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Mrs J Robinson

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Ms G Groves

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Mrs T Shuttlewood

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Mrs C Farrugia


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This week!

21/03/2019

This week we have begun doubling up our phonics in order to learn them all and revise them before the official phonics tests in June.

This week's phonemes are sl,sp,st,ay,ou and ie. We have also been revising air and ear.

Thank you so much for your efforts for Comic Releif last week, the children looked fabulous and there is a rumour that Beech Class might have collected the most change in KS1 for their coin art....i will let you know in due course if this is the case but the fact we made two pictures and had to pile the coins up is a good sign!! This is great news as every penny really counts towards the fantastic projects that Comic releif fund , like the anti-malaria nets in Africa that cost only £2 and have nearly eradicated Malaria in some villages. 

This week ,in Literacy, we continue to write our Non-Fiction 'Transport' booklets. The children are learning about contents pages, headings, indexes and glossaries as well as interesting ways to present facts .

In Numeracy , we have revised sharing and are now revising multiplication as repeated addition. We are playing Topmarks game 'Connect the dots' in 5s and 10s. The year 2s have now been added to Times Tables Rock Stars which you can access at home on the PC and tablets. Their logins are in their Reading Records.

The last Friday of this term (4/4/19) will be a non-uniform day for Beech Class as we have earned over 50 Parliament Points, we thought we had better wait as there have been so many lately!

Before the end of term we will also be having our Design and Technology week when we will be making those vehicles so please remember to keep any interesting boxes that might be of use .

 

 

 

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This Week

14/03/2019

 

This week we have been learning the phonemes xt,dr,tr and gr. There is a game called 'Phonics Bloom' which you may find helpful with lots of games to practise . Phase 4 contains the phonemes we are learning this week but phase 3 contains a lot of the vowel combinations which the children find tricky (particularly ear, ow , ar , oi oa  and air).

We are looking forward to another Friday of Non uniform for Red Nose Day and will be learning about the wonderful work done by the charity.

In literacy we are making our own Non-Fiction information books about transport. We are using contents pages and including interesting facts, diagrams and photos. 

In maths we are continuing to reinforce the idea of sharing practically and starting to use the symbol in calculations .Some children are already using their understanding of multiplication to work out sharing and connecting the two ideas . We have also found that knowing our halves has helped us know how to share between two. We continue to use the 'Sharing' game on Topmarks but there is also 'Snappy Maths' Division by Sharing but this has the calculations , so is a little more tricky! 

In a few weeks we will be having our Design & Technology week where we will be making our own wheeled vehicles so please hang on to any boxes you think might come in useful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book week

07/03/2019
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The children have really enjoyed dressing up as various characters and they look fabulous! Thank you for your hard work in getting them ready for today! They were lucky enough to have a visit from Belle in assembly today and are having stories read to them by children from Elm Class Year 5.

This week we have been busy learning the phonics lp,lf,lk and pt. We have been learning how to use 'time openers' to write recounts.

Over the last two weeks we have started thinking about early multiplication by counting in 2s,5s and 10s and working out how to count lots of/sets of the same number. We have also been looking at practical sharing as an early form of division. Some children are already using their knowledge of number sequences and halves/doubles to help them work out the answers quickly.

We have been playing the games 'Connect the dots' in 2s, 5's and 10's. These are accessed through the website 'Topmarks'.We have also played the 'Sharing' game.

 

 

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it's nearly Half Term !!

14/02/2019

It was a pleasure to see so many parents and family members at our Coffee Morning, we hope you enjoyed hearing about what the children have been up to and were impressed at their confidence, we certainly were!

It has also been lovely to chat to you at Parents Evening and there have been lots of positive comments on the children's work and progress.

Thank you for all the wonderful rocket models we have received so far, so much time and effort has gone into them and we look forward to sharing the children's Homework Buffet work in March. Please don't feel obliged to do the activities if there is too much going on or if it becomes a battle! We merely offer these ideas as enrichment and hope they don't make home life more stressful!

This week we have been learning the sounds gl,pl,cl and fl. Please reinforce these when you can. Spellings will be given but not tested until the end of the first week back, we do practise these in school and do not put pressure on the children to get them all correct .With the spellings, most importantly, we hope they commit them to memory and use them in their writing.

We have now completed our phonics assessments  (not the official Year 1 tests) and will return to Group Reading after Half Term .Children may change groups following the outcome of these assessments but we will endeavour to keep our spellings going alongside.

In maths we have been comparing number values and using the symbols <  > = to show greater than , less than and equal to. We have been playing the maths game 'Alligator' (softschools website) which allows the children to choose the correct greater than number .If you complete the easy level then there is an option to go on to higher numbers.

Thank you for your support this Half Term and we hope you have a safe and enjoyable week off.

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This week!

07/02/2019

This week we have been learning the sounds cr,br,fr and bl.We are now finishing our retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk and planning our very own versions with our own characters and magical events! The children have come up with all sorts of weird and wonderful ideas, their creative flair certainly on show ! Watch out for stories based in the desert (where a giant cactus leads up to the sky) , rainbows and the most desperate and sad characters who really deserve a happy ending !

The children have individual targets for their writing but we are trying hard to develop properly formed letters (copies will be available on Parent's Evening)  , most letters are started from the bottom in the pre-cursive style. The letters should either be tall (like t,l,k,h,d,b,) or small (such as  e,a etc) or go under the line (y,g,p,f) If you can reinforce this at home on a 1 to 1 basis this would be great!. 

In maths we have been learning about Place Value , so the value of Tens and Ones (or units as we also call them). We have started on the teen numbers and progressed from there. The children have enjoyed playing a game called 'Shark Numbers' where the children can use towers of 10 and ones and match them to a number. You can choose a range of numbers that the children feel comfortable with.

We hope you enjoy our Coffee Morning and look forward to seeing you at Parent's Evening!

 

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