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Week Ending 27th November 2020
This week in maths we have been learning all about 2D shapes. The children have been brilliant at naming shapes and identifying their properties and have got to grips with lots of tricky vocabulary! The children have challenged themselves by identifying shapes in different orientations. They have also learnt that not all examples of the same shape look similar and they have explored this idea by counting the number of sides and vertices on irregular shapes.
In English, the children have been imagining that their favourite toys have come to life! They have used their knowledge of instruction texts to plan and write their own set of instructions for how to look after their imaginary pet ensuring they included features such as numbered steps and imperative (bossy) verbs.
In Science, we have started to apply what we have learnt about materials and their properties to plan an investigation. The children are exploring the question ‘Which material is best at keeping hot chocolate warm?’ and have decided on materials such as tin foil and bubble wrap to put to the test next week! They have all made a prediction about which materials they think will be best and worst- I wonder if they will be correct!
It has been great to see the foundation stage children using what they have learnt in phonics and maths to support their play. Lots of the children have been independently counting as well as writing numbers and letters to caption their drawings- well done!
Week Ending 20th November 2020
This week in class 1 we had a talk via a zoom video call from the Blue Cross about how to take care of pets. The information the children learned will help them when it comes to writing their own instruction text next week.
In maths, we have been practising our skills of addition and subtraction. We tried out a fun new game of ‘big maths, beat that!’ where each day we have a go at answering some number facts within a set time, then the following day we need to try to beat our personal best. It comes with a fun theme tune!
The foundation stage children have been working hard in phonics to learn their new sounds, writing the letters and blend sounds into words. Well done to everyone who has been practising at home with their letter tubs. The children were all excited to take home their first proper reading book this week. Please help them to practise reading it daily.
We were very lucky to be visited by an astronaut on Wednesday! She landed her space lander a couple of fields away because the battery needed charging. While Mrs Bruce helped her to charge the battery she stopped to talk to us about what life is like on the international space station. She showed us some of the items in her backpack and explained what they were for. The children were gripped by her story. Thank you to Theatre Alibi for providing us with this experience.
Week Ending 13th November 2020
This week in English, Class One have been working really hard on remembering their capital letters and full stops in all of their writing. They have looked at some features of instruction texts and written their own- the Year 2s have also been including some humour in their writing!
The Key Stage 1 children have been focussing on subtraction in maths and learning different strategies to help solve calculations. I have been extremely impressed with how methodically the children have been approaching the problems. In EYFS, the children have been learning all about the number 6 and hunting for 6 both inside and outside of the classroom.
Our Science topic for this half term is ‘Everyday Materials’ and the children loved becoming investigators this week and hunting around our school for different objects. The children worked brilliantly in teams and were able to identify lots of different objects made out of wood, metal, plastic, glass and fabric.
In music, the children have been exploring how to make different sounds with the djembes. We talked about how we can play different areas of the drums to change the sound and how we can alter the dynamics by playing harder or softer. We used these skills to begin creating a class composition based on the weather- anyone walking by would have thought there was a terrible storm brewing!
Week Ending 6th November 2020
This week Class One started learning about a new text in English; How to wash a wooly mammoth. We had lots of fun pretending to be zoo keepers and woolly mammoth, explaining how to take care of them.
In maths we have been continuing to learn about addition and subtraction, exploring different strategies to help us with our calculations. Foundation stage have been practising their numbers to 5, representing them with counting objects.
Mr Gibbs kick started the gymnastics unit by teaching the children how to make shapes with their bodies. They learned the special names for the shapes as well. In our computing lesson we had a go at logging in to google classroom ahead of their online homework task to complete over the weekend. Good luck. Don't worry if you face any problems, we will iron them out together.
Week Ending 23rd October 2020
The EYFS have had a great week learning all about the number 5 in maths and working super hard in their phonics sessions!