All posts by Cheryl Johanson

Rainy days ☔️

Last week we made the most of the wet weather and wrote some poems about the rain.  As well as this we used paint and straws to create our own rain drops for our poems to be displayed on.
In phonics we learnt about the spelling rules for changing singular nouns into plural nouns.

We learnt about cm and m in maths and used our rulers and metre sticks to estimate and measure the length of different objects.

We are continuing to observe and record the weather every morning and afternoon and we’re beginning to notice how the weather can change lots of times within a single day.

Congratulations to another reader of the week.

Weather Poetry

This week in English we have started a unit on poetry and we are linking this to our topic on weather.  We worked together to perform some weather poems and today we took a closer look at the rain and studied the April Rain Song by Langston Hughes.

We went outside and carefully looked at the rain thinking about what it feels like and sounds like and all the different places it goes.


In topic we have recapped the seasons and have observed and recorded the weather.

We’re looking forward to next week especially because Monday reveals our new Reader of the Week.  Congratulations to Ella who was this week’s reader 👍.

Week 4 update

Last week was another busy one.  In phonics we recapped the split digraphs and spent lots of time reading words that contain these.


Our topic this term is the Weather and we recorded the type of weather for each morning and afternoon.  We will continue to do this and observe the weather changes over time and how the weather links with the different seasons.

R.E. Day and so much more

It’s been another busy week in Maple Class with lots of exciting learning taking place.  In maths we have been learning about place value and partitioning 2-digit numbers which we are very confident with now.

Phonics has been happening daily and this week we’ve been recapping Phase 4 where we segment and blend longer words.  Mrs Johanson caught us out with some really tricky words but then we got much better at blending.

In English and reading we have been concentrating on animals, in particular endangered animals and we will be writing about these next week.

Thursday was R.E. Day where each class learnt about an inspirational person and how their faith helped them.  We started off by reading the book Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom on Wednesday and produced some fact files about his life. Please do look at the website for our videos.

Welcome back

We have had a very busy three days back in school.  Lots of learning has taken place and we are enjoying being back with our friends again.  One of our favourite activities has been getting the school bug house ready for some new residents.

Come back next week for more updates from Maple Class.

Illustrations and more

Today we began to make our part of the whole school story come alive with illustrations. We worked with two Year 9 art pupils from Lavington to create some amazing illustrations. As well as this we starting writing narrative to go with the illustrations for our class book The Umbrella and we enjoyed the book swap.  Another great day for #bookweek2020.

Inside the Umbrella ☂

Before we opened our wordless book we were given special envelopes to open.  Inside were copies of the illustrations and we worked with our reading partners to sequence the story.  We had to look really closely at the illustrations to help us.

This afternoon we wrote questions to the illustrators of the book which Mrs Johanson is going to send onto the publisher.  Then we had a great time with Lime class where we shared our favourite book with them.

The Beginning of Book Week 2020

Today was the beginning of Book Week 2020.  In assembly Mrs Wren explained that this year the theme is all about illustrations and illustrators. Maple Class are looking at the wordless picture book “The Umbrella”.  We looked in detail at the front cover and made some predictions about what the might be about.

Instead of dressing up for World Book Day we are illustrating t-shirts of our favourite book.  We had a great time doing these today and can’t wait to wear them on Thursday and find out who the winner is.


As well as this we also contributed to the whole school story and included our mystery item of a Fairy Tale land map.  This afternoon we enjoyed walking to the mobile library and sharing our books when we got back to class.  Remember to come back tomorrow to see what else we’ve been up to.

 

Dodgeball and presents 🎁

This morning all of KS1 took part in a house dodgeball competition. This was lots of fun and we’re looking forward to seeing who the winners are next week after KS2 have played their games.

In the afternoon we opened our special deliveries from yesterday. We all inferred that our class book was about Santa and we’re excited to begin reading How Santa Really Works this term.

Smarties and a Special Delivery

In maths we recapped finding half of shapes and then we started to find half of numbers.  Some of us used Smarties to help us and it was lots of fun.

In phonics we learnt about the er suffix. We were challenged to add the suffix to different words so we really had to think about what we do to the root word first.

In English we looked at the Year 2 Common Exception Words and which ones relate to our topic. Here are some of our sentences.


In reading we had a very special delivery from the North Pole!  We had to infer what our new class book is about and then we designed what we think the front cover looks like. Tomorrow we will open them to find out.