1HP have been very busy this week investigating a new toy. We have tried to understand how the toy works and what it might be made of. The toy is called a thaumatrope and is a scientific toy from the 19th century. Can you figure out how it works? What clues can you see?
In maths, we are working hard to count correctly and represent numbers using the greater than and less than songs. To help us, we have learnt a song about a hungry crocodile who only eats bigger numbers. In our writing, we are ensuring we remember to use finger spaces and capital letters at the beginning of our sentences.
Every week each key stage hosts an assembly dedicated to our 'Stars of the Week'. Every other week, the award is dedicated to writing and those who have impressed and excelled at writing that week. As well as being able to share their work in assembly with both the adults and peers present, their writing is displayed on our dedicated writing display board - located in a corridor which links KS1 and KS2 (meaning everyone who passes through school can see it). It remains there for two weeks for all to see! As a school, we love to show solidarity by sharing and being proud of the work the children produce.
In Key Stage One we have really enjoyed learning about numbers and place value this week. In Year One we had to investigate a problem involving the mysterious disappearance of door numbers! Somebody had removed some of them and we had to use our maths knowledge and reasoning skills in order to work out which ones had been taken. In Year Two we have been looking at place value and number bonds. First we began by investigating how many different number bonds a certain number has and discovered it always has one more number bond than itself! We also had to partition numbers into tens, ones and sometimes even hundreds to better understand the number's value.
In Key Stage Two we have been practising our number skills, an essential start to every year. During the first 2 and a half weeks of this term KS2 will be covering:
Numbers to 1,000; find 1, 10 and 100 more or less than any number to 1,000; compare and order numbers to 1,000 and looking for patterns in and practising the 3, 4 and 8 times tables.
Numbers to 10,000; comparing and ordering numbers to 10,000; counting in multiples of 25; negative numbers; Roman numerals to 100 and practising the 7, 9, 11 and 12 times tables.
Numbers to 1,000,000; rounding within 100,000; comparing and ordering numbers to one million; negative numbers, Roman numerals to 1,000 and practising all of the times tables to 12x12.
Numbers to 10s of millions; compare and order any number; negative numbers and practising all of the times tables to 12x12.
From Reception through to Year 6, it is important that children are immersed in lots of different ways of thinking about a number, even the numbers that they seem quite comfortable and familiar with. They need to develop a secure understanding of how numbers are constructed, their place in the number line and what different quantities actually look and feel like.
There are lots of ways that you can help support your child at home, including making up fun, practical number games and songs. You can also use the online resources and support available for Key Stages One and Two, through Mathletics and MyMaths, using the individual logins that will be provided by school.
Reception have had a great start to school this week and have settled well into our lovely new building. We have focussed on getting to know each other, becoming comfortable in our new classrooms and settling into the new routine of our school day. The children have loved exploring the different areas of learning within our classrooms as well as our outside learning area. They are developing confidence and independence in using the continuous provision areas throughout Reception.
We have started to practise recognising our names and holding our pencils correctly to help form neat letters. In addition, we have been talking about the things that we enjoy in Reception. Adam said he likes playing in the house (home corner) because he likes having a cake tea party in there. Stanley enjoys the construction area because he can build Transformers using Lego. Lyra and Pippa like coming to school to see their friends and play with them. Isabelle said she looks forward to going out onto the playground because she loves playing on the slide. We are so happy that the children are having a fantastic time in school!