Another fabulous week of learning done and dusted!
We are nearing the finish line now and it is starting to show with children(and staff) getting tired, but I am sure we can all push on for an exciting couple of weeks in the run up to Christmas!
This week we have reached the end of our set one sound journey. Our final sound was 'nk' - I think I stink! One that the children found hilarious and therefore will hopefully remember! As a reward for completing our sounds, Seraphina had a certificate for everyone and a little party ensued!. Hopefully the children enjoyed sharing their certificates with you and we hope that you will continue practising and using these sounds at home on a regular basis as we move on over the next few weeks to really perfecting our cvc words using our Fred talk blending skills. This week we have been independently making and writing cvc words and for those not yet blending, the focus has been on identifying initial sounds and name writing. Please keep using the red word walls and sound mats on the class webpage under the section 'supporting your child at home in reception'.
Our topic work this week has centred around looking at the differences between what we do, see and hear during the night and day. The children enjoyed thinking about why we have night time - we found the UK on the globe and spun the globe to show that sometimes we are facing the sun and sometimes, we are facing away from it - light and dark! We considered how at this same time, somewhere else in the world is in darkness and it is therefore night time. We discussed the differences in day time and night time and thought about what activities we do during the day and that for us as we are not nocturnal, we are not very active at night time as we are fast asleep!
Mrs Grimes then told us about her friend Zog, who is from the planet Zogtoon. We decided that this planet probably wasn't like Earth and probably didn't have night and day as he asked us to tell him all about the differences. We created a class collage in groups so we could make it easier to explain to Zog. He could then go back and tell his friends on Planet Zogtoon. If you ask your child, they will be able to tell you all about why we have darkness and how the moon and the sun are different.
In our literacy work we read 'Day Monkey, Night Monkey,' a story about two friends, one monkey who is nocturnal and one that is active during the day. The book explores friendships and the fear of night time that some children have. Following on from our successful sustained thinking on Owl Babies last week, we posed the big question: 'Would you rather be a day monkey or a night monkey: which is more fun? Why?' The children really engaged with this class discussion and many children decided that they would prefer to be a day monkey as they are afraid of the dark and they wouldn't be able to see what they were doing. Others argued that like day monkey, they would discover that things just look different in the dark and that they would get to see lots of different animals to daytime and that as a monkey, it might be safer to sleep during the day to hide from predators.
It was a bit soggy in our PE session this week but we had fun making suns, moons and stars with all of the natural resources at our fingertips.
In our maths work this week we have moved on to number 10. We enjoyed singing the 10 green bottles song and used the interactive white board to add more bottles as Mrs Grimes is not always very careful at counting, so we had to work together to correct any mistakes. The children also took some maths investigation outside using fir cones to make sets equal to a given number and sets that were 1 less
Christmas is well underway in Plum class! We have all helped to decorate our classroom and our tree and we our looking forward to the grand opening of the Christmas post office next week - we will show you the results of this endeavour then!
Unfortunately our much anticipated trip to the post office to post our Santa letters was unable to take place due to the weather but fingers crossed we will make it there next week!