Our HERO of the Week
for always working hard and listening to instructions
This half term's topic is 'Traders and Raiders'
We are looking at the Anglo-Saxons. We have already made boats and found the Tremendous Turtle boat champion - Nia.
We have found out about farming, food, clothes, rich and poor and completed a timeline of events.
Our focus is 'Why do we have rules?'
We have discussed the school rules and what it means to be 'green'. We have worked together to come up with class rules, which help us to work together and try our best in our learning.
We have been working hard to work in teams and think about the rules we need to get along. We tried to build a tall tower out of marshmallows and spaghetti - we needed lots of perseverance and a hoover afterwards!
We had to work out what was happening in the puzzle piece by piece...
We are reading King Arthur and the Sword in the Stone.
We have read the story and worked out tricky words by reading around the word. We have ordered the story and drawn pictures to summarise the key parts.
We will be looking at learning the story through a text map (pictures) and describing the characters and setting.
Reading - guided reading started this week. Please support your child by listening to them read at home or talking to them about what they are reading in silence. If they read 3 times per week and you sign their diary, they get a sticker for their READ to RED chart. Ten stickers = a new book!
Our main focuses this half term are:
There are so many new words that children come across, it is impossible to teach them the meaning of them all! It helps if you discuss words they read and talk about what they mean in relation to the sentence, to help them work out words on their own.
In maths, we are focusing on the place value of numbers for both year groups.
We are also having full concentration on times tables and dividing for the half term, as well as revisiting arithmetic and things we found tricky last year.
The government expectation is by the end of year 4, children should be able to recall all the times tables from 1x12 - 12x12.
Times table hats on and let's learn them!
On Youtube there are some great times table songs to get into our heads.
Why not sing a long at home?
Year 2 expectations:
2 x table - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUIB-dZRCiA
5 x table - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCjt1dbhvWU
10 x table - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QXT3HjG7pg
Year 3 expectations:
3x table- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzVyBQ5uTbo
4 x table - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBmSshEDVnQ
8 x table - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjPjks1R6Ng
Year 4 expectations:
6 x table - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PftnJV7W2Rw
7 x table - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9zRRqOwIWQ
9 x table - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C1z4avyTPY
11 x table - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvHO1qjguUY
12 x table - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2vfUOmMxfg
A great game to play to increase speed of number bonds, halves, doubles and times tables is
Hit the Button - follow the link (ctrl and click) to play at home: TopMarks
Have you seen the Kids’ Zone? Play games and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites.