11th - 15th October

Highlights of the week:

In maths we have been exploring how we can check our calculations. We have been doing this by using resources in the classroom to help us, checking the inverse, using tens frames and bar models. We have enjoyed proving our knowledge and checking corrections.

English has taken us on a journey to character descriptions. We have been putting our knowledge and vocabulary into a descriptive piece of text to describe the character from the story ‘Journey’. Through this we have been practicing to check for sense by reading our sentences out loud and editing our work as we go along. This has helped us notice when we have different tenses in our writing.

In phonics we have focused on the -le spelling for the /ul/ sound. We have explored this through the familiar sheets and through stories. The stories have highlighted spellings which we have then practiced in class.

In art this week we continued our art enquiry with an artist study on Joan Miro. He was a Spanish Catalan artist, born in Barcelona in 1893. Miro was a surrealist painter who enjoyed print making. We explored the process of printing this week. We focused on one of his well known pieces called ‘The Sun (El Sol). Painted in 1949. We drew parts of his painting and engraved them onto sections of polystyrene. We then used the rollers to mix our colours together. When we were happy with the colour, we rolled the paint onto our polystyrene to give it an even layer of paint. Then we printed the polystyrene onto a piece of paper to produce our print. This was a very fun process which we used for making our maps for our imaginary worlds.

Miro El Sol

In science this week we have been discussing the suitability of everyday materials. We looked at the different properties of these materials and why we would use them for specific jobs. We discussed the materials chairs are made of and the variety of these. This led our discussion onto the purpose of the different chairs, for example ‘ A cosy chair is made of fabric so that it is comfy’. And ‘a baby highchair is made of plastic so it can be cleaned easily.’ We designed our own chairs, we thought about their purpose, the materials we want to use and why we were choosing those materials.
A question to discuss with your child: ‘What sort of chair would you use in a car?’

Home learning:

  • This week you have one phonics sheet looking at the /-le/ spelling for the ‘ul’ sound. Please bring them in on Monday so we can mark them.
  • Please can you practise the spellings from the spelling lists we sent home. Feel free to explore a range of the activities we have included to practise these. It is recommended that children try to learn 5 spellings a week with regular practice.
  • Please make sure you are reading with your child at least four times a week and commenting on their reading in their reading record book.
  • I have enjoyed the daily updates from children who are playing numbots. They are really proud of the progress they are making. Please support your child to access Numbots online. It is recommended that children play Numbots for 10 minutes a day for maximum impact.