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Growing Up!31 Jan 2020Growing 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.

We have also kept a close eye on our cress seeds sown last week to see how they compare growing to the bean seeds and we look forward to some tasty cress sandwiches soon!

At the beginning of the week we celebrated Chinese New Year learning about similarities and differences with our own clebrations and enjoyed a bowl of noodles each!


Later in the week, we made bird feeder pots to hang in our outdoor area to help encourage birds to feed in our outdoor area over the coming weeks. Lets hope we get some great spotting opportunities!

Next week


This week the children will be introduced to the phonemes qu and ch. 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 adjectives.
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 continue to practise counting in 2s, and 10s using coins and use these skills to apply them to Jack buying items from the market (rather than swapping the cow for beans!)

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.

Later in the week we will also move on to taking away later in the 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

Enjoy the weekend!


Best wishes

Mrs. Fletcher

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