14th - 18th February 2022

Highlights of the week:

This week we wrote our adaptations of traditional tales. We had lots of time to write them and let our minds run with creativity. Then we edited our work, focusing on spelling, punctuation grammar and key traditional tale characteristics. Once we had finished and we were happy we wrote out our finished stories neatly. We illustrated our stories ready to read them to the Year R children after half term.

We had a busy week in Maths where we recapped the units we’ve already learnt. We started with place value and explored problem solving questions where we had to solve two step problems and reason our answers. We moved onto addition and subtraction not crossing ten, focusing on using the column method as the most efficient way to solve the problem. Then we moved onto addition and subtraction crossing ten. We are confident with the process of exchanging ten ones for one ten in an addition problem, however, we are not as confident in exchanging one ten for ten ones in a subtraction problem. On Thursday we had a times tables lesson where we had challenges and group activities to test our knowledge. We ended this week with division and problem solving questions.

In RE we explored the relationships and interactions Jesus had with the people around him and his friends in the Bible. We discussed the importance of Jesus in these stories and the change which happened in people's lives after meeting him. We thought about why Jesus is so important to Christians today.

We explored drawing in Art, focusing on different ways we can shade and show texture. We reviewed 2-D shapes and discussed how we can find them in our environments. We looked at patterns in nature and man made objects, searching for those shapes. Next we practised drawing shapes carefully, making sure to use a ruler properly for straight lines. Then we drew our own repeating patterns using some of the shapes we have practised.

In phonics we have been looking at the ‘j’ sound and the alternative spellings. The graphemes ‘ge’ and ‘dge’ both represent the /j/ sound.

Generally, the grapheme ‘ge’ follows long vowel sounds (large), consonant letters (twinge) and letter ‘a’ in two-syllable words like ‘baggage’ where the end of the word when spoken sounds more like short vowel ‘ige’.
The grapheme ‘dge’ indicates a preceding short vowel sound as in ‘hedge’, ‘fudge’ and ‘bridge’. Words are never written with the ‘dge’ grapheme at the beginning.

Home learning:

  • 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.
  • Please support your child to access Numbots online. It is beneficial for supporting your child’s fluency in maths.