3. How can you help them learn?
So you know what they should know and what they do know, but now what? Well, here’s where the fun begins.
Think about your environment
The first thing you should focus on in September is your learning environment. Set up a functional and useful maths area in your classroom. Now, put down the laminator, the best maths areas and working walls are purposeful for the children.
Start simple and, most importantly, make it fun! I always like to have the numbers to 10 up along with ten frames and counters the children can move to show the different numbers. A number line they can order and jumble up or a number of the day children can make with base ten are also great ideas.
Involve your class to get them excited about maths
At the start of the year, you want to get your class excited about interacting with maths, so it’s meaningful for them. When you add things to your working wall, involve your pupils, or even better, let them add things to the learning wall themselves, you are giving them meaningful learning experiences.
If you are one of those lucky teachers with spare space in your classroom, it’s a good idea to create a maths area. Use this as a chance to let the children experience those mathematical concepts we only touch upon once a year. Get out the shapes, scales, clocks, and if you’re brave the measuring cylinders and water.
Resources resources resources
Now you can bring the laminator back out. Make sure you create an area where children can access a range of well-labelled resources. You can start with number lines, base ten, counters, cubes and ten frames.
How you store your supplies may change throughout the year and also depend on your class. Start with resources grouped together, but you may have to move to trays for each table or even plastic wallets for each child.