This week’s learning w/c 02.12.19

Topic

This week began in an exciting way, we received a letter from santa asking for help with understading some letters he had received. He needed our help to understand what some children had asked for christmas. We noticed that the children had incorrectly spelt words for plural gifts. The children corrected the spellings in their own letters to santa. Following this, we became historians. On Monday afternoon we were very lucky to receive a visit from the residents at Abbeyfield. They gave a presentation on old toys and also answered some of the children’s questions. Throughout the rest of the week, we investigated the differences and similarities between old and new toys and then plotted a timeline of old and new toys. Finally, we wrote a descriptive captions of our favourite old and new toys.

Maths

This week in maths we have been subtracting within 20 in different contexts. For the first two lessons we focused on subtracting by taking objects away from two tens frames. We did this within the context of a maths story about Farmer Fred who had some eggs which were taken away by a fox. We begun this by recording our own work on a whiteboard before formally recording it on the second day. We then moved onto taking away by using pictures to represent the number of people on a bus and then crossing off however many got off the bus. Again, the buses were depicted as tens frames and each bus held a maximum of 10 people each. Finally, we used all we had learned during the week to help us solve varied subtraction word problems with numbers up to 20.

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Class Teachers Award

Well done to the following children who were chosen to receive a class teacher award for demonstrating one of the Avenue Values in their classes.

Ants:  Hiba and Harshada

Crickets:   Zain and Angela

Grasshoppers: Jaya and Kaia

Ladybirds:  Thomas and Jacek

Below is a reminder of our Avenue Values.

Resilience.

Pride in achievements and self confidence.

Building relationships and team work.

Perseverance.

Mutual respect and tolerance.

Class Teacher Awards

Well done to the following children who were chosen to receive a class teacher award for demonstrating one of the Avenue Values in their classes.

Ants:  Levent and Lily

Crickets:   Tristan and Konstantinos

Grasshoppers: Savar and Denise

Ladybirds:  Ryuzgiar and Hanna

Below is a reminder of our Avenue Values.

Resilience.

Pride in achievements and self confidence.

Building relationships and team work.

Perseverance.

Mutual respect and tolerance.

This Week’s Learning – W/c 25/11/19

Topic

This week began in an exciting way, after we received a postcard from Barnaby Bear, telling us about a recent holiday he had been on. We noticed that Barnaby used the conjunction ‘and’ to add more information to his sentences, so we decided to do the same, when writing a postcard back to Barnaby. Following this, we became artists. We explored the work of five collage artists: Arcimboldo, Nancy Standlee, Andy Goldsworthy, Picasso and Matisse. We looked at examples of their work and reasoned which artist’s style we liked the best. We then thought about the different techniques that can be applied to a collage; such as tearing, shaping, cutting and scrunching and we experimented to see which techniques we preferred. Finally, we applied all of our knowledge to planning and designing a collage of a teddy bear. We hope that you will come and see our Teddy Bears during our Year 1 Open Classroom event on Tuesday 10th of December at 14:30.

Maths

This week in our maths lessons we focused on addition between two 1-digit numbers with a total up to 20. We began the week by adding together two numbers using counters. We met Farmer Fred and his two chickens Bertie the Blue Hen and Ginny the Green Hen. Farmer Fred needed our help to add together the amount of blue and green eggs laid by his chickens, so we used counters to represent the two amounts and the two colours. Initially we used two ten frames and made each amount in a separate ten frame. However, we decided that if we fill the first ten frame first, then it is easier to subitise (recognise without counting) the answer. For example, 8 eggs + 6 eggs represented as 8 counters and 6 counters is difficult to subitise, but 8+6 represented as 10 counters and 4 counters, is easy to recognise as 14. We continued this process throughout the week, but with lots of different objects such as donuts, cars and animals.