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Earth and Space topic - maths activities

Discussion in 'Primary' started by minnieminx, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    To be fair the 'facts' are level 3 maths, so lower ability children in year 6 would only just be learning them. And the why part is in the year 5/6 QCA unit, so it is unlikely they would have met these before. Definitely not a KS1 activity really.

    BUT the how many days in a week, months in a year, aspects of seasons are all in level 2 maths and so perfectly suitable. As are learning the names of said days and months.

    You could have cut outs of the planets cut to scale and have children order them in size and so on.

    The song about little men in a flying saucer is also good for counting.

    Anything alien linked would work. A nice investigation with legs/eyes and so on for aliens linking to times tables would be easy to find on the web, such things are commonly used.
  2. jwraft

    jwraft New commenter

    Just because Level 3 doesn't mean can't be taught and discussed in KS1.
  3. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    But it does explain why a fair few year 6 children wouldn't 'know' them.

    Year 6 teachers are often surprised that their whole class didn't learn this in KS1, but don't realise that the children who don't know these things were generally working at level one in KS1 and so only just learning there are seven days in a week and getting them in order.

    Teaching a higher level than this as a one off activity for a whole class wouldn't really be sensible, especially if you want to add in the science of why.
  4. jwraft

    jwraft New commenter

    Sorry I was being far too ambitious, can't hurt to share though! Good Luck with your space week :)
  5. JU3fromLeics

    JU3fromLeics Occasional commenter

    Is it worth getting out the maths/ICT programmable robots?
    A <u>position/direction</u> lesson or a <u>measure</u> lesson based on an earth & space theme could work.
    eg. program the robot to visit given planets in the correct order.
    You would need to make/ improvise a suitable floor cover or layout to go with the lesson.

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