This week Thames Class enjoyed sharing their experiences at PGL Liddington with the rest of the school and their parents, particularly their favourite memory. They produced some fantastic models and PowerPoint's as part of their assembly.
Take a look at the video of our Great Fire of London themed dance.
Thames Class had a fantastic time on their residential. Here are a few showing you what they got up to during their time away.
Well done to all of our Year 1's who worked so very hard on their Phonics this week for the Phonics Screening Check. It is great to see how their confidence has developed and I was very proud of all of them.
Dear parents and carers,
What a lovely week we've had in year 2! In English we have been working on writing from the baby injured swift's point of view, based on what we've learned from our reading of Perfect. I have been amazed with the children's empathy and their fantastic use of word choice to explain how the swift might have felt. Next week we will be thinking about how the book has affected our thoughts and feelings about the issues explored within it.
In maths we have continued with our work on time, continuing to work on reading the time to the nearest 5 minutes, and also starting some work on duration. Some of the children are finding this quite tricky, so please do continue to practise this at home! Next week we'll be moving on to some work on measurement, including weighing in kg and g.
We are really enjoying our #30dayswild adventure this week. We have watched clouds, done yoga outside, and drawn our own wild landscapes. We'll be continuing with this next week- hopefully with better weather!
I was lucky enough to attend a concert at half term by a group of musicians who have put together a suite of songs based around The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, called Spell Songs. I have been in contact with the organisers as I fell in love with a song called The Lost Words Blessing, and I would like to teach and perform it with the class. They have been kind enough to send me the chords (which are pretty tricky on a ukulele!) and the children have already done a great job of starting to learn the tune and the words. I have asked that, for homework, the children spend some time listening to the song and continuing with learning the words/tune. You can listen to the song on YouTube here.
Big congratulations to Fergus, who went to Southampton today to see his engineering project design on display. There were hundreds of entries, so it was wonderful to hear that Fergus' design was chosen as one in the exhibition. Well done Fergus!
Three things to ask your child this week:
Wow! I can't believe we are in our last half term in Foundation stage. We have had a lovely first week back and the children have worked very hard.
In literacy we have been continuing our work on The Gruffalo. The children designed some of their own Gruffalo's and thought about whether they wanted to do a scary or a friendly Gruffalo. They also wrote descriptive sentences focusing on their own designs.
Maths has seen us continue our work on recognising numbers to 20 and adding 2 numbers together to make 20.
Our Jigsaw work this week was a session concluding our work on relationships. The children thought about what made them a good friend to others.
We have completed a good phonics recap this week and have learned some new high frequency words. The children also learned the 'or' sound and thought of lots of words with the 'or' sound in.
There is homework in book bags this week, please can we have it back in on Tuesday as the children are going to share their work with the class.
Finally 3 things to ask your child this week:-
* Can they think of any words with the 'or' sound in?
* Can they describe their own Gruffalo design to you?
* Can they tell you what makes them a good friend?
As always, please come and see me if you have any questions.
In English this week we have continued our work on Perfect, and the children have done some wonderful reading, looking carefully at the pictures and making inferences about how the characters feel. The children have now started some writing in role as the boy int he story, thinking carefully about how he might feel at this point in the story.
In maths we have continued with learning to tell the time. This is something that you can definitely help with at home. So far we have covered o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to, as well as minutes past in 5 minute increments. Children tend to find it hard that there are a number of ways to describe the same time (e.g. 3:40, 40 minutes past 3, 20 to 4 etc), so discussing this with your child at home and giving them the oportunity to read an analogue clock (if you have one!) would be fantastic.
Cole Class are really enjoying #30dayswild, where we are doing something wild every day in June. So far this week we have listened to the birds, read a nature poem, made our nature table and also picked up litter on the back field. This is all to encourage the children to have an appreciation and understanding of nature and the wonderful lants and animals in our local habitats. I have lots of other activities planned, including setting up a moth trap overnight. You are very welcome to do your own #30dayswild activities over the weekend, if you like! Here's the result of our 5 minute back field litterpick:
On Thursday we had our visit from the Fire Service, to talk about fire, water and road safety. Hopefully your children should have come home eager to test your smoke alarms! I was volunteered to wear the firefighter gear, which was rather warm and heavy, much to the children's amusement.
Three things to ask your child this week:
Our English work over the past few weeks has been based on the lovely book Perfect, written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Cathy Fisher. So far we have explored the opening pages of the story, where a boy is looking forward to welcoming the swifts back to nest in the eaves of his house, as well as waiting for his new baby sister to arrive. He is excited about having a little sister to race, chase and scream with, just like the swifts who circle over the house. However, when the little sister finally arrives home from the hospital, it becomes clear that the little sister won't be able to race and chase. The children are now writing in role as the little boy, exploring his feelings about the little sister and his sadness and disappointment.
I have put up a display of our work so far on Perfect, made up of two short pieces of writing. On the swifts are alliterative poems, and in the speech bubbles the children have written about how the swifts feel when they return to their roosts in the UK. There are also some other books written by Nicola Davies and about birds and eggs.
Thames Class thoroughly enjoyed a badminton taster session today with Jamie Cackett from Community Badminton Oxfordshire.