Welcome to Oak Class
with Mrs Bramley, Mrs Thexton, Mrs Turner, Mrs Wales and Mrs Smith
Enjoy Your Christmas Holidays!!
We had such a busy final week at school, with parties, a theatre visit and a super Christmas sing-a-long.
Once all the presents have been opened and played with...why not try a few of these games to help polish up skills before returning to school?
Any games which involve dice are really helpful for embedding simple maths. We have noticed lots of children counting the dots when they throw dice. Lots of practice will help them automatically see when they have thrown a 2, 5 or 6 without having to count. Try Beetle, Snakes and Ladders or Ludo.
Another great game is to throw multiple times and then add the numbers. Eg 2 + 4 + 6 + 2 = 14.
See who can get the biggest total after 4 throws. Or throw twice to get a two digit number and then once more. Subtract the one digit number from the two digit number.
Don't forget to keep looking at the clock and practising telling the time. Note what time of day you do different things and how many minutes will have to by before you can do the next thing.
Learning to tell the time takes an awful lot of practise as it is so complicated.
A little bit, every day works much better than a big lesson about it at school.
Sending thank you notes gets the children back into the habit of writing. Sending messages to your child or asking questions on a bit of paper will usually motivate them to write back to you. Try writing them a question like, 'What do you want for tea?' and folding the paper into a paper aeroplane and sending it to them. They can write their answer then shoot it back to you!
I'm sure your children got some lovely books for Christmas. Don't forget to keep up with reading over the holidays and make sure they still read their school reading book to you.
Research shows this the single most important thing you can do to help your child succeed at school!
Our busy week commencing 2.12.19
We have been looking at money this week. Could you practise with a range of coins at home?
Y1s - how many ways can you make 8p? (eg with 8 x 1p, 4 x 2p, 1 x 5p and 3 x 1p)
Can you try different ways to make different amounts?
The Y2s have been looking at bigger amounts and trying to find 3 different ways of making the same amount. More practice at home would be great!
Our busy week commencing 18.11.19
Maths - this week, Y1 and Y2 have used counters, bead strings and money to see the relationship between doubling and halving.
Y1s have been investigating which numbers of objects can be divided equally into two groups (or divisible by 2). It would be great if you could practise this a bit more at home. You can see from this picture that 10 can be divided equally between 2. But which numbers can not?
Y2 have been doubling numbers. Using two bead strings we got as high as 45 + 45!
It would be great if Y2 children could quickly recall all doubles up to 10 + 10.
We are finding 8 + 8 = 16 and 9 + 9 = 18 tricky to remember at the moment.
They should also be confident in saying that 'half of 18 is 9'. Any practice would be great!
We have been finding out more about The Great Fire of London.
Do you know why the fire spread so quickly and how people tried to fight the fire? Why not read Toby or Imogen's newspaper reports below to find out the facts? Click on the picture for a bigger version.
Our busy week commencing 11.11.19
We have been learning all about The Great Fire of London. The Y2s have been busy writing newspaper reports which will be ready next week.
They Y1s have been imagining what it would be like to experience the Great Fire and came up with this fabulous poem together:
The fire sounds like a fizzing firework.
The fire smells like burning cakes.
The fire looks like a rainbow of flames.
On Friday, Mike From Selby Foodbank came to collect all the donations that Oak class collected. He was absolutely thrilled. Just look at this mountain! Well done to Oak class for inspiring everybody with your super poster campaign!