8th June 2018
Talk Homework: Where in the world? Look at a map and discuss countries. Where have you been? Where would you like to go?
This week we have read the story ‘Yucky Worms’. We discussed how yucky we think worms are and explained why. We also learnt lots of facts about worms.
In maths we searched for pretend worms and played a game with each team trying to find a certain length of worm. We all used rulers to measure. Grapes were the overall winners so well done.
As well we have been securing our understanding of 10 – 20. Below is a link for a great song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uedvwH6Ay18
25th May 2018
What an amazing celebration we have had. The children planned and prepared an amazing day. Our bride and groom were spectacular and Rev Jes held a beautiful ceremony.
Have a wonderful half term all!!!
18th May 2018
Talk Homework- Choose an outfit suitable for a wedding and bring it in on Thursday.
This week we have been pond dipping and bug hunting using identification charts to help us find out what we had collected.
In maths we have been working with numbers beyond 20 and segmenting them into 10’s and 1’s.
We have read the beautiful ‘Bog Baby’ story and made our own playdough babies. The children recognised emotions such as excited, nervous, selfish and joyful.
Don’t forget to watch the royal wedding to gain tips for our ceremony on Wednesday. Any donations of balloons or decorations are greatly welcomed.
11th May 2018
Talk Homework- What might you find in a pond?
Today we were lucky enough to have a visit from a man called Ian and an Owl. It was all thanks to Sebastian’s mum who won a prize. The children absolutely loved meeting Indiana the owl and heard and learnt so much about him. We even got to see his new trick of flying back into his box. Early next week you will receive some more information about the Forest School Ian runs in Grafham as you may like to visit with your child.#
In maths we have been using our vocabulary of shape space and measurement by building animal homes and weighing out ingredients to make bird feeders.
4th May 2018
Talk Homework- Talk about the life cycle of a butterfly.
The week has been filled with all things ‘sticky’!!! We have started reading a lovely book called ‘Stanley Stick’ by John Hegley. We have all chosen a perfect stick and played games with it. Some children used them for fishing rods, some used them as pens and some used them as instruments. We have also written poems about the look, feel and smell of the sticks.
Remy has loved problems solving using the wildlife animals to add and subtract legs.
Our Caterpillar family have arrived. We have Spiky Maisie, Cherry, Sparkle Silly Charlie, Rainbow Apple and Spiky Daisy. The children have been very good about taking care of them until they get fat and become chrysalis.
Betsy has really enjoyed sharing and talking about weddings. Thanks so much to all of you who sent in photos and artefacts. It has inspired our own wedding planning.
27th April 2018
Talk Homework- What do you know about weddings? You could bring in photos to share.
This week we have continued learning about Spiders. We have used research skills to read non fiction texts and internet based research. This has led us to create our own Class Spider book.
In maths we have been doubling digits in all different ways. This has led to exploration of odd and even numbers.
The children have bought home a nature journal book so they can do some writing and drawing of nature they find over the weekend if they want to.
Reading books can now be changed whichever day suits your child best. This can be done during our afternoon registration time with children just needing to ask us.
20th April 2018
Talk Homework- Talk about parts of the brain and what they do. The parts are the pre-frontal cortex, hippocampus, amygdala. If you like you could make your own brain break bottle.
Iris has really enjoyed reading the story of ‘Arrrgh Spider’. We acted out the story today and did lots of writing about spiders and how they look and move. We also searched high and low for webs. Next week we are going to do some research about spiders using non fiction texts and computers.
Tom has enjoyed finding half of numbers, shapes and the meaning of half like half time in a football match or doing a half turn.
We have also begun our ‘Brain Breaks’ which help us to relax our minds.
23rd March 2018
Talk Homework- How do you celebrate Easter in your homes?
This week we have been busy playing subtraction games, using our counting back skills. In English we have used the story ‘Eliot the Midnight Super Hero’ to help us write our own stories around our chosen superhero characters.
In nature school, we made up games to play in teams. It helped us with our social skills and communication.
We were also lucky enough to have visits from local superheroes. This included Rev Jes, Ellie’s mum who is a soldier, Matilda’s mum who is a vetinary nurse and bought in a guinea pig too and Mrs Jolly who is a nurse to poorly babies. The children got to ask them questions about their roles.
16th March 2018
Talk Homework: Look at a non fiction book together. What features does it have eg. contents page, diagrams, photos.
This week we have shared lots of non fiction books. We read one about Fire Fighters and compared it with a story about Fireman Sam. We discovered that the non fiction books had facts in. After visiting the library in KS2 we chose other non fiction books and each presented what we had learnt from them as a talk.
In maths we have been counting back and solving subtraction calculations.
In RE we made Easter Gardens with crosses and a tomb.
In nature school we collected sticks for our crosses and searched for signs of animals eating things.
We also studied the artist Seurat as our super hero of the week. We made dot paintings of daffodils.
We have also spent lots of time exploring how to make bubbles creating different wands, and trying different liquids like milk and coca cola.
9th March 2018
Talk Homework: Can you retell the Easter story. What is the significance of the cross symbol of Christianity?
This week we have enjoyed reading this rhyming story. We then played lots of rhyming games and wrote strings of rhyming words. In maths we have made our very own Top Trumps cards, testing our strength, speed, endurance amongst other things. We used stop watches, metre sticks and lots of counting skills. Then we got to battle one another. It was brilliant fun.
23rd February 2018
Talk Homework- What sort of a potion do you want to create to give you a super power?
This week we have started our new theme of Super Heroes by embracing the series of stories involving SuperTato. We have loved creating our own vegetable heroes and of course crushing that Evil Pea and encapsulating him in jelly! We have written speech bubbles and adjectives to describe Super Tato.
In Maths we have used vegetables to explore 3D shapes- we discovered that broccoli is similar to a cone shape and a cucumber like a cylinder. Maybe you could check out your vegetables at home and see if you can identify which 3D shape they are like?
We have searched for early signs of spring during nature schools and enjoyed working together to have a spring clean of our nature area.
In RE we have started to learn about the story of Easter and all created palm branches to welcome Jesus and his donkey.
9th February 2018
Can hardly believe that we are now half way through the school year! This week we have been playing lots of games using our number skills and addition calculations. This included our nature school session where we counted out sticks, added them together and played ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf’.
We have all created lots of independent writing this week, using our knowledge of how stories are structured with characters and settings to create our own ideas.
Today we learnt all about Chinese New Year and had so many fun activities to try out. We even ate our lunch using chop sticks.
Happy Half Term
2nd February 2018
Talk Homework- Talk about how people celebrate Chinese New Year.
‘There’s no such thing as a GRUFFALO!!! Or is there? This week during nature school we heard a very unusual sound. We were pretending to be the mouse. It has inspired us to make posters to warn about the Gruffalo, make freeze frames with thought bubbles of the characters and do some lovely art work.
Our maths was also Gruffalo inspired. We played hide and seek giving directional vocabulary to find the mice. We estimated and counted the number of steps for the Gruffalo and the mouse to walk between 2 places. We compared the value of numbers giving the largest numbers to the Gruffalo and the smallest to the mouse. Also we made stick and leaf number lines.
26th January 2018
Talk Homework- This week is multicultural book week. Talk about multicultural traditional tales.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Uh no!!! Vandalism has occurred in the home corner! But who was it and what damage was done? The children became police officers to carry out a forensic investigation and make notes about the damage.
We all had the chance to make porridge and we discussed how to measure and alter the temperature and the flavour by adding salt and sugar. Riley was definitely a Goldilocks and gobbled his all up.
In maths we have been adding 2 single digit number in a variety of ways.
Nature school was very messy with mud paintings whilst RE was learning the story of ‘Daniel and the Lion’ and making beautiful lion collage faces.
19th January 2018
Talk Homework- Chat about bible stories together. We read Jonah and the Whale this week and Noah’s ark previously. Can your child remember them?
This week has been all about ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’. The children have taken part in some really expressive role play. We have also created ‘Wanted’ posters for that mean ugly troll. We also all made clay troll faces. They all look so different showing what amazing creativity the children all have.
In maths, we have learnt all about time. The children explored stop watches, clocks, calendars, diaries, egg timers and more. Then we read the story ‘Kipper’s Year’ and sequenced the months and talked about seasons, birthdays and special occasions throughout the year.
Additionally, we created detailed paintings of our favourite fairy tales and enjoyed our nature school session making instruments from the natural items around us.
Please could you continue to ensure that you read regularly with your child at home, ideally 5 times a week but a minimum of 3 times. It really does make a huge difference to the progress made by the children at this early stage in their reading.
5th January 2018
Talk Homework- What materials are used to build houses?
Happy New Year!!!
This week we have read 3 versions of Jack and the Beanstalk. We had excellent fun acting the story out and even had a visit from the giant although we think it may have been Mrs Woodward as she wasn’t very tall!!!
In maths we have been learning about teen numbers.
8th December 2017
Talk Homework: What is Hanukah?
Jack B: I liked playing in Santas grotto,I was an elf helping Santa.
Iris: I liked maths and making fingerprints in RE and playing with my friends.
Betsy: I liked making the pictures with the angels and the Christmas tree.
Keira: We made queens crown because we learnt qu
Freya: I liked doing numbers. We have been using bar models.
1st December 2017
Talk Homework: What does Advent mean?
This week all the children took part in planning a Baptism service for our baby doll. They put forward name suggestions, made invitations and wrote prayers. If they wanted to be chosen as wither a parent or a Godparent they also performed speeches to explain why they would be good at these roles. Ida and Cain were chosen as parents and Max and Ellie as Godparents. We then went to church where Rev Jes performed the ceremony. Remy asked wonderful questions about God too.
We have also been starting to add 2 digits using lego to help us.
In phonics we have learnt v and w.
24th November 2017
Talk Homework: What is a Baptism?
