# Hardwick Weekly Update

6th March 2020

This week we have started looking at 'People who help us' with a focus on the emergency services. We have learnt how to make an emergency call and the children have been asked to find out and learn their address! Our role play doctor's surgery has been busy, seeing a range of patients, many of whom it seems needed bandages applied to all limbs and were prescribed copious amounts of pills - let's hope they recover soon! We have been reading 'Burglar Bill' and the children have dressed up as 'Burglar Bill' or 'Burglar Betty' and used the class camera to take pictures of each other.

Mrs Wordsmith - Word of the Day

This week's words are:

• rinse
• wear
• truth
• lie
• fib

Maths

This week our focus has been on adding 2 sets of objects. We have noticed that when we put sets of objects together, we end up with a 'bigger amount', ie the total increases. We have made up our own number stories and used words like 'add', 'plus', 'total', 'makes' and 'equals'.

Number of the week - 13

We have continued to look at the teen numbers with a focus on number 13 this week. We talked about it being a two-digit number, that it is the same as '10 and 3 more' and that it is '1 more than 12' and '1 less than 14'.

Shape of the week - cone

We are continuing to explore 3d shapes. We looked for examples of cones around the school, finding examples in the playground.

Phonics

Our new sounds are  'ur', 'ow', 'oi' and the trigraph 'ear'. We have been learning to read the tricky words 'you' and 'are'.

28th February 2020

We have continued our topic of 'Hot places'. The children have written their own versions of 'Monkey Puzzle' using some key phrases from the book. We have also learnt the poem 'Pancakes' by Christina Rosetti, adding actions to help us remember the words.

It was lovely to welcome the children back after half term and exciting to see and share their amazing animal models. They proudly talked about how they had made their animal and the types of shapes they had used. We did not expect to see such a range of diverse creatures, from anteaters to parrots, snakes and lions! Many thanks for supporting your child with this home learning.

Mrs Wordsmith - Word of the Day

This week's words are:

• unroll
• flush
• shampoo
• brush
• untangle

Maths

Number of the week - 12

We have continued to look at the teen numbers with a focus on number 12 this week. We talked about it being a two-digit number, a number that we can not make on our fingers as it is 'too many'  and that  it comes in-between 11 and 13 on our class number line.

Shape of the week - cylinder

We are continuing to explore 3d shapes. We talked about everyday items that are cylinders eg tins of beans, noticed that the ends of a cylinder are like circles and talked about it having 3 faces.

Phonics

Our new diagraphs are oa, ar and or. We have been learning to read the tricky words 'my' and 'for'.

14th February 2020

We have continued our topic of 'Hot places'. The upstairs our our classroom has turned into a 'Hide' and the children have enjoyed using binoculars and looking out for animals. They have made their own paper plate animals and used the Kapla bricks to build different animal enclosures. We have been using puppets to re-tell the story ' Monkey Puzzle', with the children taking a seat to enjoy the performances of their peers. There has been a real 'monkey focus' as we have also been learning a poem called 'Monkey Babies'.

The children have been working hard and are ready for the half term break. We have sent home today details of our 'holiday challenge', this time linked to our maths 3d shape learning. We hope lots of you will enjoy taking part and look forward to seeing and displaying the children's animal models.

Mrs Wordsmith - Word of the Day

This week's words are:

• slather
• scrub
• urgent
• relief

Maths

This week our focus has been on capacity. We have been exploring how much a container will hold and using words like full, empty, half-full and over flowing. The children have really loved the opportunity to fill and empty bottles and to look at their own water bottles talking about how much water remains in it at different times of the day.

Number of the week - 11

We have started to look at the teen numbers with a focus on number 11 this week. We talked about it being a two-digit number, a number that we can not make on our fingers as it is 'too many'  and that  it comes in-between 10 and 12 on our class number line.

Shape of the week - Cuboid

We are continuing to explore 3d shapes. The children were surprised by the number of different 'cuboids' they were able to find around the classroom.  Can you find any around your house?

Phonics

This week we have been looking at the long oo sound ( eg moon) , the short oo sound ( eg book) and the trigraph 'igh' as in light, sigh, fright.

February 7th 2020

We started our new topic this week 'Hot Places'. We have looked at maps and globes, finding places that are 'hot and wet' such as rainforests and places that are 'hot and dry' such as deserts. We have talked about different animals that live in the rainforest and thought of words to describe them. Among other stories, we read 'Slowly, slowly, slowly said the sloth' by Eric Carle.

The children  have continued to use our 'Chinese Restaurant' but have also had fun riding in the 'jeep' and looking out for animals in our 'rainforest roleplay'.

Mrs Wordsmith - Word of the Day

This week's words are:

• polish
• soak
• shower
• gargle

Maths

This week our focus has been on weight. We have used the balance scales to compare the weight of two objects, talking about which is heavier / lighter and how we know.

