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Swallows Blog 08.11.2021, by Miss Gillam

Date: 4th Nov 2021 @ 9:25pm

Hello Everyone!

Welcome back to Swallows class blog.

 

Praise Book:  Jayden B         Top Table: Ella

What an amazing start to this half term we have had! Mrs Elson and I have been so impressed with the children's fantastic attitudes towards their learning. We have enjoyed our first Cricket PE lesson with Andy, learnt the first song from our Christmas production, had a fantastic History focus day and enjoyed a whole day of active Maths.

We are looking forward to another week of being busy little bee’s next week. Please take a look at what we will be learning below.

English

Our English work will continue to focus on the beautiful story ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’ this week. Swallows will create and perform their own firework poems, sort information into subheading and write complex sentences using a range of conjunctions.

 

Maths

Our Maths work will focus on adding and subtracting two 2 digit numbers this week. We will continue to focus on our times tables during our arithmetic lesson’s.

 

Read Write Inc

Please check your child's diary to see which group they are currently working in. Please remember that the children sometimes need to repeat sounds/books in order to develop fluency and understanding. If you child has remained on the same colour reading book, this is not a problem. It just means that they need to really focus on using speedy Fred in their head to read at a faster pace. 

 

Orange Group- Miss Gillam 5.11.2021

Playday

We can play!

Jam tarts

 

New sounds:

  • ea – cup of tea
  • oi – spoil the boy
  • a_e – make a cake
  • i_e – nice smile

 

Reading focus: We have been focusing on using Fred in our head to help us to become speedier readers this week. Remember to spot special friends, Fred talk and then read the word.  

 

Please continue to use your little sounds book to read words containing each of our new sounds for this week. Remember, we are now focusing on being super speedy readers and need to be able to spot the special friends, Fred talk and read the word using Fred in our head as quickly as possible. You will find lots of words to read on the back of each speed sound card.

 

Yellow Group – Miss Gillam 5.11.2021

Grow your own radishes

The radish contest

plants

 

New sounds:

  • ea – cup of tea
  • oi – spoil the boy
  • a_e – make a cake
  • i_e – nice smile

 

Reading focus: We have been focusing on using Fred in our head to help us to become speedier readers this week. Remember to spot special friends, Fred talk and then read the word. 

 

Please continue to use your little sounds book to read words containing each of our new sounds for this week. Remember, we are now focusing on being super speedy readers and need to be able to spot the special friends, Fred talk and read the word using Fred in our head as quickly as possible. You will find lots of words to read on the back of each speed sound card.

 

Blue Group– Mrs Elson 5.11.21

Jelly Bean

Small but deadly

Beastly Pet

New sounds:

  • ea- cup of tea
  • oi – spoil the boy
  • a-e – make a cake
  • I-e – nice smile

 

Please use your new sounds book to read new words containing each sound on the back of the speed sound card.

Reading focus:  We are continuing to revisit our sounds and we have been looking at different ways of spelling the same in differently.

 

 

Pink Group – Mrs Esling 5.11.21

Scruffy Ted

Scruffy Ted gets lost

new sounds

  • ea – cup of tea
  • oi – spoil the boy
  • a_e – make a cake
  • i_e – nice smile

 

Reading focus: We have been focusing on using Fred in our head to help us to become speedier readers this week. Remember to spot special friends, Fred talk and then read the word. 

 

Please continue to use your little sounds book to read words containing each of our new sounds for this week. Remember, we are now focusing on being super speedy readers and need to be able to spot the special friends, Fred talk and read the word using Fred in our head as quickly as possible. You will find lots of words to read on the back of each speed sound card.

 

Grey Group – Mrs Judge / Mrs Hoskins 5.11.21

 

Wailing Winny’s Car Boot Sale

Dad Makes a Mistake

Amazing Caves

 

This week, we have started our new RWI spelling scheme and have focussed on spelling the or sound spelt a before 1 and ll

 

Practise reading and writing these words: tall, small, also, always, altogether, already

 

Reading focus: We have been focussing on reading with expression and using the punctuation marks to convey how the characters are feeling.

 

 

 

 

 

Homework

Reading

 Please spend 10 – 20 minutes reading each day. This can be a combination of Read Write Inc and bedtime story books. Please remember the importance of your child listening to YOU read during this time too. Please remember to record any reading in your blue reading diary.

 

Spellings 

 Throughout the Autumn term our spellings will be focused on the Year Two Common Exception words. These are words that the children will come across frequently in both their reading and writing. We will complete a spelling quiz in class every Friday. Please use your spelling whiteboard to help you to learn your spellings each week. We will write your child's score in their diary each week. This will be written next to the spellings they have been tested on that day. This will be on the page from the previous week's page. 

great  hour  half    hold   improve

Our next spelling quiz will be on Friday 12th November.  

Maths Homework

Please have a go at learning your 10 x table this week. We have each child our Bronze times table challenge for this week. This involves learning the 10 x table in order. In addition to completing your written times table challenge, please log in to Times Tables Rock Stars. When you click into the TT Rock Stars home page, you need to select 'Garage' which is a single player game. This is where I can select specific tables for you to learn.  I have set you a little 10 times table challenge for this week. Remember, when you see the division sign, it is asking you how many tens are in that number. Use your counting in 10s to help you J. Have fun choosing your rock star names and completing our special challenge

Our first times table quiz will be on Friday 12th November.  

 

 

Nativity – Christmas with the Aliens

We look forward to sending our play scripts home with your child early next week. We are currently introducing parts in school this week before sending the scripts home for learning. Please use the script to learn any highlighted words that your child will need to learn by heart ready for our performances. Every child who wanted a speaking role has one.

