diumenge, 22 d’octubre de 2017

Writing strategies

Last week was only a three day week. We continued our learning in all areas of the curriculum and we went on our first trip to the swimming pool! We were very excited to start swimming lessons and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. 
This week, we welcomed three new members to our class: Leah, Eva and Elias. In English, We have been writing a recount about our swimming lesson and using Talk for Writing strategies including pictures and actions to help us recite it. In Maths, we continued learning how to add using pictures to help us and we looked at different ways to subtract. We used concrete resources to subtract then moved on to pictorial representations and we also looked at counting backwards to subtract. In Phonics, we have been learning phase two tricky words: 
The, I, no, go, to, into 
We have also learnt the following sounds: 
s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, o, g, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss  
We learnt about magnets, making predictions and discussing why certain objects were attracted to the magnet. we also discussed how magnets can repel as well as attract. We used words such as: attract, repel, magnet, metal and magnetic. For fun, we created pictures and used paper clips to make kites fly across the page and fish swim. We took them home so please have a look for a magnet in the house so we can show you our 'magic' trick!

The older children revised their knowledge of multiples and prime numbers in Maths via the use of hundred squares. We were able to identify lots of different patterns in multiplication. 
In Literacy we played speaking games to develop our use of time connectives and conjunctions in preparation for our Newspaper Reports. 
In PE we competed in our Olympic Games events whilst developing different techniques in sprinting, jumping and throwing. Congratulations to all the competitors for their various victories! 
And in Art, we took advantage of the Autumn weather by making beautiful underwater collages using leaves and twigs collected from the garden.

dilluns, 9 d’octubre de 2017

Positive and negative numbers

This week, the younger children welcomed a new member of the class: Carla! Lots of children already knew her from last year and so were very excited to have her back in their class. She has settled well into school and is a welcome addition to the school. 
In English, we continued learning about Goldilocks, describing characters from the story, listening carefully to the story and completing a checklist when we heard words such as 'porridge', 'mummy bear' and 'small chair'. The week culminated in a trip to the park with our teddies for a teddy bear's picnic. 
In Maths, we have been learning to count in twos. This is a useful skill because it means we can count items much quicker! We did this using conkers, the squares outside (in a game of What's the Time Mr Wolf?), completing number sequences and lots of repetition! Next week, we will focus on number bonds to 10. Some of the older children will begin looking at how to partition numbers (for example 23 is 20 and 3). 
We have been learning about minibeasts all week so on Friday, we teamed up with the older children to make some paper mache minibeasts! So far, we have one layer of paper mache complete (despite a few popped balloons!) and are ready for the next layer on Monday. We can't wait to hang our creepy crawlies in the corridor for everyone to see!

The older children began an exciting unit of Report Writing in Literacy. We planned non-chronological reports on topics of our choice before typing them up on our laptops. We also looked at the features of Newspaper Reports in preparation for writing our own news stories next week. 
In Maths, we have been getting our heads around negative numbers and how to solve equations involving both positive and negative numbers. We also deepened our understanding of this (as well as our reading skills) by solving word problems involving negative numbers.

dissabte, 30 de setembre de 2017


This week, lots of us were feeling a little under the weather with a cold. We missed Katie, Julien, Noa, Diego and even Dionne and Ronita throughout the week on various days. However, this didn't stop us from having a lovely week. 
This week in English, we learnt about Goldilocks; we wrote invitations for a teddy bears' picnic for next Friday and thought and wrote about what each character might say. 
In Maths, we have been learning to say one more and one less than a given amount. We used conkers from the playground to help us. We ordered numbers from 1 - 10 and some of us focused on our counting skills. 
In the afternoons, we learnt about minibeasts; we played pairs, hide the minibeast and practised repeating the vocabulary. Next week, with the older children, we will create paper mache minibeasts and go on a minibeasts hunt! 
So far in phonics, we know: 
s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, n, g, o, c, k 
Please help your child to practise writing these at home. 
For our Golden Time, we enjoyed making and eating crepes and we watched part of The Gruffalo film. We have read this book in class before and were captivated by the film!

The older children have had a very productive week. We have been researching more about the Ancient Greeks on the Internet for our History lessons. The children were excited to discover some interesting facts about how the Greeks lived, such as how one of their favourite meals was Black Soup; a broth made up of pig's blood, salt and vinegar! 
In Maths we have been using different strategies to solve column subtraction problems, which also helped us solidify our knowledge of number place value. 
In Art and Design we have been creating leaf crowns and gold, silver and bronze medals for our upcoming Olympic Games event. 
The class have had fun learning about more Greek legends. This week we have read the story of Medusa, the woman with snakes for hair and who turns people to stone if they look at her. In Literacy, we created Wanted posters for Medusa, focusing on using powerful adjectives in our descriptive writing. 
Finally, all the children in the school benefited from taking a break from class to read to each other in the garden. It was very peaceful and enjoyable.