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The Cat in the Hat. How about that?

We said ‘au revoir’ to Mrs Boothby this week, wish her lots of luck and will miss her.  We hope she gets a well-deserved rest in before Baby Boothby arrives! But the work in Sky and Aqua must go on, and in Literacy we have been poets by creating rhyming ladders and reading lots of Dr Seuss stories.  In Maths we have been using the bar-model to visualise our addition and subtraction number sentences.  In Faith and Belief we have been considering how to care for our world and what the best thing about our world is.  Look out for our for our amazing, colourful Picasso style portraits.  We loved creating these and are very proud of them.  We can’t wait for our visit to the Cathedral next Tuesday to do some observational drawings.  Thank you to all the parents who have offered to help.

Amazing Adjectives!

In Literacy we have been gathering adjectives to use in creative writing. In Maths we have been representing addition and subtraction using a range of models. We enjoyed using the atlas to look at the United Kingdom and to look at flags from around the World. In Art we have been creating our own Picasso style self-portraits. We are continuing to navigate the Beebots.

Ready, Steady, Go!

In Literacy we have been using adjectives to describe. We have been using the cherry model to write addition and subtraction number sentences. We gave the Beebots a set of algorithms to follow to travel to a destination. In PE we have been using the apparatus to travel and climb.

No Ifs Or Buts!

In Maths we have been doing cherry models and writing addition number sentences. In Literacy we have been adding conjunctions to extend sentences. We have been learning the vital organ names. In PE we have been using our bodies to balance and climb using the apparatus.


5 and 5 makes me feel alive!

In literacy this week we have been writing a recount of our school trip. We used lots of time language such as ‘then’, ‘before’, ‘after’, ‘next’ and ‘in the end’ in our recounts.

In maths we have been ordering and sequencing numbers to 20 on the iPads. We have also been exploring number bonds to 10, using a range of techniques including pictures, recalling through mental arithmetic and using numicon.


What a trip!

Last week for Alban City School Book Day, we acted out our own version of ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’, in order to use vocabulary influenced by our experience of stories. Instead of hunting for bears, we zoomed off to Planet Zoog in search of aliens!

Reception then travelled back in time during their visit to Celtic Harmony to see how people lived in the Iron Age. We loved seeing inside a huge roundhouse! We took part in a range of activities including creating clay faces on trees and building small rafts out of  twigs, wool and dock leaves. Thank you to our parent helpers who helped to make it a fantastic day!

3, 2, 1, Blast Off!

This week we have been creating our own middle and ending to a story about space. We have been continuing to practise our tricky words during phonics lessons, such as ‘said’, ‘little’ and ‘come’. We have also been finding ways to solve a variety of number sentences using subtraction, including missing number problems. We have been looking at books about healthy eating and sharing our thoughts on how to look after our bodies!

Danger.. Danger!

In Literacy we read a story called ‘Dragon Danger’. We sequenced the main events from the story and then wrote about our favourite part. We are trying to extend our reasoning/justification in our writing using and/because. In Maths we recapped doubling. We used dominoes to sort doubles and non-doubles and then completed our own doubling problems.

It’s a Mystery!

This week we came into school to find mysterious footprints all over our classroom floor. We used our imaginations to think of what ‘beasty’ creature could have made them. In Literacy we have read a story about ‘Big Feet’. We wrote lists of all the possible creatures to have left the footprints, and then wrote sentences using our ideas. In Understanding the World we have been using Google Earth to explore different places and talk about the features of our own immediate environment and how environments might vary from
one another.

This term we are really encouraging children to develop their spelling. For example using the correct spelling for tricky words and ensuring they use the correct digraphs when writing phonetically. The tricky words we have learnt so far are: he, she, we, me, be, was, you, they, all, are, my, her, said, so, have, like, some, come, were, there, little, one, do, when, out, what

3D Shapes here, there and everywhere!

This week we have been learning about 3D shapes in Maths. We sorted a variety of 3D shapes by their properties such as curved/straight edges and we are going on a 3D shape around school to see which 3D shapes we can find in the environment. We are beginning to notice that 3D shapes can be found everywhere! In Literacy the children have loved our focus text ‘Where The Wild Things Are’. We have written our own versions of our story and are working towards extending our writing. In music this week we read a Pirate story and used instruments to create sound effects such as a tambourine for splashing in the water.