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact ? Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Miss Gillam

 

 

Swallows Blog WB: 18.10.2021, by Miss Gillam

Date: 14th Oct 2021 @ 9:21pm

 

 

Hello everyone and welcome back to Swallows weekly blog ?

 

Praise Book: Layla           Top Table: Anya

 

I can’t quite believe we are looking ahead to the final week of the half term already. Please remember that school finishes for half term on Thursday 21st October as Friday 22nd is an INSET day.

We are looking forward to another week of super learning next week. Please take a look at what we will be learning below.

English

Our English work will continue to focus on the beautiful story ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’ this week. We will write sentences to describe fireworks, write a character description for Plop and enjoy learning and performing Autumn poems.

Maths

Our Maths learning will continue to focus on addition and subjection next week. We will be continuing to add and subtract  10s and 1s and we will be adding a 2 digit number to a 1 digit number. Please continue to support your Swallow at home by adding and subtracting 10s and 1s from different starting points. A 100 square may help your Swallow with this if they are finding it tricky.  

https://mathszone.co.uk/using-applying/puzzles-and-logic-problems/splat-square100-primary-games-3/

 

 

Read Write Inc

 

Blue Group - Miss Gillam 15.10.2021

 

The jar of oil

A second jar of oil

Our invisible planet

 

New sounds:

  • ear – hear with your ear
  • ure – sure it’s pure
  • tion – pay attention, it’s a celebration
  • tious – scrumptious delicious

 

Reading focus: We have been focusing on reading for meaning again this week, taking time to discuss the key events in the text. When becoming a speedy reader, it is important that we understand what we are reading. Please use the comprehension questions at the back of the RWI text to test your child’s understanding of what they have read. Perhaps you could record your answers and show me next week?  

 

Please continue to use your little sounds book to read words containing each of our new sounds for this week. Remember, we are now focusing on being super speedy readers and need to be able to spot the special friends, Fred talk and read the word using Fred in our head as quickly as possible. You will find lots of words to read on the back of the speed sound card.

 

Grey Group – Miss Gillam 15.10.2021

Wailing Winny’s car boot sale

Dad makes a mistake

Amazing caves

New sounds:

  • ear – hear with your ear
  • ure – sure it’s pure
  • tion – pay attention, it’s a celebration
  • tious – scrumptious delicious

 

Reading focus: We have been focusing on reading for meaning again this week, taking time to discuss the key events in the text. When becoming a speedy reader, it is important that we understand what we are reading. Please use the comprehension questions at the back of the RWI text to test your child’s understanding of what they have read. Perhaps you could record your answers and show me next week? 

 

Please continue to use your little sounds book to read words containing each of our new sounds for this week. Remember, we are now focusing on being super speedy readers and need to be able to spot the special friends, Fred talk and read the word using Fred in our head as quickly as possible. You will find lots of words to read on the back of the speed sound card.

 

Yellow Group – Mrs Elson 15.10.21

The gingerbread Man

A hungry Fox

Grab a snack

New sounds:

  • tious– scrumptious and delicious
  • ck- tick tock
  • au- Paul the astronaut
  • e-e Go Pete and Steve!
  • kn- Knock knock who’s there?

 

Please use your new sounds book to read new words containing each sound on the back of the speed sound card.

Reading focus: We have been continuing to look at speedy reading and we have been practicing reading our green words by saying in our head; Special friends, Fred talk read the word. How many green words can you speed read now?

 

Orange Group – Mrs Southern 15.10.21

My sort of horse

Born on a farm

New sounds:

  • ire – fire fire!
  • ure – sure it’s pure
  • tion – pay attention, it’s a celebration!
  • tious/cious – Scrumptious delicious

Please continue to use your sounds book to read new words containing each sound on the back of the speed sound card.

Reading focus: Do we understand what we have just read? Please use the comprehension questions at the back of the books to check your understanding.

 

Pink Group – Mrs Esling 15.10.21

Sanjay stays in bed

My holiday

new sounds

  • Ire – fire, fire
  • Are – care and share
  • ure- sure it's pure

Reading focus: This week we have been focusing on punctuation and exploring how an exclamation mark in a sentence changes the way we say the word and encourages our use of expression in our reading.

Please continue to use your new sounds book to read words containing each of our new sounds for this week. You will find the words on the back of the speed sound card.

 

Green Group – Mrs Judge / Mrs Hoskins 15.10.21

The web

Leggy

Practise our sounds of the week:

  • ar – start the car
  • or – shut the door
  • air – That's not fair
  • ir– whirl and twirl

 

Please use your new sounds book to read new words containing each sound on the back of the speed sound card.

Reading focus: Keep practicing the red words to become a speedier reader. Remember, you can’t Fred a red! How many red words can you read in 30 seconds? Please use the red words written in the front of ‘The Web’ to play this game. You may end up reading the same word several times ?.

 

 

Homework

Reading – Please spend 10 – 20 minutes reading each day. This can be a combination of Read Write Inc and bedtime story books. Please remember the importance of your child listening to YOU read during this time too. Please remember to record any reading in your blue reading diary.

 

Spellings – During the Autumn term our spellings will be focused on the Year Two Common Exception words. These are words that the children will come across frequently in both their reading and writing. We will complete a spelling quiz in class every Friday. Please use your spelling whiteboard to help you to learn your spellings each week. We will write your child's score in their diary next each week. This will be written next to the spellings they have been tested on that day. This will be on the page from the previous week's page. 

To make learning our spellings more fun, we created a special roll and spell game in school this week. Please use this game to learn your spellings at home this week. If you haven’t got a dice, please write the numbers 1-6 on pieces of paper and select a number as a lucky dip. You can then still enjoy the game. ?

