Happy New Year and welcome back!
It was lovely to be all back together again and we have had lots of fun in Greys class this week.
We began our new topic of Light and Dark and investigated different light sources. We closed our eyes to see what it was like to experience complete darkness and gradually moved our hands to see the light creeping through in stages. We named sources of light that were manmade and those that were natural.
In Literacy we read ‘The owl who was afraid of the dark’ by Jill Tomlinson. We all thought that Plop was rather a funny character and on Tuesday used adjectives to write a character description of him.
On Thursday we improved that description by using similes to describe Plop. Mrs Hawkins decided that as our descriptions were so good we should copy them using our best handwriting for display and we can’t wait to see them on display in the classroom next week.
We have also been learning ‘The Owl and the Pussy Cat’ by Edward Lear and practised it in groups before performing it altogether. Some of us decided that we wanted to memorise the poem and have taken it home to do. We will be practising it more next week in class.
Next Thursday we have Feathers and Fur visiting us and they will hopefully bring a barn owl just like Plop for us to see. Please let Mrs Hawkins know if your child has any allergies regarding birds and feathers in particular.
We found out all about why we celebrate New Year and wrote our own New Year’s resolutions which are now on display for all to see and read. They make some very interesting reading so hopefully we will all be able to keep them.
In Maths the Year 1s have been exploring ordinal numbers…
and locating numbers on beaded lines and finding 1 more and 1 less than a number on a beaded line.
The Year 2s began the week using calculators for the first time to add 2 digit numbers together.
They then used beaded lines and number squares for the same concept.
In Computing we had lots of fun using a sentence maker programme to write stories and design cards.
In Phonics the Year 1s have been working on the different ‘a’ sounds (ay, ai, eigh, a_e, a, ey) and the Year 2s have been adding the ful and ly suffixes to words. We enjoyed playing Splat the phoneme.
We finished the week by playing football in our PE lesson.
Show and Tell next week will be topic linked – Light and Dark.
Monday – Bear
Tuesday – Olivia
Wednesday – Max F.
Thursday – Nancy
Friday – Lily-Mae
Jasper’s Show and Tell was very interesting he brought in a badger and fox skull!
Please remember that children need their PE kit in school every day. As the Common is rather muddy at present can you please ensure that your child’s trainers are kept in a separate plastic bag in their PE bags.
Homework this week is to create a picture/ fact file of an animal which would come out at night. This needs to be in School for Tuesday 12th January please.
Spellings tests next week will be on Tuesday.
On Monday we are going to the River and Rowing Museum for our workshop on Light and Dark. Children will need a packed lunch and drink. We will be travelling by minibus and will be back before the end of the school day.
Have a lovely weekend!