Welcome to Mars Class!
Wow! What a super start to the new school year Mars Class have had! We have been settling in to our new classroom routines, learning lots of new skills and having lots of fun along the way!
Here are a few things that we have been up too:
We have been studying The Dragon Machine by Helen Ward. This beautifully illustrated story has given Mars many opportunities for writing. We have been working on what makes a super sentence and writing our own dragon descriptions! We have learnt how to add labels and have even created our own dragon warnings after a dragon broke into our classroom! (He was very friendly but made a bit of a mess!) after our dragon visitor we have also created our own wanted posters. We are looking forward to writing our own dragon poetry over the upcoming weeks.
In numeracy, we have been learning how to count forward and backwards from any given number up to 100. We have also been learning how to identify one more and one less from a given number. We love singing in Mars Class and have been using music to help us remember our number bonds. If you would like to continue this at home, please have a look at Jack Hartman on Youtube, the children love him! Warning - his songs are VERY catchy! Haha! :)
Our topic this half term has been 'Castles, Knights and Dragons'. This has linked beautifully to our Literacy lessons where we have been studying The Dragon Machine. We were even lucky enough to have a visit from local artist Jeffrey Andrews, who helped the children make their own moving toy! They looked at toys from the past (including some from Miss Gledhill was a little girl!) and had a great time looking at how different they were from the toys we see nowadays! The children then transferred the skills that they learnt in Mr Andrews workshop and make their own knight, complete with moving body parts! The children in Mars Class are really enjoying this topic and are expanding their learning in our continuous provision areas, we are currently in the process of making our own castle.
In science, we have been learning all about materials and their properties. The children in Mars Class have been physically sorting materials into groups and identifying what special qualities each material may have.
The children have been having lots of fun in their phonics lessons. We have been learning many new sounds, including wh, ph, ea, oy, ai (alongside many more.) The children have been playing lots of fun phonics games, including being sound detectives and have even been learning some excitinf (and very catchy) phonics songs.
Thank you very much for visiting our class page, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to pop in and see me!
My door is always open.
Miss Gledhill x
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