Our caterpillars arrived in Peppard class this week. It was very exciting. We had to divide the nutrient into small vials and then separate the caterpillars so that they had one vial each. We had to put holes in the containers to allow them to breathe. Altogether we have 33 caterpillars. We talked about the life cycle of a butterfly and created our own for display.
Our eggs are also doing very well. Today we were very lucky to have Olivia’s grandma bring in a machine so that we could look inside the eggs to see how well they are growing. All 6 of our eggs appear to have chicks inside. We have approximately 10 days until they are due to hatch.
In Mathematics this week we have been looking at doubling and sharing. We practiced doubling numbers by drawing butterflies and doubling the amount of spots on both sides.
In our creative time we have made cocoons and caterpillars. We also painted symmetrical butterflies.
World Book was a huge success. Mr James Mayhew came into read us a story and painted as he read. It was very clever and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We also had to design a book cover of our favourite book. Mr Mayhew judged our covers and Lily Clements won a book voucher.
Next week is the Henley Youth Festival. We have 2 very exciting outings planned. On Tuesday we are going to the Kenton Theatre to see ‘Peter and the Wolf’ and on Thursday we are off to see the ‘Travelling Tuba’.
Have a lovely weekend.
This term our topic is ‘Growth and Change’. We are going to be looking at lifecycles of chickens and caterpillars and growing our own vegetables and plants.
This week has been very exciting as 6 chicken eggs arrived in Peppard Class. We have been talking about how to take care of them and have written our own care plan. The eggs will take approximately 21 days to hatch so we have created a sticker chart to count down the days. Next week we will hopefully be able to see inside the eggs to see how big the chicks are.
In topic we have been looking at the story of the Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We created puppets and have been practicing retelling the story. We made our own mini ‘Hungry Caterpillar’ story books. In our creative time we started to make a caterpillar for our display using different materials and textures. Next week we have our own caterpillars arriving
In Mathematics this week we have been looking at numbers 1-20. We have been practicing putting them in order and finding missing numbers. We also practiced placing non-sequential numbers in order.
In phonics we consolidated the sounds we have learnt already and introduced the ‘or’ sound. We practiced writing sentences starting with a capital letter, using finger spaces and finishing with a full stop.
This week in Peppard Class we have been learning the days of the week. We learnt a song to help us to remember. We started to talk about the seasons and months of the year.
In Phonics we have learnt the sounds ‘oo’ and ‘ar’. We have been practicing all of the sounds we have learnt so far and all of our tricky words.
Towards the end of the week we started to make Valentines Day cards and biscuits. We talked about hygiene and weighing whilst baking. We all enjoyed eating our biscuits.
Thank you to all the parents that came in to see us this afternoon. It is always so lovely to share our learning with you.
Have a lovely half term holiday.
This week we have put our new wet weather suits to good use. We have enjoyed splashing in puddles and turning the puddles into bubble mixture.
In independent play the children decided to create a cafe. They negotiated their ideas and used prior learning to design their own narrative. We thoroughly enjoyed observing and interacting with them.
In topic we have enjoyed learning about ‘Super Heroes’. We spent some time talking about our favourite Super Heroes and then we designed and painted some of our own. The children gave their Super Hero a special power.
In Maths we have been learning about 3D shapes. We have been looking at cubes, cuboids, cones, spheres and cylinders. We started the week by going on a shape hunt and finding 3D shapes in our environment. We then sorted the shapes into different categories and started to look at their properties (number of faces and shape of faces)
In phonics we have been consolidating the ‘igh’ and ‘oa’ sound and we have started to look at ‘oo’.
We hope to see your next Friday for our Super Hero Party starting at 1.30. It will be a good opportunity for you to come and play and share your child’s Learning Journey.
Have a lovely weekend.
This week we have been learning about the value of money. The children have been identifying coins and how much each coin is worth. We set up our very own shop in the classroom and have been practicing buying items using the correct coins. If you are out shopping together you could encourage your child to find the coins to pay for small items.
In Phonics we have been practicing rhyming strings and reading rhyming stories. We have learnt the sounds ‘ai’, ‘ee’ and ‘igh’.
On Thursday the children thoroughly enjoyed talking about their special objects. The children listened well and asked great questions.
In your child’s book bag is their Hero Booklet. This weekend we are being a ‘Neighbourhood Hero’. If you could please complete the next page. Thank you.
We have had a wonderful start to the term. We all thoroughly enjoyed starting our hero topic by dressing up as heroes. We talked about what made people heroes and painted our own.
This week we have been busy setting up our role play hospital and we had a visit from Nurse Wilson to talk to us about her job.
In Mathematics we have been talking about measuring length and weight. We have enjoyed using the balancing scales and finished the week by putting our weighing into practice by baking some biscuits with the help of my mum, Mrs Bryant.
In phonics we have been consolidating the ‘ch’ and ‘sh’ sound and our new sound this week is ‘th’.
On Monday we are dancing in P.E. Please can you make sure you child has their P.E kit.
Also, Mrs Byron and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your Christmas cards and gifts.
This week we went to watch ‘How to catch a Star’ at Norden Farm in Maidenhead. We had a fantastic time and thoroughly enjoyed the performance.
We also had our School Christmas Lunch and a visit from Father Christmas.Thank you to all of the parents that came in and helped make it so special.
In phonics this week we have learnt sounds ‘z’, ‘zz’ and ‘qu’ and we have continued to practice all of the tricky words we have learnt so far.
In maths we have continued looking at subtraction and have started to use a number line to help us find the correct answer.
Next week we are looking forward to performing in the production Babushka. We hope you can come.
Thanks to Sally’s fabulous cooking, and enormous hard work, children enjoyed a delicious Christmas lunch today – with all the festive trimmings. They even had a visit from Father Christmas who spoke to every child and handed them an individually wrapped present!
Thank you FOPS for all your enthusiasm in serving the Christmas lunches and the effort you put in to turning our classroom into a Christmas Wonderland.
This week in Peppard Class we have been preparing for our ‘Picnic on the Moon’. We have been making decorations, creating lists and labels and making food in preparation for blast off.
We have also learnt lots of new information about the Solar System this week. We have created our very own Solar System in the classroom and found out lots of interesting facts.
In Phonics we have learnt the sounds ‘w’, ‘x’ and ‘y’ and we have been continuing to practice our tricky words.
In Mathematics we have been learning how to subtract. We have been practicing using multilink cubes and even started to record our answers.
We have also been very lucky to have 5 new ipads in our classroom. This week we have been using them to practice our letter formation.
On Friday we had a fantastic trip to the moon and enjoyed our picnic food and home baking. It was so lovely to have our families join us in Space.
We are looking forward to our trip to the theatre on Tuesday to see ‘How to catch a star’.