Rhyming words and estimating

Greetings Platypuses, 

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This week in literacy we shared the Julia Donaldson story Superworm, tried writing riddles for the first time and worked on our awareness of rhyme

Which of these words, rhyme?

dog, hill, log, frog, mud

cat, dog, sat, pin, mat, hat, sit, bat

Have you got any books with rhyming words in? 

In maths we have been learning about estimating. What does it mean to estimate an amount? (to make a sensible guess as to how many there are) 

Ask your adult to put out different amounts of objects and then challenge yourself to estimate the amounts

Please remember to bring PE shoes (plimsoles or trainers) for PE on Monday

I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of exploring, reading, writing, sleeping, eating, singing, dancing, playing, talking, homework, Mathletics and of course don’t forget to comment on the blog!

It will be Yellow Team‘s turn for Show and Tell on Tuesday. Please only bring in toys when it is your colour team’s turn for Show and Tell as they can easily get lost 😦

Please wear your PE kit on Monday and make sure all your belongings (school uniform, PE kit, book bag etc.) have your name in/on them. 

I am very impressed with the minibeast projects that you have brought in. It will take some time to have everyone present theirs so if you haven’t had a chance yet be patient…your time will come! 

I look forward to seeing you again on Monday! 🙂

Love,

Miss Linsley x

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Assembly week!

Greetings Platypuses! 

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This week we have been very busy rehearsing our assembly and you worked very hard. Well done for all your effort, Friday’s assembly was super! 

You can see a video of the assembly (kindly taken by Mr Fielder) on the ILD. If anyone needs a new login then please let me know and I can sort that out for you. 

Our P4C (Philosophy for Children) session this week centred on the question ‘Are dogs better than cats?’ I am impressed with how your reasoning skills are developing – you are able to give real reasons for your answers which is very grown up of you!

Well done again for all your super learning and effort this week little superstars! 

On Monday I look forward to seeing your minibeast projects.

Please also bring PE shoes (plimsoles or trainers) for PE on Monday

I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of exploring, reading, writing, sleeping, eating, singing, dancing, playing, talking, homework, Mathletics and of course don’t forget to comment on the blog!

It will be Blue Team‘s turn for Show and Tell on Tuesday. Please only bring in toys when it is your colour team’s turn for Show and Tell as they can easily get lost 😦

Please wear your PE kit on Monday and make sure all your belongings (school uniform, PE kit, book bag etc.) have your name in/on them. 

I look forward to seeing you again on Monday! 🙂

Love,

Miss Linsley x

Caterpillars, symmetry and telling the time

Greetings Platypuses! 

 

 

 

 

 

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This week our focus book has been The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Can you think of a describing word for some or all of the food below? Remember a describing word adds detail and helps whoever is reading our writing to better imagine what we are writing about. E.g. A juicy orange 

  • orange
  • apple
  • plum 
  • cake
  • lollipop 
  • ice cream
  • watermelon
  • a leaf 

In maths we have been learning to tell the time and exploring symmetry

Practise telling the time with your adult, can you tell the o’clocks? Next week we will be learning half past the hour. 

Where can you see symmetry around you? 

Platypuses had a fantastic time at our Maths Open Morning on Tuesday, thank you to all the adults who were able to attend.

I hope you are having  wonderful weekend full of exploring, reading, writing, sleeping, eating, singing, dancing, playing, talking, homework and of course don’t forget to comment on the blog and do some Mathletics!

On Friday it will be our first class assembly which I am very excited about!!! We have already started to learn a song (Tiny Caterpillar Song) and if you have a chance to practise the song the video is below. Platypus adults it would be great to see you there (a text will be sent out) 🙂 

It will be Green Team‘s turn for Show and Tell on Tuesday this week. 

I look forward to seeing you again on Tuesday! 🙂

Love,

Miss Linsley x

Minibeast mania begins!

Greetings Platypuses!

Welcome back! It has been so lovely to be back with all of you and to start our new topic…minibeasts

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Which minibeasts can you name?

What facts do you know about them?

Remember facts are things that we know are definitely true and have not been made up.

What minibeast facts would you like to learn next?

See what minibeasts you can create using the game below 🙂 

http://www.ictgames.com/minibeasts.html

Explore minibeasts further with CBeebies:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/mini-beast-adventure-with-jess

Here is our minibeast playlist

In maths we have been working hard on our doubling and halving and practising using numberlines and writing number sentences.

What is double 2? Double 3? Double 4? Double 5? Double 6? Double 7? Double 8? Double 9? Double 10?

If I halved a cake how many slices would each person have?

If I had 6 apples and I halved them how many would I get? 

On Tuesday the whole school has Maths Open Morning – we invite you to come and spend time with your child doing lots of super maths activities from 9-10am. We have lots of fun activities planned and would love to see as many Platypus adults there as possible 🙂 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of exploring, reading, writing, sleeping, eating, singing, dancing, playing, talking, homework, Mathletics and of course don’t forget to comment on the blog!

It will be Yellow Team‘s turn for Show and Tell on Tuesday. Please only bring in toys when it is your colour team’s turn for Show and Tell as they can easily get lost 😦

There is no homework this week.

Please wear your PE kit on Monday and make sure all your belongings (school uniform, PE kit, book bag etc.) have your name in/on them. 

I look forward to seeing you again on Monday! 🙂

Love,

Miss Linsley x

 

Easter!

Greetings Platypuses!

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I hope you’ve been enjoying the first few days of your holiday and especially anything Easter-themed if you celebrate it.

This week we finished our Space topic. Between me being away and it being the end of term so we were super busy doing things like making fabulous Easter baskets I find there is always more I wish we could have explored doing our Space topic! However there is always more learning that you can do at home 🙂

What do astronauts do? 

