This week we have been learning all about snails. We learned lots of facts about snails and the children are all able to talk about what they know. We learned about the artist ‘Henri Matisse’ and his famous Snail picture. They children looked closely at the shapes and colours; talking about how it made them feel and then made their own, using ripped up pieces of paper, stuck into a spiral pattern. They look great!
We have caterpillars in the classroom! There are 30 and they are growing by the day. We have marked on the calendar when they are due to hatch into butterflies and the children are looking forward to this; counting down the days! They have yet to change into chrysalises so we can’t wait for that!
We used our story plans for our innovation on the Hungry Caterpillar to write our new stories. The children wrote independently, or with just a little support, using their story plans. They had a finished story about another minibeast, eating all sorts of foods and then meeting a butterfly and playing with a butterfly at the end!
In maths we explored doubling. The children were really good at understanding doubling means adding the same amount again. They looked at objects in a mirror to see it as double, then counted the total. They then used counters on a whiteboard, with a line down the middle and doubled the amount on the other side, then counted the totals. They were able to say sentences, such as ‘double 4 is 8’.
In Forest Schools we thought about Matisse’s Snail and the spiral shape within it. The children used a variety of natural objects to make a giant spiral shape in the forest. Please see our Forest School section on the class page.
Please continue to read regularly with your child at home. It really is making a great difference. Don’t forget you can also access extra online reading books on Bug Club.
Please support your child to practise sounding out and spelling their words on the Spelling Shed app. It helps them to use and apply the sounds they have learned recently in phonics. The children score points every time they practise their spellings on spelling shed and each class competes against each other for fun. The top three scoring classes are read out in assembly each week. Let’s see if our Robins can get onto the leader board next week.
The children can also access Maths Shed through the same site as Spelling Shed. They have new ‘assignments’ which are games that explore numbers to 10, so please have a play!
Have a great weekend.