It has been an enjoyable week in Chestnut Class this week with lots of great work and super motivation from the children. Bluebelle is our star learner this week. She has been a real role model to the other children in her enthusiasm to take part in discussion and answer questions across the syllabus but particularly in Maths.
As you know we are following the Read, Write Inc program for out Literacy. Groupings will change next half term and I will inform each of you individually of your child's grouping. I would like to inform you that moving up these groups (unlike before) is highly dependent on fluency and speed. Speed of reading is timed (words per minute). As a ball park figure the majority of year one are aiming at 70 words per minute (this may vary according to your child's grouping). Again I will clarify with you individually what your child should be aiming for.
Therefore, home reading becomes absolutely critical to this Literacy program. I have noticed a considerable drop in the frequency of home reading and I would ask you kindly that your child read to you for at least 5mins a day each week day. I will monitor this and contact you if needs be to see if I can help in anyway.
In Maths we have completed our work on fractions. I will assess the children's ability to identify halves and quarters of shapes and quantity on our return to school. Please follow this link for revision resources:
In our wider curriculum we have been looking at Design and Technology. We have designed, made and evaluated our own class smoothie. The children considered the differences between fruit and vegetables and linking with our Science we thought about the part of a plant that we use when we eat fruit and vegetables. Children used knives to cut the fruit and designed a carton for our smoothie. We compared and evaluated our smoothie against two shop bought products.
Could the children design their own smoothie at home and make it! Please include the ingredients on the side of the carton and try to give your smoothie an exciting name that will entice children to want to drink it! Make it colourful and fun! Then evaluate your smoothie. Was it bright or dull? Was it juicy, grainy or mushy? did you like it?
Have a wonderful half term!