# Ash Class Weekly Update - 29.01.17

**Date:** 29th Jan 2017 @ 5:28pm

Hello, I hope you found the last blog useful, here is a slightly updated one, though a lot of what we have done this week is similar to the previous week.

**SPaG**

We are still looking at the different word types: verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs and will continue to work on these. Especially those tricky verb words 'is, was, were, are'.

We have also looked at the use of commas in a sentence. Specifically how they are used to separate items in a list. For example we played the game 'I went to the shop and bought...' and then put this into a sentence, using a comma to separate each item.

- I went to the shop and bought a banana, milk, a toy and sweets.

We then used these in our literacy writing. In literacy we are currently doing persuasive writing - persuading people to go the circus so we used commas to separate the items in the list of things you could see/do/eat at the circus eg

- At the circus you can see jugglers, tightrope walkers, acrobats and magicians.

We have taught that you put a comma after each item and then an 'and' between the last two. We also linked this activity to alliteration, adding in adjectives to the nouns in the sentences eg

- At the circus you can see
**jazzy**jugglers,**tremendous**tightrope walkers,**amazing**acrobats and**marvelous**magicians.

**Phonics**

We have continued with looking at the rules for adding suffixes as well as learning about using apostrophes to show missing letters in contractions.

E.g.

- could not - couldn't
- he is - he's
- they are - they're

We will be continuing to look at these over the next week too.

**Maths**

In maths we have carried on with multiplication and division, focusing more on division. With division we have taught it in 3 different ways for example 20 ÷ 5, we have taught as

- sharing - how many would you get if you shared 20 by 5 - so have 5 circles for example and put a dot in each circle until you have done 20 dots, then see how many dots you have in each circle.
- grouping - how many groups of 5 can you make - you could do this by drawing 20 crosses and drawing round them in groups of 5. or draw 5 dots in a group and seeing how many of those groups you can make.
- repeated subtraction - on a number line take 5 away each time then see how many 5s you could take away.

We have also started to look at the relationships between multiplication and division. Knowing that multiplication is commutative ( you can swap the numbers you are multiplying around to get the same answer, eg 4 x 5 = 5 x 4) and that division isn't (you cannot swap the numbers you are dividing by around eg 20 ÷ 5 is not the same as 5 ÷ 20)

As well as learning that they are inverse operation (opposite operations) so if you know that 4 x 5 = 20, then you also know that 20 ÷ 5 - 4. A good way to show this is to do 4 x 5 first by drawing 4 boxes with 5 in and asking them to work out the answer and then get them to do 20 ÷ 5 using grouping, so how many groups of 5 can they make and they should see that what they have drawn is very similar.

4 x 5 =

x x x x x | x x x x x | x x x x x | x x x x x |

Then 20 ÷ 5

x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x

How many groups of 5 have you made?

Again if you have any more questions or need any more examples/help with any of the concepts don't hesitate to ask.

Miss Creek