Saturday, 24 May 2014

Dosbarth KS/JW

This week we have been-

Maths- adding and subtracting 1,10 and 100 and our 8 and 9xtable. 
Science- looking at what worked and didn't work with our investigation and how we can improve it next time.

Over the half term don't forget you can use the Scratch website to start creating your own animations and you can practise creating sprites and backgrounds. This will help and prepare you for when we continue this in school.

Remember you can also use the Purplemash website to practise your adding, subtracting and timestables. You might also like to use the templates on there to write a recount/ letter/ postcard to someone about your half term.

It might also be a good idea to practise tying up shoelaces this half term too! This will really help the children with their independence and ease and speed of getting ready after swimming sessions as well as PE sessions. 

After half term we will continue with our swimming and hockey sessions but will also be taking part in a series of football sessions on a Thursday pm with Andy Beattie. Please ensure your child has their football kit with them on a Thursday, however we will remind them again when we start back. 

Keep on reading and learning your spellings and timestables please and enjoy your half term! 

Friday, 23 May 2014

Dosbarth Mrs Cotton home learning we 23.5.14

This week we have

Maths - doubles of numbers to 5
K&U - planning an investigation and making a prediction
Literacy - writing a thank you letter

Activities to try at home.

Maths - ask you child doubles of numbers starting with double 1. Encourage your child to use their fingers. All the children were able to show doubles up to 5 with some children able to double larger numbers. Write some double sums 1 + 1 = 2, 2 + 2 = 4. See if your child can carry on the doubles. You could use objects or draw spots to help your child.

Literacy - after reading The Snail and The Whale, the children wrote thank you letters to the Whale. We looked at how letters start with Dear ... Have a look, do you have examples of letters in your house to show your child. Maybe you could have a go at writing a thank you letter to someone you know to say thank you for something they have done for you.

With our class assembly only a couple of weeks after half term, please continue to help your child learn their lines. Many of them are remembering their words but need to be encouraged to say them a lot louder. Please help them with this at home, thank you.

Have a lovely half term.

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Home Learning W/E 23.5.14 Dosbarth Mrs Miles

This week we have been learning about-

Literacy- Writing letters.

Numeracy- Gathering and recording data. Times tables- 2, 3, 5, and 10. Partitioning numbers.

Knowledge and Understanding- Researching local landmarks.

How to help your child at home-

Next term we will be continuing out topic on Treasure Island. We will also be finding out about the country of Brazil and the World Cup. So if you could support your child to find out anything to do with Brazil- money, climate, language, etc. Also any interesting facts about the World Cup. We will continue with football after half term. Andy Beatie will be supporting the children to improve their skills.

The children had a great time visiting Harold's Stones and a Planetarium that came to the school this week.

Enjoy the half term.

Dosbarth 1 Miss Foster Home Learning W/E 23.5.14

This week we have been learning about:



Digital time

Turning movements and direction

 Knowledge and Understanding-

The Seaside now and then- finding out about the seaside in the past.

How to help your child at home-


We used ananlogue and digital clocks this week to tell the time. We talked about o'clock being :00 on a digital clock and half past being :30. We did lots of counitng in fives around the clock. Practise with clocks you may have at home, some children went on to quarter past :15, but as long at they understand o'clock and half past that would be great at this stage.

If you type in 'digital clocks ks1' into a search engine, the first option that appears is Topmarks Education, if you select Class Clock then, which is the first option again. They used this in class.

We used 'clockwise' and 'anti-clockwise' to describe direction. We also looked at turing movements of- ¼, ½ and full turn. Use an object at home, like a wooden spoon, to turn and ask your child to tell you what turn has happened,e.g ½ or full, some will now be able to use clockwise and anti-clockwise. Swap so they have to turn the spoon the instruction you tell them.  

Knowledge and Understanding

We talked about things we do and see at the seaside and how this had changed from things that happened 100 years ago. In particular we looked at clothes and past times. We found out about bathing machines, the children were fascinated by them! See what else you can find out about the seaside from 100 years ago. Perhaps they could make a little now and then picture to show the changes. We will be looking more at this next half term.

It's been a busy week with class photogrpahs and a great experience on Thursday seeing a planetarium!

Have a lovely half term!

Home Learning Dosbarth Mr. Green
Week beginning   19/5/14
This week's spellings will be found in your child's homework book.
The sound words your child needs to work on are found in their homework log. They will be tested on the fi rst Monday after half term along with chosen high frequency words that will be given in school. Please write these words in sentences.
Numeracy – Please practice x3, x6 and x9 times tables for a test after half term.
Class assembly: Our assembly will be on the 24th June which isn't that far away so please could your child contiune to learn their words and lyrics for songs during the half term.
Five house points will be awarded on completion of work.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Dosbarth 1 Miss Foster Home Learning W/E 16.5.14

This week we have been learning about:



3D shapes and their properties

Using number bonds to 10 to add to the next multiple of ten

Adding and subtracting by bridging 10, so if they know that 6+4=10, then they can easily add 6+5 as they know the answer will be one more than 10 because 5 is one more than 4.

