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It has been a fun week back in the Butterfly classroom. Although it has been a lot rainier and not as Spring-like as we might have hoped. We have still enjoyed learning about daffodils and birds making nests. We have had a real focus on writing this week and been very impressed with the results. Keep encouraging your Butterfly to write at home. We'd love to see the results!
We have had a week of Easter fun in the Butterfly classroom. We've transitioned from our farm topic by beginning the week looking at Chickens and then moving to eggs and from there to all the fun that Easter can bring. We spent a little bit of time learning about what Easter means for Christians too. In Maths we did a recap of lots of different things we've covered this year - counting accurately, ordering numbers, adding two groups together, including counting on, and talking about more or less. Then on Friday we got to dress in our Sports clothes for Sports Relief, watched an Easter Assembly and took part in the whole school Easter Bonnet Parade.
This week we have been learning about the farm in preparation for our trip (If you have not yet paid please do so via the school gateway app and sign to give your permission). So far we have looked at cows and sheep and learnt some interesting facts. We have spent time labeling the animals and learning about the different things that they give us - for example milk, wool, meat and so on. We are really working on our fine motor work - using the thin brushes to paint the animals and also on our cursive handwriting. Thank you to everyone that attended a phonics meeting this week - we hope you found it useful!

Week Twenty Three - Dinosaurs and World Book Day

We really enjoyed our dinosaur topic and also dressing up as our favourite book characters! It was lots of fun! And then we had a snow day too! So sorry for the delay in these photos going up!

We have had a great week back in the Butterfly classroom. Thanks to all the hard work over half term we were able to create a dinosaur display straight away of all the lovely things they made or found out about. We've been very busy learning facts, painting pictures, creating dinosaurs by collage, sticking, cutting and so forth. We've learnt how to use a non- fiction book - maybe you could look for some more at your local library? And in maths we've looked at how numbers can be split in lots of different ways but that we still have the same total we began with. We will be continuing with our dinosaur topic next week. 

 

And a big thank you to all who came to our Chinese New Year Assembly. It was great to see so many of you and the Butterflies were so proud to show off what they'd been practising!

In preparation for our Assembly next Friday (9:15 - parents welcome) we have begun learning about Chinese New Year. We have found out about how most Chinese people celebrate the new year, how the named years of the Chinese zodiac came about with the animal race and also completed lots of activities related to the dragon and the celebrations. We also have a go at making and eating stir fry! Yum! In maths this week we have begun looking at taking away and how when you take away the number becomes less.

(If your child is saying a line in the assembly they will have brought it home to practise with you. Please help them to learn this)

This week we have continued looking at cold places and learned more about other arctic animals. This week we've found out about Husky dogs, Walruses, Arctic foxes and Whales. We've spent a lot of time working on our cutting, handwriting and sentence work as well as trying to continue being imaginative. In maths we've been thinking about making an estimation - a sensible guess. We've also recapped that we can know what the quantity is because it's the last number we've said when we have counted them, and no matter how they are moved around if we don't change the about the quantity stays the same. 
This week we have continued looking at winter and cold places. We have completed a weather chart each day. We've learnt about Inuits and some arctic animals - starting with penguins and polar bears. We've carried on doing lots of activities to develop our find motor and handwriting. We are trying to focus on having a go at writing - even if we don't know all the sounds then we can still stretch words, listen for the sounds you can hear and write them down. In maths we have been learning about how two parts can make a whole and separating the number six in lots of ways (1 and 5, 2 and 4, 3 and 3, and finally 6 and 0) and then at the end of the week having a go at adding these numbers together again.
Welcome back to our New Term at school! We hope you all had a lovely time during the holidays and had a big rest! During these 4 days back in the Butterfly class we have been looking at the season of Winter. We thought about what kind of clothes you need to wear and did lots of snowy activities. In P.E. we did our own special kind of ice skating to some winter music. It was so much fun! Next week we are continuing by thinking about Cold Places - if anyone has any kitchen rolls you can bring in for some of our activities they would be most appreciated!
This week we went on a trip to the local church St Paul's in Oadby where Reverend Bailey told us the story of Christmas and what Christians believe. We also did lots of activities in the classroom to help us remember the story and begin to get our classroom ready.
Cinderella was this week's fairy tale. We had a wonderful week thinking about all the magic and preparing for our ball. We spent a lot of time working on how to decorate things to make them look beautiful. Each of us made a mask for the ball and wrote an invitation to a partner for them to accompany us. On the Friday we had a super time dancing together!
This week we learnt about the fairy tale "The Princess and the Frog" - we focussed especially on the movement of "down, bounce up" for writing our b and p and so forth looking at the ways frog jump. We also talked about what it means to be a good friend and the importance of always telling the truth.
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