Owls Class Blog
Week Beginning 24th May
I cannot believe we are at the end of this half term, the time has flown by. Everyone is ready for a well-earned break and there is a lot of exciting talk about holidays and camping trips away. I hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe half term break.
The children have written an innovation for their part of Jack and the Beanstalk. Their writing is really beginning to improve now and it is great to see them using their Phonics skills to help them write.
In Maths the children have been ordering groups of numbers and finding pictures to represent them. They have also been looking at lots of different 'first, then and now' stories as a practical way of understanding addition. They had characters getting into Mr Gumpy's boat, people going for a bus ride and even dinosaurs. They also used ten frames to help them work out the total number and also missing numbers in the stories.
The children have enjoyed lots of painting this week. They have been introduced to water colours and learnt how to use them appropriately. They then used these to do some observational pictures of butterflies. As the weather has been nice towards the end of the week, we got out the cling film - this caused quite a bit of excitement and the children loved painting on to it!
In other news, our beanstalks grew really tall so we decided to send them home so the children can look after them during half term and ... we now have 5 chrysalis!
Week Beginning 17th May
We have continued our work with Jack and the Beanstalk this week. We talked about what we wished we would find at the top of the beanstalk if we were Jack. We had suggestions of unicorns, dragons, dinosaurs, jelly beans and candy floss! We used our ideas to innovate our story maps. What would you like to find at the top of Jack's beanstalk?
In Maths we have continued to explore shape and patterns. We have been building models for our friends to copy and making shapes with loose parts. We even looked at a Tangram and made our own pictures using the shapes. We looked at a new shape called a parallelogram and we found it quite tricky to pronounce! We have continued to order the numbers to 20 and played a race to 20 game with number tracks. I have added a link to a number track game below to play at home and a tangram.
In other news, there has been a growth spurt in Owls! Our beanstalks have suddenly grown and they seem to get taller every day. The caterpillars have also grown and they are beginning to find themselves at the top of the pot - does this mean they are getting ready to turn into a chrysalis? Watch this space!
Week Beginning 10th May
Another busy week has flown by in Owls. We have looked at sequencing the main parts of the story of Jack and the Beanstalk using words like first, next, finally. The children continue to wow me with their phonics knowledge and reading progression, I hope you are all enjoying listening to them read at home.
In Maths we have been exploring shape and patterns. The children have been using mathematical language to describe the features of shapes and using them to make pictures - we have been using the word 'rotate' to help us position shapes correctly. We have also been creating and matching different patterns for each other to find and copy.
To mark Mental Health Awareness week we have been following the theme of being outdoors in nature. We looked at some Andy Goldsworthy sculptures and then collected some natural resources to create our own. The sun was shining and we all spent a lovely time exploring and creating.
In other news, our beans have suddenly started to grow. The children check them every morning to discuss their progress over night!
Week Beginning 3rd May
We have continued our work with Jack and the Beanstalk this week. The children have enjoyed talking the story and hopefully they have demonstrated how to do this at home with their story maps. We did some drama, freeze framing Jack and his mum's feelings at the beginning of the story and at the end of the story - the children showed some great facial expressions! We have also looked at some different adjectives to describe the beanstalk and the golden egg.
In Maths, the children have been exploring the numbers to 20 using the different resources and loose parts in the classroom to demonstrate their understanding. They have played the Cheeky Kangaroo game, a Race to 20 game and even bingo. I have added a link below to a bingo game you could share with your children at home to reinforce the work we have been doing in school.
In other news, we have had a delivery of caterpillars! The children are so inquisitive and keen to watch them grow and change into butterflies - we will keep you posted on their journey.
All the children should now be coming home with a reading book in their book bag. Please ensure you hear them read as much as possible, ideally this should be done every day for about ten minutes. It would also be really helpful if you made a comment in the reading record book.
Just a reminder that our PE day is Monday. Please ensure they have their kit in school on Mondays and they will need plimsoles or trainers as we will be outside as much as possible for our lessons, thank you.
Week Beginning 26th April
The children had a mystery visitor in the classroom this week and they were trying to work out who it could be. There was a beanstalk growing up the wall and some mysterious feet! Then a letter arrived from a boy called Jack, he left the children his story - it was Jack in the Beanstalk! After that the children decided to grow their own beanstalks, after discussing what they needed to grow - soil, water and sunlight.
In Maths the children have been exploring the numbers to 20 using the ten frames. They have been learning how to count on from 10, how to represent the numbers from 11 to 20 using the ten frames and how to play a subtraction game.