Caterpillars – Week 1

We’ve had a great start to the new term in Caterpillars class this week.

In maths, we have started our new focus on learning more about 2D and 3D shapes and (For Year 3) exploring angles in future lessons. This week however, we have had lots of fun debating what makes a shape a shape and how we can compare and identify shapes by their properties. For example we had a great discussion about the difference between cubes and cuboids and why a triangle can’t be a pentagon! We also had a great time exploring the playground and school grounds looking for different 2D and 3D shapes in real life. Thankfully no one blew away in the wind and we all had a good time!

In English, we have started our new book focus on ‘Traction Man Saves the Day!’ which is a great book about an action man and his imaginary adventures! So far we have written our own versions of a toy we have at home coming to life and are looking forward to exploring the text further next week.

In PHSE/Circle time, we have been discussing what we are thankful for and creating our own prayers in preparation for our own class prayers before lunchtime. It’s been lovely to see how grateful the children are for the special things and people in their lives and the children have been very eager to share this with their friends.

While we’ve mostly had a great first week back, it has been a transitional period upon returning to Caterpillars class as we have had to re-learn at times how to work well with others. To remedy this, we’ve had some good discussions about what friendship is and how we can make sure our classroom and school is a positive learning environment for all. The children have really understood this message and created some artwork and excellent answers on how we can make sure we are trying our best for both ourselves and our friends. A big well done to Caterpillars class for being so open towards talking about our problems and addressing them as a team. Long may this support and positive attitude towards each other continue!

Finally this week we are welcoming Miss Harrison, a trainee teacher, who will be training with us this half term. Miss Harrison has made a great start in class and has been warmly welcomed by both children and staff alike. Over the half term, Miss Harrison and I will be team teaching Caterpillars class and helping the children to achieve their best as the term progresses.

Next week we’re looking forward to putting our new understanding of friendship into a positive practice, learning more about shapes and irregular shapes, delving deeper into the Traction Man story and starting our Hawaii topic!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Best wishes,

Joe Skinner and the Year 2/3 team.

 

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