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Careers Week....


Wow, what an exciting week we have had in the Gruffalo's. This week was all about careers, and what we wanted to be when we grow up. 


To start the week off, something terrible happened in the Gruffalo's. When we came to school on Monday, we found that Humpty Dumpty had "fallen" off the wall and had broken. It was down to us as a class to become detectives and solve the mystery of, "Who pushed Humpty Dumpty?". Each day we gathered the clues and our questions together to solve the crime. It took us till Friday to discover who pushed Humpty Dumpty. 


 We have been very lucky to have some visitors in to talk about the jobs they have done. Thank you so much for everyone who came in to talk about their job. The children loved it so much. 

On Friday we finally found out that Miss Hart, accidental knocked off Humpty Dumpty when practising her netball skills in the Gruffalo's classroom. She has learnt her lesson, and knows to tell the truth straight away, otherwise she will end up in more trouble. However, we still love you Miss Hart.  We dressed up as what we wanted to be when we grow up and joined up with our buddy class who had decorated some biscuits for us to buy with our pretend money. 

This Week...(30/4/18)-(4/5/18)


The story of the week is...

We all loved the story Handa's surprise and had fun matching and ordering the story. We also had a very exciting week tasting exoctic fruits; papaya, pomegranate, avocado, persimmon, passionfruit, mango and pineapple. 



In phonics we learnt the sounds er, air, ure. The rhymes for these sounds are:

er: 'A better letter.'

air: 'That's not fair.'

ure: 'ure for manure.'



In Maths we used egg timers, stopwatches, clocks and ipads to measure short periods of time. We used egg timers to see who could do the most claps and jumps in 30 seconds, we then used the ipads to time ourselves completing running races. We looked back on telling the time and started to look at half past, and quarter past. 





This Week...(11/06/18-15/06/18)


This week in the Gruffalos, our book of the week was, Farmer Duck.

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Our learning has been based all around the story Farmer Duck. In our continuous provision we have painted our favourite far animal, create paper plate pigs and cows, weighed and measure the height of farm animals to find which ones are the heaviest and the lightest and which ones are the tallest and smallest. We have done some writing, in our writing area to describe the duck and the farmer. We have also created our own farmer duck books, complete with their own book marks. In our fine motor area this week we have focused on our letter formation, however we have not been practising with a pencil and paper, we have been writing and forming letters in shaving foam, getting messy and having fun. 



In Maths this week we have focused on word problems. We have looked at more and less word problems, addition and subtraction word problems and doubling and sharing word problems. We have been super busy. We can use counters to share between different people, and we have found it funny but easy to do sharing problems, using the 'one for me, one for you' method of sharing. 



We have moved onto Phase 4 in phonics which is working on our reading of CVCC words and blends. For example, 'st' blend, 'nt' blend and 'nd' blend. Please continue to read with your children at home five or more times a week. This being their school reading book at least three times. 


Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to careers week next week. 



This Week...(14/05/18-18/05/18)



This week in the Gruffalos we have been learning all about the story Super Worm.

We have been busy creating, making, writing and counting all things Super Worm. In our creative area we have been busy making lots of art work based around mini beasts, eg, pom pom caterpillars, paper chain super worms, hand print spiders and spiral snails. In our Literacy work we have been creating and writing our own stories about a super worm or a super caterpillar, thinking about where he might go, what he might do and how he might get there. In Maths we have been subtracting. We used numicon and counters to help us figure out and solve the subtraction sums. We have also started to write down our subtraction sum sentences. 

We are continuing to recap and learn all of our Phase 3 sounds and tricky words, practicing their formation, and learning to blend and segment words and sentences. Our caterpillars have also been super busy this week building their cocoons and we are patiently waiting for them to turn into beautiful butterflies. 





This week… (7/5/18-11/5/18)

Our story of the week is…The very hungry caterpillar


We have our own caterpillars in the Gruffalo’s and are very excited to watch them grow and turn into butterflies.

In the Gruffalo’s this week we have read and re-told the story of The very hungry caterpillar, created our own caterpillars out of card board tubes, pipe cleaners, paper chains and paper plates. We have planted some vegetables and strawberries for the Gruffalo’s to eat and not the very hungry caterpillar.


In phonics we have been recapping all of the sounds that we have learnt so far and we have also been going through all of the tricky words that we have learnt. These tricky words are:





















In Maths this week we have been doing addition. We have looked at lots of different ways to work out our addition sums, for example, counters, using our fingers, numicon and number lines. We have been practising writing out on whiteboards our addition sentences, then drawing out our addition sentences using dots and pictures.

Next week we are going to look at subtraction and using numicon to help us work out our subtraction sums. 

This Week...(23/04/18-27/04/18)


This week we have been learning all about the book 'A Tiny Seed'. We have been planting sunflowers, measuring how tall our cress has grown and discussing parts of a flower and its life cycle. 



We have had so much fun in Forest School, exploring the environment and making fires. Take a look at all our pictures of us in our Forest School area. 





In phonics this week we looked at the sounds 'oi' and 'ear'. The rhymes for these two sounds are:

oi: Spoil the boy

'ear': Hear with your ear. 


Please continue to say the rhymes for each sound, diagraph and trigraph when writing and forming each letter. 



In maths we have been learning all about measure. Measuring ourselves, measuring objects using cubes, and we have just introduced using a ruler and tape measure to measure and compare different objects. We also used cubes to measure how long our own shoes were, then compared each others shoes. 

This week...(16/04/18-20/04/18)


What a busy first week back. We have had a lovely first week back in the sun learning all about the story 'Oliver's Vegetables'. Our continuous provision, phonics, literacy and maths have been full of activities all about  our story of the week. For example, we have been digging for letters, drawing and painting vegetables, painting with carrots, weighing and adding vegetables together and we have started a competition for 'grower of the week' after we all planted our own cress plants. 


In phonics we have learnt the diagraphs 'ur' and 'ow'. The rhymes for each of these sounds are:

ur: Nurse with a purse

ow: (Two sounds) There's a cow in the snow (we made it up our selves to fit in both sounds). 



In maths this week we have been looking at different methods to add two groups of numbers together. We have looked at using ten frames, whole part whole diagrams and number lines. We loved adding with number lines and decided it was the easiest method for the Gruffalos.