This week, begin by practising your Gem Maths. Please email us to let us know how you are getting on with this and what levels you are now on as additional materials can be provided if you have completed the set.
Next we are going to do some counting together in twos. Begin practising counting up from zero. We are then going to try to extend this by counting in twos from different numbers. See if you can join in with me.
Today's lesson is all about doubles. Building on what you learned last week about equal groups, you are going to be exploring doubles of numbers to twenty.
Question: What is a double?
Answer: Two groups of the same number or amount.
I want you to practice doubling numbers using the sentence, 'Double ___ is ___.'
Use items from around your home. Get an amount and see if you can double it then see how much there is by counting in twos. Use the sentence structure above to explain what you have done.
You are also going to look at visual representations and decide if they show doubling or not.
Now try the questions below.
I, the, a, today, of,
I went to the farm so...
We went to the supermarket so...
I like to go to a party so...
We all learnt the song so...
I went to the park so...
We all went to the beach so...
Can you make your own sentences including the conjunction 'so'?
How to make salt dough
Making salt dough is a really fun and easy activity for kids and the chances are you will have all of the ingredients in the cupboard ready to go on a rainy day. Children will love using their imaginations to create all sorts of exciting objects (although simple shapes do seem to work best) and hours of fun painting their creations, but do take care to remind little ones that the salt dough is not edible.
Makes 1 ball
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 3 hours
1. Preheat the oven to its lowest setting and line a baking sheet with baking parchment.
2. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add the water and stir until it comes together into a ball.
3. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and shape into your chosen model. You can roll it out and cut out shapes, numbers or letters using biscuit cutters, or make any kind of model you can think of. We made some fruit and veg shapes plus cupcakes for a teddy bear’s picnic.
4. Put your finished items on the lined baking sheet and bake for 3 hrs or until solid.
5. Leave to cool and then paint.
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