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Class Blog 18th December 2020

In phonics this week we have moved onto phase 4. We have been practising our segmenting and blending this week. Sounding out and blending words for reading and segmenting words for spelling.

We have also started learning the phase 4 tricky words: said, like, have, some, come, what and when. Friday is tricky word day! Where we listen and sing along to the tricky words song. You can find it and keep practising over the holidays using the link below.

In English and Maths time this week, we have been helping Jingle the elf with his training! He wants to become a Santa elf and sent us a letter asking us to help him. We have been writing Santa’s good list and writing the list of toys for Santa. We have also had another elf, called Joe, in class this week. He has been watching to see who has been kind to their friends this week.

We have loved having the elves to visit us and have been great in helping them with their tasks.

In the afternoons, we have also done lots of Christmassy things!

On Monday, Reverend Andy visited school and told us the story of the first Christmas. We listened really well and asked some great questions, like ‘What did Jesus get for Christmas?’ and ‘Why does Santa give presents?’

Then on Wednesday we had a magician in school, doing a special show for us! He was amazing and we loved watching his tricks.

We have had a great last week of term. Well Done Giraffe class you have all worked so hard this term. We are very proud of you all. Have a Happy and healthy Christmas and we will see you back in school in January.

Class Blog 11th December 2020

This week in phonics we have been reviewing all the phase 3 sounds we now know. We have made Mrs Evans proud, showing her how many of the sounds we now know!

In English time we have been reading the famous Christmas poem ‘T’was the night before Christmas’, by Clement Clarke Moore.

We read the poem and tried to learn parts of it together. Then we used the poem to write descriptions of Santa.

Class Blog 4th December 2020

This week in phonics, Giraffe class have been learning the last two remaining sounds from phase 3; ‘ure’ and ‘er’. Now we have completed all the phase 3 sounds! Try to keep practising these at home and with the reading pack that comes home on a Thursday.

In English the children have continued to use the story ‘The Tunnel’ by Anthony Browne. This week they have been creating and writing about what they thought could be through the tunnel.

The class have also been busy practising their Christmas song for our filmed performance on Monday.

It has been sad that I haven’t been able to be in class with you this week. I know that Mrs Evans and Mrs King have been doing a great job while I have not been there and I know that you will all have been doing your Birk Hill best for them too!

I look forward to being back with you again soon.

Stay safe and well.

Mrs Smith

Class Blog 27th November 2020

This week in Phonics we have been learning four more phase 3 sounds. This week is has been ‘ow’ (cow), ‘oi’ (coin), ‘ear’ (hear) and ‘air’ (hair). We have also been practising our tricky words ‘her’ and ‘into’. 

Your child should have brought home a plastic wallet with a home reading record and a phonics sheet. This is our reading at home task this week (instead of a book). Please listen to and help your child to say the phonics sounds and then read the words and sentences on the back of the sheet. You could also try other words and sentences with these sounds.

In maths this week we have been learning the names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes. As part of our learning, some children went on a shape hunt around school.

In the afternoons we have been continuing our learning about the Great Fire of London. This week we have been designing and making models of Tudor houses, which were the types of houses that were in London at the time of the fire.

Class Blog 20th November 2020

This week in phonics we have been practising and applying the sounds that we have learnt so far. Our vowel digraphs are ‘oa’, ‘oo’, ‘ar’, ‘or’ and ‘ur’. We have practised reading and writing words with the sounds in.

In the afternoons we have been learning about the Great Fire of London. First we looked at a painting of the fire and thought of questions we wanted to ask. Then we watched some clips and read facts about the fire to see if we could answer our questions. Then we showed what we had learnt using pictures and iPads.  

Class Blog 13th November 2020

This week in phonics we have been learning more vowel digraphs. We have practised oa, oo, ar, or and ur. Each day we practise saying and forming the sound, then we apply the word to reading and writing some words and sentences.  We also keep a look out for these sounds through the day, in our other learning.

This week has also been busy with special events. At the beginning of the week we learnt about Remembrance Day and made poppies for our poppy display in the playground. On Wednesday, we marked Remembrance Day by having our 2 minute silence outside around our tree.

On Thursday, we enjoyed one of our termly cultural days, with a day in India. We tried some Indian food and made some Indian crafts.

To finish the week, on Friday we all dressed in our pyjamas for Children in Need.

What a busy and fun packed week!

Class Blog 6th November 2020

It has been lovely to see the children back to school after the holidays. Well done to all those children (and parents!) who have been practising their names and tricky words over the holiday. It was lovely to see photos of some of the children’s learning.

This week in phonics we have started to look at vowel digraphs, two letters which make one sound. This week we have looked at ‘ai’, ‘ee’ and ‘igh’. It would be great to keep practising these digraphs at home and spot them in any books, on packets or labels that you see around the house.

In English we have been reading and writing Firework poems. We worked together to write an Acrostic firework poem, where each line starts with a letter from the word firework.

In Maths we have been looking at coins and learning the value of each of them. There is a great game on Topmarks website called ‘Coin game’, which can help with this. Again this is a great thing to practise and talk about at home.

