English Lions have had a fantastic term learning new sounds in their phonics lessons. They have been practising how to write letters using lead-ins that start on the line. They have also been using their ‘Fred fingers’ to work out how many sounds there are in words like ‘mat’.Mrs Brand and Mrs Dutton are very proud of English Lions for how well they listen and join in during phonics. It has been very exciting to see the children starting to write letters independently.
This term we have been exploring lots of autumn objects. The children have been sorting the objects in different ways, thinking about colour, shape and size. English Lions have then been counting and comparing amounts, using vocabulary such as ‘more’, ‘the same as’ and ‘fewer’. They came up with some great actions to help them remember the meaning of the words.
To help them compare amounts, the children have been using ten frames. They have used many different objects to help them, even playdough!
Our topic ‘Do you want to be friends?’ has been a brilliant way to get to know each other. English Lions have met lots of people from our school community and asked them questions over Zoom. They have also learnt about different jobs and people who help us, this included a very special Zoom meeting with a midwife, Mrs Jensen. The children loved learning about what a midwife does, and enjoyed making ‘thank you’ cards for her.
During the last week of term, we invited English Lions to come to school dressed as what they would like to be when they grow up. There were lots of police officers that day, so everybody made sure they were following the rules! The children took it in turns to tell their friends about their costume. We read lots of stories about different occupations and had fun building emergency vehicles out of a range of resources.