What makes a good home?

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What a busy term we have had so far in Class Simmonds with our enquiry into what makes a good home. In Science we have looked at building materials and at which makes them most suitable for their purpose. We then had an opportunity to visit Broughton Manor building site to have a closer look at the building process and ask lots of questions to the kind site manager. In Geography we have compared physical and natural features of South Africa and England and In History we’ve identified how homes have changed through the years. More recently we have been lucky enough to have a visitor speak to us about the celebration of Holi. The class enjoyed trying on some traditional outfits, celebration snacks and dance moves. 

In Numeracy Year One have been introduced to the two, five- and ten-times tables and are enjoying learning some catching tunes in their daily practice of them. We have been learning how to write number sentences and use pictorial representations of problems. 

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Were children happy during World War One?

Class Simmonds have been really enjoying getting stuck into our WW1 enquiry and are really looking forward to presenting our learning to parents on Friday 14th December at 9:15am. We have been learning about what schools, food and homes were like back then and how they compare to our experiences now. 

All children have now had an opportunity to experience a practice phonics screening test which has helped us re-group the children and ensure they are now in groups which best meet their reading needs. We are hosting a reading evening on Tuesday 4th December at 5pm, where children come in pyjamas; have hot chocolate and a story whilst parents find out more about our reading programme at the school. Class Simmonds are now lucky enough to have four parent reading helpers in school for which we are most grateful.

In Numeracy we have been focussing our attention on number and place value. Children have been learning their two times tables and developing their knowledge of number bonds to ten. It would be fantastic if children were continuing to practise their multiplication tables at home.

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How are we unique?

Welcome back parents and children of Class Simmonds. This terms enquiry is exploring how we are unique. The enquiry will be led by the children’s interests and they have already indicated that they are keen to explore the scientific route of looking at our bodies. We will also be looking at how our beliefs and lives differ from those around us now and in years passed.

In Numeracy we will be focussing our attention on place value and on our two timetables. In literacy, we will be continuing to follow our Read Write Inc, programme (ruthmiskin   ) and developing our ability to compose and write cohesive sentences.

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