In maths this week we focused on problem solving and experimented with a technique called the Singapore bar method as a way to visually represent a problem before solving it. It’s a useful technique that we think could help many of the class think through word problems before solving them. Here’s an example that we looked at:
Isla buys a T-shirt for £4.00, a skirt for £2.00 and a pair of shorts. She pays for the items with a £10 note and gets £1.20 change. How much were the shorts?
Using the Singapore bar method, this can be represented as below, making the calculation needed to get the answer easier to see. Of course, drawing the bar accurately is a skill in itself.
|£2.00 (skirt)||? (shorts)||
We’re also working through the core arithmetic skills that the children need to have secure by the end of the year. We’ll put videos of each, as we cover them, on the maths videos page of this blog (see tabs at top of homepage) – from experience, some children find it helpful to look these over from time to time. By the end of next week, we’ll have covered all the methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers and will then move on to calculating with decimals and fractions.
In literacy, we looked a variety of documents about a reported UFO sighting written for different purposes and in different styles. We’ll be developing this theme next week, writing our own accounts based on a clip from the great E.T.
The SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) work was on use of colons to introduce a list, and on use of commas after introductory clauses and phrases at the start of sentences (With a flourish of his wand, Harry sent Malfoy staggering backwards).