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This week in English we have written our own stories based on ‘How the Leopard got its Spots’.
In maths we have been partitioning numbers using apparatus and pictorial representations to help us add. We enjoyed using the internet to search information about different rainforest animals.
A good search engine we used in school was ‘Safe Search’:
Homework will be posted on the blog every half term showing you the day it will be discussed with the children and the task. Each task will relate to an objective covered during the week.
This term we would like the children to work on their spellings of the common exception words. Lists have been given out but further copies can be obtained from the teachers.
Friday 12th January 2018: In English the children have used story maps and puppets to retell their own version of the story ‘How the Leopard got his spots’ by Shoo Rayner. Next week they will be writing their stories. Please encourage the children to retell their story to you, thinking carefully about the flow, sentence structure and sense.
Maths challenge: When you are doing your shopping can you add 2 amounts together. How much change might you get if paying with £1, £5 or £10.
Friday 19th January 2018: Our topic this term is Rainforests. Using the internet or a non-fiction book, find out about an animal that lives in the rainforest, including the type of food that they eat.
Maths challenge: Length – estimate and measure the length of different objects.
Friday 26th January 2018: In maths the children have looked at time and have continued to think about time and daily routines regularly since. It is pleasing to see so many who are keen to learn the time and now seem to wear a watch at school ensuring the adults time keeping is punctual. Encourage the children to keep a diary for a day recording timing of activities and what they did. Discuss how long the activity took to allow them to begin to understand how much time has passed.
Friday 2nd February 2018: In science we have been looking at food chains – we have linked this to food chains in the rainforest. Encourage children to discuss key vocabulary identified at school and draw their own food chain for an animal that lives in water. Predator, prey, producer, consumer
Maths challenge: Discuss mental strategies to solve addition and subtraction. Rounding up and taking away, counting in multiples of tens then ones, think 10 etc.
Please bring the homework books back week beginning 5th February 2018 to be marked.
In Literacy this week the children have been planning a rainforest story. They have drawn story maps using different characters. They made sock puppets to act out their stories to a friend and add interesting vocabulary to their plans. In Maths they have been solving two step problems completing an addition, subtraction or multiplication sentence then using the greater than and less than symbols.
We would also like to remind you about the E-Safety talk for Parents at Alban City school on Wednesday 17th January 2018 at 6.30 pm.
This week we have taken part in a range of Christmas activities including the carol service, hat making, instrumental concert and Christmas lunch. The children thoroughly enjoy our visit to the pantomime especially when Aladdin flew on his magic carpet. In French the children had fun learning the names of Christmas tree decorations.
In Literacy this week the children have been using their skills for writing a recount and all of their knowledge about Grace Darling, from our Place and Time lessons, to write a newspaper report. They have really impressed us with their typing skills and the ordering of events. In maths they have been learning about money. They have investigated different ways to make amounts of money using coins and begun adding amounts of money together.
This week in maths the children have been practising division. They have been using arrays and a blank number line to solve the calculations. In Literacy they have begun planning their newspaper recount. They have been gathering facts about why Grace Darling is famous and practising their typing skills.
The children thoroughly enjoyed their visit from the Premier League and Watford Football club. They learnt lots of interesting facts about the trophy and trained with Watford Football Club coaches.
This week in Literacy the children have put all their writing skills to use. They have predicted and written an ending for the story Into The Forest by Anthony Browne, they have included noun phrases, conjunctions and exciting vocabulary. In maths they have been solving multiplication number sentences, they have used repeated addition, arrays and counting in multiples to solve.
This week in English we have been looking at the story ‘Into the Forest’ by Anthony Browne and the children have made a prediction of how the story might end. In maths we have been thinking about our number bonds to ten and using this to find quicker ways to add numbers together i.e. 16 + 7 = 16 + 4 + 3 = 20 + 3 = 23. During art the children were introduced to the artist David Hockney and enjoyed sharing their thoughts and views in a gallery of his work.
In Literacy this week the children have been learning about exclamation sentneces. They have been reading them and identifying there nouns and verbs as well as the word it starts with; either what or how. They have also learnt how to use inverted commas correctly in their writing. In Maths they have been investigating lots of different skills including rounding to the nearest multiple of ten, finding the difference and using double facts to develop their mental fluency.
Dates for your Diary
- 12 Feb 2018 - Half Term
- 29 Mar 2018 - End of Term 1:30pm
- 16 Apr 2018 - Inset Day
- 17 Apr 2018 - Start of Summer Term
- 28 May 2018 - Half Term
- 04 Jun 2018 - Insert Day
- 24 Jul 2018 - End of Term 1:30pm
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