Monthly Archives: April 2017

Character Descriptions!

This week the children have been busy writing character descriptions of Grandma from George’s Marvellous Medicine. The children started off by planning their ideas using a ‘Writer’s Toolkit’, where they thought about similes, 2A sentences, alliteration and other exciting features to include. On Wednesday, the children wrote their character descriptions and then on Thursday they redrafted part of it to improve it and make it even better.

The final job was to write up the character descriptions in best, with a little illustration of Grandma. Have a look and see what you think, we are really proud of how hard the children have worked on this writing!

Fact Families

fact family

Next week in Maths we will be exploring addition and subtraction again.  The children will learn about how they can use the ‘inverse’ to find missing numbers and to create fact families.

We make fact families using three numbers that work together to give 4 number sentences that are all true.  Below is an example of a fact family:

34 + 14 = 48

14 + 34 = 48

48 – 14 = 34

48 – 34 = 14

If the children are given a number sentence 34 + 14 = 48 and are asked to find the missing number in 48 – ___ = 34, they should make the connection that the missing number is 14 because they know that 48 – 34 = 14 & 14 + 34 = 48.

Check out the following game where the children can practise making fact families for addition and subtraction.

(They can also practise making them for multiplication and division if they want to.)