Dali Letter – Friday 6th October 2017
Dear Parents and Carers,
Our new topic is The Tudors and we have organised a trip to the National Trust property Sutton House in Hackney on Thursday 9th November. We will be traveling by two buses and are in need of 6 parent volunteers to accompany us on this day so if you are available do please let one of us know either at the door or by emailing the office. We will operate on a first come, first selected basis but then will also try to ensure that on any future trips we select different parents so that you all get a chance to join us on a trip if you so wish.
We have been revising addition facts to 20. We discussed numbers that are ten times larger than one-digit numbers, i.e. two-digit multiples of 10. We then used and applied this knowledge to solve addition calculations involving multiples of 10, e.g. 3 + 4 = 7 so 30 + 40 = 70.
We have begun a unit of work on Poetry and are studying poems from the anthology ‘The Puffin Book of Fantastic First Poems’. We have been exploring, interpreting and responding to various poems and thinking about rhyme and rhythm. The children have been performing existing poems in small groups before going on to plan their own poems about a favourite food.
This week we are planning plan a fair test to assess waterproof materials.
We have been thinking about robots and algorithms as a series of step-by-step instructions to solve a problem. We ‘programmed’ a volunteer to follow a set of instructions whereby he was moved from one side of the room to a chair on the other side. We then used an app called A.L.E.X on the iPads to move a robot around the screen and refined/ altered our instructions as necessary.
Your child has been given a Maths Bingo game (plus, in certain cases, number cards 1-9 if you don’t have a 9 sided dice at home!). This game encourages children to use easy number facts to help with harder number facts (ie if we know 3 + 7 = 10 then 63 + 7 = 70). Encourage them to think of their number bonds to 10 to help them with the answers.
This week we are looking at words containing ‘c’ as ‘s’ (e.g. cinema, mince, fence, cancel). The general rule is that the ‘c’ sound is soft and sounds like ‘s’ when it is followed by: e, i or y. Your child has been given a ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check’ sheet to support them in learning these words. They should start by highlighting/ underlining the ‘c’ sound in each word. As an extension they can also add any other words they can think of which use this pattern to the bottom of the sheet and a sentence(s) where they use a ‘c’ word in context.
On the reverse there is also a sheet of high frequency words that will help with visual discrimination.
Next week we will practise some of these words informally on whiteboards as part of dictation sentences.
Mel and Harriet