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Clare Class - Ms Jannoch & Ms Coppola

Week 6

The children in Clare Class have been looking at the signs of Spring. We have discussed things around us that are blossoming, budding and growing. We have also had some extensive talk about animals and the names of their young. Did you know that a baby rabbit is called a kitten?


We have been combining colours to recreate spring flowers in our painting:

And we have been working really hard on learning and spelling 'tricky' words and applying them in our writing:


We all wish you a very restful Easter break.

Week 5.

The children in Clare Class have been learning more facts about dinosaurs, including their different names and the terms 'carnivore' and 'herbivore'. Lots of children had a go at writing their own 'fact file' about a chosen dinosaur: we had some very impressive sentence writing. 

We used some lovely green play dough to make creative scales, spines, teeth and claws for different dinosaurs:


And the children also got creative with making mother's day cards:


In phonics, we have been working on the digraph 'ng' ('thing', 'ring', 'Spring') With the onset of mild weather this week, the children have enjoyed doing lots of learning in our outdoor environment, too. 

Enjoy your weekend and we wish you a happy family time together.

Week 4.

Children in Clare Class did some very interesting dissection of owl pellets, this week. They found lots of different bones that had been consumed as part of the owls' diet. We used an identification chart to work out some of the different bones.


We have been talking about the features of an information text ('non-fiction'). Your children are beginning to think about terms such as 'contents page', 'information', 'facts' and 'index'. Children in Reception have been writing their own factual sentences.

Our mystery reader this week was Marianne's mum, who brought in some geological specimens for the children to look at. These included granite, coral, volcanic lava and pudding stone. Thank you for such an informative and exciting visit!


Our phonics this week included the digraphs 'oo' (book, look, shook) and 'oo' (moon, spoon, food). We also reviewed some 'tricky' and high frequency words.

Have a lovely weekend.

Week 3.

To celebrate Science Week, children dressed up as animals on Monday.

We did some 'skittles chromatography':

And we had a visit from 'Animal Experiences' during which we learned about wonderful creatures such as the chameleon, Chile Rose tarantula, royal python and hissing cockroach!



We also learned two different sounds for the digraph 'th':

'hard' th (thing, think, bath) and 'soft' th (that, there, they).

Some of us had red noses to celebrate Red Nose Day and made donations for the charity Children In Need. Thank you to all of those who took the time to come and support our wonderful Science Festival at Trumpington Meadows school on Thursday. Wasn't it great?!

Have a restful weekend.

Week 2.

This week, children in Clare class planted some Rowan saplings in the school grounds. The children worked in pairs and planted the baby trees in holes with soil, a cane to keep them stable and a plastic protector to keep them safe from nibbling creatures. Mr Bass showed us what to do and then we worked really well in our pairs.



The children had some fantastic costumes to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday.



They have been using lovely stick puppets and woodland resources to re-tell the story of The Gruffalo.


The children worked on more number activities, lots of book-related activities and learned the phoneme 'ow' (owl, prowl, cow).  The children have also been working hard on their high frequency (common) and 'tricky' (common exception) words this week. Well done for another week of work and fun.

Have a great weekend.

Week 1.

We have had a really interesting and fun first week back after the half term holiday focusing on PSED (Personal, Social, Emotional Development.) We have been sharing lots of books that deal with big emotions and friendships and the children have engaged in activities that have involved turn-taking, sharing and talking to one another in a co-operative manner. We played 'Jenga', Snakes and Ladders, 'Connect Four', to name a few. We also did some wonderful team-building and group activities, such as parachute games, sharing a picture (drawing in a small, collaborative group) and 'Pass the Squeeze'. We have set up a 'Kindness Wall' for children to nominate one another for the kind deeds and words that they experience.



In phonics we learned phonemes 'x' (fox, box, axe) and 'v' (violin, violet, love)

We also worked very hard on 'tricky' and high frequency words, this week. Lots of children are using some of these words very ably in their writing.


In our maths we have been continuing with subtraction and taking away.

We are looking forward to doing some activities based around The Gruffalo next week: if you have the book at home, you might like to share it with your child over the weekend and/or upcoming week.

Have a good weekend.







Week 7 - a bit more Chinese New Year!


In our maths, we have been working on subtraction. The children have begun to make number 'sentences' using the minus sign and the equals sign. Number of the week was 16.

