Welcome to Crocodiles & Sharks
Last term was a very busy half term for Ryecroft, (our travelling bear), during his epic, whirlwind tour of the world. He contacted us at various stages during his travels and enlisted the aid of our Year 2 children to help him discover facts about the various countries and cultures he had encountered along the way. Crocodiles enjoyed writing reports about Islam and Pakistan and learned many interesting facts. They used their learning about Brazil and the Amazon Rainforest to write exciting stories about Ryecroft Bear and his adventures in colourful Rio de Janeiro. The hungry, little bear was eager to know about traditional food in Asia so the Crocodiles used ‘bossy verbs’ to plan and write instructions to demonstrate how to make Chinese noodles. They tested their recipes by making and eating the noodles. How delicious they were!
The children have also looked at different styles of letters and written to a pen-pal in the group. The book, ‘Mr Elephant’s Rio Tour,’ inspired the Crocodiles to write travelling adventure stories of their own after Mr Elephant’s magical umbrella was found in the classroom!
This half term, Crocodiles will be learning why poppies are a national symbol of remembrance at this particular time of year. As you may be aware, Ryecroft Infant School will be celebrating its 125th anniversary, and the children will be taking a look back at its history.
As always, we aim to strengthen our basic writing skills so that our sentences are accurately punctuated and frequently used words are spelt correctly. Please remember to practise weekly spellings with your child as this will hugely benefit their writing ventures. Congratulations to Ruby Harris, who is the current leader at the top of our ‘Spelling Bee Board,’ and to Kiezen, Marshall, Casey-Leigh, and Amelia for having their fantastic writing displayed on our WAGOLL Wall (What A Good One Looks Like). We feel very proud of them!
Sharks have been working on number skills and using addition and subtraction to solve everyday problems, including money. They have been finding halves, thirds and quarters of numbers, shapes and objects. In addition, they have been learning how to sort and analyse data using tally charts, pictograms and block graphs. Ruby, Jermaine and Shane are the stars of our Maths WAGOLL Wall (What A Good One Looks Like) and have really shown resilience and great reflective skills to solve some tricky maths challenges – well done! It is really important for our Sharks to sharpen up their quick-fire mental mathematics and it’s always appreciated if you could encourage children to do this at home too. Here are some of the things we have been working on:
Pairs of numbers that add up to 10, 20 and 100
2 times table
5 times table
10 times table
Doubling numbers to 20 – e.g. double 1 is 2, double 2 is 4 etc
Halving even numbers from 2-20
Our Meerkats have enjoyed literacy activities based upon the story, Farmer Duck. They enjoyed describing the characters in the story, especially Farmer Duck and Farmer Frank. They helped the lazy, old farmer to mend his ways by assigning jobs around the farm fairly so that the hard work was shared equally by all. The children enjoyed making masks of the characters in the story and are writing instructions to explain how they made them.
In the next half term, Meerkats will also be celebrating the 125th anniversary of the school as well as delving deep into space!
Mrs Needham & Mrs Richardson