9 February 2020

Hello everyone! Apologies that this blog is coming to you on a Sunday evening – it has been a busy week. 

We welcomed another new pupil into our wonderful class – Halle. Halle is a familiar face to some as she attended the same nursery as many. Once again, all children have been really welcoming and supportive. Halle has settled in well and has made many new friends. We look forward to continuing to get to know you, Halle!  

We have started our new two-week English unit using the text The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett. We began the unit by identifying different types of eggs and predicting who they might belong to. We will move on to exploring the text and its many PSHCE and Scientific links. The final outcome is for us to make a non-fiction ‘Egg Spotter’s Guide’ after researching different types of eggs from the book. 

In Maths, we have continued to work hard learning about money.  

Money is the ultimate ‘real-life’ maths resource. Here's how to make the most of this tool to improve your child's maths learning at home.  

A key money objective in Key Stage 1 is knowing that there are often lots of  different ways to make a given amount. Play a game to demonstrate this by having several purses, each with the same amount in, made up various ways, and get them to spot what you have done. Encourage children to do the same with a different amount. When you're shopping, model making up the various amounts needed through thinking/counting aloud. So, for example, say, “That’s 85p, so 50p, 20p, 10p and a 5p – 85p in total”. 

It is really important that children know how many pence, how many 5ps, how many 10ps, how many 20ps and how many 50ps are in one pound. Use real money to demonstrate this, getting them to count out the coins, stopping when they reach 100p. For confident children, ask them to investigate every possibility of making a certain amount, for example: 'I want to buy a toy train costing 90p. How many different combinations of 50ps, 20ps and 10ps could make this amount?' Children will need to think about how they can ensure that they have tried  every  combination. 

Finding change as an objective is introduced in Year 1 and 2. Your child should understand what change is and why it is given. Again, with young children, this is best learnt through play, so set up shop and take turns to pay for items with more money than they cost. Encourage children to use subtraction and counting on methods to calculate change. So, for example, if something costs 30p and you pay with a 50p coin, they could count up in tens to see that 20p change is needed. If something costs 7p and you give them 10p, their  number bonds  knowledge will suggest that 10 - 7 = 3. 

Children need to confidently work out change from £1. Give them a scenario where they want to buy a chocolate bar costing 30p. To calculate their change, they need to work out £1 subtract 30p. They could do this using a number line, or perhaps with ten 10p coins. Continue to practise with various multiples of ten (60p, 20p, 80p, etc.) then move onto other numbers (45p, 67p, 28p, etc.) You can then move on to finding change from notes such as £5, £10, £20, etc. 

All your support at home is appreciated and will continue to increase your child’s confidence in this real life maths resource. 

All our foundation subject lessons have been great fun as always. Our topics have been really interesting this term. Ask your child what they did this week in Art, Music, Science, History and Computing. 

This weeks’ Ozzie’s Champion Award was awarded to brilliant Blake. Blake is always polite with beautiful manners and takes each day as it comes. This week he has been determined to complete his work on time and produce the required amount to a good standard. This was achieved due to Blake being so persistent and hard working. Well done Blake – keep it up! 

I hope everyone has had a lovely weekend. 

See you tomorrow with big smiles. 

Love Miss Silver and Mrs Costello xx 

Posted by Martyn Ode on 9 February 2020

Category: Wagtails' Class Blog 2019/20

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