W/B 1st April
Our baby chicks have gone back to the farm to be looked after over the Easter holidays! We have done so well looking after and taking care of them. We have loved watching them hatch and grow. We look forward to receiving photos of them as they grow up!
We have learnt a lot about the Easter story this week and have been practicing our Easter songs ready for after the holidays when we get to walk up to church to sing at the Easter Service.
We have worked very hard this half term and we all deserve this Easter Holiday! Have the best break and I will see you all when we get back on the 23rd of April!
W/B 25th March 2019
We have baby chicks!!!
This week we have had five beautiful baby chicks, Nancy, Cracker, Bert, Ernie and Octavia (Miss Wheatley and Miss Hart got excited when naming them). We love looking after them and watching them hatch was an amazing experience for the Gruffalos. We have all our fingers crossed for some more.
Our story this week has been the Three Little Pigs, and we have are amazing at re-telling and acting it out, ensuring we use specific phrases from the book. We have been writing all about the Three little pigs, creating the little pigs houses, our own really strong houses and pretending to be the wolf, huffing and puffing and blowing painting using straws. We have tested different materials out to check for hard and soft materials, light and heavy and which ones we can blow. We have also used been builders, using bricks, straw and sticks to create our own little pigs houses.
This week we have been reading the story Jack and the Beanstalk. We have loved reading the story and acting out the giants part 'Fee Fi Fo Fum'. We have been writing our own Jack and the Beanstalk stories, focusing on what happens at the beginning, middle and end. We have printed our own castles, made our own spiral beanstalks and created our own life cycle of a beanstalk. We have loved planting our own beans this week and we can't wait to watch them grow. In Maths this week we have been looking at money. We have spent a lot of time recognising different coins, observing their shape, colour and size, and we have even began to add up small amounts of money.
One more week to go until we may have some little chicks!
This week we have focused on the story 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. We have loved reading this story and have really enjoyed making and eating our own porridge that was 'just right'. We looked at the ingredients and instructions on how to make porridge and cooked it on the hob ensuring it was the right temperature to eat. In our Phonics and English lessons we have been writing a letter to the Three Bears from Goldilocks, apologising for all the things that she had done wrong in the Three bears house. We made sure we used our fred fingers to sound out each word correctly and made sure we used capital letters, finger spaces and a full stop at the end of our sentences. In Maths this week we have been looking at sharing 10 into different groups. We have used lots of different resources to help us share, we then turned our hands on activities into written addition sentences.
Our little eggs are still sleeping, it will not be long now until they hatch!
This week was book week, and the whole school have been reading and learning all about the same book, Grandads Secret Giant. In the Gruffalos we have loved reading this book and have been so busy exploring lots of different activities around this book. We have created our own class and F2 mural, which we had to paint ourselves, create the giant and collage our mural altogether to put up on the wall and show off in assembly. We have painted our own giants and used BIG words to describe them. We have created our own giant houses out of construction materials and created our own wanted posters looking for the giant, in which we had to write full sentences to describe what the giant looked like and try to draw him in detail. In Maths this week, we also followed the theme of the book, and we looked at measuring and size. We created our own models of the dog, Billy, Grandad and the Giant and used non standard measurement to measure each model in many different ways, using many different resources. We then compared them to see who was the smallest and who was the tallest? We could then look at the difference between each model. We also took our Maths outside, and drew around each other to use non standard measurement of footprints and handprints to measure how tall we were, then compared ourselves against our friends, to see who was the tallest.
In the Gruffalos this week, we have also had some visitors who will be living with us for the next few weeks...we are the parents to some little eggs. In the next 21 days we hope to have some little baby chicks running around the Gruffalos. Keep posted for live updates of our Gruffalo chicks.
W/B 25th February 2019
The Ugly Duckling
This week we have been learning all about and reading the story 'The Ugly Duckling'. We have loved this story and been very involved with creating, making, writing, sticking, counting and role playing everything to do with the Ugly Duckling! We have created our own handprint ducks and swans, wrote out the story of the ugly duckling, we sat outside in the sunshine and drew our own story maps of the Ugly Duckling story to help us with our writing and we created our own puppets to act out the story.
We can not wait for book week next week, to learn all about the book, 'Grandads Secret Giant'! Don't forget to dress up on Thursday as your favourite book character!
W/B 11th February 2019
This weeks focus was on the story, Noah's Ark. We have loved reading this story and we were able to re-tell and re-write it through story boards and pictures. We created our own ark and joined together in pairs to collage and create our own animals that went on the ark in two by two. In the creative area, we made our own rainbows out of collage and streamers and this then linked into our English, where we wrote on our rainbows, a promise we would like to make on how we are going to be good in school or at home. This linked to God's promise when he sent the rainbow, promising he wouldn't send a flood again.
