Acorn class

News from week beginning 25th January

In Literacy, we read The Day Louis Got Eaten – a surreal story about a boy being eaten by a monster then the monster being eaten by a bigger monster and so on. His sister rescues him with the help of a ‘hiccough frog’. They loved it! We did some Talk for Writing, inspired by Pie Corbett, with the story having actions to help the children remember what happens. The children helped make up the actions and we practised a few times then performed for the camera. The actions certainly helped the children recall the story. We then created lists of the crazy-named monsters and wrote about the two problems in the story and their solutions.

In Maths, the children practised using the addition strategy, taking the larger number first then counting on the smaller number. Many children managed to keep the larger number in their head then count on using their fingers. Some could count on without their fingers! We also discussed touch-counting strategies when we are faced with a large group of jumbled objects. We thought the best strategy would be to put them neatly in a line then count carefully left to right, only counting when our finger was touching one. The Year One children entered data into MS Excel, to show how the children in Acorn travel to school, then created a graph from it. They were very proud and saved then printed their work.

In Phonics, the Y1 children continued on Phase 5 of the Letters and Sounds programme, learning the alternative pronunciations for the graphemes ‘i’ (e.g. in behind), ‘o’ (e.g. in both), ‘u’ (e.g. in music and pudding) and the soft pronunciations of ‘g’ and ‘c’ (e.g. in ginger and cell). The Year One children also learned how to spell the words ‘little’, ‘one’, ‘do’, ‘what’, ‘out’ and ‘when’. The Reception children continued on Phase 4, trying to hear then write adjacent consonants (tent, skip) and discussed the split vowel digraphs (e.g. cap into cape). They also played on the Jumbled Sentences app on the iPads as well as using the interactive TV for a high frequency word game involving dinosaur eggs! The children learned to spell the ‘tricky’ words ‘my’ and ‘her’, and learned to read ‘do’, ‘when’, ‘out’ and ‘what’. Finally they practised digraph and trigraph spotting with nonsense words (e.g. cligh, broan).

Continuing further with our Science topic, ‘Materials’, we gave ourselves the challenge of investigating which material would be best to make an umbrella for Winnie the Pooh. We talked about what waterproof means and also a fair test. We set about finding out which material was the most waterproof out of fabric, cardboard, kitchen roll, tissue paper and a plastic bag. This was a whole class experiment with the children armed with bowls of water, pipettes and a results sheet! We soon realised that the most waterproof material (and bendy, to go round the umbrella frame) was the plastic bag so now we have a happy and dry Winnie the Pooh!

We also read the story of Jesus calming the storm and how we need to trust our friends. We discussed what we can do to keep calm when we are worried, annoyed or frustrated. The children were very wise in their calming techniques.

The highlight of the week was when the children looked through their own Learning Diaries then told Mrs Dennett and myself which part they were most proud of. It was so lovely watching them go through all the things they had made, done and said over the last term and a bit!

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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