We continued our work on the Great Race for Chinese New Year and enjoyed a wonderful Chinese Food Tasting experience. The children were offered noodles, prawn crackers and green tea. Most thought they were delicious; a few were a bit nonplussed!

To end the week, the children enjoyed decorating and eating biscuits with their Year 5 buddies. It has been a very foodie week!

Enjoy a restful half term holiday.


Week 6. Chinese New Year.

We have all really enjoyed finding out about how Chinese New Year is celebrated. The children have discovered the artistic delights of Chinese lanterns, money wallets and dragon pictures:



~The children have been learning about the story of The Great Race, which gives the tradition of naming each new year after a different animal.

In maths, number of the week was 15.

And the children learned about 'ordinal numbers' (first, second, third). Veron did a great job of ordering all the ordinal numbers and adding numicon pieces to represent each one. Good job, Veron!

In phonics, children learned new phonemes 'ch' (chair) and 'sh' (fish).

Has your child told you about our Year 5 buddies? Every Friday, Year 5 children come and spend some time with their Reception 'buddy'. Activities vary: reading books together, playing outside together, playing board games together. It is a wonderful and valuable experience for everyone involved.  This week, we shared some books together:


We are looking forward to continuing to learn about Chinese New Year, next week.


Week 5 - Another busy week in Clare class:

In our maths, this week, the children counted children on and off a bus, counting one more and one less each time. 

The children have started learning how to add two groups of objects together, using the symbols to make a 'number sentence'.

In phonics, children have learned 'w' (wet), 'z' (zig-zag) and 'zz' (jazz) 

The children have done lots of writing and reading using the book 'Mr Gumpy's Outing' as a springboard. They really enjoyed listening to how all the different animals caused a commotion on Mr Gumpy's boat. Children have used magnetic letters to support their writing, as well as doing some great independent writing using their segmenting and blending skills. Your children really are becoming accomplished readers and writers!

The children explored the concept of sinking and floating, using their predicting and observations skills:

We enjoyed the snow this week - and got quite wet and muddy, too.

Next week we shall be learning about Chinese New Year and will be learning the digraphs 'ch' and 'sh'.


The children in Clare Class have been busy this week:

Week 4

This week we have been learning the sounds y (yes) oa (goat) and ss (mess)

We drew story maps of The Train Ride and the children were able to retell the story using actions.

Our number of the week has been 13 and we have been doing lots of counting.

We enjoyed playing different board games, card games and dominoes with our Buddies from year 5.

We have been practising using the correct letter formation when writing words and sentences.




What is happening in Clare Class?

January 2109: Here are some pictures of things that we have been doing in our first full week back at school:

Our new topic is 'On the Move', revolving around the theme of transport. The children have enjoyed looking at a variety of books linked to this topic.


Children have been having a go at drawing their own vehicles:

And the role play area has transformed in to a bus and bus stop!


If your child has a favourite book about vehicles or transport, do bring it in to class to share.

On Friday 14th December it was Christmas Jumper wearing day - we raised money for the charity Save The Children. Have a look at some of the great jumpers that we had in class ...





week ending 30th November

We had a visit from Nadav's dad, Guy, who came to tell us the story of Hanukkah and about how this festival is celebrated. He brought in some pictures of doughnuts, latkas, oil jars and menorah which we enjoyed talking about. He also showed us how to use a dreidel, which is a spinning top toy. Thank you!



We have been busy in class this week, measuring the different heights of objects using blocks, lego, ribbons and measuring tapes.


As part of a whole school activity based around the writing, re-telling and thinking about themes in the story 'The Black Hat' by Maia Walczak, the children have made some fantastical creatures and beautiful butterflies which they imagined might have come out of the hat itself.

week ending 23rd November

In our class, we are getting ready to learn about Hanukkah. Our topic board shows some of the celebrations and festivals that we have learned about, so far, as well as some forthcoming ones! Which one is your favourite?


Look at all the phonemes and common exception words that we have learned, so far:


We have recently acquired two desktop computers in our classroom. The children are beginning to learn how to control a mouse and use simple software.

Last week we had a go at ordering capacity pictures:

Children made divas from clay:

Making our own mendhi patterns:

Rangoli patterning on the transient art table: