Easter

This week in literacy, we read the book ‘The egg’. We had to predict what we thought was inside this gigantic egg and write our predictions down on our whiteboards. We then continued to read the story and we found out that there was a dragon inside. On Wednesday, we discussed what it would be like to have a dragon as a pet. We wrote down a list of positives and negatives to having a pet dragon.

In Maths, we revisited 3D shapes. We looked at the different shapes in the bag and named them and we also described the shapes using our maths words: faces, vertices and edges.

In phonics, we recapped our phase three sounds and key words.

In RE, we recapped the Easter story and we looked at how we celebrate Easter and why. We then had to find the eggs hidden around the room that contained different parts of the story and we had to sequence them.

In Topic, we spoke about how we celebrate Easter and then we looked at how Easter is celebrated around the world. We found out that in Scotland eggs are rolled down a hill to remind us of the rolling away of the stone in front of the tomb. In a town called Haux, in France, a ginormous pancake is made using 4,500 eggs. In Bermuda, kites are made and flown to celebrate that Jesus rose from the dead.

We had an egg and spoon race outside and then we celebrated Easter like Scotland and we rolled our eggs across the playground.

The rain prevented us from having an Easter egg hunt outside, so we had one in the classroom instead. I hope you liked your masks, bunnies and raisins.

This is some of what we did during our continuous provision:

Art table:

We made our bunny and chick popcorn cups and bookmarks for our Easter fair. We also painted eggs and decorated eggs.

Finger gym table:

We cut out some Easter items, painted eggs using cotton buds and added the right number of spots to the eggs.

Maths table:

We matched the eggs, did some egg addition, made some 3D shape bunnies and carrots and weighed eggs.

We continued to find, make and name 3D shapes around the classroom.

Writing table:

We wrote about what we would like to find in our Easter eggs, we wrote down what the bunny might say, we did some free choice writing and we wrote some Easter cards.

Small world table:

We loved our Easter related small world table. We counted, we added and we even halved the eggs.

Phonics table:

We read words and matched the pictures, we chose a picture to put in the top part of an egg and wrote down the corresponding word. We also read captions and matched the pictures.

We loved developing our fine motor skills whilst using our brand new peg boards and weaving boards.

We also did this:

Have a lovely holiday 🐣 🐣

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Springtime

This week in literacy, we looked at the book ‘Oliver’s vegetables’. Oliver wrote to us to ask us about our favourite vegetables so that he could make his grandpa a vegetable soup with an exciting new vegetable that we might know. He also asked us if we could write down some instructions on how to make the soup as he did not know how to cook and he knew we did, as he had seen the pictures of us cooking on our class blog.

In phonics, we revised our sounds from last week – ur, ear, oi and ow. We were all given a word that contained one of these sounds. We had to read the word and then put it on the right labelled plate – ur, ear, oi or ow. We were then given a picture, we had to say the word and then decide which sound was in that word and put it on the right plate.

We also learnt the new sounds, air as in hair, ure as in cure and er as in hammer. We will be practising all of our phase three digraphs and trigraphs next week, particularly the ones like ‘ure’ that we found tricky. The key words we learnt to read this week were: her and all.

In maths, we looked at halving. Percy the pig wanted to eat the same amount of apples for lunch and dinner but he did not know how to work it out. We helped him by halving the number of apples he had to eat for lunch and dinner. The children then helped me, I went to Tesco to buy Ms Khanom-Meah and Ms Miller some chocolate buttons but they only had one packet left and I didn’t know what to do. One of the children suggested that I share the packet and give them half each. The children then helped me halve the buttons by sharing them out one at a time. On Friday the children helped two bears 🐻 🐻 by halving the number of sweets they had in their bags.

In topic, we looked at the different seasons of the year. We spoke about our favourite season and which words we could use to describe each one. We then made season trees and chose the resources we wanted to represent each season.

