Welcome to Butterfly class!
Butterfly class is one of the Reception classes here at the Isle of Ely Primary School. Miss Palmer is the Butterfly class teacher.
Butterfly class will have PE on Thursday afternoons and Forest School on Friday afternoons. The children will need to wear comfortable, long sleeve clothing and will need to bring a waterproof coat and trousers in a separate bag on Fridays.
Please see below our curriculum overview and the weekly news flash.
Who works in our Classroom?
Communication and language
In the summer term, the children will continue enjoying a selection of high quality texts and begin responding with relevant comments, questions and ideas. We will focus on following instructions involving more than one idea or action and we will practise answering how/why questions about experiences in response to stories and events to continue broadening children’s vocabulary and language complexity. The children will also focus on giving their attention to what others say and respond appropriately. This will be done within class discussions.
We will refine their fine motor skills through cutting, threading, mark making, manipulating materials. This half term, the children will begin a new unit of work- games! Through this unit, the children will learn control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They will move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space and handling equipment effectively. Pupils will build confidence to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. We will practise playing co-operatively, taking turns, following instructions involving several ideas or actions. The children will work as part of a group or class, and follow the rules of the games we learn.
PE lessons will take place every Thursday and Forest School on Friday afternoons. The children will also take part in Daily Mile, running an approximate equivalent of a mile a day!
The children also access the school’s climbing frame which supports their gross motor development.
This half term, the children will be given lots of opportunities to work as part of a group to support them with speaking in confidence as part of a group. We will have discussions on how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others behaviours and its consequences. Through group work opportunities, the children will gain confidence in adjusting their behaviour to different situations. The children will solve conflicts by taking into account what others say and feel and will continue to form positive relationships with one another.
The children will access a wide selection of quality texts across fiction, non-fiction and poetry within the environment. We will memorise and innovate short texts through the Talk4Writing lessons, having fun and experimenting with language, rhyme and rhythm, retelling texts and writing.
In Phonics, we will continue to learn Set 2 sounds. We will practise a new sound each lesson and apply the new sound through focused reading and writing tasks where the children will develop their confidence with segmenting and blending.
The children will work in partners to read speed sounds, short stories and green words (decodable words). The children will support each other to ‘Fred talk, read the word’ independently. The children will also be introduced to red words which are words that are not phonetically decodable.
In writing, the children will independently write labels and short sentences, using finger spaces and full stops. The children will be supported to orally construct their sentence before writing it, re-reading their sentence as they write it. Irregular common words (red words) will be displayed in the learning environment to encourage the children to write these correctly. We will focus on applying phonics knowledge and using ‘Fred fingers’ to build independence around segmenting.
In handwriting, we will continue to develop pre-cursive letter formation and secure the correct formation for the letters: f, j, g, k, and y. We will be supporting the children to consistently use the handwriting lines correctly for ascending and descending letters.
This half-term, the children will be introduced to the mathematical patterns of doubling, halving and odd and even numbers. At this stage, children will explore the patterns and practise using the new vocabulary. Children who have mastered this unit will learn to use concrete manipulatives to double and halve numbers, show why a number is odd or even, identify doubles to double 5, explain that even numbers can be shared into two equal groups and odd numbers cannot, halve even numbers to 10 by sharing into two equal groups.
We will finish the term by exploring measures, developing children’s understanding of the different elements that can be measured. Children will learn the difference between measuring weight and measuring size through investigation. They will apply their skills of counting to measure objects using non-standard units. Children will learn about length, height and distance; use the words longer, shorter and taller to compare length; and compare length by lining up objects and applying non-standard units of measurement. Children will be introduced to the concept of weight and build on previous understanding of the meaning of heavy and light objects. They will begin to compare two items and learn how balance scales show which item is lighter or heavier. They will use simple everyday language to compare volume and capacity using the terms full, empty, nearly full and nearly empty in the context of liquids (water) and solids (sand).
Understanding of the word
We begin the half term by learning about the ocean habitat. The children will identify the features of an ocean habitat and the impact that pollution is having on it. We will also introduce the children to food chains and learn about the importance of food chains and how we, humans, fit into them. To broaden their understanding of habitats around the world, we will also learn about the rainforest, is climate and what lives within it. The children will also be introduced to maps and the symbols that are seen on them. We will use various technologies to give a broad representation of maps and how we use them.
