# Rumble in the Jungle

Friday 10 May 2024

The sun is shining and it has been just wonderful to feel like it’s finally Spring time! Here’s what we’ve been doing in our ‘Life on Earth’ topic this week…

Rumble in the Jungle

This week, our focus book has been Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz.

The book is a collection of fun animal poems. Whilst reading, the children enjoyed listening for rhyming words and noticing the patterns made with the words.

Our word of the week is Rainforest. We’ve been learning all about geographical features of rainforests and about some of the animals who live there.

In our writing, we’ve been remembering facts about rainforests. Lots of children are challenging themselves to write more- check out these amazing double-sided writing examples!

Maths

In maths this week, we’ve continued to develop our understanding of the composition of numbers to 10. Using the rhyme ’10 Fat Sausages’, we have found different ways to represent 10.

We have also used 10 frames and dice patterns to show ‘5 and a bit’ numbers to 10.

Help at home

Use the language – First, then and now to create a number story to match the picture.

Phonics

This week we have continued to read longer words as well as compound words such as windmill, handstand and lunchbox.

We’ve learnt the tricky words; there, when, what, one.

Help at home- Please continue to work through the weekly learn at home phonics sheets. We’ll continue to send these home each Friday.

Living and Learning- I know the importance of ‘five a day

Following on from our discussions about healthy balanced diets, we’ve been talking about the importance of getting your ‘five a day’.

The children spoke about why we should eat fruit and vegetables and what that might look like.

It keeps us healthy- Heidi

It makes us strong- Rupert

You should eat a rainbow- Albie S

Poetry Picnic

Each week we will be learning a new poem. We will recite this poem each day. By saying the poem out loud, we can focus on the sounds and rhythm of each word or line. We talk to the children about how this can help us become better readers. This week’s poem is called A Little Shell.

A Little Shell

More learning from this week…

We are now over half way through Summer 1 and starting to think about transition into year one. To get the children prepared, we’d like parents/carers to encourage children to come into school through their classroom door independently and wave them off at the waving window. We know there are a few children already doing this, which is great for developing that independence.

We will be asking that after the May half term break, all children come in independently.

Having said this, please know that our door will continue to be open to you for chats and if your child wants to show you their learning.