index.htm

http://www.ictgames.com/change_eXchanger_50p.html

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?b=maths/problemsolving

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=PriceListsv5

http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks2/maths/shop_counter/index.htm

## Grid Symmetry and Word Problems

This week we have been looking at reflecting shapes in grids and word problems. We found it quite tricky to reflect the shape in the line of symmetry, rather than just copy it from one side to the other so we had to think carefully. We also worked in pairs to think about word problems. First we identified the important, key words in the question then we worked together to decide which strategy to use to solve it. We found that we all used different strategies and that we still got the right answers! In maths there are lots of different ways to solve a problem, it is about choosing the method which makes most sense to you!

## Symmetrical Patterns and Lines of Symmetry

This week we have been looking and making symmetrical patterns. First of all we only had one line of symmetry and this was quite easy but when we had two lines of symmetry we really had to think and use our problem solving skills to sort out any mistakes!

Then we looked at lines of symmetry in shapes. To do this we had to use a mirror or fold the shapes in half as it was much trickier to do. If you would like to do some more practice at home - check out this game!

http://www.innovationslearning.co.uk/subjects/maths/activities/year3/symmetry/shape_game.asp

http://www.innovationslearning.co.uk/subjects/maths/activities/year3/symmetry/shape_game.asp

## Finding the Difference and Missing Number Problems

These last two weeks we have been working on solving different kinds of number problems using a range of strategies. First we found the difference between two numbers by counting on to the nearest ten using a numberline and then we tried solving missing number problems by moving the numbers in the number sentence around into different orders. Both of these strategies involved careful recording and we are now beginning to realise the importance of diagrams in developing our mathematical understanding.

## Measurement

This week we are learning a range of skills to do with measurement. We first looked at how to measure correctly with a ruler, starting from the 0 mark and not from the beginning of the ruler. Then we went on to look at using balance scales to compare the weights of different objects, and then to weigh objects using standard units such as grams and kilograms. Finally we are examining the range of scales used on measuring equipment, from weighing scales to rulers to measuring cylinders. It is quite tricky but our counting in tens and fives is definitely helping us!

## Data Handling

This week we have been gathering data using a tally chart to find out our favourite animals. We looked at how you count a tally, focusing on how you 'shut the gate' when you have five tallies to make them easier to count up, using our knowledge of counting in fives. We really enjoyed asking each other questions and then created colourful bar graphs to display what we had found out.

## 2D and 3D Shapes

This week we are exploring and investigating the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We have started off by describing and sorting 2D shapes according to their properties, eventually looking at the different types of triangles as well as regular and irregular shapes.

## Using known number facts to solve larger number problems...

This week we have been looking at number bonds to 10 and to 20, and all the numbers in-between!

We talked about using a logical pattern in sequence to make sure we don't miss any option out...

For example: for number bonds to 4...

1 + 3 = 4

2 + 2 = 4

3 + 1 = 4

We looked at, explored and discussed the number pattern and used it to write number bonds for larger numbers. Following that, we went on to look at how the number pattern stays the same, even when working with larger numbers like multiples of 10 or 10.

For example: for number bonds to 40...

10 + 30 = 40

20 + 20 = 40

30 + 10 = 40

We talked about using a logical pattern in sequence to make sure we don't miss any option out...

For example: for number bonds to 4...

1 + 3 = 4

2 + 2 = 4

3 + 1 = 4

We looked at, explored and discussed the number pattern and used it to write number bonds for larger numbers. Following that, we went on to look at how the number pattern stays the same, even when working with larger numbers like multiples of 10 or 10.

For example: for number bonds to 40...

10 + 30 = 40

20 + 20 = 40

30 + 10 = 40

## Number Sequences

This week we have been exploring number sequences. We looked at numbers next to each other in the sequence to work out the 'step' or 'jump' between them which then helped us to work out the other numbers in the sequence. We started off with sequences which added 2, but then moved onto adding larger numbers and even doubling! If you fancy practicing some number sequences yourself, have a go at these...

http://www.wmnet.org.uk/resources/gordon/sequences%20v6.swf

http://www.wmnet.org.uk/resources/gordon/sequences%20v6.swf

## Working with 2, 3 and 4 digit numbers...

This week we have been working with 2, 3 and 4 digit numbers. We used arrow cards to build them and partition (split them up) again. Then we used what we had learnt about thousands, hundreds, tens and units to have a go at ordering numbers, working first in groups and then individually. We found 2 and 3 digit numbers quite easy but weren't really sure about 4 digit numbers at all. By the end of this week though we can all build, partition and order 4 digit numbers independently - well done everybody!

If you want to have a practice of building 2, 3 or 4 digit numbers you could look at this website where you can use arrow cards to do this. The children have used this website in class this week and so should know what to do.

If you want to have a practice of building 2, 3 or 4 digit numbers you could look at this website where you can use arrow cards to do this. The children have used this website in class this week and so should know what to do.

**http://www.ictgames.com/arrowcards.html****Homework 3.6.13**

This week we have spellings (test on Friday) and a challenge for Year Three. The children need to make a poster telling their new Y3 teacher all about themselves!

**Homework 27.5.13**

As we have finished assessments but are now busy with rehearsals for the summer Musical Production we will only be having spellings for homework this week (with spelling tests on Friday!).

**Homework 13.5.13 and 20.5.13**

Please read with your child this week. No work has been sent home.

**Homework 6.5.13**

This week please let your child read each section of the story and answer the questions by themselves.

Please do not help your child as I want to see what they can achieve independently.

Please do not help your child as I want to see what they can achieve independently.

**Homework 8.4.13**

Please read the text to find the sentences.

I will be looking for capital letters, full stops and neat handwriting (tall letters are unto the line above, other letters are half the size and the tails of the hanging letters hang below the line).

**Then write the sentences neatly in your homework book.**I will be looking for capital letters, full stops and neat handwriting (tall letters are unto the line above, other letters are half the size and the tails of the hanging letters hang below the line).

**Homework 25.3.13**

The children will only need to practise their spelling words this week, there is no other piece of writing.

They will also receive homework from their maths teacher.

They will also receive homework from their maths teacher.

**Homework 18.3.13**

The children need to read the text and find the most important facts to help them answer the question,

*"how do birds fly?"***Homework 11.3.13**

**Book Search**

Harry is looking for information about magnets. Please look at the book covers on the sheet and discuss with your child whether they would tell you about magnets or if they are just a story.

**Homework 4.3.13**

2L have been reading books written by the author, Enid Blyton. This book is all about 2 children who find a magic chair that grows wings and flies to magical lands! Enid Blyton always wrote stories about children who have lots of exciting adventures that always end

Can you write a story plan using the picture-strip in your homework books? Try to use some of the following time words to make your story more interesting!

*'happily ever after'*!Can you write a story plan using the picture-strip in your homework books? Try to use some of the following time words to make your story more interesting!

*...one day, while, then, suddenly, just then, before long, a second later, after that, soon...*

**Homework 25.2.13**

You have been given 4 stories that are all muddled up. Can you find the beginning, middle and end for each one?

**Homework 18.2.13**

**Challenge!**

Today you met Columbus but what do you know about him? Can you find out 5 more facts about his life? How will you do it? Do you have a book about him? Can you surf the internet? Do you know anyone who knows him?

Please write your information in your red homework books.

**Would you like to earn some house points?**

*Remember to start with a CAPITAL LETTER and finish your sentence with a full stop.

*Use adjectives to describe objects.

*Write with small, neat letters.

**Homework 4.2.13**

The children only have maths homework to complete this week. The red book will not be sent home.

**Homework 28.1.13**

We have been finding out about Zheng He and the voyages that he took around the world.

Please help your child to write a Fact File using their knowledge of this famous explorer!

Please help your child to write a Fact File using their knowledge of this famous explorer!

**Homework 21.1.13**

We have been looking very closely at all sorts of maps and globes so let's test your knowledge!

Can you name these flags and match it to the outline of the country?

You will need an atlas or try http://maps.google.com/.

Can you name these flags and match it to the outline of the country?

You will need an atlas or try http://maps.google.com/.

**Homework 14.1.13**

We have been finding out about 'traditional stories'. They usually start with

Challenge - Can you find a story that you know and retell it in your homework book?

Please do NOT copy the story straight from the book, try to use your own words and sentences.

(Remember that the library has lots of traditional stories!)

*'once upon a time'*or*'long long ago',*there is a 'good' and a 'bad' character and they all live happily ever after!Challenge - Can you find a story that you know and retell it in your homework book?

Please do NOT copy the story straight from the book, try to use your own words and sentences.

(Remember that the library has lots of traditional stories!)

**Homework 7.1.13**

This term 2L are 'exploring' the world. To help them gain an understanding of what the different countries look like we are going to build a pictorial world map!

Today your child chose a country that they have visited or have lived in. They need to bring a few pictures or photos in to school that show what that country looks like.

Don't worry about sticking the pictures on paper or in homework books as the children will be adding their individual photos to a class display.

Today your child chose a country that they have visited or have lived in. They need to bring a few pictures or photos in to school that show what that country looks like.

*Are there mountains or lakes? Beaches or forests? Cities with skyscrapers? Are there any famous landmarks?*Don't worry about sticking the pictures on paper or in homework books as the children will be adding their individual photos to a class display.