We began our Year 1 maths journey by thinking about the role of numbers and what they actually mean! Children investigated what 6 really meant and whether it could be used in more than one way. Children used resources in the classroom to show what 6 meant to them. Some children lined them up, others threaded buttons onto string and some placed pegs around a piece of paper. Many children decided to draw 6 objects, others used their hands showing 6 digits. A few children wrote "3+3" !
What brilliant thinking we did!
After thinking about numbers and what they mean we were challenged to answer the question:
What is the difference between 5 and 7?
We use unifix to make the 5 and 7. We talked about how what we made was the same and how they were different. We could all tell our partner that one was smaller and one was bigger. Some children said that the difference between 5 and 7 was 2. They found this out by lining the two quantities up and finding that to turn the 5 into 7 they would have to add 2 more cubes.
Here's a link to a game we sometimes play in class which helps us to read and order numbers. It's so much fun!