In maths this week the children are starting to learn about multiplication. They start by making equal groups. For example '3 equal groups of 2 bananas' and using the correct vocabulary to describe the groups. E.g. 'there are 4 equal groups of 2'. The children then begin to add the equal groups and understand that multiplication can be written as a repeated addition number sentence. For example, '2 + 2 + 2 + 2 = 8'. The multiplication sign is then introduced and the children learn that multiplication can be done in any order. E.g. 3 x 2 is the same as 2 x 3.
Below, you will find a power point for each part of the maths learning and activities to go with it. It would also be helpful if the children continued to practise their 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables.
It is speeches week this week which is explained in the power point below. The children look at photographs of the Arctic and of polar bears and talk about why they think the polar bears are suffering. The children are introduced to global warming and what impact this is having on polar bears. They then think about what they could do to help. After finding out information about polar bears, the children create a poster using pictures and key facts which will help to deliver their speech. The children then plan a speech sharing what is happening to polar bears and what people can do to help. The children try to use persuasive language to persuade the audience to help!