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This week as part of Eco-Week the children have planted a seed using the recycled pots that they had brought into school. We spoke about sustainability and recycling or reusing to help our planet. In Maths we have been learning about money and in Literacy we were pleasantly surprised by some great acting during our ‘Pirate Hot Seating’ activity. The story we read this week was called The Pirate Next Door.
Thank you to the families that supported reading at home over the Easter holidays. We hope you had a good Easter break. This week the children went on a hunt to find clues. The clues formed a sentence that led them to some hidden treasure. Who left it there?! The children are now very excited about our new topic; Adventures. In Numeracy we have been halving shapes and quantities. This week we have also been revising identifying words that rhyme and creating ‘rhyming strings’. We have been focusing on words with digraphs and/or clusters and longer words, for example words with more than one syllable.
This week the children have been exploring the concept of sharing practically in Maths. They have also begun to record their workings when solving different division number sentences. This included drawing models to represent how they had been sharing practically. In Literacy we have had small groups of children reading an interactive story about ‘Paula the Vet.’ We focused on the children’s comprehension and rhyming skills. Tomorrow they will watch a video clip about a Veterinarian being interviewed. They will then write a sentence about something they learnt.
We are pleased to announce that the netball team won their match by 3-2 this afternoon against St.Peter’s School.
St.Peter’s hosted the match and we were impressed by their good sportsmanship. They also chose Scarlett as our player of the match, who plays goal attack. Thank you so much to the parents, aka paparazzi! – what a great turn out! Your support means a lot to the children.
Thank you to those of you who attended the Art Exhibition in the hall Friday after school and this morning.
International Week was really successful. Reception focussed on Mali, in Africa. They made clay replicas of the Djenné Mosque and reproduced a piece of artwork called ‘Les Marcheurs’ (The Walkers), by Malian textile based artist Abdoulaye Konaté. We were also wowed by their artwork produced during the parent workshops, including Pablo Picasso inspired portraits and Panda enclosures.
This week the children completed some unaided writing. They were given a picture linked to our topic; 999 Emergency and then responded independently. We are really proud of their application of phonics and developing sentence writing. In Maths we have linked learning to ICT (information, communication and technology) and CAL (communication and language). We have been extending the children’s positional vocabulary and language. They used coding skills to set instructions for directions using software. The iPad application we used is called Beebots. Next week the children will be programming bee robots. This will allow them to apply their skills using hardware.
Please continue to practise Phonics using the sound cards and high frequency word list sent home during parent consultations. Thank you for your continued support with hearing your children read as much as possible at home. As we have said before it really shows when they get the extra practice in. The writing this week is a wonderful example.
Dates for your Diary
- 21 Dec 2018 - End of Term