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7th February 2020

Yippee! We have internet at home, so Mrs Welsh has two happy children at home and the blog goes live on Friday! At school the children have worked hard this week.

Mrs Medlicott and I have been assessing children’s reading. We have listened to them read a range of books with varying levels of difficulty and asked the children to answer a range of retrieval and understanding questions. We will complete this next week and then look at reading groups and levels of books. 

We compared the character and appearance of the two Grandmas in the Katie Morag story. We thought of adjectives to describe Grannie Island and Grandma Mainland. The children thought about similarities, for example, both Grannies love Katie Morag and the differences, for example, Grannie Island wears farming clothes and Grandma Mainland wear fancy clothes.

Phonics: We continued working on split digraphs, for example, u-e, we show the children c u t, then when you add the e to cut it says cute. 

Maths: We have been working hard to complete our first Singapore maths book. We have been looking at the addition and subtraction facts to 20 and the fact family, so if you know 8+5=13 you could also know 13-8=5 and 5+8=13 and 13-5=8

In the next ‘number family’ we only use the numbers 3, 11,14. (sometimes the children will then add the 3 to the 14 and get 17 – We say, ‘that number isn’t in the number family’

3 + 11 = 14

11 + 3 = 14

14 – 11 = 3

14 – 3 = 11

We will keep revisiting this so that the children have a really good understanding of the concept of addition, subtraction and the inverse. We discussed that the mathematical term of being able to swap the numbers over and still get the same answer is known as ‘commutative’. 

Next week is the last week before half term, I’m sure it will be a fantastic one. Have a lovely weekend. See you Monday.

Sara Welsh

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