Do you know who the first man on the moon was? (Neil Armstrong)

Do you know which 2 animals were sent up into space before any people were sent up? (A monkey called Albert II and a dog called Laika) 

Do you know what job Neil Armstrong did before he became an astronaut? (He was a pilot) 

Which country was the USA competing against in a competition to get a man on the moon first? (Russia) 

Which planets can you name? (My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming Planets is the mnemonic I use to help me remember – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto – Pluto is a dwarf planet though) 

What facts do you know about the planets?

What orbits (goes around) what when it comes to these three things: Sun, Earth, Moon? 

(The Earth goes around the Sun and the Moon goes around Earth) 

The Moon: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zy89wmn

Bitesize Learning Clips are a fantastic resource for learning about the planets, why not watch a video a day? http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zdbbkqt/resources/1 

Here is our Easter playlist featuring my favourite video of the extremely cute and cheeky Hatchlings 🙂 

Now here is our Spring playlist – look out for more and more signs of Spring as the holiday progresses. 

To reinforce your religious Easter learning this playlist will help:

Our topic next term is minibeasts — what can you find out about them? 

I hope you are enjoying the beginning of your Easter break and have a fantastic 2 weeks of fun. Hopefully you will have the chance to go to the park, maybe visit some other places too, here are some suggestions…

(The places below are either free or only have a small charge attached)

Vauxhall City Farm https://vauxhallcityfarm.org

Oasis Nature Garden http://oasisplay.org.uk/come-and-play/nature-garden/

Roots and Shoots http://www.rootsandshoots.org.uk/environment 

The Natural History Museum http://www.nhm.ac.uk

The Science Museum http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

The V&A Museum of Childhood http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/home/

The British Museum http://www.britishmuseum.org

Parks! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/england/london/articles/best-london-parks-for-children/ – I am-particularly fond of St James’ Park because of the pelicans which I love 😀 

Events in Lambeth: https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/events?neighbourhood=All&categories=645&search-preset-date-ranges=all&dates%5Bmin%5D%5Bdate%5D=&dates%5Bmax%5D%5Bdate%5D=&title=&custom_date_range_drop_down_filter_last_value=all

(These activities will be more expensive)

Exciting Easter events around London: https://www.timeout.com/london/kids/activities/the-best-easter-activities-for-kids-in-london

Whatever you do I hope you have a fantastic time and I’d love to see some writing about what you have been up to! 

And just because they are so cute and they tie in with next term’s learning, here is the Hatchling and Worm video – they know how to be good friends :<3

Happy holidays! 

Have a wonderful time full of exploring, reading, writing, sleeping, eating, singing, dancing, playing, talking, homework, Mathletics and of course don’t forget to comment on the blog!

I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 23rd April!

Love,

Miss Linsley x

International Women’s Day

Greetings Platypuses, 

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This week in maths we have been learning about positional language and co-ordinates

Can you describe where 3 items in the room are using positional language?

E.g. The plant is next to the fruit bowl

This week also learnt about International Women’s Day. We were a few days late as I was away on actual International Women’s Day (Friday 8th March) but better late than never! In class we discussed the importance of treating everyone the same, as we are all equal. We talked about how women all over the world – even in our own country! – aren’t always treated equally and how we must do our part to make sure we make things better.

What does it mean to treat someone as an equal?

Can you think of a way someone might treat a woman or girl in a way that is not equal

Remember even if you are a boy this affects you too – don’t we all have the right to be treated equally? Wouldn’t the world be happier if we are all treated equally? Doesn’t your mum, grandma, sister or other important female adult deserve to be treated equally and with respect

Below is our International Women’s Day playlist. Watch the first video and talk about the questions it raises with your adults.

Watch the following video with the 2 children doing karate. What do you think of Eva? What do you think of Jude?

Watch the rest of the videos. Have you learnt something new? 

I hope all Platypus adults found Parents’ Afternoon/Evening helpful, thank you for coming 🙂 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of exploring, reading, writing, sleeping, eating, singing, dancing, playing, talking, homework, Mathletics and of course don’t forget to comment on the blog!

It will be Green Team‘s turn for Show and Tell on Tuesday. Please only bring in toys when it is your colour team’s turn for Show and Tell as they can easily get lost 😦

Homework is due in on Mondays

Please wear your PE kit on Monday and make sure all your belongings (school uniform, PE kit, book bag etc.) have your name in/on them. 

I look forward to seeing you again tomorrow! 🙂

Love,

Miss Linsley x

Ahoy there shipmates!

Arr me hearties! 

 

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Photos on the way 🙂 

This week we have been learning about pirates and doing lots of pirate writing! Our focus book is Pirates Love Underpants which is very funny. 

Can you tell your adult what happened in the story?

Which part did you like best?

If you were a pirate what kind of treasure would you like to find?     

In maths we have continued to learn about money. Ask your adult if you can look at some of their coins – which ones do you recognise?

How many 1ps do you need to make 3p?

What are two different ways to make 5p?

How could you make 12p? What about 15p? 

Thank you to all the adults who were able to come and enjoy World Book Day  with us. We had a great time with lots of stories shared and super costumes. Remember to keep sharing books everyday 🙂 

I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful weekend full of exploring, reading, writing, sleeping, eating, singing, dancing, playing, talking, homework, Mathletics and of course don’t forget to comment on the blog!

It will be Yellow Team‘s turn for Show and Tell on Tuesday. Please only bring in toys when it is your colour team’s turn for Show and Tell as they can easily get lost 😦

Homework is due in on Mondays

Please wear your PE kit on Monday and make sure all your belongings (school uniform, PE kit, book bag etc.) have your name in/on them. 

I look forward to seeing you again tomorrow! 🙂

Love,

Miss Linsley x