Friday, 10 January 2014

Week ending Friday 10th January

This half term our topic is all about keeping fit and keeping safe.  We will be looking at healthy diets and how to keep fit.  We will also be looking at how to keep safe (road safety) and look at the people who help us to keep healthy and safe like nurses and the police.

This week in Literacy we have been reading and writing our own poems.  All the poems have been on the theme of winter.  First of all we had a think about all of the different words we could use to describe winter,  We thought about how to describe the rain, snow and ice.  We thought of different words we could use for 'cold' like 'bitter' and 'frezzing'.  The children used all these word banks to write their own poems using a repetitive pattern. Each line started with the same few words.  Here are some examples of our sentence starters.
Winter is......

When it is cold.....

Rain ......

Snow ....

Some of the children also used similes in the their work.  They referred to the snow as white as a vest and as white as paper.  What other similes can you think of at home.

Cold as ......
Wet as ....

Could the children make up their own poems any home?  If you have any poetry books at home maybe you could read some more?


In Maths we have been working on our numbers.  We all had to work on our numbers up to 50.  Some of us worked on our numbers up to 100 and a few of us worked on our numbers over 100. 
The children have been comparing and ordering numbers.    The children have completed a range of activities this week to help them with their learning.  We had to make sure we knew how much a number is worth by using arrow cards to help us.  We know that 45 is made up of 40+5.  To help your children understand place value they could play this game at home.
http://www.ictgames.com/arrowCards_revised_v4.html
These are the arrow cards that we have been using.



 
 
 
We have directly compared two numbers. We have had to say which number is smaller and which number is bigger. We have had to order numbers from smallest to biggest. We have also had to fill in missing numbers on numbers squares so we could apply our knowledge of the order of the numbers. You could play the game we did at school over the weekend. Get a dice and throw it twice to get two numbers or three times to get three numbers. List all the 2 or 3 digit numbers you can make. See if you can circle the biggest number. Which number is the smallest?
 
In Geography we have been thinking about our local environment.  We have been thinking about the amount of traffic around the school.  We have completed a traffic survey in the afternoon to count how many cars went past the school. The teachers did the same in the morning at drop off time. We are going to compare the numbers next week!  I wonder what they will tell us.


Next week we are going to be thinking about non-fiction texts and we are going to be revising addition and subtraction.