Roll and Spell

1

Write the word with your other hand

2

Write the word as fast as you can

3

Write the word with your eyes closed

4

Write the word in a fancy way

5

Write the word in capital letters and stick your tongue out

6

Write the word using tiny letters

 

father  find  floor  gold grass

Our next quiz will be on Thursday 21st October. 

Maths

We look forward to sending home your first times table challenge next week. Please continue to focus on learning how to count in multiples of 2, 3, 5 and 10 this week. Can you complete a one minute challenge for each multiple? Eg. How any multiples of 2 can you write in 1 minute? Repeat with the 3s, 5s and 10s.

0  2  4    6   8  10  12  14  16  18  20  22  24

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact ? Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Miss Gillam

 

 

 

 

Swallows Blog WB: 11.10.2021, by Miss Gillam

Date: 7th Oct 2021 @ 10:09pm

Hello everyone and welcome back to Swallows weekly blog!

Another busy week of super learning for our very lovely Swallows Class. I am so proud of the hard-working and enthusiastic attitudes shown in our classroom every single day. Keep it up Swallows!

We are looking forward to another week of being busy little bee’s next week. Please take a look at what we will be learning below.

 

English

Our English work will focus on a brand new text this week. We will ask questions about animals, research facts and read other stories linking to the text. We will explore character and write a description of a very special journey. I wonder what our new text will be?

 

Maths

Our Maths learning will continue to focus on addition and subjection next week. We will be adding and subtracting 10s and 1s. To support your Swallow with this at home, it would be helpful to play games involving finding 10 more, 10 less, 1 more and 1 less than any given number to 100.

Read Write Inc

Blue Group - Miss Gillam 8.10.2021 

Our House 

Greyhounds 

Cool Houses 

New sounds: 

  • Ire – fire fire
  • Ew– chew the stew  
  • Oa – Goat in a boat
  • Ai – snail in the rain

Reading focus: We have been focusing on reading for meaning this week, taking time to discuss the key events in the text. When becoming a speedy reader, it is important that we understand what we are reading. Please use the comprehension questions at the back of the RWI text to test your child’s understanding of what they have read. Perhaps you could record your answers and show me next week?   

Please continue to use your little sounds book to read words containing each of our new sounds for this week. Remember, we are now focusing on being super speedy readers and need to be able to spot the special friends, Fred talk and read the word using Fred in our head as quickly as possible. You will find lots of words to read on the back of the speed sound card. 

 

Grey Group – Miss Gillam 8.10.2021 

How silly! 

Silly games 

April Fool!  

 

New sounds: 

  • Ire – fire fire
  • Ew– chew the stew  
  • Oa – Goat in a boat
  • Ai – snail in the rain

 

Reading focus: We have been focusing on reading for meaning this week, taking time to discuss the key events in the text. When becoming a speedy reader, it is important that we understand what we are reading. Please use the comprehension questions at the back of the RWI text to test your child’s understanding of what they have read. Perhaps you could record your answers and show me next week?  

Please continue to use your little sounds book to read words containing each of our new sounds for this week. Remember, we are now focusing on being super speedy readers and need to be able to spot the special friends, Fred talk and read the word using Fred in our head as quickly as possible. You will find lots of words to read on the back of the speed sound card. 

 

Yellow Group – Mrs Elson 8.10.21 

Lost 

Which way is it ? 

No way 

New sounds: 

  • ew– chew the stew 
  • ear– hear with your ear 
  • ure- sure it'spure 
  • tion– it’s a celebration 

 

Please use your new sounds book to read new words containing each sound on the back of the speed sound card. 

Reading focus: We have been looking at speedy reading and we have been practicing reading our red words. You can’t Fred a red! These focus red words are found at the beginning of the book.  

We have also been practising our speedy green words by saying; Special friends, Fred talk read the word.  

 

Orange Group – Mrs Southern 08.10.21 

Come on Margo 

Dads and karts 

New sounds: 

  • oa– goat in a boat 
  • ew– chew the stew 
  • ire – fire fire!
  • ear – hear with your ear

Please use your new sounds book to read new words containing each sound on the back of the speed sound card. 

Reading focus: Trying to read using ‘Fred in our head’ instead of fed talking out loud. 

 

Pink Group – Mrs Esling 08.10.21 

Tab’s Kitten 

Yap Yap 

  • new sounds
  • ai- snail in the rain 
  • oa –goat in a boat
  • ew – chew the stew

 

Reading focus: keep practicing the red words to become a speedier reader. Remember, you can’t Fred a red!  

 

Please continue to use your new sounds book to read words containing each of our new sounds for this week. You will find the words on the back of the speed sound card. 

 

Green Group – Mrs Judge / Mrs Hoskins 08.10.21 

Chips 

Beth’s Chip Shop 

 

Practise our sounds of the week: 

  • ee– what can you see? 
  • igh– fly high 
  • ow – blow the snow
  • oo–look at a book 

 

Please use your new sounds book to read new words containing each sound on the back of the speed sound card.  

 

Reading focus: keep practicing the red words to become a speedier reader. Remember, you can’t Fred a red! 

 

Homework

Reading – Please spend 10 – 20 minutes reading each day. This can be a combination of Read Write Inc and bedtime story books. Please remember the importance of your child listening to YOU read during this time too. Please remember to record any reading in your blue reading diary.

 

Spellings – During the Autumn term our spellings will be focused on the Year Two Common Exception words. These are words that the children will come across frequently in both their reading and writing. We will complete a spelling quiz in class every Friday. Please use your spelling whiteboard to help you to learn your spellings each week. We will write your child's score in their diary next each week. This will be written next to the spellings they have been tested on that day. This will be on the page from the previous week's page. 

To make learning our spellings more fun, we created a special roll and spell game in school this week. Please use this game to learn your spellings at home this week. If you haven’t got a dice, please write the numbers 1-6 on pieces of paper and select a number as a lucky dip. You can then still enjoy the game. ?

