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

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

A visit from a giant!

Greetings Platypuses!

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This week began in a very exciting manner – we came in to find lots of chairs knocked over and flour all over the floor; a giant had been in our classroom! He left us a note saying we had to grow beanstalks for him or else he would grind our bones to make his bread! 

So we have been very busy this week planting beans and writing instructions for how to plant them. Hopefully next week they will have grown a little bit 🙂 

What does a plant need to grow? Listen to the songs below if you need a reminder. 

Can you retell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk to your adult? 

What were the 3 things Jack took from the giant? 

We had a great Big Talk session where we discussed different reasons why you could say Jack was a bad person and different reasons why you could say Jack was a good person. In the end most people thought Jack was a bit in-between – he had done both good and bad things. 

What do you think? 

Can you give two reasons why you think this? 

In maths we have been learning to measure things. If you have a ruler or blocks at home challenge yourself to measure 3 things. Which is the tallest? Which is the shortest? Which is medium sized? Can you put them in order

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

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 Wednesday we are having a Rights Respecting Open Morning and it would be wonderful to have lots of Platypus adults there! 9-10am. 

Have 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!

Love,

Miss Linsley x

A cold week!

Greetings Platypuses,

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It has been a very cold week but we have carried on with our super learning. There has been lots of good progress in our maths and writing but this week we have been really concentrating on staying green. We have changed over from pegs to a very snazzy Good To Be Green chart with cards and by Friday we had managed a full day when nobody was on white! A fantastic achievement, let’s keep that going next week! 

This week’s book was ‘Someone Bigger‘, all about a kite that lifts people and animals off the ground…’This kite needs someone bigger!‘ In the end who was it who could keep the kite from lifting everyone off the ground? (The little boy) 

In our writing we have been learning to write instructions, such as instructions for how to make a kite and the order in which to dress a teddy bear. We have been using time sequencing words such as ‘First‘ ‘Next‘ and ‘Then‘. 

In maths we have been learning about more and less and tallying. Both are great to practise at home.

Gather two types of your favourite toys – such as cars and dolls – which one do you have more of? Which one do you have less of?

Can you make a tally chart showing different colours and then ask family members, friends or cuddly toys which their favourite is?

Which colour has the most?

Which has the least? 

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. 

Remember homework is due in on Tuesday

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

Love,

Miss Linsley x

Big Rain Coming + Anti-bullying Week 

Greetings Platypuses,

What an exciting week we had with storms and floods and storm shelters! 

What is a flood?

We spent time doing independent writing and challenge writing in our shelter from the rain and wrote instructions on how to get ready for wet weather and how to build a shelter. We also began to learn about the story of Noah – you can watch some different versions of it on the playlist below and sing the great counting song as well. 

This week we have been talking about bullying and what to do if someone starts to bully us or someone we know. We decorated outlines of hands and wrote the names of people we would talk to on them. 

You have the right to be protected from being hurt or mistreated, in body or mind – Article 19, Rights of a Child.

Watch the videos below and talk about them with your adults and other family members.

In maths we have been learning about capacity. What can you say about the capacity of different containers in your home? 

Thank you everyone for your contributions on Monday. 

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. 

Remember homework is due in on Tuesday

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

Love,

Miss Linsley x