Maths and Numeracy
We have been learning to draw the times on analogue clocks to 15-minute intervals and how to read digital times. We must use a ruler to draw the hands of the clock neatly and make sure we start at the middle of the clock face. It is important to draw the minute hand longer than the hour hand – to do this we draw the minute hand over the numbers and the hour hand stops before the numbers. It is tricky to get the hour hand in the right place for quarter past and quarter to:
- For quarter past the hour hand is just after the hour
- For quarter to the hour hand is just before the hour
Things to do at home:
- Play some telling the time games on topamarks.co.uk
We have been learning about connectives and how to use them. Connectives are joining words that join two sentences together. The connectives we have used are: and, but, because, so and then.
- and – to join two ideas that are the same (I like pears and I like apples)
- but – to join two ideas that are opposites (I wanted to go outside but it was raining)
- because – to explain what we are thinking (We put our coats on because it was cold)
- so – to explain why we did something (I was hungry so I ate an apple)
- then – to explain what happens next (We went to the park then we went to the cinema)
For handwriting we have focused on the letters b, p and k which are all formed the same way.
We have continued working on our reading comprehension skills to show our understanding of our books. We have been identifying nouns and verbs, main ideas and answering questions such as “why does the story have the title it was given?” and “who in the story would you most like to be friends with and why?”
THINGS TO DO AT HOME
- Practise your child’s spelling words at home (you could try practising writing them in cursive! or saying them aloud).
- Try using different connectives in sentences (spoken or written)
- There more activities linked to the Read Write Count book bags in the link below.
We have continued to learn about sound and how it travels as a wave. We listened to different instruments to try and work out what they were and then talked about how they make sounds:
- Idiophones make sounds by the whole instrument vibrating (maracas, cymbals, triangle)
- Chordophones have strings and make a sound by the strings vibrating (guitar, double bass, violin)
- Aerophones make a sound by being blown into; the vibrating air makes a sound (flute, recorder, trombone, trumpet)
- Membranophones make a sound by being hit and the skin or membrane vibrating (drum, snare drum)
We had a go at making our own musical instruments using classroom materials and things we could find outside:
We really enjoyed watching the pantomime on Monday! It was really funny and exciting. We got to try making spider webs again on Wednesday. It was much easier making them without the wind blowing all out materials away! Some of us tried to make writing in our webs like Charlotte does in our class novel.
“We liked when Mr Macdonald was here”
“I liked learning about the musical instruments”
“We learned about shapes with Mr Macdonald”
“We liked learning about digital times”
“Lots of us got the clockfaces right!”
“We loved doing gym with Mr Macdonald”
Have a great weekend! Looking forward to our party next week!