Dear Parents,                                                        20.1.17

This week we have been leaning to identify the word classes; noun (person, place or thing) , adjective (describes a noun), verb (doing word) and adverb (describes the verb). In phonics we have been learning about homophones, words that sound the same but are spelt differently.  We have been revising how to extend sentences by using or, but and because . In maths we have been consolidating how to make or draw an array (pattern of dots e.g. 4 rows of 5 dots= 4x5) to support our multiplication understanding. (See if your child can show you what this is.)  In Mental maths we have been starting to learn our 2, 5 and 10 times tables by listening to some songs. Please practice these. We also wrote riddles about 3D shapes.

Next week we are going to be focusing on non-fiction texts to learn about dinosaurs and using this information we will write sentences to compare different dinosaurs. We are going to look at fossils and will learn some dinosaur poems. In maths we are investigating the idea that multiplication can be done in any order (commutative). In computing we are learning to write an algorithm (ask your children what it is!)

In PE we have started ball skills and have been working on hand and eye coordination. Any throwing and catching at home would help them.

The words for next week are : loudly, parents, clothes, blue, blew, carry, carries, fossil, family, families Please practice them. Try getting your child to look at the word then to cover it up and to try to write it. Finally he or she checks it against the right spelling. We will also learn about plurals in phonics – es and y to ies.

Please can you ensure that the reading record and contact book is sent into school daily and if there is a note for us they give it to an adult.

Please could the children wear an extra pair of socks for outdoor learning on Wednesdays and Forest School children need to bring very warm clothes as it is still supposed to be very cold!

We hope you have a good weekend.

Jane O’Loan, Tricia King and Karen Phillips