Welcome to Ladybird Class

 

The adults that work in Ladybird Class are:

                                                                                                                         

                                                                Mrs Mickleburgh                                                                                Mrs Lloyd

                                                                   (Class Teacher)                                                                         (Teaching Assistant)

 

In Ladybird Class this half term, we will be learning:

Summer B

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' and '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.

Physical Development  

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.

PSED 

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. 

Literacy  

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.  

Mathematics  

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 Newsflash

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.

Thank you.

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 Ladybird 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, to 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 learnt about our oceans as habitats. We have looked at food chains and discussed 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!

Thank you.

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. Ladybirds 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 five 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. Ladybirds 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. Ladybirds 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. Ladybirds 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.

Week beginning 12.04.21.

It has been a great start to the summer term for Ladybirds. We have been looking at spring as a whole school this week and have had lots of discussions on the changes we see during this season. Our new topic in Reception is ‘growing and changing’. We began the week by sharing the story ‘Oliver’s vegetables’ by Vivian French. From this book, we discussed the importance of trying new things before deciding we don’t like something, as well as broadening our knowledge of different vegetables that grow in the ground.

In RWI, the children have been reassessed and put into new groups. The children are continuing to learn and review the Set 1 and 2 sounds as well as gain confidence with segmenting and blending. Some children now work with a partner during Phonics and they support each other to Fred talk and read a word. They have demonstrated great team work and support.

In Maths, we have moved onto a new focus - repeating patterns. The children have been identifying a pattern and explaining why it is a repeating pattern. They have applied their new knowledge through independent activities with concrete objects.

Week beginning 22.03.21.

The last week of this unusual term has arrived and whizzed by, with Ladybird pupils preparing for Easter and identifying the signs of spring in the environment. Inspired by Eddie’s Garden, we opened up our own Garden Centre and stocked it up with real plants, seeds and tools, as well as seeds we created. Here you can purchase chocolate peas and monster plants! The children developed their understanding of what plants need to grow and planted their own sunflower seeds. Ladybirds are excited to watch them germinate over the Easter Holiday, please help your child water the seeds and plant their seedling in a sunny spot in the garden, so they can watch it grow and transform over time. The children have enjoyed the introduction to this topic and we look forward to continuing our learning on growing and changing in the summer Term.

In phonics, we worked on the tricky sounds air (that’s not fair) and ir (whirl and twirl); practising our blending, segmenting and writing skills. The children had their phonics assessments and will be working in new groups after the holiday. They will also bring reading/blending books on Fridays.

In maths, we had a consolidation week to secure this term’s learning on number bonds and shapes. Ladybird students enjoyed applying their skills in practical activities and reflecting on their work from the term.

We wish you all a restful, fun and sunny Easter holiday; enjoy the time together and the warmer weather!

Week beginning 15.03.21.

This week we had a fantastic opportunity to reflect on the importance and meaning of friendship, as a value we celebrated with the whole school community. We finished our Transport theme with exploring different types of boats and safely sailing to imaginary new lands. The children enjoyed designing new boats, inspired by Mrs Armitage and the Big Wave. Ladybirds finished the week in style, wearing our most wacky clothes and sharing jokes (see below), while raising funds for Comic Relief, learning about the crucial work many charities do to help others and developing children’s empathy and compassion.

In phonics, we practised reading and writing diagraphs ar and or and continued reading ‘green words’ with increasing fluency and speed.

In maths, children developed their understanding of shape, exploring different prints we can make using faces of familiar 3D shapes. We identified properties of simple 2D shapes by counting the sides and corners, and using the vocabulary of curved/straight sides, closed shapes and parallel lines to describe circles, triangles, squares and rectangles.

Here is our Comic Relief joke of the week:

What doesn't move and travels the world? A stamp.

 

Week beginning 12.03.21.

This week we had a fantastic opportunity to reflect on the importance and meaning of friendship, as a value we celebrated with the whole school community. We finished our Transport theme with exploring different types of boats and safely sailing to imaginary new lands. The children enjoyed designing new boats, inspired by Mrs Armitage and the Big Wave. Ladybirds finished the week in style, wearing our most wacky clothes and sharing jokes, while raising funds for Comic Relief, learning about the crucial work many charities do to help others and developing children’s empathy and compassion.

In phonics, we practised reading and writing diagraphs ar and or and continued reading ‘green words’ with increasing fluency and speed.

