For Maths, this week, we're going to start looking at position and direction. These are the objectives:
- Order and arrange combinations of mathematical objects in patterns and sequences.
- Use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement including movement in a straight line.
- Use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement, distinguishing between rotation as a turn and in terms of right angles for half turns, quarter turns and three-quarter turns (clockwise and anti-clockwise).
Like some of the previous Maths topics, this can be done very practically, using things you have at home. Below are some fun ideas you could use to support this learning at home. Beneath that are some worksheets you could use alongside the practical work, if you want to.
- Using objects you might find around the house (such as pasta, paperclips, skittles, lego, pens, jenga blocks etc) start a pattern, that your child then has to continue. This could start simply (e.g. pasta, lego, pasta, lego etc.), then get progressively harder (e.g. pasta, pasta, red lego, pasta, pasta, blue lego etc.). They could then have a go at making the pattern for you to continue. This could then develop into using 2D or 3D shapes (cut out or from around the house) to revise their knowledge of shape names.
- For the objectives about rotation and turns, there are a number of things you could do. Start by getting your child to find things around the house that rotate or turn (e.g. doors, bottle lids, books, fans etc.). You could then talk about which are rotating and which are turning and sort them accordingly.
- Find an analogue clock, get your child look at the direction the hands are turning, explain that we call this clockwise. Explain that the other direction is called anti-clockwise. Make a wind fan, or use an umbrella or something similar, get your child to spin the object clockwise and anticlockwise, so they begin to understand the difference. They could use the dial on the back of the clock to turn the hands anti-clockwise too, they will notice the hands going backwards through the numbers.
- Draw a large cross/compass on the ground, get your child to stand in the middle of it. Give them turning commands e.g. half turn right, quarter turn left etc. Can they remember left from right? You could write prompts on the ground to help them remember each turn.
- You could create a grid outside with chalk or inside with masking tape on the floor (start small, maybe 5 x 5). Place objects in various sections of the grid. See if your child can direct you or a sibling to the objects, using the correct vocabulary (e.g. straight, left, right, half turn, quarter turn, three-quarter turn). You could then swap and direct them.