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Extra Curricular clubs are running throughout the summer term - We are currently in Block 2
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Week Beginning 16.11.20

Good afternoon everyone.  It has been a very busy week in Caterpillar class with lots of children eager to complete the weekly challenges and rehearsals full steam ahead for our Snowflake performance!  


In English we are focusing on segmenting words for spelling and writing full sentences, including accurate punctuation. We have also learned about the features of instructions and have correctly ordered and followed instructions to make paper snowflakes, a key part of our ‘costumes’ for our performance! We have learned that instructions contain ‘bossy verbs’ and have enjoyed spotting these.


We have been recapping all of our sounds learned this week so far, as well as blending those sounds together for reading and making sure that we are spotting those tricky digraphs when they are in the middle of words.  We are drawing sound buttons underneath the words to help us identify the different sounds and then blending those sounds back together to read the words.  We have also been segmenting sounds within words for spelling, for example ‘teeth’ is t - ee - th.


In Maths we have continued our work on addition, finding number bonds to 10, comparing different number bonds using < > and = and also using different strategies for addition such as the part whole model and tens frames.  Some of the children have asked if I’ve put the link for Hit the Button on Seesaw, so here it is again!


Hit the Button - Quick fire maths practice for 5-11 year olds

About Hit the Button. Hit the Button is an interactive maths game with quick fire questions on number bonds, times tables, doubling and halving, multiples, division facts and square numbers.



Thank you for sending all of those pictures of the toys you used to play with.  We now have them on display outside our classroom and they’ve certainly been a talking point amongst adults and children!  We have discussed the difference between toys today and toys in the past, looking at which materials they may be made out of and which ones were popular in the past but are also still popular today!  It has been very interesting to see which toys the children perceive as being ‘old’ and ‘new.’


In PSHE we have talked about families, and how each family is made up of lots of different people.  The children really enjoyed talking about who was in their own family and we celebrated the fact that each family is unique and different.


In Science we have been continuing to explore materials! Follow our successful materials scavenger hunts last week the children have been searching our classroom for objects that are made of more than one material. They have been learning the difference between the name of an object and the materials it is made of through a variety of different activities in groups and through challenges during their busy learning time.


In R.E. we have been looking more closely at the parable 'The Prodigal Son' to find hidden meanings and explore why Christians use this story to teach about what they believe God to be like. We have discussed forgiveness as a theme of the story and how important it is to be compassionate to others.


We hope that you all have a lovely weekend.