Saturday, 18 February 2017
Friday, 17 February 2017
Thursday, 16 February 2017
This week we have been learning about-
Literacy- Welsh Myths and Legends. Writing an episode from the Afanc using interesting sentence openers. Describing how this sea monster looks and moves.
Numeracy- Matching numbers to number names. Identifying missing numbers. Using centimetres to measure accurately.
Science- Identifying properties of materials.
Humanities- Writing about St Valentine and the origins of sending cards.
How to help your child at home-
Literacy- Next term we will studying the artist Henry Rousseau. So perhaps you could find out a few facts about this artist.
Numeracy- Perhaps you could ask your child some maths questions- which number comes before 30? After 35? What number is 1 less than 25? 2 More than 16? etc.
I hope you all enjoyed our Class Assembly. I was so very proud of their performance. Thank you for your support and enjoy the half term.
Friday, 10 February 2017
Literacy- writing our playscripts to represent guilt
Maths- reading timetables
Science- investigating waterproof materials
We have also watched the Tales of Wales performance which your writing competition entry, acting and art entry is based on. Remember to practice your act at home as well as in school as time will be limited.
You will be writing your own tale based on the Harold Stones. Research the myths and tales already about based on the Harold stones and see which direction you want to take your tale. Will you use the same idea or create your own plot completely?
Have a good weekend
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Weighing items using a weighing balance, e.g which is heavier or lighter
Estimating how many of something (cubes, bottle tops etc) weigh the same as an object and then counting to find out exactly how many
Read Write Inc
Keep practising with the sounds and words in their sound folders. If you do ask them to spell any and they write them down please remind them about tall and short letters and letters that should go beneath the line, e..g a y, p, y, g.
Knowledge and Understanding-
This week we have started some activities ready for Eisteddfod which is the first Wednesday back after half term. We have been learning a welsh song, handwriting and designing a mythical sea creature in readiness for a story about it next week. This is based on some Welsh mythical stories we heard from the visiting theatre group on Tuesday.
In Welsh this week, we have been practising our counting and using the question 'sawl un?' which means how many? Some groups went on to look at the Welsh number words, e.g un,dau, tri and how we can use the same sort of skills that we use in English to help us read and order them.
We have been looking at the story of Valentine and the background to the day itself, which the children were really interested by. Perhaps you can get them to tell you about it.
As it was Internet Safety week this week, we had a little chat about staying safe online, which is a bit hard for them to grasp at the moment. I taught them a little song that goes.. 'before you click, click, click you need to think, think, think and tell someone… they seemed to get the idea that its always best to check with an adult if you are not sure about something that may pop up while they play any online games etc.
Thursday, 9 February 2017
Monday, 6 February 2017
Apologies for the lack of a 'home learning blog' over the last few weeks, I was under the impression the school website was out of action, but it appears to be fine now!
I'll back track a few weeks with what we have been up to.
Recognising and continuing a repeating pattern using colours, shapes, pictures etc.
Understanding the term 'symmetrical' and identifying symmetry in pictures. Creating our own symmetrical patterns.
Adding two collections together to find 'how many altogether.' Using the + symbol in a number sentence. Counting on in our heads to find the total, e.g. 5+2, put 5 in our head and count on …6… 7.
Subtracting and take away. Starting with a number of objects and taking away some and counting 'how many are left?' using real life stories… I had 6 cakes and I ate 2, how many are left? Relating this to a number sentence, e.g. 6-2
Using 1p, 2p, 5p, and 10p coins to pay for an amount at the shop- some children only used pennies.
Literacy and Language
We are now working hard to blend, read and spell words. Some children who are more confident with their sounds are now writing sentences with focussing on capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.
Knowledge and Understanding-
Re-capping our Welsh colour names
We have carried out an investigation this week to find out which ball is most bouncy. We kept it fair by dropping the ball from the same height each time. We all made a prediction and tested to find out the answer.
