Term 1 3rd and 4th Classes
Maths tips for 3 rd and 4 th for October.
This Month we will be covering Multiplication, Division and 2D and 3D shapes.
Multiplication: This is a new concept for 3 rd class and it is important that the proper language is used such as groups of, lots of, multiply, repeated addition. At home, you could encourage your child to use multiplication when shopping. For example work out how much 2 oranges will cost if they are 30 cent each. Or when sitting down to dinner work out how many pairs of shoes will be at the table when all are eating etc. Also we will be using multiplication during problem solving and we use the RUDE approach (Read, Underline, Draw, Estimate). You could ask your child what does RUDE mean and when doing homework get your child to follow this approach. Tables will need to be learnt every week so please say/sing them off with your child at home. 4 th class will be focusing on revising short multiplication and multiplying by zero and one. Also, we will be looking at 3X4 is the same as 4X3 so when saying the tables you could ask your child 3X4 is the same as what?
Division: Again this is a new concept for 3 rd class and it is important that it is said that division is repeated subtraction and the proper language be used such as equal, divide, share among. Try and get your child to share out different items equally at home. This could include sharing out food or treats equally between family members or at a party, dividing playing cards equally between a number of players and planting seeds where children sow seeds in rows, dividing the seeds equally between the rows. We will be using division in problem solving so again reinforce the use of the RUDE approach. Tables will be looking at division as well as multiplication during the course of the month. 4 th class pupils will be focusing on sharing items equally among people and that division sums can have remainders. So if the sum has a remainder that it can be correct.
3D shapes: You can get your child to find 3D shapes at home (the more unusual the better) and get them to describe it to you and whether the shape tessellates (fits together with no gaps with another shape) or not.
Good Websites: www.multiplication.com lt www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk www.mathsisfun.com
Third and Fourth
Strand Unit: Time
During the month of December the children in third and fourth class will be:
Learning to tell the time in analogue and digital.
Expressing analogue time as digital and vice versa.
Learning to read the time in five minute intervals on the analogue clock.
Telling the time in one minute intervals in digital.
Converting hours to minutes and vice versa.
Solving problems involving time.
Ask your child the time regularly and give them plenty of practise at it.
Encourage you child to read timetables and the TV pages to become familiar with reading time and figuring out what time programmes are on the TV and how long they are on for.
Encourage your child to wear a watch and to become responsible for their own timekeeping when possible.
Time Facts to be learned:
There are 60 minutes in an hour.
There are 60 seconds in one minute.
There are 14 days in a fortnight.
There are 7 days in a week.
There are 365 days in a year.
There are 366 days in a leap year.
30 days has September, April, June and November, all the rest have 31 except February alone has 28 and 29 in a leap year.
There are 12 months in a year.
There are 4 seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.