Welcome to Cub's Class!
Mrs Morris teaches the Cubs. Miss O'Brien is the teaching assistant in Foundation 2.
We are really excited to welcome your children to our class and we have lots of fun things planned for them.
PE is on a Tuesday
Please bring reading book bags to school every day.
This week we have focused on the danger that plastic pollution poses to our oceans and marine life. We have discussed how we can help by reducing, reusing and recycling our plastic. We created our own posters to spread the message. We have been environmentalists monitoring the pollution in our own 'ocean'. We have painted on clingfilm and used plastic bags and bottle tops to create fish, turtles and jellyfish. In numeracy we have been sharing objects in half and a given number of fish equally between rock pools. For example 12 fish shared equally into 2 rock pools, then 3 rock pools and then 4 rock pools.
We have had a really busy week too! It all started with wheelchair basket ball. It was great fun and we all showed great skill. We have had a transition visit to experience Year 1. We also participated in a multi-sports event at Lowdham Primary School with Reception children from other schools.
This week we learnt lots of facts about sharks. There are different species of sharks and we compared the similarities and differences between a Great White Shark and a Whale Shark. We labelled the parts of a shark and wrote some facts in our literacy books. We painted some sharks using different shades of blue and grey. We followed instructions to draw a shark and then drew some independently. e made sharks by folding a circle in half and adding the features. We also created fearsome sharks using some newspaper. In numeracy we focused on doubling numbers and wrote the corresponding number sentences.
This week we learnt about ocean habitats. We learnt that there are different ocean zones and that different species of marine life live in each different zone. We wrote about the ocean habitats in our literacy books. We were Super Scientists and made waves in a bottle as well as the ocean layers using different liquids. We mixed different shades of blue to represent the different zones and made waves to represent the surface of the ocean. In numeracy we continued our learning about subtraction. We recorded and solved some subtraction number sentences.
This week we have identified the five oceans of the world and learnt some facts about each one of them. We wrote about the oceans in our literacy books. We have also learnt that that there are different zones of the ocean and that it gets darker the further down you go. Different animals live in the different zones. We have been Super Scientists and learnt that the sea is salty and made our own salt water by dissolving salt in to some fresh water. We investigated what happened to an egg when it was put in salt water compared to fresh water. We discovered that the egg floated in the salt water because of density. We investigated other objects too. We made jellyfish and did some marble rolling which looked like the waves of the sea. In maths we have been learning all about subtraction and recording and solving subtraction number sentences.
This week we have really enjoyed learning lots of facts all about the Queen to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee including watching the coronation and learning about the crown jewels. We wrote facts about the Queen independently. We painted portraits of the Queen and made flags and bunting. We completed our model of Buckingham Palace with the Foals which we started last week. It is the centrepiece for a display created by Miss O'Brien. We celebrated the Platinum Jubilee with the rest of school by wearing red, white and blue and enjoying a picnic at lunchtime! What a great memorable week.
This week we have been learning facts about Buckingham Palace. We looked at and discussed both the exterior and interior. We wrote some facts in our literacy books. We also located it on Google Earth. We also learnt about the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace including the poem by A. A. Milne called Buckingham Palace. We thoroughly enjoyed listening to a version by Petula Clark. We used our observational skills to draw Buckingham Palace and began making model of it which we will complete next week. We polished the 'Queen’s silver' as well as creating Guardsmen using fingerprints and lollipop sticks. In numeracy we continued to use counting on to help us to solve addition number sentences.
In contrast to last week, this week we have been learning about houses in the Arctic. We focussed particularly on igloos and log cabins. We learned how igloos are built and what they are like inside. We also learnt that both igloos and log cabins are warm inside because the materials that they are built with are good insulators. In literacy we wrote facts about igloos. To conclude our week we had a discussion about whether we would prefer to live in an igloo or an African mud hut and why. Then we had a vote and the preferred living accommodation in the Cubs was an igloo! In numeracy we learnt about counting on and how to use a number line to solve addition number sentences by counting on.
We created igloos in lots of different ways. Mrs. Morris helped us to draw an igloo step by step and then we had go independently. We cut out a dome shape for an igloo and then printed snow blocks onto it. We even made igloos from paper bowls and sugar cubes! We created log cabins by cutting strips of brown paper and arranging them horizontally. We also painted horizontal lines to create a log cabin. We continued creating log cabins and igloos using the construction too!
