Another busy week for us in plum class and it's been a lovely one as we've continued to spend more time outside. Please can I ask that everyone brings a sun hat and sun cream to keep in school.
This week in our topic work we have built on our previous learning and have been sorting and classifying insects and minibeasts. We've looked carefully at their features and thought about ways to organise them. For example, wings and no wings. Or legs and no legs. We made lots of different comparisons and thought about why these features are important to these insects/minibeasts. 
We've also been back outside in the garden this week hunting for insects and making mini beast homes. We've also had lots of fun planting flowers, strawberries and broad beans. We have all had a go at being busy gardeners and have applied our learning from previous week's by making sure to water them all. Next week we look forward to planting more produce!
In our RWI sessions this week we have spent time assessing the children's independent writing. It is so fantastic to see the level of progress made across the year. Now we know more about their ability independently, we can really target our learning next half term to ensure they are continuing to make progress and to prepare them for year one.
Likewise, in maths, we have been assessing the children's understanding within 10. The children have also made super progress in maths and we now know how to support each individual further. The main area of work we will continue with is composition of numbers within 10.
In PE, the children were very excited to practise their climbing on the jungle gym. It was great to see such confident climbers and well done to all of the children for following our rules to keep everyone safe when climbing.
In our Charanga session we listened and responded to Superstition by Stevie Wonder. We liked the upbeat tempo of the song, we played some rhythm games and enjoyed singing and doing some actions to The Wheels on the Bus and Baa Baa Black Sheep. We also played the glocks very well to The Big Bear Funk. We got so very funky!
The children may have also told you about some surprise visitors on Friday- chicks! Mrs Murdy kindly brought in some chicks to see us in Plum class. The children spent all of Friday learning about the life cycle of a chick, doing some observational drawing, some creative writing, making their own moveable paper chicks and we even got to feel them. The children said "they are so fluffy", "they are so soft". The children were brilliant at being so careful and gentle and they took a real responsibility for taking care of them. Well done Plums!
Have a lovely weekend everyone- Miss Freeman