What super week we have had! The children thoroughly enjoyed making their train models on Monday and were very proud of the finished articles. They did some lovely writing about their models as well as writing non-fiction books all about trains.
As part of our feedback to the children in writing lessons, we often use a technique called, ‘Whole Class Feedback’. We look at all the children’s work and then write down specific feedback points to give at the start of the following lesson e.g. what has gone well and what areas we need to work on. We might focus on a couple of tricky spellings or some missing punctuation. For some children, we give them a target to work on doing the lesson e.g. using appropriate sized finger spaces or not pressing on too hard with their pencil. At the end of the lesson, the children are invited to come and sit on the writer’s chair and show how they have worked on improving an aspect of their work. It is something that they really enjoy doing.
In Maths, we have looked at number patterns within 100 e.g. one more, one less, ten more, five more. We have also revisited partitioning tens and ones to help with addition. For example, 12 add 4 is the same as 10 add 2 add 4. We use straws to help visualise what this looks like. Next week, we are going to work again on addition and subtraction and how they are inverse operations.
In Phonics this week we have been learning about the /u/ sound spelt <u>, <ou> and <o>. For example, mug, should, son. Next week, we are going to move onto unit 16 which is the /s/ sound by spellings <s>, <sc>, <se>, <ss>, <c>, <ce>. We are going to give some of the children a little practise phonics test and if there are any sounds that they need to keep practising at home we will write them in their reading record. We will also be hearing individual readers to check on progress.
In Topic work next week we are going to be learning about Spring. We will go on a sensory walk around the school grounds, draw some daffodils, make some posters and write Spring poems.
In P.E. next week, we will be using the apparatus in the hall to practise moving at different heights. In ICT, we will be using the iPads.
Thank you to those of you who sent sun cream and hats into school with your child this week. When we have sunny weather, it is important to do this. We do have some shady areas of the playground but not a lot.