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# Primary Magazine - Issue 15: Starter of the month

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Created on 17 September 2009 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 07 October 2009 by ncetm_administrator

# Starter of the month

Foundation Stage
Print out a large copy of the star on yellow paper and enough smaller stars for one each. Write the numbers 1 to 6 in the points, in order. Count around the star in order, forwards and back together. Invite one or two children to have a go by themselves. Fold the points of the large star inwards. Reveal one point and ask the children to name the number and show you the matching number of fingers. Finish with all the points folded in and the children showing you zero as two closed fists.

Follow up by working with a small group. Recap counting forwards and back. Ask the children to carefully fold in the points, then take it in turns to fold out a point, say the number and match with the appropriate number of objects. If the children are ready, ask them to fold out two points and add them, using objects for support if necessary.

Key Stage 1
Print six stars on different coloured paper. Number each point, as appropriate for the children and your current focus and cut out the stars. For example, one star could be numbered with the odd numbers from 1 to 11, another with even numbers from 2 to 12, another with random numbers and so on. Display the stars on a large board where everyone can see them. Ask a series of questions such as:

• What do you notice about the green/blue/yellow etc. star?
• Which star has the highest/lowest number?...the largest/smallest total?
• Which star has the number that I get when I take 5 away from 9?...when I add 3 to 8?
See Focus on for more ideas.

Key Stage 2
The Key Stage 1 activities may be useful in Years 3 and 4.
Print out nine stars and number each with the first 12 multiples of one of the numbers from 2 to 10. Ask questions such as:
• What do you notice about each star?
• Which star has the largest/smallest total? How can you tell without adding?
• Which numbers are not on any stars?
• Which types of numbers appear on every star (square numbers)?
• Which two stars have a total of 624 (multiples of 3 and 5)?
Alternatively, print six stars and number both points and triangles with random numbers, as appropriate for the children. Ask questions along the lines of those in the Key Stage 1 activity. Invite children to ask questions for the rest of the class to answer.

See Focus on for more ideas.

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