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20 February 2015
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The seventh broadcast provides a focus for number sequences and fractions.

Broadcast date: 7 November 2006

SEELB code: RO 0105 - Although this series has finished, programmes are still available to borrow or purchase from the Audio Visual Recording service at SELB. Just quote this SELB number in your correspondence with the unit.

Story outline: In today's programme, Radio 321 receives a report that strange things are happening to numbers. An evil villain, known as Nick Numbers, has cast some spells and made numbers disappear from clocks, calculators, doors, buses and classroom wall-charts! Rhoda sets out to find the missing numbers and the listeners are invited to help. Will Nick Numbers triumph or can the listeners solve the mysteries?
Key Stage 1: Number Pupils should have opportunities to:- recognise simple patterns and make predictions about them; distinguish between odd and even numbers; recognise simple fractions and their notation; understand and use simple function machines.

Key Stage 2: Number Pupils should have opportunities to:- explore and predict patterns and sequences of whole numbers, predicting subsequent numbers in a sequence; devise rules for determining sequences; understand and use simple function machines; understand the equivalence of simple fractions.

Learning outcomes:
  • Pupils will identify quarters and halves of shapes.
  • Pupils will calculate fractions (halves and quarters) of quantities.
  • Pupils will determine the rule and complete number sequences of whole numbers.
  • Pupils will create their own number sequences.
  • Pupils will determine the output in a simple fraction function machine.
Extend mental imagery by asking the children to:-
  • Imagine a pattern containing a circle, a triangle and a circle in a row. Ask the pupils to move the shapes to different positions. For example, move the triangle to sit above the first circle, move the circle at the end of the first row to the right hand side of the triangle - draw the new arrangement.
Points for Pupils to Ponder:

I wonder how many shapes you can spot around the school which are divided up into fractions of one whole (equal parts). Clue - look at the windows!

A new game is being painted in the play ground. The base board needs eight equal parts. I wonder how you could help the painter to plan where to paint the lines. Do you want a square base board or a circle base board for your game?

I wonder what would be the five worst things that could happen if Nick Numbers really made all numbers disappear. What would be the five best things about this?
Click on the links below for worksheets:

Worksheet 1: Watch out for Nick Numbers! (I)

Worksheet 2: Nick Numbers

Worksheet 3: Watch out for Nick Numbers! (II)

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