This week we have been learning all about round houses in rural Africa. We talked about how they are different to our houses, how they are constructed and what they are like inside. We read the story 'Handa's Noisy Night' and wrote some facts about mud huts in our literacy books. We researched Africa by locating it on the globe and in an atlas as well as learning about the landscape, climate, some of its famous landmarks and animals. We made our own mud huts and created the sun using paint, clingfilm and cotton buds! In numeracy we focussed on 2D and 3D shapes using our spatial awareness to recreate different arrangements of cubes and construction materials outside.
This week we have been discussing and writing about our own houses. We learnt about different types of houses such as detached, semi-detached, terraced, bungalows and flats. We used this information to determine which type of house our own houses are. We learnt about different materials which houses are built from and how they are constructed. We printed brick patterns and used them to create our own houses. We also made our own houses by cutting out a house shape and then folding the paper. We then drew the inside of our house and our families. In maths we have investigated the composition of numbers. We explored how each 'teen number' is composed of one full ten and a number of 'ones'. We related this to how each number is written. We also identified patterns on the 100 square. We counted in tens using the Numicon and grouped cubes into tens to find how many altogether.
We went to see the chicks this week. We thoroughly enjoyed holding them and we noticed how they had grown and changed. However, they returned to the farm on Friday to be with all their friends.
This week we have been learning about the story of George and the Dragon. George lived long ago. He defeated a dragon and became the patron saint of England which is celebrated on St George's Day. In literacy we wrote about St George. We also learnt that we live in England which is a country in the United Kingdom. We learnt some facts about England such as the national flag is white with a red cross, the national flower of England is a red rose and that tea is considered to be a traditional English drink. We investigated what happened when we put a tea bag into water and learnt the rhyme 'Polly put the kettle on'.
In maths we investigated how to determine whether a number is odd or even. We used houses, Numicon plates and cubes. We also identified the odd and even numbers on a number line and noticed that they alternated. We recreated the dragon's fire using shaving foam and red and yellow paint on the table. We have also made split pin knights and painted St George and the dragon. We celebrated St George's Day by making our own bunting and eating scones with jam and cream.
We were also very excited when some living eggs arrived at school in an incubator. We have been fascinated to see them hatch into chicks! We will continue to watch them grow over the next few weeks.
In addition the All Stars came to school to teach us some football skills.
This week we have been talking about our mums and how they are special to us. This helped us with our writing in our literacy books this week. Miss O'Brien helped us to make some amazing cards by using celery to print roses! Then we wrote in them with our best handwriting. We have also talked about the traditional tales that we have read over the last few weeks. We had a vote to find out which was our most popular traditional tale. The Gingerbread Man received the most votes! In numeracy we were recalling number bonds to 10, saying and recording the addition number sentences. Mrs. Morris performed some magic using a dice. When we rolled the dice Mrs. Morris was able to say which number was hidden underneath each time. We worked out that opposite numbers on a dice total 7. So for example if 5 was on the top 2 must be underneath. We have also made paper flowers, folded over the petals and investigated what happens when they were put into some water. In addition we have been engaged in some great learning outside in the lovely Spring sunshine. We have used our imaginations to create with the building materials and have enjoyed having the water out once again and using it to make 'lemonade'.
This week we have been amazing artists! We have been inspired by an African artist called Lubaina Himid. She uses a variety of different media and creates patterns as part of her artwork. We discussed the patterns we could see and used our sketchbooks this week to create our own patterns and experiment with different media such as soft pastels, oil pastels, wax crayons and a fine black felt tip pen. We then used our ideas to create a background for a portrait of Marcus Rashford or Nicola Adams. We combined media for our portrait which included ripping tissue paper the right size and shape to fit into an outline. It was a tricky challenge! We are very proud of our finished pieces of artwork! We also had an African drummer who visited school. We participated in two interactive assemblies and also had an opportunity to have a go at drumming ourselves. It was incredible and we thoroughly enjoyed it! We have also created our own artwork this week by using a pipette to drip the primary colours onto different types of of paper. We talked about how the paint reacted on each different type of paper and the colours we were able to create. We have also copied patterns, created animal patterns and drawn portraits of each other. We have also started our own art gallery outside! In addition we celebrated St Patricks Day and it was Red Nose Day. What a very busy week but a thoroughly enjoyable one!
