4th July - July 2022

Highlights of the week:

Thank you for coming to Sports Day! It was fantastic to see everyone competing and working as a team to win.

In English we have been exploring different adverts and menus. This is because in our story, ‘Penguin in Peril’, the cats imagine food when they are hungry so we have been creating menus which describe the food in such an inviting way that we want to eat it ourselves. We gathered together a word bank of adjectives to describe the food which we used to plan our three course menus. After writing our menus we were creative in our drawings to make the food look extra delicious.

In maths we have been focusing on subtracting a 2 digit number from a 2 digit number. We have been doing this by not crossing ten, for example, 24-3=. Then we subtracted -crossing ten, for example, 24-5=. When crossing ten we partition the numbers first to get to the ten, then we take away the remaining amount. To do this we have used a number line to show our working out and to practice it visually.

In Phonics we have recapped these spelling rules this week:

● The /l/ or /əl/ sound spelt –el at the end of words. The –el spelling is much less common than –le. The –el spelling is used after m, n, r, s, v, w and more often than not after s.
● The /l/ or /əl/ sound spelt –al at the end of words. Not many nouns end in –al, but many adjectives do.
● Words ending –il.
● The /aɪ/ sound spelt –y at the end of words. This is by far the most common spelling for this sound at the end of words.
● Adding –es to nouns and verbs ending in –y. The y is changed to i before –es is added.

This week for homework your child has ten words to learn which include these spelling rules. Please practice them at home, ready for the spelling test next Friday.
In Science we have observed our microhabitats to explore and analyse the difference between spring and summer. We found that the microhabitat had more minibeasts this time. We concluded that this may be because the tyres and plant pots had been around for longer, therefore, the minibeasts had longer to explore and make a home there.

In DT we finished our bug hotel! We filled the levels with different sized tubes which we made by rolling up bits of paper. These different sized tubes allow different minibeasts to make their homes in the hotel. We hope we attract lots of wildlife to the hotel so they can live in a safe space and will be protected from the rain. It has been a very exciting project and we hope it will provide shelter to the minibeasts. We look forward to evaluating it next week!

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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.
● This week your child has a list of ten words to practice spelling at home. We have been revising different spelling patterns this week and these are a small selection of those. We will have a spelling test next Friday (15th July) to test these spellings. You can practice these spellings by using the look cover write and check method or writing them in bubble writing, pyramid writing or rainbow writing.