We began the week reading Dear Greenpeace by Simon James and practised using question marks by thinking of questions we could use to find out more about whales.
Then on Tuesday we had an exciting trip to Henley Literacy Festival and listened to Simon read three of his books to us. He told us stories about how he came to write the books; Rex, Baby Brains and Sally and the Limpet and showed us how he illustrates the pictures within his books. It was an amazing hour as he was such a fascinating man to listen to and very funny!
The following day we decided to write letters to him using the questioning skills that we had learned earlier in the week. We can’t wait to see if he replies to us.
For anybody who would like to find out more about Simon, his website is http://www.simonjamesbooks.com/.
We have been very busy in Maths learning to tell the time and measuring using different units.
The Year 1s began the week telling the time to the hour and half hour, whilst the Year 2s have been working on telling the time to the 1/4 hour on analogue and digital clocks, which proved rather tricky.
The Year 1s then began measuring different objects using bead strings and cubes. They then ordered the lengths.
The Year 2s measured using decimetres and then centimetres. They also ordered the different heights according to their size.
In French we have been learning how to say “How are you?” and responding with different answers.
In Phonics the Year 2s have been focusing on homophones, especially sea and see and two, to and too. The Year 2s have been using the ew, aw and wh sounds. It would be extremely helpful if you could practise these sounds with the children at home.
Our work on algorithms continued in Computing when we split into different groups and gave our robot a set of clear instructions to follow, which was a lot trickier than we first thought.
In Art we created characters for our own stories just like Simon James does and then painted them using water colours.
On Wednesday we had a visitor from the RSPB called Ann who talked to us about the top 10 garden birds in Great Britain.
She shared some fascinating facts about birds with us and took us on a walk to see how many different varieties of birds we could spot in our locality. Red kites and pigeons were very popular on Wednesday afternoon in Peppard.
Jasper brought in a very interesting Show and Tell on Wednesday.
For those of you who were unable to make the Reading/ Phonics meeting please see Mrs Hawkins if you would like one of the booklets which includes useful tips and websites to help at home.
Please remember that we will be visiting Harcourt Arboretum on Monday morning for an Amazing Autumn workshop so all children will need a waterproof coat and wellies. We will be back in time for lunch.
Show and Tell next week…
Monday – Elodie
Tuesday – Francesca
Wednesday – Amber
Thursday – Maisey
Friday – Jaz
Have a lovely weekend!