Expressive Arts and Design
The children will learn new watercolours paint techniques, such as resist and salting. We will look at famous artists’ representations of water and sea and apply studied methods in our own work.
We will then explore sculpture – the children will learn what sculpture is, look at photographs of modern and traditional sculptures and take online virtual tours of sculpture gardens and museums. They will then design and create their own sculptures, using a variety of materials, such as clay, sticks, tubes, wire, mod roc, papier-maché, cardboard, wood, tape, fabric, etc.
Children will broaden their repertoire of songs and rhymes and will develop ways of expressing themselves with rhythm and sound.
Weekly News Flash
Week beginning 12.07.21
We’re nearly there! The final full week of the school year has been a busy one for Reception. We have been learning about the rainforest and its climate. The children identified some animals that live in the rainforest and made predictions of which layer of the rainforest they live in based on their features.
Our focus story has been ‘Monkey Puzzle’ by Julia Donaldson. The children have produced some beautiful pieces of work all about their mums. Some children challenged themselves by writing four sentences focussing on their mums appearance, personality and likes and dislikes.
In Maths, we have been exploring capacity. The children understand that two different shaped/sized containers can hold the same amount of water. We have been using the vocabulary tall, short, full, empty, half empty/full and nearly empty to describe the different quantities of liquid on various containers.
We are very much looking forward our end of term fun next week. Please can all clothing be named and all children will need a sun hat.
As always, please return reading books tomorrow.
Week beginning 5.07.21.
This week can be summed up with the words of one of the Reception pupils: 'I am full of art!' We explored the art of David Hockney had a go at making our own versions of some of his artwork; the children used pastels and watercolours to show themselves in the pool, they made their own interpretations of some of the works from the 'Arrival of spring' series and examined Hockney's self-portraits before painting their own. When not busy painting and drawing, the pupils enjoyed a samba drumming class and a fun dance session, learning a new dance routine.
In phonics, each group finished their book and practiced the skills they were working on - remaining Set 1 and set 2 sounds, blending and segmenting skills and using Fred Fingers in writing.
In maths, we continued working on measures. This week we focused on weight and developed the vocabulary of heavier/lighter. The children used balance scales to compare weights of different items. They reflected that some things can be simultaneously larger and lighter than others, i.e. balloon is lighter than a satsuma.
We had our second transition morning, which allowed the children to strengthen the relationships they have already built with their new teachers. They had lots of creative fun making bumblebees and dragonflies together.
Week beginning 28.06.21
As a school, we have been thinking about change. In Reception, we have had a lot of discussion around how change makes us feel and the importance of embracing change. The children were able to identify some changes coming up both in and out of school.
This week, the children received a letter from Captain Purpleplait. She explained that Captain Redhook continued to get up to mischief and she needed a new crew of pirates to help her catch him. The children wrote short letters to the Captain to explain why they would be a great addition to her pirate crew.
In maths, we have been focussing on length. The children have been using the vocabulary: tall, tallest, short, shortest, long and longest to compare the lengths of various objects within the classroom. Their challenge was to measure the length of their hands using multilink cubes. They drew around their hand, measured the outline and then compared the length of their hands to their friends.
We have had lots of discussions around transition to Year 1 and the children are feeling positive. They have been asking lots of questions and sharing how they feel about the change. Please continue to support your child over the next few weeks and provide plenty of opportunities to discuss their emotions and any worries.
Week beginning 21.06.21.
What a busy week we've had in Butterfly Class. One of the highlights of the week was the fun Sports Day we enjoyed on Wednesday morning. The children enjoyed the challenges and everyone tried their best. Our fantastic Year 6 pupils guided and supported their younger friends and Reception impressed with their physical abilities, team spirit and determination. Even the weather was on our side! Well done to the Green House for scoring the most points.
We had all sorts of problems in our classroom this week - items being stolen, resources hidden and cheeky messages left for the pupils. This was all work of Captain Red Hook - one of the pirates invading Reception classrooms. The children are still working hard to track down their treasures, write wanted posters and letters to the Captain. We must catch the culprit!
In maths, we have learned about odd and even numbers. The pupils proved which numbers up to 10 can be shared fairly into two equal groups, and which cannot. We practised the vocabulary of odd and even numbers and learned to represent them on pairs of five frames, using resources and mark making.