Roll and Spell

1

Write the word with your other hand

2

Write the word as fast as you can

3

Write the word with your eyes closed

4

Write the word in a fancy way

5

Write the word in capital letters and stick your tongue out

6

Write the word using tiny letters

 

even  every   everybody  eye  fast 

Maths - In preparation for learning our times tables, please continue to learn how to count in sequences of 2, 5, 10 and 3. Why not try making your own active counting game this week? Can you count in 5s while doing star jumps? Can you count in 10s while bouncing a ball?

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact ? Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Miss Gillam

 

Swallows Blog WB 04.10.2021, by Miss Gillam

Date: 30th Sep 2021 @ 5:14pm

Hello Swallows families and welcome back to our weekly blog! We have had another wonderful week of super learning in Swallows Class and Miss Gillam and Mrs Elson have been so proud of us all.

Our fantastic attitudes towards our learning helped us to fill our recognition board once again this week, earning us a special class treat. Well done, Swallows!

We are looking forward to another week of being busy little bee’s next week. Please take a look at what we will be learning below.

 

English

In our English lessons next week, we will continue to explore our class text ‘Troll Swap’ by Leigh Hodgkinson. We will be sequencing ideas to create our own adventure stories. We will orally re-tell the story, create a story map and finally write a new and exciting story using our newly created characters. We will then focus on the skill of editing and improving our own work.  

Maths

Our Maths learning will continue to focus on addition and subjection next week. We will be exploring number facts and fact families, comparing numbers, finding related facts and making number bonds to 100.

 

Read Write Inc

  

Blue Group - Miss Gillam 1.10.2021

King of the birds

The thirsty cow

Birds!

New sounds:

  • ur – nurse with a purse
  • er- a better letter
  • ow – brown cow
  • ai – snail in the rain

Reading focus: We have had a vocabulary focus in our RWI session’s this week. Can your Swallow share some of their favourite word choices from the text with you? Can they give you a definition to explain what the word means? Can they use the same word in a different spoken sentence?

Please continue to use your little sounds book to read words containing each of our new sounds for this week. Remember, we are now focusing on being super speedy readers and need to be able to spot the special friends, Fred talk and read the word using Fred in our head as quickly as possible. You will find lots of words to read on the back of the speed sound card.

 

Grey Group – Miss Gillam 1.10.2021

Looking after a hamster

Bert the explorer

A pet or pest?

New sounds:

  • ur – nurse with a purse
  • er- a better letter
  • ow – brown cow
  • ai – snail in the rain

Reading focus: We have had a vocabulary focus in our RWI session’s this week. Can your Swallow share some of their favourite word choices from the text with you? Can they give you a definition to explain what the word means? Can they use the same word in a different spoken sentence?

Please continue to use your little sounds book to read words containing each of our new sounds for this week. Remember, we are now focusing on being super speedy readers and need to be able to spot the special friends, Fred talk and read the word using Fred in our head as quickly as possible. You will find lots of words to read on the back of the speed sound card.

 

Yellow Group – Mrs Elson 1.10.21

Robin Hood

A big bag of cash

Bushcraft

New sounds:

er- better letter

ow – brown cow

ai- snail in the rain

oa - goat in a boat

 

 

Please use your new sounds book to read new words containing each sound on the back of the speed sound card. Can you find the special friends really quickly and then use Fred in your head to read the word. This really helps us read trickier words speedily.

Reading focus: We have been looking at our punctuation this week. Can you find any question marks and exclamation marks? The punctuation helps us with our reading and our understanding of the story.

 

 

Orange Group – Mrs Southern 01.10.21

Too much!

A bad mood

New sounds:

  • ur - nurse with a purse
  • er - a better letter
  • ow - brown cow
  • ai – snail in the rain

Please use your new sounds book to read new words containing each sound on the back of the speed sound card.

Reading focus: Watching out for exclamation marks so that we can really emphasise the word or phrase.

 

 

Pink Group – Mrs Esling 01.10.2020

The dressing up box

Sam’s Bag

  • New sounds
  • ur – nurse with a purse
  • er- a better letter
  • ow – brown cow

 

Reading focus: Practise ‘Fred in your head’ so we can get speedy!

 

Please continue to use your new sounds book to read words containing each of our new sounds for this week. You will find the words on the back of the speed sound card.

 

Green Group – Mrs Judge / Mrs Hoskins 01.10.21

Black Hat Bob

Red Hat Rob

New sounds:

  • ir – whirl and twirl
  • ou – shout it out
  • oy – toy to enjoy

 

Please use your new sounds book to read new words containing each sound on the back of the speed sound card.

 

Reading focus: Practise ‘Fred in your head’ so we can get speedy!

Homework

Reading – Please spend 10 – 20 minutes reading each day. This can be a combination of Read Write Inc and bedtime story books. Please remember the importance of your child listening to YOU read during this time too.

Spellings – During the Autumn term our spellings will be focused on the Year Two Common Exception words. These are words that the children will come across frequently in both their reading and writing. We will complete a spelling quiz in class every Friday. Please use your spelling whiteboard to help you to learn your spellings each week. We will write your child's score in their diary next each week. This will be written next to the spellings they have been tested on that day. This will be on the page from the previous week's page. 

To make learning our spellings more fun, we created a special roll and spell game in school this week. Please use this game to learn your spellings at home this week. If you haven’t got a dice, please write the numbers 1-6 on pieces of paper and select a number as a lucky dip. You can then still enjoy the game. ?