This week we have learnt all about the American and Canadian celebration of Thanksgiving. Aiden bought in a deer skin drum which his dad had made. We learnt about the story with the Pilgrims arriving on the Mayflower ship to the shores of the USA. The Native Americans helped them to settle showing them how to hunt, cook and find shelter. To say thank you the Pilgrims held a thank you meal for the Native Americans. From this day on, American’s celebrate Thanksgiving every 3rd Thursday in November. We watched the New York Parade and made mini books to retell the story.
In maths we have been learning all about weighing. We used the balance scales to identify which objects were heavier/lighter. Next we tried weighing objects using cubes to balance the scales. Today we all followed a recipe to make salt dough weighing out the ingredients.
In phonics we have revised the sounds to date and used them to write captions for pictures.
As part of our PSHE we have learnt the PANTS rule from the NSPCC. We watched a great video called Pantasaurus who helped us to understand that we must keep what is under our pants private.
Of course we have also been rehearsing our nativity a lot! Not long now!!!
17th November 2017
Talk Homework: Look around your environment to find numbers. Can you recognise them?
This week has been all about Remembrance Day. We visited the church and listened to Year 6 read some fantastic poems they had written. When we got back we did lots of craft activities based upon poppies. Olly remembered that it was to commemorate all those who have fought in the wars. Ellie really enjoyed making a medal.
We have started rehearsing our Nativity play.
Riley has remembered talking about Anti Bullying Week.
10th November 2017
Talk Homework: How and why do we commemorate Remembrance Day?
This week has been all about Bonfire Night. We have learnt all about Guy Fawkes and his plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament. The children then built a large bonfire and made a guy. Using masks we have retold the story.
In phonics we have learnt the double letter sounds ss, ff and ll. We read and made words which ended in these sounds.
In maths we have been shape searching. We are very good at recognising and naming 2D shapes and are starting to be more confident with 3D shapes. With number we have been sequencing digits to 10 and beyond by playing lots of different outdoor games.
3rd November 2017
Talk Homework: How do you celebrate bonfire night? What traditions are there? Why do we celebrate this?
This week we have been learning all about Diwali. We have all made beautiful clay and playdough Diva pots. Also we created a Rangoli pattern and Mendhi hand designs. We acted out the story of Rama and Sita.
Riley has enjoyed counting backwards this week from 10-0 and Benny liked making Diwali paper lanterns.
We have also turned our role play areas into a party zone and a fancy dress shop!
In phonics we have learnt r, h, b and f. Only one more sound to go and we have learnt all the Phase 2 sounds.
20th October 2017
Can you believe the first half term has already past us! So much learning has been done and all of your children have been simply incredible. This week we have talked a lot about how to stay fit and healthy. Today we cooked a delicious vegetable soup after we had read the book ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’. As you can see it went down very well!
We have also been using 10 frames and part part whole models in maths and have learnt ck, e and u.
Have a magical half term.
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13th October 2017
Talk Homework- How do you keep healthy? What do you eat that is good for you? How do you keep fit?
This week we have learnt 3 new sounds, o, c and k. We all got to turn the classroom lights on and off for o and we danced to Spanish music with castanets for c and k.
In our independent learning time we have been making box models of our homes and today we worked together to make a massive model village of Buckden. We included the shops, library, roads, pubs and of course the school. It was a great team project.
Most of us know most of our address now too and we are looking forward to getting the letters we posted today.
In maths we have learnt the number 10 and done a lot of activities based upon patterns. Have a look at some of our amazing photos…
6th October 2017
Talk Homework- What is your address? Can you bring in a stamped addressed envelope and a photograph of your house.
Riley remembers that this week we learnt m, d and g. We made plates with our favourite meal on and played drums and looked at the sink making gurgling sounds.
Iris loved having baby Bethany visit with Miss Hearth. We got to ask lots of questions about how she is growing up and learning new things. We then sequenced ages of people.
Ellie enjoyed measuring the heights of her friends.
In maths we have learnt more about the numbers 7, 8 and 9.
29th September 2017
Talk Homework: Why were you given your name? Talk about your family tree.
Aiden enjoyed making a paper aeroplane today when we learnt the letter n. We flew them around making nnnnn sounds.
Iris recalls that we have learnt the numbers 5 and 6. We found our hands and feet helped with 5.
Daisy -Dawn remembers on Monday we made cakes and blew out candles to learn the letter p.
When we learnt i we all made inky mice that say iii.
On top of all this we have had our first visit to church this week and you were all so generous. Thank you for your donations. In RE we talked about thanking God for all that he has made. Hunter said a lovely prayer.
22nd September 2017
Talk Homework- Who is the tallest in your family? Who is shorter? Can you measure?
We have learnt some sounds this week. Today we learnt t and played games of tennis, we printed apples for a and made spiral snakes and spaghetti s letters. We can now segment sound and blend the words as , at, sat.
In maths we have learnt 0,1,2 and 3 and how they fit in the number sequence.
We also read the wonderful stories of ‘Funny Bones’ and this inspired some art work and speech bubble writing.
Talk Homework- Talk about parts of your body. What is under your skin?
Ella has been playing with lots of playdough.
Riley liked playing on the ipads.
Jack has played on the pirate ship.
Max has enjoyed the caterpillar.
We have all settled in very well. What a magical start!