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Weekly Update 6th March

Dear Parents,
What a fantastic week we’ve had! Yesterday’s World Book Day event was a huge success, thank you to everyone who sent in their ‘shelfie’ and dressed up as a book character. We had a wonderful day celebrating books! The children made bookmarks, read interactive books online, shared stories with children from Year 4, and then showed off their outfits in a special assembly at the end of the day.
In Literacy this week the children have written their own versions of Little Red Riding Hood. They chose which parts they would like to change to make it an ‘alternative’ version of the story and tried to include all of our writing elements to enhance their stories e.g. adjectives, openers, connectives etc. Today the children became news reporters from the village where Jack and the Beanstalk is set. They wrote a short article highlighting what had happened in the village and even tried to include a quote from Jack himself! Next week we will continue our traditional tales unit which will include writing character profiles and letters to our favourite characters.
In Maths this week we have been focusing on place value. It is vital that the children have an understanding of the value of each digit in a number and that they can apply this knowledge when completing tasks which use addition and subtraction methods. For example, knowing the value of each digit in a two digit number allows the children to add and subtract using partitioning (adding the tens, adding the units, then adding both together).
In our Topic lessons this week the children have enjoyed taking on the role of ‘Inspector Interesting’ to complete an investigation about materials. They each took part in an experiment to test which materials are waterproof and had to select a material that they felt would be the most suitable for covering a patch in a broken umbrella. All of the children enjoyed the practical activities and demonstrated their excellent knowledge when choosing the most suitable material. In bookbags this weekend we have provided the children with some template pages to make a short book about their knowledge and understanding of materials. I have explained this to the children in class but please do support your child when completing this at home. Thank you!
Next week our ‘Inspector Interesting’ topic will take an artistic route. Children will be learning about primary and secondary colours and will be spending a lot of time in the Art Studio! We look forward to sharing some of their Art work with you soon.
On Tuesday and Thursday we will be holding our Spring Term Parent Teacher Meetings. Thank you to all of the parents who have signed up for a ten minute appointment, I look forward to sharing information with you about your child’s progress. Please do ensure that you arrive in time to have a quick look through your child’s book before our appointment.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Miss Freeman