Term 2 Week 4

Notices

  • We are taking part in the Cairns Road Christmas Trail and would love it if your children could take part in making some angles, at home from recycled bottles. We will be putting these angles on one of the trees in the playground on 14th December so please bring them into school the week before. There are some slides with suggestions how to make the angles here.
  • Another huge thank you to the families who have been buying things from our Amazon Wishlist. We really appreciate it. 
  • FHIS Amazon Wishlist – As a year group we were asked to include items to the wish list. If you are shopping over the next week or so and are able to contribute that would be amazing. Thank you in advance. Click here to go to the Amazon Wishlist.

Celebrations from week 3

We had such a brilliant time on our virtual trip day, the children were so engaged with all the activities we had planned. Our art class based on the works of JMW Turner and his observational paintings of castles was definitely a highlight! The children created some excellent sketches of Dunstanborough Castle, Norham Castle and Kenilworth Castle and then painted them using water colours, just like Turner himself. They also loved exploring the school grounds for features of a castle and for bonus points they gave definitions of the different parts. Our computing lesson certainly was a challenging one! An Introduction to coding, I’m not sure though if it was more challenging for the teachers or children! Of course the best part of the day, like on any trip, was lunch time. The novelty of eating in the room certainly was a winner. Here are some pictures from all the wonderful learning this week.

Week 4

English

Phonics

This week, we will continue to practise reading real and nonsense words. We will focus on identifying each sound in a word and then blending accurately. We will work as a whole class, in small groups, with partners, with an adult and independently to ensure all children are supported with their own next steps in this preparation for the ‘Phonics Screener’. Past checks will be used this week with the children so they are familiar with the layout and process. We will also continue to play lots of the phonics games that the children have loved from the previous weeks.

Writing

This week, we are introducing a new key text, The Princess and the Pea by Lauren Child.

We will spend some time thinking about the format of fairy tales and fairy stories that we already know. We will then read the story together and have a try and sequencing some illustrations from the book (adding captions for an extra challenge. In our third session we will look closely at the vocabulary used to describe the prince and think about what can be inferred about the prince from the text. This information will be used to write character profiles about the prince, ensuring we echo language used in the book. The final activity of the week will be to compose emails to all the real princesses in the land, inviting them to a royal ball. We will need to be very persuasive in our language choices to encourage them to attend! 

Maths

This week in maths we are going to start our new block of learning about multiplication and division. We have already started to make equal groups using manipulatives. We are going to be using these equal groups to write repeated addition and start to introduce the times symbol (x). We will introduce this concept using pictures (see below – 2×3)

The children will be building arrays and writing addition and multiplication number sentences that are relevant to the array e.g. 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 15 and 5 + 5 + 5 = 15 and 5 x 3 = 15 and 3 x 5 = 15.

Later in the week, we will be thinking about using our previous knowledge of counting in 2s and 5s and relate this to multiplication.

You can play 2x tables games by clicking here.

You can play 5x tables game by clicking here.

Topic

We are being transported to the Arctic in Geography and science, considering the climate and how animals have had to adapt to this harsh environment. The children will create animal posters with facts about a chosen Arctic animal. 

In R.E we will be thinking about our overarching topic, how we celebrate through our journey of life, by looking at how different faiths remember those they have lost. We have a beautiful book which supports this teaching in a child friendly way, Waterbugs and Dragonflies by Doris Stickney. 

In PSHE we are continuing with our theme from Friendship week and thinking about what we can do if someone is unkind to us, with a focus on people being unkind due to someone being different to them.

Stars of the Week

Class 7- Nura

Class 8- Dominic

Class 9 – Hattie

For children self-isolating click here for this weeks plans.

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