Blog and homework for week commencing 5th of October

Hello everyone and welcome to this week's blog and homework overview.
I hope everyone is continuing to stay well. We have certainly had a good run of attendance in Willow Class since starting back to school so long may it last! It has been another busy week for all of us. In maths, we recapped on adding and subtracting using the place value of 2-digit numbers and moved onto 3-digits. The children have corrected spellings in their 'All About Me' piece of writing using their dictionary skills and we have learned all about our teeth and where they are placed in our mouths as part of science. We have also set up a 'false teeth' experiment where we will be observing the effects of different drinks on our teeth. The children have already made their predictions on this so the end result will be egg-citing! Your children will enlighten you on the awful joke. Body percussion with Annelise is continuing to prove popular. I will put some photos up of your children in action next week. In the meantime, above are some photos of the fun your children had in multi-skills and as a separate page, you can see some of our Eiffel Tower photos which we constructed as part of European Language Day.
Our class reading groups have been up and running for the last couple of weeks. Your child reads as part of their Guided Reading Group each week, either with Liz Tears or myself. Your child's book is also changed at this time. Your child also has access to the books from our class book shelf. In addition to their reading sessions, the children independently read their Guided Reading Books regularly throughout the week. Liz and I are also beginning to read one to one with children as well.
Reading takes many forms in class through out the week. Each week, Mr Carr oversees a reading comprehension with the class and children need to read carefully and show their understanding when reading in Big Maths sessions and completing their Schofield and Sims booklets too.
Even though your child's reading books are not being sent home for now, could you please ensure that you read with your child on a regular basis. If you have any trouble accessing books at home please let us know. Your support with this is much appreciated. Below is a message I shared with my previous Willow Class children through school closure.
Reading is such an important life skill so it's crucial to set some time aside in your day to enjoy reading; whether it be by yourself, with an adult, your dog or even reading to a favourite cuddly toy! Reading can take so many forms - magazines, comics, newspapers, recipes, stories, non-fiction books... the list could go on! Listening to stories can be great fun too. I've been listening to more stories on 'Elevenses with the World of David Walliams'. As well as building up reading fluency, reading can help us learn more about the world we live in, stories take us to different places and imaginary worlds and what’s more...reading makes you an even better writer!
Congratulations to those who are practising spellings on Spelling Frame. Those points are building up so keep up the good work!
I have not yet shared our Stars of the Week with you so far this half term. So far, Jessie Ha, Reuben Herbst and Isla Lockett have received certificates. Well done to you all. Everyone will get a certificate at different points throughout the year. This week's star will be announced in class on Monday so look out for that in the blog next week.
Please log on to Spelling Frame to practise your weekly spellings:
Willow 1 Willow 2 Willow 3
dot boil after
fin coin could
kit foil eye
sat join hour
six joint improve
  noisy move
  oil plant
  point prove
  soil should
  spoil sure
This week's homework is once again set on 'Busy Things' In 'My Assignments', the children will find a 'Place Value Quiz' which will put into practice just some of the learning on Place Value so far. Once complete, submit the quiz for me to see.
TTRS Battle of the Bands
Willow and Chestnut are going head to head in a Battle of the Bands session. Get on to Times Tables Rockstars this week, go to 'Tournaments' and then start answering those multiplication questions to build up points and knock the socks of those cheeky chestnuts. Let battle commence!
Take care everyone and have a good week,
Mrs Smith