Our Year One blog

October 31, 2014
by aimeeblanch


The grade 1’s have been learning how to measure using informal units. We  have used straws, paddle pop sticks and footprints to measure the length of our caterpillars. We worked in teams, taking our turn and listening to each other  in order to determine the length. We had to count carefully and to make sure that we started in the correct place. We also had to make sure that our paddle pop line was straight and didn’t have any gaps or overlaps.

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September 4, 2014
by aimeeblanch

What’s the time?

This term the Grade 1’s have been learning to tell the time. We have been focusing on telling the time to the hour, half past, quarter past and quarter to. We have been using hands on resources to support our learning and even made our own clocks! There are many experts in each class and we encourage everyone to look at the clock in the classroom and tell the time at all hours of the day! Check out our skills and what we have made below.

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March 16, 2014
by aimeeblanch

Year 1 Graphing

This term we have been looking at different ways of collecting and showing data. We have used tallies and graphs. To link in with our Inquiry unit ‘What Makes a Happy and Healthy M e?’ we surveyed the class to find out what fruit and vegetables they brought to school. We showed this information in a picture graph.
By looking at our graph we were able to find out lots of information. We were able to use words like more than, less than and the same as.

If you look at our graph you will be able to see what we found out.


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March 8, 2014
by aimeeblanch

Maths is FUN!

In Grade One we try and give the children many different opportunities that challenge and engage them in their learning. We have been very busy this term in Maths working with hands on resources to learn more about place value, creating human sized picture and column graphs, learning about tally marks and creating our own tally graphs, skip counting, revising the partners to 10 and lots, lots more.

Below is an activity on Place Value. At the beginning of the lesson the students had to estimate the number of popsicle sticks in the middle of the circle. Each student gave their estimations. We all discussed what is the quickest way we can count the popsicle sticks? Some children suggested by ones, but as we really got into the discussion they began to realise there is a quicker way! Bundling the popsicle sticks into groups of ten. Small teams worked in the middle of the circle busily making groups of ten. We then were able to efficiently count by tens and find out how many popsicle sticks we had including the 7 extras. We had well into the hundreds. Would have taken a long time to count them all by ones! Bundling or grouping items by 2, 5, 10 etc is the quickest counting strategy.

The students were broken into groups and were given a set number and a box of hands of resources(unifex cubes, blocks). They had to work as a team to create their number and explain how they had created it using place value. Some groups were working with numbers in the tens, some in the hundreds, and some into the thousands! All of the groups were busily chatting and coming up with lots of different ways to make their set number. It was great to see every group using the bundling strategy. The students used the IPADS and the App Pic Collage to record their work.

Below are two examples of the fantastic Maths work happening in Grade One!




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