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Weekly Update 7th November

Dear Parents,
Our first week back after half time has whizzed by!
Our new topic ‘Let’s Remember… Celebrations’ has begun with a focus on Bonfire Night. The children have used oil pastels to create beautiful firework pictures. They thought carefully about lines and shapes, and chose bright colours to create a realistic effect. We have used Espresso as a research tool to find out about the reasons for celebrating Bonfire Night. The children have produced some information writing about the Gunpowder Plot to demonstrate their understanding. Furthermore, in their ICT time with Mr Schofield, the children created their very own e-book of fireworks. This included photos, sound effects and labels. Next week our focus will be on Remembrance Day. We are hoping to find out some basic information about World War I, and will be thinking about the life of a soldier. As this can be a sensitive issue we will be taking a very positive approach – this will include making medals for soldiers, writing letters and even baking trench cake!
In Literacy this week we have been reading, writing and following instructions. The children have learnt to use imperative (bossy!) verbs to start each step and to sequence the steps correctly using numbers. We are continuing our daily phonics lessons – please check the list of useful websites on the class page for some additional online resources to use at home.
In Maths this week we have been ordering and comparing numbers. This has involved counting on/back in sequences, as well as saying whether a number is more/less or greater/smaller than another number. I am really impressed with the children’s number knowledge – they enjoy using the 100 square for more challenging activities too!
We had our first swimming lesson with Mr Bailey yesterday – he was so pleased to see so many keen swimmers in our class. Our swimming session is 11am until 12 noon every Thursday – children must have a full swimming kit in school for the lesson. We had a number of children without swimming hats this week – please note, school swimming kit does include a swimming hat that must be worn in the pool. We appreciate your understanding with this matter.
I’m looking forward to seeing lots of children at the disco tonight… I know lots of outfits have already been discussed in the playground today!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Miss Freeman