The Great Fire of London!

Hi everyone,

In maths we have been focusing on different ways to solve subtraction calculations, by counting backwards using a number line, cubes and using our knowledge of number bonds to 10. We have also solved subtraction calculations using the maths term ‘What’s the difference’.

  1.  12- 3 = 9   The children place their finger on 12 and then jump 3 places back. They know to start a subtraction sum with the bigger number.

2.  11-4=     11-1 = 10   10 – 3 =7


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3. What’s the difference between 9 and 3?

They write it as 9-3=      then solve.

Next week we will recap over part whole models.

In English the children have really enjoyed reading the book ‘Vlad and The Great Fire of London’. The story is about Boxton the rat and his pet flea Vlad who get caught up in the fire and how they escape danger. The children hot-seated the main character using their own questions to find out about what life was like and how he felt when he was trapped by the fire. They have sequenced the events using pictures and written about each part. To get a better understanding of how the characters felt during the fire they role played the story in small groups. On Friday they started to write descriptive sentences retelling the beginning of story.

Our History topic has been linked to English as we have studied The Great Fire of London. The children have explored why the fire happened and what changes were made afterwards to improve living conditions in London. To show their understanding, they created posters detailing the changes needed using pictures and captions. In small groups, the children sorted images of objects, buildings and modes of transport from London then and now, talking about how they had changed.

Next week as part of our Design and Technology and Art Week, the children will be learning peel, mash and mix fruit together to make smoothies. We will also be studying the work of Klee.

This week in phonics, the children have revisited the alternative spellings for the graphemes ‘ai’ and ‘ee’ and the alternative sounds for grapheme ‘ch’ as part of the phase 5 sounds and they practised tricky words said, so, like, have.

They continue to do really well in their spelling tests. Please check book bags for this week’s spelling list.