In phonics after half term, we will be continuing with phase 3. We will explore the sounds ‘oi’, ‘ear’ and ‘air’. We will practise blending and segmenting a variety of words containing these sounds.
After half term our focus in maths will be one more and one less
up to 10. We will begin the week by exploring the meanings of more and less. As
the week progresses we will use counting objects and number lines to find one
more and one less than a given number. We will learn that when we find one more
the number gets bigger and when we find one less the number gets smaller.
In topic we will begin our new topic ‘Commotion in the Ocean’ by discussing what we would like to learn. We will also be reading the story ‘Winnie the witch’ by Valerie Thomas. We will discuss what different sea creatures look like before designing and writing about our own. Towards the end of the week, we will explore different feelings and sort them into good and bad feelings.
Our hook day is on Wednesday 27th February. We will show and talk about the sea creatures we made during half term.
In phonics, we have continued with the phase 3 sounds. We explored the digraphs ar , or , ur and ow e.g. cow. Throughout the week we blended and segmented words containing these sounds, as well as blending and reading real and alien words. Towards the end of the week we learnt three new tricky words: was, my, you.
We focused on time in maths this week. To begin with, we looked at the different times of the day: Morning, afternoon, evening and night. We discussed the different activities we might complete at those times and ordered them as a class. We also learnt the days of the week and thought about what we might do during the week and what we do at the weekend. As the week drew to a close, we ordered the months of the year and talked about the different celebrations that may occur during these months e.g. Christmas is in December. We explored the many ways that time can be measured and challenged ourselves to complete a range of activities within a time limit e.g. how many star jumps can you do in 10 seconds?
We began the week by reading the story ‘Whoever You Are’ by Mem Fox. We learnt that although we may look different or go to different schools, we are all similar in other ways. We also looked at traditional clothing in other countries and made our own Massai necklace in the creative area. The children really enjoyed a visit from a parent, who taught us some facts about Poland including, significant people and traditional dress. We really enjoyed exploring music from different countries and discussing how they made us feel, before using the Tibetan bells and Maracas to compose our own music. At the end the week, we looked at the different ways we can communicate with others around the world e.g. emails and letters. We then had a go at video calling another class. In PE, we used balloons to develop our throwing and catching skills.
Have a fantastic half term! We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 25th February.
In Reception, we incorporate Health and Well Being as part of our Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) strand. At the start of term, we had a Health and Well Being morning, where we focused on ‘Perseverance’. We learnt that we can show perseverance by: Never giving up, trying our best and by setting some goals for ourselves. We also learnt that it’s important to ask for help if we need it.
Throughout the term we thought about the similarities and differences between ourselves and others. We discussed the ways in which we are different and learnt that we are all special and unique. We also thought about what it means to be a good winner and loser. We played a range of team games and practised showing how we are good winners/losers e.g. shaking hands.
Here are a few quotes from our PSED lessons over the half term:
“I always keep on trying.” – Isla
“It’s good to work as a team.” – Joven
“Helping your friends is good.” – Francesco
“You can shake hands at the end of a game.” – Nathan
In phonics, we recapped the sounds we already know by playing a range of games e.g. ‘Guess the sound’ and ‘Cross the River’. We learnt the phase 3 digraphs oa, oo (long sound e.g. moon), and oo (short sound e.g. book). We also learnt the phase 3 trigraph igh. Trigraphs have three letters that make one sound. We blended a variety of words containing these sounds and we enjoyed matching them to the correct pictures. We also practised segmenting these words and we wrote them down on our whiteboards. At the end of the week, we recapped reading the tricky words he, she, we, me and be.
In maths, we explored height and how it can be measured. We had fun comparing objects by their height using rulers in the outdoor area and we were able to use the mathematical language: taller, shorter, shortest and tallest. We also learnt how to order objects accurately by their height e.g. by making sure that we line the items up and start measuring from the same point. We particularly enjoyed using construction to build towers of different heights.
In topic, we were excited to receive a postcard from our class bear, who had gone on holiday to the Antarctic. We thought about why we send postcards and who we send them to. We went on a safari holiday searching for different animals and we wrote a postcard back to our bears telling them about the animals that we saw. We also looked at some paintings by the American artist Jackson Pollack. We used his work as inspiration to create our own class painting. At the end of the week, we explored different habitats and compared animals from around the world. We thought about how we can care for animals and we discussed the ‘Five Welfare Needs of Animals’.
In phonics, we will learn the phase 3 digraphs ar e.g. car, or e.g. fork, ur e.g. surf and ow e.g. cow. We will blend and segment a variety of words and we will practise reading real and alien words containing these sounds. We will also learn to read three new tricky words: was, my, you. Tricky words cannot be sound out; we just have to remember them.
In maths, we will focus on ‘time’. We will begin the week by thinking about the activities we complete in one day and we will sequence pictures of these activities e.g. waking up, brushing teeth, going to school, having dinner. We will also order the days of the week and think about the activities we complete on different days. Towards the end of the week, we will order the months of the year and discuss the different celebrations/events that occur in each month. Finally, we will complete a range of time challenges e.g. the number of times we can jump up and down in 20 seconds. We will also explore the different ways that time is measured.
In topic, we will read the story ‘Whoever You Are’ by Mem Fox and we will discuss the similarities and differences between ourselves and others. We will also explore traditional clothing from around the world and have a go at making our own Massai necklace. If you have any traditional clothing that you would like to share, please speak to your child’s class teacher. Later in the week, we will practise creating our own music using Tibetan bells and maracas. We will also discuss different forms of communication and practise making a video call to each other.
Today as a school we celebrated ‘Safer Internet Day’. Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to ‘promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation’. The theme this year is ‘Together for a better internet’. In the UK the campaign particularly ‘empowers young people to take control of their digital lives’. To celebrate we discussed what we like to do on the internet. We then listened to a story and answered questions based on the different scenarios.
phonics, we will learn the phase 3 digraphs oa, oo (long), and oo
(short). Digraphs have two letters that make one sound. We will also learn
the phase 3 trigraph igh. Trigraphs
have three letters that make one sound. We will blend and segment a variety of
words containing these sounds. We will also revise spelling the tricky
words he, she, we, me and be.
maths, we will learn about height and how we measure correctly through a
variety of practical activities and games. We will learn to describe
height using the mathematical language: taller,
shorter, shortest and tallest. We will learn to order items accurately
by their height, ensuring that we line the items up and start measuring at the
In topic we will be receiving a postcard from our class bear that has gone on holiday to the Antarctic. We will go on a safari and write a postcard back to our bear telling him about our safari holiday and all the animals that we saw. We will also look at the American artist Jackson Pollack. We will discuss where he comes from and then as a class create our own painting. Towards the end of the week, we will compare habitats of different animals and sort them into groups. We will also discuss about how to care for animals.