Maths by Month – March (updated 2021)
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Welcome to the March installment of Maths by Month.
Whether your children return to face-to-face teaching this month, or continue to engage in distance learning at home, rest assured that Edco Primary Maths and the Operation Maths blog will continue to support teachers, schools and families, including:
- Dear Family, our ever-expanding series of posts, aimed at parents and families, supporting children’s mathematical development at home
- Digging Deeper, our series of posts, aimed at teachers, providing deeper insights into the underlying theory, approaches and pedagogies behind the various maths topics
- About Operation Maths posts, for teachers who want to find out more about the Operation Maths program itself.
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Operation Maths for Junior Infants to Sixth Class:
- Junior Infants: Representing and Interpreting Data (week 1), exploring aspects of Shape and Space via 2D shapes, 3D objects and spatial awareness (week 2), and developing an understanding of the concept of Time via sequencing of familiar daily events and the days of the week (week 3).
- Senior Infants: Length, Analysis of Number (Numeration) looking at the number ten; Comparing and Ordering and Combining and Partitioning amounts to up to ten. They will also further consolidate their understanding of Pattern (Algebra) and graphs (Representing and Interpreting Data) via linked activities.
- First Class: Length, Operations (addition and subtraction without renaming) and Fractions.
- Second Class: Operations (addition, without and with renaming, and subtraction without and with renaming, the latter of which is new content while the other material will be revision of first class work); Length (including the formal introduction of the centimetre as a standard unit of measure).
Teachers of Infants to Second Class: if you choose to administer the Operation Maths End of February Assessments when you return to school, don’t forget to check out the Excel Record Spreadsheets to accompany the assessments in the Assessment Booklets; if you have any suggestions for how to improve these, please leave them here.
- Third class: Area, Multiplication & Division and Symmetry
- Fourth class: Money, Area and Symmetry
- Fifth class: Area, Addition & Subtraction and Directed Numbers
- Sixth class: Money, Directed Numbers and Area
To access lists of relevant links and online resources, navigate towards the end of the relevant Dear Family posts, for a whole suite of suggestions, organised into approximate class levels.
Don’t forget that integrated with your digital Operation Maths pupil books, are numerous custom-made digital resources to support each maths topic. Just click any of the hyperlinks while viewing the digital book to bring you direct to the relevant resource.
TIP! If there are any digital resources for a particular page, they will also be briefly given and described in the footer of that page (both print and digital books).
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 March:
- Engineer’s Week runs from Saturday, 27 February – Friday, 5 March. There are obvious connections between Maths and Engineering, a fact which is being celebrated by the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) movement globally. Click on the link above to access lots of ideas to help you organise fun challenges that create a positive awareness and spark enthusiasm about the engineering profession in young people.
- Of the STEM areas, coding is one of the most exciting, not least of all to kids! And Operation Maths is the only Irish maths programme that has integrated coding activities via the Scratch Lessons for Operation Maths 3-6. Check out the scratch lessons that are included in the Operation Maths digital resources via your TRB or edcolearning.ie
- For infants, the Aistear Themes are an ideal way to explore STEM using a thematic focus; consult the Junior and Senior Infants TRB for the monthly Aistear suggestions.
- For some more primary-focused STEM activities, check out the links below:
- Twinkl’s FREE resources for Engineer’s Week
- World Book Day is on the first Thursday of March, and while the primary resources accessible on the site are mainly literacy linked, there are lots of possibilities for numeracy and literacy linked activities for this global celebration including:
- Book measurements: Find the longest, widest and thickest/deepest book from a collection of books. How can you prove you are correct? (Great way to link with length if you are doing it this month!)
- Carry out a survey to find out the favourite books / authors of the children in your class.
- Choose a page from a book. Work out the average number of words per sentence.
- These ideas are included among many other suggestions from Teaching Ideas for World Book Day and World Book Day Maths Activities.
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