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KS1 Magical Maths News

This week was magical with games, fun & stand up bingo...

Yes the Mathemagician was here again for another fun packed week of magical maths. The Mathemagician enjoyed being creative and playing magical games with the children!

Magical Maths Art

Learning objectives: Compare, describe and solve practical problems for: -  Lengths and heights (e.g. long/short, longer/shorted, tall/short, double/half, ‘half as high’; ‘twice as wide’) -  Mass or weight (e.g. heavy/light, heavier than, lighter than) -  Capacity and volume (e.g. full/empty, more than, less than, half, half full, quarter) Describe position, directions and movements: -  Left, right, top, middle and bottom, on top of, in front of, above, between, around, near, close and far, up and down, forwards and backwards, inside and outside.


The children drew pictures to show different sizes of images.  They also made up their own sums but by using art.  The magician was impressed with their pictures.  I’m sure you would be too. 

This activity helps children with a variety of important areas, including Longer/shorter, tall/short, double/half, half as high and so on. Everybody did really well. Above is an image of the booklet; I hope you like it!

Magical Maths Trail

Learning objectives: Pupils should recognise and name common 2D and 3D shapes, including: - 2D shapes (e.g. rectangles (inc. squares), circles and triangles) - 3D shapes (e.g. cuboids (including cubes), pyramids and spheres) - Identify 2D shapes on the surface of 3D shapes, (for example a circle on a cylinder and a triangle on a pyramid) - Compare and sort common 2D and 3D shapes and everyday objects.

This activity is great one. It’s “I spy” but uses shapes.  Whoever is saying “I spy” has to pick an object from around the room but instead of stating the starting letter they called out the shape.  The children enjoyed looking for the objects around the room. 

Afterwards the children had some time to complete a shape hunt as a group. 

Stand up Bingo

Learning objectives: Recall and use multiplication facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables. Show that multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative). They connect the 10 table to place value, and the 5 table to the divisions on the clock face.

The children work together as a team and use their multiplication skills to play this game.  They throw dice and teams take turns to multiply the numbers on the dice.  If resulting number is on their grid a child sits down.  The game continues until all of the children in one of the teams are sitting down.  The first team to have all of the children sitting down is the winning team. Hoooray!


A magical week that's for certain, please let us know what you thought, we love to hear from you and we do read all emails.


P.S. - Next week we have a visit from the Olympic Mathletes to do some sports and games. No P.E. kit necessary, but an Olympian attitude DEFINITELY is!