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Fact Families, Chalk Pastels and Expanded Noun Phrases!

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We have been super busy this week and our brains have definitely been expanding!!

In Art we have been experimenting with different chalk pastel techniques such as blending, dotting, dashing, smudging and cross-hatching. We have used these techniques and our skills from last week's portrait lesson to make Picasso and Matisse inspired self-portraits where we didn't need to use the proper colours of our faces and hair but could use whichever colours we liked! The results look pretty interesting and have encouraged the children to look at art in a new light!

I don't want to post any photos yet as we would like you to see our art journey when you come in to see our work on the Tuesday after half-term! P.S: I'm sorry for the slight mess we made today...!

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In Maths this week, we have been focusing on 'fact families' - these are three numbers that are a 'family' because together they make two addition and two subtraction number sentences and help us see how numbers can be made up. We were solving problems with them, like spotting the wrong fact, filling in missing numbers and explaining why an answer was right or wrong.

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In English we have been looking at expanded noun phrases. These are phrases that use two or more adjectives to describe a noun. For example, we came up with: The bright, hot sun beamed down on Zahra. We are still getting used to writing these (especially remembering the comma!) and thinking about which words are nouns, adjectives and verbs. Why not ask the children to see if they can spot any nouns, adjectives or verbs in their books when they are reading? The secret word is: tempo

 

Thank you for all your donations this week for Young Minds on World Mental Health Awareness Day and for Harvest too - we are always so grateful for anything you can give to support charities and encourage kindness and thoughtfulness.

As ever, have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday for our last three days of this half-term! My goodness it's flown by!

Miss Everett

 

 

 

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