This morning Early Years and KS1 had a very exciting assembly with some beautiful owls. They learnt facts about them, watched them fly and were even able to hold one.
Today in assembly I shared an image with the children.
What do you think?
What is the difference?
Why is there a difference?
How would you explain the difference?
Do you agree with the difference?
Tonight, every class shared details of what multiplication looks like in their year group. Teachers, support staff and parents mingled as they shared strategies and tips.
Remember we all need to know our multiplication facts by heart and recall tables at speed and out of sequence.
Year 2 – 2, 5 and 10 tables
Year 3 – 3, 4, 9 and 11 tables
Year 4 – 6, 7, 8 and 12 tables
Today in maths we were using water to help us figure out ‘missing number’ questions. In two teams, children used different methods before coming back into class and sharing either the water measuring method or the written inverse method. We then discussed which one is easier to use and which one they preferred. Unsurprisingly, the new water method was by far the favourite!
Everyday, all the children from Reception to Year 3 begin their day (after Power 5 maths to get the brain started!) focussing on phonics and spelling patterns/rules. They learn new sounds and apply them in their reading and writing. This focus time uses a mixture of group and whole class teaching as well as pupils teaching each other.
In Year 3, pupils we applying the spelling rule ‘a’ when it makes an ‘or’ sound. Using what they learnt as a whole class they applied it in sentences and then explained the difference between WHAT they are learning and HOW they are learning.
This week started with a bang (literally, with an exploding balloon) and finished in style! Everyone in school has been learning how to keep their bodies and minds healthy. Over this week there has been lots going on including . . . . .
Remember to always talk about how you feel and share your worries. If you need any support please head to the NSPCC website or give them a call on 0800 1111.
This Friday’s ‘Tea with Mrs T’ was incredible. Learners from across school blew me away with the articulation of their learning. We had a modelled demonstration of maths using a hundred square, parts of stories read aloud, maths strategies explained and a collaborative learning story talked through.
The children listened to each others learning with genuine interest while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate. Congratulations to Robbie, Kieran, Lewis, Nathan, Gracie, Ella, Rowan, Jonathan, Klara and Aleksander.
Today in maths year 2 were looking at the value of numbers. Using Dienes blocks and fake money, students showed a variety of different ways they could show and explain the value of certain numbers. After showing me all the images they captured themselves, students reflected on the images and used this time to understand the links between coin and block, understanding that the coins had a certain value they could show by counting the blocks they had used and vice versa.