Banksia Class News

Hi everyone,

We have been focusing on addition facts in our maths groups recently. So this week it was time to look at how addition facts can help us with subtraction. Using the tens frames and some double sided counters has allowed us to explore different combinations for numbers 10, 20, 30 and even 50 for some students. Using the tens frames helps students to visualise the numbers.  We also discovered that one number sentence can help us with three others in a fact family. For example 6+4=10, 4+6=10, 10-4=6 and 10-6=4

We have also been investigating the length of objects using informal units. For example how many pegs long is the desk? How many cards wide is the room. Next we will be looking at why we need our measuring units to be uniform.

Next week we start our Intensive Swimming Program. The students go to the pool every day for two weeks. They will need to bring their swimmers and a towel and goggles, if they need them, in a separate bag with their name on it. It is good to have their name on the towel as well. Students wear their uniform as usual and change into their swimmers at school. During this time it is handy to wear shoes that slip on and off easily. It is required that students wear some sort of footwear on the bus to the pool so crocs or sandals are easier to get on damp feet than lace up shoes. A sun shirt for swimming in is also required as we will be swimming in the middle of the day.

Hope the warm weather sticks around for Swim School,

until next week, Gae :)