End of half term!

The only minibeasts on show this week were the slugs and snails, the prime suspects for eating our precious courgettes! On the plus side some of the sunflowers are up and the beans are planted. minibeast hunting will have to wait until next half term.

Jack and the beanstalk was the centre of our literacy this week. The children had an excellent music lesson led by Mrs Wagstaffe. They retold the story by using the instruments and songs.Show and tell followed the same theme as the children had to think of alternative things that Jack might have seen at the top of the beanstalk. There were some beautiful pictures, stories and some great presentations at the whiteboard. A shame that not all children contributed but hopefully everyone will try harder after half term.

In maths this week it was encouraging to see that the majority of children were confident to return to adding up and verbal problem solving. A book called ‘The Doorbell Rang’ was a great story to reintroduce a problem solving challenge about sharing and most children did really well.

The fun afternoon to raise money for Samali, the key Stage 1 sponsored child was well supported by parent helpers. Despite the miserable weather, activities were fitted into the hall, classrooms and corridors. Everyone was very noisy but had a good time. The reception children had practised their speed stacking on Friday morning and by the afternoon their skills were much improved. This is a great activity for developing the right side of the brain and to promote hand eye coordination. A fantastic 5th birthday gift! www.speedstacks.com.

Please could anybody who forgot their 50p donation bring it in on Monday week.

As we say goodbye to our tadpoles after sadly losing our froglet, we look forward to receiving our caterpillars on our return to school.

I thought that the children deserved a bit of a rest over half term so have only sent home the reading books. However I will test all of last half terms words when we return as they are the tricky reception and year 1 words. When I see the results I will set new spellings.

Have a great holiday and return refreshed for our visit to Shepreth and the start of a new exciting topic!