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Have a lovely half term!

The boys have loved learning about 3D shapes this week. They have been describing shape properties, including the faces, edges and corners of 3D shapes. They took part in several shape activities, including sorting shapes, outdoor shape hunts and the ‘feely bag’ game where they describe shape properties for their friends to guess:

   

The Maths challenge is:

Please go on a shape hunt! See if you can find real life examples of:

Cubes

Spheres

Cuboids

Cylinders

Cones

Pyramids

Once you have found the different shapes, please count the corners and edges and identify the shapes of the faces. Have fun!

On Tuesday we had an action packed Superhero day. All of the boys’ costumes were fantastic- well done for all your creativity! Various games were played throughout the day including ‘What would you do?’ scenario cards and a superhero memory game. Lots of discussion took place during ‘Logic alley’, where the boys decided which side of the debate they agreed with. Members of one side tried to persuade others on the opposing side to join them by giving their reasoning for questions such as, “Would you rather fly or be invisible?”. Around snack time, the boys learnt about ‘Superfoods’ and how to stay healthy. Activities continued including, a variety of superhero arts and crafts which were offered across both classes. Comparisons were made between real and fictional superheroes during a patchwork activity, notably Policemen, Firemen and Doctors. To conclude the day, the boys travelled to Green Meadow. They learnt about road safety and crossed a zebra crossing mat. At Green Meadow the boys told a superhero story through actions, involving flying, jumping and twirling!

 

 

   

 

 

In Understanding the World, the boys made some exciting superhero potions that give you ‘super powers’. They were fascinated that water and oil do not mix. They watched the potions bubble as they added an effervescent tablet:

 

The starboys after half term are as follows. Please bring in a picture of your favourite superhero (someone you know or fictional):

Monday: Hugo K

Tuesday: Hugo S

Wednesday: Jacob

Thursday: Joseph

Friday: Kailen

The weekly challenge is: Take off your jumper independently.

We hope you have an enjoyable and restful half term!

Mrs Starkey and Miss Barr

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Chinese New Year

This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year. The boys enjoyed retelling the Chinese New Year story using masks and music to re-enact the swimming race with the 12 Chinese animals. They also created their own dragon dances using a dragon costume. During Expressive Arts and Design, the boys made some wonderful Chinese lanterns.

  

The ‘swimming race’:

During Maths we have been learning about measuring. The boys enjoyed measuring using weighing scales. They compared the weight of trainers against objects, giving reasons for why they thought they were heavier or lighter.

Using non-standard measurements, the boys measured height and length. They used their hands to measure their friends:

For the maths homework this week, please measure different members of your family lying on the floor using your hands (predict how many hands long you think they will be before measuring). Make sure the base of your hand is at the person’s heel. Be careful not to overlap your hands or leave gaps. Make sure your fingers reach the top of their head at the end. Have fun!

The Starboys for next week are as follows:

Monday: Chrisjan

Tuesday: Daniel

Wednesday: Drake

Thursday: Ethan

Friday: Harvey

The weekly challenge for next week is: Use a knife and fork

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Starkey and Miss Barr

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Snow and Ice

This week we were treated to more snow, resulting in lots of snowmen and huge snowballs!

In Understanding the World, the boys learnt how snow is made and we experimented with melting ice. ‘Evil Pea’, from the story ‘Supertato’ had being causing havoc in the Reception classrooms, freezing a dinosaur in ice! We explored how ice is formed and the best methods to rescue the dinosaur- heat! 

 

In Literacy, the boys wrote ‘Wanted Posters’ for ‘Evil Pea’. They also made Super Veg:

This week during maths we have combined addition and subtraction. The boys have been distinguishing between the + and – symbols. They enjoyed reading number sentences and correcting the incorrect answers.

The maths challenge this week is as follows:

Please complete the following, either using your fingers or objects to help you. Look carefully at the symbol as it might be ‘+’ or ‘-‘. You may need to put some numbers in your head and count on or back with your fingers. For an extra challenge, extend this to numbers beyond 20. Have fun!

