A sporty week!

Greetings Platypuses, 

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This week we have been getting ready for Sports Day, making cards to celebrate our dads or the other significant adults in our lives and learning yet more about dinosaurs! 

Exercise is fun and keeps us healthy. There are so many different kinds of exercise that you can do, so if you don’t like one just keep trying others and you’ll find the one for you! 

What is your favourite way to exercise

Can you tell your adult all the different ways you know how to stay healthy

Well done to everyone who took part in Sports Day and a big thank you to all the adults who were able to attend 🙂 

Next week we will be using a great resource on the Natural History Museum‘s website to see how the different dinosaurs moved and then we will have a go at moving just like them! 

If you would like to order a reusable spider bag painted by your child please let me know. We are making them for the Summer Enterprise Fair (Friday 28th June). 

I hope you have had a wonderful weekend full of exploring, reading, writing, sleeping, eating, singing, dancing, playing, talking, homework, Mathletics and of course…fun! 

It will be Red 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 tomorrow. 

Love, 

Miss Linsley x

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Digging up dinosaurs!

Greetings Platypuses! 

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What a fun week we have had! We have begun our dinosaurs topic which is rather a favourite of mine 🙂

Throughout the week we have started to learn more about dinosaurs and have of course been writing about them as well! We can’t go and visit dinosaurs because they are all gone forever…what is the word that means all of a kind of living thing is gone forever? (extinct)

Super word challenge: What is the name for someone who learns about and finds out about dinosaurs? (palaeontologist

What do we call the type of dinosaurs who eat plants? (herbivores) 

What do we call the type of dinosaurs who eat meat? (carnivores)

What do we call the type of dinosaurs who eat both plants and meat? (omnivores)

You may need to do some research to answer the following questions…

Can you name a dinosaur who was a herbivore? (Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Brachiosaurus)

Can you name a dinosaur who was a carnivore? (Tyrannosaurus rex, Velociraptor, Allosaurus) 

We haven’t learnt about many omnivores and actually there weren’t many; can you find out about any? 

This site has some great dinosaur learning clips on. We watched and discussed ‘Domination to extinction‘. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b014m55k/clips

Further information on dinosaurs: 

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/dinosaurs/anatomy/Diet.shtml

https://www.kids-dinosaurs.com/dinosaur-facts.html

https://www.kidsdinos.com

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/dinosaurs.html

Dinosaur games:

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/scienceforkids/dinosaurs/games.htm

http://pbskids.org/games/dinosaur/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/games/andys-dinosaur-adventures-game

https://www.kidsdinos.com/dinosaur-games/

http://www.fungooms.com/GampasLand/

Dinosaur songs playlist:

Can you explain what a fossil is?

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. 

On Friday it will be Sports Day! Please come to school in your proper school PE kit ready to get started! Adults if you would like to attend, help out and be a part of Sports Day then we would love to have you; please let one of the Reception team know  🙂 

I look forward to seeing you again on Monday! 🙂

Love,

Miss Linsley x

Goodbye minibeasts and hello dinosaurs!

Greetings Platypuses! 

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Last week we were extremely busy with lots of independent writing, using technology in different ways, developing our hockey skills and learning about pattern

When we come back to school after half-term we will start our Animals topic which begins with…dinosaurs! Dinosaurs are one of my favourite topics so I am very excited…I hope you are too! 

What do you already know about dinosaurs? What more can you find out

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

I hope you have a wonderful half-term 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 😦

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. 

Have a lovely half-term 🙂

Love,

Miss Linsley x

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

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

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