11th - 15th October

Highlights of the week:

We have continued to look at instruction writing this week. We found this particularly helpful when making our pizzas with Billy on Thursday. As part of our English input, we have been following a programme that helps us to recognise the different elements needed in our writing. This week the focus has been on recognising the spacing between our words and working on consistent letter sizing. We have found that it has helped us to think about our own writing, recognising where we need to leave finger spaces and how we need to try to not write one word over two lines.

This week we have been looking at fact families using the part whole model. We found out that from just 3 numbers we can write four number sentences! An example of this is:

5 + 2 = 7
2 + 5 = 7

7 = 2 + 5
7 = 5 + 2

This is taking a little getting used to so we will be looking at this again after the half term break.

This week in Phonics we looked at the different codes for A and E. Rather than making the sound for each of these letters, in our words this week they made the sound of their letter name, for example, 'table' and 'emu'. The children have been telling us how much they have been enjoying completing the worksheets at home with you and sharing what they know.

We started off our DT this week talking about food groups. We learnt about the importance of having a balanced diet that includes fruit, vegetables, carbohydrates as well as a little dairy and protein. The children used this new knowledge to create a healthy balanced lunchbox before moving on to create a tasty pizza. Both classes made their own healthy pizzas on Thursday. The children will be bringing home their evaluation form to complete with you as not all of the children had their pizza for lunch. Please can this be returned to school on Monday so we can discuss it with the children together, thank you.

We continued with our guided reading carousel of activities this week. Our focus text was ‘Pumpkin Soup’. Our adult task was to create a feelings graph together to discuss how the duck may have felt at different points within the story. This was the first time we have completed a graph like this and the children found it very interesting to talk about the different emotions the duck felt in the story, words like ‘excited’ and ‘miserable’ were used. This is a useful activity to get us all thinking about different characters.

Home learning:

  • Please make sure you are reading with your child at least four times a week and commenting on their reading in their reading record book.
  • Please support your child to access Numbots online. It is recommended that children play Numbots for 10 minutes a day for maximum impact.