This week in maths lessons we have been deepening our understanding of adding tens and ones. We are developing our maths skills by using ten frames, counting on from ten rather than counting from one.
If we wanted to calculate 10 + 7 we would say 10, 11,12,13,14,15,16, 17
In English we read an alternative Jack and the Beanstalk story, Jim and the Beanstalk. We have written stories, created a story map and drawn enormous giants as well as starting to grow our own beans.
The beans are only just starting to germinate and so everyone will be bringing home their bean in a plastic cup to look after during the Easter holiday.
Once your bean starts to grow roots and shoots, you should make a hole in the bottom of the pot remove the tissue paper and fill the pot with compost. Remember to put it in a bright location and keep it watered. As your bean grows it will need a garden cane to support it.
Perhaps measure your bean as it grows and bring a picture into school next term.
Have a great Easter break.
In maths we have been deepening our understanding of addition and subtraction by solving problems and identifying examples that are correct or not!
We have also been learning about position by ordering objects, pictures, words and numbers from first to tenth.
This week we have been reading Jack and the Beanstalk and writing our own version of the story. We have used the overhead projector to share and evaluate our work with the class and identify areas for improvement.
Linked to this story we have been learning about growing plants. We are going to grow runner beans and learn about plants and how they grow.
As we have been lucky enough this week to enjoy some sunny weather, we have been outside practising our cricket skills. We have focused on holding a cricket bat correctly and beginning to hit the ball successfully. A good time had by all!
This week we have been learning about British Summer Time (BST). In the United Kingdom it is advanced one hour forward of Greenwich Mean Time. This is done so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less.
We looked at lots of different clocks and talked about how people managed to tell the time long ago, before clocks and watches were invented.
We thought about time marked candles, sun dials and sand timers. We designed our own clocks and talked about the ones we liked the best.
We talked about how many clocks the Queen has in her castles and how long it would take to change all the clocks. There are 500 in Buckingham Palace, 380 in Windsor Castle and 80 in Balmoral Castle in Scotland. It is a big job.
We then went on to write our own story about a magical clock, focusing on editing, improving and extending our writing.
Our usual Friday morning ‘Disco Dough’ warm-up was extra special as it was Red Nose Day. Everyone looked great in their red clothes and happy faces.
In science we have been learning about some common British birds that we might see in our gardens.
I think the weather will be fine, perhaps do some bird spotting this week-end, and you could draw and label some birds to stick into our Class One homework book.
We have been learning about the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian.
His paintings are filled with straight lines and primary colours, black, or grey, and nearly all of them are coloured; only a few are left white.
We had a go at creating some of our own artwork in the style of Mondrian by using coloured card.
In English we have been reading stories about William and Jane and have used these stories as a stimulus to write our own stories. We look at our work on the overhead projector and talk about the good features in our work and the things we need to improve. This helps us to do better the next time.
This term we have been learning about addition or subtraction. This week in our maths lessons we have been doing both. It can be tricky as we have to look carefully at the symbols to make sure we know whether to add or subtract.
Have a go at doing some of your own number sentences and draw some pictures to go with them to show what is happening.
If you do some examples we can stick them in our Class One Homework Book.
In English we wrote dragon descriptions using WOW words to describe the dragon in the story. We are getting better at writing descriptions and using good words to paint a picture.
We have also been writing up our science observations from last week when we were smelling lots of different things.
This week we have been learning about the brain and writing about the amazing things our brains can do. We made a list of things our brains can do, it was endless! We talked about the importance of wearing a cycle helmet to protect our head if we were to fall off our bike.
In maths we have continued to learn different ways to do subtraction. Last week we were subtracting by crossing out. This week we have been doing subtraction by counting back. We have been solving picture problems and making up our own problems to solve. Next week we will be doing addition and subtraction and making links between the two.
Keep practising at home, bring in your work for our class book.
In English we have been developing our skills in writing by learning how to use capital letters and full stops when writing sentences. In addition, we have been using capital letters for names of people, places and the days of the week.
In Maths lessons we have been learning the terms subtract, subtraction and minus. They mean to take away. We started learning how to do subtraction by using apparatus and then pictorially, by crossing out some of the pictures.
Have a go at home. Draw some pictures, write a subtraction sentence to go with them and then cross out the pictures to match your sentence.
5 – 2 = 3
Although we did not get to make pancakes this week, we did use them in our maths lessons to write subtraction sentences. Some of us had a go at flipping pancakes. It was fun.
