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Welcome to Queens class!

Week 6

This week we went on a spring walk around the school. It was lovely spotting different flowers and looking at the changes in our outdoor environment. 





We have been experimenting with powder paint, mixing different colours using paint brushes and pipettes.

We have been using clocks to talk about the time and we have been learning to count in 2's, 5's and 10's.


We have been practising writing simple sentences, remembering how important it is to segment our words and leave finger spaces!


Have a wonderful holiday and Happy Easter! Thank you for your continued support.


Week 5

This week we have been enjoying the beautiful sunshine and have been doing lots of lovely learning in our outdoor area. 



We continued learning about dinosaur facts.

We learnt the ng digraph.

And we used fishing rods to pick up magnetic numbers at the finger gym table.

We drew pictures and made patterns on the computer and IWB.

Have a happy and sunny weekend :)


Week 4

This week we have been exploring different non-fiction books. We discussed how helpful the contents page can be and used it to find information we were looking for.

We have been writing our own facts about animals.

We have been learning about animals habitats and we made very interesting sea habitats using transient art.


We used watercolours to paint animals.

In maths we continued counting, doubling and using mathematical language to describe 2D and 3D shapes. And now we can all identify numbers to 20! 

In phonics we have been practising digraphs learnt so far, we have been blending and segmenting 4 and 5 letter words and we have also been looking for digraphs in reading books and writing down as many as we find! Another busy week of learning!

See you all on Monday.

Week 3


This week we enjoyed learning about different animals. We built up a fact file which is going to help us with our writing tasks next week. 

The visit from the Animal Encounter on Wednesday was amazing! We saw animals such as: a Crested Gecko, a Chameleon, a Milk snake, a Royal Python and a Meerkat. The children were very brave and some even held the Royal Python on their knee! I wasn't so brave!

As part of science week we had fun carrying out a chromatography experiment. We made predictions and discussed what happened and why.

In maths we have been learning number 19. We have been using Numicon, dice and tens frames to make teen numbers. We have also been using mathematical language to describe 3D shapes. Ask your children how many faces the shapes have and what their names are- I am sure you will be impressed!

Have a great weekend.

Week 2

This week we have been reading and doing lots of activities based around The Gruffalo story.

We read clues and went on a Gruffalo hunt!

We had a great time celebrating World Book Day.

Have a great weekend.

Spring B Week 1

We have had a really brilliant week focusing on PSED (Personal, Emotional, Social Development).

The children really have showed what a caring, kind class they are and that if we work as a team we can achieve anything! We have read some lovely books about how to manage our feelings, how to share and how to promote and gain self-confidence.

We have played lots of games such as snap, snakes and ladders and pairs. The children have worked together to build various different things using construction blocks, they have made things using junk art and they even worked in groups to design their own playground.



We have also been....

  reading and writing rhyming words.

 writing and reading tricky words.

 practising teen numbers and counting accurately.

 being creative with transient art.

Have a restful weekend. See you on Monday :)


Week 7

We have had a busy week linking lots of our learning to Chinese New Year.

We have been counting money into Chinese money envelopes and we have practised writing Chinese symbols.


We have been doing lots of number mark making, writing about the Chinese Great Race and practising writing tricky words.


We have been learning about subtraction in maths and we made bead strings to help us with taking away.

We have also been celebrating Valentine's Day. And to mark the end of the Chinese New Year celebration we tasted noodles, prawn crackers, lychees and Chinese green tea. What a busy week!


Have a fantastic half term holiday and enjoy the mild, sunny weather! 

Week 6

This week we have been learning all about Chinese New Year. We have been making Chinese lanterns and good luck money envelopes. We used different materials to make Chinese New Year transient art.


We read the story of The Great Race and designed medals for each animal. We talked about ordinal numbers in maths and continued adding two groups together.


We had great fun planting trees in the main playground. We are looking forward to watching them grow!


Week 5

This week we have been carrying out floating and sinking experiments. We had great fun making predictions, recording them and then testing them to see if we were right.


We have been doing lots of writing and storytelling based on Mr Gumpy's Outing. We even made boats from junk art and then tested them to see if they could hold all of the animals and still float!

We have been learning the w, z and zz sounds in phonics.

We used magnetic letters to build words and have been practising reading tricky words.



In maths we moved pictures of ourselves on and off a bus template to find 1 more and 1 less.

We were also adding two groups together and learning how to record a number sentence.

Keep warm and have a great weekend!

Week 4

This week we have been learning the sounds y (yet) oa (boat) and ss (glass)

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

Our number of the week is 13 and our shape of the week is the cone.

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.


Week 3

This week we have been writing sentences based on the The Train Ride text.

We have been practising our phonics by reading short sentences on train tickets.

We have been learning the phonemes j and b.

In P.E we are doing Gymnastics.


We have been using different resources to practise counting accurately.



Our number of the week is 12. 

As well as recording tally charts we have used lollypop sticks to show how a tally looks.

Have a great weekend!

Spring A- Week 2

This week we had a visit from Isobel's Mum. She talked to us about her job in the hospital. We had fun listening to our heartbeat using a stethoscope and dressing up as doctors. 

We have had a great start back to the new term! Our new topic is called On the Move.

We have been listening to and retelling the story of The Train Ride. We will be using this text for writing and painting over the next few weeks. The 'ee' and 'ai' diagraphs that we have been learning will help us with our writing.


In maths we have been practising writing numbers.

Our number of the week is 11.

We have been counting the dots on dominoes and dice and we have used our 'top tips for counting' to help us count objects accurately.

This half term we are learning about 3D shapes. This week we explored the cube. Have a look at home and see if you can find any cubes!

Week 7 and 8

On Thursday we had a visit from Aviad's Dad who came to talk to us about Hanukkah. He showed us the Menorah and brought in Dreidels for us to play with.


We have been making numicon number lines.

We have been counting objects and matching them to a number.

We have been ordering numbers 1-20.

We have been reading and writing cvc words and we are beginning to write short sentences.

Below is a picture of our new writing wall. 


Week 5

This week we have been measuring the height of different objects. We have used ribbon, string, big building blocks and multi-link cubes. We have also been ordering items by their height. Ask your children who was the tallest- Miss McGuinness or Mrs Coad!

We have been doing some fantastic re-telling of the story The Black Hat using story maps and actions.

We have also been learning about estimation. We estimated how many objects are in a jar and then we had a go at guessing how many penguins and doughnuts were on the page.

This week we have been making Rangoli patterns and Diva lamps in celebration of Diwali.

We have been using different objects to explore capacity.