20th - 24th February 2023

Highlights of the week:

It has been lovely to welcome the children back after half term. It sounds like lots of you had a restful break!

  • We started a new unit in Maths this week. We are going to be looking at fractions. We began by making equal parts. We were able to use our knowledge of equal groups from our multiplication and division unit to help us with this. We have learned the language ‘whole’, ‘half’, ‘third’ and ‘quarter’. We have defined ‘whole’ as one object or thing and ‘half’ is splitting the object or amount into two equal groups or parts. We have looked at ⅓ and ¼ by amounts or shapes in 3 equal groups and 4 equal groups. We wonder if you will recognise any fractions at home!
  • In English we started the week with a very exciting English lesson. We were exploring world foods! We were able to look, touch and smell a range of fruits, spices, dried ingredients and herbs. We then labelled the items with adjectives and expanded noun phrases, we challenged ourselves to use exciting language. We then started to describe the differences between an English market and an African market. We learned a range of Swahili greetings that we could hear when watching videos from the market text. We then combined this new information to write a description about a market town, focusing on using adjectives and expanded noun phrases.
  • In Guided Reading we have been focusing on the text ‘Africa is not a country’. We have looked at using atlases to identify South Africa on a map and we learned about a range of African customs.
  • In Phonics we have been focusing on ‘ch’ as code for ‘k’ in words like scholar, chorus and chrome. Our homophones are ‘knew/ new’ and ‘their/ they’re/ there’. We created posters to tell us the difference between these words.
  • In Science we have started our new unit on ‘Life Cycles’. We have been researching the question ‘do all animal offspring look like their adults? ‘We wonder if the children can share with you what they found out!
  • In Geography we have continued to use our research skills to find out facts about Kenya. We are going to be creating a nonfiction book about Kenya over the next few weeks so we have come up with a range of questions that we are keen to answer in our book!

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 can reading records stay in your child's book bag.
  • Phonics folders are sent home on a Friday, please could these be returned at the start of the next week.
  • Please support your child to access Numbots online. It is recommended that children play Numbots for 10 minutes a day for maximum impact.
  • Spellings are sent home on Monday’s for the text on Friday. Please can you practise these with your child throughout the week.