Week 5 – We found Flat Stanley!

Our new English unit started this week and is based around the stories about Flat Stanley. On Monday morning, the children found a letter from Flat Stanley asking them to help him. A quick search soon found him under one of the units in the classroom and we then read the story. We all know now that Flat Stanley is about 4 feet tall, 1 foot wide and about half an inch thick – this started a discussion about why Stanley wasn’t measured in centimetres and metres! By the end of the week, the children had planned their own stories on this theme and we are looking forward to reading them next week.

In Maths, we started the week learning about inverse operations and used bar models to write some number stories. We use bar models in lots of different ways and in this lesson we were doing addition and subtraction. E.g.

2 8

2 + 8 = 10
8 + 2 = 10
10 – 8 = 2
10 – 2 = 8

During the rest of the week we used bar models and unstructured number lines to find missing numbers. E.g.

? 13

The children used both addition and subtraction to find the missing number and showed their working out on unstructured number lines. Many children found this quite tricky initially but they didn’t give up and by the end of the week, most of us had climbed out of ‘the pit’. Next week we are moving onto fractions and time.

We have one more week of full curriculum and then we have Science Week to look forward to which will finish our half term with a ‘Wow’. A letter about Science Week is being sent out on Monday.

Enjoy your weekend and we will see you on Monday morning.