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Hiya,

 

The children are currently on their second week of half days but when we go full time we plan to have 2 maths sessions per week which focus on the same objective (if necessary). Those sessions will be a carpet session with the whole class and then independent activities relating to the objective whilst the CT or TA works with a focus group.

The children then have access to the maths area in child initiated play too.

 

I hope that helps. :)

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As above except that we have four maths sessions a week (not on PE days!). A whole class session following the recap, teach, practise/apply, plenary format as for phonics - we do the recap and teach as a whole class followed by focus groups working on the objective at differentiated levels. Each group activity is brief - 10 mins max.

We organise the curriculum in blocks, so we'll spend a while looking at counting, one-to-one matching etc, then a block of an aspect of SSM. We have found that this works better than mixing the strands up.

Having said that our maths is still the poor relation of literacy in terms of allocated adult time and attainment reflects that -work in progress to redress the balance.

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We do two carpet sessions a week of about 15 minutes each in ability groups. The children will then have a guided activity to do as well as an independent one to do. However due to our free-flow system it can sometimes take two weeks to get through a guided group (although independent ones are changed weekly. The children also have two 10 minute sessions of digit dancing each week too. Fitting everything into the week is tricky!

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Shonette Bason's digit dancing, children have scarves or pompoms and perform gross movements to disco songs. The children love it, when they are confident we then move on to paper and crayons important to do with both hands. Then the actually write the digits. Take a look for it on Google.

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