Two things to try this week 🙂
*explore quarters e.g. cut pizza into ¼, ½ and ¾ slices, calculate ¼, ½ and ¾ of a number, draw a number line with quarters
*talk about swimming: what we need to bring, how to get changed, how to dry ourselves and how to pack our bag.
Reminder: we are starting our block of swimming on Thursday 10th May 🙂
Numeracy and Maths
This week we have focused on quarters. We practised splitting shapes and objects into four equal parts to make quarters, before exploring two and three quarters of shapes.
We calculated quarter of a number by using our division strategies, and challenged ourselves to calculate 2 quarters (which is the same as a half) and 3 quarters. This was pretty tricky for some, so worth another practise.
We tried using the quarter symbol ¼ and wrote number lines with quarters (e.g. 0, ¼ , ½, ¾, 1, 1¼, 1½, 1¾, 2 ….) which was also tricky for a few.
We will be using our knowledge of halves and quarters next week for time, so if you have a moment this weekend you could look at some analogue and digital clocks.
Literacy and Language
In reading, we compared our reading books to analyse the similarities and differences between them. On a Venn Diagram, we tried to compare the characters, setting, theme, events and more! This could be done with books or movies at home.
We also learned about the difference between facts and opinions. We had a good discussion about how to prove ideas are facts.
In writing, we practised writing an apology letter from Goldilocks to the Three Bears, remembering to include the address and date at the top. We also did a bit of descriptive writing. Revising what we learned earlier in the year, we planned a story with a beginning, middle and end, and tried to use interesting sentence openers and descriptive language. A few of us even included a simile which is great!
Our spelling words this week have focused on two syllable words, to try and help us with sounding out new and unfamiliar words. Some you could practise at home include: carpet, sunset, velvet, target, forget, absent, magnet, gremlin, upset, and infant.
Continuing our topic on Food Chains, we learned about the categories ‘decomposer’ ‘producer’ and ‘consumer’. We liked making Food Chain pyramids, and loved playing some interactive games! If you’d like to play at home, these games were great: Food Chain Challenge Food Chain games
We talked about what would happen if a part of the food chain was altered, and thought about some of the contributing factors like the building of new towns and pollution.