Week beginning 28.10.19

Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed visiting our classroom this morning.

This week we planted daffodil bulbs. We put them to sleep in the soil and have to wait 5 months before they will start to grow in the Spring. They need to stay outside in our gardens where nature will look after them.

In spelling we were learning about ai and ay. ‘ai’ is for the start and middle of words (like aim and train) but ay is for the end (like today and way). ‘ay’ can be tricky because sometimes you can add to the end of the word but it doesn’t change the spelling so stay becomes stayed not staied. When we did our spelling today lots of us struggled to spell chair so Miss Collyns says we need to practice it at home.

In maths we have been working in groups and learning different things like skip counting forwards and backwards or thinking about the numbers 1 before, 1 after, 10 before and 10 after a number (so 21 – 20, 22, 11, 31). We also started to learn about subtraction. Counting backwards will help us with subtraction. We played a circle game today and lots of us got stuck counting backwards from 20. Caterpillar ordering on topmarks was a game we played on the ipads to help us.

In PE we started to learn about ball skills. We tried to throw and catch accurately and had a go at playing bench ball.

We did ICT with Mrs Bailey. She was teaching us to log on and off the laptops.

We thought about what we are grateful for in Health and Wellbeing as part of building resilience. We know that thinking about good things can help us when something bad happens.

We started a new topic – The Life of Buckstone. We built houses using sticks, leaves and rocks in the forest and next week we will build much more detailed houses in class.

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Counting backwards (from 10, 20, 50 etc) will help the children with subtraction. You could do this when you’re out walking, with online games such as topmarks or with games (ask the children to teach you the circle game we play in class). As a challenge, you could try skip counting backwards in 2s, 5s, 10s, 3s or 4s (20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 10).

For our topic we are going to investigate different types of houses and have a go at making our own. Please could the children bring in a shoebox and any junk modelling recycling that they think could help with this. They could also find out what type of house they live in (terraced, semi-detached, bungalow…).

Spelling words were posted earlier in the week but most children struggled with chair in particular today.