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Graphic of the month –
Frances and the train
Our class of 4 – 6 year olds had
travelled by train to visit an old ‘pannier’ market in a town in the
north of the county and on the return journey our carriage was very
crowded. The following day Aaron commented “I bet there were a
million people on the train!”
After some discussion about how we
might find out, Aaron phoned the railway station. Returning to the
class he told his friends that there had been 7 carriages on our
train and 75 seats in each carriage. A number of children were
intrigued by this large quantity and wanted to find out how many
there were altogether. Each chose their own ways to work this out
(with resources or through representing their thinking on paper).
Frances explored a number of ways
before drawing representations of the seats in one carriage (below).
She self-checked and found that she had drawn one too many and
crossed it out. In order to represent the remaining 6 carriages,
Frances asked if she could photocopy her first carriage – an
interesting solution using repeated addition. Frances was 6 years
and 1 month at the time.