17th - 21st January 2022

Homework for this week -

  • The children will be bringing home a phonics worksheet this week.
  • Please can you also support them with their writing of numbers to 20, the words and numerals. We have noticed a few number reversals since returning from the Christmas break. We continue to work on this in school.

Highlights of the week:

During English this week, we have been working on our grammar. We looked at how we could join two sentences together using ‘and’. The children were given the sentence ‘I went to the beach AND …’ and were tasked with completing the sentences themselves. They really enjoyed this activity and we had some interesting sentences in our books. I think everyone is looking forward to the hot weather again! We also spent some time reminding ourselves about the vocabulary of nouns, verbs and adjectives. This is something we will continue to work on with the children. You might like to ask if they can ‘noun’ spot at home!

Our addition and subtraction unit moved onto subtraction this week. We have been using images of ten frames and number lines to help us with our counting back within 20. We have enjoyed this activity, recognising that our number gets smaller when we subtract.

Some of us have been partitioning our numbers over the past two weeks, for example, 6 + 8 (8 = 4 + 4 therefore 6 + 4 = 10) so 10 + 4 = 14.

In phonics this week we looked at ‘ar’ and noticed that some of the words in the English language can make this sound without using the ar spelling, for example father, bath and rather. We also did a little revision on the -ve letter group. On Friday, we spent some time looking at some of the trickier spellings - push, pull, put and full.

In PE, we continued with our gymnastics topic. The children were working on how to balance on a bench to see if they could hold it for a couple of seconds. They also worked on jumping using bunny hops over the equipment.

We spent some time considering our enquiry question for this term, ‘Do we always appreciate what we have got?’ This topic generated a lot of discussion within the classroom. The children spoke of how they could show appreciation, with a hug or a thank you note, before talking about how we show appreciation for something that isn’t a physical thing we have been given. For example, lots of the children live on the estate and show their appreciation for how nice the area is by not dropping litter. When coming inside from playtime, we try not to walk on the grass so that we don’t tread mud into the carpets and ruin the lovely learning environments we have. Appreciation can be shown in different ways; you might like to continue this discussion further at home.

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.