Welcome to Chestnut Class
A couple of reminders:
- Please check ALL uniform and belongings are named.
- Your child needs a NAMED water bottle in school every day.
- PE is on a Friday afternoon, so PE kits must be in school.
It is very important that your child reads every day to an adult.
We are now working on expression, fluency and confidence in reading aloud.
We are now focusing on Money and the children have been investigating different ways to make an amount, eg. Can you make 10p in 5 different ways? How many different ways can you make 75p?
Maybe your child could count out some change you have at home, or they may enjoy being the shopkeeper with a friend or sibling? Any extra 'real-life' work with money would be a great help.
This week I have shown your child the website 'Hit The Button' to help them remember by heart their Number Bonds and Times Tables; they really enjoyed this so maybe you'd like to try it at home with your child.
Also, your children may enjoy practising their number bonds using this website:
Try this at home. Start with number bonds to 10, then try 20, then try the number bonds to 100.
This website will also help your child to practise their number bonds to 10: http://www.ictgames.com/save_the_whale_v4.html#top
This link is for your child to play Mostly Postie! http://www.ictgames.com/mostlyPostie.html
We'd love you to practise Time with your child. Here is a website link to a game called Hickory Dickory Clock:
Here is a link to Mathletics:
I have stuck your child's sign in details into the back of their yellow Reading Record books.
In our writing we are trying to be more independent: we are sounding out our words really carefully and thinking hard about our phonics when we are writing ourselves.
Here are some fun phonics games your child may enjoy:
We've also been learning about the past tense where we add -ed onto words: we remember it by bringing Uncle Ed along too!
We have been learning handwriting patterns.
Please do remind your child about using the correct pencil grip when writing at home as some children are beginning to develop bad habits.
Correct pencil grip is very important.
Some children in Chestnut Class are beginning to try to use joined-up (cursive) handwriting and we are now trying to do this in our everyday writing too.
Power of Reading
This term we are continuing to look at information texts to learn more about The UK. We will be naming, locating and identifying the characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the UK and its surrounding seas. The children are loving using the atlases! We will also be looking at the location of the UK in relation to the rest of the world, learning about the world's seven continents and five oceans.
We have been looking at fables too, exploring the message behind the stories, as well as enjoying our class books Horrid Henry Tricks The Tooth Fairy by Francesca Simon and Dinosaur Trouble by Dick King Smith. Lots of great written work is coming out of these shared reading sessions.
Punctuation is a major focus in Chestnut Class: all of Chestnut Class are beginning to understand when to use a capital letter and a full stop, but they forget to use them. Therefore their written work does not make sense or show how clever they are.
PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILDREN TO WRITE AT HOME AND TO USE CLEVER PUNCTUATION.
Your child should come home with new spellings in their blue spelling book every Monday. Please ensure books are returned to school every Monday morning too.
These are the spellings we've been learning this term: