This week we have been very creative in P3, Christmas cards for the parent council fundraising. We also painted poppies on stones to be placed outside Fairmilehead church for Remembrance Day. We celebrated Bonfire Night by creating firework pictures using chalk on black sugar paper. They were very effective! A few examples are attached below:
It has been fantastic hearing the children do their Book Talks this week. They have been really entertaining, with a big range of books being shared. It is clear some hard work has gone into preparing for them and it has been a great opportunity to stand up and talk in front of an audience (and being able to sit and listen as a good audience). There are a few children still to do their talks which we are looking forward to next week.
We wrote book reviews this week to help prepare for the book talks trying to explain why we like our favourite characters and parts from the story. We have continued developing our skills to read aloud with fluency and expression and worked on asking and answering questions. The class were very excited to start our new class novel Charlotte’s Web.
Things to do at home:
- Please continue to work on your child’s spelling words at home. Any activities done at home really do help with the retention of the rule we have been working on in school. The new spelling words are posted on the blog on Mondays.
- After doing some reading (or watching programmes together), talk about the book. Ask what your child’s favourite parts of the story was, and who their favourite characters are. We have been working on giving reasons why we like something.
We have been learning continuing to develop mental maths (or mental agility) this week focusing on subtraction strategies. Mental agility being able to solve mathematical problems in your head and it is developed by having a solid understanding of mathematical concepts.
Strategies we have used are:
- “Counting Back” (e.g. 15 – 4: start at 15, count back 4)
- “Counting From” (e.g. 17 – 14: Count down from 17 to 14)
- “Counting On” (e.g. 17 – 14 count on from 14 to 17)
We have been using our fingers, hundred squares and knowledge of number bonds to support our thinking. Next week we will be subtracting from, to and through the decuple and inverse operations strategy.
Things to do at home:
- Help your child develop mental agility by giving them child addition and subtraction problems to solve as you go about your daily lives or travelling from one place to another e.g. numbers on number plates, prices in shops or on menus.
- In class we focus a lot on explaining strategies – it is important to ask your child to explain their thinking and verbalise their strategies for solving addition and subtraction problems. This helps to develop their understanding. Sharing your own strategies will support this too!
- Strategies such as using the largest numbers as a starting point, doubling or using number bonds are all useful ways of developing mental agility!
Have a great weekend 😊