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Week Commencing 5th January 2015 - Happy New Year

Happy New Year and welcome back to the new term!

Holly class have been very busy since coming back to school and we have got straight back into working hard.



In English, we are now learning to write the long date on each piece of work, focussing on how to spell the days of the week and the months of the year. We are also now trying really hard to join our letters when we write but this will take some time to master!

A lot of the theme for this term will be to do with fantasy stories and in particular a focus on ‘Knights and Princesses’ stories. This also links closely to our History topic this term on castles.


The children do spelling practice in the classroom each week focussing on a particular phonics sound and learning the spelling patterns. Children get given spelling homework each week that is personalised to them from their list of spelling words that they found difficult to spell when they were tested.



In maths we have been learning how to solve simple algebra equations using our knowledge of number bonds to 10 to find the missing number. E.g. 4 + _ = 10, 10 - _ = 5.

We have also been revising all the pairs that make 5,6 and 7 and also learning pairs to 8. A lot of these include doubles of numbers which we have also been revising. We have started to look at halves of numbers as well.



In Science this term we are learning about plants. We started off by investigating a daffodil bulb using a magnifying glass to look carefully at what we could see. On some of the bulbs we could see the delicate roots. After looking at the bulbs we planted them and have been monitoring our plants carefully to ensure that they are getting all they need. The children have been very good at observing the plants and watering them regularly. We were pleased to see after the weekend some have started to grow through the soil. The planting of the daffodil bulbs links closely to our Science topic from last term of Seasonal Changes and we quickly revisited our prior learning as we expect to see the daffodils in Spring.


Here are some pictures of us investigating the bulbs: