Before anything else, I would like to thank the children for their exceptional behaviour this week. On both occasions, in class and on our school trip to London, the children behaved impeccably. We were even able to fill our Rainbow Pom-Pom jar to win some much-deserved free time at the end of what has been a extraordinarily busy week!
Sharing the text, ‘One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab’, we looked at different numbers of legs we could make using crabs and snails. We made the link between this activity and our understanding of how to partition 2 digit numbers into tens and ones. It has been lovely to put our learning into context in this way! Next week, we will continue to explore how we can partition numbers in different ways, not just into tens and ones. We are looking forward to building on our number-bug work with Mrs Temp in Year One to investigate bigger numbers.
In our writing this week we have been excited to use our personalised time connective cards. Inspired by Pie Corbett, we created our own actions for the time connectives we use when we orally re-tell a story. The children can now deliver these actions and say the time connectives aloud with expression, helping them to better sequence their ideas for writing before even picking up a pencil! We are encouraging this talk for writing so that the children do not go to their tables feeling at all lost, but instead, have all the tools needed to feel well-equipped and armed with their ideas for writing.
At this point in the term, we have been able to add time connectives, nouns, proper nouns and adjectives to our grammar tool box already. Thank you for supporting our learning of grammar through daily reading at home. The children have been keen to show me which words they have been able to recognise as adjectives in their reading at home.
Our author of the week has been Oliver Jeffers. We have fully engaged with the story, ‘Stuck’. Excited to bring the story alive, we have our own class tree, and we have thrown up lots of nouns from the story, drawing them on cards, and pegging them up onto the leaves.
I cannot end this blog without noting our fantastic trip to London! We saw Trafalgar Square, Nelson’s Column, St. James’ Park, Big Ben, Downing Street, and last but certainly not least – PIZZA EXPRESS! Lots and lots of walking meant the children were more than happy to tuck into their pizzas when we finally arrived there! Note to self – more biscuits next time Miss Prendergast!!!
We cannot wait to base our learning on our visit to London next week!