Cygnet News

w/e 12.05.23

This week in our phonics we have continued our learning reading and writing words containing 2 letters making ch such as lunch and munch. We also learned that three letters can make one sound “tch” in catch and batch. Some of the children having been pointing out words, wherever they see them, where there are 2 letters making one sound. It is really lovely to see them being so enthusiastic about their learning. We thought of descriptive phrases for the fruits we had at fruit time in our Handa’s surprise learning. Then each colour group worked together to make up their own poem to describe fruits.

We listened to Egg Day by Joyce Dunbar and discussed the names for different baby farm animals. We read The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett and we discussed the different types of animals that are born from eggs. The children are enjoying watching the caterpillars in our classroom grow longer and fatter. We read about the caterpillar eggs being different shapes, depending on the type of butterfly, that the eggs are rough and sticky and that the caterpillar eats the egg before emerging. This lead us to talk about camouflage and animal groups: birds, reptiles, insects and mammals. We discussed that information can be found in non-fiction books, such as the Usborne Beginners Caterpillars and Butterflies and also on computers. The children are really enjoying looking at the information books we have in the classroom about caterpillars particularly the pictures of the different types.

In maths we have been learning about first, then, now calculations where we start with a number, add something to it and then end up with a different number. We played dice games racing to see who could get to 10 first and a fun bus game where the number of passengers changed as passengers go on the bus.

During independent learning the children have enjoyed using recycled materials to make their own projects. One of the children was thinking about last week’s learning where we watched the chicks hatching in the incubator and made a bedroom, bed and sitting room for the chicks. Other children were thinking about the coronation celebrations. Some made castles out of recycled materials, small world resources and also from the big wooden bricks. These were all self initiated projects.

In PE we have been learning about rocking and rolling in connection with the story “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”. We learned to do a straight roll and a barrel roll. The children did did the straight roll brilliantly well.

Some of the children have started to do some planting. They planted potatoes which had been chitted. We will continue planting seeds next week.