Hello and a warm welcome back from Mrs Nicholson and Mrs McFarlane!
We have enjoyed getting to know all of the boys and girls and cannot wait to get stuck into all of the new learning this term!
Our Learning this Week
This week we have been practising our times tables. We have all completed a self-assessment, to inform us of which times tables we need to work on. Please reinforce these at home.
We have been using our knowledge of the times tables facts to complete written calculations using the column (chimney) method. We hope to move onto other written methods soon.
For an explanation of the column method – follow this link:
We have been playing some games to help us learn our times table facts. Here is one that you can play at home.
Times Tables War
This card game for two players helps students practice multiplying quickly, as the first person to say the product wins the cards.
You’ll need a deck of playing cards with the face cards removed. (This game provides practice through 10s. To practice multiplication by 11 and 12, include the jacks and queens. The jacks represent 11 and queens represent 12.) An ace represents one.
Shuffle the cards and divide them evenly between the two players. Each player holds their cards in a pile, front down. At the same time, they flip over the top card. The first person to say the correct product of the two numbers wins both cards. If players tie in saying the correct product, each player keeps their card.
Play continues until one player has all the cards or until a designated time is up.
Hit the Button and Times Table Mountain are games that will help us to learn our times table facts. They also have the related division facts which can be practised by children who are confident with their times tables.
Beat That’s – we revisited our ‘Beat That’s’, these are a mixture of addition and subtraction questions that we practice every week under timed conditions. The children self-assessed their own work to decide which level of Beat That’s they would like to work on.
We have also been reinforcing our addition and subtraction skills using money.
We have been focussing on the works of Rabbie Burns in the lead up to a celebration assembly. Each child has been issued with a poem to learn at home. These poems will be recited in class next week, some children will be chosen to recite their poem at the assembly.
In writing we wrote a descriptive paragraph of a winter scene. The focus was on using a variety of sentence openers and descriptive vocabulary. We tried to focus on QUALITY over quantity.
We also began a novel study based on the book ‘Invasion’. We spent some time finding out about historical stories to understand that they are often based on facts but also contain elements of fiction. This story is based on the Norman Conquest so we had to find out what events provoked this event.
Optional: Can you find out more about the Norman Conquest? Can you find any other examples of historical novels?
We revised the spelling pattern add ves to words ending in f to make the plural. e.g. thief – thieves.
Other Curricular Areas
In line with our Scottish theme we practised some Scottish dancing during our PE time. This week we learned the Gay Gordons.
We looked at some everyday items which were invented by Scottish inventors. We are looking forward to learning more about Scottish inventors in the coming weeks.
We have been learning about a Scottish artist called Gillian Kyle. She uses famous Scottish food brands such as MacSweens and Irn Bru in her works. We wrote to Tunnocks who have kindly donated some Teacakes and Caramel Wafers to help us with our art… we will also be enjoying these tasty treats.
Please complete the permission slip that went home by Monday 20th January.
tunnocks permission slip