WC 15th January
What an exciting week we have had in school! We have been learning lots of new things in Phonics, Mrs Adams' group have been learning new phase 5 sounds and Miss Staziker's group have been focusing on alternative spellings for sounds we already know.
The children have been learning all about weight and mass in Maths, they have been estimating and weighing different objects using balancing scales. They used non-standard units to start with and then moved on to measuring using grams.
We had a walk up to Adlington library to help us with our English topic. We arrived just in time for story time which the children really enjoyed! We joined the library and brought back stories and non-fiction texts all about penguins. We are going to use these texts to help us to write some of our own penguin information texts!
WC 8th January
Happy New Year! We hope that you had a lovely Christmas and enjoyed some quality family time. The children have settled back into school and have made a brilliant start to the year. What a busy first week we have had in school, on Wednesday Mrs Adams found a letter in our classroom and when we opened it there was a clue. We followed the clues all around the school and found a penguin!!! We discussed where we thought the penguin was from, how it got to our school and why it might have come. The children discussed in groups what they already know about penguins and created questions for what they want to find out. We will be researching and writing our own non-chronological reports all about penguins in the next few weeks. In Maths we have been focusing on place value and looking at one more/one less, ten more/ten less. Some of us even managed to apply this knowledge to word problems! We have also been focusing on careful counting and knowing which ten comes next. The children have been enjoying our new areas and playing phonic board games together.
WC 11th December
This week the children have taken part in our Christmas production of 'Lights, Camel, Action!'. The children have worked so hard preparing for this and were brilliant during the performances. A huge well done to every single member of Swallow class! The children were reminded throughout the play what happened at Christmas and this links to our learning in RE of the Christmas story.
In Maths we have been learning all about the properties of 2D shapes, we went on a shape hunt to try and find shapes in real life.
In English we have begun researching and reading all about The Great Fire of London. We have looked at information texts and highlighted key information for when we write our own non-fiction text.
In phonics we have been learning alternative pronunciations with Miss Staziker and lots of games such as the Golden river. With Mrs Adams the children have started learning some new sounds and have been focusing on careful blending.
We have been very busy creating this week, we have made a start to our calendars and we have each made a bauble for our Christmas trees at home.
WC 4th December
We have been super busy this week rehearsing our Christmas play. The children have worked really hard learning their dances, songs and words (for those that have them!) I'm sure it will be a performance not to be missed!
We have been playing what's in the box in Phonics, the children really enjoyed this. Our focus this week has been alternative pronunciations.
In English we have written our own fire poems. The children used their plans and were able to write some fantastic poems, remembering all the features that we have learnt. We have been investigating 2D shapes in Maths.
On Wednesday afternoon we had a craft afternoon. The children worked with their parents to create Tudor style houses like the ones in 1666, used pastels to draw firework pictures and created lollipop puppets for each person in the nativity story. It was a fun afternoon, thank-you to all those parents that were able to make it. We hope you enjoyed it too!
WC 20th November
Wow! What a FANTASTIC week the children have had this week. I have given everyone in Swallows 'Star of the Week' and 'Learning Log' award, they have worked so hard! Everyone was so impressed with our assembly on Thursday, the children worked very hard learning their lines and rehearsing the role play. I think their hard work definitely paid off, an amazing assembly! We have been learning about how to half an object in Maths this week and in English the children have been doing lots of work on verbs. They planned their own firework poem, ready to use in a couple of weeks to help them write their own poem.
Well done Swallows, you have made Mrs Adams and I very proud this week. You are all brilliant!
WC 6th November
We hope that you had a lovely half term! The children came back to school refreshed and ready to learn. We have started our new topic for this half term which is 'Fire! Fire!', we will be writing our own fire related poems and learning all about 'The Great Fire of London'. This week we have been listening to, appreciating and learning the poem 'Crackle! Spit!' by Marie Thom. We made up some actions to help us remember the words and the children rehearsed the poem in small groups. We will be performing this poem during our assembly on Thursday 23rd November at 2.30pm. In Maths we have been creating repeating patterns and the children were able to find the mistakes in patterns too.
The children have begun learning about what London is like now and comparing it to what it was like in the past. We watched videos, looked at pictures and photographs and maps. The children created their own London landmark using craft materials.
WC 23rd October
Wow, what a super busy week we have had! The children have enjoyed all our areas this week, especially our jelly spooky area! The children enjoyed subtracting eyeballs and spiders. In English the children have written their own version of Jack and the Beanstalk, I have been SO impressed with their writing! Fantastic efforts from everybody. In the afternoons we have been doing halloween crafts, we have developed our fine motor, art and DT skills. We also looked at the four countries of the UK and drew our own maps on the playground. Well done Swallow class.
ALL the children looked fantastic in their outfits on Friday, I couldn't recognise some of them!
Have a lovely half-term, stay safe and enjoy Halloween and Bonfire Night. See you on Tuesday 7th November.
WC 16th October
This week the children have been very busy writing their own versions of the story 'Jack and the Beanstalk', they have worked so hard. I have been very impressed with their ability to remember everything that we have been learning about in English over the half term and use it in their stories. They have used correct capital letters, full stops, the conjunction 'and', finger spaces and some children have even added in description! We will be finishing our stories off next week so I will upload some of them then. Well done boys and girls.
In Maths we have been learning all about addition of one and two digit numbers. We have used counters and drawings to help us. Some children could add numbers up to and beyond 20!
On Monday afternoon we had a very exciting trip to St Paul's Church, please visit 'Our Trip to Church' page to find out all about it.
Fantastic effort from all children this week, well done!
WC 9th October
This week the children have been learning all about length. First they measured objects using non-standard units, this was fun! The children then learnt how to use a ruler and were able to measure beanstalks using cm. In English we discussed things that you could change in 'Jack and the Beanstalk', the children then planned their own version changing a few things. Some chose to have the biggest sweet shop in the world at the top of the beanstalk, wouldn't that be good! The children added colour to their self portraits from last week, they are super! Another busy week, well done.
What a busy first few weeks we have had in Swallow Class! The children have settled in really well.
We have been having lots of fun accessing the different areas.
In Maths we have been focusing on place value and the number system. We are now focusing on measurement, the children have been measuring length using non-standard and standard units.
In English we have been looking at 'Jack and the Beanstalk', we received some special letters in our register but ssshhh! it's top secret! We are keeping a special eye on our beanstalk. The children have begun to change ideas in 'Jack and the Beanstalk' to create their own version.
During the afternoons we have learnt all about the capital cities of the UK, drawn self portraits using different media and drawn our own family trees. In RE the children have been learning all about baptism and we are very lucky to be having a trip to the Church soon!
Well done Swallows, a super first few weeks working hard!