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Week 4

This week we asked the question ‘What is a ladybird?’  We have learned all about what ladybirds do, eat, how they live, their life cycles etc etc.  The children can say a lot of facts about them as well as all the other minibeast we have been earning about this term.


Can you tell your grownup what you know about ladybirds?


We made ladybirds using a variety of media in the art area.  We also enjoyed making ladybird biscuits!  We decorated them with red icing and put on a number of chocolate spots, whilst using our maths knowledge about doubling, symmetry and equal amounts by making sure they had the same number of spots on each side.


In English we created a fact sheet by answering questions about ladybirds, such as ‘what do they use their antennae for? Or what do they eat?’  The children carefully said their sentence, sounded out each word and wrote as independently as possible.  Super work!


We were excited on Monday to find that one of our chicks had hatched.  Many thanks to Jacob and Emmy Lowe’s parents for the eggs and equipment.  When the chick gets a little bigger it will go back to their family for a happy free-range life.  For now, the Robins will care for it with food and water, cleaning the cage and the odd cuddle!!


In maths we practised finding the total of 2 amounts.  We took a number sentence or 2 numeral cards and placed the amounts onto 10 frames.  We then tried to subitise the totals and write the number sentence to show our calculations.  Some children worked over 10 and then 20 and were able to explain why the 2-digit numerals were written as such, using their knowledge of tens and ones.


On Tuesday, we were very lucky to visit the 400 Hall at Repton School, to watch their KS3 performance of Cat in the Hat.  The children loved it and were also treated to an ice cream and drink after.  Many thanks to Repton School for their kind invitation.


Of course, Wednesday was Sports Day for KS1.  We were so lucky with cooler and dry weather and the children did amazingly well; remembering the races we had been practising and working together as a team.  We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we all did.


We loved making minibeast homes in the forest area on Friday too!  Please see our Forest Learning section for photos.


Our Monster Phonics this week, we have been practising reading and writing onset ccc words and ccvcc words with previously taught digraphs.  We also learned 3 new tricky words: called asked looked.  We also used the story The Enormous Turnip, to practise this skill.  You can find it attached below if you’d like to read it at home.  Please continue to read with your child regularly.  It really makes a difference to their confidence and fluency. Please also continue to use spelling shed.  Again, this really helps the children to develop confidence and fluency with their segmenting and spelling skills. 


Have a lovely weekend!

We have been reading The Enormous Turnip in Monster Phonics this week.

In Robins this week