Monday, 13 March 2017

Friday 10th March

This week in Maths we have continued our learning about multiplication and division. We have been counting ‘lots of’ 2s, 5s and 10s as coins and pieces of Numicon.
First we had groups of objects on the tables and recorded the number sentences in different ways. Here are some examples:

We recorded the objects as a repeated addition, as a multiplication calculation and as dots to count as groups.

We then looked at pictures of groups of objects and recorded them as different number sentences. Being able to quickly count in 2s, 5s or 10 really helped! Here are some examples:

Then we learnt about division or equal sharing. We learnt the symbol for division (÷) and read number sentences containing this symbol. We used counters and ‘sharing circles’ to calculate the answer. First we used our careful counting to collect the correct number of counters and then we drew our sharing circles. After that we shared the counters equally, using a ‘one for you, one for you’ method. Here are some examples of this:

Some of us worked out that we did not need to use sharing circles; we could use our learning about counting in 2s, 5s or 10s to calculate the answer by counting up on our fingers. So to work out 35 ÷ 5 we could count up in 5s: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 = 7 lots of 5.

Finally we read division calculations and worked out the answers using our preferred method.

In phonics this week we have been re-visiting the digraphs ee and ea ( as in sea). We learnt a new way to spell this sound with a split digraph or ‘magic E’, when the second E changes the e phoneme to an ee phoneme. Words we have been blending, segmenting, reading and writing include: these, complete, compete, swede and extreme.

 This week in English we have been learning about writing instructions. On Monday we looked at some instructions around school. We noticed they had bossy verbs and were short. Then in groups we un- jumbled  a set of instructions telling us how to make Fairtrade banana and chocolate muffins. 

We noticed the set of instructions had a title, that each new instruction started on a new line, that the order was very important and that numbers helped tell the reader the order. 

On Tuesday morning we used the same set of instructions to actually make the Fairtrade banana and chocolate muffins to sell at our Fairtrade cafe on Friday. We worked in our groups and followed the instructions carefully. 

In the afternoon we wrote our own instructions and then wrote a class set of instructions. We used pictures and actions to help us remember the order. 

On Thursday we wrote our own set of instructions. We had to remember all the features instructions have and remember to have capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Also we had to re-read each sentence to check it was in the correct order and made sense.

On Friday we worked with our teachers to edit our instructions, checking we had all the features.  You may like to use the recipe below to make more muffins over the weekend.

The children then has an instruction ChIL and really enjoyed reading and following these instructions, many of them wanted to make more origami animals at home

Thank you to everyone for coming and supporting our Fairtrade cafe.  We hope you enjoyed the chocolate and banana muffins the children made.

Enjoy your weekend.
The Year One Teachers.