This week we took our class octopus kite out to observe the impact of the wind on the flight of a kite.
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Unfortunately it was not a very windy day which meant that Miss Boultby and Mr Hedges had to run around with it to make it fly! The children loved chasing after it and many said they will be asking Santa for one for Christmas. We will hopefully take it out again when it is a windy day.
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The past 7 days have been about settling the children into Year One and making sure they are happy. The children have been given plenty of time for self-selection so they've had the chance to form new friendships, explore their new environment and gel as a class. During our first couple of days we discussed what we need to do to ensure our class is a happy place where learning can happen and from this we created our own class promise. We voted for our class ambassadors and school council representatives and we shared out responsibilities so everyone has something to look after in the classroom.
We also had some R Time where we talked to our partner about our age, pets and favourite food to develop our listening skills and learn something new about each other. We also celebrated our similarities and differences. Our Topic this half-term is 'Up, Up and Away'.
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This week we have shared books related to this such as 'Up and Down' by Oliver Jeffers and 'Penguin Small' by Mick Inkpen which the children have really enjoyed. We pretended to go on an adventure like Penguin Small and wrote a list of what we would pack in our suitcase. We also listed ingredients for a sandwich to take with us so we wouldn't get hungry on our adventure.
In Maths we have ordered numbers to 20, counted out objects to 20, wrote numbers to 20 and verbally counted up and back. In Phonics we have been recapping phase 2 and phase 3 phonemes. On Friday the children made the sandwich for their adventures. The best part was eating it of course. Most children gave themselves outstanding reviews with many claiming it was "delicious", "the best sandwich ever! Click here for more information.
Please, please continue to read regularly and sign diaries. We will be assessing their book bands over the next two weeks as part of our assessment. The number of books available in the boxes is becoming quite depleted; we are hoping it is due to your enthusiasm. If any books are lying around at home unreturned, could you please send them in as soon as possible. Enchanted Wood Presentation. Week Beginning We were set challenges by Oakley Otter and Herbie Hedgehog which included spotting split digraphs in a given time limit, segmenting and blending real and nonsense words and playing split digraph bingo.
Santiago Squirrel also gave us sentences which included split digraphs to see if we could still recognise them within a sentence. In English this week we focused on instructions. On Monday Lily and Len left us a letter and an envelope full of magic beans. They explained that growing plants would help keep mischievous boggarts away from our classrooms. We realised that this mission was very important so to start the week all the children followed instructions to plant two beans into a pot using a trowel and compost.
The children ordered instructions practically in learning teams and explored time connectives such as First, Next, Then, After that, Following that, Finally. On Thursday the children recorded the instructions in the correct order to ensure Luke knew exactly what to do. On Friday they had the opportunity to apply all the skills they had learnt throughout the week to write a set of instructions to help Luke get dressed. He often forgets things and gets muddled so instructions seem to really help him.
In Maths this week we have continued to explore multiplication. On Monday we recapped 10s and 2s by counting acorns and seeds. The rest of the week was focused on counting in 5s as this seems to be the one we find the most challenging. We explored arrays, filled in missing number sentences and counted on and back from different numbers in 5s. Any help at home to continue to embed counting in 2s and 5s would really make a difference.
While one group read with an adult the rest of the class were independently completing a range of activities. These activities included: using co-ordinates to plot rubbish on a boggart bog map, writing instructions to make a disgusting boggart butty, reading instructions to make a boggart head out of plasticine and handwriting. In Music we have continued to learn new songs related to our topic. The children are becoming increasingly confident with the words and actions. In Phonics this week we bounced along in our jeep and arrived at base 7 on Jurassic Phonic Island.
Whistler set us more missions to complete throughout the week, this included lots of segmenting and blending words that are real and unreal. We read through the story and discussed vocabulary.
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We acted out scenes imagining what we could smell, hear, and see. We interviewed groups to discuss what was happening in different sections of the story.
Towards the end of the week we created actions to go along with the story and rehearsed saying it. We will continue to work on this throughout next week as we gradually build up to writing the Dino Hunt story. In Maths we recapped addition and explored using tens and ones to help us solve number sentences. On Monday we practically used equipment in pairs to explore creating two numbers and then counting up the tens and ones to add them together e. Through the week we then progressed onto visual representation of tens and ones. We used whiteboards to draw tens and ones to help us solve the addition number sentences.
On Friday we recorded some number sentences in our books and showed our working out by drawing the tens and ones. If you would like to help embed this at home choose two two-digit numbers that do not bridge ten when you add. This text was about a famous palaeontologist called Mary Anning, we will learn more about her next week. We wrote descriptive sentences about a battle between pterosaurs and a pack of raptors over some eggs in a nest.
We ordered verbs alphabetically looking at the initial letter and referring to the alphabet. We sorted key vocabulary from the Dino Hunt text into verbs and adjectives. We worked on the zig-zag monster letters v, w, x, z in our handwriting books after rehearsing formation in the mornings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We learnt how to do a running stitch and had to focus carefully in order to remember to flip the puppet over each time. We will continue to work on this in the coming weeks. In Music we spent time in small groups again with Mrs Watkins exploring the new glockenspiels. Whistler set us more missions to complete throughout the week,these included sorting, segmenting and blending words, reading sentences and writing words.
demo-new.nplan.io/los-miserables-con-enlaces-a.php In English we have explored riddles. We read a dinosaur riddle about a stegosaurus and linked the clues to identify which dinosaur it was describing. The children then rehearsed reading it in groups and we created actions to go with it. We discussed the features of a riddle such as the order of clues, each clue starting on a new line, and ending with a question. The following day we cut up the riddle and ordered it in teams.