This past fortnight we have been exploring the use of clay. After discussing how it feels and the many things we can do with it such as pinching, pulling, throwing, twisting….we moulded our little pinch pots. We discussed and predicted what might happen to the clay pots when left on the radiator over night. Some little scientists predicted that the clay material would change colour and become solid. Some of the children made connections with our Maths topic ‘weight’ and predicted that the pinch pots would be lighter when dry. How very clever! Each child decorated their own pinch pot as they wished and we discovered in the end that the pinch pots were just like us. Unique and special!
We had lots of building igloos, polar bears and sleds from lego during Aistear this week. Some children decided to build our sleepy Polar Bear inspired by our poem Polar Bear, Bear Polar, out of Playdough as well as other arctic animals we had discussed such as the Arctic Hare, Arctic Fox, Lemmings and the snowy Owl! At the Maths Station, children explored how heavy various objects are, estimating at first then checking. At the History Table, children sorted old toys and new toys. Lots of fun!
Below are some links to some wonderful games which help with many areas of Maths.
Each week in school, we reinforce the skills of counting, number recognition, sequencing, ordering, comparing and much more. It would be beneficial to your child to also reinforce these on a regular basis at home. 10 or 15 mins. a day, a few times a week, would make a huge difference. Please remember to monitor your child’s use of technology for safety reasons.
Here is a snap shot of the various activities that the middle room were involved in during Maths Week. They took part in daily problem solving questions, loop games, challenges, a Maths Trail and so on. The children worked in groups to carry out the different tasks and had great fun throughout the week.