We’ve had a great first week of Spring 2. To start our topic of Growth for this half term, in English we have read the story ‘Monkey Puzzle’ by Julia Donaldson. The children really enjoyed joining in with the repeated parts and thought it was funny the butterfly kept getting it wrong! We have been learning some wonderful new words – sorrowful, frustrated, bewlidered, persevere and triumph – see if they can remember them and what they mean. They have drawn and written about their favourite character from the story and also enjoyed imagining what might come out of an egg that butterfly finds in the forest! Some interesting and brilliant ideas!
They have also been creating some lovely artwork of the animals, which will be going up on our display in the corridor. We will share a picture for you to see when it is complete.
We have also talked about other things that grow, that we will learn about this term, emphasising that only living things (plants, animals and humans) grow and this week focused on animals and their babies, talking about which ones hatch from eggs and which give birth. We have also started a little project to design and build a carrier to keep an egg safe. If you have any small cardboard, plastic or other boxes or containers you were going to recycle, we would be really grateful if you could donate them to us for them to use. Thank you.
In Maths we have learned about 9 and 10. They have been exploring and finding the numerals or numbers of objects, representing the numbers themselves in different ways and comparing them to the other numbers they know. Next week we will look at one more and less, doubles and number bonds to 10.
In Phonics we are continuing to practice the sounds we learned last half term, revisiting them daily and working on our blending and fluency. It is really important the children sound out the words e.g. “c-oa-t” then blend to read “coat” whilst they are still developing their blending skills. If they are finding this tricky, you can model for them but it is important they still say the sounds before the word so they learn to do it more confidently themselves rather than just learning the words by sight.
Just in case you’ve not seen it I posted a memo on Tapestry recently asking if you would be willing to share a family photo to put up in our new home corner after the big half term move round. We just thought it would be lovely for the children to have a picture of their family up on the wall to share and talk about. If you would like to do this please email email@example.com, add it as an observation on Tapestry or pop a copy in their bag and we will copy it and return it to you.
Have a lovely weekend – hopefully it will be a little drier!
Miss Jones & Mrs Kenny