## Maths by Month – February (updated 2019)

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Welcome to the February installment in this series of posts designed to explore the Operation Maths topics on a month-by-month basis, giving teachers greater insights into the concepts at hand, when they are most relevant.

While each monthly overview will specifically zone in on the Operation Maths topics for that particular month, the information and suggestions will be relevant to ALL primary teachers, whether they are Operation Maths users or not.

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### Operation Maths for Junior Infants to Sixth Class:

- Junior Infants: Analysis of Number Comparing and Ordering and Combining and Partitioning amounts up to five.
- Senior Infants: Analysis of Number (Numeration) looking at the number nine; Comparing and Ordering and Combining and Partitioning amounts to up to nine.
- First Class: Representing and Interpreting Data, Place Value within 99, Counting and Numeration to 100 and exploring Pattern in repeated addition, and addition facts on the 100 square. The Operation Maths 100 square eManipulative will be invaluable for these latter activities.
- Second Class: Weight, Time (to quarter hours on an analogue clock and to half hours on a digital clock) and Estimation (how to estimate to total of addition calculations within 99). The development of keen estimation skills is very important throughout Operation Maths and work here will lay future foundations.

Teachers of Infants to Second Class: before you administer, score and record the results of the Operation Maths End of Februaury Assessments please check out the Excel Record Spreadsheets to accompany the rest of the assessments in the Assessment Booklets; if you have any suggestions for how to improve these, please leave them here.

- Third class: Decimals, 3D Objects and Addition & Subtraction
- Fourth class: Length and Addition & Subtraction
- Fifth class: Fractions, Decimals & Percentages and Length
- Sixth class: Data and Length

Operation Maths users can also access a class specific, month-by-month list of relevant links and online resources via the **Weblinks** document, accessible on www.edcolearning.ie.

- Log into your edcolearning account
- Click on the
*At School Book/Pupil’s Book*for your class level. - Click on the
*Edco Resources*icon (on book cover image on left-hand side) - Select
*Weblinks*from list of categories and then click to download the document.

- Also accessible on www.edcolearning.ie. are the custom-made digital resources to support these topics. These will all be viewable when you click on the
*Edco Resources*icon as directed above.

HINT: If you are new to Operation Maths this year or have changed class level, be sure to check out the Quick Start Guide to the Operation Maths books and the companion Quick Start Guide to the Operation Maths Digital Resources

Don’t forget that Operation Maths also has you covered for planning whether you’re teaching a single class or multi-class.

### Other suggestions for February:

**Lá ‘Le Bríde**, is Friday February 1st. The story of St. Bridgid’s Cloak could be used as springboard into a pattern activity, or a discussion on exponential growth with older students.- Ireland’s first game in the
**2019 Six Nations**(against England in the Aviva Stadium) is on Saturday 2nd February. Some mathematical possibilities:- With older children, use the opportunity to explore the rugby union scoring system, and to identify what scores (up to 30, for example) are possible (how?) or impossible.
- Calculate the number of games to be played; what if the competition had less or more teams, how many games would need to be played then?
- Use the language of chance to discuss the possible outcomes for each nation in the competition and recognise that while it is impossible to predict the actual outcomes, we can use of knowledge of the teams performances to make informed predictions.
- Calculate the dimensions of the pitch
- Run a Fantasy Rugby League in your class
- Make score predictions for each match and plot how these scores would be recorded on the Six Nations Table

**Valentine’s Day**is Thursday 14th February. Try out these themed problems and challenges (suitable from first class up) from Mashup Math and, from the Routty Math Teacher, this selection of five Valentine’s Day-inspired starters, that are sure to engage your students and get them thinking critically about maths.

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