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News from week beginning 11th January

We had great fun with The Snail and the Whale this week!

In Literacy, we read The Snail and the Whale then the children created their own Story Maps, which are drawings in a backwards S shape to show the main events of the story in order. We talked about who the characters are, the setting for the story, the problem and solution. The children used Post It notes on their Story Maps to change the characters, problem and solution. These were amazing – they really used their imaginations! The children then wrote their own stories over a couple of sessions, some doing shared writing, some independently.

In Maths, the children practised working out what one more and one less is, using their fingers, objects, number lines or just in their heads, whichever they preferred. The Y1 children then went on to work out what 10 more and 10 less were.

In Phonics, the Y1 children continued on Phase 5 of the Letters and Sounds programme, learning ‘wh’ and the alternative spellings ‘ph’, ‘ew’ and ‘ue’ and how to spell the words ‘said’, ‘have’, ‘so’ and ‘like’. We revised the difference between commands, statements and questions. The Reception children continued on Phase 4 trying to hear then write adjacent consonants (tent, skip). They also learned to spell the ‘tricky’ words ‘was’ and ‘you’, and learned to read ‘like’, ‘some’, ‘come’ and ‘have’.

Continuing with our Science topic, ‘Materials’, we talked about the difference between the object and the material (e.g. a water bottle is plastic, a sock is fabric) and sorted the objects into a Venn diagram. One hoop was labelled Metal and one hoop was labelled Plastic. The children slowly but very surely figured out that they needed to overlap the hoops slightly to fit the plastic handled scissors in the middle! They were so proud to have worked it out between them!

We also read the story of Jesus and Zacchaeus, which helped us to be better friends. The highlight of the week for the children and us (and maybe people in Sherborne, it was so loud!) was the children using instruments to accompany The Snail and the Whale. They decided which instrument sound and texture fitted with each page (e.g. rain stick and loud booms on the drum for the storm, slow, gentle movements with the egg shaker when the whale was beached on the sand). The children then performed the whole thing – it was a sight and sound to behold!

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 super weekend!

Mrs Cheyne and Mrs Dennett :O)

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