## Maths by Month – May

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In this May overview for Operation Maths users, there are links to topic-specific posts and articles, as well as a whole host of extra suggestions, links etc. To ensure you don’t miss out on any future Maths by Month blog-posts, please subscribe to the blog via email, on the top right hand of this page.

*Pssst! Thinking about book lists? Please consider Operation Maths, Number Facts, Bua na Cainte & Exploring Spelling. Click on the links for more information and to view sample pages from each program and/or contact your local Edco reps for samples.*

### Operation Maths Jr Infs to 2nd classes:

**Junior Infants**will be exploring Weight and Capacity as part of measures. They will also continue to consolidate their understanding of numeration, counting and combining within 5, looking specifically at the numeral zero, combining sets of numbers to 5 and identifying related facts (often referred to as turn-around facts in the higher classes). As mentioned previously, the Number Talks resources for the numbers to 5 available at the link are very applicable as well as the practical activities and stations using concrete materials, that are suggested in the TRB.**Senior Infants**will continue to consolidate their understanding of the numbers to 10, via counting and numeration, comparing and ordering, and the combining and partitioning of sets using a variety of models including the Operation Maths ten frames. As mentioned previously, the Number Talks resources for the numbers to 10 available at the link are very applicable as well as the practical activities and stations using concrete materials, that are suggested in the TRB. Extra resources that could also be used to consolidate these concepts include the Splat! resources made freely available here by Steve Wyborney. This link will bring you to his Splat! resources for the numbers 3 to 10, which are ideal for senior infants at this stage of the year. Play the PowerPoint presentations on your class IWB while the children use their Operation Maths MWBs to respond.

Senior Infants will spend the second half of the month looking at Money.

**First Classes**will be exploring deeper into Money and 2D shapes. Towards the end of the month, the children will be exploring operations again, but this time to include addition with renaming. As mentioned previously (eg in Maths by Month in March), on many of the pages in thebooks the calculations are presented horizontally. This is deliberately done to encourage the children to complete the calculations using concrete materials, pictorial representations and/or mental strategies, as opposed to always using the vertical column method. While the development of traditional written procedures (eg the column method) is still important, these written methods**At School**than the development of mental computation skills and the ability to visualise and manipulate numbers mentally.**are not more important**

Some of the mental strategies for addition and subtraction, used in Number Talks, would also be every useful here e.g. partitioning, friendly numbers, making tens (compensation) and removal (deduction). Suitable number strings can be accessed at the link above and of course teachers can make their own number strings based on the horizontal calculations in their At School book.

**Second Classes**will exploring Operations (addition & subtraction within 99, without and with renaming), Money and Place Value to 199.- Regarding operations, and as mentioned in Maths by Month in March, on many of the pages in the
books the calculations are presented horizontally. This is deliberately done to encourage the children to complete the calculations using concrete materials, pictorial representations and/or mental strategies, as opposed to always using the vertical column method. While the development of traditional written procedures (eg the column method) is still important, these written methods**At School**than the development of mental computation skills and the ability to visualise and manipulate numbers mentally.Some of the mental strategies for addition and subtraction, used in Number Talks, would also be every useful here e.g. partitioning, friendly numbers, making tens (compensation) and removal (deduction). Suitable number strings can be accessed at the link above and of course teachers can make their own number strings based on the horizontal calculations in their At School book.**are not more important**

*(click on any of the links above for more information)*

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*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.

### Operation Maths 3rd to 6th classes:

The topics for this month are:

- Third class: Capacity, Sequences & Number Sentences and Chance
- Fourth class: Capacity, Number Sentences and Chance
- Fifth class: Capacity, Number Sentences & Equations and Chance
- Sixth class: Capacity, Equations & Variables and Chance

*Click on each link above to access more in-depth information and links on each of the topics for this month.*

*May is also the time when teachers start thinking about the upcoming standardised tests and about doing some revision. You could read this post for some tips and suggestions for the same.*

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

- Log into your edcolearning account
- Click on the
*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. Tip: look at the footer on the first page of each chapter in the Pupil’s Book to get a synopsis of what digital resources are available/suggested to use with that particular chapter.