Acorn class

News from week beginning 29th February

We had a visit from some very special little people this week, Thornford playgroup children and staff visited for a fun-packed story and singing session. The children from playgroup were so well behaved and were eager to join in with the actions during the story and the song. Come back again soon!

Our Science topic this half term is weather and seasons so we wrote down all the different types of weather we could think of in groups – this led to some very animated discussions about sheet and fork lightning and when the children had experienced storms!

As it is Fairtrade Fortnight the children learned all about what Fairtrade means, the types of grocery products that are Fairtrade and the difference it makes to the farmers and their families. The children wrote information leaflets to inform others about Fairtrade.

In phonics, the Y1 children continued on Phase 5 of the Letters and Sounds programme, learning the alternative graphemes for the phoneme ‘ee’ (e.g. in three, chief, these, happy, money and steam) and ‘ch’ (e.g. in rich, scratch and future). They continued to work on High Frequency Words, they learned the term ‘vowel’ then revised their split digraphs. The Reception children continued on Phase 4, trying to hear then write words containing adjacent consonants and writing ever-lengthening sentences – while really concentrating on their individual writing targets! We revised the handwriting families and they practised writing the robot arm family (e.g. r, b, m, n) which they enjoyed again. The children practised spelling the days of the week via a mini-diary as well as going over the letter names by pretending to be on the phone spelling out the school’s address for someone who couldn’t hear them properly!

In Maths, we practised doubling and number bonds (pairs of numbers) to 8, 9 and 10. The Year One children went on to link their knowledge of number bonds to ten to work out number bonds to 20. The class loved using the iPads to go on the Scratch Jnr coding app, making Scratch move and follow their clear and simple algorithms (coding instructions).

This week’s highlight was the children dressing up as their favourite book character on World Book Day. They loved being in costume and telling us about their favourite book characters.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Cheyne and Mrs Dennett :0)


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