In phonics, we played games, such as sound bingo, and applied our phonics knowledge in writing tasks. We will finish our current books next week, please bring your child's phonics books on Friday.
Lastly, the children have now been told the name of their new teacher, whom they are all familiar with. Please support the transition by being as positive as you can about moving up to Year 1 and giving your child plenty of opportunities to discuss their emotions and any worries.
Week beginning 14.06.21
We have continued with our ‘Under the sea’ topic this week and have continued to learn about our oceans as habitats. We have looked at food chains and some discussion around pollution. We have shared the story The Tale of a Toothbrush by M.G. Leonard and talked about the impact of rubbish on the ocean habitat.
As a school we have been thinking about relationships and the importance of having lots of different types of relationships. The children have demonstrated a good understanding of different relationships and that no two people have the same relationship with one another.
The children continue to work hard in their new phonics groups. All children work in pairs to read green and red words as well as short sentences. The children continue to apply their segmenting skills through writing tasks within our lessons.
In maths, we have been halving numbers within 10. The children know that to halve a number, I needs to be shared into two equal groups. The children have consolidated their learning on doubling last week by making links between doubling and halving facts.
Please ensure that all clothing is named. The school lost property is growing as the weeks go by!
Week beginning 7.06.21.
We started the second half of the summer term by enjoying the story of a plastic bag lost in the ocean – Somebody swallowed Stanley by Sarah Roberts. We explored the marine habitat and some of the fascinating creatures within it. The children were moved by the story and created posters to help fight the plastic pollution in the oceans. We will continue looking at this topic next week.
As a school, we have reflected on the power of encouragement. The children explored what encouragement means, how we can all encourage each other and what effect encouraging words have on us and other people.
In phonics, the children have settled in their new groups and quickly learned any changes to the familiar routines. All groups embraced new challenges, for some it was learning new sounds and reading words independently while others are reading and writing more complex words and stories. The children will continue bringing new reading books home on Fridays. Thank you for sharing the books with your child!
In maths, we have introduced numerical patterns – this week we focused on doubling numbers up to five. Butterflies impressed us by learning, recalling and representing the doubles with confidence. You can support this learning by quizzing your child on the doubles up to 5, i.e. Double 5 is…, and encouraging them to represent and check the doubles on their fingers when not sure.
Please continue to send named sun hats to school with your child. We have limited amount of shade in the outdoor area and sun hats are crucial for children to enjoy outside learning in the summer months. Any spare, pre-loved hats will be gratefully received!
Week beginning 24.05.21
We have had a busy final week in Reception. This week we have been talking about the British value ‘mutual respect’. We have had lots of discussions around its meaning and how we show respect within the Isle of Ely community. Some ideas were: listen to each other, remember to use our manners, being kind to each other and look after our school property and equipment.
The children have been assessed in RWI this week and all children have made fantastic progress! After half term, some children will be in a new group and will be bringing home the colour books that corresponds to their new group. Thank you for your ongoing support by helping the children with their reading at home.
In maths, we have been exploring numbers 11-20 through practical activities and games. We have used ten frames to represent these numbers and identified that one full ten frame is needed to represent a number greater than 10. An additional tens frame is needed to represent the ones. We have also been consolidating our understanding of counting forwards and backwards as well as jumping forwards or backwards, accurately, on a number line. It would be very beneficial if the children could continue to practise counting forwards and backwards to 20 during half term.
We hope the children have a restful half term- they deserve it!
Week beginning 17.05.21.
This week, we have discussed the value of personal liberty - we thought about all the situations when we make our own choices, the importance of being able to make the choices and the responsibility of making decisions that are considerate of others and within the school and class rules.
We shared The Growing Story and reflected on how the children have grown, both in size and in their abilities. Butterflies enjoyed looking at pictures of themselves as babies and toddlers and writing about the things they couldn't do then but can do now. We identified other things that were growing in the story and looked at differences and similarities between the living things - some grow quickly while others take longer.
In maths, we expanded out understanding of the composition of numbers to numbers beyond 10. We counted forwards and backwards to and from 20, explored one more and one less than numbers to 20 and represented the numbers 11-20 on ten frames, with Numicon shapes and with movement - i.e. 14 jumps. The children explored the numbers as composed of a ten and ones.
