Friday, 20 November 2015

Friday 20th November

This week in maths we have been learning about numbers to 20. We matched  Numicon to numbers  and sorted them into odd and even numbers. We noticed that even numbers each have a ‘partner’ and odd numbers have ‘one left over’. We found out that even numbers end in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8; and odd numbers end in 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9.

Next we looked at ‘teen’ numbers and made them from Numicon. For example, 17 is made of one 10 and seven 1s and 12 is made of one 10 and two 1s. We then wrote these number sentences in bubbles to show how we can split the numbers into tens and ones.

We then practised our adding skills by ‘buying’ toys from a ‘toy shop’! We chose 2 pictures and stuck them in our book, then we wrote the number sentences to add the ‘prices’ together and finally calculated the answer. We used our fingers, number facts, number lines, 100 square or Numicon to help us. Some of us extended ourselves to add 3 numbers together. We challenged ourselves to work out which toys we could buy if we had 10p. Knowing our maths facts really helped us work out the answers and good games to practise these are:

This week in English we have been reading a story called ‘George and the Dragon’ by Chris Wormell.  First we listened to the story.  As we listened we could draw pictures or write words to remind us of the sequence of events.   We talked about the beginning, middle and end of the story.  Next we had a quiz. In our groups we had to see how much of the story we remembered.  Ask your child what the dragon’s secret was?
On Tuesday we used a story-map to retell the story.  We made up actions as a class and then practiced and performed the story to each other. 

On Thursday we talked about what the dragon was good at and then wrote our own sentences.  We started with the sentence opener  - The dragon was good at……. 
On Friday we talked about what the dragon was terrified of.  We then thought of what we were scared of and wrote two sentences in our neatest handwriting. 
We had to make sure were 

  • sitting correctly
  • holding our pencil correctly
  • using fingers spaces
  • forming our letters correctly
  • sitting our letters on the line
  • positioning our ascenders and descenders correctly
In Mrs Roberson’s phonics group this week we have been looking at the digraphs ir and ur.  Using our Fred Fingers we read real words like twirl, third and turn and alien words like skirld, quirp and scurps.  We also practised reading words like handstand and windmill.
In our grammar lesson we had to decide which words should have a capital letter? car, abigail, sainsburys, mr pattrick , bird.
In spelllings this week we looked at the tricky words said have, like  and talked about strategies to help us learn how to spell these words.

Mrs Bootle’s group have been practising reading words with the ‘ee’ digraph. We used our Fred Fingers to read words such as feel, weep, feet and jeep. We have been learning to sight read the words down, look and too and practising the previous sight words: that, this then, them will, with see, for and now. We have also been reading words containing the sight words we have been learning and words containing the digraphs we have learnt – sh, ch, ng, th and ai. 

We had great fun at our skipping workshop and Jamie was very impressed with how much we had improved since last summer.  She also liked the way in which children persevered  even when they found skipping difficult.  Keep practising at home!

In history we learnt about Queen Victoria and put the events of her life in chronological order.  Ask your child which events in her life were happy and which were very sad.

Have a great weekend.

The Year One Teachers