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Comet Class Weekly News 5th November 2021

Miss Mandelson - 04 Nov 2021

Going back in time...
It was lovely to see the children back after the half-term break...and even lovlier that several of them asked straight away when we could get back to the next part of The Happy Prince.  Such eager children!  It is wonderful to see their love of literature.  This week we have moved on to the part of the story where the prince spots a poor match girl who he is keen to help.  First we took some time to explore another classic tale, this time by Hans Christian Andersen: The Little Match Girl.  This helped us to really imagine what it might have been like for children who were poor in the Victorian times.  Then we returned to our main story, thinking about the plight of the little match girl through music, movement and drama.
 
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We looked carefully at the characters in the illustrations to help us to write contrasting sentences, highlighting the stark difference between rich and poor.  The children created dialogue through their drama work, which they later used in their writing to show how others may have looked down on the little match girl and sneered at her.  Everyone has tried really hard to put themselves into the shoes of the various characters, either by choosing costumes as 'stylists' for others to dress up in or by taking on acting roles.

In spelling and grammar, we have continued to look at uses for apostrophes, sorting words according to whether they contain an apostrophe of possession or an apostrophe of contraction:
 

 
I did not set any spelling homework on Seesaw this week to give some children the chance to catch up on the tasks set before half-term.  Please do always get in touch if you need any support or clarification with homework.  I know technology is not for everyone so please feel free to complete this homework in whichever format works for you.  The children can type their responses or upload photos via Seesaw or submit their homework on good old-fashioned paper.  

In Mathematics, we have moved on to looking at addition and subtraction.  This week the children have been learning why it is so important to know simple number bonds by heart as this can really help us when solving more complex problems involving larger numbers.  We have revisted the idea of  'Buy one, get three free' or, in other words, if we know one fact we can derive three more from it.  For example, from knowing that 3 + 7 = 10, we know that:
300 + 400 = 700, and we also know that 400 + 300 =700, 700 - 300 = 400 and 700 - 400 = 300.
The younger children have been paying particular attention to number facts up to 20 whilst the older children have used their understanding of place value to help them to add and subtract 1s, 10s, 100s and 1000s.  We have also discussed how the inverse operation can be used to check calculations.  Keep practising your mental recall of number bonds everyone!

As ever, we have seen many children 'shining like stars' this week, particularly with their helpfulness around the classroom.  There have also been stars awarded for super work, including beautiful handwriting, some wonderful descriptive writing and great explanations in maths:
 
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Finally it was lovely to welcome Miss Asker into Comet Class on Tuesday.  She was very impressed with how much progress the children have made since she last saw them.  A big thank you also to Mrs Marley who has taught the children whilst I have been working on curriculum projects this week.
Happy bonfire night, everyone!


 
Stay safe.

Miss Mandelson

 

 






 
 
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