Spring Term

What we've been doing in Ennis:
 
 

This week, in Ennis, we are writing rhymes about Princess Eliza 

You can share our chosen text,  

The Princess and The Wizard by Julia Donaldson 

with your child, by clicking on this link. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx2-YQlEJ9c 

Can your child spot any of the rhyming words?

Can your child think of anymore words that rhyme with that word?

Do all the rhyming words use the same spelling pattern?

As we come towards the end of our topic on Knights and Castles

Your child might enjoy exploring this website, telling them how castles have changed over time. 

Happy fact finding  

https://www.exploring-castles.com/castle_designs/

 In Ennis, this week, we are using the text, 'Augustus and the Lion' by Catherine Rayner

We have been spotting words that end with -est (the deepest ocean, the highest mountain) as well as writing noun phrases (the hot desert)

Later this week, we will be spotting words that start with the same sounds  

You can share this story with your child by clicking on this link 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXSjC8dQl8U

In Ennis, we are learning to measure length and height

Some of the children are finding the vocabulary a bit confusing. 

Please refer to the sheet that was in bookbags on Friday

We are using the terms  

long, longer, longest

short, shorter, shortest

tall, taller, tallest 

And we are measuring in m (metres) and cm (centimetres) as well as measuring with cubes 

This website will help your child with their measuring. 

http://flash.topmarks.co.uk/4743

In Ennis, we are coming to the end of our work on fractions 

The children are really good at identifying and shading half and a quarter of a shape.  We know that halves and quarters must be equal or exactly the same. 

Today, some children have been calculating 1/2, 1/4 or even 3/4 of a number. 

Some children have even been investigating thirds. 

This powerpoint below will show you how we have been calculating our numbers.

 

In Ennis we have been learning about fractions 

This site was great when we used it today

Share it with your child

http://resources.hwb.wales.gov.uk/VTC/ngfl/ngfl-flash/fractions/fractions.html

In Ennis, this week, we are learning to identify fractions. 

Children should be able to identify which fraction of a shape is shaded (coloured)

Is is half, quarter, three quarters, a third, two thirds or is the whole shape shaded? 

This interactive game will help your child consolidate their learning with this 

http://www.snappymaths.com/counting/fractions/interactive/halfquartersimm/halfquartersimm.htm

In Ennis, we have been learning to write invitations

We know that we sent invitations to parties but they need to have certain information on them so that people invited know where the party is and what time it happens. 

We are using the text 'The Princess and the Wizard' by Julia Donaldson. In this story, someone forgets to invite the Wizard to the party.

You can share this text with your child by clicking on this link  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx2-YQlEJ9c

In Ennis, we are learning to share. We are using the division symbol.

Talk to your child about how to share equally. Can your child see any links to the times table facts that we have also been learning? 

This link will help your child explore this concept 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=sharingv2

 

 

In Ennis, we have been looking at the Greater than > and Less than < symbol in Maths 

The powerpoint below will help your child secure their understanding of this concept

 

 

This Week:

In Ennis, we are learning about Knights.  

Click on this link : Dress a knight in armour. (Drag and drop armour onto the knight. 

To label a suit of armour, click on "When the knight is dressed". 

http://www.ictgames.com/knightinarmour.html

In Ennis, we are using our times tables in maths

Today, we were using 2p and 10p coins to help us count in multiples of 2 and 10, while other children were also counting in 5s. We know that numbers in the 2x table end with 0, 2, 4, 6 and 8. Numbers in the 10x table end with a 0.Some of us even found out that numbers in the 5x table end with a 0 or a 5 and we worked out that numbers that end with a 0 would be in the 2x, 5x and 10x  tables -- GREAT learning Ennis!

 The 2x table https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUIB-dZRCiA

The 5x table  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCjt1dbhvWU

The 10 x table https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QXT3HjG7pg

20th February 2018

This week, in Ennis, we are learning about jobs that people did inside a castle. This website will introduce the children to some of the people who lived in castles and the sort of things that they did. 

https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/history/castles/who-lived-in-castles/

February 2018:

On Thursday 1st February, Lord Patrick invited Ennis class into his Medieval Castle. The children quickly took to work, making scary clay faces, potions to help them get better, leather pockets, colourful bracelets, and they tried their hands at writing with quills and being illuminators.  Some of us even went outside to hunt for the evil enemy,  Sir Geoffry.  In the afternoon, we had a feast complete with entertainment of singing, juggling and acting.  The children had a wonderful day!

Please see pictures below.

 

 

January 2018:

In Ennis, we are learning about money. The children are learning which coins we have in England and we know that there definitely isn't a 3p coin! We have been describing the different coins and adding up different amounts - maybe you could take us shopping with you?

This website may help your child become familiar with money and how to use it. 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/coins-game

 

Many thanks to the parents and carers  who attended the Phonics Screening meeting with Miss Crellin on 25th January. Children have all been given a pack in their bookbags with helpful information. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask Miss Crellin. Thank you as always for your continued support. Please see above for the Powerpoint presentation.

 

In Ennis, we have been studying the artist Paul Klee. We have been focusing on his picture 'Castle and Sun' as part of our Castles topic.

The children have created some wonderfully interesting designs of their own so far and we can't wait to see their finished products.  

Above is a youtube clip that we watched to help us create our own pictures and attached is a powerpoint with some more information about Paul Klee and his art. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8U_nKK6ZBs

 

In Ennis, we are continuing our work on Castles. 

We know that sometimes, in stories, dragons lived near castles and caused all sorts of trouble!

Our focus text this week is George and the Dragon by Chris Wormell

In this story, fortunately, a tiny mouse named George helped to save the day!

You can share this story with your child by clicking on this link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSI3wpySr5Q

 

We have been learning to say the days of the week and the months of the year in order. 

We have also been learning about different activities - do they take  a minute, an hour, a day or a week to do?

Tied into this is our learning about the different seasons - which months are each season in and what happens in each season? Which month is my birthday? When is Easter? When do most people go on their holidays? and why?

We hope that the following websites and the powerpoint below will help your child with their learning.

The days of the week https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXMofxtDPUQ

The months of the year  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe9bnYRzFvk

 

In Ennis, we are learning to tell the time. 

This is such an important life skill. 

We have begun with reading the time at o'clock but some children are moving on to half past, quarter past, quarter to and even reading the time at 5 minute intervals. 

The powerpoint below may help you help your child learn to tell the time

We have been learning the story of Rapunzel: 

You can share this story with your child  by clicking on this link 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-DJaZNzvTc

We got out new topic off to a flying start!

Lots of children came into school dressed in 'castle character' costumes.   

The children all shared some amazing facts that they already know about castles and they all asked questions showing us what they want to learn. Lots of children want to know if they had toilets in castles! 

We can't wait to get learning!

Children in Year 1 and some Year 2 children have been learning how to spell 2 syllable words.

2 syllable words are made from two different words but form a new word when they are pushed together. 

Can your child read the different words, then push them together and then spell the words in the powerpoint?