29th November - 3rd December

Highlights of the week:

In English we have been looking at Rosie Revere, Engineer by ‘Andrea Beaty’. We have explored her feelings in the book and used hot seating to reflect and express these. This helped us develop our sentence structure in our writing for informing others of how our characters are feeling. We encouraged Rosie to never give up on her creative inventions by writing her a letter. We look forward to a response!

You can see a video of the book being read here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31eBdgnPsCo

In maths we have been finding amounts of money and exploring different ways we can make them. We have mainly focused on finding the most efficient way to make a value so that we can use less coins or notes.

In Phonics we have been revising lots of sounds and practising applying them. We have specifically been looking at the split digraph a-e and o-e. We have been focusing on the reading skill ‘retrieve’ in guided reading. This has linked to our phonics as we have been following the stories in our phonics packs.

In our longitudinal study for science we set up an experiment. We are investigating ‘How does the time of year affect plant growth?’ We will monitor the growth of our peas and record our results. We will then revisit this experiment at different points in the year to compare the plant growth and check our predictions.

We practised our bat and ball skills more this week in PE. We played a short game of tennis with our partners, where we practised tactics and hitting the ball to our partners.

In DT we made our cars! We learnt the process to make the car and then we assessed the risks involved. First, we measured the dowel to the right length, making sure it was the same as our plan. Then we cut it using a hacksaw. Next, we made holes in our egg boxes, which held our dowel in place. Finally, we put wooden wheels on the ends of the dowel and glued them on. Today we decorated them in the style of the car we had chosen and evaluated what went well and what could be changed. This has been a really interesting step for the children as they have been problem solving to fix their mishaps. They all look amazing and are a brilliant showcase of how transport has changed over time.

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On Friday, we got to meet Nick Sharratt in a live zoom call. He introduced us to his new story ‘Oh No! Shark in the Snow!’. We really enjoyed having the opportunity to meet a real author!

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Home learning:

Please practice your child’s lines for the Christmas play. We are not far away from the performance and it is important that they feel confident to deliver their lines.
This week there are two phonics worksheets to complete on the alternative spellings for the ‘ai’ sound spelt /a-e/ and the ‘oa’ sound spelt /o-e/.
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.
It has been lovely to have excited children celebrating their achievements on Numbots this week. Please support your child to access Numbots online. It is beneficial for supporting your child’s fluency in maths.