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It was really lovely to welcome the children back to school after the Easter Holiday and to see how much they enjoyed being with their friends again.

In literacy we started our learning around our new focus text “Handa’s Surprise” by Aileen Browne. It was really interesting to listen to the children’s ideas about what the book might be about and their observations on the first couple of illustrations. It will be interesting to see how the children’s ideas and knowledge develop over the coming weeks. The story is set in Kenya and we have a great selection of information books and stories linked to Kenya, animals, fruits and journeys in our classroom. In Phonics we are learning that two letters can represent one sound and this week we learned to read and write words containing “sh” eg shed, shell and dash. We went outside to observe the signs of late Spring in our school environment. During the week we learned that one of the features of Spring is that it can be sunny but still very cold! The children used their phonics and drawing skills to record the things they found. We started a SCARF new topic about rights and respect and discussed our families and the things we do to help each other.

In maths this week we have been building numbers bigger than 10. We have been building the numbers from 11-20 using number tiles and towers of blocks. We have been starting from a full 10 and then adding numbers so 11 is 10 and 1, 12 is 10 and 2 and 13 is 10 and 3 etc. up to 20 which is 2 tens. We have enjoyed watching some of thNumberblocks Series 3.

We started gymnastics in PE and learned about making strong shapes and balances with our bodies. The theme is Jack and the Beanstalk and we will be exploring the story as we learn new shapes, balances and rolls over the next few weeks.