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This week not only have the children enjoyed the sunshine, but they have also been enjoying doubling and halving activities in Maths. In class we are exploring pirate stories and discussing the characters, setting and story lines. Tomorrow we are going to be thinking about rhyming words.
As part of the summer term, we will also begin to get the children ready for Year One. Ways in which you can help the children do this include activities that support them in being independent as possible, but also practising skills such as handwriting and digit formation. The children are always learning new information and sometimes their minds can be occupied with new facts! So we will spend some time revisiting learning and practising basic skills. This will ensure they can secure their knowledge and develop independence ready for Year One.
International Week has been fantastic and the children have been really enjoying it. As part of our class based work, the children have had fun learning lots about different countries in Africa, including having a go at reading and writing ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic numbers. The workshops based on different countries from around the world that the children have experienced as part of ‘International Week’ include; Indian dancing, African tribal drumming, traditional New Zealand action songs, Italian and Brazilian story telling, Castanets and origami. Thank you for all your continued support this week. The children also enjoyed the yummy international food stalls after school.
This week in Maths the children have been adding the value of coins together to pay for items. They have been reading and writing letters to Jim Lad the pirate from our story; The Pirates Next Door, in Literacy. Thank you for supporting the children’s communication and language development, by sending in objects from your Easter break for ‘Show and Tell’.
This week the children have been exploring and comparing weight in Maths. They have been developing their investigation skills and use of language whilst using the balance scales. In Literacy we have continued to work on our comprehension skills focusing on non-fiction. We have also been exploring different interesting pictures in class and then thinking of our own sentences we could write for them. We are super proud of the progress they continue to make with their independent writing!
This week we have continued to develop the children’s comprehension skills, focusing on the use of questions. We have been thinking about how we can start questions, i.e. using words such as what, where, who, when, how, why, and also responding to questions using ‘because’. The children had a go at transferring their programming skills from the iPads to the Beebot robots and have been practising coin recognition in Maths.
This week we have been focusing on reading comprehension in our Literacy lessons. The children have been exploring stories in small groups. During Maths we have been working on the days of the week, and developing their use of language such as; yesterday, today, tomorrow, weekend, weekday. The children have also been exploring basic programming on the iPads, by using a ‘Beebot’ app, as part of their work in ‘Understanding of the World.’
Today the children enjoyed learning about road safety with Mrs Carey and Mrs Garcia. They have thought about how to keep safe and practised in the playground! In Maths we have been working on number; counting and ordering multiples of 10. We have also been counting on a 100 square and looking at the positioning of numbers. Now that we are becoming great writers we are paying closer attention to our handwriting.
These are the letter families we are looking at:
long ladder letters: l,i,t,u,j,y
one-armed robot letters: r,b,n, h,m,k,p
curly caterpillar letters: c, a, d, o,s,g,q,e, f
zig-zag monster letters: v,w,x
What an exciting start to the new half term! We all enjoyed our visit from our local fire fighters! The children and teachers had lots of fun with Blue Watch from St. Albans fire station.
This week we have been practising identifying digraphs within words and our digit formation. We have also been ordering non-consecutive numbers as part of securing basic number skills. The children are trying hard to keep their letters and digits the right way round too!!
The children have been busy making emergency vehicles… many are still works in progress! They enjoyed their visit from the police this half term and will be welcomed back with a visit from the fire brigade! The children wrote some fantastic sentences about search and rescue dogs. They are continuing to remember to use capital letters, finger spaces and fullstops. We are encouraging them to use their ‘sound mats’ and trying to spell words independently. We have also been revising number work daily with activities that have allowed us to practise; counting, reading, writing and ordering numbers to 20, pattern, shape and measure.
Dates for your Diary
- 21 Dec 2018 - End of Term