3+4=

10-5=

5+2=

10+4=

8-3=

9-1=

12-2=

7+3=

Completing the ‘Been There Done It’ bronze award:

Chalk and Paint:

The weekly challenge for next week is:

‘Do up your zip’

The new theme for show and tell is ‘Superheroes’. For this, please bring in a picture of your favourite superhero and explain why they are your favourite superhero (This can be a famous superhero, or someone you know e.g Dad or Grandma). The starboys for next week are as follows:

Monday: Sebastian F (A picture from your Christmas holidays)

Tuesday: Sebastian S (A picture from your Christmas holidays)

Wednesday: Aarnav

Thursday: Albert

Friday: Blake

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Starkey and Miss Barr

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Let it snow…

We’ve had a fun week in Reception learning about Weather.

During Literacy and Understanding the World, we listened to the story ‘Noah’s Ark’. The boys loved watching the animals enter the ark and being safe from the flood. Their wonderful writing about Noah’s Ark will be displayed in class.

The boys were fascinated learning about rain and rainbows and how they are formed. They enjoyed painting their own rainbows. We also have a class ‘puddle’, which we are going to watch to see if it evaporates!

In Maths we have been learning about subtraction:

For the Maths homework activity, could you please use dice to subtract numbers. Throw two dice, start with the biggest numbers and subtract the smaller number. To extend this beyond 6, use one of your laminated number cards, roll the die and subtract using your fingers.

Here we are exploring the snow and going on a winter trail:

 

 

The starboys for next week are as follows:

Monday: Kailen

Tuesday:Kiaan

Wednesday: Nathaniel

Thursday: Noah

Friday: Reiss

The weekly challenge for next week is: Line up smartly and quietly with your hands by your side.

Have a super weekend!

Mrs Starkey and Miss Barr

 

 

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Superheroes and Weather

This week we have started our topics of ‘Superheroes’ and Weather’. The boys have been having lots of fun in the Superheroes’ Headquarters role play area.

During Literacy, we listened to the story ‘Superworm’. Using their sentence writing, the boys wrote their own scenarios or problems for Superworm to save the day. The boys also learnt about weather forecasts. They wrote and drew different types of weathers for their own weather forecasts.

During Expressive Arts and Design, the boys have been busy sewing tiny raindrops for a weather class display. Miss Barr and I were very impressed with their concentration and dexterity.

In Maths we have been writing addition number sentences. We helped ‘Muddles’ to correct his number sentences and to remember where to place + and =.

For the Maths homework this week could you please complete the following:

Choose a number between 0-10, 0-20 or higher. Roll a die and add this to your first number using your fingers. If the number will total more than 10, place the largest number in your head and count on with your fingers.

Enjoying our outside area:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Starboys for next week are as follows:

Monday: Harvey

Tuesday: Hugo K

Wednesday: Hugo S

Thursday: Jacob

Friday: Joseph

The weekly challenge is: Check your shoes are on the right feet

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Starkey and Miss Barr

 

 

 

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Happy New Year!

Welcome back and Happy New Year!

We hope you have all had a restful and enjoyable Christmas break. Once again, thank you very much for the generous and kind Christmas gifts.

The boys immediately settled back into routines, it’s as if they had never been away!

These last two days we have been discussing New Year celebrations. We each wrote three wishes and hopes for the New Year.

In Maths we have been learning about ‘Missing numbers’. The boys enjoyed spotting the missing numbers and writing them.

For the homework activity this week please fill in the following missing numbers:

 

_, 2, _, 4, _, _, 7, _, _, 10, _, 12, _, 14, _

18, 19, _, 21, _, _, 24, 25, _, 27, _, 29, _.

As a challenge you can extend this to finding missing numbers to 100.

 

 

The Starboys for next week are as follows:

Monday: Blake

Tuesday: Chrisjan

Wednesday: Daniel

Thursday: Drake

Friday: Ethan

The weekly challenge is: Sit smartly on your chair and tuck it under the table.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Starkey and Miss Barr

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Merry Christmas!

