Greys class 11th September 2020

Date: 11th Sep 2020 @ 5:06pm

Well, we have finished our first full week back at school and what a busy week it has been!

In Maths the Year 1s have been sorting objects and using different objects to represent different numbers. They also enjoyed a few games of Last Man Standing that they played with the Year 2s, whereby we counted in 2s to 20 and 10s to 100. It was surprising how rusty we had got at this and it’s definitely something that you could continue to practise at home. Year 2s have been working with place value and looking at different ways of identifying 10s and 1s in a 2 digit number, they also use a variety of resources to help them understand this concept.

In RE this term we will be learning about Special People and this week we focussed on the Queen, who is the Head of the Church of England.

In PSHE today we discussed different ways of staying safe and how important it is to follow rules. We created our own signs warning people of a particular danger.

In Topic we watched a few virtual tours of Henley and talked about what the different buildings were used for. They then labelled different landmarks on a map of Henley were able to tell me what street they were found on. If anyone is in Henley over the weekend, please show the children the tourist information office and see if they can get themselves a free map of Henley so that they can have a look at it at home. We also began to learn the 4 countries of the UK and their capital cities and labelled them on a map.

In Literacy we have been reading Paddington Bear and began the week by drawing a picture of Paddington and labelling it using adjectives to describe the different nouns. On Tuesday we pretended to be Paddington and wrote postcards to Aunt Lucy telling her about our arrival in London. Then on Wednesday we worked in pairs, which was a lot of fun and thought of different adjectives to describe Paddington, Paddington Station, the Brown family and Barkridges department store. Then on Thursday we once again pretended to be Paddington and wrote a letter to Aunt Lucy detailing a visit to Henley and the places that we had been.

In our daily class reading sessions we have read That Pesky Rat this week and predicted what might happen in the story and talked about some unfamiliar words, before thinking of synonyms to describe those words.

A few parents have asked about reading and I would just like to clarify a few things. Each morning, as soon as the children come in if they have finished their reading book they need to put it in the box which is on the step in the classroom. They then take a book from a choice of 3 out of their reading folder which will be on their desk and immediately put it into their bag for hometime. They do not need to bring their book into school if they haven’t finished it. We will endeavour to read 1 to 1 with all the children at least once a week. If you have any further questions regarding this then please email the office or catch me at the end of the school day.

Regarding homework, at the moment, I would just like to get the children settled back in and focus on reading daily, even if it’s only 2-3 pages a day. If you could get them to learn their address including postcode that would be super helpful, and also the 4 countries of the UK and their capital cities. If they can locate them and Henley on a map even better as this is something that we have been working on this week and will continue to do so.

We finished the week off with our Starbook assembly on the Common, which was lovely. Well done to those children who received the Starbook awards this week, but also a big well done to all of Greys class, as it has been a long week and you have all worked so very hard, so I hope you have a fabulous fun filled and relaxing weekend.

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