We had two RE lessons this week. On Tuesday, we looked at the importance of the cross and learnt about how Jesus died and then on Wednesday, we focused on the importance of the stone and we discovered that Jesus had risen from the dead. We decorated crosses to show why they are special to Christians and on Wednesday we went outside to find a stone which represented the stone from the story and we painted it.

We did lots of sporting activities this week to celebrate sport relief. We played futsal – Brazil’s national team would have been very proud of our efforts. We completed an obstacle course, we took part in a skipathon and we ran a mile in our sportswear.

We began making one of the products we will be selling at the Easter fair on Thursday. Please make sure you come and buy our popcorn bunnies and chicks – they will be on sale for 50p each. On Monday we will start making our bunny and chick bookmarks too!

Here are some more pictures from our class assembly:

This is some of what we did during our continuous provision:

Art table:

We made clay flowers and painted them, we painted some beautiful flowers, we made garden fences and printed some flowers using forks, bottles and lids.

Finger gym:

On Monday, to follow the children’s interests, we practised our cutting skills and made our own iPads. We also used pasta and clay to make flower mosaics, we made flowers by bending over strips of paper and we practised tying laces and doing up buttons.

Maths table:

We did lots of different halving activities. We cut shapes in half, we halved the sugars cubes to make sure the horse ate half of the cubes for lunch and half for dinner, we chose a number card and then halved the food items so we had half in one lunch box and half in the other and we also shared hearts and gems.

We also continued to use our maths challenge board.

Small world:

We did lots of planting and spoke about the different vegetables we could see. We even made onion, broccoli and potato ice cream!

Writing table:

We wrote about our favourite vegetables, we described the spring animal pictures, we made our own recipe books, we did some free choice writing and we wrote about our class assembly.

Challenge table:

We had to sort out the fruits from the vegetables. We packed a healthy and an unhealthy lunch, we wrote with carrots, we matched the baby animals to their mothers and we practised our letter formation.

Understanding the world table:

We cut up fruit and described what they looked, felt and smelt like. We predicted what they might taste like and then we tried them. The word sour was used to describe the taste of the lemon, lime and grapefruit. We also dissected a flower and spoke about the different parts we could see.

Phonics table:

We read words on vegetables, made digraph flowers, we found and read the tiny key words and we practised writing key words.

Outdoor learning:

We planted our potatoes in the new vegetable garden and some of us fed the animals in the forest school area. Pictures to follow.

Our first class trip

This week, Reception class went to Vauxhall City Farm to learn all about farm animals. We got to feed some of the animals and we met some of the animals too; thank you to Caramel the Polish chicken, Jeremy the bunny rabbit and Cheddar the guinea pig for letting us stroke you and find out all about you. A big thank you to all of our parent volunteers who joined us on our lovely trip to the farm. We hope you had as much fun as we did.

In literacy this week, we read the book ‘A squash and a squeeze’, we spoke about the different animals in the story. We recalled all of the things the animals did in the lady’s house. We then spoke about which animal we would not like to live with and why. We also had to create a new page in the book, so we first thought of an animal and then we had to think about something mischievous that that animal might do that would make the old lady want them to leave.

In phonics, we looked at the new sounds: ur as in church, ow as in cow, oi as in coin and ear as in hear.

In maths, we looked at one less than. Some of us were eggs and when one hatched into a chick, we discovered that we had one less egg and we counted back to find out how many eggs were left. We also met Sam the sheep who kept eating strawberries from the farmer’s plate! We drew our own plates on whiteboards with strawberries on and when he ate one and we had one less strawberry, we took one away from our plates and we had to workout how many were left. We also wrote the corresponding subtraction number sentences on the board.

On Friday, we read the book Marvin wants more. We decided to help Marvin by putting him on a diet. He had to eat one less item each time. We were given a plate and we chose a card from a selection and had to put that number of sugar cubes on Marvin’s plate but because Marvin was on a diet he had to eat one less than the number on his plate, we had to count back and say how many cubes he had to eat.

