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We are learning about.....
Reception were very lucky to have another theatre performance. Olivia Carruthers came to see us and she performed "The very hungry caterpillar."
Yellow class recalling the story to Mrs Green....
"The caterpillar ate all the food without asking or saying please or thank you." Sultan
"We had to bow when the queen bee came out." Bobby
"We had to say 'Your Majesty' when the queen bee came out because we have to give respect." Tommy-Lee
"We taught the butterfly about please and thank you." Moyo
"We had to put our arms so we were camouflaged. When danger came near us no one would recognise us because we are the same colour." Tommy-Lee
"The cocoon was in the leaf. Inside was the caterpillar. He turned into a butterfly." Claire
"We had to zoom and ice skate through the orchards. All the fruit came down and was slippery. Then we met a ladybird. The ladybird ate all the explorers' friend's food." Tommy-Lee
"We had to speak in an old voice coz the snail was old." Kenneth
"At the end the butterfly said sorry." Sultan
We have been doing lots of clever learning in maths.
* We have been learning about sharing. We know how to share an amount of objects out between more than 2 friends.
* We know how to use the number line. We know that to work out a plus sum the answer will get bigger so we need to move up the number line. We also know that to work out a take away sum the answer will get smaller so we need to move down the number line.
* We have been learning about capacity. We are able to explain what it means when a container is full, empty and half full. We have also been working on how to record our findings.
* We have started to learn more about estimation. We can make a good guess at how many objects would be able to fit into a given container and then we investigate to see if our estimate was close or not.
We have been doing lots of clever reading.
* We are able to use our phonics to help us read other sentences up and around our classrooms.
* We have read instructions to make a sand castle, a pirate hat, play dough and a banana milkshake.
* We have read captions, understood them and matched them to the appropriate pictures.
* We are able to understand a book that we have read and can answer comprehension questions about the book.
* We have added our own characters into the story of the 3 little pigs and made the story more interesting. We had to decided a character, decide what they were going to do in the story and then add them to the story making sure that the story flowed.
Welcome back!!! It is going to be a busy, busy term...
We will be learning about...
We have been doing lots of super writing. There are a lot of things to remember when we are writing.
We need to:
1. Compose a sentence.
2. Remember our sentence.
3. Hear all the sounds in the words.
4. Listen out for digraphs and trigraphs.
5. Start our sentences with a capital letter.
6. Put finger spaces between our words.
7. Keep reading our sentence to see what word comes next.
8. When we have finished, read our sentence to check that it makes sense.
Then...we are trying to write more than 1 sentence so that it reads like a story. So we need to repeat steps 1 to 8 lots of times. It is very hard work but we are trying to make our writing super fantastic.
Visit to Tropical Wings Zoo.
What else did we learn at Tropical Wings?
"Birds can fly. They have a beak to get food." Kenneth
"Lemurs have long black and white tails. They have small hands and small feet. They also have orange eyes and they are very furry." Tommy-Lee
"The chipmunks were running around very fast. They can climb onto the branches and run on the branches. They are white and quite small." Moyo
"The meerkats dig holes so when danger is coming they can go and hide in the holes." Prince
"Meerkats dig holds in the ground to make place for their home." Samuel
"The porcupine had long spikes on his back. They protect him from danger." Bobby
"Meerkats dig under the ground to put their babies in them. They also have short arms and tiny hands. They have a short, fluffy tail and short legs. They have hair all over their body." Tommy-Lee
Learning about Meerkats...
We watched a news clip to learn facts about Meerkats. We found out that:
1. Meerkats can stand up very straight and tall.
2. They pick up food with their hands.
3. When they run their bottoms go up.
4. They dig in the ground.
5. They like to run around in big open spaces.
6. They do not like to be pets.
Some children had to read non fiction texts to find some additional facts to share with the class.
7. The black rings around the Meerkats eyes act as sunglasses to protect their eyes from the bright sunshine.
8. They live in large groups known as mobs or gangs.
We also looked at the type of environment Meerkats would like to live in. We took this information and designed our own Meerkat habitat.
A few things we learnt from our trip to Asda.
Well done to.....
Getting 95% and above. (Week ending 23/5/2014)
Woohoo! Go Geltona! 97.9%
(Week ending 23/5/3014)
Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely restful holiday and are ready to learn!
We will be learning about....
We had a theatre group come in. The lady's name was Flora, Flora the Explorer. She acted out the story 'Dinosaurs and all that rubbish.' She told us all about a long time ago when this man tried to ruin Earth by doing lots of building and creating a lot of pollution. Earth was so polluted and full of rubbish he decided to leave Earth because he did not actually like it any more. The dinosaurs started living on the earth and they helped save the earth by cleaning up all the mess and recycling all the rubbish. That is how the dinosaurs saved Earth.
We are learning to write our own stories.
We know that a story needs to have more than 1 sentence, the sentences need to flow and it needs to be interesting for the person who is reading it.
We selected 1 character and 1 setting and we created our own stories. We still had to remember capital letters at the beginning of the sentence, finger spaces, full stops and our sentences had to make sense. What do you think?
We have been learning about repeating patterns.
Reception started formal Guided Reading this term. This is how the session looks: 1 group reads with the teacher, 1 group does a follow up session with the teaching assistant, 1 group does a follow up activity on their own, 1 group plays a game using their phonics and 1 group does independent book browsing.
Look at how grown up and independent we are.
Why not practise some doubling at home...
Experiments, experiments, experiments!!! We will be investigating changes. What happens when we mix ingredients together? Will the potion overflow? Will the potion fizz? Will the potion explode?
Watch this space...
Wellgate Farm have given us some eggs to look after. We need to look after them until the chicks hatch out of the eggs.
The mummy hen's job is to look after her eggs and keep them warm. She also needs to use her claws to turn the eggs around regularly so that the chicks do not stick to the inside of the egg. We weren't allowed to keep the mummy hen so Wellgate Farm gave us an incubator to keep the eggs in. Inside the incubator it is warm so that the eggs are always warm. There is also a turner inside that turns the eggs around very slowly so that the chicks do not get stuck inside the egg.
Day 19 - The chicks will start tapping on the inside of the egg and we might even be able to hear them start chirping.
We are celebrating World Book Day!
The children dressed up as Mr Men and Little Miss characters and the teachers dressed up as super heroes.
We did lots of activities around the Mr Men and Little Miss characters. Have a look at all of our learning...
We had visitors from Asda come to see us. They wanted to come and read us stories because it was World Book Day.
All the teachers swopped classes so that they could read a story to other children.
In the Spring Term we are learning all about 'People who help us'
We will be focussing on:
Learning about Chinese New Year
The Year of the Horse.
Would you like to help your children with their learning?
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Some fun activities to help your child with reading!
Below are the curriculum newsletters, these are updated each half term.
Please have a look and see what your children will be learning about!!
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