In Phonics we have continued our learning reading and writing words where two letters make one sound in words containing “sh” eg shark and blush. Our learning about Handa’s surprise involved using our senses to explore the fruits in the story and build up words describe them. The children predicted what each fruit might look like inside when it was cut in half. The children were all really involved with trying new fruits which was really lovely to see that they are much more open to trying new things. Firstly we had a fruit tasting and then we used our chopping skills to make a fruit salad and lastly we made a pictograph of our favourite fruits. The apple proved to be the Cygnet favourite. We talked about what the fruits might grow on eg bush, tree, plant and what country they might grow in. We realised that Britain is too cold for some of the fruits to grow in. We enjoyed listening to Oliver’s Fruit Salad by Vivian French. Handa’s Surprise is set in Kenya. One of the children told us about his trip to London to watch the London marathon so it was of interest for us to find out that the mens competition was won by Kelvin Kiptum from Kenya. We had our first dance lesson with Caroline and she is going to continue exploring Handa’s Surprise in her lessons.
A big thank you to Wendy for ordering some caterpillars for the class. The children are fascinated by them and we have started a diary so that we can record our observations as they change. It was lovely that Arleigh inspired our learning when he shared his diary of his Easter holiday with us.
In maths this week we have been counting patterns with numbers beyond 10. We played games with numbers 11-20 and a fun number track game. We continued the theme of Jack and the Beanstalk in PE and developing balance and using apparatus safely. In our SCARF lesson we learned about friends and looking after our friends.