dilluns, 4 de desembre de 2017

Work experiences

This week, we have been working hard on our handwriting and using lines to help us to form letters correctly with ascenders and descenders. We will take some of these handwriting sheets home with us so we can practise over the Christmas holidays.
In Phonics, we have been consolidating our knowledge of digraphs. We are finding them rather tricky to remember so we need to practise them every day! The sounds we have learnt are: oa (goat), ee (leek), oo (moon), ai (rain), ch (chicken), sh (shoe), ng (ring)
We have been making Christmas decorations to get us in the festive spirit. This included snowflakes to help us with our fine motor skills and paper chains which we made in pairs where we had to work as a successful team.
We have also been practising for our Christmas play and can't wait to share our acting and singing with you!
In Key Stage 2/3 we welcomed the younger children to join in with our Christmas production rehearsal, and they have been fantastic. As always, may I ask that you encourage the children to listen to the songs for the production at home as regularly as possible. 
We also had fun designing and creating a Christmas banner to hang in the streets of Llinars. It was amazing how fast we were able to create the pictures by the end of the week. Well done to all involved! 
The older children had an invaluable experience as they spent time volunteering to work at local businesses around the town. They became waitresses, mechanics and veterinarians in a fun-filled few days.

diumenge, 26 de novembre de 2017

Presentation of Projects november

This week the older children have been continuing to use different  methods for adding, multiplying and dividing fractions, as well as simplifying other fractions.
In Literacy, we studied poems by the poet Pie Corbett, who uses repetition and similes to describe different themes. We all wrote two verses each for a class poem using the same repetition techniques as Pie Corbett. 
Later in the week, we were solving "What Am I?" riddles and had a lot of fun creating our own. 
We also began learning a new song, Launch Party, to be included in our end of year Christmas performance. 
Finally, I'd like to say a huge well done to all the children for their excellent presentation of their learning from the previous month at our Presentation of Projects ceremony.

This week in English, the children have been continuing their work on rhyming and there's been a noticeable improvement in their understanding in this area. We will continue with this unit for one more week and will write rhyming couplets by the end of the week. 
In Maths, we have been consolidating our knowledge of place value, counting in 2s, writing numbers and learning numbers up to 100. We have been using number lines and 100 squares to help us. 
We have been carefully watching our plants grow with much excitement! The younger children are excited to see their plant each day and love watching it steadily grow and watering it. They are continuing to learn the vocabulary: stem, leaves, root, soil, seed and using the vocabulary to talk about it. 
We have also been learning about different professions so that we are ready to go out in the local area to visit some work places and businesses. We talked about the different job roles, places of work and what we would like to be when we grow up. We presented this information in our presentation on Friday to the parents.

dilluns, 20 de novembre de 2017

Homo Sapiens

The older children began the week in exciting fashion by visiting the local police station in Llinars. They spoke to police officers and even had a look in one of the holding cells! 
In Literacy, we finished off our Monster Poems and began looking at the differences between structured and free verse poems in preparation for next week's lessons. 
We continued working on geometry in our Maths lessons by investigating area, as well as perimeters of compound shapes. 
We also thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the Science museum on Wednesday.
Finally, we have been completing our projects on Antarctica for our Geography lessons during the week.

This week in English, the children have been learning how to rhyme for our unit on Poetry. It's a difficult skill to learn and we have been working on it all week using picture cards to help with vocabulary and playing games such as rhyming bingo. We will continue this unit of work next week. Please reinforce rhyming at home! 
In Maths, we have been consolidating our learning of numbers up to and past 20, counting both forwards and backwards. The year 1s and 2s have been counting in 10s, ordering numbers up to 40 and have a much better understanding of place value and a better recognition of numbers. We will continue learning numbers up to 100. 
We planted peas at the beginning of the week and have been watering them and watching them grow carefully. We are recording our observations and now that we have learnt the vocabulary associated with plants, we will be able to apply this to our observations. 
In Phonics, the children have been learning some difficult sounds: th, sh, ch and ng. Please reinforce these sounds at home. Some suggested words to read and write are: 
thin, thick, ship, shot, fish, wish, chip, chop, sing, wing, gong.

diumenge, 12 de novembre de 2017

Some poetry

This week in English, the children continued their learning about instructions. They learnt how to be 'bossy' in order to use 'bossy' (imperative) verbs such as go, put, say, cut etc. which tell people what to do. This culminated in a sandwich making lesson where children had to use these verbs to explain to me how to make a sandwich before carrying out their instructions and making their own sandwiches! After this, they wrote down their instructions in their writing books using their phonic knowledge learnt so far including tricky words. They really worked hard on this piece of work and it was a proud moment to see their completed written pieces.
In Maths, the year ones and twos continued learning about the value of numbers with regards to place value and used and drew dienes blocks to represent their numbers. The younger children focused on counting to 10 or 20 and recognising numbers.
The children have all planted a seed and are ready to watch it grow and write about the progress of their plant! We have been learning about what plants need to grow and also about the different parts of a flowering plant.
The older children began learning about Poetry in Literacy. We created our own cute/scary monsters and started to plan narrative poems about them, using poetic techniques such as alliteration and similes.
In Numeracy, we started our topic on length and perimeter, focusing on solving lengths of different sides of shapes using the given lengths of other sides in those shapes.
The class were super excited to learn about Antarctica! We watched some fascinating documentaries about life in extremely cold weather, made polar bear pictures using plastic bags to replicate ice bergs, and began planning PowerPoint presentations to depict various areas of interest regarding the Antarctic.
On another note, please could you encourage all the children to familiarise themselves with the songs for the upcoming Christmas performance in December. Your support with this will be hugely appreciated.
At the end of the week, we said farewell to Elena, whose support and care for the children will be sadly missed. We wish you all the best in the future and hope to see you again one day. Finally, let me personally thank all the staff, parents and students for all the well wishes and gifts for my Birthday. It was a truly special day.