What a fantastic first term at School the boys have had. Lots of  friendships and progress has been made.

To end our term Pre Prep enjoyed a delicious Christmas lunch:

 

           

 

To celebrate a great first term, after their Christmas lunch the boys had a Christmas party involving ‘Pin the nose on Rudolph’, party food, Christmas crafts and dancing!

Musical statues

Musical statues

 

We hope you like the tree decorations:

 

The theme for Show and Tell next Term is ‘Christmas’. Please bring in a picture of your family at Christmas or during the Christmas holidays. The Star boys are as follows:

Thursday: Aarnav

Friday: Albert

The Weekly challenge will commence the week after.

Miss Barr and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

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Christmas play: ‘Click into Christmas’

The boys have had a busy week rehearsing for their Christmas play. All of their efforts paid off as they sat, stood, sang and performed brilliantly in front of a large audience! They should all be very proud of themselves. Please see photos of the boys looking fabulous below:

        

At the beginning of the week, the boys watched the short film, ‘The Snowman’. They use positional language to write about how the Snowman flew on his way to see Father Christmas.

This week the boys have been opening numbers on their class Advent calendar. They have enjoyed giving each other Advent chocolates:

During Maths we have continued to look at ‘more than’ and ‘less than’. Please repeat the homework activity from last week:

Could you please use your laminated number cards and find one more or one less than the numbers you choose. To extend this further you can find 2 more, 2 less and so on.

Next week the boys will be enjoying lots of Christmas activities.

There will be no Starboy or weekly challenge for next week.

We hope the boys have a restful and enjoyable weekend!

Mrs Starkey and Miss Barr

 

 

 

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Advent

This week the boys have learnt about the Christmas story and Advent. They sequenced the Christmas story and learnt about the birth of Jesus.

During phonics the boys have been excited to learn Digraphs (two letters that make one sound).

During Expressive Arts and Design we have been busy making Christmas arts and crafts. The boys are excited to take them home at the end of term:

During Mathematics we have been learning about ‘more’ and ‘less’:

For the maths homework activity, could you please use your laminated number cards and find one more or one less than the numbers you choose. To extend this further you can find 2 more, 2 less and so on.

Well done to RS for completing the weekly challenge by using their knife and fork to cut and eat their food:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The weekly challenge next week is  ‘Put your hand up on the carpet’. This has been repeated from before, giving the boys another chance to complete the challenge.

As we prepare for Christmas we will not be having any Starboys next week. Starboys will start again after Christmas.

Enjoy the fair!

Mrs Starkey and Miss Barr

 

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

This week our classroom has started to look ‘Christmassy’. Our role play area has changed into Santa’s workshop and we have been completing Christmas artwork and Christmas food decoration. During Literacy, we wrote letters to Father Christmas. The boys beautifully listed some items they are hoping to get. These have been sent to Father Christmas in the North Pole and we are hoping to receive a reply soon…

During phonics the boys have learnt about digraphs (two letters that make one sound). They have also been reading questions and answering them by writing either ‘yes’, or ‘no’:

This week in maths the boys have enjoyed some Christmas addition, adding presents together using Santa’s sack. They have been doing very well adding using their fingers and practising writing number sentences. We have also been looking at 2D shapes this week. The boys enjoyed playing the ‘Shape Feely Bag’ game, where they described the properties of the shapes to their friends telling them how many edges and corners the shapes have.

The maths homework activity this week is as follows:

Go on a shape hunt around your home or out and about. Please see if you can find the following shapes in real life and comment on the blog post if you find them and what they were:

Circle

Square

Rectangle

Triangle

Pentagon

Hexagon

Octagon

When you have found the shapes, count the corners and edges.

Good luck shape hunting!

 

The star boys for next week are as follows:

Monday: Nathaniel

Tuesday: Noah

Wednesday: Reiss

Thursday: Sebastian F

Friday: Sebastian S

 

The weekly challenge for next week is:

Use your knife and fork

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Starkey and Miss Barr