Another busy week in Beech Class, this week focused around a lovely book called the Polar Bear and The Snow Cloud by Jane Cabera. The children really enjoyed listening to the story and talking about the different animals the snow cloud made for the little bear. They have independently drawn and labelled animals on snow clouds as well as writing about their favourite polar animal in our focus sessions.
In Phonics they have learnt the last two phase 3 sounds ‘air’ (chair in the air) and ‘er’ (bigger digger) and have been starting to look at longer words with double letters such as ribbon, kitten, carrot, bigger, letter etc. They also learned the tricky words are, sure and pure. Next week they will continue to work on reading longer words and complete the Spring 1 assessments so we know what areas we need to recap and review as we continue after half term. It is really important the children read as much as possible – just a few minutes a day can make all the difference and the more they practice the more confident and fluent they will become!
If you missed the phonics session last week there is information here on the Beech Class Information Page if you scroll right to the bottom of the page. On Monday you should also have received some resources and your letter for accessing the Collins Ebooks that are available for the children to access from home. If you have any queries about this please send me an email on the class email email@example.com
In Maths this week we have been learning about odds and evens, finding and making doubles and combining two groups. There has been lots of dice and domino play to support them with doubles and combining two groups. Over the week they have become much more confident to recognise the total by identifying the smaller numbers within them e.g. is double 3 so it’s 6 or it’s 4 and 2 – that’s 6 too! See if they can still remember their doubles, odds and evens with you over the weekend too. 🙂
They have also been very busy at the creative table making some super polar bears, snow clouds and snowy owls. Using the white playdough we made, they’ve created their own snow creatures and with the paints have explored adding white to blue and blue to white to create different shades of blue. They then used their new colours to create ‘cold’ and snowy pictures similar to those in the book.
Next week is the last week of this half term already with Parent’s evening on Monday and Tuesday after school. This is a great opportunity to come and chat about your child’s progress this term. I am looking forward to seeing you all there. If you need a reminder of your time slot please let me know.
Have a lovely weekend.
Miss Jones and Mrs Kenny