Maths: In Maths this week we have focused on doubling, using ladybirds and their spots to help us double different amounts. We also learnt that we could use lots of different resources and equipment to help us double different numbers for example, our fingers, counters, numicon and spots.
This week we have been very busy learning about lots of different exciting topics. We have looked at hot and cold countries, learning all about the animals that live in these different climates and how they adapt to the different temperatures. We have also looked at Chinese New Year. We read the story about the race across the river, which animal we all are, and looked into dragon dancing and Chinese food. In jigsaw this week we have looked at our dreams and goals, talking about how we don’t give up and keep on trying to achieve are dreams and what we wanted to do when we grow up.
Phonics: This week in phonics we have been reading and writing CVC words and writing sentences by practicing to hold a sentence in our head, and then write the given sentence independently using finger spaces.
Maths: In Maths this week we have been learning all about time. We looked at sequencing time through-out the day, night and day and looked at how we use a clock to tell the time. We could tell when it was an ‘o’clock’ by looking at the big hand and the little hand. We could also use the little clocks to make given o’clock times.
WB 28th January
Lost and Found! This week we have read the story Lost and Found, inturn we have made our own Lost and Found penguins, and wrote in our own suitcases about what we would pack, if we were to go on a trip.
As our topic is Winter Wonderland, we have been learning all about ice and snow and how it is made. And what better way to discover how to make ice, but by making our own ice-lollies! We love making, baking and cooking and the magic was revealed after we left our ice lolly water in the freezer Tuesday and discovering ice lollies Wednesday!
In Phonics this week we have been looking back at the sounds: ay, ee, and igh. We have also been practicing sentence writing. Learning the capitals for different lowercase letters, which start our sentence off. And remembering to use finger spaces in between words and a full stop at the end.
Maths: In Maths this week we have been learning all about 3D shapes. We have learnt that they are all solid shapes, and some of them are called, cube, sphere, cuboid and cylinder! We could also start to describe them by their properties.
A big thank you to everyone who helped us find, dig, fix and build our new outside area, we have a few little finishing touches to go but we love it and can not wait to use it!
W/B 21st January
This week we have been up to so many fun and exciting activities. We have been looking different types of instructions and we have been writing our own instructions to make fruit ice lollies ready for next week when we will be making our own. We have created our own marble rolling pictures and created silhouettes of Arctic animals. We have also been researching our questions on Winter and looked into how and why the leaves fall off the trees in Winter and why we have to dress up differently in different seasons.
We have been having so much fun Boxing with Premier Sport this week, learning how to put our guard up and do a jab punch. We can't wait for next weeks Premier Sports session where we will be participating in a dance lesson.
We are also very excited for our outside area to be revamped on Thursday and any help we can get would be hugely appreciated.
In phonics this week we have learn the new sound oy (toy for a boy) and the rest of the week we have been revising all of our previously learnt sounds and practicing writing CVC words.
In maths this week we have been looking at weight and we have been using different resources to order objects by their weight. We have used our hands to compare different objects weights, we have used weighing scales and we have used cubes to balance out our the objects in the scales.
W/B: 14th January
This week we have been reading the story Cuddly Dudley and learning all about penguins e.g. where they live, what they eat and what they do. We have also become Scientists this week and created our own science experiment. This involved us wanting to know how ice is created. We knew it came from water, so we filled 5 ice cubes bags up with water and put them in different places around school. We put one outside, one in a cupboard, one under a table, one in the fridge and one in the freezer. We made predictions as to which bags will turn into ice and took photos to see what the changes looked like.
In Phonics this week we have learnt the sounds ar,or,air,ir and ou. The rhymes for these sounds are:
ar: Start the car.
or: Shut the door.
air: That's not fair.
ir: Whirl and Twirl.
ou: Shout it out.
In Maths this week we have been looking at number bonds. We have used multilink to split numbers to 10 to find out each numbers number bonds. We could then use our addition knowledge to write out the number bond, number sentences.
W/B 7th January 2019
Happy New Year!
What a fabulous start to the New Year we have had. We have all settled back in really well and got straight on with our work. This term our new topic is, Winter Wonderland and we will be very busy looking at the season Winter, and what that means, creating and investing our our Wintery experiments, exploring ice and snow, looking at igloos and learning all about Winter animals. Our curriculum maps have all been handed out and they will explain in more detail, about what we will be doing this half term.
In Phonics this week we have been looking at the sounds ay, ee, igh, ow, and oo/oo.
ay: play, may, say, day.
ee: seen, bee, sleep, beep.
igh: light, might, sight, night.
ow: blow, slow, glow.
oo: moon, soon, zoo.
oo: cook, book. look.
In Maths this week we have been super busy recapping lots of mathematical problems, such as, addition, subtraction, estimation and one more and one less. We have used lots of equipment to help us solve these problems, for example, cubes, numicon, number lines and counters. Next week we will be looking at number bonds to 10.