Two things to try this week 🙂
*explore halves for fractions e.g. how many ways can we cut bread in half, put the spoons into two equal piles, calculate half of a number, draw a number line with halves
*talk about the problems and solutions in your child’s reading book
Numeracy and Maths
In Numeracy, we have finished learning our multiplication and division strategies and have started looking at fractions.
This week we have focused on halves. We practised splitting shapes and objects into two equal parts to make halves. We learned that both parts have to be equal to make true halves. We also calculated half and double a number (e.g. half of 8 = 4, and double 8 = 16).
We tried using the half symbol ½ and wrote number lines including halves (e.g. 0, ½, 1,
1 ½, 2, 2 ½ …), which was tricky for some. A few of us started adding and subtracting halves as an extra challenge!
Next week we will move onto quarters, and then tenths, so feel free to get ahead of the game at home if your child is really confident with halves.
Literacy and Language
In reading we have been answering our usual reflective reading questions, and also looking at the problems in our stories. We discussed what problems characters faced and what solutions happened in our books. We thought about whether the character made wise choices and what we would have done differently.
As part of an Edinburgh wide project, we created superhero characters in writing. We really enjoyed creating our superhero profiles and then writing a detailed character description of them. We have been learning about similes and tried to include some in our description. Maybe your child could create some similes at home too.
Our spelling words this week have focused on compound words (two words joined together to make a new word). We liked thinking of our own compound words, but some you could practise at home include: bathroom, footprint, drumstick, beehive, cowboy, teapot, daylight, raincoat, snowman and toothbrush.
Health and Wellbeing
In HWB we have talked about being left out and how that makes us and others around us feel. After reading The Invisible Boy, we discussed that everyone has felt left out at some point in life, and there are things we should do to help others not feel this way. This is a conversation you could continue at home. We then took part in team work challenges and had to make sure we all helped each other to feel included and part of the team.
Our new mini topic is all about food chains, which we have really enjoyed so far. We learned about the different kinds of food animals eat, and the categories herbivore, carnivore and omnivore. We talked about how food chains work, and liked creating our own!