A great first week back; Mrs Mileham and Mr Hardman were impressed with the class last week and told me that they were both fabulously behaved but also incredibly clever! That did not surprise me at all, well done little Hippos. Thank you for your patience with the changing of reading books for the children.
The children have embraced our new theme 'Nature' and haven't been able to get enough of mini-beast hunting! The children have made some fantastic observations about mini-beasts and made associations with how they physically adapt to their habitats.
Don't forget we have our trip to the Rare Breeds Centre coming up, I think you have all been emailed letters about this.
Expect information soon about a 'buddy' trip out to Bedgebury for the day. This is a special trip for the children to celebrate their friendships with their year 6 buddies. At the moment we have scheduled it for 9th July, more information will follow soon but for now all you need to know that there is no cost, you will need to provide a packed lunch and you will need to make arrangements to transport your child there and back. Watch this space.
My PPa for this term now switches to Tuesday afternoon and Mrs Mileham will take the lead as usual.
Children find one more and one less than numbers up to 20, linking this to adding and subtracting 1. They count on 2, 3 or 4 from a hidden quantity (e.g. cars in a car park, pennies in a tin, bears in a cave) so that they cannot recount the first quantity but must add by counting on. They count back where the remaining quantity is hidden in order to encourage counting back. They read and match number sentences to practical problems. A number track is used to support counting on to give totals up to 20 and counting back from numbers up to 20.
Literacy and Phonics
We will continue to revise Phase 4 Phonics, and in some cases explore Phase 5 sounds. We will also continue developing our cursive handwriting, focusing specifically on the entry stroke of each letter.
To tie in with our 'Nature' theme, and to expand on the children's interest of mini-beasts, we will use the book 'The Hungry Caterpillar' as stimulus for children's learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. Children will draw and label the cycle, and identify similarities to the life cycle of other animals such as frogs. Children will also have a go at writing their own version of 'The Hungry Caterpillar' with a different creature as the focus of their story. We will link our learning with 'Understanding the World' and spend some time with our buddies in the newly renovated pond area and hide observing our finds during some lovely pond dipping sessions.
Understanding the world and Expressive Art & Design
We will spend alot of time using the newly renovated pond area and the outdoor classroom this week. We will enlist the help of our year 6 buddies with these activities to ensure a really rich experience for the children. We will make observational sketches of the pond area, use magnifying glasses to pay close attention to the ecosytems present, and use the pond dipping equiptment to see what wonders we might find. We will also use the ipads to answer questions about our enquiries down at the pond, and choose applications to record our experiences ideally creating our own vlog.
Dates for you Diary
Monday 18th June: Whole School Photograph
Friday 22nd June: INSET - school closed for staff training
Monday 25th June: Hippos to Rare Breeds Centre
Monday 9th July: Buddy trip to Bedgebury
Friday 13th July: Sports day (am) Open afternoon (pm)
Friday 20th July: Last day (finish time TBC)
Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th July - INSET, school closed
As always, please look over the school calendar as much as you can.