In phonics, the children continued their work in groups. We have started our regular assessment to establish new groups for the second half of the summer term. By the end of next week, the children will know in which group they will start the next half term. Once again, thank you for supporting the your child's reading at home, it's lovely and helpful to read all the comments in the children's reading records!
Week beginning 10.05.21
We have been continuing to focus on British values as a whole school. This week, our theme has been Rule of Law. The children have taken part in lots of discussion around this and identified the importance of rules and why we must follow them.
As a class, the children innovated our class story map of Jack and the beanstalk. After working as a class, the children then worked in pairs to innovate their own version of our class story map. Keep components of the story were changed such as, the magic beans, the giant and how the story ends. Some children then went on to share their new version of Jack and the beanstalk with the rest of the class.
In maths, we have consolidated our understanding of counting on and backwards along a number track. The children count each jump as they move along the number track and can confidently tell the maths story using the vocabulary ‘First, then and now’. Towards the end of the week, the children were challenged: they were asked to recognise if we move forwards or backwards along a number track based on where the counter was positioned. This generated a lot of discussion and great use of maths vocabulary to explain their reasoning.
The children that moved groups in RWI have settled in well and are enjoying the new challenge. In all groups, we have continued to master Set 1 and Set 2 sounds and focused on the segmenting and blending skills. Thank you for returning the children’s books each Friday.
Week beginning 3.05.21.
We have had a short but busy week! As a school this week, we have been exploring democracy, its value and how we apply it in the classrooms. The children discussed ways of making fair decision and importance of participation and listening to the opinions of others.
In literacy, we have focused on the traditional tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. The children listened to the story and learned to retell it independently, using a story map and actions they came up with. We had fun brainstorming and writing different words to describe the Giant, and using our phonics skills to create warning posters.
In RWI, we have continued to master Set 1 and Set 2 sounds and focused on the segmenting and blending skills. We have reassessed pupils showing confidence and readiness for more challenge, some children have moved to new phonics groups and will bring a new band reading book. Thank you for continuing to support reading at home and please remember to return your child’s books on Friday morning.
In maths, we were learning how to use the number tracks for subtraction. After practising counting forwards along the track for addition, the learned the inverse operation – counting backwards for subtraction. We used our whole bodies, counters and mark making to record the number of jumps backwards on the number track, and to find the answers to the take away problems. You can support this learning at home by playing a variety of board games with your child.
Week beginning 26.04.21
As a school this week, we have been thinking about exercise, its benefits and the different types of exercise there are. We have also continued to think about our school rules and values through class discussion.
We have been reading Bertie and the Dragonfly this week. The story follows a very nosy dog, Bertie, who finds himself chasing after a dragonfly. When he finally sees one, the dragonfly does not look how he imagined. The children have been using various materials to create their own dragonflies as well as a coat to keep Bertie warm and dry on his adventures.
In RWI, we have continued to review all Set 1 sounds and some children, Set 2 sounds too. In their phonics groups, the children have been practising their blending skills through partner work and Fred games. In maths, we have begun learning about counting on using a number line. The children are using the language ‘first, then and now’ to tell a maths story e.g. First, I am on number 2, then I make 5 jumps, now I am number 7. The children began the week by physically jumping along a number line to count on and have moved on to using concrete objects to ‘jump’ along a number line.
Week beginning 19.04.21.
This week's learning was focused on Tadpole's Promise by Jeanne Willis, which inspired plenty of conversations about the importance of being truthful and keeping promises, as well as making mistakes and the value of forgiveness. It also inspired us to think about the rules of nature that govern life cycles and food chains. Butterflies studied the life cycle of a frog and enjoyed pond dipping in the role play area.
The children carried on working in their new phonics groups and applied their phonics knowledge when writing warning posters. They have settled into the rhythm of the new groupings and continued to develop their Set 1, Set 2, blending and segmenting skills. Thank you for sharing your child's bookbag books with them, the children have been excited to tell us about their reading at home!
In maths, we continued our work on repeating patterns. The students enjoyed the challenge of more complex patterns this week and showed confidence in moving onto ABB, AAB and ABC patterns. We used our reasoning skills to continue these patterns and explain what comes next and how we know it. Butterflies had fun using their mark making and concrete resources in their patterns work; you can support this learning by challenging your child to make an AB or ABB pattern using home resources, i.e. cutlery or fruit.