Roll and Spell

1

Write the word with your other hand

2

Write the word as fast as you can

3

Write the word with your eyes closed

4

Write the word in a fancy way

5

Write the word in capital letters and stick your tongue out

6

Write the word using tiny letters

 

 

climb  clothes  could  cold  door

Maths - In preparation for learning our times tables, please continue to learn how to count in sequences of 2, 5, 10 and 3.

  • Can you count in 5s four times?
  • Can you count in 10s eight times?
  • Can you count in 3s five times?
  • Can you count in 2s eleven times?

 

Thank you for continuing to fill my day with smiles and laughter. I am so proud of the amazing attitudes you have all shown towards your learning once again this week.  See you on Monday for another week of SUPER learning.

 

Miss Gillam

 

 

Swallows Blog - WB 27.09.2021, by Miss Gillam

Date: 23rd Sep 2021 @ 9:53pm

Hello Swallows families and welcome to our weekly blog! We have had another super week of learning in Swallows Class ?

 

Mrs Elson and I continue to be proud of all our Swallows learners as they continue to try their best and work hard in their lessons. We have been super scientists, musicians, writers, mathematicians, problem solvers and much more this week.

Thank you so much for taking the time to enjoy sharing stories with your Swallow at home this week. The children will continue to bring home a Read Write Inc book, a book bag book and a bedtime story each week. This provides them with a variety of familiar, new and challenging texts to read. Bedtime storybooks are to be enjoyed with an adult. Reading TO the children ensures that they experience the magic of a story coming to life and have a purpose and love of reading.

 

English

In our English lessons next week, we will continue to explore our class text ‘Troll Swap’ by Leigh Hodgkinson. We will continue to explore character and write a diary in the role of Tabitha. We will focus on expanding our vocabulary, seeing if we can use exciting adjectives to add detail to our sentences.

 

Maths

Our Maths learning will focus on addition and subjection next week. We will be exploring number facts and fact families, comparing numbers and finding related facts.

 

Read Write Inc

Please see below for details of our new sounds and the texts we have been reading in our Read Write Inc groups this week. To support your child’s progress, it would help if they read and spelt words containing each sound at home.

 

Blue Group - Miss Gillam 24.9.2021 

Hairy Fairy 

A job for Hairy Fairy 

It’s so hairy 

New sounds: 

  • o-e Phone home
  • u-e Huge brute  
  • aw Yawn at dawn 
  • are care and share 

Reading focus: Using an exciting, expressive reading voice to bring the story to life while reading aloud and taking note of the punctuation when reading. What does the author want us to do when we get to a comma or a full stop?  

Please continue to use your new sounds book to read words containing each of our new sounds for this week. You will find the words on the back of the speed sound card. 

 

Grey Group – Miss Gillam 24.9.2021 

I dare you 

Men on the moon 

Nancy Roman’s space telescope  

New sounds: 

  • o-e Phone home
  • u-e Huge brute  
  • aw Yawn at dawn 
  • are care and share

Reading focus: Using an exciting, expressive reading voice to bring the story to life while reading aloud and taking note of the punctuation when reading. What does the author want us to do when we get to a comma or a full stop?  

Please continue to use your new sounds book to read words containing each of our new sounds for this week. You will find the words on the back of the speed sound card. 

 

Yellow Group – Mrs Elson 24.09.21 

Tom Thumb 

Stuck in fog 

Bugs 

New sounds: 

 I-e  nice smile 

  • o-e- phone home 
  • aw– yawn at dawn 
  • are-care and share 

 ur – nurse with a purse 

 

Please use your new sounds book to read new words containing each sound on the back of the speed sound card. 

Reading focus: Using our knowledge of red words to become super speedy readers. Remember, you don’t Fred a red! We also focused on reading punctuation to help with our story telling voice.  

 

Orange Group – Mrs Southern 24.09.21 

Follow me 

Can you see me? 

New sounds: 

  • o-e phone home
  • u-e huge brute
  • aw yawn at dawn
  • are care and share

Please use your new sounds book to read new words containing each sound on the back of the speed sound card. 

Reading focus: Attempting to ‘Fred in our head’ more when reading a story. 

 

 

 

Pink Group – Mrs Esling 24.09.2021 

In the sun 

Rags 

New sounds: 

  • o-e Phone home
  • u-eHuge brute  
  • aw Yawn at dawn
  • are care and share

 

Reading focus: Using an exciting, expressive reading voice to bring the story to life while reading aloud and taking note of the punctuation when reading. What does the author want us to do when we get to a comma or a full stop?  

 

Please continue to use your new sounds book to read words containing each of our new sounds for this week. You will find the words on the back of the speed sound card. 

 

Green Group – Mrs Judge / Mrs Hoskins 24.09.21 

The Spell 

A Witch’s Lunch 

New sounds: 

  • oo– poo at the zoo 
  • oo– look at a book 
  • ar– start the car 
  • or – shut the door

Please use your new sounds book to read new words containing each sound on the back of the speed sound card.  

Reading focus: Using our red Fred words to become a speedier reader. To read and notice punctuation to help with our story telling voice. 

  

Homework

Reading – Please spend 10 – 20 minutes reading each day. This can be a combination of Read Write Inc and bedtime story books. Please remember the importance of your child listening to YOU read during this time too.

 

Spellings – During the Autumn term our spellings will be focused on the Year Two Common Exception words. These are words that the children will come across frequently in both their reading and writing. We will complete a spelling quiz in class every Friday. Please use your spelling whiteboard to help you to learn your spellings each week. We will write your child's score in their diary next each week. This will be written next to the spellings they have been tested on that day. This will be on the page from the previous week's page. 

 

busy     child    children   Christmas   class

 

Maths - In preparation for learning our times tables, please continue to learn how to count in sequences of 2, 5, 10 and 3. Here is a link to the ‘Super Mover’ times table videos that Swallows loved watching in school this week. Please use these videos to learn your tables this week.

