Attenborough Class update

We have had a very exciting delivery in Attenborough Class this week. On Tuesday 10 very tiny caterpillars came to join us. We are so excited to watch them grow and transform!
In phonics we have continued to look at CVC + digraphs (Consonant, Vowel, Consonant) such as spoon, train, crash and brown. We have been reading the story ‘The Little Man’ which is based on the Gingerbread Man. We spent time as a class answering questions yes or no. We had to listen carefully and decide what the answer was. We have also been busy creating our own CVC + digraph flashcards, this was quite tricky to begin with as you have to really listen to those sounds you can hear when you segment the word – it’s very tricky to hear the r in train – t – r – ai – n!
In English we have continued with ‘Drawing Club’ this week and have been reading the story ‘The Hairy Toe’. The children drew an amazing picture of what they thought the old Lady’s house looked like! We used our creative thinking brains to come up with ideas on how the old lady could trap the monster, who would rescue the old lady from the monster and where would the monster put his hairy toe now he has it back?! The children have the most fantastic imagination and used their Monster Phonics knowledge and wrote the most wonderful descriptive sentences explaining what they have drawn!
In Maths we have started a new phase called First, Then, Now. We use this to create maths stories. This week we have been focussing on addition. FIRST there were 2 people on the bus, THEN 3 more wanting to get on, NOW there are 5 people on the bus. The children have created their own First,Then,Now stories whilst in continuous provision using themselves, dinosaurs, pebbles and cars. It has been wonderful to see them using the language to help them understand the simple concept of addition.
In Topic we have been learning all about the life cycle of a butterfly. We remembered that a life cycle means that it continually repeats itself. We discovered that the butterfly lays an egg on a leaf, the egg hatches into a caterpillar and eats the leaf the butterfly laid it on. The caterpillar continues to eat and sheds its skin at least 5 times as it grows bigger. Once it is fully grown it hangs itself upside down and creates a chrysalis out of silk. The fully formed butterfly emerges, dries its wings and then flies off to seek out a mate! We have decided to keep a Caterpillar Diary to record all the different stages we see!

Please could you ensure your child brings Wellies, an outdoor suit/coat with them and wear long trousers on a Wednesday as they will go out whatever the weather.
We love to see what adventures your child gets up to at home – clubs they attend , baking, reading, making dens, being creative, going on nature walks. Tapestry is a wonderful place to share these with us and the class – please upload your photos and a brief description so we can share these together during circle time.