Acorn class

News from week beginning 7th March

As our Science topic this half term is weather and seasons, we talked about how the seasons can change what we wear and the activities we do. The children enjoyed cutting and sticking different clothes and footwear onto Barnaby Bear, depending on whether it is Winter or Summer.

The children had lots of fun in Literacy this week. After reading the traditional story of the Three Little Pigs, they made our own changes to the characters, the setting, the problem and the solution then wrote their own stories. We were impressed with their fabulous, focussed and imaginative story-writing.

In phonics, the Y1 children continued on Phase 5 of the Letters and Sounds programme, learning the alternative graphemes for the phoneme ‘igh’ (e.g. in light, drive, sky, fried and find) and ‘f’ (e.g. in fix, cliff, phone and rough). They revised the term ‘vowel’ and talked about how adding ‘un’ to the beginning of a word, makes it the opposite of the word. The Reception children continued on Phase 4 and they practised writing the long ladder family (e.g. i, l, u, y, j) which they really concentrated hard doing. The children finished writing their mini-diaries as well as trying to beat their personal best on the High Frequency Word 30 second challenge – they are getting really quick at sight-reading these crucial words.

In Maths, we learned about time in units of time (i.e. morning, midday, afternoon and evening as well as seconds, minutes, hours, days, months) and telling the time. They quickly grasped how to tell o’clock and tried really hard with the half past the hour too! We also had a quick recap on measuring the length of something – the Year One children deftly used rulers and the Reception children used cubes to measure. We talked about how to accurately measure.

This week’s highlight was the children getting to handle and play with old-fashioned toys, thank you again to the kind parents who donated them. This post’s main picture shows one child demonstrating how to play an old marble flicking game and the photo was taken at the point that he managed to get the marble into a scoring hole – the others were very proud of his hard work!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Cheyne and Mrs Dennett :0)

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