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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.

Far… a long long way to run! So Lah Tee Doh!

In maths this week we have been learning about distance. We looked at pictures of local and international landmarks such as St. Alban’s Abbey and Egyptian Pyramids. We discussed which landmarks were near/far and explained our reasoning such as pyramids being across the ocean! We also threw beanbags outside and measured the distance of our throws using non-standard measure.

In Literacy this week we have been thinking about descriptive language. We have discussed characters from our focus text ‘The Pirate Cruncher’ and written word banks to describe the characters. We then wrote sentences about our favourite character and the rest of the class tried to guess who it was about based on the descriptions!

Planting seeds of optimism!

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.


Ahoy there!

Welcome back!

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.