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It’s the final countdown to the bank holiday weekend! We hope that the sun continues to shine during the half term break. On the theme of sunshine, please can we also remind you to put sunscreen lotion on the children before school and that they can also bring in named hats for when they are outside!
In Maths this week the children have been racing against the clock as we continue to learn about time in a different context. The children have been completing activities (that have also helped their fine motor development) using timers and stop watches.
In Literacy we have listened to the story; ‘Where the Wild Things are’. We have created lists when describing the characters and thought of our own adventures when story writing.
Have a wild half term!
** Don’t forget that we have our school trip after half term! Please make sure you have returned a consent form! **
Thank goodness the rain has stopped. This week in Literacy we have been practising writing independently. The children watched a video clip about a boat on an adventure which supported them to write.
The children have been discussing people who are special to them. We are encouraging children to use ‘because’ to develop explanations.
In Maths the children have been continuing to develop their understanding of addition by solving problems when they are presented in a variety of ways. Children used numicon to support their problem solving.
“What did you do at school today?” …. “I can’t remember…nothing!”
This week we have been learning about distance. We have thought about destinations locally, nationally and internationally. We have measured longer distances within school using non-standard standard units of measurement and explored who can jump the furthest distance. In Literacy the children have listened to the story ‘The Night Pirates’. They then described the characters and wrote descriptive sentences. During their child initiated learning time we have encouraged the children to have a go at extended pieces of writing to embed skills they have been taught during adult led group work.
This week we have been learning how to tell the time on an analogue clock. We have been talking about the movement and position of minute hand and the hour hand when telling the time on the hour, o’clock, and at half past the hour. In Literacy we have thought of rhyming words, using pirate stories, and written our own letters inspired by a message in a bottle. During our child initiated learning (CIL) we have been engaging in activities that will support our physical development, which will help us access all our learning as we continue to grow.
As the sun is shining and the weather is improving… please enjoy the outside world with your children… roll down hills, spin and hang around, dig in the garden and jump about… How we develop physically (specifically our proprioceptors, which is our muscles, and our vestibular system, which is our balance) is vital in order to meet our full learning potential…we need to get our brain and bodies working together!!
This week has been a really busy week! The children have really enjoyed ‘International Week.’ We have had visits from parents to tell us about different countries. As part of the food theme, we visited Tesco to see where all our food comes from around the world and we made our own Italian pizzas at ‘Pizza Express.’ In class the continent we have looked at is Africa. As part of thinking about Africa we have painted the African sunset, looked at traditional South African clothing, compared the flags from the different African countries and explored the Ancient Egyptian number system. Next week we will make our ‘cohort world map’ to show the links we each have across the world. Tomorrow after school, once you have collected your children, there will be an international food hall hosted in the school hall for you all to visit to ‘wrap’ up the week.
Here is a link to a song the children have been learning recently:
We have also been learning about food. The children have been given a recipe to follow at home.
Welcome back to our final term of school! Time is definitely flying by…we must be having fun!
This week the children have revised their knowledge of 3D shapes. We have practised naming and describing them. The children had a go at sorting 3D shapes using their properties. In Literacy we have introduced our new topic called ‘Adventure’. The children have started thinking about this topic by first considering the different ways we can travel in order to go on an adventure. They have also thought a little about an adventure that they would want to go on. It has been lovely hearing about all your mini adventures during the Easter holidays.
The children have been learning about Easter (Paques) and here are a few links which I hope they will enjoy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiqzBdd5Jng (Easter song)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEpZlj4T9U0 (the story of the Easter bells)
La légende des cloches de Pâques – Easter in France … (Une vidéo simple pour expliquer d’où viennent les oeufs de Pâques en France. In Frankreich kommen an Ostern die Glocken und bringen die Ostereier – ein einfa…)
This week the children worked on the laptops using an art programme. They had to put their fine motor and coordinating skills into force to complete the task of creating an emergency vehicle. In Maths we have been learning about money. We have been recognising coins and understanding the value of each coin. In Literacy we have continued to work on forming sentences. In order for the children to focus on segmenting skills (for spelling) we have been using ‘talking postcards’, that allow the children to verbally record the sentence they want to write. In doing this we have also seen a big improvement with their independence when writing. Please continue to support the children to orally segment words and recognise digraphs and tricky words when reading, so that they can apply these skills when writing.
Dates for your Diary
- 12 Feb 2018 - Half Term
- 29 Mar 2018 - End of Term 1:30pm
- 16 Apr 2018 - Inset Day
- 17 Apr 2018 - Start of Summer Term
- 28 May 2018 - Half Term
- 04 Jun 2018 - Insert Day
- 24 Jul 2018 - End of Term 1:30pm
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