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Week Beginning 8th January

Welcome back to a new term in Tenacious Toads. After a relaxing break, we are ready and raring to get going.

This week we enjoyed the story of The Ugly Duckling. Tutti-Fruitti Theatre Group came in to perform the story for us. We absolutely loved it! When we wrote up our reviews of the play the boxes weren't big enough, we had so much to say.

We also knew an 'Ugly Duckling' from the past.

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We started Forest Schools again this week. 

Mrs Kinsey set us the challenge, to build a habitat for the woodland animals. There were some ingenious ideas. The girls built a luxury apartment for Badger, with a hot tub. Fox had a slide to glide down and a balcony to see the 'beautiful stars and moon.' What more could woodland animals ask for?

Week Beginning 15th January

This week, we had a fabulous Winter Walk. We walked down the trail and saw how it had changed from autumn to winter. We heard howling winds, noticed that the stream was higher than it had been and we even saw some snow. It didn't matter about the weather though, we were well prepared with carefully chosen winter clothes.

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Week Beginning 22nd January

Miss Guest has been so proud of us this week. The year twos have worked really hard to regroup in column subtraction but she was most impressed the presentation of the maths books this week... they were amazing. Keep it up Year 2! 

In phonics, we have met split vowel digraphs in Year 1, we know that ae can be split by a consonant and it makes the 'ay' sound. Just like in these words...

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Year 2 have been reading and spelling words that end with the 'igh' sound which is spelt with a y.

We learned a rhyme to help us.

If the end of a word sounds like igh,

It is almost always spelt with a y.

Next week, we have the NSPCC Danceathon so get your dancing shoes on.

Week Beginning 29th January

It has been another busy week. We have been very active this week, on Tuesday we danced for the NSPCC. All of KS1 went to the hall and danced, without stopping, to lots of different songs.

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We also had our coaching session from MTFC.

In Maths, we have continued our work on subtraction. Year 2 have been working on regrouping and we are getting to grips with how to write that down. 


Can you solve these calculations, using regrouping, by Friday?

345 - 228 =

732 - 527 =

483 - 256 =

Year 1 have been subtracting by counting on and showing their work as a bar model.


Can you draw a bar model to show these calculations?

9 - 3 = 

8 - 3 =

7 - 5 =

Can you flip the number sentence to show all four possibilities?

Week Beginning 5th February


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We have been reading The Bear and the Piano over the last few weeks. We have really enjoyed finding about the bear's adventures in the city.

Can you answer these questions about the book? 

1. How did the bear feel when he played the piano?

2.How long did it take the bear to learn how to play the piano? How do the    pictures help you to understand?

3. How had the bear changed?


We used the 5 Ws to help us write questions. We asked the bear lots of questions in an interview.
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One of of challenges was to make a light bulb work. Some of us cracked it and drew some fantastic diagrams.
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Week Beginning 12th February

We have reached the end of another half term. This week, we spent a lot of our time exploring Earth. As part of our geography work we looked at where we are in the world. We found Skegby on Google Earth, we talked about the city we live near, the county we live in and the country. As a result we took this into our Choose Our Learning time and absolutely loved finding places we knew and their streets.


Picture 1 Tenacious Toads exploring Google Earth.
Picture 2 Tenacious Toads exploring Google Earth.
Picture 3 Tenacious Toads showing where we live.
Picture 4 Tenacious Toads showing where we live.
Picture 5 Tenacious Toads exploring Google Earth.
This week was the final week of our coaching with Mansfield Town. We all received a Premier League Stars certificate. We have loved our football training and learning lots of new skills, even in the snow and rain. What dedicated Tenacious Toads we are!
Picture 1 Tenacious Toads are Premier League Stars.
When we come back after half term, it will be Book Week. We have lots exciting activities planned, including dressing up for World Book Day, sharing our favourite stories and listening to stories with children from Quarrydale.

Book Week - 26th February and 5th March

Following the pattern of the last few years, this week was Book Week and then the snow fell, so it became Book Fortnight.

We started by reading the book Sam and Dave Dig a Hole.

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In maths, we looked at using directions that Sam and Dave may have used. We made our own BeeBots, followed directions and made our own up. On the iPads we used the BeeBot app tocarry on our learning.
Picture 1 Clever Clogs working out quarter and half turns.
Picture 2 Ethan and Ellie figuring out clockwise.
Picture 3 Bright Sparks using directions.
Picture 4 Year 2s working together.
Picture 5 Year 2s working together.
We also wrote about digging for something spectacular, just like Sam and Dave.
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Lots of people wanted to read to us. Fantastic Foxes read our favourite stories to us. On Friday Year 7s from Quarrydale came to give us a box of brand new books! They couldn't wait to share them with us.
Picture 1 Fantastic Foxes reading to us.
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Picture 3 Fantastic Foxes reading to us.
Picture 4 Reading with Quarrydale.
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Finally, we dressed up as our favourite book characters for Book Day. Didn't we look fantastic?
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Week Beginning 12th Marh

This week, in Tenacious Toads,  we have been busy telling the time. We have cracked 'quarter past' and are happy with quarter to. Please keep asking us what the time is, we are loving it. In fact, so much so, that we keep reminding Miss Guest how long we have until dinnertime. 

In English, we have been reading all about minibeasts and finding out where they live. We spotted some conjunctions in our reading too so we practised joining two sentences with different conjunctions.

In phonics, the year 1s have revisited the split digraph a-e. We have been practising words like slate, make and crane. The Year 2s have been finding different ways to make the 'j' sound, like the -dge in wedge, the g in gentle and the -ge in age. The red words we have been focussing are below.

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In Choose Your Own Learning this week we have been really busy. We have chosen to create a Jurassic setting, built boats, written stories and practised column subtraction.
Picture 1 Jurassic World Museum
Picture 2 Phoneme hunting
Picture 3 Column subtraction
Picture 4 Wordsearches
Picture 5 Creating a boat
We have started to ask questions about our minibeasts, next week we will start answering them next week.
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Picture 2 Team Bee
Picture 3 Team Caterpillar
Picture 4 Team Spider
Picture 5 Our learning journey
Picture 6 Our learning journey