Ash Class Weekly Update - 22.01.17

Date: 22nd Jan 2017 @ 7:55pm

Hi and welcome to the first blog, I hope you find it useful.

In these blogs I will update you on what we have or will be doing over the weeks in SPaG, phonics and Maths.


In SPaG we have been focusing on the different types of words in sentences. The words we need to know the meaning and function of are verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs. We have looked at what these words do and when we would use them. When we look at them in sentences, we either point to a word and say what type of word it is, or we ask them to find a word. For example:

What type of word is lovely in the following sentence:

What a lovely painting!

an adjective, noun, adverb or verb?

Or can you underline the verbs in the following sentence:

Yesterday was the school sports day and Jo wore her new running shoes.

This one was a tricky sentence as it has 'was' as a verb - we have learnt that is, was and were are tricky verbs that we need to remember as they are a form of the 'to be' verb.

We have learnt these definitions for the types of words:

  • verb - a doing word
  • noun - a person, object or place
  • adjective - a describing word
  • adverb - adds to the verb or describes the verb.


In maths we have looked at bar charts, tally charts and pictograms in statistics, using these to answer questions like which one had the most/least? How many... were there? Which was the most popular etc.

We then moved on to multiplication and divison. We will be focusing on the 2, 5 and 10 times tables for multiplication and division and should be practising these times tables at home so we know them really well! We started with multiplication and the different ways we can represent a calculation like 3 x 5.

  • We can do this using objects or pictures making groups of something eg 3 groups of 5 things.
  • We also know how to represent it as an array - where you have rows and columns of dots or crosses to show the sum, eg 3 rows of 5 dots in each.
  • We also know that multiplication is repeated additon eg 3 x 5 = 5 + 5 + 5.

We can use a range of these methods to solve multplication questions like:

Lucy has 3 packets of sweets with 5 sweets in each, how many sweets does she have altogether?

Or which has more 5 bags with 3 oranges in or 4 bags with 2 oranges in? 

We have stared doing division and I will update you on this next week.


In Phonics we have been going over adding suffixes to words and the rules we need to follow to do this.

We have looked at the ing, est, er and ed suffixes.

When adding suffixes there are certain rules we need to remember, for example the ed suffix:

  • We need to double the final consonant in words that end in a single consonant after a short vowel, eg hop - hopped, skip - grab - grabbed 
  • We need to drop the e before adding ed
  • We need to change y to an i, eg carry - carried 
  • or just add ed

The rules are pretty much the same for the other suffixes, the only one that is different is the 'ing' suffix - you keep the y before adding ing - carrying.

Pracising these will help with our general spelling, looking at the different rules and types of letters in words (consonants and short and long vowels).

I hope this makes as much sense as possible - the children shoudl hopefully be able to explain what a lot of this means but if you do have any questions or would like more examples/clarification of anything please let me know.


Miss Creek


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Kelsall Primary School, Flat Lane, Kelsall, Cheshire CW6 0PU