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Wednesday 13th May

Hello Class One!

Well we didn't do anything we planned on doing yesterday but never mind! I taught my little boy how to play pairs and snap using his Peppa Pig cards. He thought it was lots of fun but he wanted to snap all the cards and not just the pairs. Maybe tomorrow we could try again and see if he is any better. Have you learnt any new games or skills? I love playing games at home - we're always making up new games to play. 

I'm so proud of all of you for your work at home. It's lovely to receive messages saying how hard you are trying and how positive you are. I know some days can be difficult and it can be hard to feel like doing work at home but it is so important and it will really help you when you come back to school. Thank you!

Keep up the super work and don't forget to check the class album to see photographs of your friends working just as hard. 

You make me so proud Class One, well done! 

Miss Hickman 



Objective – I can find a quarter of a set of objects.


As you might have guessed, this week’s lessons are following a similar pattern to last week’s learning. That is because once we can find a half of a shape, object or number, we can find a quarter. We just need to remember how many equal parts. Half means two equal parts and quarter means four equal parts. Today we are going to practice splitting a set of objects into four equal parts to find a quarters and see how many are in one of those equal parts (one quarter). You need to start with a pile of objects (why not start with 8 of something - it could be grapes, counters, toy cars) and share them out into 4 equal groups. How many are in each group? 


Task – Find and circle a quarter of each set of objects. It might be helpful if you physically have a set of objects in front of you to move into four equal groups so you know how many to circle in each set. It is quite difficult to find a quarter in your head and I would expect you to use either cubes or counters in class so find something that can help you at home.

Challenge – Try the active maths game – ‘just a fraction’.


Objective – I can use letter names to distinguish between alternative spellings.


Today we are going to think about why we need to know the different letters of the alphabet and their names rather than just their sounds. Some words sound the same but mean different things and are spelt differently. Sounding the word out might help you if you don’t know how to spell it but it won’t help you with spelling. If I tried to spell a word to you using the sounds it makes, again that doesn’t always help so I would use letter names. For example ‘T-H-E-R-E’ is one way of spelling it, ‘T-H-E-I-R’ is another. This is the same for sounds – ‘ee’ can be made using ‘ee’ or ‘ea’. If you say the sound it is hard to know which one you mean. You need to spell the sound out using letter names. Words that sound the same but have different spellings and meanings are called 'homophones'. 


Task – You will need someone to play against. For this you will need a copy of the ‘alternative spellings’ document. It has a list of words that sound the same but have different spellings. Put this in the middle so you can both see but make sure you both have something to write on that is hidden from each other (you don’t want them to see what you are writing, and you shouldn’t be able to see what they are writing). One of you goes first and reads a word from the list. Each word has two different spellings so you can choose which spelling to write down for that word – but don’t tell your partner! Your partner also writes down a spelling for that word. Then you need to spell what you have written using letter names. If you and your partner have the same spelling of that word, no one gets a point, but if you both used the different spellings, you get a point each. Repeat until you have had a go with every word.

Challenge – To find out what the different spellings mean and see if you can use them in sentences.

For example –

‘I like to visit the sea with my family. Outside I can see grass, trees and birds’.


Today we are going to carry on reading words that have an 'er' sound at the end. Work through the presentation with an adult then pick which activity you want to try. Well done for working hard with your phonics at home laugh