Look what we've been learning!
Week ending 14th June
This week our learning about jungle animals has got well under way! We sang along to a story called ‘Walking Through the Jungle’ and we thought about which wow words we could use to describe how different animals look and how they move. We then played guess my animal and took turns asking and answering questions.
In phonics we have continued to practice putting all our known sounds and tricky troll words into action with our reading and writing.
Week ending 8th June
This week saw the final week of our much enjoyed Dinosaur topic. We spent some time writing lists and planning for a dinosaur adventure. We then completed our topic with an exciting visit to the Knebworth Dinosaur Park!
In Maths we explored doubling and halving numbers and groups of objects.
In Phonics we are practicing using and applying our sounds to read longer words and sentences. We are continuing to learn how to read all of our Phase 4 tricky words and spell some of the Phase 3 tricky words as well.
Headteachers award- Whole class for our first trip!
Week ending 17th May
This week we have created posters to share our learning including why we think dinosaurs became extinct.
We have continued our exploring subtraction and recording number sentences.
In phonics we have introduced some more tricky words to read ‘do’ ‘ when’ ‘out’ ‘ what’.
We have practised spelling some tricky words ready to use in our own writing.
Headteacher award- Amelia
Sports award- Ruby
Week ending 10th May
This week we have continued our exploration into dinosaur land! We have been writing letters to dinosaurs and exploring subtracting with counting backwards and finding less than a number.
In phonics we have added four more tricky words to our growing collection ‘were’ ‘there’ ‘little’ ‘one’. We are continuing to apply our known sounds to reading longer words and sentences.
Headteacher award -Toby
Sports award- Jessica
Week ending 3rd May
We love dinosaurs! Puffin class have been exploring dinosaur stories and texts. We have been using our topic across our learning and our dinosaurs have even been helping us with our addition in Maths!
This week we have continued to practise applying our sounds to reading and writing. We have learnt 4 new tricky troll words, ‘some’, ‘come’, ‘have’ and ‘ like’ and we have begun to practise spelling some tricky words such as ‘was’ and ‘you’.
Headteachers award- Ralph
Sports award- Molly
Week ending 26th April
We have launched into our new topic; all about dinosaurs! We have already dug for dinosaur bones and begun to find out information and ask questions as part of our exciting learning adventure for this half term.
This week we began Phase 4 in our Phonics. We are now practising applying our sounds to reading and writing a wider range of words. We learnt some new tricky troll words; ‘said’ and ‘so’.
Headteacher award- Lewis
Sports award- Luca
Week ending 29th March
This week we had a video message from Farmer Tom, he needed our help to know what jobs to do and which animals to keep on his farm. We also read and were inspired to do our own writing from the story ‘Farmer Duck’ . In phonics we have continued to revisit our sounds from Phase 3 and we have discovered two more tricky words ‘are’ and ‘was’.
We have been completing lots of challenges in Math using our number and measuring skills to solve problems.
Headteacher award- Jessica
Sports award- Jacob
Week ending 22nd March
This week we had our final week of our Pirates topic. We all wrote a shared adventure story, which is in our class if you would like to read it? We also wrote messages in a bottle and in Maths we explored problem solving with number and weighing.
In phonics we are revising all of our Phase 3 sounds and learning our new tricky word, ‘her’.
We finished our Pirates topic with a dress up day, we walked the plank to start the day and had an action packed day of activities!
Sports award- Declan
Week ending 15th March
This week we have continued our reading, writing and creative learning through our pirates topic. We found out our pirate names and created artwork to accompany it. We explored our 3d shapes, naming, describing and creating with them. In phonics we explored some new sounds ‘ure’ and 'er' and the tricky troll word ‘all’. We rounded off another busy week with our Comic Relief fun run.
Headteachers award- Gregory
Sports award-The whole of Puffin class
Week ending 8th March
We have been having fun with all our different learning opportunities through our Pirates topic. These have included rhyming words, pirate ship artwork and a pirate obstacle course! In Maths we have continued our describing and naming 2d and 3d shapes. In phonics this week we learnt the new tricky troll word ‘they’ and practised the sounds ‘ow’ ‘oi’ ‘ear’ and ‘air’.
Headteacher award- Oscar
Sports award- Isobel
Week ending 1st March
This week we were very excited to discover a pirate had visited our classroom! We have begun a new topic exploring the book ‘Pirate Pete’ and deciding what treasure we would like to find.
