Ash Class Weekly Update 05.02.17

Date: 5th Feb 2017 @ 4:28pm


I hope you enjoyed the share the learning afternoon last week and enjoyed seeing all the fantastic work the children have been doing. We have been working very hard this week on a number of different things and I have been so impressed with how they have all been getting on.


Our SPaG this week has focused on the 4 different sentence types that we need to know about, some of them are very tricky – even Miss Creek (and Mr Wearing) had to get their heads around them. The four sentence types are:

  • Statement
  • Command
  • Question
  • Exclamation


Statements are sentences that simply tell you something e.g.:

  • The dog was very big.
  • There were lots of clouds in the sky. 


A command tells you to do something and usually start with a verb:

  • Brush your teeth.
  • Put your bag away.


Ask you something. They have a ? at the end which shows you are asking a question.

  • Why is your bedroom so messy?
  • Would you like to go to the park?


Now exclamations are the tricky ones, they are sentences that exclaim something, they must start with HOW or WHAT, include a verb and end with an exclamation mark. These sentences usually include those tricky verbs we have been looking at: is, was, be, were, are.

  • How exciting it is going to be!
  • What a lovely day it is! 
  • How wonderful to see you!
  • What a fantastic show it was!
  • How silly it was to do that!

I have some posters that explain the 4 sentence types and a sheet explaining the different terms we use in year 2, if you would like a copy of any of these please let me know.


At the beginning of the week we carried on with multiplication and division, in particular looking at the relationship between them. So for example

If they know that 5 x 7 = 35, they also know that:

  • 7 x 5 = 35
  • 35 ÷ 5 = 7
  • 35 ÷ 7 = 5

We can use the bar model to help us with this

5 5 5 5 5 5 5

This shows us that

  • 7 lots of 5 = 35,
  • or that 35 split into groups of 5 gives you 7 groups
  • or 35 shared between 7 boxes gives you 5 in each box.

Knowing these links helps us to solve missing number problems e.g. 5 x ? = 35. This question is asking us how many 5s are in 35, so we could count in our 5s to work this out.

Or 35 ÷ ? = 5, this is asking us what have we shared 35 by to get 5, we would work this out by doing the same thing, how many 5s are in 35 by counting in our 5s.   

Towards the end of the week we moved onto money. So far we have looked at the different coins and their values and have found different combinations of coins to make the same amount.

For example asking questions like:

  • What coins could you use to make 50p?
  • How many different ways can you do it?

For this type of maths, any real life practice they get will be a great help. Ask them to add up the coins in your purse. Get them to buy things in the shop with the exact amount of coins. Get them to set up a shop at home where they have a go at being the shopkeeper – checking the amounts of money you give them – possibly giving change if you pay too much. Practically adding amounts of money together with the coins to help at first if they need it, e.g. if they bought something for 49p and another thing for 90p how much did they spend altogether?

We will be carrying on with this next week.

Ms Hewitt wrote:

This is great. Please could I have a sheet explaining the terms you use & the sentence types? Sophia explains it well but the background will be useful.

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