Friday, 16 June 2017

Friday 16th June 2017

This week in English we have been continuing our learning about seaside poetry, inspired by our trip to Southend. On Monday we looked at seaside pictures and thought of words and phrases we could use to describe the pictures. We tried to think of adjectives, verbs and adverbs. Examples of phrases we thought of were:
·         Soft, shimmering sand
·         Rough waves
·         Loudly crashing waves
·         Gently bobbing boats
·         Happy children digging
The next day we worked in pairs using these ideas to write a four line poem in the following format:
·         A describing phrase
·         A doing phrase
·         A telling or explaining phrase
·         A thought
As a class we created the following poems, trying to choose all our words carefully and to build on each other’s ideas.

After that we wrote our own poems, remembering to ‘magpie’ ideas from each other. Finally we wrote our poems in our neatest handwriting for display. We hope you enjoy looking at them during the open evening on 13th July.  During the weekend you could ask your child to think of some words and phrases to describe things and use these to create a poem in the same format.  

This week in maths we have continued learning about money and have been solving money problems. On Monday we looked at missing number problems.
6p + ?= 10p
9p - ? = 6p
? + 7p = 10p
? - 10p = 7p
We had to use all we knew about + and -. 
The biggest number in an addition calculation is the total but at the start in a subtraction calculation. Addition and subtraction are the inverse if each other.
We used our knowledge of number facts. We could use coins, a number line or the hundred square to help us work out the missing number. 

On Tuesday we were given two toys bought by a child and had to work out how much they spent. 
Sam buys one train costing 9p and a yoyo costing 7p. How much does he spend altogether. 
Tom buys one teddy costing 12p. How much change does he get from 20p ?
You may like to take your child to the shops and let them solve real life money problems.

On Thursday had word problems to solve.  We had to use our knowledge of the different coins and notes. Here are some examples of the type of problems we solved.

Tom pays exactly £2 for a toy robot.
If he uses one coin to pay, the value of the coin is ?
If he uses two coins to pay, the value of each coin is ?
If he uses four coins to pay, the values coins are?

Emily has two silver coins.  How much money might she have?

On Friday we did more problem solving.  You may like to do the same at home.
If Ella has 10p what coins could she have?
You could repeat with amounts to £1.
Ella has 15p
She says I can buy three toys with 15p. 
train 8p   yoyo 5p    teddy 7p
 Ask your child if they agree.  Can they convince you that they are correct.

You may like to play either game on iboard. 'Money Problems' or 'A Handful of Coins'. Or follow the link for money games on ICT games.

This week in Geography we have been learning about Madagascar, a place very different from Harpenden or Southend. We learnt in which continent Madagascar lies, what the weather is like, what animals live there and what the houses and schools are like. Please ask your child to tell you the most interesting fact they have learnt! 

Today we have been practising for sports day next week. We hope you have been practising too.

Have a great weekend - we hope you enjoy the sunshine. 

Year  Teachers