This week we have been learning all about Jack and the Beanstalk. We have focussed on the character of the giant. We discussed adjectives to describe the giant and thought of alternative words for 'big' such as 'huge' and 'massive'. We then used the adjectives we had generated to help us to write a description of the giant in our literacy books. In maths we have been comparing length and height. We have used vocabulary such as short, shortest, shorter; long, longest, longer and tall, tallest, taller. We have also used cubes to measure and compare playdough beanstalks as well as giant footsteps and Jack footsteps to measure the playground. We also investigated how far cars travelled using ramps at different heights. We have been Super Scientists and Great Gardeners planting beans and discussing what they need to grow. We made a castle in the clouds to put in our pots. We are wondering whose will germinate first! In addition we used blue and yellow to mix green and paint a beanstalk.
It has been a very busy week. In literacy we have been reading our favourite books and writing about our favourite book character. We dressed up as book characters to celebrate World Book Day and we looked absolutely fabulous! We have also read the story of Jack and the Beanstalk which we will continue next week. In numeracy we investigated pairs of numbers which made 10. In teams we were challenged to arrange pairs of numbered leaves with a total of 10 on a beanstalk. We also celebrated St David's day by making flags and daffodils. We did some observational drawings and paintings of daffodils too. In addition we have been Super Scientists and have observed how the bulbs we planted in Autumn are growing now that Spring is on its way! We looked at a daffodil which had been dug up (it was replanted afterwards!). We learnt the names for the different parts of the daffodil and talked about how they grow. Finally, to finish our week an amazing story teller came to help us retell the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. We had such fun and it was a great way to end our busy week!
This week we have really enjoyed learning all about the Three Billy Goats Gruff. In literacy we created a story map and used it to retell and write about the story. In numeracy we have been ordering numbers. In teams of ten we were each given a number and then challenged to arrange ourselves into the correct order! We also wrote our own number lines. We have played 'grab a handful' using cubes and arranged the cubes on a ten frame. We have made goats and trolls by rolling tubes using paper. We each made a hand print and then transformed it into a goat by adding some features using a pen and some cotton wool. We were challenged to mix green and then paint a troll. We investigated making a bridge for the goat and then challenged to see how strong the bridge was using stones.
This week we have been learning about the Gingerbread Man. We read the story and talked about the different characters in the story. We took on the role of the characters and used appropriate voices. We created a story map to order the events in the story. Then we used it to retell our own version of the story incorporating movement and appropriate actions.
In numeracy this week we have continued to investigate number bonds and focused on 7 and 8. We explored different ways of making each total using two numbers with a variety of resources. We practiced saying and recording each addition number sentence and checked to ensure that we had found all possibilities each time.
We have been Super Scientists this week too! We discussed why the gingerbread man was reluctant to cross the water and predicted what would happen to him if he did. Then we tested what would happen to him by putting him in some water and used our observational skills to talk about how he changed. We then investigated which materials were waterproof. From our findings we discussed which material would be best for making a waterproof suit for the gingerbread man to wear so that he could swim across the river.
This week we have been learning all about Chinese New Year. Each year is named after an animal and this year it is the year of the tiger. We read a story called The Great Race. The animals were challenged to a race by crossing a river. The animals crossed the river in different ways and we talked about whether this was fair. We wrote about the animals in our literacy books. We also learned about preparing for and celebrating Chinese New Year. We tasted some food and made our own dragons head and used it to create our own dragon dance! In numeracy we talked about ordinal numbers. We also investigated pairs of numbers which made 7 and 8. We arranged spots on a domino and used Numicon to help us.
Our independent learning challenges have included making medals, mixing orange to paint tigers and painting Chinese numbers. We have also made rafts just like the animals in the story. In addition we made Chinese lanterns and dragons.
