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Weekly News 30th April 2021

Miss Mandelson and Mrs Clegg - 29 Apr 2021

Whatever the Weather
The weather this week has been ideal as the children have continued to explore their Geography topic: Wonderful Weather  We have had warmer days, cooler days, dry days and wet days!  As well as being great geographers, the children have also been super scientists and marvellous mathematicians all in one lesson when we decided to analyse weather patterns in April.  We learned that, in spring, it is often rainy hence the phrase 'April showers' , and the temperature begins to rise.  We compared weather patterns in April from five years ago when there were 6 sunny days, 4 cloudy days and 20 rainy days...and realised that, this year, we have had a much drier April than usual.  The children also looked at the temperatures in April and found that five years ago they ranged from 8 to 13 degrees.  How does this compare with April 2021?  Take a look below for an example of how the children used their data handling skills to present their findings.  The children shone like stars with some super presentation.

In English with Miss Mandelson, the children have continued to explore the text 'Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain'.  We came across some unfamiliar words in the text such as plain, pasture, migrate, belated, drought and herdsmen.  The children used the context to guess what these words meant and then used their dictionary skills to check.  We have also begun to explore the patterns, identifying rhyming words and forming rhyming couplets.  As we read this Kenyan tale, we are realising that African countries have different weather patterns to those in the UK and we shall explore this further in coming weeks.

In English with Mrs Clegg, we have continued our work looking at 'Terrifying Tigers.'  We read a report about these wonderful animals and looked for some key features such as headings, captions, alliteration and facts.  We then thought of our own alternative versions, tying together all of the research we have done over the last few weeks.  The Reception children have continued to explore 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' and they have done some wonderful drama, as well as creating their own tea party.  Some super work all round!

Having secured our understanding that a half is one of two equal parts, we moved on to look at quarters in our Maths lessons this week.  This was a little more tricky but we are getting to grips with it now.  I wonder if your child can explain to you what a quarter is?  The Reception children have been busy working with wholes and parts as they have explored the composition of different numbers to 10:
 

 
 
There has been a lot of outdoor fun this week too - something magical was happening down in forest school on Wednesday as wizards got to work using herbs to mix potions.  And the Reception children have been getting very imaginative with boxes - what do you suppose is happening here?

 
  

All of this work on Africa and tigers made us feel like going on safari!  Art this week was a whole class project....
 
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Can you tell what it is yet......?

 

  
 
As ever, the Tigers have been shining like stars.  You may have spotted a shining star in your child's reading diary, phonics book or on their jumper when they have come home and hopefully they have been able to explain what their star has been awarded for.  Stars have been earned for some super independent work and presentation this week too:
 
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