 Knowledge and Understanding-

Report writing about a sea creature, using the internet and books to find facts about an animal.

Throwing and catching skills

Welsh-Beth sy yn bocs? What is in the box and being able to say what is in it, Mae.... yn y bocs


Invitations and thank you letters

How to help your child at home-


We looked adding to the next ten by using our knowledge of bonds to 10. So if there was a sum such as 27+?=30, they could look at the units in 27 and know that 7 and 3 made a 10. I left the answer off the sums too so they get used to knowing the next multiple of 10 after a number, so 32+?=? Try some of these.

Re cap names of 3D shapes by finding things at home that are cubes, cuboids, spheres etc. Seeing 'real-life' objects is much more meaningful to them.

Knowledge and Understanding

As part of our work on electricity, have a look at there are a few nice interactive things to look and do here. We looked at it in class so they should be able to use independently.

I will send their boxes for Welsh that they made home, so ask them to practise and teach you how to ask 'what's in the box?' and how to answer. Also how to ask 'is there something in the box.'  So, 'Oes... yn y bocs?'

 Apologies the blog is late.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Dos. KS/JW week ending 16/5/14

This week we have been learning:

Maths : 8 times tables

ICT : creating a storyboard for an animation

PE: practising our kicking, dribbling and trapping the ball skills.

How you can help at home:

Maths: Practise counting forwards and backwards in 8s. Once this is secure recite the 8 times table and ask someone to test you in and out of order.
If you go shopping, try to find the best value for all the items. For example if you need a tin of baked beans, decide if it is better value to buy one tin or is the multipack price a better value. Is there an offer? Is there a buy one get one free offer or a buy three for the price of two?

ICT: Now you have created your storyboard , you will start your animations next week. Go onto the "scratch" website and watch a few more animations to give you inspiration!

PE: Enjoy the sun this weekend and get out and practise those ball skills. You can either have a kick around in the garden or you can create your own game incorporating those skills just like we did in the lesson.

Have a great weekend and see you on Monday!

How you can help at home:

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Friday, 16 May 2014

Dosbarth Mrs Cotton Home Learning W.E 16.5.14

This week we have been learning

K&U - comparing land and sea
Maths - counting to 20 and beyond
RWInc - using known sounds in independent writing

K&U - have a look at some maps together either on the internet or in an atlas and identify the land and the sea. The children have really enjoyed locating and naming the oceans - see if you can find them together on your map.

Maths - the children have been counting and writing numbers to 20 and having a go at counting on further. The teen numbers are really tricky to write! Have a go at this together at home, both in and out of order. Once confident at numbers to 20, see if your child recognises numbers above 20, can they write the numbers?

RWInc - encourage your child to begin to put the sounds they know into their writing. Discuss which sound they think they need and use their Fred fingers to spell the words. Put the words they are spelling into a sentence. Remember to keep learning the sounds and words sent home in the sound folders.

Just a reminder - our class assembly is Thursday 19th June at 9.30am and not 20th May. I will be sending costume letters and words to learn with your child next week.
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Dosbarth Mrs Miles Home Learning W/E 16.5.14

This week we have been learning about-

Literacy- Writing letters and descriptive posters.

Numeracy-Problem solving, Addition of 19 and 21 to 2 digit numbers.

Knowledge and Understanding-Creating a treasure map and using coordinates.

How to help your child at home-

Literacy- Please could you help your child to prepare for a presentation to last for about 3- 4mins. I have asked the children to talk about a topic of interest. It could be about their pet, hobby, holiday, favourite place etc. It doesn't have to be elaborate or technical. The aim is for the children to be able to engage and talk to an audience. The children can use photographs, pictures, artefacts etc to enhance their presentation. We will commence these next week and continue after half term. The children can complete the presentations when they feel ready.

Numeracy- Adding 20 to a 2 digit number. Then complete these quickly by adding 20 and taking away 1. -  34+19     45+19     78+19 etc.  Rpt with addition of 21 by adding 20 and then adding 1.

Practise 3x tables. Try completing out of order and backwards.  

On Monday we will be visiting Harold's Stones. Please can you make sure that the children have wellingtons. Thank you.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Dosbarth Mrs Miles W/E 9.5.14

This week we have been really busy with Literacy and Numeracy Tests. I was really proud of the children's perseverance and concentration skills. 

This week we have been learning about-

Literacy- Writing about Harold Stones. Discussing the Myths and Legends about the stones. Researching the sculpture Giocometti.

