Friday, 2 May 2014

Week Ending Friday 2nd May

This week in Maths the children have been practising their subtracting skills. 
The children thought about the different methods they can use; using their fingers, using a 100 square, using objects and a few children tried using a blank number line.

The children had to complete the calculation and say which method they had used.
Here is an example of a blank number line method. 
The calculation is 180-33=
1.  Partition/break down the number that is being subtracted.             
        (33 into 10,10,10 and 3) (Or into 30 and then 3)
2.   Jump back in those partitioned numbers
3.   Write the answer at the bottom every time
4.   Answer
Also in maths this week the children have been exploring number facts.
They have learnt that one basic number fact such as 2 + 4 = 6 can tell you lots of other facts too.
  2+4=  6
We also found out that the same fact (2 + 4 = 6) can tell you other types of facts.
       2+4 = 6
In Literacy this week the children have carried on learning about Fairy Tales.  They have used the story of 'Jack and the Beanstalk' to help them to think about wow words.  The children used a range of adjectives to describe the different characters and the settings in the story.
Later on in the week the children learnt about openers.  They learnt of a range of interesting ways that they can start different sentences.
Once upon a time there was a boy called Jack.
Jack and his mother were very poor.
One day, Jack’s mother decided to sell the cow.
Before he reached the market he met an old man.
Although Jack needed money, he took the beans.
“If the beans are magic, I will be rich!” said Jack.
“First I will buy back our cow”.
“Next I will buy a big house for me and mother”.
Eventually Jack went home, his mother was angry.
The children have thought again about the range of connectives they could use. 

In phonics, we have been revising the 'oi', 'ar', 'or' and 'igh' sounds.  We have been reading them in real and alien words for example:
boil, coil, spoil, toid, boim, spoik
card, dark, alarm, slarm, thark, marm
fork, pork, horn, jorg, snorg, quork
high, light, night, ight, blight, pigher
Maybe you could practise these at home or when you are reading you could find these sounds in books.
 In Science this week we have been learning about materials.  The children have learnt that there are different types of materials (wood, plastic, glass....) and that these materials all have a range of properties.  The children also found out that some materials are natural and some are man-made.
The children went outside on a material hunt.  Here are some pictures.



In the last week of term the children will be going to be learn about materials in DT.  They will also learn about a range of joining technique.  Please can we have as many empty toilet rolls as possible as the children are going to turn them into different fairy tale characters.

Have a lovely long weekend!  We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday!