4th - 7th January 2022

It has been so lovely to see the children back at school and feeling refreshed. We go into this Spring Term with a new topic 'Do we always appreciate what we have got?'. Animals (including humans) will be our focus within science, English and PE. We will be learning lots of new vocabulary that we hope to impress you with.

We have a trip to the New Forest Wildlife Park planned and sent you an email about this earlier in the week. 

Homework for this week -

We have been learning how to spell the days of the week. Please can you support us with this at home.

Highlights of the week:

In English this week, we learnt all about riddles. You might like to ask us what a riddle is if you’re not too sure. We spent some time discussing how riddles could be used for a treasure hunt and how exciting it was to guess the clues! Both classes got the chance to learn a riddle using pictures or actions. We are sure the children would love to act out the riddle: see if you can guess the answer!

Our Maths this week was used for consolidation of earlier work we have looked at where concepts may have been a little tricky and needed a bit of further exploration. We spent Tuesday looking at the greater than and less than symbols. We will explore these further over the coming weeks. Wednesday and Thursdays maths time was used to remind ourselves of our fact families when using part whole models. We are getting quite good at recognising these now which will help as we move onto working with larger numbers over the coming weeks. On Friday, we spent a bit of time helping the teachers to plot numbers on a number line correctly before looking at ordinal numbers, for example 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Our letter groups in phonics this week have been ‘oi’ and ‘oy’. We looked at patterns within words of where these letter groups could be spotted: ‘oi’ is found at the beginning or in the middle of a word. We have enjoyed learning about this sound.

In Science, we talked about topical words related to animals to see if we could share any existing knowledge with our class. Some children confidently explained the difference between a herbivore and a carnivore. Other words we came across included; reptile, amphibian and mammal. These were new to the majority of us so as scientists we hope to investigate this more so that we can deepen our understanding of animals throughout the term.

In Computing this week, we found out the meaning of the word ‘algorithm’. We realised that, if we were computers, our teachers would give us ‘algorithms’ every single day! We played a game of ‘Simon Says’ to see how good we were at following instructions. Some of us were out quite quickly! Over the coming weeks we will move this learning into programming and debugging the BeeBots as we help them to explore the maps they will travel round.

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.