Friday 17th November Visiting Musician
Tuesday 21st November – Pizza lunch
Thursday 30th November – PTA Disco – Year 1 -3 (More details to follow)
Thursday 14th November – Christmas Concert and Christmas Bake Off
Our main focus over the coming weeks will be to :
Recognise, model, read, write and order numbers to 100
Mathletics: Please spend some time each week exploring the different activities that we have set for the children. Under the ‘play’ section, children can practise their basic facts by playing games with partners from around the world. It is not intended that the children will do these tasks totally independently so please help your child to become familiar with the layout of Mathletics and how to go about completing the tasks.
Next week during our Reader’s Workshop lessons, we will be wrapping up our focus on retelling. Over the past few weeks, all of the Year 1 children have had a great deal of experience of retelling stories using picture cards, retelling sticks and the retelling rope. We have encouraged the children to retell by breaking down stories into the main points and talking about the characters and setting. It has been pleasing to see the children become more familiar with using time connectives such as, first, next, then, after, finally.
During writing sessions, the children will be writing about the action they have taken in the school community and will be writing reflective tags for their portfolio work.
Due to the Year 3, 4 and 5 camps there was no Golden Book assembly this week. Golden Book certificates will be given out next Monday.
Maths at Home
Helping your child at home with maths can sometimes seem daunting. The methods that the children are learning and the experiences they are having with maths at school can be very different from our own memories of maths lessons from when we were at school. As well as supporting your child with Mathletics tasks that have been set, you can also use everyday tasks at home to enhance mathematical concepts and understanding, Below are a few ideas of things that you could do at home.
- Cooking – Cooking is a great activity for developing mathematical understanding of weight and capacity. Encourage your child to help weigh out the different ingredients using measuring scales and measuring spoons or cups.
- Shapes Everywhere – When you are out and about you can look for shapes in the environment. The children could take photographs and keep their own shape scrap book. Discuss the properties of shapes they see by using language such as, edges, corners and faces.
- Money – Encouraging your child to help pay for items when they are out shopping is an easy way to incorporate maths into everyday life. You can ask them to count out the correct coins for small items that they want to buy. You can also slowly incorporate addition and subtraction when talking about the change they will get when paying for items. Using money can also help with counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.
- Counting – There are opportunities for counting all around us. From counting cars to counting pairs of socks when they are helping to sort out the washing. The children still need regular practice of 1 to 1 correspondence and counting.
- Storybooks – There are many maths related story books that can help support mathematical concepts. Below are some of our favourites.