 

Thank you for continuing to fill my day with smiles and laughter. I am so proud of the fantastic attitudes you have all shown towards your learning once again this week.  See you on Monday for another week of SUPER learning.

 

Miss Gillam

 

Swallows Blog WB 20.09.2021, by Miss Gillam

Date: 16th Sep 2021 @ 5:50pm

Friday 17th September 2021

 

Hello and welcome back to Swallows class blog!

 

Swallows have had yet another wonderful week of super learning, making Mrs Elson and Miss Gillam proud every single day. We loved designing and describing our own trolls in our Writing lessons, using playdough to explore materials in Science, playing a new song on the ukulele in our Music lesson and much much more! We are such busy, SUPER learners.

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to enjoy sharing stories with your Swallow at home this week. The children will continue to bring home a Read Write Inc book, a book bag book and a bedtime story each week. This provides them with a variety of familiar, new and challenging texts to read. Bedtime story books are to be enjoyed with an adult. Reading TO the children ensures that they experience the magic of a story coming to life and have a purpose and love of reading.

 

Read Write Inc

Please see below for details of our new sounds and the texts we have been reading in our Read Write Inc groups this week. To support your child’s progress, it would help if they read and spelt words containing each sound at home.

Blue Group - Miss Gillam 

The Poor Goose  

A horse on Dartmoor 

Running contests 

New sounds: 

  • ea- cup of tea
  • oi – spoil the boy
  • a-e- Make a cake
  • i-e nice smile

 

Reading focus: Using an exciting, expressive reading voice to bring the story to life while reading aloud.  

Please use your new sounds book to read new words containing each sound on the back of the speed sound card. 

 

Grey Group – Miss Gillam 

The lion’s paw 

King Midas 

The Romans 

New sounds: 

  • ea- cup of tea
  • oi – spoil the boy
  • a-e- Make a cake
  • i-e nice smile

Please use your new sounds book to read new words containing each sound on the back of the speed sound card. 

Reading focus: Using an exciting, expressive reading voice to bring the story to life while reading aloud.  

 

Yellow Group – Mrs Elson 

Off Sick 

Miss Smith is ill 

What happens to your sandwich 

New sounds: 

 u-e huge brute 

  • ea- cup of tea and ee – what can you see 
  • oi– spoil the boy 
  • a-e- Make a cake

Please use your new sounds book to read new words containing each sound on the back of the speed sound card. 

Reading focus: Using our Fred talk when reading unfamiliar words and not just having a guess. Fred in our heads helps us to be more fluent readers.  

 

Orange Group – Mrs Southern 

I think I want to be a bee  

A vet’s week 

New sounds: 

  • ea- cup of tea
  • oi – spoil the boy
  • a-e- Make a cake
  • i-e nice smile

Please use your new sounds book to read new words containing each sound on the back of the speed sound card. 

Reading focus: Using an exciting, expressive reading voice to bring the story to life while reading aloud. 

 

Pink Group – Mrs Esling  

Tab the cat  

Pip the parrot 

New sounds: 

  • ea- cup of tea
  • oi – spoil the boy
  • a-e- Make a cake
  • i-e nice smile

Please use your new sounds book to read new words containing each sound on the back of the speed sound card. 

Reading focus: Using an exciting, expressive reading voice to bring the story to life while reading aloud. 

 

Green Group – Mrs Judge 

My Dog Ned 

Pat, the Vet 

New sounds: 

  • ay – may I play
  • ee– what can you see 
  • Igh– fly high 
  • ow – blow the snow

Please use your new sounds book to read new words containing each sound on the back of the speed sound card.  

Reading focus: Using an exciting, expressive reading voice to bring the story to life while reading aloud. 

 

Next week

Maths – Our Maths work will continue to focus on place value next week.  We will compare and order numbers to 100 and count in multiples of 2, 5, 10 and 3. Having a little count at home will prepare you for this!

English – Our English work will continue to focus on the wonderful story ‘Troll Swap’ this week. We will explore character, write letters and write our own diary entries.

Read Write Inc – Swallows we continue with their Read Write Inc learning this week, focusing on a brand new story. They will bring home new books each Friday. We look forward to completing our first spelling quiz tomorrow too!

 

Homework

Reading – Please spend 10 – 20 minutes reading each day. This can be a combination of Read Write Inc and bedtime story books. Please remember the importance of your child listening to YOU read during this time too.

 

Spellings – During the Autumn term our spellings will be focused on the Year Two Common Exception words. These are words that the children will come across frequently in both their reading and writing. We will complete a spelling quiz in class every Friday. Please use your spelling whiteboard to help you to learn your spellings each week. We will write your child's score in their diary next each week. This will be written next to the spellings they have been tested on that day. This will be on the page from the previous week's page. 

 

because  behind  both  break   busy

 

Maths - In preparation for learning our times tables, please continue to learn how to count in sequences of 2, 5, 10 and 3. Here is a link to a lovely counting rap to help you.  Enjoy ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2NYeVU-Me4

 

Thank you for continuing to fill my day with smiles and laughter. I am so proud of the fantastic attitudes you have all shown towards your learning this week.  See you on Monday for another week of SUPER learning.

 

Miss Gillam

 

 

Swallows WB: 13.9.21, by Miss Gillam

Date: 9th Sep 2021 @ 11:28pm

Welcome to Swallows Class Blog

Miss Gillam and Mrs Elson have been so impressed with how kind, calm and hard-working Swallows have been this week. Swallows have been ready, respectful and safe and even managed to fill their class recognition board this week. We have enjoyed learning our new class routines and had lots of fun exploring our focus Christian Value for this half term, friendship. We have enjoyed starting our new writing and reading focus texts this week, begun our maths focus on place value and completed our Read Write Inc assessments. We are now in brand new groups, ready to get started with learning new sounds next week. We also enjoyed our first PE and Music lessons with Mr Ault and Dan this week.

