Week 6 – Flat stories and Fractions!

In our English lessons this week, the children wrote their own ‘Flat People‘ stories and we have enjoyed reading them. We had flat knights, flat ghosts and a wide range of other flat characters. The children worked hard and have produced some lovely work. They had a lot to remember as we were looking for a clear structure to the story, capital letters and full stops, adjectives, joining words and different sentence starters.

In a few weeks, the Year Two teachers will be attending a moderation meeting with other schools in the area to look at both Maths and Writing. I remember when we went along last year, we were very proud of the work our children had done when we shared our books with other teachers.

In Maths, we started the week identifying halves, quarters and three quarters. We folded shapes and then shaded them to show these fractions. During the rest of the week, we applied this to read the time for o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. Most children found o’clock and half past fairly easy as this was a quick recap from Year One. However, quarter past and quarter to was trickier. This is something you can easily do at home. We used the following interactive clock in our lessons:

http://flash.topmarks.co.uk/2412

What we did find in our final lesson, was that the children found it hard to identify what they might be doing at different times of the day. At the end of Key Stage 1, children working at the ‘Expected Standard’ are required to read a clock in 15 minute intervals. We will of course be revisiting time later on in the year.

During the rest of the week, we did some more Art and History topic work and we have also been practising for our Singing Assembly next Friday at 9 o’clock.

Next week we are all looking forward to an exciting Science week and you have already had a letter about this explaining what we need the children to bring in on different days. On Monday, each teacher in Key Stage One has planned an activity and the children will be moving around the school to each of the classrooms. My activity involves a lot of balloons so my Andy and I are going to be busy tomorrow evening!

Enjoy your weekend and remember to send your child in with a Science book and a picture of a scientist on Monday morning.