W/C 15th November
This week in phonics the children have learnt the following sounds
wh, ph, ew and oe
This week we have begun to look at some reading comprehension with the children and building verbal responses to questions about a book they are familiar with. This week we focused on retrieval, the children looked at pulling some key information from the text to answer questions and learnt about what a 'fiction' book is.
This week in maths we continued with our learning on addition. The children looked at how two parts make a whole using numicon and counters to support with their understanding of the addition concept. We then moved onto adding more and counting on to find the whole. We used some great maths stories to help us with this concept and the children developed a good understanding of 'first, then and now'. They also used number lines to show how jumps can represent a part to find the whole. One thing I am particularly proud of is how the children are challenging themselves with problem solving and reasoning. They are beginning to use simple sentence stems to create their own response to a question.
In English this week, the children have been exploring some creative writing. Using the topic of 'homes' the children created their own fictional setting that they would then be writing a setting description about. To begin the week we looked at some key features of a setting description. The children identified the great use of adjectives, as well as, I can see and I can hear sentences. In the middle of the week we explored sentence openers and how we can use them to provide more information to the reader and support them in creating a better picture in their minds when reading. The children have begun to use these well in their independent writing. The children's enthusiasm in their writing this week has shone through and it is a true pleasure to see.
This week in Science the children carried out a scientific experiment to explore material properties. We focused on transparent and opaque. The children learnt about what it meant to carry out a 'fair test' and made a prediction using their prior knowledge. We recorded the results in our books and some children challenged themselves to write a simple conclusion. The children enjoyed discovering which objects and materials where opaque and transparent. By the end of the experiment the children had a clear understanding of what each key word meant.
W/C 8th November
This week in phonics the children have learnt the following sounds.
ea, oy, ir, ue and aw
The children are doing incredibly well with their phonics learning and applying it to their reading. The children are working really hard on their fluency skills. We are looking at which words in sentences we can read quickly 'Harder to read and spell words' and also looking at the diagraphs within words to segment and blend correctly. We have now introduced reading on oxford owl and this has been a success so far. The children will be having a challenge book and two fluency books each week.
In maths this week, we have been learning about number bonds. The children very quickly picked up that in a number bond 'two parts make the same whole'. We have used a variety of manipulatives to support our learning from part whole models to tens frames and counters. Once the children had worked well through the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach we began to compare number bonds. They used their addition skills to find the wholes and then began to chose the correct comparison symbol to use. As we move through our learning in maths the children and showing not only are they learning new things but also recalling and remembering previous learning.
This week in English we began to build the different sections of our Non-chronological report. The children looked at using research to note-take and then used notes to write so fantastic sentences. Towards the end of the week we explored exclamation marks and how we use them in our writing but also how we use them in our reading. The children enjoyed reading sentences with expression.
This week the children thoroughly enjoyed learning about remembrance day and global warming.
We read a lovely story about remembrance day where a little girl called Orla leant all about the soldiers who fought for us and why we now wear poppies and what they represent. The children worked hard on creating some lanterns to signify the importance and light of the soldiers that are no longer here and fought for the life we have today. These are now displayed in the main entrance for all to see.
For global warming day we looked at how different things we do as humans on the planet is effecting the place where we live. We looked at how the world is warming up and the effects this is having on the polar regions. The children recalled different things that we can do to start helping the planet. We understand that even though we are a small class we can make a BIG difference. The children made a small pledge to ensure lights in the classroom and around school are turned off when not in use. They created some lovely posters in partnership and cannot wait to take responsibility for our planet.
W/C 1st November 2021
This week the children have been learning the sound ay, ou and ie. The children have enjoyed reading some different 'Hard to read and spell words'. This week the children have tried really hard with reading words and sentences. We are working particularly hard with their reading fluency, the more familiar the children get with words and sounds the better their fluency. Lots of repetition really helps with this. In the phonics provision the children have been looking at spelling words with phase 3 sounds. Some of them then took on the challenge to then put the different words into sentences
In maths this week the children have been look at addition. We began the learning through the exploration of part, whole models. the children are now very confident in their understanding that part + part = whole. We began this practically using a range of concrete resources and then moved on to using the addition symbols and writing number sentences. To end the week we began exploring addition fact families. The children enjoyed the challenge of presenting number sentences in different ways.
This week in English the children have been learning all about Non-chronological reports. The theme of our report will be house types. We began the week by immersing ourselves in different house types. This allowed the children to explore what they wanted to know and what we could write in our own reports. For our own report we are going to be writing about igloos, the children were really excited about this as it was all new learning. Before beginning our own writing the children looked at the features of a non-chronological report. We continued the week by developing our understanding 'research' and what this could look like. The children really WOWED me with their ability to pick out key words/captions from a piece of reading.