 

Next week:

 

English – We will continue to explore our exciting new text ‘Troll Swap by Leigh Hodgkinson next week, making links to other familiar troll stories.  We will write character descriptions and write letters to Timothy and Tabitha’s grandparents.

Our Read Write Inc group work will begin next week. We will learn a new sound each day which will be shared in homework diaries each week.

Maths – In Maths we will be focusing on the place value of numbers to 100. We will represent, compare and order numbers.

Swallows will enjoy a weekly ukulele lesson with Dan each Thursday afternoon until October half term.

 

 

Homework

Reading – Please spend 10 – 20 minutes reading each day. This can be a combination of Read Write Inc and bedtime story books. Please remember the importance of your child listening to you read during this time too.

 

Spellings – During the Autumn term our spellings will be focused on the Year Two Common Exception words. These are words that the children will come across frequently in both their reading and writing. We will complete a spelling quiz in class every Friday. Please use the spelling whiteboard in your child’s bag to help them to learn their spellings each week.

 

after  again  any  bath  beautiful

 

Maths -  Please spend some time learning how to count in sequences of 2, 5 and 10 this week.

0  2  4   6  8  10  12  14  16  18  20

5 10  15  20  25  30  35  40  45  50

10 20  30  40  50  60  70  80  90  100

 

We look forward to getting to know you over the coming weeks. Please don’t hesitate to contact us via the office if you would like to discuss anything about your child. Have a wonderful weekend and see you next week.

 

Miss Gillam and Mrs Elson

 

Swallows 5/7/21, by Miss Gillam

Date: 5th Jul 2021 @ 6:48am

Good morning and welcome back to Swallows class blog,

 

Swallows have been working so hard once again this week and Miss Gillam is so proud of them all. We wrote exciting recounts of our school trip to Delamere, finished our Multiplication unit in Maths, found out about how the human body changes as it gets older in Science and learnt about the life of Florence Nightingale. Swallows desperately wanted to watch the video of her life story again. Please see the link below.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/true-stories-florence-nightingale/z68fcqt

Homework

  • Times Tables Rockstars
  • Reading – Can we beat our raffle tickle record this week?
    You will find a sticker in your diary explaining which reading books you will be taking home for the last few weeks of term. Please aim for at least 3 reads each week.  
  • Spellings – please continue to learn the Year Two Common Exception words for this week. You will find our ‘Look Cover Write Check’ activity in your child’s diary for this week. Our next quiz will be on Friday 9th July.

 

Swallows are looking forward to their transition morning with Mrs Rice and Mrs Brennan next week. We will be completing lots of lovely activities and spending time getting to know our new teachers for next year. 

 

PE will be on Friday this week with both Mr Russell and Mr Ault.

 

I hope that you enjoyed reading your child’s report this week. Please remember to book a telephone appointment if you have any questions or anything you would like to discuss further.

 

Miss Gillam

 

 

Swallows 25.6.21, by Miss Gillam

Date: 24th Jun 2021 @ 4:50pm

Swallows Weekly Blog – 24.6.21

 

Hello Swallows and welcome back to our class blog.

 

We have had another fantastic week of learning in Swallows class this week. We enjoyed our first trip of the year to Delamere forest. We played games, built dens, sat in hammocks, splashed through streams and even did a little bit of yoga in the forest. Swallows represented our school brilliantly and made many magical memories together.  I wonder if your Swallow could teach you how to play the river bank game, show you how to spot woodland habitats or take you on a journey to the most beautiful stream.

Swallows enjoyed showing what they know in our Summer term quizzes this week. We are looking forward to our class sports day tomorrow. Please remember to come to school wearing your PE uniform and trainers.

 

Please see your diary for this week’s spellings. Our next quiz will be on Friday 2nd July 2021.

  • Clothes
  • Only
  • Who
  • Any
  • Water
  • Again
  • Both

 

Read Write Inc

Revisit Set 3

Teach

ear - Hear with your ear

are – Care and share

Grey

Yellow

Orange

Blue

The ice and snow book

Fun at the fair

Jim’s house in 1874

Save the Whale

 

Please look out for a sticker informing you of your new Read Write Inc group in your diary next week.

 

Thank you for another amazing week in Swallows class, I am so proud of you all. Wishing you all a lovely, happy and safe weekend. I am SO excited for sports day tomorrow!

With lots of love from

Miss Gillam

 

 

 

Swallows WB 18.6.21, by Miss Gillam

Date: 17th Jun 2021 @ 4:45pm

Swallows Weekly Blog – 18.6.21

 

Hello Swallows and welcome back to our class blog.

Wow! What a busy week we have had!

 

Thank you so much for persevering with our tricky spellings this week. I am amazed by how many of you chose to use our new and exciting vocabulary in your writing this week. Focusing on spelling topic based vocabulary often gives the children the confidence to use more adventurous word choices independently in their writing. I am very proud of you all for writing such amazing adventure stories.

Our Maths learning focused on multiplication this week. We made and described arrays and represented equal groups using both pictures and objects.  Please continue to use Times Tables Rock Stars to learn your times tables.

Our reading focused on clarifying vocabulary and inferring meaning this week. We answered comprehension style questions and used the text to explain how we know we are right. Please encourage your Swallow to refer to the text when answering questions about what they are reading at home.

 

Please see your diary for this week’s spellings. Our next quiz will be on Friday 25th June 2021.