Knowledge and Understanding- Minibeast Hunt. Mapping skills.

Numeracy- Identifying multiples of 5 and 10.

How to help your child at home-

Literacy- Next week is Genre Week. So we will be looking at the language and text features of different letters. Perhaps the children could learn to write their address.

Numeracy- Choose a number above 50 and a multiple of 5. For eg.- 75. Can you write down 5 facts about this number- in between 74 and 76, odd number etc. Choose another number (multiple of 10).

Knowledge and Understanding- Can you find out about the life cycle of a butterfly?

Please can you ensure that children have an indoor and outdoor PE kit in school at all times. Also if your child attends Multi-sports, could they have their PE kit in the next day. An alternative colour is acceptable. Thank you.

Dosbarth KS/JW w/e 9.05.14

This week we have been busy with the National Literacy and Numeracy tests and we are very proud and thankful to the children for their hard work and effort this week in doing them. 

Next Wednesday we are taking a trip to Tesco to explore and learn more about the produce and the process of it being made and transported. We will be back in time for lunch, so please bring in the consent form and money as soon as possible if you haven't already done so.

It is Genre week next week and we will be looking at letters. This in turn will allow us to complete our Big Write on Thursday instead of Friday where we will be writing a thank you letter to Tesco. You can help at home by looking at examples and features of letters. 

Swimming and Hockey will go ahead as normal next Friday so please remember to wear your tracksuit (something warm) to school with your school uniform in a bag to change into once we get back. 

Please keep reading and learning your spellings and timestables at home and you might also like to have a look at some of the Maths activities on Purple Mash as previously mentioned.

Please can PE kits be in school every day incase of nice weather and we decide to go outside.

Have a nice weekend 

Dosbarth Mrs Cotton Home Learning w.e. 9.5.15

This week we have been learning

Maths - adding 1,2 or more by counting on from a given number.
Welsh - sorting things Mawr (big) and Bach (small)
K & U - beginning to learn about animals who live in the sea

Activities to try at home:
Maths - say a number up to 20 and ask your child to tell you 1 more by counting on. Once they are confident then you could use higher numbers and also ask them to tell you 2 more, 3 more. Write some numbers on a piece of paper and then ask your child to write 1 more than that number and then 1 less. When out and about look for numbers, ask your child 1 more than or 1 less than that number.

Welsh - set up two sorting circles, you could use skipping ropes/hoops or draw chalk circles on the floor outside. Label one Mawr and one Bach ask your child to find objects to put in the correct circle. Count how many objects you can find, which circle has the most/least.

K&U - we are starting to find out about animals who live in the sea or around our seashore. Next week we will start to put our fact files together and are going to find out about dolphins. Maybe you could carry out some research at home to bring into school next week.

We are looking for a lobster pot for our aquarium role play area in school! If you have anything that we could possibly use then it would be great if you could send it in. Also if you have any dressing up outfits relating to the sea; snorkels, flippers, wetsuits and you are happy for us to you them in school then please send them in. Thank you.
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Dosbarth 1 Miss Foster Home Learning W/E 9.5.14

This week we have been learning about:



Adding/subtracting multiples of 10 to any two digit numbers

Counting on and back in tens from any 2 digit number

Knowledge and Understanding-

An acrostic poem of SEALIFE/OCEAN using interesting vocabulary

Dangers of electricity and how to stay safe

Researching a sea-creature in preparation to write a report about it next week


How to help your child at home-


Practise counting on and back in tens from any 2 digit number, so 3, 13, 23, 33, or 87, 77, 67 etc.

We looked at adding or taking away 11 this week by adding/taking away 10 first and then adding/taking away 1 more to make 11. They need to see this written down rather than mentally at this stage, some may find it hard without a 100 square too.

Knowledge and Understanding

Have a look at there are a few nice interactive things to look and do here. We looked at it in class so they should be able to use independently.

Perhaps they could make a list of 5 top tips for how to stay safe when using electricity.

Most children began thinking about a sea creature this week; including writing down some facts that they found out from using the computer and books. Next week they will be writing a report about it, using heading and pictures so perhaps they could do some more research ready for this.

Next week we will be looking at letter writing, so perhaps talk about how to set out a letter and what sorts of letters you may receive or write, such as thank you letters, letters of complaint etc.


I really hope you enjoyed our class assembly on Wednesday, all the children performed brilliantly and I was extremely proud of them all. Thanks for your help with learning lines and costumes. 

Monday, 5 May 2014

Home Learning Dosbarth Mr. Green
Week beginning   5/5/14
This week's spellings will be found in your child's homework book.
The sound words your child needs to work on are found in their homework log. They will be tested next Monday along with chosen high frequency words that will be given in school. Please write these words in sentences.
The Big Write this week will be a play script for a scene based on a flight into space. Your child can research information based on space flight and the format for play scripts to help them with this. This is part of our topic on 'Explorers'.