In ICT we have been devising programs for the Bee-bots and making a road for them to travel on. We are getting better at knowing our left from our right!
In Science we have been learning about our sense of smell. We had lots of mystery pots with different substances in them and had to describe the smell in each pot.
In PE we are beginning to learn cricket skills, how to hold the bat and stop the ball by using our feet.
Have fun practising subtraction!
We are all back on track in school after the half term break.
In English we have been focusing on reading and spelling this week. We have been learning how to read and write the days of the week as we need to know how to do this by the end of year one.
We have also been learning how to read, write and use the common exception words for year one. I hope you have found a laminated copy of these in your child’s book-bag. They are for you to keep at home, practise these at home until you know how to spell them with confidence.
We have been reading a story called A Dog Called Bear. We used this story as inspiration for writing a narrative about a little girl who wants to have a dog of her own. We have been using the common exception words to help us write good sentences with capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.
In maths we have been using plastic cubes and the balance to show two equivalent addition sentences.
5+2=7 has the same total as 6+1=7
Just a quick reminder about PE kit. Some children do not have suitable shoes that fit, please can you ask your child if their kit fits them.
And finally, some children were given a small pack of phonics and reading activities, very well done to all those children who completed the activities. Fantastic!
Over the past few weeks we have been reading fiction books by Eric Carle. This week we have been comparing fiction and non-fiction books. We have been learning about the features of non-fiction books such as the contents and the index. We know that you don’t have to read a non-fiction book from the beginning to the end, you can use the contents to look up things you are interested in and just find that part of the book and read the information.
As it is half term next week it would be a good opportunity to go to the library and borrow some fiction and non-fiction books.
In maths we have been working on our number bonds to 10 and 20, so do try to practice them at home using lots of apparatus like pennies or pencils.
In science we have been learning about our senses, thinking about our sight and sense of taste. We learnt that there are different areas on our tongue that sense sweet, sour, bitter and salty tastes. We tasted jam, lemon, lemon pith and salty crisps.
If the weather is good go out and spot some birds!
I hope everyone has a great half-term break,
Linked to our topic on senses, we have been reading Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Can You Hear? and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Can You See? by Eric Carle.
We have used the text as an inspiration to write our own similar sentences. Our sentences have to have a capital letter, full stop and include the word ‘and’ in the middle. We have also been trying to develop our cursive script and leave finger spaces between our words. We have doubled our efforts in Phonics lessons as it is so crucial for development and progress in reading and writing.
In Maths lessons we are working on completing addition number sentences.
? + 7 = 10
4 + ? = 10
The children who have mastered this have moved on now to working on bonds to 20 by using counters to check their calculations. Often the children work in pairs and ask each other, How do you know? Or, Can you prove it? Everyone needs to be able to explain how they got their answer.
On Wednesday we went for our Nature Walk. Unfortunately it was a rainy morning but we didn’t let it dampen our spirits. We dressed in waterproofs and wellies and set off to try and see some bird life. We worked in pairs to see if we could spot the birds on our identification sheets. Although we couldn’t always see the birds, we could hear them in the bushes.
When we returned to school we watched the RSPB video on birdwatching and how to make bird feeders.
On Friday afternoon we made lots of bird feeders and hung them on the trees around the school. This weekend we are going to try and spot some birds in our gardens.
This week we have been reading “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly said the Sloth” by Eric Carle.
Last week we were learning about exclamation marks, what they look like and how we use them when reading and writing. This week we have been learning about question marks, what they look like and how we can use them in our writing.
In the story the animals ask the sloth lots of questions. We have been talking about how we ask or write questions. We know how to spot questions because they start with a word like What, Why, When or Where and always end with a?
We have been learning about sloths and where they live. These are some of the questions we had to answer. Ask your child these questions, see what they can remember.
- There are two kinds of sloth. What are they called?
- How do they spend their time?
- What do they eat?
- Where do they sleep? .
- What colour are they? And why?
- What lives in their fur?
We have watched some videos to find out facts about sloths. We have used an atlas to find Costa Rica where a lot of sloths live.
In maths lessons we have been working on our number bonds to ten and beyond. We have been using the vocabulary Part and Whole.
Next week we will be adding by counting on.
In science we have started learning about the names for the main parts of the body. Next week we will be learning about our senses. Hopefully we will go for a nature walk on Friday morning to see what we can touch, see, hear, smell and taste ( a snack! ).