Elizabeth (Year R)
In Phonics we have begun to learn our sounds and how to blend them together to make words. We are also practising how to write them correctly.
In Maths we have been practising our counting, using lots of counting songs and counting at every opportunity. We have also been learning about 2D shapes. We know that we can see these shapes but we cannot feel them. We looked at circles, squares, triangles and rectangles, exploring the number of sides and corners that they each have. This week we have been learning to compare objects by height. We held a competition to see which team could build the tallest towers, using a variety of different materials. We earned bonus points for good teamwork and for showing resilience.
We have covered a different story each week.
We read ‘Funny Bones’ and learnt all about our own skeletons and different parts of our bodies. We made our own chalk drawings of skeletons.
We read ‘My Senses’ and practised using our own senses. We had a tray with different objects on. We closed our eyes whilst Mrs O’Hare took one object away. We looked carefully to try and identify the missing object. We listened to different sounds and tried to guess what they were. We used a feely bag to identify objects using touch. We also smelt and tasted different foods to try and identify them.
We read ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen. In the story the whole family go on the hunt together. We looked at family trees and discussed who was in our families. We created our own bear hunts for home learning. Take a look below.
We also read ‘The Snail and the Whale’ by Julia Donaldson. In the story the whale becomes endangered when he gets stranded on the beach. Some school children help to rescue him by raising the alarm. We thought about the other dangers that whales and marine creatures face and discovered that plastic waste is the biggest threat. We looked at all the plastic waste we create both at home and in school, and thought about ways to reduce it. We wrote a letter to the kitchen staff to ask them about ways to reduce the plastic waste at lunch times. After discussing this with the class, they have now provided a recycling bin for our lunchtime waste.
This week we have been reading the story of ‘Happy Birthday Bear’. We discussed when our own birthdays are. We made a list of all the things that we needed to have a birthday party and on Friday (19th October), we are having a party for our class mascot, Milkshake Monkey, who will be five.