Friday, 17 March 2017

Friday 17th March

This week in English we have been listening to the traditional tale of the Three Little Pigs. 

After our teachers told us the story we drew our own story-maps to help remind us of the sequence.  We drew a simple picture for each key moment and drew arrows to show what came next.

The following day we used our story maps to tell the story to our friends.  We thought about what makes a good storyteller.  We decided you need to:
speak clearly and loudly and with expression
do actions
look at the audience
At the end of the lesson some of us shared our storytelling skills with the rest of the class.

On Thursday we stepped the story.  We had to remember each key moment and think of an action to show it.  Stepping helps us get the story into our heads.  Ask your child if they can each step or tell the story of the Three Little Pigs to you.

On Friday we compared two different versions of the Three Little Pigs.  We noticed both versions had

  • three little pigs, a mother and a wolf
  • houses made of straw, sticks and bricks
  • the wolf was the bad character in both stories

We also talked about the differences.  In one story the first two little pigs were eaten and the wolf lived.  In the other story the pigs lived and the wolf fell into a pot of boiling water and that was the end of him.

Ask your child what other similarities and differences they can remember.  You may like to read other versions of the story and discuss what is the same and what is different.  Next week we will be doing lots of activities that will embed the story even more.

This week in maths we have continued our learning about multiplication and division. First we counted up in 2s, 5s and 10s using coins and then we worked out different ways to make 10p and 20p using coins. This helped us to apply our learning about counting in 2s, 5s and 10s make the link this learning and everyday uses of multiplication.

Then we looked at the patterns when we count in multiples. First we counted up in 2s, 5s and 10s and recorded all the numbers we said. We realised that:
·         The numbers in the 2 times table are all even numbers
·         The numbers in the 10 times table all end in 0 so are all even numbers
·         The numbers in the 5 times table end in 5 or 0 so can be odd or even numbers
Then we looked for numbers that were in each section. We then thought about why this might be. Some things we realised that:
·         All numbers in the 10 times table have to be in the 2 times table because 10 is a multiple of 2
·         All the numbers in the 10 times table are also in the 5 times table because 10 is a multiple of 5
The next day we looked at a multiplication calculation and then thought about all the other facts because of this. For example if we know that 4 x 10 = 40 we also know:
·         10 x 4 = 40 because multiplication can be done in any order
·         10 + 10 + 10 + 10 = 40 because multiplication is repeated addition
·         40 ÷ 4 = 10 because division is the inverse of multiplication
·         40 ÷ 10 = 4

On Friday we looked at word multiplication and division problems. Here are some examples of some problems we solved.

 In phonics this week we re-visited our learning about oa, ow and oe digraphs. We then learnt a new way to spell this phoneme using the ‘magic E’ – o_e. Some examples of words we have blended, segmented, read and written include: coach, yellow, toes, chose, stone and antelope. 

In D&T this week we made our farmyard sock puppets.  We cut fabric to decorate our sock.  We used different techniques to give the effect of texture.  We cut fabric in circles for spots and splodges, we cut straight pieces of fabric for stripes, we fringed fabric to give the effect of manes and feathers.  We cut out features including eyes, ears and mouths and beaks. We used our observational skills from our previous lessons to cut the right shape. We then joined the fabric to the sock using glue.

Look at how we focused to make our wonderful sock puppets.

Today we have had a puppet ChIL when we made a selection of own puppets. 

We hope that you have a good weekend and hope to see lots of you at the story telling session on Saturday. 

Year 1 Teachers