It’s that time of year again and Digit Dog is thinking about Christmas challenges.

You can find plenty of Christmas-themed activities and challenges on the site by searching for **Christmas **in the *Categories* box on the *Home* page.

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It’s that time of year again and Digit Dog is thinking about Christmas challenges.

You can find plenty of Christmas-themed activities and challenges on the site by searching for **Christmas **in the *Categories* box on the *Home* page.

Lynwen Barnsley and Helen Bowen are doing another full-day LIVE ONLINE ZOOM session of this popular course on September 30th 2021

The day will be full of practical ideas for making links between the Mathematics and Numeracy and the Language, Literacy and Communication AoLEs. As we begin to embed the new curriculum over the next few years, schools will need to explore how they can make manageable links between AoLEs. How can we use literacy skills in a meaningful way to develop and improve mathematical understanding? Where is the natural overlap?

We will explore and discuss:

- Where is the literacy in mathematics? Where are the opportunities for developing literacy skills?
- What are the good speaking, listening and reading strategies that can help make sense of mathematics and develop reasoning skills?
- Do you have a toolkit to support talk in mathematics and numeracy? Is it consistent? Is it progressive? Are pupils able to use the toolkit independently, at home as well as in school?

Book your place now at www.collectivelearning.co.uk

Join Lynwen Barnsley and Helen Bowen for a full-day LIVE ONLINE ZOOM COURSE on May 7th 2021

The day will be full of practical ideas for making links between the Mathematics and Numeracy and the Language, Literacy and Communication AoLEs. As we begin to embed the new curriculum over the next few years, schools will need to explore how they can make manageable links between AoLEs. How can we use literacy skills in a meaningful way to develop and improve mathematical understanding? Where is the natural overlap?

We will explore and discuss:

- Where is the literacy in mathematics? Where are the opportunities for developing literacy skills?
- What are the good speaking, listening and reading strategies that can help make sense of mathematics and develop reasoning skills?
- Do you have a toolkit to support talk in mathematics and numeracy? Is it consistent? Is it progressive? Are pupils able to use the toolkit independently, at home as well as in school?

Book your place now at www.collectivelearning.co.uk

Check out the Christmas-themed challenges already on the site by searching for **Christmas **in the *Categories* box on the *Home* page.

Look out for some new challenges in the coming weeks.

Digit Dog and Calculating Cat are are playing a game called **sum or difference.**

**Rules**

- Take turns to throw 2 dice.
- Find the
**sum**of the two numbers OR the**difference**, then cover the number on your grid. - The first one to cover all their numbers is the winner.

Download the game here

Encourage children to use the mathematical language:

The sum of …….and ………is …………..

The difference between …….. and …….. is………..

Ask:

*Which numbers are more difficult to cover? Why do you think that is?*

*Do you make some numbers more often than others?*

**What if………..**

…….you were making your own board? Which numbers do you think would be good to choose?

……you were only finding the sum of the dice? Which numbers would you put on the board so that you were the winner?

………you were only finding the difference? Would you choose the same numbers?

5 Christmas stars,

4 chimney pots,

3 rows and columns,

2 Numicon shapes and

1 Santa’s sleigh………………..

Get your tree and stars here.

Click here for examples of questions and ways to deliver the challenge.

Full challenge here with examples of questions to ask and variations to try.

Click here for the full challenge.

Digit Dog and Calculating Cat are trying one of the Numicon *Ideas for Spring *resources that they found on www.oxfordowl.co.uk

How can Calculating Cat share the chicks between the 3 nests? Try it.

How many chicks will be in each nest? Convince your friend that you are right.

Write a dividing calculation to go with your representation.

Try different numbers of nests – can you share the 12 chicks equally between 2 nests? What about 4 nests, 5 nests, 6 nests? What do you notice?

Try a different number of chicks. What happens?

The *Two-sided Counters Challenge booklet *is now available in English and yng Nghymraeg.