This term we have changed our guided reading activities to better suit the children's needs, so our activities are handwriting, a role play area (this term it is a bakery), prayer writing and guided reading. In guided reading this week one group have been making ring boxes, based on the book we have just read.
Last week we introduced the children to the story Kipper's Birthday by Mick Inkpen. This week the children are innovating their own stories, based on the story of Kipper's Birthday. We have changed the class story together from Kipper the dog to a rabbit called Miffy. They have chosen an animal to base their story on and are making their own story maps. Then they will start to write the story out in words.
In maths we are trying hard to work on our numberbonds. We are teaching the children to find all the ways possible to make, say 6 or 8, using a system! The secret is to use double sided counters and to start off with 0 (0+6=6, 1+5=6, 2+4=6, 3+3=6, 4+2=6, 5+1= 6, 6+0-6). They know then (in theory!) that they have covered every option.
Our Topic work this week has been to understand the importance of "Remembrance Day". The children created their own poppy to add to our class display and why the poppy is so symbolic. We observed a two minute silence in the classroom, all the children showed great respect.
The children are still really enjoying our Friday afternoon trips to the library. Thank you parents for making sure the books are returned on time ready for the next visit.
In English we have innovated the story of "Kipper's Birthday" and have begun writing our own version. I was super impressed at how hard the children were working on their handwriting and letter size today, it was lovely to hear some of the children re-reading their sentences which is so important when writing. Well done Hazels!