Maths by Month – April (updated 2020)
Category : About Operation Maths
A new month is just around the corner, and as usual, this heralds the latest installment in this series of posts designed to explore the Operation Maths topics on a month-by-month basis.
This installment, however, is coinciding with a very turbulent and uncertain time in national and global history, as teachers and families around the country explore how best to continue to support children’s learning.
To contribute to this effort in some small way, we have launched a new series of posts entitled Dear Family. Each of these posts, will focus on a specific maths topic, and provide practical suggestions as to how families can support their child’s learning, as well as links to useful digital resources. We hope that, in some small way, they may prove to be beneficial, both now, and in the future. The first post in the Dear Family series focuses on the topic of weight, which all of the classes from third to sixth are likely to encounter in their Operation Maths books this month. Please feel free to share this post with members of your school community, whether Operation Maths users or not.
Operation Maths for Junior Infants to Sixth Class:
- Junior Infants: Ordinal numbers (first, last), Comparing and Ordering and Combining and Partitioning amounts to up to five
- Senior Infants: Further consolidation of amounts to up to ten via Counting and Numeration, Comparing and Ordering and Combining and Partitioning; Capacity
- First Class: Time (hours, half hours and the calendar), 2-D shapes/Fractions (halves), Operations (addition and subtraction without renaming).
- Second Class: 2-D shapes, Capacity and 3-D objects and Angles
- Third class: Weight and Multiplication & Division
- Fourth class: Weight and Multiplication
- Fifth class: Weight, Number Theory and Rules and Properties
- Sixth class: Weight, Percentages and Rules and Properties
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.
Other suggestions for April:
- April Fool! There are 125 sheep and 5 dogs in a flock. How old is the shepherd? Would your students spot straight away that this is unsolvable or will they try to calculate an answer? Take a look at how some of Robert Kaplinsky’s students tried to attack this.
- Anthony from Mashup Math also has a selection of April Fool’s Day puzzles available from his blog, which could be shared with students at home.