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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...(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...(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.