The Hundred Decker Rocket

Friday 03 March 2023

This week, we have continued to explore our topic ‘Let go’.

We have been reading the book The Hundred Decker Rocket.

This story is about a girl called Ivy who sets off on a mission to space. On the way, she meets some very messy aliens.  When her rocket breaks down, all the aliens help to fix it and make their own deck.

We decided to create our own class rocket. Everyone enjoyed designing their own deck.

Mine is going to have a swimming pool.

Look! It’s got a ball pit.

I’m going to have a slide on my deck.

Top tip for watching YouTube with your child: go to the settings cog (it’s along the play bar) and turn off auto play – this avoids an inappropriate clip coming up automatically, and helps to discourage your child from passively watching clip after clip.

Word of the week

Every week, we look at a new adventurous word. We call this our ‘word of the week’. This week our word of the week was ‘expedition’ – linked to the story ‘The Hundred Decker Rocket’. We looked at the definition ‘ A journey with a plan’.

It was like an expedition when I went to London.

I went on an expedition to Lego Land in Denmark.

You might follow signs on an expedition.

Maths

This week,  we have focused on consolidating our number sense by rehearsing the order of the first 10 numbers and understanding that the position that each number holds in our number sequence does not change.

By doing this, we were able to explore ‘one more’ and ‘one less’.

I know 3 is one more than 2 because 3 comes after 2.

It goes 4, 5 so 4 is one less than 5.

Phonics

This week, the children have reviewed er, air and longer words that contain double letters.

hammer    shimmer   cannot   chatter   muffin

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 Popcorn.

When reading, we focused on the rhythm of the poem and using short, sharp voices.

Science

We had lots of fun exploring magnetic and non-magnetic objects.

We tried scissors and it worked!

Look it’s picking the metal up!

World Book Day

We had such a fabulous day! We started the morning with lots of wonderful stories with our grown-ups. Then, we were visited by children from Year 3,4 and 6. It was lovely to see everyone sharing their favourite books. In our classroom, we engaged in lots of traditional tale themed activities.