Under the sea – weeks 3 and 4

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In literacy, we read the rainbow fish and sharing a shell. We spoke about how the fish felt when the rainbow fish wouldn’t share his scales. We were then given a scale each and we wrote down what makes a good friend. We sequenced the stories and wrote about the different scenes.

In phonics, we continued to read and write words containing adjacent consonants. We played beat the timer where we took turns to read the words on the board before the timer ran out. We also played what’s in the box and sentence substitution.

In Maths, we looked at one more than and one less than and subtraction. We estimated how many sea creatures were in our pots and counted to check. We also looked at measuring and comparing objects of different lengths.

In topic, we named as many sea creatures as we could in 30 seconds. We then watched a video and wrote down as many of the creatures as we could in three minutes. We learned facts about jelly fish. We listened to different types of music and spoke about which sea creatures the music reminded us of. We then moved around the classroom imitating different sea creatures. We also looked at rock pools, we spoke about the different sea creatures that we think might live in rock pools and we watched a video to check to see if we were right and we learned some new and interesting facts.

We celebrated World Music Day. We listened to songs from around the world and watched traditional dances and joined in.

We celebrated Windrush day.  We read the poem ‘Windrush child’ and we all acted out the poem.

This is what we did during our continuous provision:


We used different materials to make a variety of sea creatures such as fish, jelly fish, sharks, sea turtles, crabs and sea horses. We also made mermaids and mini aquariums.


The shark ate some fish and we worked out how many were left and wrote down the subtraction number sentence. We used play dough and dice and to solve the subtraction problems. We played bowling and then wrote down how many pins were left. We explored our own number problems using numicon and shells. We also investigated capacity.


We wrote about different sea creatures, we wrote down facts about turtles, we wrote about jelly fish and other fish.

Finger gym:

We weaved fish and jelly fish, we solved the addition problems and added that number of spots to the tentacles, we made an octopus using paper chains and we made creatures using play dough.

Challenge tables:

We made repeating patterns using fish, we circled the rhyming words, we played the shopping game, we ordered numbered fish, we sorted objects that started with b and d, we made 3D shapes using polydrons and we practised our number formation. We also made musical shakers and other instruments to celebrate ‘World Music Day’.

Phonics reading and writing:

We read sentences about the sea, we played under the sea roll and read, we read key words on fish bowls, we wrote key words, we played bingo and we wrote words on our sea themed phoneme frames.



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In literacy, we watched some videos about the sun and then we wrote down our favourite facts about the sun. We also watched some videos from my friend Stephanie who was going on a secret mission somewhere. She gave us some clues and then we had to write down where we thought she was going and why. We discovered the next day that she was actually going to the moon, as some of us correctly guessed. We then saw her in her spaceship and jumping on the moon.

In maths, we practised our addition skills and made sure we counted on to find the answers. The children were challenged to add 3 numbers together.

In phonics, we started to look at phase 4 – adjacent consonants.

In RE, we looked at the parable of the lost sheep. We spoke about the things that are precious to us and how we might feel if we lost them. On sheep templates we wrote down how we would feel if we were lost and then found.

Continuous provision:


We painted planets using shaving foam and paint, made rocket book marks, painted suns using paint, cling film and our hands and we made and decorated UFO’s.


We added moon rocks, stars and planets.


We designed our own planets, rockets and stars and wrote about them. We made space posters, described aliens and we used story cubes to help us to write our own stories.

Finger gym:

We picked up moon rocks using tweezers, cut out items we might take to the moon and stuck them in our suitcases. We also practised tying laces and drew pictures on the magnetic boards.


We sorted items that were light and heavy. We made 2D and 3D shapes using sticks and marshmallows. We sorted 2D and 3D shapes and we bought 3D shapes in our 3D shape shop. We also made repeating patterns using multi-link cubes.

Phonics reading and writing:

We found the astronauts and read the key words on them. We also read the sentences about space. We wrote down words using the alien digraphs and trigraphs and we unlocked the books and wrote a sentence to describe the pictures that were hidden inside.


Science week

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Welcome back! This week we started our final topic of the year – my favourite things. The children have chosen the weekly themes themselves.

This week was science week.

