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Take it Away!02 Feb 2018Take it Away!

This week



The children have started to learn about subtraction by "taking away". They have learnt the sign as well as using practical methods to work out subtraction number sentences.


They have also been very excited about how their bean plants are growing!

There have been comparisons between pots with much speculation as to why some seeds have grown better than others.


Isla suggested to Mrs. Fletcher that she should move the tray closer to the window as it wasn’t getting enough light.

Also, LilyMae was seen checking the pots to see if they were wet enough "I’m just making sure they are getting watered!" The children are certainly making sure the bean plants are being well looked after!


Next week



This week the children will be introduced to the phonemes th (as in this and thumb) and ng. We will be using these sounds and those learnt so far to blend the sounds (push sounds together) to read words and segment (break sounds up) in a word to spell.


We also continue to learn the tricky and high frequency words on sight. The newest words that have been added to the list are: so and called.


Topic and Literacy


We continue with next week with our last traditional tale of the half term, Cinderella. This week, we will be concentrating on writing an alternative to Cinderella, ensuring that children are aware of their writing targets as they do so. Targets include, listening for the sounds as they spell words, using adjectives and conjunctions. Each group has its own target to ensure their writing is always improving.

The children will also be encouraged to write the whole story of Cinderella in their class jotters (either the traditional version or one they have invented!), these jotters are a way for children to express themselves and become their own authors!


As we know, no fairy godmother/father is complete without a magic wand, so in groups, the children will also continue to read instructions to make their very own customized wand!





The children started looking at taking away last week, and we continue with this during the week. They will be using the skill of drawing pictures and then crossing off to find the answer. Later we will then start muddling up addition and subtraction number sentences and checking that the children know the difference! Also, to improve their skills at looking and listening for key vocabulary, we will be solving word problems and selecting the correct number sentence to solve.

On Thursday we are having West Yorkshire Playhouse visit to deliver a Cinderella workshop. There will be lots of opportunities for drama, using imaginations and activities which will really bring to life the stories the children have been reading about over the past six weeks!

Have a great weekend!


Best wishes

Mrs. Fletcher.


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