Column subtraction

In maths this week we have been learning how to subtract using the column method. Firstly, we used place value charts to make a number from ten sticks and ones. Then we took away a given number. Sometimes we could subtract without making any changes to the calculation but at other times we had to ‘regroup’ by changing a ten for ten ones before we could subtract the ones. In years gone by, this used to often be called borrowing. There is no home learning over half term but if you wanted to do something to support your child, practice of this method would be very useful for them! There is an example of the method by Vishy shown below. Thank you for your support!


Our class debate

We debated whether circuses in England should be allowed to keep exotic animals or if they should be banned. We discussed and agreed a code of conduct before the debate to ensure each child had the chance to speak freely and fairly and know that their views would be listened to. We practised using rhetorical questions to encourage our listeners to think from the animals’ point of view. After the debate, we held a vote and tallied the outcome, which was the majority  of our class believes animals should not be allowed to travel and perform in circuses. We then discovered that the government have also passed a law that from February 2020, no exotic animals will be allowed to perform in circuses in England.

Handwriting help

During parent consultations, a few of you have asked about how to help your children with handwriting practice. In school we teach the cursive style, with a looped ‘k’ and ‘f’. Each letter starts from the line (often referred to as a ‘lead-in line’) and ends with a flick ready to join to the next letter. In school we practise handwriting regularly but if you’d like to support this more at home we suggest the Twinkl Phonics app which has a handwriting section to guide children through writing and spelling the common exception words for years 1 & 2, and also the Crazy Cursive app which has a free lite version to help children practise the basics. 

Creating circus scenes

In our outdoor learning this afternoon, we used natural resources to create a scene from a circus. We worked together in small teams and discussed what we wanted to depict and how we could do it most effectively. Some groups attmepted more 3D style art work, whereas others used their fingers to draw with the soil. During snack time we had some hot chocolate or water and learnt a new song called ‘Dirty Socks’.

PE with coach Ackie

Today in PE we learnt how to play some tactical team games in the forest. We had to work together and consider each other. We had to think of tactics and agree them to play as a team effectively.

Circus animals

To conclude our learning about the circus, this week we will be thinking about circus animals and the ban that is in place in many countries preventing animals from taking part in shows. We began by using drama and role-play to create freeze frames. We pretended we were animals and their trainers and considered what might be being said or thought from the point of view of both the animals and their trainers.

PE challenges

Each week we have made our circus obstacle course slightly more challenging. We have really improved our balance and coordination this half term.