It has been so lovely to welcome the children back this week. We hope you all had a wonderful half term holiday.
On Thursday, we had World Book Day and we completed a range of activities across the school. We shared our favourite stories on beanbags in cosy owl class, created magic potions, completed a quiz (we got to see photos of the teachers as babies!), created a whole school collaborative story and did drawing with Rob Biddulph.
In English this week we went on a Lumberjack course! We stepped into the role of a lumberjack, we put on our plaid shirt, limbered up, gathered our axes and hacked and swung at the trees. On Wednesday we started reading the book, The Lumberjack’s Beard. This book contained lots of new and exciting vocabulary for us, such as; felled, valley, bristly, cleaving, hearty and burley. Please ask about these words over the weekend, we would love to tell you about them!
There's a video of the author reading the book and a drawalong here.
In maths this week we have been consolidating our understanding of ordering numbers that did not start from 0. We focused on improving our knowledge of ‘greater’, ‘smaller’ and ‘fewer’ based on our number assessment before the half term break.
In phonics this week we looked at the ‘soft c’ and ‘hard c’. We used picture cards to help us identify words with the soft and hard sounds, such as face, ice, mice, cat, clown and cucumber. We noticed that the soft c usually comes at the end of the words and is written with a -ce. We found that some words, like ‘icicle’ have both the soft and hard c!
In Geography this week we started looking at the Polar Regions. We explored globes and maps to identify the North and South pole. We then put on our thickest winter coats to go on an adventure of Antarctica and the Arctic to look at the weather and any animals we could spot! Some of our favourites were the Arctic fox, snowy owl, walrus, reindeer and elephant seals.
On Tuesday, the children finished creating their collaborative art piece in the style of Romero Britto. The children each had a piece of a bigger picture that they painted, they carefully selected and mixed colours for their piece. This will be our first collaborative class piece and we are excited to see what it looks like when it is all put together.
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.