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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.

 

Clever Caterpillars!

Recently we have been focusing on the formation of letters. We are encouraging; the correct pencil grip, ‘starting letters from the top’,  retracing vertical lines (‘not taking the pencil off the page’), sitting the letters on the line and clear letter distinction (size).

We have also introduced letter families to the children. You will receive a handout about these at parents evening next week. The children are most familiar with ‘curly caterpillar letters’. These are displayed in the photo below from one of our pupils.

Time flies when you’re having fun!

What a busy week we have had! In Maths this week we have been learning about time. We have sung the song ‘Days of the Week’  to help us order the days. We have been using rhymes such as ‘Here we go round the mulberry bush’ (adapted to ‘this is the way we brush our teeth’… etc.) to sequence events in the day and created a story map to log the actions of what we do. In literacy we have been independently writing books about our favourite things and writing words and captions for funny pictures.  We have used ICT to take a picture of ourselves as an Emergency worker and imagined what we might say if we were doing so. We have noticed that the children need a push with recognising and reading digraphs and trigraphs in words so will focus more on this in the following weeks.

Digraphs: ch/chick, sh/sheep, th/thumb, ng/strong, qu/queen, ai/rain, ee/tree, ie/pie, oa/goat, oo/oo book/boot, ar/star, or/fork, ur/turnip, ow/cow, oi/boil, er/pepper

Trigraphs: igh/ light, ear/ hear, air/ hair, ure/ pure

Tricky words: I, no, the, to, go, into, he, she, we, me, be, you, are, her, was, all, they, my

Reception to the Rescue!

In Literacy we read the story ‘999 Emergency!’. We have used this text to talk about a range of different emergencies that happen all over the world including forest fires and avalanches! We have drawn pictures of our favourite emergency vehicles and written a label or sentence to match our picture. In Maths we have been consolidating our understanding of simple subtraction problems practically and are growing in confidence recording number sentences. We have loved doing P.E. again this week and we have been learning how to throw beanbags underarm to a partner. Next week we will be reading ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ by Julia Donaldson and using this as a stimulus to create our own books and stories.

Digraphs: ch/chick, sh/sheep, th/thumb, ng/strong, qu/queen, ai/rain, ee/tree, ie/pie, oa/goat, oo/oo book/boot, ar/star, or/fork, ur/turnip, ow/cow, oi/boil, er/pepper

Trigraphs: igh/ light, ear/ hear, air/ hair, ure/ pure

Tricky words: I, no, the, to, go, into, he, she, we, me, be, you, are, her, was, all, they, my

Bonjour!

Welcome back!

Thank you to everyone who found time to hear their children read over Christmas. We really see the impact in class.

This week the children had their first French lesson. They were very excited! In Maths we have been solving simple subtraction practically using dice and counters. The children have also began to record their number sentences. In Literacy we listened to a sound clip of an emergency. The children then had to think about what they had heard. They made responses through drawings and discussion. This has introduced our new topic; 999 Emergency! We have noticed that the children need a push with handwriting and letter formation. We will be focusing more on this as we continue to deliver the curriculum.

Digraphs: ch/chick, sh/sheep, th/thumb, ng/strong, qu/queen, ai/rain, ee/tree, ie/pie, oa/goat, oo/oo book/boot, ar/star, or/fork, ur/turnip, ow/cow, oi/boil, er/pepper

Trigraphs: igh/ light, ear/ hear, air/ hair, ure/ pure

Tricky words: I, no, the, to, go, into, he, she, we, me, be, you, are, her, was, all, they, my