This week we learnt about garden birds. We focussed particularly on the robin. In literacy we labelled different parts of the robin and researched facts such as the life cycle, habitat and the food robins most enjoy eating. We listened to a robin singing and found out that they like to sing in the winter as well as in the spring. We also found out that they are solitary birds. We went outside to listen to the birds and see which birds we could identify. We also made some bird cake for the birds to enjoy. In numeracy we investigated the number six. We found pairs of numbers which make six using Numicon plates and spots on a ladybird. We learnt how to record the addition number sentences and check that we had found all possibilities. We also arranged six cubes on a tens frame.
In addition this week we have painted robins and learnt how to draw a bird step by step. We have made robins and 'fed' birds 'worms' using tweezers. We also used our observational skills to identify which markings belonged to which birds.
We also had a visitor in school who introduced us to playing cricket. We had great fun!
This week we have been learning all about the Three Little Pigs. We read the story and joined in with all the repeated phrases. We retold the story with our friends. In Literacy we talked about the characters and wrote what the pigs and the wolf said in speech bubbles. We looked closely at the text to find words and phrases to describe the wolf. We thought of other adjectives to describe the wolf and used these to write 'wanted' posters independently. In maths we have been learning all about subtraction. We used objects to take one away and we learned how to record a subtraction number sentence.
We investigated using different materials to build a house for a pig. We even tested the strength of the houses using a hairdryer for the wolf's huff and puff! We mixed pink to paint pigs and added the features carefully using a felt tip pen. We also made the wolf by rolling brown paper into a tube and we made pigs by drawing round circles, cutting them out and adding pegs for legs! We created the story setting and then drew a map independently on whiteboards. Outside we built a pigs house and role played the story.
This week we have been learning all about Goldilocks and the Three Bears. In Literacy we sequenced the events and wrote about our favourite part of the story. We talked about the characters and used different voices and intonation when we were role playing the story. We have been Super Scientists and investigated our finger prints because we wanted to help the bears discover ‘who did it?’! We also designed and built chairs. We created the setting for the story and drew a map. We have made Goldilocks and bear headbands and painted the characters.
In maths we have focused on 'one less'. We have used bowls of porridge, bears and our fingers to find 'one less'. We have also used the number line to find 'one less' and talked about the fact that we are counting backwards.
This week have been learning about the Arctic. We discussed the landscape and compared it to Calverton. We have been Super Scientists and we talked about water being a liquid, ice being a solid and that when water freezes into ice and then melts back into water it is called a reversible change. We rescued some trapped animals using warm water and pipettes and made some ice decorations to hang on the trees outside. We even painted on some ice! We learnt about animals which live in the Arctic and that some are camouflaged. We created polar bear pictures using chalk and paint. We also learnt about Arctic explorers and read some sentences to dress our friend as an Arctic explorer. In maths we consolidated our knowledge of number bonds to 5 and investigated different ways of arranging 5 cubes.
This week we have participated in some Christmas activities. We made some split pin reindeer’s and elves. We made some Christmas decorations and used our fingers to pinch and sprinkle the glitter. We learnt about and made Christingles. We ended the week with a great Christmas party! Happy Christmas Cubs!
This week we have been learning all about the Christmas Story. The highlight of our week has been performing the Christmas Nativity. Well done Cubs and Foals for a great performance.
What a cold and wintery start to the week. We enjoyed playing in the snow!
This week we learnt about Scotland and celebrated St Andrews day. The Scottish flag is called the saltire and we made these independently. We mixed the colour purple to paint thistles. We looked carefully at tartan patterns an created our own with the paints. We even had shortbread to taste! We talked about the legend of the Loch Ness monster and discussed whether we thought it is true or not.
We investigated pairs of numbers which made five using ‘part, part, whole’. We checked that we had found all the ways by putting the addition number sentences in order and focussing on the number we had started with each time.
We have also had a very exciting week. We had a visit from a theatre company who performed Aladdin. We thoroughly enjoyed it!
We also had a trip to Brackenhurst where we role-played the Nativity story and did some Christmas crafts. Wow! What a busy week.
This week we have been reading a non-fiction text called ‘Our Families’. We used the text to promote discussions about our own families. We each wrote and illustrated a page for a class book about our own families. We enjoyed reading and sharing books with each other during our independent learning. We chose a member of our family to paint. We cut out some people and joined them together in different ways to create our own family. We investigated shadow puppets and used them to tell stories. We even rescued families of bears from the cave using tweezers!
