Friday, 22 April 2016

Friday 22nd April

It was lovely to see so many happy faces coming into school on Tuesday morning, everyone looked so rested and ready for the new term! 

Well done to all the children who have been reading every day at home during the holidays – you are making great progress!
This week in maths we have been learning about numbers to 100. First we discussed what each digit in a 2 digit number means – how many 10s and how many 1s. We then made numbers to 100 using Numicon, and explained why the position of each digit is important, for example, why 29 is smaller than 92.

We practised our learning about 2 digit numbers by playing these games:

We then deepened our learning about the relevance of each digit by drawing the numbers as ‘rods’ for the 10s and ‘dots’ for the ones.
Here are some examples:
32 – lll:
81 – llllllll.

This week in English we have been learning about information texts. Our new topic this term is Global Gardens so we spent time reading lots of information about tropical rainforests. On Tuesday  we helped  Professor Rainforest read information from  a Powerpoint all about rainforests. She had just come back from being in the Amazon and she shared her knowledge with us.   Ask your child if they can remember how many layers there are in a rainforest and if they can name the different layers.
On Thursday we used a website to learn even more.  We noticed all the information is presented using headings.  The website we used had links to these sites.
To hear the sounds of the rainforest follow this link

After researching earlier in the week, on Friday everyone wrote one page for our own class book about the rainforest.  Our book will be put in our book corner for everyone to enjoy reading.
Your child may like to follow the link below to find out even more information about the rainforest because next week the children will be making they own book about the animals and plants that can be found in the rainforest.

In Mrs Roberson’s phonics group this week we learnt to add the suffix/ending est to adjectives. In year 1 no changes are made to the root word it stays the same.We read the root word eg rich using our phoneme fingers.  We then identified the first, second and third phoneme/sound in the word and then added the suffix est which made rich into richest.
We repeated the activity using these words:
cold, long, old,  small, smooth, sweet, tall, quick

In phonics Mrs Bootle’s group has been practising reading words and sentences containing the digraphs ‘er’, ‘ur’ and ‘ir’. Examples of words we read are teacher, fur and stir. We have been learning to sight read some new Phase 5 words – don’t, day, oh, old and made, as well as recapping on all Phase 2, 3 and 4 words and previously learnt digraphs.

In Computing we have been learning to touch type using this website. Your child might like to continue practising at home!]

In science this week we used the school grounds and the local environment at Batford Springs to name and identify a range of plants.  These included wild and garden plants. The children recorded their findings in a table and thought about why particular plants grow in a certain place.  Can your child tell you why we found bluebells in the Robin Hood trail.  What is it that the bluebells like about that location?
You may like to encourage your child to look at the plants on the way to school or near your home or go back to Batford Springs and see if they can identify and name them and think of why they grow in that particular place.
Look at our photos to see how much fun we had.

Percy Perseverance has joined the Woodpecker class and his motto is
‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again’. 
You may like to reinforce the importance of persevering at home. 

Fabio Focus has joined the Kingfisher Class.  He learns best when he listens carefully.  He also works hard and always stays on task.  
You may like to reinforce the importance of staying focused when pursuing activities at home.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year One Teachers