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This Week...(12/2/18-16/2/18)

Magical Monsters...

This week we have learnt all about different magical monsters. We have made monsters out of junk box modelling, designed our own monsters thinking about their powers, what they look like and what they might eat. We have also been super busy as we have had so many different special occasions this week, pancake day, Valentines day and Chinese New Year.


We have had lots of fun, eating and flipping our own pancakes, making Valentines day cards, eating special Chinese food, using chopsticks and learning all about the Chinese New Year. 



In Maths we have been using multi-link to help us with our number bonds. We have been given a number, for example, 5, and we split our multi-link into as many different ways as possible to make the number 5. We found so many different ways...










soooo many different ways!



In Phonics this week we have learnt the sounds, 'ng' for sing and song and 'ai' for pain and snail. The rhymes for these two sounds (diagraphs-two letters that make one sound) are a short sentence. 


ng: 'thing on a string'

ai: 'snail in the rain'


I hope you all have the best half term, get lots of sleep and have so much fun and I will see you on the 26th of February. 

This Week...(5/2/18-9/2/18)


Room on the Broom

This week we have been super busy learning and reading all about the story, Room on the Broom. We have been writing and creating our own potions, using our magic wands to turn people into frogs and dragons. 




In Maths this week we have been learning all about 3D shapes. We have learnt the shapes, sphere, cylinder, cube, cubiod, square based pyramid, and cone. We have learnt their properties, looking at how many faces they have, edges and corners. We have also been on a shape hunt around our classroom, looking for 3D shapes. 





In phonics this week we have been learning the sounds 'th' and 'ch':




Please continue to check our website for our weekly updates. Next week is super busy due to Pncake day, Valentine's day and Chinese New Year. 


This Week...(29/01/18-2/02/18)


The Gruffalo

This week, we have based our learning all around the book, The Gruffalo. Our favourite book so far (obviously). We have spent time working on our team work and story telling, by creating, drawing and writing our own Gruffalo story maps. 



In Maths this week we looked at 2D shape. We looked at the different properties of shapes, and learnt some new shapes, oval and heptagon. We drew pictures made out of different 2D shapes. 



In phonics this week we have learnt two new diagraphs (two letters that make one sound):






We also had our last Forest School session until we start again, after the Lady Bird's. We had so much fun over the past three weeks exploring Forest School, getting wet, muddy, making habitats for animals and houses for ourselves. 


This Week...(22/01/18-26/01/18)

The Smartest Giant in Town

Our story of the week, was The Smartest Giant in Town. George the giant didn't like being the scruffiest giant in town, so when he saw a shop selling giant-size clothes he decided it was time to buy some new ones. With smart trousers, a smart shirt, stripy tie and shiny shoes, George is a new giant. However, on his way home, he met lots of animals who needed his help. As Gruffalos we decided to think about all the times we have helped people, or when others have helped us out. We spent lots of time in our new role play area which had been transformed into a clothes shop. We used coins to buy clothes, we tried new clothes on and pretended to be shop assistants in a clothes shop, helping others to buy, try and sort out all the clothes. 


The clothes shop lent itself easily to our maths topic of money. We started off by being introduced to the different coins that we have, looking at their shape and colour. By the end of the week, we were working out how to make different amounts of money by adding different coins together. 



In phonics we learnt two new sounds- 'y' and 'z'. The Rhymes for these two new sounds are:




In our group time, we used our segmenting and blending to help us write a shopping list to help buy the giant new clothes. Our lists were super long and we tried to spell alot of  tricky words. Miss Wheatley is so proud of how amazing our shopping lists were.  

This Week...(15/1/18-19/1/18)

The story of the week is...Jack and the Beanstalk


We have been engrossed in learning all about Jack and the Beanstalk this week. We have looked at different Jack and the Beanstalk stories, made our own beanstalks, re-told the story through a story map, and through our literacy and Phonics lessons we have looked at character descriptions. We thought about many describing words to describe the characters in Jack and the Beanstalk and segmented, then blended the words back together to write our own character descriptions. 




In Phonics we have learnt the two sounds, 'w' and 'x'. The formation rhymes for these two sounds are:



In Maths we have been looking at repeating patterns with large jelly beans, and problem soloving through our repeated patterns.




We will be carrying on the giant theme next week, with the story, 'The smartest giant in town'. We also look forward to seeing you all at Razzle Dazzle Reading, Thursday Morning. Thank you. 


This Week...(8/1/18-12/1/18)

This week we have been learning all about the Ugly Duckling. Every lesson, activity and challenge has been based around the Ugly Duckling story. We even got to watch a theatre group perform the story of the Ugly Duckling. 


Due to the cold weather, our tuff spots had frozen over. We had so much fun trying to break the ice with different tools, drawing on the ice with chalks and trying to melt the ice in many different ways. When we had broken the ice we decided to do a science experiment to find out where was the coldest place in our outside area to keep the ice frozen. We split the ice into different bowls and hid them around the garden. The next day we found out that the ice which was left under the table, stayed frozen, where as the other bowls had started to melt. 
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In Maths we have been continuing to recognise, count and add numbers up to 20. Remembering our doubles song and finding out different ways to work out the total number of two groups of objects. 



In Phonics we have been learning the sounds 'j' and 'v':