In literacy we read the book ‘Little Miss inventor’. We spoke about the word inventor and what it means. We brainstormed the Mr Men and Little Miss characters we knew. We then wrote down what we would invent for someone.

In phonics, we practised writing letters and sounds. We wrote words down using these sounds and continued to practise writing key words.

In maths, we looked at distance and time. We were shown some cars that were attached to balloons. We filled one up with a lot of air and one with less air. The children then predicted which one would travel the furthest distance and why. As they predicted, the car with the most air did. Although the cars didn’t travel in a straight line because of the wind. we then tried the same experiment with different shaped balloons. Can you remember what happened?

We also looked at time, we named as many words as we could associated with time. We spoke about the things we might do at different times of the day. We also spoke up the things we could and could not do in one minute.


In topic, we carried our three science experiments this week. We looked at what happens when you add hot chocolate to cold water, hot water and boiling water. Can you remember what we found out? We also mixed water and oil together and we discovered that they did not mix. Our final experiment involved making a volcanic eruption. We added vinegar to bicarbonate of soda and water and watched the lava erupt out of the top of our volcano.


In RE, we started our new topic – Why is Jesus special to Christians. We spoke about what the word special means. We then thought of someone who is special to us and we drew a picture of them and wrote down why they are special to us.

This is what we did during our Science inspired continuous provision this week:


We made art using paint and salad spinners. We drew spots with felt tip pens on coffee filter paper and added water using pipettes to create some beautiful artwork. We made pictures using milk, oil and paint. We painted on ice and we made a collage using different materials and tested which ones were waterproof.


We investigated length and time using a variety of resources. We also made 3D shapes with marshmallows.


We labelled science items, we made our own ‘Little Miss Inventor’ books, we wrote in our big Little Miss book and we wrote about different inventions.

Challenge and Understanding the World tables

We used ‘science’ words to describe the different objects and materials.  We spoke about our ocean bottles and what happened when we shook them and we tried to make waves. We added water to save the creatures that were trapped in the ice blocks. We observed coloured water walking up the kitchen roll and saw that a new colour was being formed in the middle beaker. Another experiment we carried out was the carnation experiment; we put white carnations into vases that contained different coloured water and noticed that some flowers then started to turn different colours.

Finger gym

We experimented with magnetic sensory bottles, we made body parts using play dough and we cut jelly cubes using scissors.


We used magnifying glasses to read key words, we made words that were in jelly and we wrote sentences to describe the different ‘science’ pictures.





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We had a busy last week of term and end to our half-termly topic, ‘The world around us’. We went on a trip and we learnt about where the adults were from and did some activities around those countries: Jamaica, Bangladesh, France and Italy.

We started off our literacy lessons this week by looking at how stories start. We shared our responses and then we had a mini quiz to complete. We had to listen to the opening lines of some stories and we had to work out which book they belonged to.  I was very impressed with how well the children did. I included a book that we read way back in September, and although they could not remember the title, ‘Some dogs do’, they knew which book it was and described the story to me. I then introduced the children to the book we were looking at this week – ‘Journey’. We discovered that it had no words, so we put on our author hats and we made up on our stories. We decided to call the main character Nina. We chose a page from the book and we wrote a sentence to describe it.

On Wednesday, we continued to look at the book and discovered that the girl had a special red pen and whenever she drew something with it, it came to life. She drew a door on her bedroom wall and we spoke about what might be on the other side. We then wrote down what magical place we would like to go to.

In phonics, we recapped ‘air’, ‘ure’ and ‘er’. We continued to practise writing our tricky words too.

In maths, we looked at halving and sharing. On Monday afternoon, we helped halve the number of plastic cups that Miss Khanom-Meah and Ms Mabrut would pack for our trip the next day. We remembered that halving means sharing equally into two groups. We continued to halve more objects so that they would be pack the same amount each.

On Thursday, we were given paper plate pizzas and we had to work with our talk partners to halve the ingredients so that we had the same amount of toppings on each half.

On Tuesday, we went on our class trip to Brockwell park. We met up with the Reception class from our partner school – St. Andrews and played games and had a picnic together. We had lots of fun. A massive thank you to all the parents who came along to help us – you were great.

On Friday, we made pizzas with Miss Miller. Yummy!

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

Art table:

We made magic carpets, beach scenes, created some Matisse inspired pictures, we made saris, pizzas and pictures using pasta.

