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

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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

When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears…

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This week we have been focusing on the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

The playlist above has several different versions of the story of Goldilocks, which one do you like best?

Why?

Are there any differences between them? 

What can we learn from this Traditional Tale?

Can you think of another Traditional Tale we could learn something from? 

Well done for another super week of learning and an overall much Greener week as well; let’s aim for even more Green-ness next week! 

In maths this week we have been learning about ordering by size

Can you order 3 objects in your home from biggest to smallest?

Now what about 5?

What mathematical language will you use to to describe their different sizes? 

Next week we will be learning about Chinese New Year as it is on Tuesday. It will be the Year of the Pig! Our book for next week is The Magic Paintbrush, we have already watched one version of it and next week will read a different version of it.

Can you explain what a ‘version‘ or ‘different version‘ of a story is? 

If you’d like to learn about Chinese New Year before next week then check out the playlist below 🙂 

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 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 and try out mathletics too! 

Love,

Miss Linsley x

Who is afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Greetings Platypuses, 

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This week began with with a growl when the Big Bad Wolf visited the class! Thankfully nobody was gobbled up (even though he said we looked delicious – yikes!) and then he ran off so he wouldn’t be captured because he didn’t want anything like burning his bottom in a pot of boiling water to happen to him again! 

Can you retell the story of The Three Little Pigs?

Which house was built first? Next? Last?

Why couldn’t the Big Bad Wolf blow the brick house down? 

If you were writing your own story about the Big Bad Wolf or the Three Little Pigs what would happen in it? What would you change from the version of the story we know? 

In maths we have been learning to take away (subtract). Can you complete the number sentences below? 

2 – 1 =

4 – 1 =

6 – 2 =

10 – 3 = 

We were very lucky to have a visit from author and illustrator Petr Horacek on Friday. We had a wonderful time watching him draw some of his characters and tell us about his stories and his writing. here are some more of his stories to enjoy: 

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 😦 If you are in Blue Team and didn’t get a chance to do Show and Tell last week then you will have your turn this week too. 

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. 

Thank you so much to all the adults who joined us for our Rights Respecting Open Morning on Wednesday, we hope you enjoyed yourselves 🙂 

I hope you have enjoyed 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 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

Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays!

Season’s greetings Platypuses!

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I hope you are enjoying the start of your holidays and if you will be celebrating over the holidays then I wish you a very Merry Christmas! If not, I wish you very happy holidays!

Well done for all your hard work this term, we’ve learnt a lot and had a lot of fun too!

This term our main topics have been the weather and different festivals /celebrations including Diwali and Christmas. Next term our topic will be Traditional TalesA traditional tale is a story that has been told and re-told for many years, and as a result, becomes a story that almost everyone knows. Traditional tales are also referred to as fairy stories or fairy tales.

Which traditional tales do you already know? Do you have a favourite? If so why is that one your favourite? Could you read some more over the holidays? 

Here is our Traditional Tales playlist. There are a variety of traditional tales on here from different parts of the world

It will be Yellow Team‘s turn for Show and Tell on the first Tuesday of term. 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 now due in on Mondays so please bring it in on the 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. 

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

I’ll miss you! See you in two weeks little munchkins! 

Love,

Miss Linsley x