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Starlings Class Blog w/c 21st June, by Mrs O'Marah

Date: 17th Jun 2021 @ 8:55pm

Weekly Blog

Week commencing Monday 21st June

 

Hello Starlings and welcome back to our weekly class blog.

We have had another busy and sun-filled week in Starlings class and are so proud of the hard work we are doing to join our handwriting.

 

English

In writing we have continued to use the text ‘Toys in Space’ by Mini Grey to inspire our writing. We have been looking at the different characters in the book and thinking about how we can describe and compare them. In our sentence writing, we have been learning to use ! and ? at the end of our sentences.

Next week, we will be using the senses to help us to explore how the toys might be feeling. We will also be writing descriptive sentences for our own space creatures.

 

Maths

In Maths we have been using our knowledge of numbers to 50 and the symbols less than < and greater than  >  to help us to compare and order objects and numbers.

Next week we will be counting in twos and fives, and we will be applying our learning to help us to solve word problems for addition and subtraction.  

 

History

In topic this week we have been using our history skills to learn about how cars have changed throughout time and exploring the differences in their size, shapes, what materials they were made from and what they were used for. We made timelines to show chronological order.

 

 

Phonics

This week our groups have been learning:

Red Group

Sounds focus: ck, sh

Book: A Cat in a Pot

Green Group

Sounds focus: ay, ee, igh

Book: The Web

Pink Group

Sounds focus: ai, oa, ew

Book: Snow  

Orange Group

Sounds focus: ie, au, e_e

Book: My Best Shirt

Yellow Group

Sounds focus: cious/tious, e, ie

Book: Robin Hood

Blue Group

Sounds focus: ai, oa, ew

Book: JellyBean

Grey Group

Sounds focus: ai, oa, ew

Book: How Silly!

 

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

Mrs. O’Marah, Mrs. Judge, Mrs. Esling and Mrs. Southern.

Starlings wb 14.6.21, by Mrs O'Marah

Date: 13th Jun 2021 @ 10:23pm

Weekly Blog

14th June 2021

 

Hello Starlings and welcome back to our weekly class blog.

Last week we had a wonderful return to school following the half term break and we have been very busy learning and having fun in the sunshine!

 

English

In writing we have started our brand new text ‘Toys in Space’ by Mini Grey. We have been introduced to the different characters and have been using the very important skill of inference to think about how the toys might feel and what they might be thinking. We then wrote sentences to share our ideas, using the word ‘and’ to join more than one idea in a sentence.

This week we will be learning to punctuate sentences with ? ! and .

We will also be comparing the different characters from the book.

 

Maths

In Maths we have been learning all about numbers to 50. We can now count to 50 and find missing numbers to 50, and we can use part part whole to represent numbers to 50 by using tens and ones.

This week we will be counting in twos, and then using < and > to compare sets of objects.

 

Topic

Last week we learned all about The Flying Scotsman, we found out where it got its name from, plotted where it travelled on the map, talked about the impact it made on people’s lives and measured out its length.

 

Phonics

This week our groups have been learning:

Red Group

Sounds focus: ng, nk

Book: Wuff Wuff

Green Group

Sounds focus: ir, ou, oy

Book: Tug Tug

Pink Group

Sounds focus: ue, er, ow

Book: The Greedy Gremlin  

Orange Group

Sounds focus: tion, tious/cious

Book: My sort of house

Yellow Group

Sounds focus: ure, tion, tious/cious

Book: The Gingerbread Man

Blue Group

Sounds focus: ue, er, ow

Book: Hairy Fairy

Grey Group

Sounds focus: eu, er, ow

 

 

Wishing you all a lovely week ahead.

Mrs. O’Marah, Mrs. Judge, Mrs. Esling and Mrs. Southern.

Starlings Class Blog 28th May, by Mrs O'Marah

Date: 27th May 2021 @ 8:55pm

Weekly Blog

28th May 2021

 

Hello Starlings and welcome back to our final weekly blog of this half term.

After another fantastic week in Starlings class, we wanted to share what we have learnt this week and what we are looking forward to next half term.

 

English

This week our writing was inspired by our Creepy Crawly Show! We wrote a recount of the day the creepy crawlies visited our class, and we wrote our own poems in the style of “We Can” by Michael Rosen.

After half term we will begin a new unit of work based on the book ‘Toys in Space’ by Mini Grey.

Maths

In Maths this week we have been working hard on our addition and subtraction facts within 20. We compared addition and subtraction facts using the symbols <, > and =.  

After half term our maths work will focus on numbers to 50, then numbers to 100.

Creepy Crawly Show

Wow, what a fantastic experience this week when the Creepy Crawly show visited school. All of the children were incredibly brave and they showed our school rules of ready, respectful, safe beautifully.

