This week in Phonics we have focused on the sounds; ea (cup of tea), au – (author Laura), u-e (huge brute). Please use the sound mats sent home at the meet the teacher event to support any reading or writing you do – the boys and girls should be able to find these sounds on the mats, along with the other sounds taught so far this half-term. If you need a copy of the sound mats, please ask your child’s teacher.
In English this week, we have been reading the story of Hansel and Gretel. Although a very ‘dark’ story, the children had some really great ideas and opinions on the different characters. We read Anthony Browne’s version, which is illustrated with some lovely pictures helping to bring the story alive! We created freeze frames, story maps and wrote about how the Hansel and Gretel felt as they walked through the forest.
This week in Maths, we have been continuing to improve our fluency of column subtraction. This week, we have learnt how to subtract with renaming, where we have to ‘borrow’ a ten to help us complete the calculation.
As we move through the year, it will become increasingly more important that the boys and girls can count in 2s, 5s and 10s – please support this at home to help increase their fluency.
We have begun our new topic for the half term – Christmas! We have discussed the Nativity story, and introduced the different characters within the story. We then thought about a Christmas wish we would ask for this year, not a materialistic one, but a wish of hope and love to those around us. These have formed our Christmas baubles which will sit on the Christmas tree in our classroom.
History off the page
On Friday, the boys and girls and teachers transformed into Knights, Kings, Queens and Servants of our own real life castle. We spent the entire day in character, and with the assistance of our visitor, explored life inside a castle. There were ten different activities for us to choose from in the morning, ranging from lamp making to scent bags, soap to bow sheaths! A great morning was had by all, and goodie bags were filled with our creations!
In the afternoon we played host to a magnificent banquet, to celebrate Queen Matilda defending the castle. The boys and girls worked in different groups; singers, dancers, actors, lords and ladies, servants and jugglers, to practice and prepare for our banquet. What a magnificent way to finish our day.
A MASSIVE thank you to the parents who were able to donate their time to support our day – it is greatly appreciated, and helps to ensure that the boys and girls got as much out of the day as they did!
Please make sure that you read with your children at least 3 times a week.