Friday, 24 June 2016

Friday 24th June 2016

This week in maths we have been learning to measure length and weight. First we compared the height of objects and worked as a team to put them in order from the tallest to the shortest. Then we practised measuring in centimetres using a ruler. We remembered how to do ‘careful measuring’, when we lined up the object with the zero and carefully read from the scale. We recorded the measurements, remembering to use ‘cm’ for centimetres so we knew we were not measuring in bananas! The next day we used metre sticks to measure if objects were shorter or longer than a metre.

On Friday we practised measuring weight using scales with a dial. We looked for objects that weighed more or less than 100g, carefully reading the scales to check.

Maybe your child might like to practise measuring using a ruler or weighing scales during the weekend!: Here is a game that you could use to practise weighing:

This week in English we have been learning about explanation texts.  We learnt that explanation texts explain a process. We read a book explaining the lifecycle of a butterfly.  After reading the book we talked about facts that we had learnt. 
We found out that
  • butterflies lay their eggs on the underside of plants so they can’t get eaten by predators
  • caterpillars eat their eggs as they hatch out of their shells
  • butterflies emerge with crumpled, damp wings

Next we worked in pairs writing sentences about the facts we had learnt.
On Thursday we put a set of cards showing the life cycle of a butterfly in order.  We noticed once it has finished it all starts again!  We then began to create our own explanation text.  We had to draw four pictures illustrating the process of the life cycle. Next we had to write a heading so the reader knew what the picture showed.  Using the pictures we talked to a partner explaining the process orally.
On Friday we wrote our own explanation text explaining the life cycle of a butterfly. We then shared our writing with each other and talked about whether the reader thought the explanation was clear.  Our teachers were looking for finger spaces, full stops and capital letters, question marks and exclamation marks and good vocabulary that explained the process clearly.
Look at some of our explanation texts.

In phonics Mrs Roberson’s group have been detectives spotting the digraphs, trigraphs and suffixes in words.  We played a game of dots and dashes.  Mrs Roberson wrote the word frightened and we had to decide where the dots and dashes went. You use a dot for a single letter sound and a dash for a digraph/trigraph/suffix.
You may like to play the game at home.
f r i g h t e n e d
.  .  ___  .  .  . __

We have been playing games of hangman where the children are guessing the letters to complete sentences containing words with digraphs, such as,

The / boy / threw / his / ball / over / the / fence
Maybe you could play this with your child at home?

We also looked at some sentences that had no punctuation!  We talked about where the full stops and capital letters should go.

In phonics Mrs Bootle’s group has been learning to read words containing the ‘tch’ trigraph. This makes a ‘ch’ sound. Words we read include: stitch, fetch match and watch. We learnt about the ‘w special’! Why don’t you ask your child to explain this to you?

We went on a mini-beast hunt around our school grounds and we identified some different habitats.
On soft ground surfaces: leaf litter, soil, short grass, under logs
On hard ground surfaces: playground, decking, near fences
On plants: long grass, flowers, trees
We collected our own information using a recording sheet. We thought about why particular mini-beasts would live in their chosen habitats.
One of the children described  a habitat.  “A habitat is where something lives. Humans live in a house”.
We thought of predators we would find on the playground that would eat mini-beasts. These included birds, foxes and badgers at night.

Ask your child why they think ants like living in the cracks of the playground, ladybirds on leaves, woodlice under logs and worms in soil.
On Friday we shook a tree to find out which mini-beasts live in it.

Weren't we lucky with the weather on Sports Day? We had so much fun!  Here are some pictures for you to enjoy with your children.

Have a lovely weekend.  Hoping to see you all at the Summer Fair!
The Year One Teachers