Acorn class

News from week beginning 4th January

The children have settled back into school life quickly with lots of smiles!

We started off the week with circle time and writing about our favourite part of Christmas then went on to sequence our Christmas Day activities using time language such as ‘first’, ‘next’, ‘then’ and ‘finally’. We also thought we’d be polite and write Santa a thank you letter!

In Maths, the Year 1 children completed some assessments while the Reception children were put into groups to place numbered hedgehogs, astronauts and teddies in order as a quick as they could. They timed themselves on stopwatches then tried, frantically, to beat their personal bests! The teamwork that went on was really lovely to watch.

In Phonics, the Y1 children continued on Phase 5 of the Letters and Sounds programme, learning the alternative sounds ie, oy and ir and the tricky words Mr, Mrs, looked, asked and called. We discussed the difference between commands, statements and questions. The Reception children started on Phase 4 discussing trying to hear then write adjacent consonants (tent, skip), which is quite difficult at 4 and 5! They also learned to spell the ‘tricky’ words ‘me’, ‘she’, ‘be’, ‘he’ and ‘we’ and learned to read ‘said’ and ‘so’.

This half term’s Science topic is ‘Materials’ and, in talk partners, we used adjectives to describe a large variety of different materials (including a (clean!) scourer, a  glass, a feather, a pine-cone, a hand puppet, cotton wool, metal biscuit tin etc), such as bendy, rough, soft, shiny. We even discussed what ‘transparent’ means! The children loved doing shared writing on the whiteboards in their pairs then presenting their work to the rest of the class.

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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