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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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

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

Starting our journey…

Greetings Platypuses! 

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It has been so lovely to be back with all of you and exciting to start our new topicJourneys! Talk to your adult about some of the journeys you have been on; what different describing words can you use to describe your journey?

Was your journey long? Short? Of medium length?

How did you travel?

Did you enjoy the way you traveled? (on foot/bus/train/car/aeroplane/bicycle/scooter etc.) 

What are the most environmentally friendly ways to travel

Can you describe some of the things you saw on your journey

In maths this week we have started to learn about money which is quite a challenging maths topic. If you have the opportunity to go shopping with your adults, especially for smaller items like fruit and vegetables, ask them about how much these things cost and talk about the coins you would use to pay for them.

You could also set up your very own shop at home and ask your family to come to your shop where you price the items as amounts such as 1p, 2p, 3p, 5p, 10, 12p, 15p and 20p. Happy shopping 🙂 

Next week we start the Pirates part of our Journeys topic which I know we are all very excited about! 

Here is our pirates playlist:

What do you already know about pirates

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 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 😦

We are still having too many toys brought to school and I will be confiscating them and only handing back to adults at the end of the day. Tennis balls are allowed for break times. 

Homework is due in on Mondays. Every two weeks the maths homework will be set via Mathletics (not in the blue folders) so make sure to check it 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. 

On Thursday it is World Book Day. Children are encouraged to come in dressed as their favourite book characters and it would be lovely if adults could join us for story sharing time at the beginning of the day (9-9.30). 

I look forward to seeing you again on Monday! 🙂

Love,

Miss Linsley x

Cinderella and Chinye

Greetings Platypuses!

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This week Cinderella visited! You helped her find her shoe and she introduced us to the story of Chinye which is a traditional tale from West Africa which is similar to the Cinderella tale. We discussed similarities and differences between the two stories and later on in our writing, wrote about them. 

Can you tell your adult one difference and one similarity between the story of Cinderella and the story of Chinye?

What was your favourite part in one of the stories?

Which story did you prefer (like more) and why

We have continued to work to master taking away and are becoming very good at it!

Traditional Tales has been such an enjoyable topic that has inspired us in all areas of our learning. Next term we move onto a new topic – Journeys – but do continue to explore traditional tales and talk about them. Remember the stories themselves are only the starting point, you can use your imagination to change them and make your own version or to inspire an entirely new adventure! Does the wolf always have to be bad? Can’t a princess rescue herself? Is a witch always evil? 

Happy half-term! 🙂

Have a wonderful holiday 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 😦 

Homework is due in on Mondays…so remember it on our first day back

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 in a week! 🙂

Love,

Miss Linsley x

The Magic Paintbrush and E-safety

Greetings Platypuses,

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We have heard two different versions of The Magic Paintbrush. One was read to you and one we watched – which one did you prefer (like more) and why? Can you remember some of the differences (some things that were different/not the same) and some of the similarities (things that were the same/very alike)? 

An important focus for us this week has been e-safety as it was Safer Internet Day on Tuesday. E-safety is all about staying safe on the internet. Talk to your adult about what you learnt this week and remember to always ask them if you aren’t sure about something.

In maths we have been learning all about shapes, especially 3D shapes.

Can you identify some 3D shapes around you right now? (a box is a cuboid, a can/tin is a cylinder, a ball is a sphere etc.) 

We have also been learning about Chinese New Year and had such fun making Chinese lanterns! We learnt about the Zodiac story and saw how people celebrate Chinese New Year. On the playlist below you will be able to learn some more about the celebrations and also watch some Chinese New Year folk tales.

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 hope you enjoy a wonderful weekend full of exploring, reading, writing, sleeping, eating, singing, dancing, homework, talking and of course don’t forget to comment on the blog! Oooh do some mathletics too! 

Love,

Miss Linsley x