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Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School

Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School

English and Maths

Week 12

In Maths this week we have we been comparing addition number sentences. We solved the answer to an addition sentence using tens frames and then discussed if the answers were equal or not. We then moved on to comparing two number sentences using the more than, less than and equals to symbols.  We have been using tens frames and part whole models to represent addition number sentences so that we can clearly see the two parts and the whole number.

In English this week we have written lists of the presents we would like for Christmas. We then wrote a letter to Father Christmas and included our list of presents in this along with something we have achieved this year. Some of us even told Father Christmas what we would be leaving out for him on Christmas eve. We learnt that a letter must include who it is to and from. We used our letter writing skills to write letters to the local supermarkets persuading them to donate refreshments for our Christmas fundraiser.

Week 11 

In English this week we have been focusing on the book ‘Maisy’s Rainbow Dream’ by Lucy Cousins. We have been up-levelling simple sentences from the story, using adjectives and verbs to makes them more exciting. We have been using our painting skills to create wonderful pictures inspired by the story. For example, in one story ‘Maisy dreams about a slimy green frog jumping on a leaf’ and in another ‘Maisy dreams about a feathery brown duck floating on a pond’. We then used our team work skills to work together in creating group books and reading them to each other. 

In Maths this week we have been representing and using number bonds and related subtraction facts. For example, we used tens frames and counters to find all of the possible ways to make 7 and recorded these as number sentences. We have been using bar models to represent how a number can be partitioned into its parts.

Week 10

In English this week we have learnt what a question mark is and the difference between a question and a statement. We thought of our own questions about a picture we were given and wrote these questions down using a question mark. We became poets and turned our ‘box it up’ plan for ‘What is Pink?’ into a poem, which we then edited and published in our best handwriting. We performed these poems to an audience.

In Maths this week, we have continued to use the part-whole model. We have used this model to complete the ‘fact family’ for given numbers. Eg. 4+2 = 6, 2+4 = 6, 6=4+2, 6=2+4. Later on in the week we used multilink cubes to build towers and bar models to show the whole number and the two parts. 

In phonics, we are very excited to have started reading our story books! We are learning to share a story by taking it turns to point to the words with a lolly pop stick while our partner reads out loud. We are applying all the sounds we are familiar with in new words and trying really hard to ‘Fred in our heads’ (read whole words without unnecessarily sounding out).

Week 9

In English this week we have been focusing on the poem ‘What is Pink?’ by Christina Rossetti. We have been identifying and discussing the various features of the poem, including rhyming words and question marks. We went on a nature walk around the school grounds and spotted objects of different colours. Back in class, we described our objects using adjectives and verbs and we used these ideas to plan our own colour poems. 

In Maths we have been learning to use part – whole models. We have been investigating different ways to partition numbers using counters to represent the different parts of a whole number. We have been using these models to write addition number sentences using add and equals symbols.

Week 8

In Maths this week, the children have been continuing to develop their understanding of place value and numbers up to ten. They have used their knowledge of ordinal numbers to carry out practical activities, including running and car races. They have practised making and using a number line to complete a variety of challenges involving lots of the things we have learnt so far. After half term, we will be moving on to addition and subtraction so please go over the number bonds to 10 (1 + 9 = 10, 2 + 8 = 10 etc) with your child over the half term. 

In English this week, the children have been writing their own versions of the Lost and Found story in our first "Hot Write" of the year. They have retold the story using actions in order to write a different part of the story each day, independently. Using their own ideas, word mats and story mountains they have used their prior learning such as verbs, adjectives and synonyms to make their writing more exciting. At parents consultations, it was suggested that some children would like to practise their handwriting at home, so please find attached two versions that could be printed and used for individual lettters.

In Phonics, the children have practised the 'ee' sound and revised all the sounds and red words they have learnt within a variety of activities. 

Week 7

In Maths this week, the children have been comparing numbers and objects, ordering numbers and using vocabulary such as less than and greater than. They then moved onto learning what ordinal numbers are and how they can be used to describe position.

In English, the children have learnt what a synonym is and were thinking about synonyms for the words ‘sad’ and ‘happy’ to describe the penguin and little boy in the story ‘Lost and Found’. At the end of the week the children were editing sentences from the story to improve them. 

In Phonics we have learnt the digraphs ‘ou’ as in house, ‘oi’ as in coin and ‘ee’ as in green.

Week 6

In Maths, the children have continued to compare two numbers. This week they have begun using the symbols < > = in their number sentences. The children were challenged to explain why given number sentences were correct/incorrect and how they knew this. 

In English, the children have been learning the story ‘Lost and Found’ written by Oliver Jeffers. They began the week by discussing what they would pack for a journey across the sea. Some of their ideas were fluffy hats, thick gloves, healthy snacks and a bright torch. The children created a ‘Found’ poster for the penguin and used adjectives to describe the penguin’s appearance. At the end of the week they sequenced the story and then moved on to creating their own story map in preparation for re telling the story!

In Phonics this week the children learnt the ‘air’ and ‘ir’ digraph as in fair and bird.

Week 5

In Maths this week, the children have been continuing with their understanding of place value. The children began the week by matching numbers together to show one to one correspondence. They then moved on to comparing two numbers by using the phrases ‘more than, less than and equal to’. The children built towers out of multi link cubes to help them visualise the numbers and then wrote a sentence to compare them.



In English this week, the children have continued to read the story ‘Peace at Last’. At the beginning of the week they thought about where they would go to find a peaceful nights’ sleep. They then designed and labelled these rooms. The children thought about the sounds that might keep them awake in each room and added these labels to their plans. At the end of the week the children turned their ideas into sentences, writing in the style of ‘Jill Murphy’. 

In Phonics this week the children have learnt the digraphs ‘ar’ as in mark and ‘or’ as in sort.

Week 4

In English this week, this week we have been focusing on the book ‘Peace at Last’ by Jill Murphy. We have learnt to retell the story using actions and we have sequenced the key parts by ordering the beginning, middle and end. We have written labels for pictures of the different rooms in the house, listed the noises that kept Mr. Bear awake at night and have written captions to go with images from the book. 

In Phonics we have learnt the sounds ‘oo’ (look at a book) and ‘oo’ (poo at the zoo). We have been using our new sounds when reading and writing words such as ‘took’ ‘cook’ ‘food’ and ‘spoon’.

In Maths this week, the children have been finding one more and one less than numbers to 10. We have been using practical equipment to make a number and then show one more and one less. We have been continuing to building on our counting skills, both forwards and backwards and also focusing on forming our numbers correctly.

Week 3

In English this week we have been reading the book “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister.

We have been using adjectives to describe pictures from the book and using these to write descriptive sentences. We have been working hard to remember capital letters, full stops and finger spaces in our writing.

In Phonics we have learnt the sounds ‘igh’ (fly high) and ‘ow’ (blow the snow). We have been using our new sounds when reading and writing words such as might, light, flow and show. 

In Maths this week, we have been counting forwards and backwards within 10. We have been representing numbers using a variety of objects including counters, cubes, counting bears and Numicon. We have been ordering numbers to 10 by creating our own number lines and completing sequences with missing numbers.

Week 2 

In English this week we have been reading the book "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle. We have practised writing simple sentences about animals and children, including verbs (doing words) and adjectives (describing words). In Phonics we have learnt the "ay" and "nk" sounds including words like stink, wink, play and spray.

In Maths this week we have practised sorting and counting. We have sorted different objects by colour, size and item. We have represented numbers and objects with shapes and drawings. We have counted objects accurately using tens frames and represented these in different ways.