We loved learning about, looking at and touching a tarantula, 2 species of snake, a cockroach, a gecko, and even a tenrec. That’s a relative of the humble hedgehog!

It was a truly amazing day.

Topic

Next half term, we will be learning about Neil Armstrong and the moon landing in History. In Geography we will learn all about the local area of Lostock, and in Science we will be learning about materials.

 

Phonics

This week our groups have been learning:

Red Group

Sounds focus: qu, x

Book: Pick it Up

Green Group

Sounds focus: ar, or, air

Book: Black Hat Bob

Pink Group

Sounds focus: aw, are

Book: Tab’s Kitten

Orange Group

Sounds focus: ire, ear, ure

Book: Come on Margo!

Yellow Group

Sounds focus: ire, ear

Book: Off Sick

Blue Group

Sounds focus: u_e, aw, are

Book: The Poor Goose

Grey Group

Sounds focus: u_e, aw, are

Book: I dare you

Wishing you all a lovely, safe and happy half term break. We will see you back in school on Monday 7th June.  Mrs. O’Marah, Mrs. Judge, Mrs. Esling and Mrs. Southern.

Starlings Class Blog 21st May 2021, by Mrs O'Marah

Date: 20th May 2021 @ 8:56pm

Weekly Blog

21st May 2021

 

Hello Starlings and welcome back to our weekly class blog.

After another fantastic week in Starlings class, we wanted to share what we have learnt this week and what we are looking forward to next week.

 

English

In writing we have completed our writing unit inspired by our class text ‘The Curious Case of the Missing Mammoth’. We used the plans we wrote last week to write a story which uses the same structure as our class text, but included our own animals and setting in the story.

Next week we will learn all about poetry and we will be writing our own poems.

Maths

In Maths this week we have been working hard to subtract within 20. We have learned all about crossing tens when subtracting which was quite tricky but we tried hard and think we have cracked it!

Next week we will practise our addition and subtraction facts to 20 and solve some word and picture problems to test out learning!

History

In History this week we continued our learning on inventions and transport. We used ipads to help us to find out more with the use of a “padlet”, it was so much fun! We learned all about different inventions and then we found out about the inventor George Stephenson and made posters to celebrate our learning.

PSHE

In PSHE this week we began our P4C work and discussed some “big questions”. Did you manage to continue the discussion at home? We hope the lovely stickers helped you to do so!

 

Phonics

This week our groups have been learning:

Red Group

Sounds focus:z, ch

Book: Jam

Green Group

Sounds focus: ow, oo, oo

Book: The spell 

Pink Group

Sounds focus: u_e, i_e, o_e

Book: The dressing up box

Orange Group

Sounds focus: ai, oa, ew

Book: A good cook? 

Yellow Group

Sounds focus: ai, oa, ew

Book: Tom Thumb

Blue Group

Sounds focus: ie, i_e, o_e

Book: King of the Birds 

Grey Group

Sounds focus: ie, i_e, o_e

Book: The Lion's Paw 

 

Wishing you all a lovely, safe and happy weekend. Please remember that Monday is an INSET day so we will be back to school on Tuesday.

Mrs. O’Marah, Mrs. Judge, Mrs. Esling and Mrs. Southern.

Starlings Blog 26/3/2021, by Mrs O'Marah

Date: 25th Mar 2021 @ 8:36pm

Weekly Blog

26th March 2021

Hello Starlings and welcome back to our weekly class blog.

What another excellent week we have had in school, we hope you have enjoyed it as much as we have!

English

In writing we have continued with our class text ‘The Lion Inside’. We have enjoyed orally retelling the story with our friends. We have also been exploring how the animals were feeling at different points of the story.

Next week we will be writing our own stories inspired by the text.

Phonics

This week our groups have been learning:

 

Gold Group

Ditty sheets

Green Group

Sounds focus: air, or, ir

Book: Black Hat Bob

Pink Group

Sounds focus: or, air, ir

Book: Tab the Cat

Orange Group

Sounds focus: aw, are, ur

Book: Look-Out

Blue Group

Sounds focus: ew, ire, ear

Book: The Poor Goose

Maths

In Maths this week we have been looking at ‘how many are left?’ We have looked at the number as a whole and subtracted a part to find what was left.

Next week we are continuing with subtraction and will be exploring counting back.

 

We have been so excited to see the frog spawn in our class tank hatch into tadpoles! We cannot wait to see them develop more and turn into frogs.

We also enjoyed planting trees in our school environment.

 

R.E.

In RE this week we learned all about ‘The Last Supper’.

