Friday, 2 December 2016

Friday 2nd December

This week in maths we have been practising adding and subtraction to 20 as we want the children to master this. This includes know all the doubles of number to 10, all the pairs of numbers that make 10 and all number facts of numbers to 10, for example knowing all the addition and subtraction facts for every number. We started the week by playing to practise adding within 10, trying to get as many questions correct in the time.

As well as working out the answer to addition and subtraction number sentences using a variety of strategies we have also been mastering our understanding by thinking about problems with  numbers to 20. Examples of this are:
Fill in the missing symbols:
12        4         8
9         3          12
Which numbers could replace the question marks?
?    +    ?   - ?    = 20
6   +     5    - ? = 9
I’m thinking of a number. If I add 2 my answer is 17. What number did I start on? Prove it!
I’m thinking of a  number. If I double my number the answer is 16. What number did I start on?
We have also played a game called ‘Sort Them Out’. First we had a selection of cards with number sentences. We worked in groups of 3 to work out the answers using our preferred strategy. Then we sorted the cards in different ways. Ideas we had included:

  • Answers that were odd or even
  • Addition or subtraction number sentences
  • Number sentences that included a 3 and those that did not
  • 2 digit number answers and one-digit answers

We have also been playing ‘Shut The Box’ which was a fun way of playing a game with dice and practising our number facts!
In English this week we began our topic ’The North Pole’.

As a class we read an information text on the interactive whiteboard.  We found out where the North Pole is. We found out lots of interesting facts about the weather and the animals that live in the Arctic.  On Tuesday we wrote our own interesting fact sentences for our class display about the North Pole.  We thought of our favourite interesting fact and then wrote it on our whiteboards.  Ask your child what their most interesting fact about the North Pole was.

When we had checked our sentence for capital letters, finger spaces and a question mark we then wrote it in our best handwriting for the display. Our teachers were looking for correct letter formation, our letters sitting on the line and our letters correctly positioned in relation to each other
  • inbetween letters like a c e i m n o r s u v w x z
  • ascenders b d h k l t
  • descenders g j p q y 
Ask your child if they can tell you which family the letters belong to.

  • curly caterpillar letters
  • long ladder letters
  • one armed robot letters
  • zig zag letters

On Thursday we enjoyed a North Pole ChIL where we had lots of maps and atlases out to locate the North Pole and English activities all with a North Pole theme.

On Friday we read a story called ‘Shh Santa!’  We will be using this text over the next few weeks as a stimulus for our own writing. We listened to the story and then as a class recalled all the key moments of the story and recorded these as a story map. We then made our own story maps using no more than 12 simple pictures to tell the story.  We will be using our story maps to help us re-tell the story next week.  Ask your child what each of the characters Santa meets says to him.

Follow the link to hear the story

We continued learning about Arctic animals in science.  In our groups we were given an envelope with a selection of animals. All the animals were from the Arctic except for one animal from the rainforest.  We had to work out which animal was the odd one out and why.  Next using the Arctic animal pictures we had to sort the animals.  Here are some of the ways we sorted them - Arctic animals with tusks and no tusks, Arctic animals that swim and that don’t swim, Arctic animals that are mammals and not mammals, Arctic animals that have white fur and not white fur.  After we tried to think of reasons why it is handy to be able to swim in the Arctic.  We thought it might be because the Arctic is made up mostly of ocean and that the animals that swim eat fish. Or a good idea to have white fur.  We thought it was to camouflage themselves.

This week we have sent out the Christmas play letters. Please have a look in your child's book bag if you have not yet seen it. 
 We hope that you have a lovely weekend!
Year One Teachers