Phonics

Our new diagraphs have been ai as in rain, train, wait... and ee as in see,keep, tree.

We have been singing the alphabet song and talking about the vowels -  a e i o u. The children have learnt a rhyme to help them remember the sound made by the diagraphs ai and ee:

When two vowels go out walking,

It's the first one that does the talking

And says it's letter name.

January 31st 2020

It was great to finish our 'Cold Places' topic this week with a visit from Dave Wattam from the British Antarctic Survey. The children were excited to try on the clothes he brought and to hold ice from Antarctica, placing it close to their ears to listen for the air bubbles popping!

In addition, we found out how Chinese New Year was celebrated and were busy cooking noodles in our role play restaurant and looking out for a 'dragon' that we noticed roaming around our school!

A reminder that parental consultations take place after school on Monday  and Tuesday; appointment times are displayed on the classroom door.

Mrs Wordsmith - Word of the Day

This week's words are:

• messy
• sloppy
• dirty
• jumbled
• wash

Maths

We have continued to look at numbers up to 10, sequencing them and thinking about 1 more (ie the number that comes next) and 1 fewer ( ie the number that comes before).

Phonics

This week we have been looking at the diagraphs  ch, sh, th and ng. The children have learnt that although there are two letters, they only make one sound. We have been thinking about the tricky words he, she, we and me.

January 24th 2020

The children have continued to find out about animals that live in the Polar regions and explored how 'blubber' ( ie a layer of fat) helps to keep them warm. We did our own test, placing our hands in icy water and noticing how much warmer it felt when we applied a covering of fat! We have been making careful pencil sketches of animals and writing our own facts, using our phonics to help us. In gym we have continued to use the large apparatus, introducing the 'A' frame.

Mrs Wordsmith - Word of the Day

This week's words are:

• challenge
• problem
• mistake

Maths

Number of the week - 10

We talked about '10' being a two-digit number. We counted in tens and used our fingers to help us find pairs of numbers that make 10.

Shape of the week - cube

We talked about the faces of a cube being square. We used multilink cubes and tried to make cubes of different sizes.

Phonics

Our new letters this week have been y, z, zz and qu. We have focussed on learning to recognise the tricky words we and he.

January 17th 2020

This week we have continued learning about the Polar regions. We have used non-fiction books     (ie  information books) to find out about seals, polar bears, penguins and Arctic foxes. We will use this knowledge when we write our own facts next week. The children have explored ice, trying to melt it and release the 'creatures' frozen inside! We have created pictures of Antarctica using a range of media and had to be patient, leaving our work to dry before continuing with a different medium the following day. Many models have been made using mobilo (some 'snow' related,some not) and the children are learning to write a label for the models they wish to keep and display. In our gym session this week the children used the mini trampoline ('trampet') for the first time and walked across the high beam, many of them showing great confidence.

Mrs Wordsmith - Word of the day

This week's words are:

• struggle
• solution
• push

Maths

Number of the week - 9

We found different ways of making 9 using our fingers, numicon and dominoes.

Shape of the week - sphere

We have now started to look at 3D shapes. We found different spheres around the classroom - an inflatable globe, a marble, balls of many sizes. We used the word 'curved' to describe their surface.Can you find any spheres in your house?

We have continued to focus on numbers to 10, matching numerals and quantity.

Phonics

In Phonics we have started Phase 3 'Letters and Sounds', looking at j,v,w,and x this week.

January 10th 2020

The children have returned refreshed and energised from the holidays and excited to share all their news. We have started to look at 'Cold Places' and the children have enjoyed dressing up in hats, coats and scarves and sitting in our igloo! We have looked at maps and globes to locate the coldest parts of the world and to find where we live. We found out about Barnaby Bear's journey to Antarctica, reading his diary and looking at photographs of the animals he found there. Each week a child in the class will bring home our class toy, Tigs the tiger and our class diary, in which they can write and draw about their weekend adventures with Tigs. The children enjoyed looking at some of the class diaries made by previous year groups and are looking forward to sharing their own. Other activities undertaken this week include building igloos from sugar cubes, writing in salt, making penguin collages and giving directions to help penguin find her lost penguin chick.

Thank you to everybody who undertook the holiday ' counting challenge' ; it was lovely to see so many different collections of objects and we will display these in the classroom.

Mrs Wordsmith - Word of the day

This week's words are:

• habit
• repeat
• fail
• try
• effort

Maths

Number of the week - 8

We looked at octopus and octagon and noticed they began with oct. We found different ways of making 8 using our fingers, numicon and dominoes.

In maths we have been working with numbers up to 10.

Phonics

In Phonics we have been recapping all of the sounds and tricky words learnt so far.

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