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Term 4

What Have We Been Learning?

PSED/UOW - This week we have been thinking about our Mum and what makes her special. We have made a little something for Sunday – Please check your child’s book bag.

 

PD – The weather was against for Tennis on Wednesday, instead we practised our throwing catching and listening skills. Letter formation – this week we practised our zig-zag monster letters.

 

UOW/Literacy – To finish our topic ‘People Who Help us’ we have been finding out about the fire service and learning about the Great Fire of London. Phonics - we have come to the end of our phase 3 sounds and will spend the next three weeks revising what we have learnt prior to starting phase 4.

 

Maths – This week we have been filling and pouring lots of cups, buckets and beakers and learning about capacity. We have been working hard to understand and use the language: full, nearly fully, empty, nearly empty.

 

EA/UOW – Now Spring has officially begun, we have been finding out about some events that take place at this time of the year and painting our own blossom trees. Please have a look at our new display in the Reception/KS1 entrance.

 

Forest School – This week we took part in our sponsored event – please see latest news for pictures.

Week 3:

 

PHSE: Our theme this term is ‘Good to be me’ and this week we have been thinking about what makes us feel sad – the children were able to share lots of ideas about what makes them sad in a safe environment.

 

CLL/UOW: This week we have been sharing our ideas about the Police and learning what they do. We are hoping to have a visit from our local PCSOs soon.  Remember to look at our Forest School learning on our Forest School page.

 

On Tuesday we took part in a drama workshop, which was lots of fun. We were transported to a magical land with Lizzie from Perform were we had lots of giggles.

 

Phonics: This week we have been learning the sounds oi/er/igh and practising writing our phase 2 tricky words and reading our phase 3 tricky words.

 

Maths: We have continued with subtraction this week and using counters we have solved simple subtraction sums.

 

PE: During Wednesday sessions we continue to develop our tennis skills and Friday sessions continue with Dance/Gymnastics. We have also been learning about keeping ourselves healthy. This week we have been practising our ‘Curly Caterpillar’ letters: c/o/a/d/g/q.

 

Expressive Art and Design: The children proudly carried home the ambulance vehicles this week. They worked hard to join the different materials together to make desired vehicle.

Week 2:

 

PHSE: Our theme this term is ‘Good to be me’ and this week we have been thinking about what makes us feel good about ourselves – the children were able to share lots of lovely ideas about what makes them happy in a safe environment.

CLL/UOW: Shrove Tuesday took place this week and we made and ate pancakes – yummy. We learnt a little about Lent. We also shared, story mapped and sequenced ‘The Big Pancake’ and thought the pig was very naughty! On Thursday we dressed as our favourite character for World Book Day.

 

Phonics: This week we have been learning the sounds ar/or/ur and practising writing our phase 2 tricky words and reading our phase 3 tricky words.

 

Maths: We have been learning the language of subtraction and beginning to understand what happens when we take things away from a group. We played lots of games the involved subtraction to help us understand we end up with less items as we take away.

 

PE: During Wednesday sessions we continue to develop our tennis skills and Friday sessions continue with Dance/Gymnastics. We have also been learning about keeping ourselves healthy. This week we have been practising our ‘Long Ladder’ letters: i/l/t/j/u/y.

 

Expressive Art and Design: As we have been learning about People Who Help Us, we decided we would like to make ambulances using reclaimed materials. Today, we collected boxes, tubes, bottle tops and various items which we could stick together next week to make a vehicle.

Today we enjoyed Pancake Day. We found out today is called Shrove Tuesday and it is an important festival for Christians as tomorrow marks the start of Lent. We all helped to make pancakes and some children surprised themselves when it came to tasting! Have a look at our pictures below.

Week 1:

 

PHSE: This term we are title is ‘Good To Be Me’ and this week we have been thinking about what makes us happy.

 

Phonics: Our sounds this week have been ‘oo’ as in moon, ‘oo’ as in book, and we recapped ‘oa’ as this was proving a little tricky. During tricky word work on Monday we have been practising to read and write all our phase 2 words along with some phase 3 words.

 

PD: During Fine Motor Skills/Funky Fingers we have been using the playdough to continue to strength our hand muscles and enjoying activities to support finger, arm and shoulder strength. During PE on Wednesday morning we are learning tennis skills and Friday sessions are provided by Ignite Sport how are continuing with dance/gymnastics. During handwriting we have covered zig-zag monster letters (v/w/x/z).

 

CLL/Understanding of the World: We began the week by sharing and writing about our holiday news. Please see our Forest School page to find out what we have been doing this week. Our Foundation Stage garden is full of signs of spring – the children were amazed at the beautiful crocus and snowdrop flowers.

 

Maths: This week we have been learning how two add to groups together and learning the '+' sign. We began the week by using counters to add two groups together. By the end of the week we had progressed onto using a number track. Number track work takes lots of practise and we need to remember to count the hops as we move along.

 

Expressive Art and Design: We are enjoying using our role play area which has been transformed into a hospital. We have been learning how to bandage people and using the ride on vehicles to catch our naughty people or take our patients to hospital. We enjoyed painting pictures from our holidays and it is wonderful to see the children’s skills developing so well.

Welcome back to term 4! I hope you all had an enjoyable break. It is hard to believe we are now half way through our academic year.