Friday, 23 September 2016

Friday 23rd September

This week in maths we have been mastering numbers to 10. First we looked at a selection of numbers and put them in the correct sequence from smallest to largest, thinking about which numbers are more or less than other numbers. We found this much easier when the numbers were sequential, but trickier when they were not! Maybe you would like to practise this at home? We then learnt about estimating – a sensible guess. We estimated the number of dots and then checked our estimates using careful counting. We learnt it is okay for the estimate to be incorrect as long as it is a sensible guess! We have also been practising forming all of our numbers correctly.

We have played a game called Dotty Six to practise solving problems with numbers. To play this game you need to put six dots in each square to ‘win’ that square. With a partner you take turns to roll a die and you put that number of dots in one square, trying to make six. Here is the game if you would like to play it at home.

Next week we will be continuing working with numbers to 10, learning different strategies for addition and subtraction. 

This week in English we have been retelling the story of Mr Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham.
First we listened to the story. Then we drew our own story map sequencing the events using simple pictures and arrows. 

The next day we matched phrases that Mr Gumpy had said to the different characters after they had asked if they could go on his boat. We then wrote these on our story map. Ask your child which character Mr Gumpy replied " Yes but don't muck about."
On Thursday we used our story maps to retell the story of Mr Gumpy's Outing. We worked in pairs and had to use our storytelling voices and actions to make it interesting for the listeners. We then retold the story as a class. 

On Friday we had a Mr Gumpy ChIL in which we could choose from a variety of activities linked to the story. We also looked at other books written by John Burningham. Ask your child which book by John Burningham was their favourite. You may like to go to the library and borrow a book by him.

In our phonics lessons this week we have been continued to recap the initial sounds and blend them in CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words. 
The format we use develops the children’s blending and segmenting skills.
  1. Using her phonic fingers the adult says a word eg Pam in robot talk segmenting each sound, the children then have to blend and call out the word the teacher has said.
  2. The adult asks the children to say the 1st sound, 2nd sound, 3rd sound in the word
  3. The adult calls out a word eg din and the children have to use their phonic fingers to segment (robot talk) the word
     You may like to help your child practise blending and segmenting at home. Ask them to show you how to do it.   Choose a word like dog and then using your phonic fingers say d- o- g  (like a robot) ------------ (blend to say) dog
    You could then repeat with other words that rhyme with dog.
    We have found using phonic fingers really helps the children progress in both their reading and spelling.
In geography we have been talking about the differences between a village, a town and a city.
We learnt about the capital city of England and shared our pictures of famous London landmarks.We will be sharing the rest of the landmark information next Tuesday. 

We hope you have a good weekend, 

Year 1 Teachers