In maths we investigated the number four. We used numicon to find how many ways to make four using two numbers. We also had fun investigating how many different ways to arrange four squares on the screen. The rule was that they had to be touching each other. There were so many different ways!
This week we listened to the story of Paddington Bear. We created a whole class character profile focusing on his appearance, personality and what he likes. We read and matched some labels about Paddington and his appearance. We also read and completed some sentences about Paddington. We painted Paddington and made split pin bears.
In maths we investigated ways of making a total of three using two numbers. We shook and dropped some counters which were red on one side and yellow on the other. We recorded how many yellow ones and how many red ones each time.
This week we learnt all about poppies. In literacy we labelled them and wrote a descriptive sentence. We also painted and printed them using potatoes. We made poppies by drawing around circles, cutting them out and overlapping them to make the petals. We talked about the life cycle of a poppy and what seeds need to help them to grow. We investigated what happened when we shone a torch through different red material like the sun shining through the poppy’s petals. We learnt about why we wear poppies and why they are important. We made poppy badges and observed the two minutes silence on Thursday 11th November.
In maths we continued to use different representations of 1, 2 and 3. We played a game with our friends. We took it in turns to turn over a card to see if they matched. We talked about who had the biggest and who had the smallest number.
This week we have been learning all about Diwali. We made and wrote our own Diwali cards. We painted Mehndi patterns and made rangoli patterns. We also read a Tony Mitton poem about fireworks. We talked about the onomatopoeic words in the poem, thought of our own and then used them to create our own firework poem. We made our own rockets which we launched using a milk carton. In numeracy we focused on different representations of 1, 2 and 3. We are able to subitise these numbers!
This week we read and followed a recipe to make our own delicious vegetable soup! We used our observational skills to look carefully at a variety of different vegetables. We also learnt how to mix orange to paint some orange vegetables. In maths we used vegetables to make different repeating patterns. We also cut out different shapes to create a tractor with moving wheels.
This week we enjoyed the story of The Little Red Hen. We joined in with the repeated phrases, identified and labelled the characters and learnt how to write a speech bubble. We learnt how to use pipettes and investigated what happened when we dripped coloured water on to some flour. In maths we compared length and weight of objects. We also had a Harvest celebration. You can watch us singing the song ‘Dingle Dangle Scarecrow’ on the Harvest page of our school website.
This week we have been singing and signing the song 'Dingle Dangle Scarecrow'. In literacy we have labelled a picture of a scarecrow. During independent learning time we have been painting scarecrows as well as making our own scarecrow by carefully cutting out the pieces and joining them together using split pins. We also made some trees by ripping paper and fingerprinted some leaves on them. In maths we have continued to learn about size using vocabulary such as tall, short, wide and narrow. We have compared different sizes of containers by counting how many ladles of water and sand it takes to fill them.
We also had a visit from the fire service this week! We learnt about staying safe and we were able to sit in the fire engine too!
This week we have been learning about autumn and went on an autumn walk around our school grounds to look at the changing colours of the trees. In literacy we read the story ‘The lost acorns’ all about Percy the park keeper and his friend squirrel. We talked about the characters and wrote their names. In numeracy we were comparing amounts of objects and focussed on the vocabulary ‘more’ and ‘fewer’. We also learnt how to use a five frame. During our independent learning we painted characters from the story and made a squirrel, attaching the tail using a split pin.
This week we have been learning about our bodies and how to keep ourselves healthy. We had a visit from Harold the Giraffe to help us with our learning. We used a hole punch and split pins to create a person. We have also been writing ‘I am’ followed by our names. In maths we have been using our observational and thinking skills to sort objects such as shapes and compare bears using different criteria.
This week we have been getting to know each other, making new friends and exploring our environment. We have been learning each other’s names during circle times and playing a name game by swapping places when using the parachute. We have focused on saying and reading the words ‘I am…’. In maths we have been matching by making careful observations of objects such as buttons and socks. We have also painted a self portrait.
Our theme is ‘The Ocean’ which will include learning about sea life habitats.