We have used the Bee-Bot (which is a small programmable bee!) to develop our use of positional and directional language. The children had to input commands to make the bee travel to different positions. There is an app on the Ipad that we used too with Bee-Bot.
The children enjoyed finding out about how Chinese New Year is celebrated and some of the traditions associated with it. We created a 'lion dance' and tasted some delicious food.
We have been continuing to find out about the Arctic- including weather and animals. We have been doing some fact finding this week ready to write a simple report about an animal next week. We continue to be in contact with Eddy the explorer through video links and emails! (I hope no one sees Eddy in Llanishen!)
How to help your child at home-
Practise any of the above maths- a lot of it is practical, so with adding/subtracting use lots of different items/objects, so…'If I have 3 sausages and you have 2 sausages, how many altogether?' etc.
A lot of children found the coins tricky, so I suggest using coins at home to find amounts, keep them below 10p. Play some shop games where they have to get the right coins to pay. Some children will use pennies, but make them aware that not all coins are just 1p.
Use these websites-
Money and coins- http://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/toy-shop-money
Friday, 3 February 2017
Maths- reasoning to price up a new carpet for the classroom using our measuring skills, written and mental calculations and ability to work systematically
Science- planning our investigation to find the most waterproof materials
Welsh- role play conversations about a past event/ day out
Humanities- researching to answer questions about the Titanic to complete an information page.
You can help at home by-
You will have had a letter for the homework competition for the eisteddfod. Think about your design carefully and what you might put on it. Remember it is to be a4 size but made however you wish.
Please keep learning your xtables as these are needed in a lot of our Maths. The more confident you are with them the easier you will understand and complete the work.
Who were the suspects for the cause of the sinking of the Titanic? What can you find out?
Don't forget your 3 soft toys for Monday- all of a similar size and your 3 different material choices enough to cover the soft toy completely. If these aren't in for Monday you won't be able to carry out the investigation.
Big write for next week will be to write a poem for the eisteddfod based on one of the stories from the Tales of Wales sessions on Tuesday.
Have a good weekend
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If you are looking at the blog and notice the digits are not lined up correctly for the maths sorry, unfortunately when I sent the email it must have changed slightly. You need to line up the hundreds, tens and units to ensure your add them correctly. If your still unsure then let me know. Thanks.
This week we have been
Literacy – learning about explanation text.
Numeracy – adding 2 and 3 digit numbers using the expanded method.
Science – creating tables and graphs to show different materials, properties and their uses.
Humanities – using Britannica on HWB to create fact files about pollution in Britain.
Activities to try at home
Literacy –find examples of different explanation text and diagrams. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of text and diagrams. Create your own chain diagram using pictures e.g. a simple food chain.
Numeracy – using a dice create two 2 digit numbers. Write them down and then put them into tens and units e.g. 42 + 24 = 40 2
60 6 = 66.
Repeat for 2 digit number and then progress to 3 digit numbers including numbers which bridge the tens e.g.
113 + 218= 100 10 3
200 10 8
300 20 1
10 = 331
It is really important that you write the numbers in the correct column to ensure they are added up correctly. If possible use squared paper to help with this.
Science – using the data collected last week create a graph showing the different materials used to make different objects. Which is the most commonly used material in your house?
Humanities – how much rubbish do you recycle? How many tons of rubbish are thrown away in Britain each week, month, year? Find out interesting facts about rubbish and recycling in Britain. Create a chart showing the amount of different types of rubbish you throw away throughout the week – cans, cardboard tubes, paper etc. How could we reduce the amount of rubbish we are throwing away? Next week we will be designing posters to encourage others to reduce the amount of rubbish they throw away and recycle more. Find out interesting facts to include in your poster.
Remember to learn your spellings for Monday – look up the definitions of the words and put them into sentences. Also we will be having a time tables test including 2,3,4,5,9,10 and 11 times tables. Hit the Button on Top marks is a good website to help you learn your tables or you can use the games on mymaths.
Have a good weekend.