The children have also been enjoying the new provision in the class for this half term, we have a vets in role play, a new superhero writing table, as well as dinosaurs in the small world area and Minions in the reading corner! As well as getting stuck into this week’s challenges which include copying shape pictures, rhyming challenges, addition in the challenge area as well as word and phoneme hunts!
We began our unit on 2d shapes this week, and the children are already becoming confident in not only naming 2d shapes but also describing their properties such as sides and corners. They began by sorting the shapes in their named criterion, they also made some fabulous shape pictures as well as enjoying lots of shape activities.
Our eggs also had hatched and the children enjoyed observing and writing about them. They also learnt about the life cycle of a chick and what they need to do to keep healthy and safe.
We also got a smattering of snow (!) which gave the children the opportunity to get outside and investigate colour mixing as they experimented with different coloured powder paints.
This week the children will be introduced to the phonemes cks and wh as in wheel. 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: that and have. Also, as usual, we will also be reviewing the tricky words learnt to date.
This week we continue looking at 2D shapes, learning more about the unusual 2D shape names and about the properties of shapes such as corners, sides and whether sides are straight or curved. They will go on a shape hunt and not only find but also describe the shapes they find.
They will also combine two shapes to make number sentences and find out how many sides/corners the two objects have e.g. how many sides does a square and triangle have altogether? As well as this they will practise their doubles by adding corners and sides of the same shape.
Continuing with our dinosaur/non-fiction topic, this week, the children will be writing their own dinosaur reports about a specific dinosaur using detail and working on their research skills to find out information. We will also reinforce which features are needed to write a good report, ie title, captioned picture, bullet points, facts, and a labelled diagram.
During the afternoons, we shall begin a series of sessions introducing the children to Beebots. These are programmable robots which will help the children to use and follow directional language. They will create their own dinosaur land for the Beebots to cross!
If you would like to know more about these cute robots click HERE. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52ZuenJlFyE
Have a great weekend!
See you on Monday
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