In maths, children developed their understanding of shape, exploring different prints we can make using faces of familiar 3D shapes. We identified properties of simple 2D shapes by counting the sides and corners, and using the vocabulary of curved/straight sides, closed shapes and parallel lines to describe circles, triangles, squares and rectangles.

Week beginning 8.03.21

It was wonderful to welcome all the Ladybirds 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.

Week beginning 1.3.21.

Ladybirds 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. Ladybirds 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. Ladybirds 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 Ladybirds.

Week beginning 22.02.21.

We have had a successful week in Ladybird class. The children returned to their online and in-class learning with positivity and they continued to work hard in lessons. We have reflected on the value of 'Community', what we contribute to our small and wider communities and how we are all connected. We started our topic on transport, exploring the idea of air travel and a variety of ways in which humans travel through the air. We had fun designing our own flying machines, explaining what features we thought of off and their role, i.e. safety, visibility, speed. Ladybirds went on adventures in our role play airport, we flew to Africa and to the North Pole, discussing the different items we'd have to pack for each trip. We finished the week by sharing the Paper Planes picture book and designing our own paper plane using resources available on the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and Imperial War Museum's websites. 

In maths, we continued building our understanding of number bonds to 10 and practised using the part-whole model as a strategy for representing and solving mathematical problems. We played games to consolidate our number bonds knowledge, explored the commutative law of addition and proved that if we swap the parts of a number bond to 10, the whole will still be 10. We also focused on speedy recall of the number bond facts. You can support your child at home by continuing to recall the number bonds to 10 - for example, when walking to school or in a car. 

In phonics, we were working on reading and spelling words with the first set 2 sounds - ay and ee, as well as reading igh words. The children are growing in confidence in using their Fred Fingers when spelling independently, and in using the familiar special friends in their writing. We also practised forming the remaining easy letters (u, w and e) correctly, using the pre-cursive letter formation. 

Week beginning 8.02.21.

This week, we enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year and learning about similarities and differences between different celebrations. The children enjoyed identifying which animal they are in the Chinese Zodiac and retelling the story of the animals' race. Ladybirds used their fine motor skills to serve noodles with chopsticks, found China on maps and enjoyed exploring some of the rich customs and traditions of Chinese New Year. We have also thought about our school value of Empowerment and looked for examples of it in the school life. The children reflected on how we can give others the power to achieve their goals by helping or encouraging them with our words. 

In maths, we explored the number bonds to 10 through familiar songs and a variety of activities. We explored what happens in the 10 Green Bottles rhyme and discovered that that while the amount of bottles on the floor and on the wall changes, the total remains the same. The children tried to find all the possible number bonds to 10 using two or less Numicon shapes and used their knowledge of ten frames to solve simple mathematical problems. 

In phonics, we introduced the remaining three Set 2 sounds: ir, ou, and oy. We practised applying our Set 2 sounds knowledge in writing and reading and the pupils worked really hard on getting these challenging sounds right, beginning to read more words independently and with increasing fluency. We will continue this work after the half-term. 

All of the Ladybirds worked hard this half term, both at home and in school. The pupils impressed us with their attitude and quality of work and we are grateful to the parents for their continuous and superb support. Well done everyone, enjoy the well-earned break!

Week beginning 1.02.21.

After learning about the police, fire-fighters and doctors, the children explored other important roles in the community. We looked a variety of jobs such as refuse collectors, dentists, shop assistants and lifeguards. We shared the story of The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch and had fun planning our own lunches; we talked about healthy choices we make and the treats we enjoy. All children, whether accessing learning at home or in school, had opportunities to express themselves. We talked about jobs we might want to do one day, the things we like about ourselves and the experiences that make us happy - such as cuddling our pets or spending time outside. Reception finished the week, letting their imaginations run wild when designing the world's most disgusting sandwich. I have to say our ideas were very different to what Mrs Grinling put in the Lighthouse Keeper's lunch! 

In maths, we studied addition up to 10. We used part-whole models and a variety of concrete resources to find out how many altogether. The children are building a good understanding of how to apply a variety of strategies to their mathematical problems - we are becoming experts at using ten frames, part-whole models, counters, cubes and mark making to record numbers.

In phonics, we were learning four more Set 2 sounds - short oo, ar, or and air. We are becoming more confident and speedy at recognising  the sounds and reading green words, both with 'Fred talk' and 'Fred in your head', as well as using Fred fingers for spelling. What a lot of fabulously hard work Ladybirds!

Have a peaceful weekend everyone!

Week beginning 25.01.21.

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