Numeracy – Please practice the x4, x6 x7 times tables for a test next week.

Can your child start learning their parts and lyrics for our class assembly in June.  

Finally, it has been brought to my attention that some children still haven't carried out their oral presentations. They will have an opportunity to present over the next few weeks. Thank you. 
Five house points will be awarded on completion of work.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Dosbarth KP/RM Week Ending 2nd May

This week we have been: 
Looking at work that in literacy and numeracy to help us feel comfortable completing our forthcoming assessments.
for further information please don't forget to take a look at
We had a great day at The Wild Place, even if it was a little wet! the children were a credit!
Welsh: we have been working very hard looking at a dialogue at a travel agent and have begun planning our own. These will be recorded next week so if necessary take some time at home to develop these further.
Talking Homework: there will not be a 'Big Write' next Friday as we will be completing the Reading Test.
Outdoor PE KIt is needed throughout the week.
As our residential trip to Gilwern is rapidly approaching please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Dosbarth Mrs Cotton Home Learning w.e 2.5.14

This week we have been learning

Maths - taking away a 1 digit number from 10
K&U - floating and sinking

Activities to try at home

Maths - give your child ten objects, you could use buttons, pasta shapes, smarties and then write the numbers 0 to 10 on a piece of paper and cut up. Encourage your child to select a number and then take this number away from the objects. Ask your child how many are left? Once they are confident in this activity start writing down the number sum eg. 10 - 4 = 6. Challenge your child to go to 20 once they are happy with taking away from10.

K&U - together set up a bowl of water or when in the bath give your child a number of different objects you don't mind getting wet. Ask them if they think it's going to float or if it is going to sink. See if they are correct. Together discuss which objects floated on the top and which objects sunk to the bottom. Did more things float or sink? If you like you could record this on a simple table under the headings floating and sinking.

Thank you for the items you have sent into school either for the topic or for enhancing our resources. If you have any whisks/wooden spoons/saucepans/funnels/measuring jugs which you don't want back then we would welcome them in school to use outside. Also if you have any information books about the sea or fish for our topics which we could borrow during our topic then please send them in next week - please write your child's name in the book so it is easily returned. Thank you

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Friday, 2 May 2014

Dosbarth 1 Miss Foster Home Learning W/E 2.5.14

This week we have been learning about:



Saying a number between a pair of multiples of 10 and saying between which pair of multiples of ten any 2 digit number would come

Finding halves and quarters of numbers

Knowledge and Understanding-

Electricity- what items use it and what they need it to do

How many sockets are around the school

Sea creatures-developing our 'Sea Aquarium' role play area

How to help your child at home-


Give your child a pair of multiples of ten, such as 10 and 20 or 40 and 50 and ask them to give you a number that would come between them. Then change it so you give them any 2 digit number and they tell you what multiple of ten is either side, so for 24 it would be between 20 and 30.

Re cap finding halves of even numbers below 20, most are great at recalling these mentally now, some may still need to share objects into two groups to find the answer.

Ask them to find ¼ of numbers such as 8 or 12 or 20. We talked about sharing into four equal groups, so as long as they have objects they can do this. One or two bright sparks realised that if they half a number and half it again it's the same as finding a 1/4!

Knowledge and Understanding

Talk about items in your home that use electricity- does your houses run off mains? Perhaps you could make a tally chart to show which room in your house has the most electrical items it?

Could they begin finding out some facts about a sea-creature that interests them- perhaps where it would live, what it eats, if it lays eggs etc?

Thanks so much for the items some of you have sent in already for our topic this term, they are great and really appreciated.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Dosbarth Mrs Miles W/E 2.5.14

This week we have been learning-

Literacy- Writing a science report.

Numeracy- Measuring fluid using standard units. Counting in 2's and 3's.

Knowledge and Understanding- Drawing maps and using coordinates to identify specific landmarks.

How to help your child

Numeracy- Looking at the scales on a jug and identifying which standards of measurements are used. How many millilitres in a litre? How many millilitres in 1/2 a litre? How many ml in 2 litres? How many millilitres in 4 Litres? Also looking at various bottles and containers at home to find out how much liquid is in them. For eg.- shampoo, water bottles, squash etc. Continue to learn 2 and 3x tables, as children are taking it in turns to recite them.

Literacy- Next week we will be researching Pirates from the past and creating a wanted poster. What is your pirates name? Where did he live? What does he look like?

Knowledge and Understanding- Draw a simple map of your garden and name some of the things that you can see. Can you name any of the flowers, shrubs or trees in your garden?