Sharks have been creating suspense and tension this week… but only in English! We are thoroughly enjoying our English book and were very excited to meet the new character that we have been describing all week. We have been thinking about the importance of ellipsis and other punctuation to help us create atmosphere in our writing. In maths we have put some real effort into tackling fractions – we have found fractions of amounts and used both numerators and denominators to order fractions. In topic we were creative and collaborative in writing non-chrons and leaflets about the Ancient Greek Gods. We have welcomed two new Sharks to our shiver this week and have been busy getting to know them. (Two examples of Shark’s stories so far. First image – written by Ashton, Second image – written by Eva.
Dolphins have embraced their love of the Greek myths again this week as they delved into the collaborative act of drama. We have looked at the structure of a myth; unpicking the build-up, problem and resolution. This has enabled us to begin to write our story retell. Our maths has focused on the use of decimals and we have shown our tenths and hundredths as decimals in pictorial and numerical representations. We are now able to count reliably in tenths and find the amount needed to make the next whole number. In Science, we have started our new topic ‘Living Things’ in which the children have been classifying animals.
What an amazing week Starfish have had! Not only have they worked really hard with their learning, they have been kind and caring too. We have been busy with our Maths this week, counting, adding on and talking about more and less. The children have used the Jenga blocks, counting them and adding two amounts together. They have also been using farm animal cards to make repeating patterns. Starfish have gone above and beyond to take turns and share the Starfish toys. Well done Starfish!
Another very busy week for everyone in Seahorses this week! Year 1 and 2 have planted seeds for their sunflowers and sweet peas as a part of our science work on living and growing. Reception have also been experiencing some African culture as part of their book ‘Anna Hibiscus’ song’. Seahorses have all now got their new Monster Phonics reading books, please read them twice at home and write in reading records when you have hear them read. You can then send in reading records to us on a Monday so we can see how busy you have been. Years 1 and 2 also have had their new spellings this week so please practise them when you can.
What a busy week Starfish have had! We have spent lots of time outside in the sunshine, running around and playing games on the field or climbing and balancing on the trim trail. The children were amazing at helping each other on the trim trail and taking it in turns. Whilst inside we have been looking at the different zoo animals and talking about what a zookeeper’s job is. The children were eager to talk about their own zoo experiences and which animals are their favourites. Some of the children have also been practising their writing, tracing the letters of the alphabet and trying hard to remember the different sounds each letter makes.
This week Seahorses have been busy continuing our learning in the sunshine when we have been able to, and this has included being able to play in the soapy water. Some of our reception children also decided to form a band and sang the alphabet with a musical accompaniment. Meanwhile year 1 and 2 were being very busy in the classroom painting circles in the style of Kandinsky. Reception have also started their new book for English this week all about a girl that lives in Africa, stay tuned to find out the title.
A busy week in Sharks; we have been recapping our knowledge of finding equivalent fractions and simplifying them. We have used bar models to represent the fractions to help us visualise the concept of equivalence. We also looked at converting improper fractions to mixed numbers. We were proud of how much we had remembered from the autumn term and some of us were really creative in finding ways to tackle reasoning problems. In English we have been using semi-colons to clarify descriptive lists and are using these to write descriptive scene settings about the Ancient Greek afterlife realms of Elysium, Asphodel Fields and Tartarus. In science we enjoyed learning about the structure and function of the heart and are looking forward to finding out more next week. We have also been excited to read more of our book ‘ Who let the Gods out’ and have made some predictions about what will happen next – it is all very tense