Spring term week 4

This week we made maps and wrote captions for Little Red Riding Hood’s walk to Granny’s house. We had a go at using some describing words with this, so we had ‘a smooth path’, ‘a dark and scary wood’ and Granny’s house was ‘warm and cosy’. Well done everyone! The wolf came to visit us and we were able to ask him some questions, including ‘why did you want to eat Granny?’. We found out that the wolf wasn’t really all that ‘bad’ after all. We have also listened to alternative versions of the story and talked about how they are different. We have continued to work on numbers 10-20, using numicon to help to understand how these numbers are 10+ a single digit number.

We are continuing to read every week and learn our tricky words and phonics. We are focusing on segmenting and blending phonetic words, using the sounds and blends we have been learning.

Next week we will be writing our own versions of Little Red Riding Hood and finding out about wolves. We will continue with our maths and phonics. We will also be talking about Mother’s Day and creating some top secret art – shhh!!!


Spring term 4 week 3

This week we have been thinking about Little Red Riding Hood and making a display about her journey to Grandma’s house. We also thought about our own journeys to school. Some of us walk, scoot, cycle, or even float in a bubble! We have started acting out the story together, and on Thursday we made yummy jam tarts for Granny….well, not for Granny really! In PE we continued to work on hand eye co-ordination by balancing balls on racquets and trying to transfer the ball to our partner’s racquet – tricky!

We have been revising the high frequency words we have covered so far – both recognising them and having a go at writing them. Keep this up everyone! In maths we have been focusing on numbers 10-20.

It was great to see all the parents and carers at parents evenings this week – thank you for coming.

Next week we will be thinking about Little Red Riding Hood’s journey to Grandma’s house and drawing and labelling maps. We will be thinking about the feelings of the wolf in the story and also identifying and naming different musical instruments.



Spring term 4 week 2

We hope you have been enjoying the brighter, breezy weather this week.

We have been finding out what the children know this week, and will be looking at their next steps. Of course we assess the children on a daily basis as we play and work with them, but this week we have been looking in a lot more detail.

On Monday we were joined by Sean, an author, who came to tell a hilarious story to the children. There was lots of input and acting out of the story from the children. We chose The Three Little Pigs, but the children were invited to add new characters and scenarios. Who knew the three little pigs knew a rhinoceros who wanted to go to Cinderella’s ball?! We have also been getting to know Little Red Riding Hood (the Nick Sharratt version) and joining in with the rhyming patterns and refrains.

On Tuesday we had PE with Mr Davis, when we celebrated Pancake Day by tossing beanbag pancakes on our racquet frying pans, and we even had a pancake race! In the afternoon we talked about Fairtrade foods and what ‘fairtrade’ means, then we made yummy fairtrade chocolate cornflake cakes.

Next week we will be continuing to think about the Little Red Riding Hood story, in particular, her journey from her home to Granny’s house. We will also be touching on Stranger Danger, linking it to Little Red Riding Hood’s decision to talk to the wolf on her walk to Granny’s.


Spring term 4 Week 1

Welcome back! We hope you all had a great half term break.

This week we have been settling back in and remembering how to keep our classes happy places to be. We shared what we had done over the half term break and then wrote about it and drew pictures. Our words of the week this week were all, come, play. Please help your child to practice recognising these, plus all the words we have covered so far. Just a few minutes a day would be great! Thank you. We have been sharing traditional tales at story time this week, and trying to share less common ones such as The Elves and the Shoemaker.  We have also been looking at key vocabulary used in the story Little Red Riding Hood, which will be our story theme for the term. We talked about the meaning of words such as ‘cloak’ and ‘cunning’. We will start to share the story next week.

We have been doing lots of practical maths to order numbers, thinking about ‘more’ and ‘fewer’, and beginning to count back and forwards to add and subtract. In ICT we used the tablets to find art programs then used the programs to create our own pictures. On Tuesday Mr Davies got everyone using racquets and balls and we practised controlling the ball by dribbling it carefully from side to side. Not as easy as it first looks! Everyone tried really hard and we will continue to practice these skills throughout this term.

Next week we will be looking at what the children have learnt so far, and what everyone’s next steps will be. Please sign up for a parent appointment (on the class door) so we can share this with you. We will be sharing Little Red Riding Hood by Nick Sharrett, and really getting to know the story. We will also be celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight by making some yummy fairtrade chocolate cornflake cakes. Please encourage your child to look for the fairtrade symbol on packaging at home and when you are out shopping.