Friday, 7 March 2014

Friday 7th March

In Maths, the children have been practising counting in a range of ways.  The children have practised counting in 2s 10s 5s 3s and 4s.  To challenge the children they had to start at different numbers.

Practising counting is something you can easily do at home with your child.  Try counting up and down in ones from different starting points.  See how far they can count up?  Try then counting in tens, then twos and fives.  Use this knowledge of counting in steps to help you quickly count up the pencils you gave at home or count up the socks when you are putting the washing away.  Use money to motivate your child!  If they get pocket money could it be in 2p coins or even the tooth fairy could deliver 10p coins only and the children have to count up to see how much they have.  As we always say, applying the maths skills we learn in school to real life situations helps the children to really embed and understand their learning. 
The children then had a go at finishing off some number sequences.  Maybe your child could identify what the numbers are counting in and have a go at these.
2  4  6  ­­_  _  _                                      15  18  21  ­_   _   _
40   50   60   _   _   _                           72   75   78   _   _   _      
We then used this information to help us count repeated groups.
How many socks are there in 3 pairs of sock?
If a box contains 3 cakes.  How many cakes are there in 4 boxes?
There are 5 crayons in each pack. How many crayons are there altogether?
There are 10 Smarties in each tube.  How many Smarties are there altogether?
The children completed a range of these types of problems using pictures to help.
Also this week we have learnt about odd and even numbers.  The children learnt that odd numbers in a 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 and even numbers end in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8.   We completed an investigation using the numbers.  Try testing your child by saying random numbers like 12, 26, 42, 132, 624….can your child say whether the number is even or odd.
This week the children have enjoyed World Book Day.  All this week we have been looking at the features of a comic strip and on Thursday the children had a go at making their very own comic strips.  We found out that there are different speech bubbles and thought bubbles. If a speech bubble has a dotted outline it means what is being said is whispered. If a speech bubble has a jagged outline it means what is being said is shouted.  There are also sound effects used that are usually written in capital letters with an exclamation mark.
This week the children have been learning how to film using the Ipads. We have been trying to keep the Ipad still and make sure they can see the person they are filming properly!  IF you have one at home, maybe you could practise!
Next week in Maths we are sharing objects which will eventually lead to us finding ½ and a ¼ of an amount. 
Next week in Literacy we are designing made up worlds and planets with a focus on using different adjectives for effect!