Understanding the world:

We looked at people who help us and we debugged the repeating patterns and sentences.

Finger gym:

We made shapes and patterns, made flags using pegs and other resources. We made play dough pizzas and we did some weaving.


We did lots of halving and sharing activities this week. We shared the food into the lunch boxes, we halved pizza toppings and we halved resources using the halving mats.


We wrote about a magical journey we would like to go on, we wrote in our own journey booklets and we did some free choice writing.


We had to sort out the items that you would mainly associate with France, Jamaica, Bangladesh or Italy. We also made mosaic pictures.


We had to choose a picture and write about it, we used stamps to make words, we had to crack the secret codes to make a word and we wrote our own codes for Miss Ragusa to solve. We also read and wrote key words.

I hope you have had an amazing half term holiday. I am looking forward to hearing all about it on Monday.







Lost and found

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This week we read lost and found and on Thursday and Friday we learnt about the royal wedding.

In literacy, we looked at the story and spoke about where the penguin came from and what we might pack if we went to the South Pole with the little boy and the penguin.

We then spoke about why the penguin knocked on the little boy’s door and how the boy felt. We told our talk partners which animal we would like to knock on our door and why. We then wrote ‘found’ posters.

In phonics, we revisited ‘ur’, ow’, ‘oi’ and ear.

In maths, we looked at doubling. We had to double the number of penguins on the boats, as we needed a quick way to get lots of penguins over from the South Pole to the penguin’s birthday party. We then doubled the number of jewels on the crowns; we came up to the board, rolled the dice and then doubled the jewels. We were also challenged to write the corresponding number sentence.

On Friday, we had an outdoor maths lesson. We had to make doubles using ourselves and then using the unifix cubes, we found our double partners.

We had a royal lunch on Thursday in the dinner hall.

On Friday it was outdoor learning day and some of our parents were able to pop by to help us with some gardening. Thank you for your help!

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

We created front covers of the book, made penguins, decorated a bride and groom and we made fascinators and shields.

Finger gym:
We doubled the pom poms, we cut out and ordered the lost and found items, we practised our tying skills, we made play dough wedding cakes and we made union jacks.

We estimated how many snowballs were in the jars, we solved the addition problems, we practised our number formation, we made shapes using coloured matchsticks, we picked out the healthy food from the selection we were given, we discussed and created a wedding menu and we made flower headbands and bow ties.

We read the statements and decided if they were true or false, we made words using the cubes, we matched pictures to the captions and we wrote about the wedding pictures.
We did lots of doubling activities this week. We doubled the number of bears, ladybird spots, unifix cubes, jewels on crowns and gems on wedding dresses.

We wrote about the story, we wrote on penguin paper, we wrote wedding invitations, we became wedding planners and had to choose our favourite cake, dress, flowers, venue and food and then we wrote about them in our wedding planners.

The naughty bus

This week in literacy, we were shown a present and we had to guess what was inside. Some of us correctly guessed that it was the naughty bus. We spoke about what buses are for. Which buses we had been on and where they took us. We then imagined that the bus was magical and spoke about where we would love it to take us, if it could take us anywhere in the world. We had an array of answers: Fairy world, Dinosaur world, Horrid Henry’s house, butterfly world and Myatt’s field park.

On Wednesday, we came into the classroom and saw that all of our learning folders had been thrown all over the floor!! We initially blamed the gingerbread man and some of the children said it was them and that they wore disguises and came back to school that night! We looked at a picture of our folders that Milton, the premises manager took, and when we looked closely we saw that the naughty bus was inside one of the folders! We used our notepads to write down any clues we could find. We later saw that the naughty bus had also been in our playground!

In phonics, we revisited ‘ar’ and ‘or’.

In maths, we looked at subtraction. We counted how many people were on the bus then ding…the bell went which meant someone wanted to get off. We said there would now be less people on the bus. We all drew buses and added 8 people. Each time someone got off we took one away and wrote down the number sentence. We continued to do some work in small groups.

In RE, we reminded ourselves of what Christians believe God created. We then spoke about the importance of caring for and looking after all of the things and people in God’s world. We spoke about the things we can do to ensure we care and look after the things and people in this world. The children then made posters to discourage people from littering in the sea and in our parks.

