In this issue
4th – Pancake Day, Harmony Day
7th – Good Friday
10th – Easter Monday
12th – The Carly Ryan Foundation
13th – Hockey Carnival
14th – Last Day of Term 1, 2.00pm
1st - Term 2 Begins
9th - AFL Max Camp Rm’s 17/18
10th - AFL Max Camp Rm’s 17/18,
School Photos Class, FACE
Wed 29th Mar – Tue 4th Apr
Amelia M, Sienna H, Rhea V
Wed 5th Apr- Tue 11th Apr
Chloe C, Brooklyn T, Emily F
Wed 12th Apr – Fri 14th Apr & Mon 1st – Tue 2nd May
Lillee W, Jasmine G, Freyja S
Please arrive by 8.25am
Using Manipulative Materials in Maths
Pictured enthusiastically using manipulative materials are: Maryam, Ekas, Lia and Myles
Learning maths is a complex process and to support students’ mathematical understandings teachers use manipulative materials to allow students to actually see how the major number operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division occur. Manipulatives are also essential for learning about fractions.
Manipulative materials are physical objects that students can handle and manipulate. These materials can include things like blocks, counters, shapes, fraction bars, and more.
As students more deeply develop their concepts, they slowly move from just using concrete materials and transition to using representational drawings to work out mathematical operations. The Singapore Bar Method is an example of a representational technique.
Here is an example of a problem where the use of the bar model technique can assist a student to more easily visualise and understand each mathematical step they need to take to reach its solution.
Problem: ‘If Tom had 90 Pokémon cards and he decided to give half of them away to his three younger brothers, how many Pokémon cards would each boy receive, if the cards were shared equally.’
This is a complicated problem for many children to do abstractly, ‘in their head’, but by drawing bars, representing what they know, and the actions they need to take, they can solve the problem more easily.
On our Pupil free day teachers will be exploring a range of ways to teach students how to use manipulative materials and representational techniques in a confident and flexible manner. When developing mathematical concepts students move through a Concrete and Representational stage before they reach the Abstract stage in which they can solve problems simply by manipulating numbers.
Concrete representations: Manipulatives provide students with concrete representations of abstract concepts, so they can understand and visualize the problem e.g, using blocks to do addition and subtraction.
Representational Drawings: These bridge the gap between the concrete and abstract manipulation of numbers. At this stage the student no longer needs to actually handle blocks but can represent them in a variety of ways. They might draw squares, strokes and dots on the page or bars, as demonstrated above.
Manipulatives make math lessons more engaging and interactive for students, encouraging them to participate and explore mathematical concepts. This can help students develop a love of math and improve their overall math skills.They also help students see the real-world connections of mathematical concepts e.g using fraction bars to teach fractions can help students see how fractions represent parts of a whole. Overall, manipulative materials are a valuable tool in teaching math, as they can help students better understand abstract concepts, engage them in the learning process, and make real-world connections.
CHROMEBOOK PAYMENTS – If you are paying in instalments your first payment is now due. For families taking advantage of the outright price of $450.00, full payment MUST be made by 14/4/23. After this date the Chromebook cost will be $500.00. Please see Cathy in Finance if you would like to complete a payment plan form.
Tuesday 4th Jenni F
Wednesday 5th Jenni F, Deborah M
Thursday 6th Jenni F, Chris G
Friday 7th GOOD FRIDAY
Tuesday 11th Jenni F
Wednesday 12th Jenni F, Robyn C
Thursday 13th Jenni F, Deneice P, Tui M, Anna M
Friday 14th Jenni F, Diane B, Sharon D
Can you help in the canteen?
The canteen are looking for volunteers to help. If you are able to spare anytime please contact the front office on 82648099.
Kiss & Drop Zone
Please note: The area in front of the school office is a designated drop off and pick up area, Kiss & Drop.
Cars should not be left parked there because they block the space and others are being forced to ‘double park’ to pick up children. As you can appreciate this is dangerous and illegal. Parents need to wait in their cars, they cannot leave their cars to get out to collect their child. Council fines do apply.
We are looking for donations of little girls underwear for spare clothes for the front office. Any donations would be greatly appreciated.
Woo hoo! the school holidays are fast approaching and Easter is upon us. A great opportunity to take some time out as a family relaxing at home or getting out and about.
Just being with your children is enough, nothing fancy, it doesn’t have to cost anything except your time.
If you are stumped for ideas on places to go or things to do over Easter or during the holidays you can visit the Play and Go website for ideas
Tea Tree Gully Church have a free Easter fun day on this weekend. During the holidays they have a free bbq and movie night and a ‘glow in the dark ‘disco. Check out the details in this newsletter. Whatever you end up doing, have great family time together. It is never too late for new beginnings!
Wishing you all a very Happy Easter.
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