Acorn class

News from week beginning 30th November

Here is this week’s news…

Sidney the snake has helped the children learn the sounds ‘ow’, ‘er’ and ‘ure’. They have read the ‘tricky’ words ‘you’ and ‘they’ and high frequency words. The Year 1 children looked at sound buttons and digraph and trigraph lines (this helps with decoding words as they spot the pairs and trios of letters before they start reading the word). They also looked at endings to words, such as the double letters and comparative language ‘er’ and ‘est’ (e.g. long, longer and longest).

In Maths we focused on number bonds, doubling and addition strategies (e.g. taking the largest number first then counting on or when adding three numbers, spotting the number bonds then counting on). The children were amazed at how much quicker it is to work out the number sentence 2+98=? by taking the 98 first then count on 2!

We watched the gorgeous film, The Snowman, and talked about how the ending made us feel. We acted out in pairs the scene where the boy sees the snowman come alive for the first time – the acted looks of astonishment were hilarious! We also wrote out what we would do if OUR snowman came alive – one child’s writing involved taking the snowman to the pub!

Our Nativity play is coming along nicely with the children practising the songs and where they need to stand and speak at what time.

We looked at our final sense smell. The children’s faces were a picture when I handed round vinegar and marmite for them to smell! There were other nicer smells too!

The children had a super time making Christingles with Mrs Marks from the church. She had to watch them like hawks to check the sweets were going on the cocktail sticks and not in their mouths!

The highlight of the week was the Thornford’s Got Talent contest. We were so proud of the Acorn children who performed, they were so brave and confident standing or sitting on a chair on stage in front of over 100 children and judges. Watch out Britain’s Got Talent!

If you have any questions or concerns, please write in the Home Link Book, come to see us very briefly at 8:55am or at the end of school, straight after all the children have been safely sent to their parents or carers.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Cheyne and Mrs Dennett :O)

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