In Maths we have been naming and describing 2D shapes and in phonics we have been practising the new tricky troll word ‘you’ and the digraphs ‘oo’ ‘ar’ ‘or’ and ‘ur’
Headteacher award- Emily
Sports award- McKenzie
As we near the end of this half term, we have been learning all about Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated. We have made our own lanterns and money wallets. In Nature detectives we made our own lucky blossom branches. We even took on the challenge to build our own (mini) models of the Great Wall of China! In maths we have explored accurate counting and calculations including some adding and subtracting.
We have been reviewing and revisiting our Phase 3 digraphs and trigraphs and tricky words, including, he, she, be, we, me and my.
Headteachers award – Lily
Sports award - Toby
Week ending 1st February
This week we have been exploring Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have created story maps, written letters and even created wanted posters for Goldilocks!
In Maths we have been practising our money skills and we have explored capacity and measure to see which bowl contains the most porridge for the three bears.
In Phonics we have been practising using the digraphs ‘oo’ ‘ai‘ ‘igh’ ‘oa’ ‘ee’
Headteacher award - Luca
Sports award- Caia
Week ending 25th January
This week has been another busy week. We have based our learning around the traditional story ‘The Elves and the Shoemakers’. This has given us the opportunity to write to the elves, print and collage as well as create 3d shoes. We have continued our work on measures and begun exploring money with a shoe shop.
This week in phonics we have focused on the sounds ‘oa’ and ‘oo’ and we have learnt a new tricky troll word ‘my’.
Head teacher award- Sebastian
Writer of the week-Isobel
Week ending 11th January
This week we have been busy continuing our learning about traditional stories. We revisited Jack and the Beanstalk as well as exploring other versions of this story, we received a letter from a giant and learnt how to grow a beanstalk from a cat called Jasper. We were inspired to plant our own beans and we are now looking after them and hoping they will grow. In maths we continued the theme with measuring beanstalks and caterpillars and we made a tricky obstacle course for a giant in the woods.
Our phonic focus this week has been ‘ai ‘ ‘ ee’ ‘ igh’
Headteacher award- Abbigail
Sport award- Taylor
Weeks ending 14th and 19th December
What a busy time we have had in the build up to Christmas.
We have had a trip to our local church to see the Meldreth Christmas Tree festival. We have amazed our families with our singing and performances for our own Nativity; celebrating Christmas around the world. We have enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner and we were lucky to be able to watch a magical show by Widdershins.
In Literacy we have read Christmas themed stories and practised our writing skills with Christmas cards and crafts and a challenge to write a Christmas wish. In Phonics we have been revisiting our phonic sounds learnt so far and applying them with lots of fun phonic games including buried treasure and our favourite phonic bingo.
In Maths we have explored capacity using different sized Christmas stockings and explored the names of 3D shapes as we put some presents under our class Christmas tree.
We also said a sad goodbye to our TA Mrs Jameson, we wish her lots of happiness as she embarks on some travel in the new year. We welcome Miss Jackson who already works in our classroom as our new TA.
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas!
Sports Award: Gregory
Week beginning 24th September
This week we started our Yummy Scrummy topic. We read, enjoyed and explored the story of The Little Red Hen and The Little Red Hen Makes Pizza. We even made our own flatbreads.
In maths, we recognised different 2D shapes (rectangle, square, circle, triangle, etc) and we practised our counting skills and finding the matching numeral.
Our phonics journey has started. We love the Storytime Phonics Fairy. Last week she introduced us to the sounds s, a, t and p. Please ask us to show you the actions, we would be delighted to. Thank you to everybody who joined us for our Reading and Phonics information session.
On Friday we went to our first celebration assembly. Congratulations to the following children who received an award.
Headteacher award - Toby
Sport award - Curtis
Writer of the week - Emily
Don’t forget that Nature Detectives starts on Tuesday 2nd October.
Week beginning 17th September
What a busy week we had. We are still getting to know new routines, school rules and the names of the other children in Puffin Class. We have enjoyed using different resources in the classroom and staying for school lunches and playtime with the whole school. Well done to all of the children who come into the classroom independently in the morning.
We have enjoyed looking at different patterns and creating our own. We read and enjoyed Pants and My Mum and Dad make me laugh. On Friday, we had a lovely tea party with Swift and Wren class. We enjoyed tasting the goodies that they made for us! Next week we will be starting phonics and our new topic.