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Growing up!26 Jan 2018Growing up!

This week

Continuing with the theme of growing linked to Jack and the Beanstalk, the children discussed the parts of a plant this week and discussed what the different parts did for the plant.

The children were able to talk about what the seeds needed to grow, and decided that as it was Winter, it may be better to put them on the window sill rather than outside as "they will get chilly". Well done children!

They also drew plants and using ready-made labels, cut, read and labelled their plant pictures!

We have also sown cress seeds to see how they compare growing to the bean seeds and look forward to some tasty cress sandwiches soon!


During RE this week, the children have been thinking about who they would like to pray for and wrote prayers to hang on our petition tree in the prayer corner. There were some lovely prayers which were very thoughtful and mature for children of such a young age.

We will continue throughout the next few weeks, discussing our prayer corner and writing some rules for it as well as adding to the petition tree.


Next week


This week the children will be introduced to the phonemes ch and sh. We will be using these sounds and those learnt so far to blend the sounds (push sounds together) to read words and segment (break sounds up) in a word to spell.
We will introduce the next set of tricky/high frequency words this week: with and when. Also, as usual, we will also be reviewing the tricky words learnt to date.

Topic and Literacy

We start on a new story of Cinderella this week, where we now concentrate on the ending of a story. How do traditional tales usually end? What makes a good ending? What sort of endings do the children recall from their favourite stories they have listened to and read?
They will also be `up levelling` their sentences by adding adjectives and conjunctions So a sentence such as `The prince danced in the ballroom`, could be improved to: `The handsome prince danced in the beautiful ballroom," as well as adding conjunctions such as because, but, and, etc. During independent work they will also label characters using wow words.
There will also be lots of opportunity for role playing the story and we expect to see many princesses and Prince Charming’s in our classroom over the week!


We now move on to taking away this week, as we start by taking objects away to find the answer. They will then look at the sign for subtraction and start reading subtraction sentences to solve using objects.


We shall also continue to practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s using coins. Please practise counting in 2s 5s and 10s with your child, this can be done at any opportunity, walking to school, in the car whilst shopping etc. There is also a great song which incorporates all these counting skills at the bottom of the class page.



Don’t forget that this Thursday 1st February is our class assembly at 9.10am!

Enjoy the weekend!

Best wishes

Mrs. Fletcher

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