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Number sequences and basic algebra with lower set yr5/6

Discussion in 'Primary' started by rainbowdrop86, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. rainbowdrop86

    rainbowdrop86 New commenter

    Hi all. Im really struggling. I have lower set yr5/6 maths, ranging from 2a-4c. Majority of them need interactive lessons where they can see something happening. Next week we're doing number sentences and basic algebra. Im stressing the basic algebra, and have explained to my yr leader and numeracy co-ordinator that it really will be along the lines of 2 + x = 8 etc etc
    Anyway, what i need help with is finding a way of teaching number sequences and basic algebra in an exciting and interactive way. I have thought using number lines etc but just wondered what else to do.
    Thanks in advance for your help
     
  2. rainbowdrop86

    rainbowdrop86 New commenter

    Hi all. Im really struggling. I have lower set yr5/6 maths, ranging from 2a-4c. Majority of them need interactive lessons where they can see something happening. Next week we're doing number sentences and basic algebra. Im stressing the basic algebra, and have explained to my yr leader and numeracy co-ordinator that it really will be along the lines of 2 + x = 8 etc etc
    Anyway, what i need help with is finding a way of teaching number sequences and basic algebra in an exciting and interactive way. I have thought using number lines etc but just wondered what else to do.
    Thanks in advance for your help
     
  3. If you're starting with basics then I wouldn't use letters just boxes to denote missing numbers. It's important that they understand that = means 'is the same as' (so each side balances).
    I would recommend doing it as practically as possible (working with apparatus) this will give them the visual pictures that they need.
     
  4. rainbowdrop86

    rainbowdrop86 New commenter

    thanks for your reply. I was also thinking about introducting square numbers during the week, perhaps getting them to investigate them using multi link, but again am a bit unsure as to how to go about it. Sorry, have just had SATs, ofsted, then interviews for new job, then week away on residential, plus reports, and so my brain really is not working to its best!!! I can see the children using multi link to find a sequence of square numbers, but am unsure as to how to introduce it, use it, explain it etc
     

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