Weekly Newsflash w/c 22.03.21
This week, Butterflies have been learning about spring and we have had lots of discussions about the changes we see within our environment that signifies the seasons changing. Based on this theme, the children were set the challenge of writing about a sign of Spring that they have seen or could expect to see. Some wrote about the flowers they see, others, the animals and wildlife. In maths, we have been consolidating our understanding of number bonds to 5 and 10. We have done this through lots of practical games and activities such as 'find your partner' to make 10. Butterflies have continued to read and write their Set 1 and Set 2 sounds. We have focussed on 'air' and 'ir' this week.
Our assemblies have had an Easter focus and we have been developing our understanding of the holiday and why we celebrate it. The children have taken part in lots of Easter activities such as making Easter cards and cornflake nest cakes.
I hope all the Butterflies have a restful break ready for more learning in the summer term.
Weekly Newsflash w/c 15.03.21
It has been another busy week in Butterfly class. Since returning to school from the lockdown, there have been lots of friendships blossoming - both old and new. Butterflies have been kind, caring, supportive and helpful towards each other. Our story of the week was Mrs Armitage and the Big Wave by Quentin Blake. Based on Mrs Armitage's boat, Butterflies designed and labelled their own boat creations.
In phonics this week, we have focussed on the Set 2 sounds 'ar' and 'or'. We have continued to use our Fred Fingers to segment words to write. Butterflies have demonstrated their independence with this when completing their writing challenge which involved writing words that they associate with water.
In maths, we have deepened our understanding of the properties of some 2D and 3D shapes. We have focussed on specific vocabulary such as faces, edges, vertices and shape. The children are gaining confidence in naming specific shapes by identifying their specific properties.
To end the week, Butterflies thoroughly enjoyed sharing a joke with one another while wearing wacky fancy dress. We shared and voted for our favourite joke which was shared with the whole school. Butterflies winning joke was:
"Why did the cow cross the road?"
"Because he wanted to go to the moovies!"
Weekly Newsflash w/c 8.03.21.
It was wonderful to welcome all the Butterflies back on Monday. We have been impressed with how quickly they settled back into the class and school routines and how much they have matured during lockdown. It was lovely to see the children playing with their friends and hear the school buzzing again. We have celebrated the value of Support, focussing on who can support us, how we can support others and how we support ourselves. We continued learning about transport and discussed the role and main features of bus travel. We had a Naughty Bus driving through baked beans and enjoyed exploring all the decks of The Hundred Decker Bus.
In phonics, we were learning to read and write the Set 2 sounds: long oo (poo at the zoo) and short oo (look at a book).
In maths, we explored 3D shapes, focusing on their properties through hands on activities and play. We established that shapes with flat faces can slide and stack while curved shapes can roll. We introduced some of the shape names, such as 'sphere', 'cube' and 'cone', but focused on the vocabulary needed to describe the properties - 'flat' and 'curved'; 'slide', 'roll' and 'stack'.
We wish all the mums and grandmothers a lovely Mother's Day. The children planted daffodil bulbs in pots they made out of newspapers; please note: you can plant the whole pot in your gardens - you only need to take the ribbon off.
Weekly Newsflash w/c 1.3.21
Butterflies have thoroughly enjoyed engaging with our World book day lessons this week. We were lucky enough to join two live drawing sessions where the children were guided through the process of drawing some well-known characters. Butterflies have continued to learn their Set 2 sounds in phonics. We are working on becoming more independent when writing words by using 'secret Fred fingers'. This skill will help all children to gain more confidence when writing new or unfamiliar words and with their sentence writing. In maths this week, we have begun to learn about positional language. Butterflies have been using vocabulary such as: in, on, under, beside, above and below to describe the positions of objects. We have put ourselves in the positions of those objects to explain what we would be able to see. Children have deepened their understanding by moving an object to compare perspectives. Our value of the week has been 'Inspire' and the children's commitment and resilience during the last few weeks has been an inspiration to everyone. Well done for another fantastic week of learning Butterflies.