This week we have been learning all about how we can help to look after our environment. Unfortunately lots of rubbish and plastic finds it’s way into the oceans which is harmful to the sea life. So we designed posters to encourage everyone to dispose of their rubbish responsibly. We talked about the different types of materials and sorted items to recycle. We also created a polluted ocean using plastic, tea leaves, soil and oil. We collaged pictures of our earth and painted on cling film - recyclable of course!
For maths we focused on measuring length and height. We used cubes to measure bottles and tubes which we then recorded in our own way. We also measured each other with cubes including Mrs. Summerfield and Mrs. Morris!
This week our focus has been about divers. We have learnt about the equipment they wear to do their job. For literacy we wrote about divers. We have also made some diving equipment such as oxygen tanks and masks. We have also printed a bubble background for a picture of a diver we are going to create.
For maths we have been sharing amounts and numbers into equal groups. We read a book called ‘The doorbell rang’ and shared twelve cookies in different ways. We also played a game of ‘shark and fishes’. When the shark appeared the fish had to ‘hide’ behind a ‘rock’ (hoop) in equal numbers.
We have learnt to sign different sea creatures such as crab and shark. We used the signs we had learnt to help us sing a song.
This week we have been learning about predators and focused specifically on sharks. In literacy we named and labelled different parts of a shark as well as writing some facts. Our independent learning challenges included creating a collage of a shark and mixing grey to paint a shark. We learned that the ocean has different zones including the sunlight zone, twilight zone and the dark zone. The sea life varies according to the zone and we made the different zones in a bottle! In maths we investigated doubling numbers in different ways such as using our fingers, a ten frame and making two column arrays. We recorded the doubles we were able to make and noticed that when a number is doubled it’s always an even number!
This week we read a fiction book about animals and plants which live in the ocean. We wrote our own sentences about animals and plants in the ocean. Our tricky challenge was to include a adjective in each sentence. We looked at the salt crystals we started making last week. They were amazing. We talked about how the water had evaporated which led to a discussion about the water cycle. We each made an octopus with hand prints and added rice crispiest for suckers! Our painting challenge was to paint fish with a stripy pattern.
In maths we continued to focus on ‘take away’. We learnt the word ‘subtraction’ and how to read and solve subtraction number sentences by counting back along the number line.
We also enjoyed football again.
This week to introduce our theme of the ocean we talked about our own experiences of going to the seaside and wrote about the seaside for literacy. Tuesday was World Ocean Day and we participated in some activities with the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth through their website. We also learnt that the oceans are salty. We investigated dissolving salt in water and started some salt crystals. We also compared the density of salt water and fresh water by observing what happens to an egg when put into each type of water. We also explored mixing different shades of blue to represent the ocean and made jellyfish.
In maths we were involved in practical games and activities focusing on ‘taking away’. We enjoyed singing Ten Green Bottles.
For PE we have started practising football skills.
This term our theme is ‘Houses and Homes’.
This week we learnt about what it was like to live in a house long ago. We found out facts about how people used to keep warm, wash clothes, cook food, light a room when it was dark and have a bath. One of our favourite facts was the toilet being situated outside! For literacy we wrote our favourite facts. We investigated different soaps to find out which was the best for removing a stain. We also made our own soap flakes.
In maths we used different strategies to solve addition number stories such as using our fingers, a number line and a tens frame. We also counted on along a number line to calculate the total to complete addition number sentences.
We also made a thaumatrope with a happy and sad face and printed patterns using a bun tray! We mustn’t forget our special visitor too. Harold the giraffe came to talk to us all about our bodies and how to keep healthy.
We enjoyed learning about African homes last week so we continued to learn more about Africa. Our text this week was Handa’s Surprise. We sequenced the events in the story, identified the adjectives used to describe the fruit and also talked about the questions. We wrote about the story in our literacy books. We used our observational skills to describe the fruit that Handa put in her basket. We also learned about different animal patterns and recreated them in the painting area.
In maths this week we built numbers beyond ten. We explored numbers to 20 and learnt how they are one full ten and… We also looked at numbers on the 100 square and focused on counting in tens. We used this knowledge to play a ten frame game and arrange objects into groups of ten to find out how many altogether.
This week we have learnt about homes in rural Africa and written some facts for literacy. We also located Africa on a globe and talked about the hot climate using a torch to represent the sun. We used paint, cling film, a fork and cotton buds to create our own red hot sun independently. In maths we were great maths detectives and investigated pairs of numbers which make ten. We also sang an African song and used body percussion and drums to tap out the beat.