In the afternoons we went outside and looked for signs of Autumn. Then we had fun playing in the leaves and making pictures and rubbings with the leaves.

Class Blog 22nd October 2020

Can you believe we have completed half a term back at school already! We have all come on so much this term and settled so well back into school routines. I am so proud of all the Giraffes.

In our final week we have been learning about the last country in the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland. We learnt about the legend of the Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland. The Irish Giant Finn McCool tried to build a path across the sea, using hexagonal rocks. He wanted to get to the Scottish Giant on the other side .You can watch the story by following the link.

So we decided to try and build our own pathways using hexagons. 

Then on Wednesday, we had a really fun day! We had a sports workshop where we practised our balancing and accuracy skills using tennis rackets, beanbags and cones. Then we all danced the night away (until 4:15pm!)  at our class disco!

Have a great half term break Giraffe class. Stay safe and have fun!

See you back in school on Tuesday 3rd November.

Class Blog 16th October 2020

This week in phonics we have been reviewing b and d. We have learnt rhymes to help us to remember which way round they go when we are writing them.

We have also been practising our capital letters and tricky words.

In maths time we have been learning our number bonds to 10. These are pairs of numbers that add together to make 10. We have enjoyed watching the Numberblocks ten again episode and also making rainbow number bonds.
In English we have learnt about the Loch Ness Monster. We designed and wrote facts about our own mysterious monster.
Class Blog 9th October 2020

This week in phonics we have been revisiting the vowel sounds a e i o u. We practised writing these letters and reading words containing each letter.

We also listened to and sang along with the vowel song.

In English, our story for this week has been the story of the Welsh dragon.

We have really enjoyed reading this story. Ask us to tell you the story.

In the afternoons we have learnt and explored around our learning theme of Brilliant Britain. This week we found out about England and Wales, then used our creative skills to show what we have learnt.

Class Blog 2nd October 2020

This week in phonics we have been revisiting j,v,w,and x phonemes. We have practised reading and writing short words that contain these letters such as jam,  van,  web,  fox.

On Fridays we practise the tricky words. These are words which don’t sound like they spell. We like watching and reading along to the phase 2 and phase 3 tricky word songs.

In Maths we have been practising finding 1 more and 1 less than a number. We used the ‘Chopper squad ‘ game on TopMarks to help us practise.

In English we have continued our work on Jack and the Beanstalk. We received a letter from the giant who wanted to know who had taken his things! So we have been writing letters back to the giant to tell him that it was Jack!

Class Blog 25th September 2020

In phonics this week we have been practising the phonemes y, z, zz and qu.

In maths this week we have been ordering numbers to 20. On Monday we took our maths outside and played some number games.

Then on Tuesday we had a visit from Andy Tooze the Poet. He read us some of his poems and we joined in with some of them too.

Then he worked with us to create our own class poem about plants.

It went like this.

Root and shoots, roots and shoots,

Plants have roots and shoots.

Roots drink water,

We do too.

Some animals eat plants,

We do too.

Leaves are the plant’s kitchen,

Plants need food,

We do too.

Plants are Great!

Class Blog 18th September 2020

In phonics this week we have been reviewing some of our phase 3 sounds. This week it was sh, ch and th. We practise spotting these sounds in words and then read and write words with these digraphs in. Have a look in a story book at home and see how many you can find?

In maths we have been comparing numbers. We worked together on the carpet to say if a number was more than and less than 6.

Then we met Charlie crocodile who loves to eat big numbers!  We chose 2 number cards and had to decide which number Charlie would eat!

In English we have been reading and retelling the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We worked in groups to practise and retell the story to our friends. We used lots of story language, like ‘Once upon a time’ and ‘happily ever after’.

In the afternoons we have been learning more about plants. We made pictures of plants with all its different parts.

We have also planted beans this week. We are going to see if we can grow a beanstalk as big as Jack!

Another great week Giraffe class! Well Done!

Class Blog 11th September 2020

Welcome to Giraffe Class!

It has been lovely to meet and start to get to know our new Giraffes. They have settled SO well into school and into the new routines that we have in place! They have been amazing!

This week has been about us getting to know each other. We have also spent time talking and finding out about keeping safe and why it is important to wash our hands with soap! Ask your child and see if they can remember what ‘Super Soap’ did to the microbes (pepper) in our science experiment this week!

We have talked and shared our worries using a lovely story, by our author of the term Anthony Browne, called ‘Silly Billy’. You can watch a clip or the story by googling it online.

In the story Billy’s Grandma helps him with his worries by giving him ‘worry dolls’ to tell his worries to. We talked about things that worry us and then each made a worry doll for ourselves.

We have also started to do some little bits of learning to get us back in the routines of school life.

This week in phonics, we have been practising our blending and segmenting of CVC words like mix, hat and jug. On Wednesday we went on a phonics hunt on the playground. We had to find CVC words hidden around the playground and match them to the pictures on our sheet.  (photos below)