In topic, we looked at what plants need to grow. We looked at a picture of a flower and named the different parts. We then were given a pot each to decorate and we planted our own cress seeds. We were pleased to see that they had grown lots throughout the week.

In RE, we recapped our learning so far this half term, and then we learnt about when Jesus went to pray in the garden of Gethsemane. We spoke about why Jesus went to pray and what things worry us and who we could talk to if we were worried about anything. We then made our own gardens.

This is some of what we did during our continuous provision:

Art table:

We made bubble wrap sheep, ‘Andy Warhol’ inspired chickens, we created different textured cows and we made a collage of a farm.

Finger gym:

We practised writing numbers using feathers, we pegged animals by size, we used Lego to print on play dough and we had to pick up as many gems as we could in 30 seconds.

Role play area:

Our new vets worked hard this week to help the poorly animals.

Small word:

We enjoyed playing on our farm.

Writing area:

We wrote down some rhyming words, we wrote about the animals we would not want to live with and why, we wrote about the different fruit and vegetables we like to eat, we wrote on the paper we asked for and we wrote about our trip to the farm in our farm trip books.

Maths table:

We did lots of different activities around ‘one less than’. We played one less than bingo, we had to say the number that was one less than or one more than a given number and we had to match the number sentences to complete the maths challenge.

We also found doubles and 3D shapes around the classroom.

We enjoyed doing lots of the challenges on our maths challenge board this week:

We matched objects to the 3D shape cards, we ordered numbers to 20, we ordered sheep by size and we described where the fox was.

Challenge table:

We had to write our names using different colours and we had to find the hidden words and read them.

Understanding the world table:

We learnt about farm animals.

Phonics table:

We read sentences about farm animals, we matched pictures to captions, we wrote words containing the new digraphs we have learnt, we chose a picture and had to write a sentence about it and we practised making, writing and reading some key words.

Outside area:

We explored capacity in the sand pit and in the water tray and we practised our number recognition and one more than and one less than.

Next week we will be looking at spring 🌷🌻🌺🌸💐🥀🍊🍏🥕🥔🌽🍐🍒

Have a lovely weekend.

The hungry caterpillar

In literacy, we spoke about the book and what the hungry caterpillar ate. We discussed what we would eat first and why. We then looked at pictures of lots of different food on the board. In groups, on big paper, we chose something we would like to eat, we drew a picture of it and then wrote it down.

During our reading session we focused on reading the word ‘like’.

On Wednesday, we compared the caterpillar and the butterfly. We were given a caterpillar and a butterfly each, then, taking turns with our talk partners, we described each one. We then shared our descriptions with the rest of the class. On a post-it note we wrote down a sentence to describe either the caterpillar or the butterfly.

In phonics, we recapped the two different sounds of the ‘oo’ grapheme. We played a blending game and what’s in the box; the children chose a picture from the box and then had to come up to the board and find the corresponding word. We also learnt the new sounds ‘ar’ and ‘or’ and the tricky word ‘they’.

In maths, we looked at subtraction. Some of us were cows, some of us were ducks and some of us were farmers. The farmers counted how many animals were in each pen and then some animals escaped to find some food. The cows had to work out how many ducks had escaped and make the number sentence and then the ducks worked out how many cows were left and made the subtraction number sentences.

In topic, we spoke about the food the hungry caterpillar ate and then we helped sort the foods on the board into categories: healthy, unhealthy and those in the middle. We then made and enjoyed eating our own healthy fruit and vegetable caterpillars.

We also looked at the lifecycle of a butterfly and made our own representations of each stage, using pasta and beans. Some children decided to draw each stage.

In RE, we learnt about the last supper. We learnt that Jesus knew he was going away for a long time and wanted to have a special meal with his friends. We spoke about the special meals we have. We then chose from a variety of food items to make our own special meals.

Miss Allinson showed us the potatoes we will be growing.

On Thursday, we celebrated ‘World book day’ and we came into school dressed as our favourite book characters.

