Thursday, 20 August 2015

Our Learning Foci This Week

This week we have been posing problems to encourage multiplicative thinking. Some of us have been using materials to make groups, some of us have been drawing pictures and some of us are learning to use our known multiplication facts. All of us are using the language "groups of", with the understanding that 5 x 2 means 5 groups of 2.

This is an example of the type of problems we have been solving.

We have been exploring the geometric concepts of reflection, rotation, translation and tessellation.

Our target writing workshops have been based around learning more about sentences. Some of us have been consolidating our understanding of what a simple sentence is. We have been focusing on the concept of a sentence being one idea. We have also been remembering to start our sentences with a capital letter and end with a full stop ( although we know sometimes a sentence can also end with a question or exclamation mark or an ellipsis...).
The rest of us have been learning how to extend our sentences and write compound sentences using conjunctions.

We have had a lot of fun learning about homophones. Homophones are words which sound the same but have different meanings and are spelt differently. For example dear/dare and deer. Some of us have really got into this and have created some very long lists!!