Spellings

As next week is our last week and it’s a short week, we won’t be having a spelling quiz.

 

Wishing you all a lovely, safe and happy weekend.

Mrs. O’Marah, Mrs. Judge, Mrs. Esling and Mrs. Southern.

Starlings Blog 19/3/2021, by Mrs O'Marah

Date: 18th Mar 2021 @ 8:26pm

Weekly Blog

19th March 2021

Hello to our lovely Starlings family and welcome back to our weekly class blog.

The children have enjoyed another fun-filled week of learning in school and have been impressing us all so much with their resilience, super attitude to learning and their smiles.

English

In writing we have been exploring our class text ‘The Lion Inside’. We have enjoyed looking at the different characters and describing their feelings and we have been mastering the use of ! in sentences too.

Phonics

This week our groups have been learning:

 

Gold Group

Ditty sheets

Green Group

Sounds focus: ow, oo, oo, ar

Book: Six Fish

Pink Group

Sounds focus: oo, oo, ar

Book: In the Sun

Orange Group

Sounds focus: i_e, o_e, u_e

Book: Haircuts

Blue Group

Sounds focus: ow, ai, oa

Book: Hairy Fairy

Maths

In Maths this week we have been exploring number bonds and now we are moving onto subtraction.

Why not challenge us to make a number bonds rainbow at home and see how well we can recall them now!

 

Science

In Science we are making the most of the changes in our outdoor environment in school by using our senses to identify signs of Spring on a scavenger hunt. We have also been looking at the weather and exploring how the weather changes with the seasons.

History

This week in History we have learned all about what the past is and we have enjoyed writing sentences about something we enjoyed doing which is in the past.

Spellings

You will find spellings in your reading diary, but for your reference, this week’s words are

Are

Your

Come

Push

Where

The quiz will take place on Friday 26th March so please practise at home beforehand, thank you! 😊

 

Wishing you all a lovely, safe and happy weekend.

Mrs. O’Marah, Mrs. Judge, Mrs. Esling and Mrs. Southern

Starlings Weekly Blog W/C 8th March, by Mrs Judge

Date: 10th Mar 2021 @ 3:22pm

Hello Starlings and welcome to this week's blog,

It has been so lovely having you back in school and seeing so many happy, smiling faces.

We have been celebrating National Science Week this week with a focus on ‘innovation’. We have learnt how crayons are made and all about the Crayola inventor and even made our own crayon scratch art. We have learnt about the Mars Rover mission and drawn our own Mars Rovers. We have investigated the best material to make a parachute with and designed our very own machines from recycled material.

In worship, we have been celebrating being back together and we will relaunch our ‘Global Goals’.

For writing, we have been making predictions and describing settings in our new book ‘The Lion Inside’ and for maths we have been making number bonds to 10.

We have also re-done our Read, Write, Inc assessments so a sticker will be put into diaries with information about changes. Each week, the children will bring home their RWI book, a RWI reading book and a bedtime book which we would love or you to share with them.

We cannot thank you enough for all of your support with home learning this term - it means so much to us and is had a great impact on the children. 

Stay safe,

Mrs. Judge, Mrs. O’Marah, Mrs. Esling and Mrs. Southern

 

Starlings Home Learning 5th March, by Mrs O'Marah

Date: 4th Mar 2021 @ 11:27pm

Friday 5th March 2021   

Happy Friday everyone. Here we are again at the end of another hard working week. You are all amazing and we are just so proud of how much enthusiasm and hard work you are putting into your school jobs.

Well done superstars- we couldn’t be more proud of the amazing children we have at Lostock Gralam and don’t forget to tell your adults that we think they are superheroes. You have blown our socks off Starlings, you have had a smile on your faces every morning and you have tried your best with your home learning tasks every day. Well done!

 Worship

Click on the link for Mrs Powell’s worship today: https://youtu.be/MTgdJpAbcc4

 Science

Next week in school we will be celebrating Science week and we have lots of fun activities planned for you and the whole-school focus for the week will be on ‘Innovating for the Future’, that means using Science to come up with new ideas and technology that will change the World one day. We want to celebrate the Mars Rover robot landing in Space, so to launch this we would like you to learn about the astronaut Mae Jemison today. 

Have a look at the lesson video to find out more: https://youtu.be/dQoGJnhiP2A 

Reflect and return to school task:

Today we would like you to just reflect on the last 8 weeks of remote learning and to think ahead to your return to school. There are some lovely activities below to help you to do this. You might want to print them from the attachment, or you might want to create your own doodles in your own style.

If you want, you could play this lovely relaxing music whilst you create your ideas today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2UEqBdU7go&list=RD-j2uKUK5P10&index=2