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Primary Magazine - Issue 17: Starter of the month

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Created on 30 October 2009 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 17 November 2009 by ncetm_administrator

Primary Magazine Issue 17frog, orange circle, the number fifty

Starter of the month

five speckled frogs

Foundation Stage
Use a range of number rhymes during the lesson such as Ten Green Bottles, One Man Went to MowFive Little Speckled Frogs…the Number Day website has more suggestions. Provide the children with digit cards 1-10 and ask them to hold up the related number card as they join in with the rhyme. Challenge them to hold up the card instead of saying the number… they could even try to get faster and faster!

Ask groups of four or five pupils to choose a rhyme from a given list. They should each have a few minutes to ‘rehearse’ saying the rhyme very quietly (or silently if possible!) to themselves, but holding up the numbers as they arise in the rhyme. Allow each group to perform to the class, who should try to guess the rhyme from the numbers displayed.

guess my shape - circle, square, triangle, hexagon, pentagon

Key Stage 1
The NSPCC Number Day materials include activities based on Guess My Shape. These involve providing the children with clues to help them distinguish the shape being described from a wider set. This could be extended with the pupils making up their own clues, using specific targeted mathematical vocabulary.

A ‘feely bag’ is a popular resource in the classroom, where a selected pupil puts their hand into an opaque bag containing shapes (2D or 3D). They then describe the properties of one of the shapes to the rest of the class, who try to identify it from a list or from a duplicate set of shapes on show.

feely box

A ‘feely window box’ works in a similar way, but the bag is replaced by a box with a ‘window’ or ‘screen’ on one side (like a television). The child selecting the shape cannot see into the box, and yet the rest of the class can. It is a good way of involving everyone in the activity.

numbers up - 1, 8, 17, 36, 50

Key Stage 2
The NSPCC Number Day activity provided for Key Stage 2 is Numbers Up, a version of bingo. They also suggest playing your own classroom version of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’ using mathematical questions matched to the children’s ability. Why not make this even more realistic by using the ‘Who wants to be a mathionaire?’ quiz templates provided by Maths is fun. The TES website has a template designed around the same popular television show, fully adaptable for you to enter your own questions. Let the fun begin! 

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