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Week 1

What an eventful first week back to school!

Seahorses this week have been looking at how we can sort objects by size shape and colour. We have looked at the animation "For The Birds" for our stimulus to start some great retrieval skills and discussions in English. In science we learnt about what seasons fit with each month and made our own season wheel. In Music we began to learn our "Hey You" song! This week we learned that unfortunately our Glorious Queen has passed. To commemorate her life we made our own portraits of the Queen.


Week 2

This week in English as it's Julia Donalsons birthday we have focused our learning around the books she has written. We have had debates about which is the best book and why, wrote sentences about the story and even made an acrostic poem.

In music, we introduced some glockenspiel into our Hey Yo song!

The children have enjoyed working with a range of resources during maths, to support their learning on place value. We have used counters, teddy bears, numbers lines and dice. The children have been introduced to one more and one less before moving onto counting backwards from 10. We will continue to work on this next week before moving to comparing objects.

In English, we wrote sentences about our favourite Julia Donaldson books. We wrote about why we picked this book and what the book was about.

In PSHE, we discussed friendships. We used circle time to discuss what makes someone a good friend and we also discussed different ways to show that we can be a good friend.

In DT, we looked at puppets. We used the characters from Julia Donaldson's books to draw our own puppets. Next week, we will look at the different materials we can use to make our puppets.

In PE, we looked at different ways to move a ball with our body.

In computing, we looked at online safety. We used the story of Smartie the Penguin to refesh our memory on how we can be safe online.

Week 3

In English, we put on our acting hats and we went on a guided tour of a forest and found an unexpected object. After finding the unexpected item, which turned out to be a piano, we created a list of questions to get more information about where this piano came from. We then started gathering vocab before writing a sentence for our adventure story.

In maths, we continued looking at place value. We looked at comparing groups by matching and using mathematical vocab such as fewer, more and same. We continued to use a wide range of resources in our maths lessons to support our learning in place value.

In science, we started looking at hibernation. We read the story 'Hibernation Station' by Michelle Meadows after discussing what we thought hibernation is. We will be continuing to look at hibernation next week in science.

In PSHE, we looked at how we behave in school. We recapped friendships before discussing how we can be our best learners in school.


We are also very excited to go on our school trip to Chessington World of Adventures!

Week 4

We started off comparing objects and numbers in Maths using the ‘greater than’ and ‘less than’ symbols.

We also continued to do some excellent writing in English using lots of adjectives and time adverbials based on our book 'The Bear and the Piano'. 

The highlight of the week was making our puppets!

Week 5

What an exciting week! In Maths we have introduced the number line and learnt what a part whole model is. We started our Georagpy topic and looked at what a map is and walked around the school using a map. In computing, we learnt how to log onto a computer and about the different keys and what they are used for on a keyboard.

The most exciting thing that happened was our Trip to Chessington World of Adventures and my what an Adventure we had. It was a jam-packed day of visiting the Julia Donaldson themes attractions followed by a Zookeeper lead workshop topping off with a tour around the zoo. CLick the Giraffe below to see some of the great pictures!

Week 6

In English, we have continued reading and writing about 'The Bear and the Piano'. We looked at repetition and the power of three.  We wrote some super sentences about how the Bear played to an audience every night. We also used drama this week acting out the audience reaction to the bear playing the piano.

In maths, we continued to look at whole part models before moving on to number sentences. We used different manipulatives to help us with writing our number sentences.

In science, we looked at animals and their diets. We looked at what animals are herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. We then put the animals into the correct groups before writing about our favourite animal and its diet.

In geography, we continued to look at maps. We used a map of Sunbury and Chennestone and we looked at what a key is.

Week 7

This week we celebrated Harvest Festival! We all brought in a food item and placed it on a table to be blessed by Father Andrew during our mass. We looked at Who God is In our Christianity learning. In English, we used all our past learning to retell the story independently. In Geography we learned about grid references and then used them to place animals on our maps. 


Have a Lovely half term and see you for our next big question!

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