We also practised for our class assembly; we hope you enjoyed it. The children were absolutely amazing and I was very proud of them. 😃

This is some of what we did during our continuous provision:

Art table:

We painted caterpillars using balloons, we made hungry caterpillar collages and we made Mother’s Day cards and biscuits; we hope you liked them. Happy Mother’s Day!

Finger gym table:

We made paper chain and play dough caterpillars. We also had to pick up as many animals as we could in 30 seconds using tweezers or pegs.

Maths table:

We did lots of subtraction activities this week. It was also great to see the children independently finding and correctly naming some 3D shapes around the classroom.

Literacy table:

We wrote about the food the caterpillar ate, we wrote in butterfly shaped books and we wrote about the book characters we dressed up as.

Challenge table:

We had to order the numbered gems to make a caterpillar 🐛. We also played bingo with our friends.

Phonics table:

We practised writing words containing the digraphs and trigraphs we have been learning. We also ordered the caterpillars to make sentences. It was also lovely to see children independently spotting digraphs in book titles.

Don’t forget we have our trip to the farm 🐷🐥🐴🐔🦆🐮 on Wednesday – please bring in the permission slips tomorrow if you have not already done so. Thank you. Have a lovely weekend.

World book week

To celebrate world book week, we looked at one of our favourite books we read this year – funny bones!

In literacy, we worked with Year 4 to come up with our own funny bones stories. We planned our stories together on Tuesday and then we wrote them on Wednesday.

We also read to Year 4 and they read to us.

In Maths, we looked at money. We looked at the different coins we have in the UK, but we particularly looked at pennies. Can you remember the other words we use for pennies? In the lesson, I was the shop keeper and Ms Miller and Ms Khanom-Meah were customers and purchased some books from the shop. The children helped read the price tags and checked that the customers had enough pennies to buy the books. The children also had to add up the total cost of two items in the shop.

In phonics, we learnt two new sounds. The long ‘oo’ digraph which is in words such as moon and boot and the short ‘oo’ digraph which is in words such as foot and book.

In RE, we started our new topic for this half term, “What is so special about Easter?” We discovered that Easter is the most important festival for Christians. This week we looked at Palm Sunday. We spoke about the special role that the donkey played by carrying a ‘king’. We then made our own palm leaves so that we could retell the story.

We had our final literacy through photography session on Wednesday. Thank you to all of the parents who were able to join us. The children went on a hunt around the classroom and had to take photographs of things beginning with different letter sounds, things they liked doing and things that helped them to learn. Each group created their own story and presented it to the class. Well done everyone!

We also practised lots for our class assembly which will now take place on Friday 9th March at 9.15am. We hope to see you all there.

This is some of what we did during our continuous provision:

Art table:

We made skeletons using cotton buds and pasta. We were inspired by Vincent van Gogh and made our own ‘Starry night’ pictures. On Thursday, we made mirrors like the one in one of our favourite fairytales, ‘Snow White’.

Finger gym table:

We had to put the skeleton pieces together to make some of the characters in the book. We also used pipettes and coloured water to count how many drops it took to fill each of the day and night objects.

Role play area:

We loved role playing in our new book shop this week.

We priced the books using our new price gun.

We arranged the books to make sure our shop looked neat and tidy.

We labelled books and wrote down some of our favourite book titles.

We practised our counting and number recognition skills and used vocabulary associated with money when buying and selling items from the shop.

We also enjoyed reading books in the cafe area of our shop.

Maths table:

We sorted the different coins that had been mixed up, we added pennies to the empty jars, we found the hidden purses around the classroom and then had to count the pennies and match them to the price tags. We also made shapes and patterns using the geo boards. We continued to use maths around the classroom – we used the stick puppets from the small world table to create a repeating pattern and we spoke about capacity on the finger gym table.

Understanding the world table:

We had to find the nocturnal animals. We also carried out a science experiment; we drew shapes in shoe templates using a white wax candle and then painted the shoe and spoke about what happened.

Phonics table:

We had to read the words on the bones, we read and wrote key words, we sorted out the sh, ch, ai and ee words. We also practised writing the new sounds we learnt this week.

