In Maths this week the children have continued to learn about the place value of numbers to 100 and have been reading two-digit numbers in numerals and words. This involves a key aspect of the current Maths curriculum and of Maths Mastery, the method we use to teach Maths at school, which is using concrete, pictorial and abstract methods of representing number. For example, the number 36 can be shown with Dienes, beadstring, Numicon, coins, straws, to name some “concrete” methods. 36 can be shown pictorially by using  a vertical line to represent a ten and a . for a one, for example, or on numberlines. Abstract ways include the numerals 36, various part-whole models and equations. I’ll post some photos of these when next in class, or you could ask your child to show you what these mean. We use the CPA representations all together in the same session, so that children manipulate, see, write and talk about all these different ways to help embed their understanding and appreciate what the abstract form 36 really means in terms of quantity.

In Geography, the children have learnt about physical and natural features of the seaside, as part of the cross-curricular learning which we shall continue on Monday, with our Victorian day at the seaside. They wrote a postcard about a fictitious visit to Wembury in Dorset.

We have focused on Games in PE this week, which on Friday afternoon which was the usual spirited, cheerful occasion. The children were confident and accurate pushing hoops and throwing and hitting balls in the hall. PE with green class is always good fun and a highlight of the week.

Another session the children enjoy and engage very well with is PSHE, specifically Circle Time which takes place after lunch on Wednesdays. This week they thought and talked about the comfortable feeling of pride and the uncomfortable one of jealousy and thought of some times when they felt both these emotions. We played a new game called “hedgehogs”, when everyone crouches down like hedgehogs and I silently cover one person in a blanket. The other children sit up and work out who is under the blanket.

The children wrote another poem on Friday, this time about spring. They are now familiar with the features of poetry writing and are confident in writing creatively this way. Only a few children wrote about the weather getting hotter which, sadly, is accurate for springtime currently!

The May King and Queen looked stunning on Wednesday.It’s lovely to be part of the continuation of such a time-honoured tradition. The library got overlooked on Thursday by Mrs Lyal and me – sorry – so we made a hasty visit to the library at the end of Friday. Anyone who didn’t have their books  with them on Friday can change them on Monday, if they wish to.

Thank you for doing the home learning, of which there is more evidence in books now. It’s great to see children practising spelling the “red words”. Knowing these will really help speed up their independent writing. Practising the number facts – halves and doubles this half-term – will also help them with problem-solving, and making conncections, in Maths.

It’s a big week for clothes next week in year 1! – Seaside clothes on Monday, school uniform on Tuesday – whole-class and whole-school photos – and own clothes on Friday (for CHISS contribution for the May Fair).

Please send in any upcycling entries. Green class has a fantastic bird feeder to put in the garden, but I’m having problems making a hole in the earth because the ground is so hard and dry! I will find a way next week. There is also a fantastic nestbox made from laminate flooring which is on the ground because there is no way of attaching it the metal post next the garden! They are both excellent entries: well done.

I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend in spite of the chilly weather; and look forward to seeing you when we go back in time on Monday.

 

 

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