Weekly Newsflash w/c 22.2.21
A great first week back for Butterfly class following the half term. We have begun practising our Set 2 sounds and applying our new sounds in our writing and in various 'Fred' games. Butterflies have been using their prior knowledge of part whole models as we have moved onto learning our number bonds to 10. They recognise that two parts make a whole and the whole will always stay the same even if the part are swapped on the model. Some children also recognise number bonds on a tens frame. We have introduced a new topic, 'Transport'. The children learnt about different types of travel and then took on the challenge of designing their own flying machine. We have been thinking about our school value 'Community' and have had lots of discussions about the importance of community and how we treat each other within a community.
Weekly Newsflash w/c 8.2.21
We have made it the end of another successful half-term! Well done Butterflies for all of our hard work. This week, we have learnt the remaining Set 2 sounds in Read Write Inc and we have continued to apply our new sounds in our writing both in lessons and during our challenges. We have been focussing on Number bonds to 10 in maths and we began the week by focusing on the song '10 green bottles'. This song shows us all the different ways we can make 10. Butterflies have used concrete objects to represent the number bonds to 10 and then recorded them as number sentences. Butterflies showed great confidence in Maths this week! We learnt about Chinese New Year and Chinese traditions during this holiday. We listened to the story of the Chinese Zodiacs and found out what our Zodiac signs are. We made Chinese lanterns, strengthened our fine motor grips by using chopsticks to serve noodles and we ended the week with a fortune cookie (courtesy of Mrs Lloyd). Have a restful and safe half-term, Butterflies.
Weekly Newsflash w/c 1.2.21
This week we have continued to learn about the people who help us within our community. Our book focus was The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch and we have talked about the role of a lighthouse keeper as well as the Coastguard. We have begun learning Set 2 sounds - short oo, ar, or and air - in Read Write Inc. and the children are gaining confidence in spotting the new sounds in green words and within the environment. In maths, we have been using part-whole models to add within 10. The children are able to explain where the parts and whole are represented on the model. Some children, both at home and in school, have been challenging themselves by writing out the number sentence to match the part-whole model or have been exploring different ways a number can be partitioned. In line with Children's Mental Health week, Butterflies have been expressing themselves in lots of ways this week and we have talked about our feelings and why it is important to talk to someone if we are feeling sad, lonely or have a problem with which we need help.
Weekly Newsflash w/c 25.1.21
Butterflies have thoroughly enjoyed taking on the role of police officers this week as we continue learning about the people who help us. The children ensured they had the correct uniform and when making arrests, they handcuffed 'the bad guy' to escort them to jail. We have discussed the different branches of the police force such as dog handlers and traffic officers. Butterflies took on the role of investigators at the beginning of the week to work out who pooped on the mole's head in the story, The Story of the Little Mole who knew it was none of his business. The children analysed the different animal poo in the story to work out who the culprit was. In maths, Butterflies have continued representing quantities on a tens frame and have been comparing quantities by their colour, shape, size or pattern. Butterflies often spot when there is more than way one to sort a group of objects. We have continued to make progress with our daily mile and thoroughly enjoy adding on the miles. We have completed some laps around the field this week to challenge ourselves because it is a bigger lap to complete!
Weekly Newsflash w/c 18.01.21
This week, Butterflies have been thinking about our school rule 'Ready' through class discussion. We talked about how we can show we are ready to learn when on the carpet and during lessons. We discussed our body language and the importance of eye contact as well as raising our hand to speak. In phonics, the children have been focusing on the 'special friend' sounds and have been applying these sounds when writing. Butterflies are growing in confidence with their letter formation and using their 'Fred fingers' to segment a word. In maths, Butterflies have been introduced to tens frames and have been representing the numbers 9 and 10 using them. Through practical activities, Butterflies now confidently recognise 9 and 10 on a tens frame without needing to count each object that is shown. Continuing with our 'People who help us' topic, we have learnt about the role of firefighters: we know what type of emergency they can help us with, why their uniform and equipment is so important and we know which number we would ring if we needed the help of the emergency services.
