Adding, Adding and Adding Some More!

This week we have been learning about repeated addition and how it links to multiplication. We began by trying to work out what 3 lots of 5 were. The children collected 3 groups of 5 counters and calculated the total. They realised we could record this as a number sentence: 5 + 5 + 5 = 15.

At the beginning of the week we particularly focused on using a number line to solve repeated addition problems. For the above example, they would start on 0 and jump 3 lots of 5. After lots of practise, we looked at how we could record this as a multiplication 3×5=15.

Then we moved on to drawing arrays to help us solve multiplication problems. For example, for 3 lots of 5, they would draw:

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Using visual images like this is a great way of helping children understand the concept of multiplication. As they draw their arrays, we will emphasise ‘lots of’, e.g.  3 x 5 is ‘3 lots of 5’.

Being able to confidently count in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s will help children to check their answers when multiplying by 2, 5 or 10. Lots of practise of this at home would be great!

Next week, in maths, the children will be learning how to divide objects and solve division calculations using arrays.

In literacy, we wrote our own Harry and His Bucketful of Dinosaurs stories for the author Ian Whybrow. The children gained a deeper understanding of the structure of most narrative texts and used simple and compound sentences in their work. When constructing sentences, we used the terms noun, adjective, verb and conjunction.

Also this week, we completed our learning about Judaism, focusing on Jewish celebrations.

Next week will be completing our end of half term tests in maths, reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar.