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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.


Happy Hoppy Holidays!

Wow! It feels like the end of the term has come so quickly. Thank you for all of your donations last Friday for Sport Relief. The children enjoyed a circuit of activities in the hall including; hurdles, dribbling footballs, balancing tennis balls on tennis rackets, beanbag throws and many more!

This week in Numeracy we have been learning to count on when solving simple addition. We have to put the biggest number in our heads and count on from there to find the answer. We then recorded the number sentences. In Literacy we listened to a story called ‘The Tooth’, we sequenced the main events of the story, drew our favourite part of the story and then completed an unaided piece of writing linked to the story.

We hope you have a great holiday and look forward to seeing you again next term!

Sharing is Caring!

This week the children have been exploring the concept of sharing practically in Maths. They have also begun to record their workings when solving different division number sentences. This included drawing models to represent how they had been sharing practically. In Literacy we have had small groups of children reading an interactive story about ‘Paula the Vet.’ We focused on the children’s comprehension and rhyming skills. Tomorrow they will watch a video clip about a Veterinarian being interviewed. They will then write a sentence about something they learnt.


Double Trouble

In Maths this week we have been learning about ‘Doubling’. We began by learning what we mean by doubling and then have been applying our understanding through practical activities such as doubling unifix towers, using ladybirds to double the amount of spots on each sides and representing doubling problems as a number sentence. In Literacy we thought of questions we would ask a fire-fighter and recorded our questions. We talked about question words such as who, why, what, when how, which and used these to think of interesting questions. Unfortunately our fire-engine visit on Monday was cancelled due to the fire-engine having to attend an emergency so we haven’t been able to ask our questions yet…!


International Week

Thank you to those of you who attended the Art Exhibition in the hall Friday after school and this morning.

International Week was really successful. Reception focussed on Mali, in Africa. They made clay replicas of the Djenné Mosque and reproduced a piece of artwork called ‘Les Marcheurs’ (The Walkers), by Malian textile based artist Abdoulaye Konaté. We were also wowed by their artwork produced during the parent workshops, including Pablo Picasso inspired portraits and Panda enclosures.

To me, to you!

In Maths we have been continuing to secure children’s use of positional vocabulary and language. We have been working in pairs to programme a BeeBot robot to move across a BeeBot map, it was a challenge to give our partner the instructions/directions. In Literacy we have been exploring non-fiction books during Guided Reading. We discussed the features of non-fiction books and we used the text to pull information to show our understanding of the book. We loved our trip to St Albans City Library last week and we are looking forward to our next trip tomorrow! We have also watched two videos on The Literacy Shed, and written our own versions of the story. We are focusing on making sure we are applying our knowledge of tricky words to our writing and using finger spaces, capital letters and full stops.




Busy Bees…

This week the children completed some unaided writing. They were given a picture linked to our topic; 999 Emergency and then responded independently. We are really proud of their application of phonics and developing sentence writing. In Maths we have linked learning to ICT (information, communication and technology) and CAL (communication and language). We have been extending the children’s positional vocabulary and language. They used coding skills to set instructions for directions using software. The iPad application we used is called Beebots. Next week the children will be programming bee robots. This will allow them to apply their skills using hardware.

Please continue to practise Phonics using the sound cards and high frequency word list sent home during parent consultations. Thank you for your continued support with hearing your children read as much as possible at home. As we have said before it really shows when they get the extra practice in. The writing this week is a wonderful example.

Wonderful Writing!

The children have really impressed us this week with their writing skills. As you will know from the feedback at parents evening we are working on the use of digraphs when reading and writing. The children have already began to apply the use of digraphs in their writing. They are developing their independence by segmenting words for spelling verbally first and then using a ‘sound mat’ to find the corresponding digraphs. The children created sentences in a response to a story called ‘Flood’. You can read this story online at the Oxford Owl Reading Website.