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Autumn: First half-term

We have had a great start to the year, the children have settled well and have really grown in confidence and are showing great eagerness to learn. 

We have been exploring our new classroom and have become independent in selecting resources and using our imaginations to create art, build models and make up role play games.  

Saturn the snake has been our temporary class pet and we have all loved holding him, working on our descriptive vocabulary and writing about him. We particularly enjoyed watching him eat a mouse – his jaw opened so wide to fit it in and we watched as it went down the snake’s body.

In maths we are exploring number and have come up with some counting rules to help us count accurately. We are getting quicker at learning number patterns on 10s frames and this is helping us to see number bonds to 10.

We love our trips to the woods where we have been collecting different materials, picking blackberries and making dens.

In our R.E topic ‘Myself’, we have been learning about how God loves us and he gave us a special name.


Autumn: Second half-term

This half term we have started the ‘Daily Mile’ which is where we have a run each morning to get our bodies and brains active and ready for learning.

We have shown great progress in our phonics and are nearly ready to start phase 2! We have begun our guided reading and writing and are very proud of what we have achieved.

In maths we have been starting to explore 2D and 3D shapes and are beginning to use mathematical language to describe them.

We are now well into our new R.E topic ‘Welcome’ and have enjoyed learning about Baptism and how this is when we were welcomed into the church. Our first class liturgy was a great success and it was lovely to have our families in to join us. 


Spring: First half-term

This half-term we have planted trees, alongside year 5, to expand our forest.

We are doing a mini-topic on ‘under the sea’, based on the children’s interests. We are looking forward to our trip to Birmingham Sea-Life Centre.

In maths we have started our mastery approach. We are focusing on one number each week, the sessions include representing the number, formation of the numeral and application and problem solving. Using this approach helps us to deeply understand number which will allow us to be confident with maths through our school years,

We have now finished our Phase 2 phonics and this term we will be moving onto Phase 3. We are now getting much more confident at reading and writing words and this term we have started bringing reading books home.

In R.E, our topic is ‘Celebrations’ and we are thinking about the different celebrations we have in and out of church.


Trip to the Sea Life Centre

We had an amazing time at the Sea Life Centre, We saw lots of amazing creatures; octopus, star fish, sharks, a giant turtle, sting rays and many other fish of all different sizes. Our favourite was definitely the cheeky penguins - we got to see them having their dinner. The children were so well behaved and we were proud of the great comments and questions they asked as they went round. Please look in the gallery to see some pictures of our trip.

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