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Welcome back! It has been great to hear all of the holiday news. This week we have been learning all about money; where it comes from, the value and ordering the coins based on their value. We added coins together to find the amount we had in the piggy bank. The topic this half term is Food! We talked about our favourite food and where it comes from. We read the story Oliver’s Vegetables. He wanted chips! In his quest to find the potatoes, he needed to try the vegetables that he found in his Grandpa’s garden. We sequenced the story and we did some realistic observational paintings of the vegetables.
We have had a crazy creative week; making chocolate nests and baskets for our Easter treats to go in. We went on an Easter trail where we had to help the Easter characters to be more like Grey Mouse by accepting challenges! We used our Maths knowledge to solve the clues to get us to the end of the trail; we did doubling and halving, measuring and problem solving using addition and subtraction. Lime class amazed us all with their assembly especially their very realistic Emergency Service role-play! Check out the St Albans Review Newspaper as we celebrate our Ofsted report.
We hope you have a fun filled Easter holiday!
We were really lucky to have Green Watch St Albans come to visit us and talk to us about their job, uniform and equipment. The children were asked to check if they had a smoke alarm at home and they gave them the job of knowing their full address. This week we read Jaspers Beanstalk and have been measuring and recording different heights and lengths.
Have a lovely Mothering Sunday.
As our topic this term is ‘People Who Help Us’ we were lucky enough to have a visit from a real Policeman! He told us all about his job and the tools and equipment he uses. We were able to ask some questions of our own! We looked at a variety of Emergency Vehicles and made some using the junk modelling. We looked at the uniforms they wear in the Emergency Services and designed some of our own; we decided that the uniforms should be bright so that the people we were helping would be able to see us. As we mastered doubling last week we were given the challenge of halving with many of us working just like Grey Mouse.
What a sunny week we’ve had exploring our outside area; we had messy fun in the soil investigating natural objects, blowing bubbles and mark making in the flour! Apple class shared what they had been doing in their class; with some magnificent French and a whirlwind of weather with the re-telling of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. We have been using the IPad’s to read stories and have been using our adding skills to double the numbers.
This week we have been celebrating many cultures and have been looking at the similarities and differences through story books. We read ‘The Runaway Pancake’/’The Runaway Chapatti’ and ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’/’We’re Going on a Lion Hunt’.
Madame Annis helped us to make our own French book and we enjoyed our French breakfast of Pain au chocolat, Brioche and Croissants with ham, cheese or jam. We had an insight into African drumming and Hungarian music.
We were lucky enough to go on a REAL Bear Hunt at Aboyne Lodge School.
The children were excited to share their news from the half term holidays and enjoyed becoming reporters and news readers. We have been ‘amazing adders’ and have been taking the grey mouse challenge, using different resources to support us and recording our results in a variety of ways. We have been observing the planters on the playground and have been talking about how to care for living things and what plants need to grow. We used our observation skills to look closely at a range of flowers and talked about the similarities and differences; including colours, shapes and textures.
Here’s our Eco Rap that we performed in assembly today accompanied by our instruments!
Saving our planet is really cool,
You should start by walking to school.
Reduce, Recycle, re-use,
It’s always in the news!
It’s not hard to recycle card.
Bottles, paper, jars and cans,
Leave them out for the recycling vans.
Eco week is really neat,
Let’s all join the ECO BEAT!
It’s been a treat and really neat, learning during Eco week! Jump along and have some fun! Join our Eco beat!
Check out our really cool School!
The children have been really excited to share their ice creations. We’ve had lots of talk about how we made our ice creation, who helped us and what we put inside it. We made our own ice cubes and then wrote the instructions of how to make them. We also made an information map to show the process of making ice. We have been observing the effects of heat on the ice and have been using the thermometer to measure the temperature of the ice. We have been using sound buttons to identify the different sounds in words. Maybe something for you to do at home; think of a word, write it and draw the sound buttons underneath. Talk a sentence using the word.
We have been linking our Maths and Music this week by composing and performing repeating patterns with the musical instruments. We recorded our pattern in a variety of ways. We looked at the materials of the instruments and wrote sentences to describe them.
We have been doing ‘terrific take aways’ using a range of resources to help us with our understanding of subtraction.
We have been using our story maps that we did at the weekend to support our sentence writing. We were able to include last week’s learning by including time connectives in our work.