7th - 11th March 2022

Highlights of the week:

Phonics:

We have learnt the letter i as code for /igh/ as in kind. We have also learnt the letter o as code for /oa/ as in yo yo. We have sent home some flashcards for the words ‘no’, ‘go’, ‘so’ please practise these as frequently as possible so that children start to recognise these words by sight.

This week we have started to learn about vowels - a, e, i and o. The children have learnt that the vowels make both a short and long sound. We have enjoyed singing songs to help us learn the different sounds the vowels make.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TjcT7Gto3U

Top tip: When reading short words, blend with the ‘short’ vowel sound first. If the word does not sound like a real word, try the ‘long’ vowel sound. For example, cat, table, pen, me.

We have then had a go at forming our letters correctly. We have been working on our pencil grip using our ‘froggy legs’ and trying to form the letters correctly using the word patters/rhymes to support us.

Core text:

This week we have been reading the poem ‘Emergency’. The children have loved having a closer look at all of the emergency vehicles. We then looked closely at how these vehicles have changed over the years and compared images of the vehicles ‘then’ and ‘now’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjiQBbPMMf0

Maths:

This week we have been exploring mass. The children have been comparing mass using the phrases ‘heavier than’ and ‘lighter than’. The children have explored balance scales to find things that are heavier than and lighter than. We have challenged the misconception that ‘big things are heavier’.

PE:

Continuing with our ball skills this week we were learning about throwing. The children used a range of different sized balls and beanbags and had a go at aiming for different targets. We talked about the different throwing techniques of underarm and overarm.

Art:

This week we introduced the children to the medium of charcoal. We have explored using charcoal by trying out different techniques. The children particularly enjoyed smudging! We then used our new techniques to sketch a tree in winter.

Jigsaw:

This week we started a new unit called ‘Healthy Me’. The children explored what happens to their bodies when they exercise and talked about the following questions. What happens to your heart when you exercise? How does your breath feel? What does your skin feel like? Why is it important to exercise? The children enjoyed playing charades to act out different sports.

Music:

Our new unit is called ‘Our World’. The children listened and responded to ‘Lovely Day’ by Bill Withers and enjoyed playing the glockenspiel and singing Old McDonald.

Library:

Please remember to send in your library books and we will change these as a whole class on a Friday morning.

Home learning ideas:

  • Explore weight around your house by being a human balance scale. Pick two objects, hold out your arms and feel which one has the strongest downwards pull. Which one is heavier? Which one is lighter? Can you find something that is small and heavy or big and light? Share what you discover with us on Tapestry.
  • Take some time to look through your child’s new phonics folder with them and pick out some pages to practise. You can record this as part of your child’s reading in their reading journal. You may notice some handwritten flashcards tucked in the front of your child’s phonics folder. These words or letters are ones your child found difficult to read during their 1:1 reading activities. You will not always receive these.
  • Have you downloaded the new White Rose Maths app? If so your child could play some of the games on this to support them with their maths learning.