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All Around The World - Spring 2

Welcome to our class blog for Spring 2.

Here you will find a weekly update of our learning for the week. We love to share our outcomes with you! 


Please enjoy the half term break with your children and I look forward to seeing them in a fortnight's time.


Holiday homework:

Please complete reading with your children (lots of reading for pleasure/ sharing books), RWI links. Below is a link to practise RWI letter formation with your children. We’ve reviewed formation individually and this will come home with your child’s report. It’s important children form their letters correctly now or they become stuck when trying to join. For example, many children are starting on the line, instead of at the top of the letter, when forming m and n and adding the ‘stick’ after; or placement of p, g and j on the line.

For maths, please encourage your children to recognise numbers to 20 and then to 100 - you might look at page numbers in a book or find numbers when out and about.


If you wish to, you can start the half term homework which is on the We're not Scared tab.

Miss Wood. 



What a wonderful week!
Weve written part of The Runaway Chapati story and become illustrators.

In maths we’ve explored numbers to 100 through games. Recognising and reading these will continue to be part of our learning after half term. We also been exploring spatial reasoning, copying a pattern created with blocks.

We’ve deepened our understanding of the Easter Story in religion lessons and practised our prayers
Outdoors, we’ve drawn Easter eggs with chalk and our playground had a visit from the Easter Bunny! Unfortunately, the Easter Bunny managed to drop a lot of eggs while playing on our bank so we made maps to help him collect them when he returned at dusk. 


A big thank you to Bonnie’s mum, who sent in lots of things from All Around the World. We located all the countries they came from on a map… There was something from almost every continent.



What a fantastic week we have had. We’ve finished our learning on Handa’s Surprise and have started to learn our new story, the Runaway Chapati, by heart. In maths we have been learning about numbers beyond 10: putting them in tens frames and learning to write and count to 20. 

We’ve learned lots about Africa this week and have made savannah habitats. In RE we made Easter gardens and we have begun to practise songs for the Easter Service next week. 

Dottie brought in some information about Japan so we did some learning about the country and made Mandala patterns.


Take a look at the pictures of the fruit salads we made below…


This weeks homework:

Reading: please read your child’s reading book with them each day

Phonics: RWI links will be sent via class dojo

Maths: Please practise writing the numbers 1-20 both in order and at random. The numbers we are practising forming as a class are 6, 7 and 9 as lots of children need help with them.

Writing: We have been practising our fine motor skills by colouring neatly within the lines. Challenge your child to draw a picture and colour neatly. They can write a sentence or caption below it if they wish.


We have celebrated British Science Week. We’ve made boats and experimented with floating and sinking. We have shared our ideas about the life stages of humans from babies to old age. We were naturalists and closely observed British wildlife , completing drawings. We also explored with magnets and dough.


This week we have been practising our throwing and catching skills in PE. We’ve been on the school field so we have lots of space and have been getting muddy in the process but this is all part of the fun. In English we have been learning using the book Handas surprise. We have begun to retell the story and we made fruit salads too. In maths we have been problem solving using pattern grids, working on partitioning numbers to help us with bonds and learning number bonds to 10. In PSHE we have been learning about successful hand washing.


Homework this week:

Reading - using the RWI and home reading books

Phonics - using the links sent

Writing - Please help your child to practising writing on lined paper In particular placing the descenders p,g,y,q,and j correctly on the line. Just a few words at a time is best

Maths - Please help your child to recall number bonds within 10 e.g. 8 and 2 make 10. 6 and 4 make 10. 1 and 6 make 7




This week we have explored the Polar Regions inspired by our key text: Lost and Found. The children have learned about penguins through non-fiction texts and have developed their knowledge through continuous provision activities such as melting ice, building nests and carrying an ‘egg’ using their feet. 


Children have engaged in expressive play as penguins, polar explorers and travel agents in our role play area. They have accessed fine motor and creative activities using paint, fine tools, feathers and craft materials. 


In mathematics we have been developing speed and fluency in recalling number bonds to 10, discussed the properties of some 3D shapes and compared amounts by subitising.


Finally, we have begun to explore floating and sinking in preparation for British Science Week.


We hope you enjoy the photos, 

Service class




This week in English we have been learning using the book All Aboard The London Bus. The children have visited Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the Underground, Tower Bridge and the Crown jewels.


In maths we have been linking our knowledge of number facts to the number 9 and creating more complex patterns using an AAB or ABC structure.


It was World Book Day and we enjoyed lots of reading activities including reading with our buddies. 


As part of our continuous provision, we have completed lots of activities including making structures similar to London landmarks from Lego and Knex, daffodil art for St David's day and enjoying our new role play area.