20th - 24th March 2023

Highlights of the week:

● In English, we continued to explore the text Meerkat Mail. We focused on the different postcards throughout the story and used these to help us plan our own postcards home from a trip to Kenya. We have been focusing on including coordinating conjunctions such as and, but, or, so and yet into our writing to help us combine two short sentences and ideas. We have also been working really hard to try and start our sentences in different ways. We spent a long time designing our postcards and carefully chose the design for the front. We ended the week by looking at an example reading SATs paper. We worked through the questions together, sharing our strategies and ways to find the answers.

● In Maths, we have continued our unit of Time by recapping how to tell the time to 5 minutes. We have been focusing on how we can tell if the time is ‘past’ or ‘to’. We learned that when the minute hand is on the minutes up to 6 (half past/ 30 minutes) it is ‘past’ and from the 6 it becomes ‘to’ the hour. We also conducted a range of experiments, using the stop watches, to help us record the time. We explored seconds, minutes and hours. Ask us which unit of time is bigger and which is smaller! At the end of the week, we started to look at durations of time, by solving a range of problems. This involved us having to decide whether we needed to add or subtract to find the answer. We have been enjoying playing this game to help us practise telling the time!



● In Phonics we have been looking at ‘ssi’ as code for ‘sh’ in words like permission, passion and admission. We also looked at words ending in -tion and used dictionaries to help us create definition posters for these words. We came up with words like action, caption, emotion, lotion and mention. We noticed how the -tion makes the ‘sh’ sound, similar to our phonics focus sound. We have also spent time practising the skill of proof reading this week and defined this as ‘reading writing again to check for mistakes and to check if it makes sense. We used our purple polishing pen to edit a piece of text.

● In PE we have been doing gymnastics with a focus on landscapes and cityscapes. We have moved our bodies in ways to represent farmers’ fields, skyscrapers, bridges, towers and bricks. We have worked hard to focus on agility, balance and coordination when carrying out a range of movements and exercises. We have looked at rolling, jumping and even had a go at doing handstands!

● In PSHE we finished our unit called ‘Healthy Me’ by creating ‘healthy meal ideas’ on small recipe cards. We also had a go at making some delicious fruit kebabs and tried vegetable sticks and dips.

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.
● 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.
● You will hopefully have seen that your child came home with a reading comprehension sheet and a Maths worksheet. The Maths worksheet is a ‘snip-it’ of the Maths SATs questions. These will be sent home on a Friday, for you and your child to complete over the weekend and following week. We would love to see your child’s home learning, so please could you support them in bringing it in before the end of the week. Please ask us if you have any questions!