Good morning! Today we are continuing with the apostrophe work from last week, this time looking at contractions. Hopefully it will be a more of a practical maths session for people today as the children test out the capacity of different containers. The children have also been challenged to learn their colours in French. As always, get in touch if you need any help :)
This week, we will continue with apostrophes as our grammar focus. Last time we looked at apostrophes for possession, for example, the girl’s name or Mrs Bell’s bag. This week we are looking at them for contraction. This is when two words are put together to make a shorter word, for example: do not – don’t
Now identify the words in this passage that can be contracted. Rewrite the passage using the correct contractions.
It’s my party!
We are having a birthday party just for me today! This is not my real birthday. It is April 12th and I will be 8 years old. I invited many friends. They are all coming, but not Alex. He is on a trip with his family and cannot come. I do not know what kind of cake Mum got me. She is keeping it a surprise and that is okay because I like surprises. Dad and Mum told me not to peek at my birthday gift and I have not, even when I really wanted to. I am excited for today to start. It will be so much fun.
Or why not try this 'fishing' for contractions game. Make your own fish to put in a decorated shoe box, or use the template provided. Then attach a paper clip on to the mouths so you can catch the fish! Once you've caught one, try to use the word in a sentence/spell the word/say the 2 words that have been contracted etc.
Maths: Reading Scales of capacity
Estimate the amount of liquid in the containers
Now is the perfect time to do some practical maths at home. Find a range of different things: different size bottles, pans, buckets, etc.
First, estimate how much capacity you think they would hold.
Then measure it out and see how close you were.
When measuring focus on millilitre and litres.
Make yourself a little grid like shown below:
As the children move through KS2, they will be introduced to a new language. At Westonzoyland we teach French. I thought this would be a good opportunity to learn some basics, starting with the colours in the rainbow (please note, the song is in a slightly different order to the sheet, it was the closest I could find!)