We did some learning at home this week as well as at school. We learned about some other royal residences such as Windsor Castle, Balmoral and Sandringham. We did some research and wrote some facts. We also made some very regal crowns. In maths we explored pairs of numbers which made seven and eight. We also calculated missing numbers by counting how many bean bags we could see and counting on to find how many were hidden.
This week we have been learning about London and facts about the Royal Residence Buckingham Palace. Did you know it has 78 bathrooms? For literacy we wrote facts that we had learned. In maths we explored ways of making 4, 5 and 6 with two numbers. Then we had to solve a problem. We had to arrange 6 different dot patterns to make totals of 4, 5 and 6. We also painted portraits of the Queen and polished shiny objects using different types of cloths. We had fun on some balance bikes too!
This week we have been learning all about our own houses. We looked at pictures of our own houses and talked about what they are like inside. We have talked about different types of houses such as detached, semi-detached, bungalows and so on. For literacy we wrote about our own houses. We looked at how bricks overlap in a brick wall. We recreated the texture of bricks by adding sand to paint and using wooden bricks to print a brick wall pattern. We cut out a house shape and drew and labelled the inside of our house.
In maths we have been arranging different numbers of houses in pairs and identifying whether a number is odd or even. We also arranged houses along a road so the even numbers were on one side and the odd numbers on the other. We have also celebrated St George’s day.
We began this half term by continuing to do some great learning both in school and at home. Then we have all enjoyed being back at school with our friends!
This week we learnt all about Easter. We learnt about why we celebrate Easter, made an Easter card and wrote a message inside in our best writing. We also made an Easter bunny hat independently. At home we made Easter bonnets and brought them to school and had an Easter bonnet parade. We also made Easter baskets for an Easter egg hunt. We made Some yummy Easter nests and learnt about how chocolate changes from a solid to a liquid and back to a solid again. It’s called a reversible change! We tasted hot cross buns and learnt to sing and sign ‘hot cross buns’. Can you spot us signing?
In maths this week we focused on the tens frame and counted two groups altogether which made a total of ten.
This week we have been learning all about Captain Sir Tom Moore. We wrote some facts we had learnt for literacy and used them to design a suitable medal to reflect his life. We used our observational skills to draw pictures of him. We also talked about the adventures he had been on and discussed where we would choose to go on an adventure. We learnt about Florence Nightingale and as she was known as ‘the lady of the lamp’ we made our own lamps. We ‘grew’ rainbows using felt tip pens on kitchen towel and dipping it in water.
We used the 100 square to compare ages. We talked about how many squares we would colour in according to age. Four or five for us and one hundred for Captain Sir Tom! We also explored different ways of making six and then found the matching addition number sentences.
This week we have continued learning about the colour monster. We created our own page for the book focusing on the feeling of worry. We voted for the colour purple to represent the feeling of worry. We used red and blue to mix the colour purple and paint a colour monster. We have been Super Scientists by making some cabbage water which was blue and changed it to pink by adding vinegar and then purple by adding bicarbonate of soda.
We have also enjoyed practising reading independently to our friends! We also learnt all about St Patrick's Day and celebrated by making flags, hats and leprechauns. It was also Comic Relief.
In maths this week we have been sequencing daily events as well as looking at two dimensional shapes.
What a busy week!
We welcomed back all our friends to school this week. We have settled back into the school routine amazingly well! We have all been chosen for 'Star of The Week'.
This week we have reading the book 'The Colour Monster' and focused on the feeling of being happy and the colour yellow. We have talked and written about what makes us happy. We looked at and discussed sunflowers and Vincent Van Gogh's painting of sunflowers. Then we used pastels to draw our own sunflower independently!
We have mixed different shades of yellow to paint our own colour monster, used our observational skills to look at yellow fruit and vegetables and made models of the colour monster using yellow play dough. In maths we have been naming and talking about the properties of 3D shapes and creating repeating patterns.
What a great week back at school. Well done Cubs!
What a busy week we have had! We started the week by learning all about and celebrating St David's Day. We made Welsh flags and daffodils. We also did some observational drawings of daffodils and tasted Welsh cakes. We even had leeks in the role play and 'made' leek soup and leek pie!
