This week our numeracy lessons started with practicing the formation of number 5. We went through the material we started the previous week (see last week’s numeracy blogs) and proceeded to writing this number on the interactive whiteboard.
The children then wrote it on their workbooks. The pages were the following:
Writing number 5
As you all know by now our main focus is on the formation. The children have to say the steps that are in the above rhyme above or use language which is close to this rhyme, whilst writing.
WALT and WILF our sweet little robots stuck on the class whiteboard help us remember these steps.
Other important points
- I always remind the children that we start writing on a page from the line at the top left and proceed to the right side, than we go down to the next line and start from the left hand side at the very edge. Usually whilst explaining I physically show them on paper as they might not know right from left. Also children at this age have a tendency to just pick a box and fill it in and then choose another at random.
- When writing this number I remind the children that the vertical part/neck is not too short or too long.
- Even the round part is not too small or too big.
- We always give this number a hat.
- We have to lift our pencil from the paper to give this number a hat. The children need a reminder for this at times.
- I also remind them from time to time to write the number in the box.
- If they have just a dot in a box, that is not a mistake but they have to use their imagination and remember how to form the number. At times they would need guidance from where to start and to where they need to proceed.
The children also counted 5 craft sticks, 5 pieces of apples during the apple experiment and 5 little ant cutouts.