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Thursday 1st December

This week we have been learning about lots of the different countries in the Caribbean and we had a big focus on Grenada. We read "Down by the River: Afro-Caribbean Rhymes, Games and Songs for Children". We learnt some traditional nursery rhymes and songs, they are so much fun. We enjoyed learning about some of the different landmarks in Grenada, like Fort Frederick and the Diamond Chocolate Factory. We made some traditional cocoa tea with all the spices and it was delicious.

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In Maths we have started to look at patterns. We looked at simple repeating patterns for example with our coloured cubes we made a pattern that went like this - red, blue, red, blue, red, blue. As the week went on we started to look at more complicated patterns. We tried 2 colour patterns and we even tried to make some shape patterns.

 

Thursday 24th November

This week we have been learning about India. We read "Good Night India" by Nitya Khemka and we learnt about lots of different landmarks in India. We looked at the Taj Mahal and the very modern temple in New Dehli called the Lotus Temple. We also thought about a time when we had seen a temple in England. We pass a temple every time we go to the Litten Nature Reserve. We were very excited to learn about some traditional Indian food and we even made some nan bread.

In Maths we learnt about 1 less (fewer). We learnt that we had to take one object away from our group to find out what one less is. 

 

Thursday 17th November

This week we have been learning about Poland. We read "The Wawel Dragon" by Justyna Majewska and we had our first attempts at writing simple sentences to describe the dragon. We looked at some buildings in Poland and we compared them to similar buildings that we learnt about in London. We were very excited to learn about some traditional Polish food, we even made some Polish pancakes - naleśniki.

In Maths we have been learning about 1 more. We know that if we want to find out 1 more, we need to add another resource. We used the makaton sign for 'more' to support our learning.

Thursday 10th November

This week we have lead on from our "Who am I?" topic and we have started to ask the question "Where do I come from?". We started by thinking about where our school is, we learnt the name of our town - Greenford. Then we learnt about our city (London), we read "A Walk in London" by Salvatore Rubbino and we spoke about some of the famous landmarks in London. We enjoyed making some simple maps of our school and of London, we also enjoyed building different landmarks that can be found in London, our favourite building was Big Ben. Then we learnt the name of our country (England), we looked at the English flag and we compared the sizes of our school, town, city and country. 

In Maths, we have started to compare quantities. We learnt the key words "greatest" and "fewest" and we used them to compare quantities. 

 

Friday 7th October

This week we have been learning about our senses of sight and touch, we read "Look, Listen, Taste, Touch, and Smell: Learning about Your Five Senses" by Pamela Nettleton. We explored our environment discussing the different things we could see, we spoke about their colours and size. We also discussed how different objects felt when we touched them, we used words like 'rough' and 'smooth' to describe the different objects. We had lots of fun making sensory boards to include lots of different textures.

In Maths we have continued to sing our counting songs - they are lots of fun. We have also been using different counting objects to help us to represent the numbers in our songs. We are starting to show more confidence with our counting skills.

Phonics: g, o, c, k

Tricky Words: is

Friday 30th September

This week we have started our "Who am I?" topic. we have started by learning about our senses. This week we read "I Can Hear" by Julie Murray, we learnt about our sense of hearing, we explored loud and quiet sounds and we especially enjoyed experimenting with sound on the music stand outside. 

In Maths, we have enjoyed singing counting songs to help us get to know our numbers. We have been counting actions and objects.

Phonics: i, n, m, d

Friday 23rd September

Welcome to Butterflies and Bumblebees. We are all so excited that everyone has started school now, we are settling in well and we are looking forward to everyone staying for full days next week. We have all been making new friends already and we are enjoying exploring our classrooms and the outdoor learning environment.

Mr Gauci, Mrs Thomas, Mrs Rice and Miss Halffman are excited for the year ahead, the children have already started to show so many of their talents, we can't wait to see more!

Phonics: s, a, t, p

Reminders:

  • Please bring a spare change of clothes and leave at school (trousers / socks / pants / shoes)
  • Do not let your child bring toys/sweets to school
  • Label all your child’s belongings clearly
  • Register online for free school milk at ‘Cool Milk’.