Acorn class

News from week beginning 26th March

We’ve had a jam-packed final week of the Spring term. Where do we start?!

In phonics the Reception children learned the new tricky words ‘so’ and ‘said’, practised letter names via the brilliant alphabet rap and practised spelling CVCC words (such as nest, lamp). The Year One children focussed on punctuation and where we need to put in full stops (when the reader needs to breathe!). We learned about the prefix ‘un’ and had fun with some role play and the suffixes ‘ed’, ‘ing’ and ‘er’.

In English we read the gorgeous Julia Donaldson book, Monkey Puzzle. Firstly we put ourselves in the mind-set of the characters and chose two of the animals the lost monkey encounters. We wrote speech bubbles for them with some hilarious results: before the children write, we encourage them to say the sentences out loud and in one case apparently the bat is really grumpy and American! Later in the week we had great fun identifying the rhyming words in the book and made lists of the rhyming pairs.

In Maths we focussed on halving shapes, objects and even a volume of water. Two of the favourite activities were making Play Doh pancakes and finding different ways of halving them and using two hoops in the playground and halving the number of beanbags by throwing them in the hoops. The Year Ones were encouraged to find different ways of quartering shapes.

In D&T we made some Easter puppets, we hope you like them and their message!

We had such an exciting time during the Easter Journey Morning, travelling around each classroom (and their enormous chairs!) every half an hour to experience a different part of the Easter story. Please see the main photo of when we made symmetrical butterfly paintings after linking the resurrection of Jesus with the lifecycle of butterflies.

We hope you have a super Easter break and we look forward to reading the Easter diaries on the children’s return.

Enjoy!

The Acorn Team

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