Friday, 9 March 2018

Friday 9th march 2018


Thank you for coming to our Fair Trade café. We hope that you enjoyed yourselves and the children are much more aware of the importance of buying Fair Trade products whenever possible.




























This week we have been learning a new story – The Black and White Club, by Alice Hemming. First we listened to the story and then we drew a story map. This is when we draw 10-12 simple pictures to remind ourselves of the main events. Please look at the example below and ask your child to tell you the story.




The next day we ‘stepped the story’. We used our story maps and worked in pairs to retell the story. When we step we only short phrases as we are trying to learn the sequence of the story. Here is an example of part of the stepping script:

George not sleep
Worse in morning
George sneak back way
Didn’t work
George disguise
Didn’t work









Ask your child to use the story map to show you how we step the story.

Finally we have been working in pairs to tell the story. We pass a bean bag to each other to help us remember when it is our turn to listen and speak. When we are telling the story we try and use lots of expression to make our story interesting to listen to. If we cannot remember parts of the story we can pass the bean bag to our partner – we are good learning partners!


This week in maths we have continued learning about numbers and their place value within 50.

On Monday we counted in 10s, we talked about how counting larger amounts in 10s is quicker than counting in ones.  We counted in 10s in a number grid and talked about the pattern that emerged. Use the link to see the pattern that emerges.  https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/paint-the-squares     
What do you notice about the tens and ones do they stay the same or change? We worked in pairs, we chose a number from the count of 10 eg 50 and then counted in 10s to 50 and represented in sticks. We also worked together counting in 10s on number mazes and number tracks counting backwards and forwards in 10s.
On Tuesday and Wednesday we counted in 5s.  When counting five fingers it is quicker to count in 5s. We used the number grid to count in 5s and looked at the pattern that emerged. We talked about how it had similarities to the pattern of 10. Use the link above. We practised counting in 5s using some number mazes.



In Year 1 we want to be experts in counting in 1s, 2s 10s or 5s. Whether we count in 1s, 2s 10s or 5s we need to remember our careful counting, as sloppy counting doesn’t give us the correct answer.
Help your child to practise counting forwards and backwards in 1s to 100
2s to 20 then 50, 10s to 100 and 5s to 50.  Begin by counting forwards and once they have mastered forwards try backwards. This will really help them next term when we begin multiplication and division.

More home learning ideas for this week
Get some 2p coins and count in 2s. Do the same with 10p coins. Do the same with 5p coins.
Drop some 2p, 10p or 5p coins into a tin ask your child to count in 2s, 10s or 5s as they drop in.  Can they tell you the total amount you dropped in?  Count the coins to check. To challenge them even more drop in a mix eg two 10ps, four 5ps and then six 2ps.  What is the total amount dropped in.  Count the coins to check.
You say listen carefully to my count 0, 5, 15, 20 – your child tells you the number missed out? Repeat with other numbers in either 2s, 10s or 5s.
Can your child continue the count eg 8, 10, 12….    30, 28, 26…….     50, 60, 70    90, 80, 70…..    25, 30, 35……    45, 40, 35………

Follow the links to play games that consolidate counting in 10s and 5s

This week in science we have been testing the strength of different papers. Please ask your child how this linked to our learning about Nelson Mandela! 









We hope that you all have a lovely weekend. Please remind your children that there is something in their book bags that they want to give to their Mummy on Sunday! 

The Year One team