Then we read the story of the Gingerbread man. In the role play area we had some gingerbread man play dough to make gingerbread men when role playing the story. We followed a recipe to make and decorate gingerbread men we could actually eat. We had to be quick before they ran away! For the reading challenge we ordered the instructions for making gingerbread men. We also wrote speech bubbles for the characters.
We investigated what would happen to the gingerbread man in different temperatures of water.
In maths we counted and ordered numbers backwards from 20 to 1. We also sorted some dominoes into groups by counting the total number of spots. We sorted those which were more than, fewer than or the same as a given number.
It was also World Book Day and we enjoyed dressing up as our favourite book character.
This week our text has been The Three Billy Goats Gruff. After reading the story we created a story map and enjoyed role playing the story both inside and outside. We even used the appropriate voices for the characters! Then we able to write some speech bubbles for the characters. Can you spot us doing some Three Billy Goats Gruff story yoga? We grew some tasty green grass for the goats too in the small world.
In maths we have been ordering numbers and exploring ways of using two numbers to make totals of nine and ten. We have been writing our own addition number sentences.
We have also had fun making handprint goats and building a bridge across the river.
The children are doing some great learning! Scroll down below to see what we have been doing each week both at school and at home. Well done Cubs!
What a busy half term it has been both at school and at home. This week our text has been Jack and the Beanstalk. We have enjoyed retelling the story in the small world using our own words. We followed instructions to plant a bean seed and made a castle to put in the pot. I wonder whose bean seed will grow to the castle first? We thought of alternative words to describe the size of the giant and made a giant cookie. But look out! who's that? Can you spot the giant?
In maths we have been measuring, comparing and ordering objects by length. We made some play dough bean stalks and measured them using paper clips.
This week our text has been the story of The Three Little pigs. We have put the events of the story in order and enjoyed role play using the appropriate voices for each character. We wanted to find the wolf after he had run away so we wrote 'Wanted' posters. We also did some Three Little Pigs reading activities.
We have been learning all about heavy and light during maths and ordering objects by weight.
We have been engineers building houses that are strong enough to withstand the huff and puff of the wolf. We used a hairdryer to test the strength of our houses.
This week we have focused on birds. We have been observing birds outside and talking about what we have seen. We even have a very own resident robin! To encourage the birds we made bird feeders. As part of our literacy we wrote the instructions for making the bird feeder. We have labelled a blackbird and learned some facts about robins including completing a robin reading challenge!
In maths we have been number detectives! We have investigated different numbers. We arranged six birds on two branches in different ways. We also investigated ways of making eight by arranging spots on a ladybird.
We continue to do some great home learning too! Look at what we have done. Camouflaged bird spotting binoculars, painted stones, bird feeders....!
Our story this week has been the Elves and The Shoemaker. We have been looking at and talking about all sorts of different shoes! We have written about our favourite pair of shoes and designed and made shoes. We have written about what would happen if our shoes were magical! We have estimated and counted how many cubes fit in different sized shoes. We have also counted how many pairs of shoes fit in a dinosaur footprint!
This week we have been enjoying the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have completed some great learning both in school and at home. We have role played the story using different voices for the characters. We have written about our favourite part of the story and made cards for the Three Bears to say sorry from Goldilocks. We have been reading, writing and ordering numbers to twenty.
We have also been engineers, designing and making a chair for the Three Bears for them to sit on and watch a film together!
This week we have been Arctic explorers! We made some binoculars to look at the environment and observe the animals that live there. We drew pictures of Arctic animals and wrote facts about the Arctic including learning about Inuits. For our reading challenge we had to dress up as an Arctic explorer by reading instructions that told us what to put on.
We did lots of counting and played a number game.
The First Christmas
Here is Cubs and Foals Christmas performance. They have done amazingly well. We hope you enjoy it!
We would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
We have enjoyed exploring our new environment and have been doing lots of great learning!
Cub's children from 2019-2020
We took part in sport relief. We had to collect four different coloured bands. Well done Cubs! You were amazing!
We had lots of fun exploring and investigating during science week. We used our observational skills and discussed what we saw. You can look at what we did in the photos below!