Penguins and Seals rose to the challenge!

Hello Penguin and Seal followers

We are back and boy have we been busy learning!

This term we have been busy learning all about fairy tales and how to write our own stories.  We have learnt about characters (good and bad) and settings of stories, drawing detailed pictures of both.  We have learnt about the sequence of stories and completed our own story mountains for familiar fairy tales we had chosen.  We even have been telling our own stories which are teachers (aka story ladies) scribe and then we had great enjoyment acting them out as a class within a story square.  Next term we will continue with this topic of ‘Once Upon a Time’ and will go on to learn how to write openings and endings of stories and to eventually write our very own stories. 

This week our teachers set us a challenge!

We had various different challenges around the classroom to choose.  If we challenged ourselves then we got to go on the challenge board and some of us even got a rainbow sticker! We were very motivated!


These girls were on a ‘writing train’ writing their shopping lists.



Edwin and Riley completed a numicon challenge.  The numicon plates were hidden in foil and the children had to guess which numicon plates they had and then record their findings on a whiteboard.  They then challenged themselves further by choosing two numicon plates to add together and worked out the answer.


Dylan challenged himself with the 100 square and noticed a new number pattern. “Look this is like a stairs” he said.  What do you mean? asked the teacher.  Dylan showed how the numbers went down from 1, 12, 23, 34, 45, 56, 67, 78, 89, 100 diagonally.


Lewis decided to challenge himself with some addition.  He was finding it difficult to work out the number sentences so the teacher showed him how to use the sticks to work out the answer practically, counting how many altogether.  He recorded his answers on a white board continuing to work independently. 



Mahiya helped Ruby to read a different version of the Little Red Riding Hood.  She pointed to each word and blended them out for Ruby to hear. 

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In Seals Lilianna decided to be creative and made a ‘lifeguard chair’ using the mobilo.  What an original idea!

Toby decided to complete a writing challenge and wrote down his guess of what was in the box.  He thought carefully as the teacher had told him that whatever was in the box was something from the Gingerbread man story.  Toby knows this story really well!

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Emma challenged herself to write a crazy sentence she wrote ‘

Grace decided to use the phoneme frames to segment words she could see on picture cards. 

Both girls were fantastic independent writers!

Finally today we have all taken part in a board game afternoon to raise money for the NSPCC charity. 

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