English Lions have had a fantastic term learning about all sorts of creepy-crawlies. The children have loved exploring new and exciting vocabulary to describe various mini-beasts. The book, ‘I love bugs’, gave them lots of inspiration. One of the children’s favourite descriptions was “fuzzy, sunny, honey bug” Can you guess which mini-beast is being described??
After going on a bug-hunt, the children were excited to write about what they had seen. They practised saying their sentences before writing them and made sure to remember their finger spaces so that they could read it back to themselves.
“I saw an ant crawling on the path”
This term, English Lions have started their ‘guided reading’ sessions. This is in preparation for Year 1 and supports comprehension skills. The children have done a fantastic job of showing respect to their peers by listening to each other read.
Counting to 20? Easy! English Lions have been exploring numbers to 20 and beyond. They have been looking at how numbers are made up of tens and ones, and are becoming more confident in saying how many they need to add to ten to make a given number.
Luis represented 13, and said “You need 10 and 3 more to make 13”.
The children have been learning to order and write numerals to 20. They have had lots of fun doing this by finding missing numbers, making their own bug number flash cards and making labels to match numicon.
To help English Lions learn to recognise numerals, they have been playing Bingo! The children got into pairs and took it in turns to match picture cards to the correct numeral.
English Lions have been busy bug hunting all term. To help attract mini-beasts to the outside area, the children worked together to build a fantastic bug hotel. Another idea was to plant more flowers, which inspired a sunflower competition between English Lions and Scottish Owls. They have loved taking care of the seeds and watching them grow, and cannot wait to see whose wins!
One of the English Lions parents kindly donated a build-your-own wormery. English Lions and Scottish Owls were incredibly grateful and thoroughly enjoyed filling the worm house with soil and sand. They then carefully searched through the mud to find some worms to move in. All the children have done a brilliant job of ensuring the worms are happy.
Mrs Brand and Mrs Dutton have been incredibly impressed with the progress English Lions have made with their writing. The children are remembering to use finger spaces and are writing sentences independently. This term, a post box was set up for the children to write letters to their friends in Scottish Owls. The children have loved delivering and receiving lots of notes. The children in English Lions have become expert letter writers, not only have they been writing to other children, they have also written Mother’s Day cards, and even a letter to Horace the Gorilla. One of the most exciting letters was to Mr Neumann. English Lions had to ask for his help after Goldilocks visited and broke one of our chairs!
This term, English Lions have continued to explore numbers to 10 and 3D shapes. The children did a fantastic job of finding the total of two amounts and recording it in part-whole models. They also practised saying the number sentences to go with it. Another important skill English Lions have worked on is ordering numbers to 10. They have had great fun doing this outside using hopscotch and ordering our ten green bottles
Having learnt some actions to help them remember the names of 3D shapes, the children have enjoyed exploring them and discussing their features. They are able to choose the best shapes to build with, knowing what happens if they use shapes with flat or curved faces.
Although the topic this term has been ‘Traditional Tales’, the children in English Lions have also shown an interest in space. This led them to turn the role play area into a spaceship. They have been on a mission to discover aliens, and alien words! The children painted fantastic pictures of the aliens they saw, and gave them alien names. The spaceship has inspired lots of imaginative play, which has been a great way for the children to build up their relationships having been apart for so long.
Phonics is a favourite part of the day, and English Lions have now learnt all of the set 1 sounds. They have been completing lots of work on blending, making sure to keep an eye out for ‘special friends’. Using their whiteboards during the live lessons has been a fun way to write together and show off their ever improving reading and writing skills. It has been lovely to see that some children have been challenging themselves by spending extra time after the lessons, going through the sounds and red words too.
Traditional tales has been an excellent topic to inspire all sorts of fantastic work. ‘The Little Red Hen’ was very popular, and after meeting Mrs Brand’s chickens on Zoom, the children created some fantastic drawings of the hens. They used a range of skills to design and build hen houses as well as their own colourful eggs. The children also had a go at baking bread.
‘The Three Little Pigs’ was another fun story to read and learn about. English Lions had a go at building their own houses for the pigs and tested them against the force of a hairdryer. They also learnt a bit about pigs after Mrs Brand visited some real life pigs at a local farm. The children loved drawing pictures of their favourite pigs.
This term, English Lions have been finding many different ways to make the numbers 5, 6, 7 and 8. They loved using part-whole models to keep score of a throwing game, marking how many times they hit or missed the target out of 5. Another great way to make numbers was by drawing the spots on lady birds, or legs on insects.
Through baking bread and growing beanstalks, the children have been able to explore measurement. They have looked at the height of their beanstalk and compared it to items from around the house. They also had to carefully weigh out ingredients for their bread. The recipe stated that the dough must be kneaded for 5 minutes, so the children had to time themselves. It was hard work but worth it!
Since the start of term 1, English Lions have been working incredibly hard on their Phonics. They practise their sounds several times a day, and are making great progress. Their story telling has also improved, and this has been helped by the amount of reading that is being done at home. This term, they have won the popcorn three times! They have also started to independently label their drawings, using the sounds they can hear in the words they want to write. Mrs Brand and Mrs Dutton are very proud of every single English Lion and cannot wait to see what they will learn to do in 2021!
This term, English Lions have been focusing on circles and triangles. They have completed lots of different activities involving these shapes. They can confidently identify them and can even describe some of their properties.
“A circle has curved sides and a triangle has 3 pointy sides”
The children have also been learning how to find one more and one less than a given number. They loved practising this by feeding reindeer carrots. The greedy reindeer always wanted one more!
A lot of this term has involved movement, music and dance because of the Nativity rehearsals. The children have learnt how to copy actions, move rhythmically and keep to the beat. It has been a great way to improve gross motor skills, which supports their co-ordination and will even help to improve their handwriting.
As part of their topic, English Lions have loved sharing their favourite stories. It has been very clear that many of them love the book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. The children have enjoyed re-telling the story, remembering key phrases. One group of children gave the story an alternative ending, which saw the family having to travel through lava! We were even able to link our mathematics to the story, by using circles to create our own bears.
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.