Friday, 3 November 2017

Friday 3rd November

This week in English we have been learning about firework poetry. Fire we listened to a poem by Tony Mitton. We thought about how the poet had used his careful choice of words to put a picture in our heads. We then worked with a partner and made a list of our favourite words and phrases in the poem and we explained why we liked them. This weekend try to look at some poems with your child and ask them to choose them favourite words and phrases. This is the poem we read:

On Tuesday we worked in groups of three and learnt the poem so we could recite them as a group. We decided that to present our poem we needed to:
•         To say the words together
•         Keep to the rhythm
•         Invent actions to go with poem
•         Say it loud enough so when you perform it to everyone they can hear the words.
•         Work as a team

The next day we thought like a poet to write descriptive sentences about firework pictures. Phrases we wrote about them included:

The sky is dark and black.
The silver, shiny moon is in the dark, black sky.
The fire is hot.
The fire is burning hot and orange fire crackling loudly.

We remembered that when we write a words we,
‘Say the word, finger the word, write the word’.
We remembered to include capital letters, finger spaces and a full stop and to form our letters correctly. During the weekend please encourage your child. 

Finally, on Friday we have had a firework ChIL. We have done work searches, mindful colouring and made firework safety posters.

 This week in maths we have been learning about number bonds within 10. A number bond is a pair of numbers that make a given number.
On Monday we started the week by seeing how many ways we could make 5 using 2 pieces of Numicon.

We recorded our findings, first randomly and then used a system like real mathematicians.  By using a system we could see a pattern in the numbers.  Ask your child to explain the pattern they can see.

 After finding bonds of 5 we then used a stick of six multi-link to find how many ways we could break the whole into two parts.

We then recorded our findings again.  We noticed there were six ways of making 5 and seven ways of making 6.

We then used double sided counters to explore bonds of 7.

Look at the pattern we made.

At the end of the lesson we asked the children the question
  Never Always Sometimes
  The bigger the number, the more number bonds it has?

On Tuesday we started with these calculations.  We then had to continue the pattern and make sure we had found all the possibilities. Can your child do this at home and then try with other number bonds within 10? Can they prove to you that they have found all the possibilities?
Then using a tens frame we explored making all the bonds of 6.
Look at our recordings.

On Wednesday we had a number bonds ChIL. 
Some of us did some problem solving.  

Some of us found pairs of numbers (number bonds) to make either 5, 6, 7 8 or 9.
We could also use multilink, double sided counters or Numicon to make our own number bonds within 10.

On Friday we were learning about the number bonds of 10.  We used our fingers to help us.  5 + ? = 10.         10+ ? = 10               1+?= 10
We then used the tens frame and counters to find all the number pairs that make 10.  Some of us challenged ourselves by using a system, it is easier to see which number bond you haven’t found when working systematically.

Here is a rap we learnt on Friday to help us remember all the bonds of 10.
Your child may like to learn this rap.
0+10 a big fat hen
1+9 is just fine
2+8 sit up straight
3+7 all the way to heaven
4+6 it's a clever mix
5+5 do the jive
6+4 hit the floor
7+3 tap your knees
8+2 me and you   
9+1 is great fun
10+ 0  I’m a number bond hero

This week we have used the link below to practise our number bonds within 10.  Please follow the link so your child can practise these.       Go to the homepage and click on number bonds, then ‘Up to 10’ and ‘Number bonds within 10’. They can also do the other two games within the ‘Up to 10’ section.  Don’t be in a rush for your child to move to ‘Up to 20’ it is important that they really master their number bonds within 10 before moving on. Check that they can recall them rapidly in their head.
If the children can recall these bonds within 10 quickly and accurately it will help them in their maths lessons now and in the future.  If they know 3 + 4= 7 now, it will help them later in the year when working out more difficult calculations 13 + 4 = or 3 + 24 = or  13 + 14 =.
The games on this website are games the children can return to again and again to really master their recall of number bonds.

In history this week we have been learning about the Royal Family. We looked at their family tree and tried to name the different members of the Royal Family including the Queen and Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry and Princess Kate and Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
We talked about the relationships between the different members eg Prince William being the son of Prince Charles and the grandson of the Queen and the father of Prince George and Princess Charlotte.  We also learnt about the line of succession to the throne and talked about the different generations.  You may like to talk to your children about the different generations in your own family.

In Science we are learning about materials this term.  We went on a treasure hunt and found different objects made of different materials.  We found some made of paper, wood, metal, rock and plastic.  We talked about what was made of each of these materials. You may like to go on a treasure hunt around your house looking for things made of these materials.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the fireworks!
The Year One Team