English: This week, we've been learning all about our class text for this half term - Finding Nemo: The Fish That Didn't Listen. We started the week with a hook to engage all of the children with the story. We made our own puppets and underwater backdrops in order to help us to retell the story with our very own puppet shows. Next, we created our own story maps and then used these to retell the events of the story in full, adding actions to help us to perform the story together as a class.
Maths: This week in maths, we've been learning about formal methods of division. We learnt that it is possible to split a number into tens and ones, divide each separately and then add the numbers back together to find the total. However, there will be times when you cannot simply split a number into tens and ones, so on these occasions we have to regroup some of the tens into ones.
English: This week, we've been writing recounts about our trip to Marwell Zoo! We had lots of exciting memories to write about and we tried our best to include all of the features of a recount that we learnt about before the Christmas holidays (past tense, first person, chronological order, paragraphs, expanded noun phrases).
We've also been practising using the correct articles for different nouns.
We learnt a rule to help us remember when to use 'a' and 'an' correctly:
If the noun begins with a vowel, we use 'an' e.g. an apple, an umbrella, an orange etc.
If the noun begins with a consonant, we use 'a' e.g. a pencil, a bicycle, a dinosaur etc.
*There are a few exceptions to these rules (honour, unicorn, universe) because these words have vowel/consonant sounds at the beginning.
Maths: In maths, we've been learning about formal methods of multiplication. When you multiply a 2 digit number by a one digit number, we have learnt that column multiplication is the quickest and most efficient method (see below).