It’s great to be back together in the classroom and see everybody again. We’ve had a lovely but tiring week.
We’ve been getting used to being back in the classroom and remembering our routines. We’ve been talking lots about good listening skills and have been doing lots of activities to encourage us to work together.
In phonics we started the week learning the ‘sh’ sound, reading Julia Donaldson’s Sharing a Shell. We then used our plasticine to make our own friends sharing a shell.
Our second sound was ‘ar’ and a shark theme emerged. We have read lots of shark stories, learned lots of shark facts and even have a shark in our classroom! We started an underwater shark scene and did some lovely black pen shark pictures which we labelled to help with our descriptive writing. We’ve also been doing lots of reading and word building each day.
In numeracy we’ve been focusing on subtraction, initially looking at the concept of subtraction and using concrete materials like skittles to help us. We’ve also set up a shop in the classroom to help us with our numeracy – we have to add up the cost of different items and then work out how much change we need!
We were delighted this week to have a bird table very kindly donated to us by local tradesman Mr Lee Darker. This fits in very well with our RSPB Wild Challenge.
We all gathered around the bird table this morning and Mrs Collins put a selection of treats out for the birds and explained all about the Wild Challenge. We’re very excited to get started.
We’re setting up bird hides in the classroom windows to see which birds we can spot – we’ve already seen a curious chaffinch!
To help us learn our sh sound we have been reading stories about sharks and drawing them using our black pens. We built up a list of words to describe sharks and then used these words to help us write a description of a shark. We had to try and write a colour sentence, a size sentence, a doing and feeling sentence. Before we wrote down our sentences we had to say them out loud, this helps us to include all the little helping words that link our ideas such as was, has, is.
It was lovely to be together again in school. We began our day by practising our letter formation and writing words with our sounds.
Our new sound today was “sh” and we were reading different “sh” words such as shop, shed, ship and fish. We listened to Nick Sharratt read his book The Shark in the Park on a Windy Day and started to make our own sharks.
In numeracy we were subtracting numbers and we did some dinosaur subtraction on the smartboard. 🦕
It was fun reading in our groups and sharing books with our friends.
Some of us played a game matching clowns on different cards to the clowns on our boards, we had to listen very carefully to each other.
We enjoyed playing together in the playground and in the classroom.