Friday, 7 October 2016

Friday 7th October

This week in maths we have been continuing our learning about addition and subtraction. We practised different strategies for adding: using our fingers, putting the bigger number in our heads and counting on using our number facts or fingers, using Numicon or using the number line.

We have been trying to learn the ‘bigger picture’ that when we add two numbers together they are the parts that make up the ‘whole’. We started by looking at pictures of blocks like these and looking for the number sentences.

In this picture the number sentences are: 4 + 3 = 7 and 3 + 4 = 7 as we know that addition can be done in any order.  

We then moved on to subtraction and learnt the ‘karate’ symbol for this. We looked at different strategies we can use for subtraction: using our fingers, putting the number in our head and using our fingers to count back, drawing dots and crossing them out or using the number line.

We have also been solving problems such as finding the missing number or missing symbols in  number sentences. We realised that if we know all of our number facts for numbers to 10 it really helps so please keep practising these at home! 

We have also been thinking about what happens when we add or subtract zero. We acted this out to check of Jigsaw Jack was correct!

We looked at ‘bubble numbers’, when we have a number in a bubble and we put two numbers to the bubbles that join it that add up to the ‘bubble number’. It is probably best to show you what we mean!

The number sentences for this bubble could be 4 + 5 = 9 and 5 + 4 = 9. Some of us extended our learning to also record the subtraction number sentences. These sentences would be 9 - 4 = 5 and 9 - 5 = 4.  

We have also been writing and answering addition and subtraction number sentences, being careful to form the symbols and numerals correctly. 

This week in English we have planned and written our own sentences to retell the story of Mr. Gumpy. Some of us even thought of new characters to join Mr Gumpy for a ride.
We had to remember to
  • use finger spaces to make it easy for others to read
  • use capital letters at the beginning  of  sentences and for proper nouns eg I and names of people
  • use full stops at the end of sentences
  • read our sentences to make sure they made sense
On Thursday we generated ideas for a new version of Mr Gumpy's Outing on the River Thames. We then worked in groups to make up a new story. Come to our assembly next week to find out which new characters asked Mr Gumpy for a ride in his boat.
In phonics we have been segmenting, blending and writing words containing the digraphs ai, ow and oi. Words we have been reading and writing include rain, clown and foil. We have been encouraging children to look for these digraphs in words and remember that when they see these letters in words they make the learnt digraph. 

In geography we worked as a class to identify a variety of London landmarks. We then made our own map using our own knowledge and our topic display to help us locate the position of the landmarks.  We used a compass and had to decide as a class whether the landmark was north or south of the River Thames.

Don't forget next week is Book Week and our theme is favourite authors. Could every child please bring a book by their favourite author on Monday morning to share with the class.
The Book Fair will be in the Year One classrooms on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between 3.20 and 3.45 pm.

Also don't forget it is our class assembly on Thursday morning.

Have a good weekend the Year One Teachers.