What is your favourite sea creature?

This is the last week we will be learning about ‘Under the Sea’. We have spent time looking at a range of non-fiction texts to find out information about different types of sea creatures. We have compared the different features of sea creatures and how these help the animals to survive in water. The children then chose their favourite sea creatures to write a sentence about and draw.

In Maths we have explored how 10 can be composed of 2 parts and we have used our subitising skills to  focus on structured arrangements. A key representation we have used to support this has been the double dice frame, which allowed them to build on their previous experiences. The children were encouraged to recognise a larger part of 10 when it is presented in the ‘5 and a bit’ structure, and then subitise the smaller part. We also used our fingers to represent 2 parts of 10, using the ‘fingers up and fingers down’ approach that was used when exploring the composition of 5. The children were also given the opportunity to see the composition of 10 represented on a 10-frame.

The children have enjoyed listening to this Numberblocks song to learn the different ways we can make 10  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OIOsu69Qu4 

In phonics we have focused on reading longer words including those with consonant blends such as ‘spl’, ‘spr’ and ‘str’ at the beginning of a word.  We have continued to do daily sentence writing in our writing books. We are providing the children with sentence starters and encouraging them to continue the sentence using their own ideas. We have also supported the children to use their knowledge of segmenting and blending to write words independently.

Key Points 

  • Next week we will be starting the new topic ‘Minibeasts’. We would like to build a new bug hotel in the outside area and we would gratefully receive any donations of sticks, bricks with holes in, logs,  small tubes and small planting pots.
  • We have booked our Reception trip to Rye Meads Nature Reserve on 21st June. Please log into Arbour to give consent for your child to take part.
  • Please check all uniform and PE kit is named as it is hard for us to locate these if they go missing! Also as the weather is getting hotter please also write names in sunhats.
  • Sports morning is on the 24th May.