Friday, 4 December 2015

Friday 4th December

This week in English we have been thinking about all the traditions we have at Christmas. We wrote our own sentences about Christmas traditions. We had to remember to have finger spaces so it was easy for the reader to read. Also we punctuated our writing with full stops and capital letters so it made sense. At the end of our lesson we learnt at the beginning of the Victorian era none of these traditions existed but by the end of Queen Victoria's reign Christmas was the biggest celebration of the year. People celebrated with Christmas trees, Christmas crackers, Christmas cards, Father Christmas and Christmas food just like we have today.

This week in maths we have been using our learning about numbers to 20 to read, write and calculate number sentences using addition and subtraction.  Here are some examples of the number sentences:
14 + 5 =
16 - 7 =
15 - 11 =
12 + 12 =
8 -  4 + 6 =
We used a variety of strategies to calculate the answers. Some of us used our head and counted on/back using our fingers, some of use used number lines or 100 squares and some of us used Numicon. We found that when we were calculating with bigger numbers counting on in our head or on a number line was a bit tricky and we could easily do sloppy counting! We found the Numicon could help us partition the number into 10s and 1s, then we could add the 10s, add the1s and then add them back together. An example is probably helpful!


We have also been solving problems using addition and subtraction. This is an example of a problem we investigated.
  We have also been solving missing number problems. Here are some examples.
 We have been using these websites to practise our maths facts:

In phonics Mrs Bootle’s group have been learning to read words and sentences with the digraphs ‘oo’. We learnt there are two ways to pronounce this digraph – as in zoo or book. Examples of the words we have been reading are: zoo, boot, zoom, cool, food, moon, hook, hood, look, foot, cook, good, book, took, wood.
Here are some silly sentences we have been reading:
He took the book to the moon.
Look at her cool foot.
This week’s key words are: all, are, my, her
We have also been practising reading the words and digraphs learnt previously (that, this then, them will, with see, for, now down, look, too he, she, we, me, be, oa, ee, ai, ch, sh, th, ng) and reading sentences containing those words and digraphs, such as:
Can you see the goat down there?
In phonics Mrs Roberson’s group have been learning to read words and sentences with the digraphs ‘ay and oy' in and learnt that these digraphs are often found at the end of words eg stray, boy. We have also been learning about the digraphs 'ai and oi' which are usually found in the middle of words eg sail, spoilt.
In our grammar lesson this week the children had to put a full stop and capital letter in the correct place eg my best friend is called ben

We used the website below to get our brains warmed up for phonics.  Your child may like to follow the link to practise more phase 5 words using a variety of different digraphs.

In our Jigsaw lesson this week we told Jigsaw Jack what he should do when he was being bullied. He really liked our ideas and thanked us for helping him.

On Thursday we had a fabulous day learning more about Christmas in Victorian times. In the morning we had to do  all the jobs the servants would have done in a big house at Christmas time. In the afternoon we had a Victorian music hall.  Look at our photos to see how much fun we had.

Have a great weekend. Hopefully we will see lots of you at the Christmas Fair!
The Year One teachers