Author Archives: g.johns

Right Angles

We have been busy finding right angles in our environment.  We made a right angle finder to help us.  Take a look at what we found.

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.)

Aladdin Lamps – Finished

The children produced beautiful and creative Aladdin lamps.  Take a look below at the finished products – the children were all so proud. ;)

Aladdin Lamps

aladin lamp

We had a great time making our very own Aladdin lamps, we had written instructions on how to make them so we knew exactly what we had to do.  We used our armatures (frames) to put the clay onto and spent a lovely morning smoothing the clay out, adding a base and a handle for the lid and finally etching into the wet clay with a selection of different tools.  We had to take care to not let the clay dry out, so we used a water spray to keep it damp enough to work with.

Take a look at the photos below of use creating our armatures and then completing the lamps by working with clay.

Repeating Patterns

The children have been busy exploring pattern.  They have used items from our classroom environment to make their own repeating patterns, they even took their own photos of their work!

Riding a Magic Carpet!


We took a magical ride on our very own magic carpets today!  The children thought carefully about the order that they would need to do things in and were very safety conscious (all were fitted with seat belts). Take a look at the photos of the children flying their carpets to their own very special destinations.