Our Term 3 Curriculum Map is below:
Super Space Explorers!
We have had another very busy week in Pop Class. We have been exploring the story Aliens Love Underpants, which has inspired alien and pants designing with paint, construction, blocks and play dough! We have described aliens using wow words, made up funny names for our aliens and written lists of things we would take to space.
Pop Class had another trip to the Library on Monday and have enjoyed looking at their new books in choosing time. They are very excited about the new reading challenges that our English lead has set the school. Our chart is now up in class and ready to start next week!
In Mathematics, we have been looking at the numbers 11 to 15. We have sung songs to help us remember the teens numbers, looked at how the numbers are made up of tens and ones and practised careful counting and estimating using our new teens numbers.
I wonder what we may learn about space next week?
3 2 1... Blast Off!
Welcome back! What a fantastic start to the term we have had! We started the week by thinking about the moon, traveling in a shuttle in outer space and how different space is to Earth. We thought of all the things we want to know about space... like... if there is no gravity, how do astronauts go to the toilet?! We have painted moon pictures, built junk modelling rockets and acted out adventures to the moon in our Space Station role play area!
Reception were fantastic on our trip to We the Curious and the Planetarium. It was our first proper trip and I am so proud of how they behaved and all their fantastic learning.
Can you tell your grown up the best bit of your trip?
In Literacy, we looked at Ted the bear traveling to the moon in his very own rocket (cardboard box!) in Whatever Next. We used this text to inspire us to design our own idea of what we might see on our own trip to the moon, including shooting stars, green aliens and even maybe The Incredible Hulk! When we designed our moon settings, we used our Phonics skills to write words, captions and sentences about our pictures.
In Mathematics, we have been recapping numbers to 10, counting carefully using 1:1 correspondence, singing number songs, ordering number cards, going on number hunts, making number lines and even making our own set of number cards to take home!
Can you sing How Many Fingers on One Hand with your grown up?
Our Term 2 Curriculum Map is below:
Thank you, wonderful Pop Class parents, for your continued support and generosity this term.
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!
This week all the reception children have blown me away with their amazing Nativity performance. We had super singing and all of our children with lines did us proud with their lovely loud clear voices! And a special well done to Whoops-a-Daisy angel!
We have been busy Christmas crafting this week - making snowmen, salt dough decorations, cards and baubles to hang on the tree. You will have lots of pretty decorations for your house just in time for Christmas!
In Maths we have been thinking about the Numberblocks characters up to ten and in Phonics we have been recapping our Set 1 Sounds - please keep practising reading and writing these at home.
As well as lots of busy learning and Nativity practices this week, we were lucky enough to visit Bristol Old Vic for the wonderful show Boing! Can you tell your grown up your favourite part?
Thank you again if you helped walk to the theatre - trips like this are only possible with your help!
This week, we have been thinking about instructional and ordinal language. We looked at bossy verbs in recipes and instructions and putting things in the correct order. We used this knowledge to write our own recipes for making dinosaur biscuits! In groups, we got to go and use the cooking room to help weigh, mix, roll and cut out our biscuits - choosing from different dinosaur, egg and footprint shapes. Pop Class have started to learn about food hygiene, keeping safe with cooking equipment and following instructions carefully in a recipe.
When the whole class had made their biscuits, they were able to decorate them using different coloured icing - yum!
How did the biscuits taste? What might you do next time to make them even better?
In Mathematics, we looked at ordering and ordinal language. We had dinosaur races, running & jumping races and designed and awarded medals for each place from 1st to 5th. We made links between the numbers 1 to 5 and ordinal language first to fifth.
We have had an incredibly busy second week of term! We have celebrated Remembrance Day by watching the video below and talking about why 11 am on the 11th day of the 11th month is marked with 2 minutes silence. The children then decided to make their own poppies to wear for the afternoon. We also celebrated anti-bullying week by thinking about our value of kindness and what this means to us. We had odd socks day on Tuesday and finished off the week with Children in Need on Friday.
