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Miles and the nectarines

The children in Miles’s class were about to go on a residential trip and were planning to stop for a picnic on the way. Their teacher used the opportunity this provided for the children to solve problem, showing them a pack of three nectarines she had bought and inviting them to work out:

How many packs of nectarines will we need to buy so that all 26 children can have one each at the picnic?

Seven-year old Miles decided to use pen and paper to help him think about how to calculate the total number of packs they would need.

He chose to orientate his paper in ‘portrait’ format (thereby limiting the length of the empty number line he drew) but quickly understood that he would run out of space. His highly adaptive solution was to double several of the jumps that he made as he worked from right to left.

Providing a real context for mathematics helps young children’s understanding and leads to increased levels of involvement. After the children had discussed how they had worked out their calculations and their findings, their teacher bought 9 packs of nectarines to add to the food for their picnic the next day – and the additional nectarine was enjoyed by their teacher!

Early operations: development of children’s own written methods

  • Calculating with larger numbers supported by jottings


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The following items have been added to the website this month:

Welcome to new members

From London and South East welcome to: Jackie Unwin, Foundation Stage Teacher, Soho
From Slough, welcome to: Sara Bartlett, Reception Teacher; Mandeep Bhurji, Nursery Nurse; Jenny Cox, LSA; Chloe Hobson-Birch, Reception Teacher; Diane Lister, Nursery School Headteacher;
From Greenwich University: Parul Morar, Student Teacher – Foundation Stage and from Reading University: John Burnet and Gemma Coulson, Student Teachers.
From the South and South West we’d like to welcome Sue Last, Foundation Stage Teacher, Bristol.
From Scotland: welcome also to Isla Finlayson, Principal Nursery School Teacher, Edinburgh.


Recent reports new on the website

New! British children's TV viewing habits (Jan 2008)

New! The Risk and Regulation Advisory Council (Jan 2008)

New! Play should be seen and heard (Jan 2008)

New! Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum: Publications (Jan 2008)

Pretty new - and really interesting: Primary Review: Children's Cognitive Development and Learning (Dec 2007)


January 2008

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