  • Everybody
  • Should
  • Could
  • Would
  • Sky
  • Dry
  • Terrify

Read Write Inc

Revisit Set 3

Teach

/ire/

/ew/

Grey

Yellow

Orange

Blue

The Stone Age

Do we have to keep it?

Come on Margo

Jade’s Party

 

TRIP

Swallows class will visit Delamere Forest on Monday 21st June. We will be going on a forest walk to explore habitats and build dens. We will splash in the stream, hug a tree and enjoy team games in the beautiful forest setting.

 

Please ensure that you are in school for 8:30 on Monday morning. We will return at approximately 4pm.

 

The children need to wear old clothes including tracksuit bottoms to protect their legs, wellies and a waterproof coat. Please also ensure that you apply sun cream before coming to school in the morning.

The children can bring their own lunch in a named carrier bag which can be disposed of when finished.  No packed lunch bags or boxes please. Mrs Macey will prepare pre-ordered school lunch bags which contain a small drink. It is important that the children bring an additional, named water bottle to drink throughout the day.  

 

Wishing you all a lovely, happy and safe weekend. I am SO excited for Monday!

With lots of love from

Miss Gillam

 

 

 

 

Swallows Weekly Blog - Friday 23rd April 2021, by Miss Gillam

Date: 23rd Apr 2021 @ 8:15am

Swallows Weekly Blog

Swallows Weekly Blog - 19.3.21, by Miss Gillam

Date: 18th Mar 2021 @ 9:05pm

Hello SUPER Swallows!

 

Welcome back to our weekly blog.

Thank you so much for working so hard once again this week.  Mrs Elson and I are so proud of every single one of you.

Reading

We have loved starting whole class, shared reading lessons again this week. We are completing 3 whole class reading session’s each week now in addition to our Read Write Inc learning. We are reading the interesting book ‘Above and Below’ by Hakako Clulow.

 

 

 

 

Our new Read Write Inc sounds are /ea/- cup of tea, /oi/ - spoil the boy and /a_e/ - make a cake.

Spelling

Our Read Write Inc Spelling lessons have focused on the or sound spelt a before l and ll.

Here are our spellings for this week. You will also find a copy of these spellings in your reading diary.

 

Writing

In writing we have been exploring our class text ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’. We enjoyed changing adjectives into adverbs and used them to describe how owls and fireworks move. We also learnt how to use commas to list adjectives in a description of the characters from the story.

Maths

Our Maths work was focused on subtraction this week. We solved lots of tricky problems using number lines, Dienes and the column method to help us. We also learnt how to use the Bar Model to help us to solve missing number problems.

Art

In Art, we have been looking at the artist Sue Newham and analysing her use of colour and line. Next week we will use her artwork as inspiration for our own piece of art which will be displayed around school.

 

Homework

Please encourage your child to read and practice their spellings for 5-10 minutes each day. Please remember to sign your child’s diary each time they read and let us know what page they are up to.

 

Our PE days this half term are Thursday and Friday. Your child should come to school in their PE kit on these days. Please remember to only send your child in laces if they can tie them independently.

 

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me via the school admin email address or telephone.

Miss Gillam

 

 

Swallows Blog - Thursday 11th March 2021, by Miss Gillam

Date: 11th Mar 2021 @ 10:04pm

Hello everyone!

 

Welcome back to our weekly blog. You will find our homework tasks, class announcements and learning overview here each week.

 

Swallows have had a wonderful first week back in school. Mrs Elson and I have loved having a classroom full of smiles and giggles again. We could not be prouder of the enthusiastic, SUPER learners that you all are.

 

Curriculum

We have been celebrating National Science Week this week with a focus on ‘innovation’. We learnt about how crayons are made and all about the Crayola inventors Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith. We learnt about the Mars ‘Perseverance’ Rover mission and designed our own Mars Rover. We investigated the best material to make a parachute for a teddy and designed our very own machines from recycled materials.

In worship, we have been celebrating being back together and learnt all about the 17 ‘Global Goals’. We also enjoyed listening to a lovely ‘Open the Book’ story called ‘Bread meat and stinky feet’. 

 

We completed our Read, Write, Inc assessments this week so a sticker will be put into diaries with information about our new groups and learning focus.

Our writing work has focused on punctuation this week. We have been writing sentences using capital letters, full stops, commas and question marks. We are looking forward to starting a new unit of work focusing on the beautiful story ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’ next week.

Our Maths lessons have focused on addition and subtraction this week. We also had lots of fun completing our 4-a-day challenge each day. Next week, we will focus our Maths learning on exchanging and adding three one digit numbers.

 

Reminders:

  • Please ensure that your book bag is in school every day.
  • We now have PE on Thursday and Friday.
  • Until the Easter break, you can choose whether your child wears either their school uniform or their PE uniform (school t-shirt, school jumper/school hoody, plain black or navy joggers/leggings, trainers) as long as it follows our school uniform policy. Children may wear trainers every day during this time as long as they are able to independently tie their laces or wear Velcro trainers. 

Homework

Please encourage your child to read and practice their spellings/times tables for 5-10 minutes each day. We have put your Times Tables Rock Stars login details in your diary this week.

 

talk   walk   small   fall

Our quiz will be on Friday 25th March 2021.

Thank you all for your continued support and as always, if there is anything you would like to discuss with me, please don’t hesitate to phone or email via our admin team.

Miss Gillam

Swallows - Friday 5th March 2021, by Miss Gillam

Date: 4th Mar 2021 @ 8:19pm

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 too.

 Worship

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

Science

Can you describe what lives in a rainforest habitat?

Please see the PowerPoint attached below for today’s science lesson. Here is the link to our Oak Academy lesson with the lovely Miss Simkin. I have also attached an optional worksheet for you.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-lives-in-a-rainforest-habitat-6dgp2r?activity=video&step=2&view=1