Hello Red Class,
What a busy week! We enjoyed our trip to Kenilworth Castle where we found out about Queen Elizabeth I and her friend Robert Dudley. During the day, we visited the Queen’s garden, climbed towers and enjoyed eating our lunch outside. Your behaviour was excellent. Well done Red Class!
In Literacy, we concentrated on our recount work. We ordered photographs from the trip using time words (first, next, then, finally) and talked about key events. Later, we planned our writing using pictures and keywords on a cartoon strip, before writing simple sentences.
Phonics sessions focused on reading and spelling keywords. Remember, if you spot a keyword (my, you, was, they, her) try to say it straight away. This will help to develop your reading pace and fluency. If you need to work it out, use your phonic knowledge and try to find and talk about the tricky part of the word.
In Maths, we explored 2D shapes through pictures and paintings. We looked at paintings of Queen Elizabeth I and tried to spot shapes in her clothing! During the sessions, we named, described and solved problems with 2D shapes. The children tackled problems, such as, can you make a circle with cotton buds? There was a lot of reasoning, making decisions, cooperation and trial and error as the children tried to find out the answer. Over the weekend, try to find and talk about 2D shapes (circle, triangle, square, rectangle, rhombus, kite, pentagon, hexagon and oval) in pictures. You could stick the picture into your homework book and label the shapes.
Science sessions explored push, pull and twist. We selected a toy, predicted what would happen after a push, pull or twist and then tested the toys to see if we were right. The toys moved, stopped, changed direction and speed and the play dough changed shape! We’ll plan and carry out further tests next week!
During Technology sessions, with Mrs Allen, the children enjoyed coding using ‘Daisy the Dinosaur’ on the iPads. The children helped Daisy to move across the screen. Mrs Allen also helped the children to think about gender stereotypes (in their words) through P4C (Philosophy for Children). They discovered, through their discussion, that all toys can be shared by all children. Girls can play with building blocks and boys can play with dolls. It’s whatever interests them and makes them happy. Pink, blue, grey with red spots, we can play with toys of any colour.
Next week, we’ll be starting our Design Technology work. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but I’ll give you a clue to what we're making…you can wear it on your head in a castle. What could it be? If your grown ups attend our Castle Fayre (Thursday, 17th May) then you will be able to put the finishing touches to your special work with them. Don’t worry if your grown ups can’t attend, we will send your special item home for you to finish together.
See you on Tuesday Red Class. You’ve worked so hard this week so I’m going to let you stay in bed on Monday! Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend.
Mrs Webb, Miss Turner and Mrs Roberts xxx