We started this week off with the excitement of moving our caterpillar chrysalises into their net ready for the next stage in their life cycle. It’s amazing watching them transform!
In maths we have been ordering numbers as well as thinking about sharing and grouping. We have been putting towers onto number tracks and making unfair picnics for the Numberblocks.
This week we made our own musical instruments. Some of us made shakers, whilst others made drums and cymbals. We used these instruments to make seaside songs in our music lesson on Wednesday. We loved being creative and sharing our musical creations with our friends.
In Outdoor Explorers this week we looked for minibeasts on the field. We found a lot more this time than we did in the winter! We spotted moths, beetles, worms, woodlice, earwigs, snails, slugs and even millipedes! We were sure to handle them carefully as we looked at them with magnifying glasses before putting them back where they came from.
Our PE lesson this week was great fun! We used the large apparatus for the first time, which meant getting out the wall bars! We enjoyed using the equipment to travel in different ways. We slid, walked, crawled, climbed and jumped.
It’s really started to feel like summer this week! We’ve been enjoying the warmer weather - it’s been lovely to see the sun shining in the sky every morning.
In our maths lessons this week, we’ve been continuing our work on doubles. We have played a game called Double Ducks - we had to roll a die and then double our number with cubes. We have also used numicon to double and enjoyed counting up the holes in each piece to find doubles.
In our mental maths sessions we’ve started to use rekenreks- these help us to see how different numbers compare to each other. They’re lots of fun to use!
We have been busy applying our phonics knowledge this week, too. We have been writing conversations between minibeasts, writing labels for pictures and spotting digraphs and trigraphs within words.
On Wednesday we did a sponsored bounce! It was so exciting to be able to jump for 2 minutes on the bouncy castle. Thank you to everyone who sponsored us… we can’t wait to use the money we’ve earned to buy lots of new books to read.
Our caterpillars are getting very big now. Some of them have begun to crawl to the top of their pot to form a chrysalis on the lid. In Outdoor Explorers we learned more about caterpillars. We found out that they’re insects (they only have 6 true legs!) and that they use camouflage, bright colours, prickly hairs and clever patterns to protect themselves from predators. We then hunted for evidence of caterpillars on our field… we didn’t find any caterpillars, but we did find a lot of munched leaves!
We had a fun start to our new half term when we discovered that our role play area had turned into a vet’s surgery! We’ve been enjoying playing imaginatively with our friends, looking after the animals, giving them X-rays, feeding them, prescribing medicine and wrapping them in bandages. Some of us have been working in the vet’s reception, taking calls and booking in appointments, too.
In Outdoor Explorers we got a special surprise… some baby caterpillars have come to visit us! They left a note asking for us to look after them. We’re already starting to see changes - they’re eating lots of food and getting bigger and bigger every day!
We enjoyed reading Superworm by Julia Donaldson this week, and had lots of fun making our own Superworms out of play dough. After we’d made them, we compared how long and short each of the worms were and sorted them by length.
In maths this week we have been learning all about doubles. We read the story of Alison Hubble on Monday and then practised doubling numbers in different ways during the rest of the week. We used butterfly pictures, mirrors, tens frames and cubes, and we’re really starting to get the hang of it now.
In RE this week we have been learning about the concept ‘special’. We have spent lots of time thinking about special things and special places. We learned that different things are important to different people. We found out that Christians have a special place of worship called a Church and that Jews have a special place of worship called a Synagogue. We also learned that inside each Synagogue is a very special document called a Torah Scroll. These are so special that you’re not allowed to touch the paper! We made our own scrolls by staining paper with tea, writing or drawing our most special thoughts and then sticking art straws onto them. We finished our topic by thinking about whether it would matter if a Church or Synagogue was taken away or damaged. We were so grown up during this discussion, and really embodied our value of respect by listening to each other carefully.
In our writing sessions we told each other some of the fun things we got up to with our families during the half term break. We drew pictures and wrote words and sentences underneath. We are so good at persevering with difficult words and always put lots of effort into trying to figure out which phonemes we can hear so that we know which graphemes we need to write.