Thursday, 24 November 2016

Thursday 24th November

This week in English we continued writing our non- fiction book all about the Great Fire of London.  On Monday we talked about how the people tried to put the fire out and then we wrote our own sentences to explain what they used.  Ask your child what a fire-hook was used for, what material the buckets were made of and what you fill a squirt with?

On Tuesday we talked about any interesting facts we have learnt about the Great Fire of London that haven’t already been included in our books. We talked about a man called Samuel Pepys who wrote a diary all about the Great Fire.  Ask your children what he buried in his garden? After our discussion we wrote some interesting facts in our book.

On Thursday we wrote a blurb for our own books.  We could start with one of the blurb starters: Read this book…  Find out about… Look inside this book.

Each day we had to remember to use capital letters for the start of each sentence but also for names of the event, days of the week and months of the year, names of people and places.  We also had to remember to use finger spaces and full stops, use our phoneme fingers for spelling and read our work to check it made sense. Ask your child to show you the actions for capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

This week in maths we have been learning to add numbers to 20. We have been practising with lots of different strategies, but we always count on from the larger number!  Ways we have been learning include:
·         Putting the larger number in our heads and the smaller number on our fingers and counting on or back
·         Using Numicon
·         Using lines and dots to draw the number sentence (for example, 12 + 2 = 14 can be written as l: + : = 14)
·         Using a number line and jumping forwards or backwards
·         Using our know maths facts (for example, we know 20 – 10 = 10)
·         Using partitioning and recombining (for example, 13 + 5 can be seen as 3 + 5 + 10)

Some of us also used our maths knowledge to record the matching subtraction sentences. For example, if we know that 12 + 7 = 19 we also know that 19 – 7 = 12 and 19 – 12 = 7. 

We are encouraging the children to learn as many maths facts as they can to add to their 'maths toolkit.' A good game to play to help learn all the adding and subtraction facts to 10 and then to 20 is:
This can also be downloaded to be used as an app and is lots of fun to play! If you prefer more traditional methods for practising maths facts another idea for practising addition is the board game 'Shut The Box'. This might be a nice present to receive from Father Christmas! 

In phonics we have been revisiting the ay and ai digraphs in words such as snail and yesterday and learning the a-e digraph in words such as flame and cupcake. We call this type of digraph a split digraph or a ‘magic E’ as the magic E changes the ‘e’ phoneme into and ‘ee’ phoneme.

In science this week we went on a materials walk to deepen our understanding of the different materials things are made of.  We remembered scientific words from last week including  absorbent, waterproof, flexible and transparent.  You may like to use these words at home.
We were just like real scientists as we recorded our observations in a simple table. We looked around the classroom and outdoors for objects made of wood, brick, glass, metal, plastic and fabric.
At the  end of the lesson we talked about why different objects are made of different materials because of their properties.  Why are window panes made of glass and not wood?
Why is our school made of bricks and not cardboard?

We hope that you enjoy the long weekend!

Year 1 Teachers