This week, the children finished their writing learning journey based around the book, ‘Biscuit Bear’ by Mini Grey. They wrote some fantastic instructions for how to make a biscuit bear and thoroughly enjoyed making, decorating and eating their own version of this fabulous book character! 🐻
In maths this week, the children were using 10 frames to show their addition. They were brilliant. Lots of children were working systematically with some support to find all the possibilities and many children were drawing their own tens frames neatly in their books - using the squares as a guide. Many children earnt a golden ticket for their hard work.
This week the Turtle class children made their moving book pages! The children worked so hard and their final pieces are brilliant. I was really impressed with their independence and perseverance. The children enjoyed making their animals pop out from behind shrubs and dash towards the berries on the bushes! Great job Turtles 🌟
In maths this week, the Turtles have worked so hard. They have been solving problems and showing their thinking using cherry models and 4, 5, 6 and 7 frames which they have been drawing in their maths books themselves! We have all been very impressed and lots of children have earns golden tickets!
Writing - Using imperative (bossy) verbs!
This week in writing, we started a new learning journey using the fantastic text, ‘Biscuit Bear’ by Mini Grey. It is a brilliant story which we will use to inspire the writing of a set of instructions by the end of next week. On Wednesday, the children learnt about imperative verbs and practised using them in instructions verbally and then acting them out.
On Friday, we started practising writing instructions for how to make a sandwich. The children started by ordering the pictures to reinforce how important it is to complete a set of instructions in order, to get the outcome wanted. We have been focussing on using finger spaces and sound mats to help our writing to be clear to the reader. The Turtles will complete this writing with Mrs Reeve on Monday.
On Friday, we started our new writing learning journey that will, see the children writing a set of instructions for a class recipe book. During our first lesson, the children were shown a selection of picture clues about the book and together we constructed questions to help us think more about this intriguing text and what it will be about! The children are convinced it’s the Gingerbread man story......but are they correct?
This week in maths, we have been learning about money. We have looked at the different coins and thought about how they physically compare with each other in terms of size and colour and we have added combinations of 10ps, 5p, 2ps and 1ps.
This week in music we continued our learning about pitch. We used glockenspiels and chime bars to identify high, low and middle pitch sounds. The children practised playing lower C, G and higher C notes on the instruments and thought about the pitch of these sounds.
Design Technology - learning how to use butterfly clips (split pins) and paper clips! The children did amazingly well!
In writing this week we continued to read the story of ‘Dogger’. In groups, we acted out the story so far and then as a class we watched each group perform. Everyone worked really hard, and the performances were amazing.
Aliens have landed!
Turtles had a bit of a shock a few weeks ago when they discovered aliens had landed in their classroom over lunchtime. It turns out they wanted find out all about animals and humans and how similar or different they were. We named different body parts and identified their functions.
‘I use my eyes for looking.’
‘ I use my legs for dancing.’
This week we talked about invertebrates and specifically looked at mammals and fish. I wonder what the aliens want us to find out next week?
This week in writing, the children started the week completing their posters all about them. They used capital letters, full stops and the conjunction ‘and’ in their writing and produced great work. We are really proud of them!
During the second part of the week, we started our new writing learning journey using the text, Dogger! We have read some of the book and picked out the main parts of the story so far. We then created a class story map using pictures and language from the text.
This week, we played passing the actions in our well-being time. The children had to concentrate and work together to pass the action at the correct time. We even tried passing two actions at the same time!
Design Technology - Perfecting our cutting skills
In maths this week, the children used bar models and cherry (part-whole models) to show number pairs to 4, 5 and 6. We started thinking about working systematically in order to find all of the possibilities. We used ,ash’s equipment to support our thinking too.
Catherington Walk - We found lots of physical and human features on our walk
Buying items in our shop
Bowling and counting how many we have knocked over
Writing key words using paintbrushes and water
Finding pairs of Numicon to total 5
Practising writing the letter ‘c’
Computing - Using a trackpad
This week in computing, the children learnt about the differences between desktop computers and laptop computers. They learnt the names of the parts of each and then in pairs, used a laptop to play a game which had them practising moving puzzle pieces around the screen.
Music - identifying high & low notes with our hands as rabbit ears.
Science-Seasonal changes. What lives on our school field in Autumn?
Naming a robot and building the word using sound blocks
Counting amounts and writing the number they are equal to
Building robots and labelling them
Handwriting the letter ‘a’
Looking for interesting creatures in the bushes
Maths - Ordering numbers
This week in maths, we have been counting, ordering and comparing numbers. We have used different maths resources to show our thinking and we even learnt about the greater than (>) and less than (<) symbols and refreshed our knowledge of the equal to (=) symbol.
Gymnastics - Making narrow shapes
This week in gymnastics, we were thinking about how to make our bodies into narrow shapes. We practised making a variety of narrow shapes and tried to experiment with different levels. Then, we made a little routine of moving from one narrow shape to another slowly through the count of 8!
Computing - Technology or not technology?
This week in computing, we learnt about what the word technology means. The children then sorted a variety of images into two piles - technology or not technology. The children looked at the objects and asked themselves whether or not it was made by humans and helped us do something. They were really good at distinguishing between the two.
This week in writing, we started our new writing learning journey using the book, ‘How to build another me’. The children have been learning to use capital letters and full stops to punctuate sentences and have written sentences about how they look and what they like. They have been building the words they want to write using the sounds they know. They have worked really hard!
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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