Weekly Newsflash w/c 11.1.21
We have had a very successful week in Butterfly class. Every Butterfly has worked so hard this week despite the change of routine or learning environment. All children have reviewed some Set 1 sounds and have been practising their letter formation alongside this. Some children, both at home and in school, have been challenging themselves by writing sentences using CVC words we have used in the lesson. Other children have practised reading and writing some green words and have been using these in sentences too. In maths, through practical activities, Butterflies have been representing the numbers 6,7 and 8 in different ways. They have also been introduced to a tens frame. Again, some Butterflies have sought challenge and have been writing out number sentences to show the different ways we can make 6, 7 and 8. Our topic this term is 'people who help us' and this week we have been thinking about how Doctor's and Nurses help us. We have had discussions about why we might need a Doctor's help and what equipment they use. We have been reading 'Zog' who decides he would make a better ambulance than a dragon.
Weekly Newsflash w/c 14.12.20
Butterflies have had a Christmas filled final week. We have revisited the final sounds in RWI and continued to practise blending and writing in lots of different ways. We have been busy helping Santa wrap and deliver presents from our very own workshop. Butterflies followed instructions carefully to make gingerbread men. They used different ingredients to decorate them and tucked into them while watching a Christmas film. Have a wonderful Christmas Butterflies and see you in 2021!
Weekly Newsflash w/c 7.12.20
Weekly Newsflash w/c 23.11.20
This week, the Evil Pea invaded the school and committed lots of crimes in our classroom. Butterflies became detectives and created wanted posters to catch him. We displayed them across the school to warn everyone. The children also made traps out of various resources to catch the Evil Pea. They continued to apply their phonic knowledge within the environment by creating warning posters to display in the kitchens to warn the cooks that the Evil Pea might turn their freezers off! We enjoyed sharing a selection of Supertato books and became very familiar with the Supertato story.
In Maths we consolidated our understanding of one more and one less than a given number using a variety of songs and games- they particularly enjoyed 'five little ducks'. As part of our light and dark topic, we made shadows and discovered that the shadow changes as the light source moves.
In phonics, we practised sounds b, f, e, l, h, and continued to apply our blending and segmenting skills to our reading and writing.
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Week beginning 16th November
This week was anti-bullying week. Together, we discussed what we thought bullying was, what we could do if we thought we were being bullied or if someone else was being bullied and how we can stop bullying from taking place. In Maths, Butterflies have moved on to telling maths stories about 'one less'. They are continuing to use the language 'first, then and now' to sequence their stories. The children are continuously applying their phonic knowledge within the learning environment. Their writing challenge this week was to write who they say goodnight to following our retelling of the story, 'Goodnight Moon'. The children are developing their confidence in segmenting words to hear the individual sounds- they then write what they hear. We have leant about Diwali this week to broaden our knowledge of cultures and customs from around the world. We learnt about the story of Rama and Sita and discussed why Diwali is celebrated.
Week beginning 9th November
We have continued to talk about our school value 'community' this week. We have talked about the different communities we are a part of and how we can help an support others in our community. We have secured our understanding of 'one more' in Maths. Some children have challenged themselves and have found one more from a two digit number. In Read Write Inc, the children have been developing their blending skills and have been applying their knowledge in lots of ways within the learning environment. The children were set the writing challenge of creating a picture and then using their phonic knowledge to label it or write a sentence about what they have drawn. Thank you for your generous donations towards Children in Need- Butterfly class really enjoyed PJ day!
Week beginning 2nd November
Butterfly class have had a very busy and exciting first week back after half term. In Phonics, we are now working in smaller groups to meet children’s specific needs and provide appropriate pace and challenge. We are still focussing on Set 1 sounds which includes reading them, recognising them within the environment and writing them using the correct letter formation. In maths, we have been looking at 'one more'. The children have used the language 'first, then and now' to tell a maths story about 'one more' joining a group of existing objects. We have introduced Talk4Writing and have learnt the poem 'Bonfire night' by Sara Fox. Talk4Writing allows children of all ages to learn language through a 3 stage process: imitation, innovation and invention. This week, we have focussed on the imitation stage of the process. We have made the language memorable by using expressions and actions as we told the poem. This is repeated several times with adult guidance to give the children confidence to retell the text independently. We also unpick new or unfamiliar vocabulary to give meaning and to broaden the children's own bank of vocabulary. The school value we are focusing on this week is 'community'. We have talked about different ways we can support, help and look after others within our school community.
Week beginning 19th October
This week in Read Write Inc., the children have begun learning 'special friends'. These are sounds that are made up of two letters but only make one sound. The children are beginning to incorporate their phonic knowledge into their independent learning time within the learning environment which is great to se