Scooters, arrays and apostrophes!

So far this term, we have been lucky enough to enjoy a scooter workshop where we learnt about the importance of wearing the right safety gear, and also had the opportunity to watch the professional perform stunts and tricks on his own scooter. We were left feeling inspired! Of course, we were excited to join in the fun by playing team games on our scooters as well.

In maths, we have been learning about the relationship between repeated addition and multiplication. Lots of practical activities with real life objects, cubes and counters have helped us to see and truly understand what multiplication means.

In class, we learn multiplication in this way:

The arrangement of cubes below shows 2 made 5 times, represented in a number sentence as 2 x 5 = 10.

Using the same 10 cubes, we were able to rearrange them to create a new number sentence, 5 made 2 times, represented in a number sentence as 5 x 2 = 10.

We have slowly but surely taken away the cubes to represent this pictorially, drawing arrays.

The children have discovered through their own investigations that we can swap the numbers around when multiplying, learning that we can multiply in any order to get the same total. Understanding that multiplication is commutative is an important aspect which we are trying to embed with the children in as many different ways as possible, using all sorts of objects and pictures.

Next week, we will be further exploring the relationship between multiplication and division.


In grammar, we have been thinking about apostrophes. In particular omissive apostrophes, where we use an apostrophe to show that a letter or letters are missing. We have a simple step-by-step strategy for turning two words into one using an apostrophe, which we call a contraction.

Step 1:

Write the two words. Below, Florence played the part of our ‘finger space’ perfectly.

Step 2:

Remove the fingers space and push the two words together.

Step 3: 

Scrunch up your missing letter (or sometimes missing letters) into an apostrophe.

‘do not = don’t’, as wonderfully demonstrated by the children themselves!

Lots of learning and lots more excitement to come with the Nativity just around the corner. Please can children try their best to learn their line(s) over the weekend, and please remember to bring your script to school everyday so that we can use them for rehearsals. Thank you!

Last, but certainly not least, we have a wonderful new addition to Class 2 in the form of Mrs Simpson who will be working alongside Mrs Truman as an additional teaching assistant. What a treat to have an extra pair of hands to help! She’s excited to get to know the children a little better and has enjoyed her first week at St. John’s.




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