This week in science the children have started a new topic 'Materials'. We began the topic by going on hunt around the school to see what different materials the children could find. We took our Ipads to take some pictures. The children's challenge started when they had to distinguish between the object and the material it is made from. After we had been on our hunt and identified some different materials they then had to sort them. The children did very well with this task and used key vocabulary well. To end the lesson the children began to look at purpose and what different objects were made from, to deepen our understanding of this we discussed some silly questions 'What would happen if the tables were made of jelly?'
Thankyou for your continued support,
I cannot wait to see what this half term holds for us!
W/C 18th October 2021
This week this children have had a great week of learning and fun. They have all worked so hard and have had the chance this week to show case their learning from the whole half term. We ended the week with golden time and some Halloween activities, after all their hard work they all thoroughly enjoyed having a bit of fun.
In phonics this week we have been quizzing the children on their current phonic knowledge, I am so proud of the progress they have made and cannot wait to begin our new phonics learning next half term. Any questions about phonics please do not hesitate to ask.
This week in English the children had lots of fun writing instructions. This was their last published write on the half term and I cannot express how proud I was when I compared it to their writing from the beginning on the year. The children have worked very hard on capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and sentence structure this half term. The children had great fun following verbal instructions to build using shapes before going on to writing out their own instructions.
In maths this week we have consolidated our learning from this half term. The children did well answering a range of questions to showcase all of their new knowledge
This week in science we saw the end of our topic. The children ended the half term exploring their sense of sight. They took part in a carousel of activities that supported the children in exploring how light, dark and distance effect our eye sight. The children concluded that when it was dark it was more difficult to see and also when standing further away it was more difficult to read.
This half term the children definitely earnt their golden time. As a class we voted for what the children wanted to do. The children completed this voting well and understood that this was a fair way to make a choice as a class. The children decided on cake decorating and watching a film. They all had a huge smile on their face for the whole afternoon and this was such a delight to see.
Thankyou for your continued support this half term, wishing you all a restful and fun filled half term break
Week 7- W/C 11th October 2021
This week in phonics the children have been learning the following phonemes oo, ar and or
During each lesson the children explored their use of voice when practicing the phoneme, we then explored a range of words which gave us lots of opportunity to practice our segmenting and blending. The children love using their ROBOT ARMS to help with this. We then moved on to reading captions, sentences and small passages of text. During this part of the lesson the children are challenged to spot the focus phoneme and ensure they read it correctly within words. Throughout the lessons children have opportunities to practice writing the grapheme to match the phoneme. We take care with our letter formation during this part and even have a go at spelling some words.
In English this week, we have been learning about instructions. To immerse ourselves into our learning we began by making TURNIP SOUP! We had lots of fun doing this and explored lots of different vocabulary during the lesson.
We then moved on to looking at the features of instructions using a WAGOLL. This helps us to know what we need to include in our instructions when we begin to write. As our school IPad's have now been introduced, we worked with our teacher to 'mark up' our WAGOLL, spotting all the different features. We looked at the; title, equipment, numbers, imperative verbs and sequence.
Finally, we ended the week by working in pairs to follow verbal instructions to make a picture using shapes. We had to make sure we used imperative verbs and gave the instructions in the correct order. This was lots of fun! Some of us had the challenge of writing our verbal instructions down.
In maths this week we have been exploring ordinal numbers. We began the week by taking our learning outside and getting practical. The children took it in turns to have races and giving each other the correct ordinal number e.g. 1st, 2nd, 3rd. We then moved onto looking at pictorial representations of ordinal numbers and answering a range of different questions about the position/place of different people/objects. Some children were also given the challenge of stretching their knowledge further and answered some problem solving and reasoning questions.
In Geography this week we looked a Mow Cop castle. We began by sharing what we already knew and expanded this through whole class research. The children looked at pictures and also learnt some new vocabulary, such as; folley and crag. After we had learnt some more about Mow Cop castle, the children worked in teams to create a fact file using what they had learnt.
In Science this week, we continued to explore our senses. This week, we focused on smell and taste. The children identified the body part the we use for each senses and engaged in some fun practical experiments! Using our senses we tasted some food and got our noses working with some mystery smells. The children made predictions about what they thought it was and began to understand how to make a 'sensible' guess. We the moved on to taste, the children were able to explain how we taste and understood the role that the brain plays in the process.