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Term 3

WC 01.02.16

 

Wow... term 3 has been and gone in just 5 weeks, but we managed to cram lots in! This week we had a fantastic dinosaur workshop in the hall, which the children really enjoyed taking part in. During curriculum afternoon we performed our talk for writing text 'How to trap a dinosaur' and we thought about how we could improve the dinosaurs we had started making from junk modelling materials. In Literacy we made up our own instruction texts based on the structure of how to trap a dinosaur. We have been really concentrating on one more and one less during numeracy this week, it would be great to practise this over the holidays using a group of objects, a number line or just thinking about the number which comes before or after a given number. We have also added some arty homework activities in preparation for next term's topic 'Stories'.

 

Have a wonderful half term

 See you all in term 4

 

Mr H

 

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WC 25.01.16

 

A lovely week of learning in Whitebeam. Really impressed with the children's creative story writing this week and also with handwriting. We went on a walk during Forest School today and did some lovely observational drawing before having a play in the park. Our site is really worn out at the moment so we are giving it a chance to recover!

Please see pics below.

Have a great weekend.

Mr H

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WC 18.01.16

 

Apologies for slightly delayed entry this evening. This week our dinosaur topic has taken us on a journey under water to look at monsters of the deep. We have looked at giant fish with bite power equaling that of a T-Rex and huge prehistoric sharks that could have eaten us whole if they were around today. We had great fun writing funny speech bubbles about what dinosaurs would say if they could talk and we had a go at completing missing letters from labels in phonics. We also looked at the sounds 'ee' and 'qu'.

We have been practising our 'Talk for Writing' text (instructions on how to trap a dinosaur) and we will be performing it to you during our curriculum afternoon in the last week of term.

In Maths we had a look for patterns in the way numbers 10-15 are written, which help us to order them more easily. We also looked at the skill of estimating an unkown number of objects. In addition to this we practised continuing repeating patterns. Most of this weeks Maths was linked to a lovely story called 'Snatchabook'.

We were once again blessed with lovely weather during our trip to Forest School this afternoon. We visited the other half of our new site where there was a nice covering of leaves and less chance of slipping over in the mud! As usual the children risk managed the site independently, placing brightly colored cones over the tree stumps and other obstacles that may have otherwise been hazardous. At the end of the session we did a little tour of all the dens, castles, traps and other creations that the children had been working on. A lovely end to a lovely week!

 

See you Monday

 

Mr H

WC 11.1.16

 

In our second week back we have...

Been learning two-letter sounds, writing sentences, measuring dinosaur prints, making dinosaur traps and much more.

Please check out the useful documents section of our class page. I have attached the cursive writing prompts e.g. "up the hill, back around the apple and down the leaf", as a few of you have said this would be useful.

We finished the week with a lovely session at Forest School.

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Have a lovely weekend

All the best

 

Mr H

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W/c 4.01.16

 

Happy New Year and welcome back to Whitebeam Class. We have enjoyed making a start on our new topic DINOSAURS. We have built a dinosaur cave in our role play area and we have been learning about the difference between carnivores and herbivores. We spent some time discussing what we already knew about dinosaurs in talk partners and then we thought about what we would like to find out about dinosaurs by asking questions. This was really tricky as it is very tempting to tell others what we know rather than think about what we don't know! If you have time over the weekend ask your child to think of something they would like to find out about dinosaurs and do some research together. Andy's Dinosaur Adventures on cbeebies is a great tool for learning about dinosaurs at an age appropriate level and there are lots of episodes on i-player. I have also added a dinosaur song in our videos section.

 

During our maths sessions we have been learning about ordering objects (dinosaurs of course) by height. We also practised ordering ourselves by height during PE. Can you find 3 objects to order by height at home? You could also try ordering them by length or weight. Instead of putting our names on the feelings board in the morning we have been putting addition calculations onto answer numbers. (We have talked to the children about the importance of still talking about feelings and that they can still approach any of us in class if they want to). After a while the children begin to recognise these calculations by heart rather than stopping to work them out with objects, number lines or fingers...this isn't cheating, it is learning number bonds that will help to speed up their mental arithmetic in preparation for year 1. As the year progresses we will begin to add some subtraction calculations, which will encourage them to pay closer attention to the meaning of the + and - symbols. It takes a while to get into, so please do support your child in finding answers in the morning. If you used fingers to work out the answer one morning, try a different method the next day such as using a bead bar, counting objects or a number line.

 

In Literacy we have spent a while consolidating single letter sounds and practising the skills of segmenting and blending. We have been writing labels for different parts of a dinosaur and we have started to explore the concept of a sentence starting with a capital letter and ending with a full-stop. We have also begun to look at two letter sounds such as 'ee'. In order to help children spot these sounds we will be underlining them in words. For example green. Next week we will be learning the tricky sounds 'ch', 'sh' and 'th' (can be a soft sound e.g. 'then' or a harder sound e.g.'thin'. If you have a chance, practise making these sounds at home together and thinking about words which begin with them. There are also songs to accompany these sounds in the jolly phonics video (see video section of our class page).

 

I have also added a few photos and videos below

 

Have a great weekend and see you all next week

 

Mr H

 

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Jumping!

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Children discuss how to land safely by bending their knees. They manage risk by agreeing that they should wait for others to move before jumping and they strengthen the steps when they become wobbly! I showed them how builders lay bricks overlapping for strength and we applied this to the wooden blocks.

Forest School

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