Writing table:

We practised our letter formation, we wrote down what the different characters might say, we wrote about our favourite part of the story and we wrote down what we do during the day and what we do during the night.

I wonder which book we will learn about next week…🐛🦋

Owl babies

Our new topic for this half term is animals. This week we looked at the book “Owl Babies” by Martin Waddell.

In literacy, we read the story and discussed what happened and how the owls felt at different points in the story. We became mummy owl and we wrote a letter to the owl babies telling them where we were so that they would not worry. We also spoke about world book week next week, and in particular, one of the class tasks we have to do. Each class has to transform their classroom door into a book cover minus the title, then on Friday we do a ‘tour of the doors’ and we have to try to workout as many book covers as possible. The children wrote down the book cover they would like us to have on our door and then the most popular book cover was chosen. We can’t tell you what it is though, but all will be revealed on Friday!

In maths, we looked at addition. We had to add up how many owls were in each nest and write the corresponding number sentences. We also helped the sad owl who was hungry, by feeding him some worms. We rolled two dice and then had to add the dots up and give the owl the total number of worms. We also said and wrote the number sentences. He was then very happy again and thanked us for our help.

In phonics, we recapped our sounds and key words from last half term.

In our photography workshop this week, we had to create our own stories. We worked in groups and we were given a picture of a setting and we used the photos we took of our characters, props, emotions and actions from the previous sessions to help us create our stories. We then presented them to the class. There were some very imaginative stories so well done everyone. Please come and join us on Wednesday (28th February) for our final photography session which is at 2pm until 3pm in the hall.

We also continued to practise lots and lots for our class assembly next week. We hope to see you all there – it is at 9.15am in the hall. Please bring in your costumes on Monday ready for our dress rehearsal, thank you to those of you who already have done so. Also, please remember to practise your lines using your big loud voices. You have all worked so hard and you will be amazing.

This is some of what we did during our continuous provision:

Art:

We painted owls using sponges, some of us chose to colour them in, we made 3D shape owls, we made nests for the owls and we made owls using cotton wool. As always, we came up with our own ideas and this week one child chose to make superhero cuffs.

Maths:

We counted the owls on the cards and then had to peg the right number. We used our new big calculator, we had to roll the dice and put the corresponding number of gems into the nests and then add them up to the find the total. We also used numicon to help us solve the addition problems. Some children came up with their own addition problems using objects around the classroom and were able to solve them correctly. Well done!

Finger gym:

We picked up worms using tweezers and chopsticks and had to see how many we could pick up in 30 seconds. We had to put the right number of gems into the numbered nests. We made necklaces using feathers, we threaded the wool through the holes and we were encouraged to try and tie our own knots. We also made owls using play dough and then some children chose to make birthday cakes.

Literacy:

We wrote down what the different owls said in the story, we wrote about our favourite characters and we made up our own owl baby stories.

Phonics:

We played buried treasure, we had to read the words on the gold coins and then decide if the words were fake/made up or if they were real words, if the words were made up we had to put them in the bin and if they were real words then we put them in the treasure chest. We had to match the owl digraphs and trigraphs to the words and read them. We wrote down the words we could see in the forest scene and as a challenge we used the words to write sentences. We also read and wrote some key words.

Challenge:

This week on our challenge table we had to play the owl game with our friends, we took turns to roll the dice and then cover that number on our owl cards. The first one to cover all of the numbers won. We also had to spin the owl wheel and then colour in the corresponding owl to make our own owl graphs. It was nice to see that some children made up their own games.

We also did this:

Next week:

Don’t forget to dress up as your favourite book characters on Thursday 1st March. Please bring in the book that your character is from too, but only if you have it. I have my costume….I wonder if you will be able to guess who I am.

Also, don’t forget the ‘Get caught reading challenge’. Please bring in a photo or upload it to the interactive learning diary, of you reading in an obscure location. Prizes will be given out for the most obscure locations. Good luck!

