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Spring Term 1 - Weekly Updates

Spring Term 1

Week beginning 10.01.22

This week, Robins have enjoyed starting the book Blue Penguin. We began by looking at a few pictures from the book and the front cover and then by reading a few pages. We've had lots of wonderful discussions as a class this week about where the Blue Penguin lives, what it's like where he lives and how the Blue Penguin is feeling at a few points in the first part of the story. We had loads of fun one afternoon, looking at a map of the world and deciding, using only the few pictures that we'd looked at and our prior knowledge of penguins, where we thought the Blue Penguin lived. Robins Class really enjoyed looking at the world map, we now have it stuck in our classroom for the children to study whenever they like! This morning, we also looked at a map of the UK, we had a talk about the different countries in the UK and looked at where we lived. Again, the children really enjoyed this and continued going back to the map during their choosing time. We will be continuing with our Blue Penguin story next week. 


In our inside PE this week, we continued working on our balances and jumps and enjoyed creating a short sequence containing a jump and two balances. As well as working on our balances and jumping, we had a focus on watching each other's sequences and working together in small groups. In our outside PE, we had loads of fun rolling and bouncing balls to each other. 


In this week's phonics lessons, we've focused on the Brown Owl 'ow' sound. Earlier in the week, Robins particularly enjoyed an 'ow' word hunt around the classroom. We had lots of 'ow' words stuck around  the room and Robins had fun searching for the words, some children even started writing lists of the words that they found. We've been really impressed to see lots of brilliant writing and reading linked to our phonics in class this week!


We've also enjoyed taking part in our Stormbreaks in class this week, we've even had a go at a few new ones, Nature Snaps, Class Compliments and Buddy Run. 

Nature Snaps and Buddy Walk Stormbreaks, phonics word hunt and exploring maps!

Week Beginning 04.01.22

We very much enjoyed welcoming our Robins back into school this week! We quickly got started back on our Monster Phonics lessons which Robins Class were very happy about, this week we have learnt the short 'oo' sound (as in book). 


We have enjoyed reading a lovely (and quite funny) book called 'Penguin' by Polly Dunbar this week, we've been thinking about the characters in the book and their feelings at different points in the story. We also re read The Colour Monster and The Colour Monster Goes to School and had a recap on our feelings. 


Robins have worked on some fantastic maths this week, we've been focussing on the number 5 and the number 0. We've enjoyed showing different numbers on our 5 frames, some of us worked out that if we placed two 5 frames together, we made a 10 frame. Following on from this, we got the 10 frames out and lots of us enjoyed showing numbers 0 to 10 on the 10 frames. We also had a go at quickly comparing two groups of objects and deciding which group had more or less. 


Robins Class really enjoyed using the class computer today, we had a go completing a phonics game by reading a word and using the mouse to click on the matching picture. Robins are now looking forward to having a go at lots of other games and activities using the computer. 


At the beginning of the year, Robins Class chose three 'class targets' to work on, these were 'we put our hand up', 'we line up with our friends' and 'we listen to others'. This week, we've decided on three new 'class targets' to work on this term. We have decided on 'we tidy up with our friends', 'we use our quiet, calm voices inside' and 'we are kind'.


Well done for a brilliant first week back at school Robins!

Lots of amazing maths work and phonics fun on the class computer