Farthing Wood Class update

This week in Farthing Wood class the children have shown wonderful collaborative work talking to their ‘talking partners’ during carpet time. The children found this really tricky at the beginning of the year and it is wonderful to see their confidence grow to allow them to share their ideas with their peers.
In Phonics we have introduced the digraph ‘or’ as in for, fork, storm, horn.
The children have been busy using their phonics knowledge to decode words and write ‘or’ words on a phoneme frame remembering that o and r stay together for example born- written as b-or-n. We have also introduced sound buttons this week. A dot for dingle sounds and a line for digraphs – this helps children to segment and blend words.
In English we have continued with ‘Drawing Club’ this week and have been reading the story Lost and Found. The children used their Monster Phonics knowledge and wrote the most amazing descriptive writing about the boat the penguin and the boy used to go to the South Pole. They also created their own lost penguin poster and put them up around the classrooms.
In Maths we have continued our phase ‘Growing 6,7,8’. We have been matching different pictures together that represent the same number. Mrs Betts even tried to trick the children by using ladybirds but the children were just too good and could recognise that even though they all had spots they didn’t all have the same amount of spots. We also looked at odd and even numbers and that even numbers can always be shared into pairs (two’s) odd numbers can not as they always have one spare! We then used a 10 frame for the first time to combine two numbers that together are larger than 5 – we had great fun doing this!
In Topic we finished off looking at Lunar New Year Celebrations and watched the video of us performing our Dragon Dance! We have also continued to look at our village and the buildings we could remember from our trip on the minibus. The children have fantastic memories and could recall all of the buildings – the doctor’s surgery, butchers, greengrocers, post office etc. Finally we looked at who might work in the buildings and what job they do.
We continued to explore colour mixing and used red and blue to create handprint aliens – the children were so excited to paint each hand a different colour and then mix the colours together to create a new colour purple!! They then added eyes, antennas and pompoms to create their own unique Alien!

We would love the children to bring in a photo of their home so that we can have an interactive display within the Classroom. These can be emailed to me or the office. Everyone has been really excited to tell us about their homes and who belongs in them. We have learnt that all families are different and this is part of our identity and our sense of belonging – thank you to those who have already emailed them to me.

Please remember that PE is on a Monday and we expect children to come into School wearing their PE kit – a letter reminding you of the correct PE kit has been sent home.
Please ensure you send wellies and waterproofs with your child to keep in their locker at school.
Please remember to send your child’s Handwriting Homework Book back on a Monday – thank you.
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.