The gingerbread man

In literacy, we recapped the story of ‘The gingerbread man’. We spoke about the different characters in the story and said which one was our favourite and why. We then read a description of one of the characters on the board and we had to workout which character was being described. The children then had to choose a character and write their own description. They had to remember to write each sound they could hear in each word, use their finger spaces, use a capital letter at the start of their sentences and a full stop at the end of each sentence.

On Wednesday, the children listened to a presentation on internet safety. They watched a story called the three little monsters. They were able to tell me what happened in the story and what they would do if they were faced with the same issue the monsters were. Just like in the story, the children then wrote down on their whiteboards what they liked about school.

On Friday, I told the children that someone had left crumbs all over the carpet which made me feel sad. They said it was not them and I checked with the other adults in the room and it was not them either. I managed to get a video of the classroom from Thursday evening, and we watched it together. We could not believe what we saw! A gingerbread man and his family came into the classroom and left crumbs all over our carpet spaces before running away. The children came up with the idea to make wanted posters and we showed them to Year 3, 5 and 6 to see if they had seen the family anywhere. The children also went looking outside and found some clues. I have a feeling that we will see the gingerbread man and his family again soon. I wonder where they will be next time…

In maths, we looked at doubling. We saw that something strange was happening to the gingerbread man – everything he said or wore was doubling. Instead of just saying hello, he said hello hello. He started off with two buttons but they doubled so he had two more and ended up with four buttons. The same with his hat, he had three stars but they doubled so he had three more. We looked at doubling ourselves. We had three girls on one side of me and when I said we need to double the number of girls the children knew we needed three more girls to stand on the other side of me. We then worked out that double three is six as we counted up how many girls there were altogether. We also had to double the number of treats on the gingerbread house.

In phonics, we learnt two new sounds, we learnt our very first trigraph – ‘igh’. Can you remember what a trigraph is? (It’s three letters that come together to make one sound.) We also learnt the digraph ‘oa’. We had two new tricky words to learn as well, my and you.

In RE, we looked at a picture on the board and we had to first say where it had been taken and then think about what festival was depicted. Some of us knew it was a church and then the children explained how they knew and then the children worked out that the church was celebrating the Harvest festival. We spoke about what we did to celebrate the Harvest festival back in October. We then spoke about what we were thankful for.

During our photography workshop this week, we went on a treasure hunt outside to find some hidden characters that we will use in the stories we are creating, we also used digital cameras to take close up pictures of our objects. We then drew our objects and labelled them.

It was internet safety week this week, so we did lots of activities in class and had extra assemblies about the importance of staying safe and being kind online. In addition to our internet safety based literacy lesson on Wednesday, we made a physical web to show how we are all connected to each other. We made pledges on jigsaw pieces on Tuesday to show how we are going to play our part in keeping safe online and how we can be kind to each other. We also used our hands and named five trusted adults that we could talk to if we had any worries and questions about staying safe online and in general.

This is what we did during our continuous provision:

Art table:

We made treats to go on a big gingerbread house, we decorated gingerbread men, we decorated our very own gingerbread houses and we did some gingerbread man printing.

Finger gym table:

We added the right number of buttons to the gingerbread men, we made gingerbread men using play dough, we decorated gingerbread men using cotton buds and paint, we made sweets out of play dough and we used the tweezers to add the pom poms to solve the double addition number problems.

Maths table:

We made 2D and 3D shapes using sticks and marshmallows, we did some double spot painting and we used mirrors and numicon to work out the doubles.

Writing table:

We wrote about the story and our favourite characters, we made our own gingerbread men and houses and then wrote about them and we wrote our wanted posters on Friday after seeing the gingerbread family in our classroom.

Challenge table:

We had to find the hidden gingerbread men and read the numbers on them and we had to spot the differences in the two pictures of Hansel and Gretel.

Phonics table:

We practised writing our new sounds and words containing these sounds and then read them. We read captions and sentences and we had to find the rhyming pairs.

We also did this: