Attenborough Class update

We have had such a busy week in Attenborough Class. This week has been ‘Health Week’ and we have had lots of visitors in to see us. We had a talk from the Coastguard to tell us how to keep safe when visiting the beach during the summer. We had two local farmers come in to talk to us about the crops they grow and what it’s like to live and work on a farm. We were given a fantastic opportunity to try out orienteering – this was brilliant and the children thoroughly enjoyed it! And finally we had Sports day – the weather was beautiful and it was wonderful to see so many of you cheering on the children. We hoped you enjoyed it as much as we did! Thank you again for coming, it really is wonderful to share these special events with you all.

In Phonics we have been looking at CCC words. CCC words are words that begin with three consonants that can be blended together to make one sound – s-p-r = spr as in spr-i-ng (spring) or s-p-l = spl as in spl-a-t (splat). We had been busy reading a story based on The Enormous Turnip! The children have written their own version of parts of the story and amazed me with their wonderful ideas. . The children have even played a board game based on the story. If they land on a green star they have to pick a word to write and sound out and if they land on a yellow sun they have to choose a sentence to read – this was a super fun activity, they all loved it.

In English we have continued with ‘Drawing Club’ this week and have been reading ‘Chicken Licken’. The children drew an amazing picture of Foxy Loxy, the sky – what’s up there? The children also had to add something you wouldn’t normally find there – a shark and armchair were my favourite! We used our creative thinking brains to come up with ideas on how we could stop the Fox getting into school, what other animals are in Foxy Loxy’s Army and what the machine would look like, that we need to shrink ourselves so Foxy Loxy can’t see us! The children have the most fantastic imagination and used their Monster Phonics knowledge and wrote the most wonderful descriptive sentences and lists explaining what they have drawn!

In Maths we have continued to explore the phase Find my Pattern. This week we have been looking at odd and even numbers. We know odd numbers are 1,3,5,7,9 and even numbers are 2,4,6,8,10. The children recognised that even numbers go up in 2’s and the odd number sits between them! We have been practising odds and evens in provision with the children having to puth the numicon in the right group! We also read the story ‘One Odd Day’ . It’s about a young boy who awakens to find that everything around him is odd. He has one shoe, his shirt has three sleeves, and his dog has five legs! Together we then made an Alien but only using odd numbers – it had 1 body, 3 eyes, 5 teeth and 7 spots! The children then created their own ‘Odd Alien’ pictures. The children have been super creative learners this week.

This week we continue our new Topic – ‘All Creatures Great and Small’. This week we have recapped the six different animal groups – birds, insects, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish. We then looked at characteristics animals have in common even if they are not in the same animal group. Animals with no legs – fish, worms, jellyfish, snakes, walrus etc, animals that can fly – bees, parrots, robins, owls, butterflies, bats etc. We then looked at British Wildlife. We discovered lots of different birds such as Owls, Robins, Blackbirds, Ducks and different mammals such as Badgers, Foxes, Otters and Hedgehogs. We watched the most fantastic video of an Otter in their natural habitat – the children were mesmerised by their cheekiness! The children were absolutely amazing at naming animals and what type of British habitat they would live in.

As the weather continues to be hot and we spend a lot of our time outside please apply sunscreen to your child before school. Please send a summer hat in for your child to wear whilst we explore the outside areas and 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 and Tick season is upon us. .

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.