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## Topics & Activities

## January

Revise the names of the 4 types of triangle.

1. **Isosceles, Scalene, Right Angle, Equilateral**

The children will use investigative skills to find triangles based on their properties. They should be encouraged to spot these in their surroundings. Help can be found at the back of their homework diary.

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## February

Begin to show an understanding of negative numbers.

Watch the Television! During this time of the year we can be sure that Frank Mitchell or Barra Best will tell us we need to brace ourselves for sub zero temperatures. Watching the weather presents a fantastic opportunity to discuss negative numbers.

- How many degrees colder will it be tomorrow?
- Does it get warmer or colder during the evening time?
- How many degrees difference between Belfast and Derry/Madrid?

If you want to avoid the news that snow is set to destroy your school run, tune into the Golf instead. This is another opportunity for children to see negative numbers in action.

- How many shots is Rory McIlroy ahead of GMac?
- What is the difference between a Birdie and Bogie?

If neither of these ideas excite you, check out the links on the right!

## March

Children will be interpreting a range of timetables involving 12 and 24

clock and calculating duration. They will become more familiar with the layout of a calendar.

**Months of the Year, am, pm, digital, analogue**

Timetables are all around us and reading them is an essential life skill. At home the children could download bus or train timetables. Use bus and train timetables to plan an imaginary trip. Work out the latest and earliest time of arrival and departure.

The children's knowledge of timetables will be consolidated this month. Help your children become more familair with calendars by asking them to record school holidays. Ask the children to calculate days until a particular event.

## April

Focus on Times Tables!

This month primary 6 should focus on Times Tables. By this stage of primary 6 the children will have noticed that knowing their tables is vital! Tables provide the key to over 50% of the numeracy covered during the year.

At home they should continue to learn their tables using the grid at the back of their homework diary and any amount of websites and apps.

Mathletics is an excellent resource for improving table recall.

The children should be encouraged to look at the number family and not just the times table itself.

E.g. 3 x 6 = 18

6 x 3 = 18

18 ÷ 3 = 6

18 ÷ 6 = 3

## May

Probability

Language: Certain, Likely, Unlikely, Impossible

This month the children will become more familiar with probability. Initially they will use words to show probability of an event happening.

At home the children should be asked questions about the probability of everyday things happening.

e.g What is the probability of snow tomorrow? (Likely :-) )

Some children will be using fractions to show probability. They should be encouarged to practice this using coloured blocks, yoghurts, fruit or even multi packs of crisps.

## September

Brush up on Times Tables!

This month primary 6 should focus on recapping their understanding of all their Times Tables. At this stage of Primary 6 the children will have noticed that knowing their tables is vital! Tables provide the key to over 50% of the Numeracy covered during the year.

At home they should continue to learn their tables daily using the grid at the back of their homework diary and any amount of websites and apps.

Mathletics is an excellent resource for improving table recall.

The children should be encouraged to look at the number family and not just the times table itself.

E.g. 8 x 6 = 48

6 x 8 = 48

48 ÷ 6 = 8

48 ÷ 8 = 6

## October

Fractions

This month Primary 6 should focus on improving their understanding of fractions.

This should include

**Fractions of objects.**

i.e. “Could you cut me one quarter of that pizza?”

“Please slice that cake into eighths.”

**Fractions of amounts.**

i.e. “What is one fifth of £1/£25?”

“If a whole bottle of this juice costs £3, how much would half cost me?”

**Equivalent and irregular fractions.**

i.e. “How many quarters are in a whole one?”

“How many fifths could I get into two whole ones?”

“How many quarters are there in one and a half?”

**Please encourage your child to use Mathletics daily. **

**This is a part of homework and has been stressed to the class but hasn’t been written in homework diaries. **

## November

Degrees/Angles

This month Primary 6 should focus on improving their understanding of degrees in angles.

This should include

**How many degrees in a full turn. 360 degrees.**

**How many degrees in a triangle. 180 degrees.**

**How many degrees in a half turn/straight line. 180 degrees.**

**How many degrees in a right angle. 90 degrees.**“How many degrees in 2 right angles?” 90 + 90**Please encourage your child to use Mathletics daily.**

- Children have also been using 180 degree protractors in school so feel free to draw and measure angles at home.
- i.e. “If I made one and half turns, how many degrees is that?” 360+180.

**This is a part of homework and has been stressed to the class and has been written in homework diaries. **

## December

Area and Perimeter

Perimeter is the whole way around the outside of a 2D shape.

We calculate perimeter by **adding** up all the sides.

3 + 7 + 3 + 7 = 20mm

Area is the space inside. We calculate the area by multiplying the Length and the Breadth.

3 X 7 = 21 mm2

Please ensure your child is confident with basic perimeter and area of 2D shapes.

Using paper ask your child to

- Draw a shape with a perimeter of 20 cm.
- Draw a square with a perimeter of 16cm.

As questions such as

- What area is our kitchen table?
- What are is your bedroom wall?

Use simple shapes around the home.

## Web Links

Greenhaw Primary School,

Carnhill Estate,

Londonderry

BT48 8BA

Tel:028 7135 1908