On Thursday morning, Peter from the CLC came in to teach us all about technology. In small groups, we looked closely at some preserved bugs. We drew them and then took pictures of them with the iPads. Then we got to use a microscope to take a closer look. If that was not exciting enough, we got to use VR headsets and saw inside an Egyptian pyramid. When we looked up we could see the clouds.

On Friday, we had a whole topic day of computing. We looked at algorithms, we learnt that this was a set of steps and instructions. We had to think about the steps involved in brushing our teeth. We then watched a video and discovered there were a lot more steps than we initially thought. I then showed the children the smiley Face I had drawn on a whiteboard. I challenged the children to name the first step. A lot of them thought it was ‘draw a circle for the face’. One child then correctly said the first thing is to get a whiteboard and pen. The children then worked in pairs and had to draw a smiley face from the instructions their partners gave them. They then swapped over and were given instructions to draw a house. After break we looked at ‘debugging’ algorithms. We watched a video of a man who was trying to make a banana smoothie but there was a ‘bug’ in his algorithm as he poured the drink all over him. When we looked at his steps we saw that he wrote drink the smoothie (from the blender) and forgot to write pour the smoothie into a glass. In groups we were given repeating patterns and sentences that contained bugs. The children had to find the bug and correct it. We then fed back to the class. We also looked at the steps involved in frying an egg. We saw that there was a picture of a whole egg in the pan and we realised that the bug was that we just said ‘Put the egg into the pan’ rather than, crack the egg into the pan.

After lunch we looked at following a routine and steps to make a dance routine. The children were then challenged to make their own routine and to add in new movements.

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

Art table:

We made Oyster cards, we made some 3D buses, made some traps to catch the naughty bus, we made pictures of London landmarks and we created pictures on the iPads.


All aboard our new bus!

Finger gym:

We added the right number of spots to our bus tickets, we picked up the teddies using tweezers and matched them to the numbers and we cut out icons and created our own iPads.


We did lots of activities around subtraction and we used a calculator on our computing day.

Writing: We wrote about a bus journey we liked, we wrote postcards to Kevin, we made our own naughty bus books. We wrote on iPad templates and we typed sentences using Miss Ragusa’s laptop.

Phonics tables:

We read key words on buses, we labelled the parts of a bus, we listened to the words and sentences and then wrote these down, we read text messages and followed the instructions to make a picture.

Understanding the world table:

We sorted the different modes of transport, we looked at tube and bus maps and we experimented with different types of technology.

We also did this:

The Gruffalo

In literacy, we spoke about the different features of the Gruffalo and we wrote these down on our whiteboards during a shared write.

We then looked at the different scenes in the book. We focused on one with the fox and the mouse and in our talk partners we became the characters and acted out what they might say. Some children then came up to the front to share their scenes with us.

In maths, we looked at one or two more than. We rolled the dice and then put that number of nuts in the mouse’s basket then we said what one more would be. We then wrote this as a number sentence. We continued to work on this in small groups but this time we had to add prickles to our play dough gruffalos.

In topic, we focused on making a piece of art using natural items. We drew a gruffalo on the floor then we went on a nature hunt and thought about the items we could use to make our gruffalo.

In phonics, we revisited igh, oa, oo short and oo long.

In RE, we visited Christ Church and spoke about the importance of doing kind things for others and for God. We all then showed great team work and effort by helping to clean the church. Father Tim was very appreciative of our efforts and was pleased with the great job we did. We spoke about how nice it made us feel to do something nice for others.

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


We made bubble wrap snakes, made characters from the book, made character headbands and we made paper bag Gruffalos.

Finger gym

We pegged the right number of ‘prickles’ onto the numbered gruffalos, we made patterns with peg boards and we made lots of pictures and patterns using our new magnetic boards.


We circled the word that didn’t rhyme, we found rhyming pairs and we made words using magnetic letters.


We practised our letter and number formation.

Understanding the world

We created our wild things again on Monday as we loved this activity so much last week, we sorted animals that lived in forests and those that lived in the sea. We matched animals to their foot prints.


We played a gruffalo board game board and we practised our addition skills when using the adding machine!


We wrote about the story, we wrote about our favourite characters and we drew and wrote about our gruffalo traps.

We also did this: