Attenborough Class update

We have had a fantastic week in Attenborough Class this week. We finally got to release our ten beautiful butterflies. We let them warm up in the sun before letting them go off on their adventures – it was absolutely magical to watch them fly around the outside area!

In Phonics we have continued to look at CVC words and have learnt all about compound words. Compound words are when two simpler words join together to form a more complex word – mail – box = mailbox, pond – weed = pondweed, sun – set =sunset, drum – stick = drumstick. We had been busy playing Bingo using the compound words we have learnt – one of the children’s favourite games and they all amazed me at how quick they were to recognise the words they had on their Bingo card and cross it off. The children have created their own compound word flashcards and we hide them around the room. The children then had to race against the timer to write down as many words as they could – this was a super fun activity, they all loved it.
In English we have continued with ‘Drawing Club’ this week and have been reading ‘We’re going on Bear Hunt’. The children drew an amazing picture of the Bear and his cave including what furniture he would have in it – the children had some great ideas and used their knowledge from phonics to describe them! We used our creative thinking brains to come up with ideas on how the bear could get into the house now the door is closed, how the family could cross the flooded river and the family wanted to put up a flag to warn others about the bear – what does it look like?! 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 Find my Pattern. This week we have been looking at grouping and sharing. The children have been amazing at sharing out equally between two groups and answering the question ‘Is it fair?’. We know it is fair if all the groups have the same amount in them. We have been practising this skill by sharing buttons between Gingerbread Men. The children had to roll two dice and add the numbers together and then count out the same amount of buttons. Next they had to see if they could share them out equally between three gingerbread men. If not, why not? The children have been super resilient learners this week.

This week we have started a new Topic – ‘All Creatures Great and Small’. Our Key Enquiry Question this term is ‘Are all communities the same?’ and our Key Concepts are ‘community’ and ‘consequences’. We have discovered lots of different environments such as desert, arctic, woodlands, swamps, ocean, fields, ponds, rivers and flowers. The children were absolutely amazing at naming animals that would live in those types of environments. Next we looked at habitats and what these are. A habitat is a place where something lives. The children have spent time outside looking at different habitats that are around school and discovering lots of different animals who live there.

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. As well as a water bottle containing water only.
Please could you ensure your child brings Wellies with them and long trousers/leggings to change into on a Wednesday as they will go out whatever the weather.

Please remember to write in your child’s reading record if you read together at home. It just needs to be the title of the book and your initials. Children are awarded up to 5 Mundesley Merits a week for reading at home, which they are able to spend in the Merit Shop on some amazing items including books!

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.