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Week Beginning 11th February 

 

In Literacy this week we received a letter from Mummy and Daddy Moonbeam. They asked for the Moonbeams to return home to the moon, so we made cards to remind them of their stay with us.

We read the story of ‘Whatever Next’ and took on the roles of some of the characters.

 

In Maths this week we have been practising our adding skills. We can read addition equations. We know that you count out the objects for each number in the equations and then count all the objects together to find the total.

Our Earth challenge was to use cubes to work out the addition equations.

Our Moon challenge was to draw pictures to represent each number.

Our Star challenge was to work out the addition equations mentally.

 

We found out about ‘Chinese New Year’ and how it is celebrated. We tasted different Chinese foods. It was delicious!

Week Beginning 4th February

 

Well done to those children who completed the reading challenge by reading 5 times this week. Mrs Lawton has sent out letters inviting those children who completed this half term’s reading challenge by reading 25 times.

 

Class E had 26 out of 30 readers.

Class F had 21 out of 29 readers

 

In Literacy this week we have learnt lots of facts about the moon. We have thought about the qualities you need to be an astronaut and have written applications. We have learnt and written about Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake and why they are famous.

At home you could tell your adults about Tim Peake and Neil Armstrong and what they did.

 

In Maths we have been learning how to double. We used lots of practical objects to double numbers to 5. We then added the spots on ladybirds to find the double. We also used part part whole model to find the doubles of the numbers.

We used mirrors and the super duper doubling machine too this week.

Lots of us are now able to recall the doubles of numbers to 5 really quickly!

Here are some doubling problems to solve at home.

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In topic this week we have designed and made our own pizza planets. We named our pizza with interesting names such as Lily’s Moon. We have also learnt about the phases of the moon and how the lack of gravity affects you in space.

We used a well known technique to help us learn the phases of the moon: Full Moon – Half Moon – Crescent Moon – Total Eclipse. I wonder what we used to help us? J

Have a lovely weekend!

Week beginning 28th January

 

This week in English we have been practising lots of phonics. We have been continuing to learn new phonemes and have been writing these sounds in words. We have also been writing these words in sentences and focussing on including capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and spelling tricky words correctly.

 

Well done to all the children who managed to continue the reading challenge this week. It is lovely to see you all progressing up, up and away on the balloons. All children can continue to join the fun by completing 5 reads each week.

 

Class E had 23 out of 30 readers.

Class F had 19 out of 29 readers.

 

In Maths this week we have been practising our maths fluency. We explored our number bonds and different ways of making all different numbers to 10. We also explored different ways of recording these such as using the part, part, whole model or writing a number equation.

 

We have had a wonderful time this week exploring lots of scientific concepts from designing and making moon buggies, predicting and experimenting with paper aeroplanes and helicopters and learnt why plastic is bad for our planet. We have enjoyed learning with our friends and their teachers in other year groups.

 

On Wednesday we enjoyed playing in the snow. We had fun with our friends making snowmen, sledging down the hill and making snow angels.

 

At home perhaps you could look in the sky at night and talk to an adult about what you can see.

 

 

 

Week Beginning 21st January

 

Well done to all those children who continued the reading challenge by reading 5 times this week. The number of children completing the 5 reads each week. All their names are on the reading balloons on their up, up and away journey.

 

Class E had 26 out of 30 readers.

Class F had 24 out of 29 readers.

 

 

In Literacy This week we our book has been ‘How to Catch a Star’ by Oliver Jefferies.

We wrote our own wish on a star. We have made some lovely wishes.

We sequenced pictures from the story and wrote sentences about what was happening in the picture.

We sorted picture cards into 2 groups – things that we do in the day and things that we do at night.

We used our phonic knowledge to read words on rockets.

 

At home you could write down all the things you and your family wish for.

 

In Maths we have been ordering numbers. We have ordered numbers 0 – 10. Some of the numbers had been taken away and we had to work out which towers were missing using our knowledge of the numbers to 10.

We then had our Earth, Moon and Stars challenge, we wrote the numbers 1 – 10 in order, we had to work out and write which numbers were missing and then order 4 random numbers.

 

At home you could write the numbers 0 – 10 on paper and cut the numbers up, mix the numbers and put them back in order. Ask an adult to take some numbers away, can you work out which numbers are missing?

 

In topic it has been all about stars! We have made lots of constellations and named them. We used our tubes to create our own telescope so that we can look for stars in the night sky.

We used the bottles we brought in to make a star shaker. We added water, glitter and stars to our bottle. We love watching the glitter and stars swirling around.

 

At home at bedtime, with an adult, look carefully out of your bedroom window. What can you see in the sky? Can you draw or write about what you can see?

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Week Beginning 14th January

 

Well done to those children who continued the reading challenge by reading 5 times this week. Their names are on the reading balloons on their up, up and away journey. It is brilliant to see so many names on our balloons.

 

Class E had an AMAZING 25 out of 28 readers. A HUGE well done to class E!

Class F had 22 out of 30 readers

 

In Literacy this week we found some footprints in our creative area. We think that aliens have visited our school because they left us the book “Here Come the Aliens”. We have been designing and labelling our own aliens and writing about what the aliens are like. We have also been using our phonics to give the aliens funny names.

At home you could use your phonics sound cards to give names to all your toys, could you write them down?

 

In Maths we have been ordering. We have built towers with cubes,  1 – 10, making sure they are in order. Some of the towers were taken away and we had to work out which towers were missing using our knowledge of the numbers to 10.

We then had our Earth, Moon and Stars task, we coloured in the blocks to make the number towers, we had to work out which number towers were missing and then order 4 towers.

At home you could draw objects ordering them from 1 – 10.

 

In topic this week using “Here Come the Aliens” we have used iMorph to create talking aliens and we have explored using lots of different materials to create our own aliens. Outdoors we have experimented drawing an alien that we raced and we created aliens out of natural and large building materials.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Week Beginning 7th January

 

Happy New Year to all our families and friends. We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.

 

Our next 5 read challenge is here! Well done to those children who started the reading challenge by reading 5 times this week. Their names are on the reading balloons beginning their up, up and away journey. We wonder what the special treat will be this time!

This week:

Class E had 23 out of 30 readers

Class F had 23 out of 30 readers

 

We had a very exciting start to our week: The aliens crash landed!

 

We have since found out that they are the children of Mummy and Daddy Moonbeam and they were on their first ride in their spaceship. Something happened and they crash landed into our sandpit and crept into our classroom whilst we were investigating. We expect they will stay with us until we have helped them repair their rocket. We have been helping them to settle into our school by making maps and guide books.

 

This week in Literacy we have written questions and found out that they are Moonbeams and they are called Tray, Quart, Blob and Ver. We have also written to their parents asking them if they can stay at our school with us.

At home you could write a letter to the aliens telling them about what you do at the weekend.

 

In maths this week has been all about number 10!

We have been created space pictures using 10 aliens. We have transferred our knowledge of part part whole and recorded the ways of making 10 on paper.

We have enjoyed exploring our new math’s challenge area and are looking forward to finding out what is in there next week.

At home could you practice careful counting and search for numbers around your home.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

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