Reflective Friday 19.3.21

P4W Wonderful Woodland

Week ending 19th March 2021

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s blog – our first week back after returning from Learning Together at Home! Thank you to all our families and pupils for making it a great first week back 😊

We have had another very busy week of learning, developing skills across the curriculum and getting back into the routine of the school day! Here is a flavour of our learning this week…


We have been:

  • Developing our knowledge of spelling skills, making plurals. This week’s spelling rule was making plurals with words ending in’ f’ and’ fe’. Change the f to v and add es. TRICKY WORDS this week were – more most
  • Developing our knowledge of poetry writing with a focus on shape poems, discussing and comparing different examples.
  • Investigating and writing our own descriptive poems.
  • Learning how to find information in a non- fiction text.
  • Developing our listening skills and being a great team member.
  • Working with a learning partner to analyse and decide on what makes an effective adventure story by looking at great examples.
  • Sharing our adventure stories from Learning Together at Home.
  • Giving feedback to our peers and listening to feedback from our teachers on our adventure stories.
  • Reading information in a text and using our understanding to answer a range of different questions (Comic Relief focus for Red Nose Day).
  • Solving puzzles and word-searches using our spelling and reading skills.
  • Sharing our likes and dislikes about a range of texts.

This is the rule we will be working on next week-

  • To support the breaking up of words into 2 syllables as a spelling strategy
  • Using the term ‘closed’ syllable.  A syllable is closed when there is one or more consonants after the vowel e.g.  ham/per  am/ber
  • We will learn that when spelling that every syllable must contain one vowel sound
  • Here are some examples of words following this rule that we will learn about next week:

window     contest      turnip        cactus       amber       midnight

absent       hamper      planet       construct

TRICKY WORDS which  witch

Ideas for home learning: All the children have a book with a Living Things theme to share at home. Can you find out how the book is organised? Is there a contents page, and if so, how do we use this? What interesting facts can you find in your book to share in class?

Use your common word spelling lists on Teams to practise your words. Can you use different active activities (see spelling cards posted previously and spelling walls on the Buckstone home learning blog page).

Can you use the materials on Teams to help you write your own adventure story? You have really enjoyed sharing lots of fantastic stories with your classmates this week, sharing feedback and many of you have been inspired to get writing too! Please feel free to bring in any stories you write to share with your teachers and/or classmates.

Maths and Numeracy

We have been:

  • Sharing and developing our knowledge of the 2,4 and 8 x tables and the links between.
  • Challenging ourselves to use these skills to solve problems and puzzles.
  • Learning to play games together and develop independence and initiative by choosing options on the ‘challenge table’.
  • Developing our our mental multiplication skills and speed and accuracy through different challenges.
  • Sharing our understanding of angles, identifying what an angle is and where they can be found.
  • Developing our knowledge of how to name and identify different types of angles – Acute, Obtuse, Right, Reflex and Straight.
  • Building on our understanding of how to use language around Position and Movement of objects to follow directions and give instructions.
  • Identifying half and quarter turns in both a clockwise and anti-clockwise direction.

Ideas for learning at home- Choose one of the times tables that you need to practise and use one of the strategies or ideas that you have worked on this week in class – or when Learning Together at Home – to help you. This might include a Speed Test or a Hit the Button game on Topmarks for example.

Use the online protractor link from https://www.visnos.com/demos/basic-angles to practise learning how to use a protractor and measure angles. You could look for different angles in a local park, your garden or house and list what you can find! You might want to take photos of these to share in class. and here is another link to learn more about how to use a protractor – https://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/protractor-using.html. We will be working on this skill in class!

Create your own route challenge for a family member – can you give them a set of instructions to follow? This might include turning a quarter, half or full turn (clockwise or anti-clockwise) and using right or left turns. Think about how many steps forward or backwards. Next week we will have fun doing that with our class-mates inside and outside!

Health and Wellbeing

We have been:

  • Revisiting the 7 characteristics of Living Things- focus on movement.
  • Creating moving figures in the style of Manga.
  • Talking about our feelings, sharing thoughts and thinking of strategies to help us become more resilient and settled in our return to school from Learning Together at Home.
  • Developing our cooperative skills and fitness.
  • Creating a team fitness routine for a Race for Life warm-up.
  • Learning in our outdoor environment.

Ideas for Learning Together at Home – enjoy your Race for Life fun at the weekend if you take part 😊

Social Skill

  • We are learning how to listen carefully- what this looks like and sounds like.
  • Working cooperatively- making a positive contribution to the team.
  • Being respectful of others.

Have a great weekend everyone! Good luck if you are choosing to participate in the Race for Life! 😊