Class Blog for Canute

Welcome back 

Posted: 03/11/2019
Lisa Barnett

Welcome back to school everyone! We hope you had a wonderful, relaxing half-term. The children have come in with a lot of exciting stories to share with us all and are also eagerly anticipating Halloween which we have been exploring through our continuous provision during the week.  

We have had a busy and creative week back at school. In English we have read some very old poetry by Hillaire Belloc. He wrote 'Cautionary tales for children' which the children have really enjoyed. The classes favourite poems were 'Matilda - who told lies and was burned alive' and 'Jim - who ran away and was eaten by a lion". We began by looking at the old language in the poems and finding out the meanings of words we didn't understand. The year two's used dictionary's to find the meanings of these words. We then acted out the poems in groups and finally wrote a cautionary poem of our own in the style of Hillaire Belloc. 

In Maths the children have continued to work on their addition skills, we have revised all the methods that we can use to solve addition problems. Next week we will begin exploring subtraction. 

This week we have also began our new topic 'Fizz, crack, bang!'. We had our WOW day on Thursday which involved experimenting with shadow puppets, going on a hunt to find different sources of light, investigating light and shade by making colour wheels and making foil sparklers and handprint bonfire pictures. The children have generated a lot of questions which they would like to investigate and answer during the topic. 

P.E this half term will now be on a Wednesday. Please ensure your child's PE kit is in school for this day each week.
Thank you.  


A wonderful end to Half Term!  

Posted: 17/10/2019
Lisa Barnett

Wow! What a busy half-term Canute have had. We are so pleased with their positive attitude to learning and just how quickly they have settled into school life. 

In English this half-term the children have developed their story telling skills and have written their own version of Little Red Riding Hood in the city! They have use descriptive language to make their stories come alive and learnt a variety of words to join their sentences. We have also written letters to the hunter from Mr. Wolf asking for permission to come back to live in the forest - we thought about which words we could use to persuade the hunter and linked this to our learning in Science about habitats and food chains. Finally, the children have written interviews for the different characters of the story. To do this we needed to use and understand question marks. The children have conducted and recorded their interviews using iPads. 

In Maths, Reception have been concentrating on the number 3 and have been on a walk to see which numbers we can spot in the environment. Years 1 and 2 have been working on their addition skills using objects to find totals. We will continue to work on these skills next half term. 

We especially enjoyed our farm and country day. The children dressed up in boiler suits and animal costumes and were able to explore sensory boxes full of different grains, they completed animal puzzles and even used a machine to grind up wheat!

The children were fantastic at their Harvest Festival performance, there was some beautiful singing and the school councillors did a wonderful job of speaking clearly using the microphone. 

We are now looking forward to our next topic - Fizz, Crack, Bang! In which will be exploring light and dark, The Gunpowder plot, festivals around the world, night and day animal and lots more. We are also looking forward to our trip to the Screech Owl Sanctuary - this is now on parent pay for you to make payments. 

Have a wonderful half term! 


Term 1 - Traditional Tales 

Posted: 24/09/2019
Lisa Barnett

Welcome to Canute's blog page. 

For term 1 our learning is based upon the traditional tale 'Little Red Riding Hood'. We are also using other traditional tales to enhance our learning. 

Our class text 'Little Red Riding Hood'. In English we are focusing on sentence structure and punctuation as well as developing our descriptive language. We will also be using new words to join our sentences. This week we have used the skills to finish retelling the story of Little Red Riding Hood through drama, story telling and writing and will begin to plan our own version of the story in which we change the setting from a forest to a city!

In Maths, Reception have been creating and recreating patterns and consolidating their understanding and representation of the numbers 1 and 2. We have used number lines, jumps, hops and natural objects. We have also been practising counting to 10. Years 1 and 2 have been working on place value. Year 1 are currently working on finding 'more than' any number up to 20 using tens and one, mathematical objects, number lines, cubes and bead strings. Year 2 have been finding 10 more and 10 less than any number to 1000 using 100's, 10's and 1's when needed for support. 

Our PE lessons this term are on Tuesday afternoons, please make sure your child remembers their PE kit each week. 

We are hoping to go out on our nature walk to collect materials for our nature sculptures next week. Please make sure you have returned your child's out and about form to Mrs Sandy in the office so that we are able to go. 

Earlier in the half term we went on a wild flower hunt in the Wolf's forest (Canute playground) Question: Which wild plants and flowers did we find? 
Children to bring in their answers on Friday morning in return for house points. Good luck! 


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