Year1/2 SR 2022 - 2023
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Mrs Smith and Mrs Roach would like to welcome all the children back after a very well-earned break! We hope you all managed to have a wonderful Christmas with your families, and are ready to do some fun learning in the new year!
This half term our topic is called Mary Anning and Fossils. Have you ever heard of Mary Anning? The children will be learning all about the wonderful discoveries she made whilst she was alive and the importance of her work for the scientific community.
In Science, we will continue to observe the weather and seasons by visiting the secret garden. You can help your child by talking about what they notice about the changes in seasons. This half term Cool Chloe will help us to learn about everyday materials, what they are used for and how we can group them according to their properties. We will also be carrying out a rather exciting experiment involving everyday items which are often thrown away.
In Art, the children will be learning how to use a variety of different pencil skills in order to recreate light and shade in their drawings. They will also make their own fossils using plaster of paris.
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Thank you for your support
Mrs Smith and Mrs Roach
Maths Home Learning 2022-23
Maths Home Learning w.b. 23.1.23
This week in Maths the Y1s are using their knowledge of number bonds to 10 to find number bonds to 20. Using examples such as 7 + 3, 17 + 3 and 7 + 13 encourages children to see the link between bonds to 10 and bonds to 20, as well as reinforcing their understanding of place value. To support your child, you could provide pots labelled with numbers 1 – 20 and a selection of natural objects. Then ask them to count the correct number of items into each pot. Can they find 2 pots that have 20 items in total? Is there more than one way to do it? Ask them to draw what they have found, perhaps as a part-whole model (they will know what this is).
The Y2s are working on representing multiplication as arrays. An array is a rectangular representation of the calculation i.e. 3 x 5 would be 3 rows of 5 dots. Construction bricks (Lego) are particularly useful for recognising arrays. For example, you could ask your child to find the 4 x 2 brick and then count the studs to find the answer. The children also need to be able to make arrays to find an answer to a multiplication, so you could give them a calculation and ask them to draw or make it (using counters, or the individual round Lego studs).
Maths Home Learning w.b. 30.1.23
This week in Maths the Y1s are learning about doubles and near doubles, with a focus on adding two equal or near-equal quantities together, rather than multiplying by 2. If you wish to support your child in this activity, dominoes are a great resource. Ask your child to find all the doubles from a set, then look at the patterns on the pieces and ask them to name the double. Near-doubles help children to build up their knowledge of number pairs. For example, they can use the double fact that 6 + 6 = 12 to work out 6 + 7 by adding 1 more. They should see that this is a more efficient method than counting on.
The Y2s are learning how to solve division problems practically and record them as number sentences. If you would like to support your child with this, you could suggest practical sharing activities for them to do. For example, sharing out a bunch of 18 grapes equally between 2 people and counting how many each person gets, or sharing 20p between 4 people. The children also need to be practising their 2, 5 and 10 times tables, both in order and out of order.
Maths Home Learning w.b. 6.2.23
This week in Maths the Y1s are looking at how addition and subtraction relate to each other, considering the fact families for numbers and writing number sentences with the ‘=’ at either the end or the start. To help your child practise, you could give them three numbers from a fact family under 20 e.g. 4, 7 and 11. They could then see how many number sentences they could write using those numbers. All children should be able to manage at least two addition and two subtraction.
The Y2s are looking at the relationship between doubles and halves. A good way to practise doubles is with dominoes. Ask your child to find all the doubles from a set, then look at the patterns on the pieces and ask them to name the double. Guide them towards the connection that when they double a number, they multiply by 2 and when they halve a number, they divide by 2. Once they are secure in their understanding of doubling and halving, they can look for patterns and try to predict answers based on known facts, for example “If I know what double 2 is, I can find double 20”.
Maths Home Learning w.b. 20.2.23
This week in Maths the Y1s are learning how to count objects more efficiently by grouping into tens and ones. To support your child, please spend some time practically counting groups of ten (and any left over) from objects such as counters, pasta shapes, small cubes or straws. Building towers of 10 cubes or bundling 10 straws will reinforce the concept of 1 ten being equal to 10 ones. We want them to be able to understand that a 2 digit number is formed by counting the number of groups of ten for the first digit and the ones left over as the second digit, e.g. 3 bundles of straws and 4 left over is equal to 34.
For the Y2s, the focus is on measuring lengths and heights. We start off using nonstandard units, such as cubes, and then begin to look at measuring in centimetres using a ruler. Your child could measure smaller objects (shorter than a ruler) around the house, and record these measurements to the nearest whole centimetre as a number, with the abbreviation ‘cm’. It is essential that they understand the importance of starting from zero when measuring, and that not lining their ruler up correctly will lead to incorrect answers.
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