Farthing Wood Class update

We were so excited to welcome the children back this term. It has been lovely to hear about the wonderful things they have been doing over Easter especially the nature scavenger hunt – I hope you all enjoyed it!
In phonics we have introduced the children to CVCC words (Consonant, Vowel, Consonant, Consonant) such as limp, pond, soft, hand. The children have been amazing at recognising the vowels and consonants in each word. We then had a go at creating CVCC flashcard families. Children had to take a word, sink for example and think of words that rhyme with it and create new flashcards by changing the initial (first) sound – sink – pink – link – wink – rink. Although they found it a challenge at first they were really resilient and came up with the most amazing CVCC families.
In English we have been writing our own independent sentences. The children have blown me away with their letter formation and using their sounds correctly. They even remembered a capital letter at the beginning, finger spaces and a full stop! I am so proud of the progress they have made – I hope you are too!
In Maths we have started a new phase called ‘To 20 and Beyond’. We have been exploring how numbers 11 to 20 are made. We use the sentence one whole ten and ? more to allow the children to fully understand the concept of numbers bigger than ten. For example 11 is 1 whole ten and 1 more, 15 is 1 whole ten and 5 more, 19 is 1 whole ten and 9 more. The children have really excelled with this and we have had great fun playing Bingo recognising those numbers.

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.

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.