In Topic this week we have continued our dinosaur theme, learning names of new dinosaurs and describing their features. Pop Class were very good at thinking of interesting descriptions and up-levelling their words - for example, we changed the boring word 'big' to 'enormous' or 'gigantic'. We have also thought about how different Bristol would have been in the time of the dinosaurs. We thought about the things that have changed, like the buildings, houses, cars, people that we have now and the things that may be the same such as plants, some animals, rivers, lakes, etc. I was impressed at how carefully Pop Class thought about this tricky idea!
In Phonics we have learned the sounds below. Please keep practising at home!
We have completed our first half term at Cathedral Primary School... hooray! You have done so much and deserve and lovely break and I am looking forward to hearing all about it.
In the last 3 days we have continued to look at numbers using NumberBlocks, learned the new sounds below, thought about Diwali and Halloween and done some thinking about how we have changed since we were babies! Wow - a busy last 3 days!
Thank you grown ups for all your support this half term - please keep practicing our sounds and writing
our names over the half term break... and of course get lots of rest!
Fact or Fiction?
This week we have been looking at fact books in Literacy. We looked at the difference between a made up story book and true facts that we see in non-fiction books. We even made our own non-fiction books with facts all about us!
Please see our new Phonics sounds below:
In Mathematics, we have been looking at breaking up a whole into parts. We chopped up bananas to show it can be made into many parts, but all the parts together make the whole again. We then used this to think about the numbers 1 and 2 after watching some brilliant Numberblocks episodes! We used the marvelous maths sentence - "one plus one equals two".
We learned a new song all about our bodies:
This is Me!
We have been doing some amazing junk modelling - thinking all about our joining techniques, what we need to add to make it look even better and how to decorate our models.
Can you tell your grown up your favourite thing you did this week?
In honour of National Poetry Day, we learned a poem about an elephant and came up with our own actions as we recited it.
Can you show your grown up your actions as you read the poem together?
Elephant, elephant, large and grey,
Swings his tusk along the way.
His ears are big, his tusk is white.
Don't be scared, he does not bite!
Elephant, elephant, large and grey,
Swings his tusk along the way.
Elmer and Elephants!
Our book focus this week was Elmer. We thought all about what makes him different and special and then asked the same question of ourselves... what makes us special? We had some wonderful ideas including being special for being a twin, giving amazing cuddles or being very funny and making our friends laugh!
We have done lots of creative Elmer activities, making patchwork elephants with paints, mosaic squares and even making cardboard tube elephants! We were lucky enough to have our own Elmer toy to act out the story with our friends. Can you tell your grown up what your favourite Elmer activity was this week?
In Phonics we have learned the new sounds below. Can you remind your grown up what they sound like?
In Mathematics, we have been doing careful counting of the numbers 1 and 2 and have even started learning number rhymes to help us write the numeral. We played a game to help the two little dicky birds, Peter and Paul, build their wall. You were only allowed to use 1 or 2 bricks and the last one to place the last brick on the wall was the winner. We had some very cunning Mathematicians who figured out how to win the game each time! Can you show your grown up how to play the game at home?
We finally have all children in and have had a brilliant first week together. Some of my highlights have been our first proper P.E. and Music lessons all together, lots of play, our first book focus - Owl Babies and I have especially loved starting our Phonics lessons!
Can you remind your grown ups which sounds we have learned this week? Maybe the pictures below will help you remember!
From next week, we kindly ask that you try your best to say goodbye to your children at the coat pegs so we can start building up their resilience and independence entering the classroom.
We will of course be there to hold their hand!
Thank you for your support and understanding.
To name a few... painting, drawing, making, building, music,
games, circle time, stories, playing, cooking, play dough, puppet shows and... snacks!
The classroom is ready for your first day at Cathedral Primary School
and we cannot wait to welcome you to Pop Class!
Mrs Perryer & Mrs Almond
Our Term 1 Curriculum Map is below.
Our Term 1 Timetable is below.
The below are links to useful and fun websites and games to further support your child's learning at home.