Attenborough Class update

“We have had a busy week in Attenborough Class this week. Our 10 very tiny caterpillars are not so tiny anymore and we have enjoyed watching them grow into very large hairy caterpillars (except Mrs Betts – she’s a little bit scared of them!!!!!)
In phonics we have begun to look at CCVCC words (Consonant, Consonant, Vowel, Consonant, Consonant). We discovered these words could contain digraphs at the beginning, middle and end such as thrush – th-r-u-sh, string – s-t-r-i-ng, street – s-t-r-ee-t and shiver – sh-i-v-er. We have been reading the story ‘The Little Hen’ which is based on the story ‘The Little Red Hen’.. We spent time as a class talking about if we would help the hen to plant and harvest her corn and then help her to make bread just like Angry Red A. We had to go on a flashcard hunt outside. The children loved walking around with their clipboards searching for CCVCC words and jotting them down!
In English we have continued with ‘Drawing Club’ this week and have been reading the story ‘The Magic Pot of Porridge’. The children drew an amazing picture of what they thought the Wizard might look like! We used our creative thinking brains to come up with ideas on what the Wizard would put in his potions, where the Wizard would go to buy their ingredients from and who they might invite to a Wizard party! 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 continued to explore the phase First, Then, Now. We use this to create maths stories. This week we have been focussing on subtraction. FIRST there were 5 people on the bus, THEN 3 people got off, NOW there are 2 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 subtraction.
In Topic we have been learning about the artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. We discovered he was born in Milan, Italy, nearly 500 years ago. He is famous for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of objects such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish and books. The children loved looking at his portraits and discovering which flowers, fruits and vegetables he had used! The children then had the opportunity to create their own portrait using the technique of collage. They choose a fruit or vegetable for their head and then choose different fruits and vegetables for the ears, eyes, nose, hair and mouth. They are absolutely wonderful and the children are very proud of their portraits.

As the weather is getting warmer we will continue to spend a lot of our time outside. Please send a summer hat in for your child to wear whilst we explore the outside areas.

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.