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Welcome to the Butterflies blog!

Hello, we're the Butterflies and our intervention teachers are Mrs Watts and Mrs Kerbey.

October 2018


Comprehension and understanding 

Some of the children in our groups have been 'reading detectives' this week and have participated in a discussion about pictures and texts.  Look at the picture below.  What is happening in it?


The children discussed what they thought this picture might be showing, who the different characters were, how the different characters were feeling and why, what they might be saying to one another and what might have happened before and after this picture was taken.

It is really important that children understand what they are reading so that they can fully enjoy the stories and books that they read.  When reading at home you could ask some of the following questions.

Before reading: What do you think the story might be about? Why?

                            Is it fiction or non-fiction?

During reading: What is happening in the pictures?

                            What has happened so far?

                            What might happen next?  How do you think it might end?

                            What sort of character is...?  Are they friendly, mean...

After reading: Did you like the book?  Why

                          What was you favourite part?  Why?

                          Why did that character do...?  (give a situation or event from the story)



Extending Sentences

Some of our Year 2 children have been working hard to extend sentences this week by adding noun phrases and conjunctions and by switching the order of their sentences to make their writing more interesting. 

 A noun phrase = an adjective + a noun 

Conjunctions - words that link sentences together e.g. when, because, and, but, while, if etc.

The sentence 'The mouse ate the cheese.'  was extended and improved in the following ways:

The little mouse ate the stinky cheese because he was hungry.

While the ginger cat was sleeping, the hungry mouse ate the soft cheese.

The grey mouse ate the smelly cheese when the little boy left some on his plate.

Can you spot the noun phrases or conjunctions used?

Can you add you own noun phrases and conjunctions to extend the following sentence...?

'The dog barked loudly.'


Knowing your way around a 100 square

This week we have practised being  number detectives so that we can spot the clues when counting in 10's or 1's.  First we played a race to the bottom of the 100 square.  Each person took turns to say if they were going to add 10 more or 1 more. Each player took turns and started counting from the number their partner landed on.  Once someone reached the number 100 they were the winner and then it became a race to see who could get back to the top and land on number 1 first.  This was a really fun way to practise switching from counting in 1's to 10's and knowing if we were counting more or less. Why not have a go at playing this together at home then see if you can finish the number patterns below?

Remember- Look for the clues.  If the 2nd digit changes,  24,  23,  22 we are counting in 1's.  If the 1st digit changes but the 2nd digit remains the same, we are counting in 10's

 92,  82,  72, 


32     33     _    35    _    37    _    39    _

78     77    _     75    _    73    _     71    _

_     35    _     55    _     75   _     _    105

21    _      41    _      61   _     81    _     101

September 2018

Welcome to all of the children who have worked in Butterflies this week with us.  They have been working hard to consolidate their understanding of ordering and sequencing numbers and representing numbers in lots of different ways.


Improving presentation

This week we have been thinking carefully about improving our handwriting so that we can read back our fantastic ideas and so that others can read it too. Here are some helpful tips.

1.  Sit up keeping both feet on the floor

2.  Grip the pencil using your thumb and your second finger, resting it on your third and keeping the others tightly squeezed together

3. Press firmly as you write

4. ALWAYS begin on the line when writing lower case letters, starting with a lead in and ending with a lead out

5. Practise the letters in families of letters that are similar in shape and placement on or through the line.

 Ascenders = b d  h  I  k l  t

Descenders = f  g j  p  q  y

small letters= a c e I m n o r s u v w x z

 curved letters= a c o d g q

Magnificent Maths

Greater than > , Less than>, the same as =

This week some of our intervention groups have been learning how to use the signs to compare the size of different numbers.  An easy way to remember which way to use the sign is to think of it as a crocodiles mouth. The crocodile ALWAYS eats the biggest number first!    5  > 2      3 <   8

Place value and counting in 10's and 1's

Some of our other intervention groups have been thinking about the value of each digit  in a 2 digit number. 

Look at the number 34.  The digit 3 is worth 30 or 3 tens and the 4 is  4 ones.  We have been using this knowledge when adding together 2 digit numbers.  Remember when you add 10 to any 2 digit number the last digit never changes.

There are some great games you can play together at home to really help you understand number click the link below:

Bare Necessities Wiltshire KS1.