Goodbye Platypuses

Hello my little ones who are now rather tall, very grown up and ready for Year 1! 

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I hope you are having a lovely summer holiday so far. Well done for all your learning this past year, it has been so lovely to have you in my class and I’m very proud of all the progress you have made. You will have a great time in Year 1 with Mr Fielder and I will still see you all the time! 

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Over the course of the year we have talked lots about plastic pollution and how to care for our planet. The summer is a great time to think some more about what you use in your homes and what positive changes you could make to protect the earth

Watch the video below to see what a positive difference people can make! 

Perhaps you will be near somewhere which is doing a beach clean up and then you too could help clean up a beach. Sadly we don’t have turtles living in the wild in this country but there are lots of other creatures that would appreciate your help as well as the sea! 

https://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/events

https://allevents.in/mobile/amp-event.php?event_id=200017387024624

I’ll be going to the one in Brighton this Sunday 🙂 

Challenge: Here are some more videos about the environment that could stimulate discussions and conversations: 

It has been very hot this last week so we should also think about ways to cut down on water – we should of course always be trying not to waste water but in the heat it is especially important! For instance if you bring home water bottles that aren’t completely empty you could save the water rather than pouring it down the drain and use it to water your plants. 

What are the best ways to stay safe in the sun

Lastly, we have most recently been learning about the animals of the savannah, continue to develop your knowledge and enjoy the Tinga Tinga Tales with the videos below. 

I love the Christian the lion story! 

Hugs to all of you “my babies” 

Love,

Miss Linsley x

P.S. Thank you for all the lovely and very generous end of term cards and presents and for the food for the party – we had a great balance of delicious fruits and yummy not-so-healthy things! 

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Under the sea, oil spills and the lives of chickens

Greetings Platypuses,

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I hope you’ve had a fantastic weekend in the sunshine! 

This week we have started learning about under the sea. How many different sea creatures can you name? What do you know about them? Do you have a favourite sea creature? Why is that one your favourite? 

Earlier this year we spent quite some time learning about how plastic pollution is impacting our oceans and this week we learnt about another type of pollution that can happen…oil spills. We are reading the story Whale Magic in which an oil spill happens. What can you tell your adults about oil spills

In our P4C (Philosophy for Children) session this week we watched an RSPCA video about  the lives of caged hens and free-range hens, both of which provide eggs that we buy in the supermarkets and shops. Learning how terrible life is for hens who live in cages was quite upsetting. We then discussed ‘What can we do to change things for caged hens?’ – see the photos above for our ideas. Can you think of any more ideas? Can you as a family make a change? 

Remember on Friday it is our trip to Vauxhall City Farm! Please remember to bring in your permission slips and we do have space for one more adult to accompany us, so please let us know! 🙂 

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. 

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

The Storm Whale and plastic pollution

 Greetings and welcome back Platypuses!

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I hope you all enjoyed the break, you definitely seem fresh and full of energy for your new term of learning 🙂 It is lovely to be back with you. 

This week the whole school has been studying the same book ‘The Storm Whale‘. 

What happens in the story?

What would you do if you found  whale on a beach? 

What was your favourite part of the story? 

We have started an exciting special project all about plastic pollution in our oceans. We started with a 5 minute drawing exercise where Platypuses drew what they thought our oceans looked like; there were lots of wonderful pictures full of happy sea creatures and waves. We then watched some videos and looked at some pictures that showed us what some parts of our oceans and seas sadly look like…full of plastic.

What does plastic in the oceans do to the animals that live there? 

How does the animals eating plastic effect us (people)?

Talk with your adults and do some research (finding out), what can you do to reduce the amount of plastic going into our seas

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, I have sent home new elephant reminders with the updated day on. 

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 wonderful weekend full of exploring, reading, writing, sleeping, eating, singing, dancing, talking and of course don’t forget to comment on the blog!

Love,

Miss Linsley x