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Week of 22nd May

This week sees the last week on our topic Colours. They children have experienced various teacher led activities exploring colour in many different ways. This weeks focused learning activities have been…..

 to use the unifex to decide whether the children had chosen a light or dark colour and compared with their friends.

 To discuss the different colours animals are.

 The children enjoyed a wonderful story “What the ladybird heard next” which involved learning rhyming strings.

 The children all practised writing their name in the cursive style or worked on writing rhyming words.

  The children were focusing on their hemisphere writing  skills of certain letters remembering that all letters start from the grass.

 The children have learned about Piet Mondrian, one of the founders of the Dutch modern movement De Stijl.  The children looked at some of his best known work where he made use of rectangles and lines with bright colours of red, blue and yellow.



Mathematical Challenge

this week the children are concentrating on ordering a range of numerals. To begin with the children were given a sequence of numbers, they had to talk to each other about their numeral and then to order themselves from the lowest to the highest number value.

Secondly the children were supplied with white boards and pens , they were challenged to write a numeral of their choosing and once completed to again order themselves from lowest to highest. There was some risk taking and plenty of communication and collaberation involved.


i wonder which numeral you would have chosen to write?


This week the children have been learning and practising positional language. They have enjoyed using the family of teddy bears to help them gain an understanding of positional language. Most children were able to put teddy on, under, in front and behind something. But they found it a little more tricky to put teddy beside, between or inside. The children went on to place themselves in the different positions and were asked to describe their relative position.

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Can the children show their parents these positions at home?


This week the children have been helping to create an ‘All about us’ graph. They have learnt about what a graph is and how it can show lots of different things for example, people’s favourite colour or how many children travel by car to school. Our ‘All about us’ graph represents how many girls and boys there are in Little Grange, different eye and hair colour of the children and how many people are in their family. The children were set the challenge to talk to each other about the colour of their hair and eyes and then to colour in pictures to show this before sticking them in the right place on the graph.

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After each group time, the children enjoyed talking about what they could see on the graph.

“Look there are 12 girls on the graph now.”

“Lots of boys and girls have brown and blue eyes but only 4 children have green eyes.”

“Lots of children have brown hair.”

Telling the time

Our maths group activity this week has been focussed on telling the time, linking it in to Hickory Dickory Dock. The children looked at the features on the clock and noticed the numbers went from one through to twelve and they learnt a clock has two hands too which they all thought was very funny. We looked at the similarities and differences in the hands of the clock and learnt we had one little hand and one big hand. The children learnt if the time was o’clock, the little hand pointed to the number and the big hand pointed straight up to the number twelve. The children all took turns to set the clock for a different time. We spoke about why it was important to tell the time and the children did not like the idea of going to the dining hall at the wrong time and missing their lunch!

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Can the children show you where the hands point for bed time?



Mathematics – Shape Rockets

Linking in with our new topic of festivals and celebrations, this week for mathematics group time the children have been creating their own firework rockets using different shapes. We talked about the different shapes we could use to decorate our rockets; what they were called and how many sides they had, and how we could arrange them on our rockets. The children then got to work using their imagination and creativity to show individuality on their rockets.

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Transport graphs

This week for mathematics group time we are focusing on making graphs. We talked about what a graph is and what it shows. The children were then given different pictures, each with a different number of cars, boats, aeroplanes and helicopters on. The children were then set the challenge to count how many of each were in their picture before putting the right number on their own graphs.

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'I have 4 cars in my picture'

‘I have 4 cars in my picture’


'There are 3 helicopters in my picture'

‘There are 3 helicopters in my picture’

'I have 2 boats and 3 cars'

‘I have 2 boats and 3 cars’




This week we have been counting our claps and our jumps to help us understand that anything can be counted, not only objects.


The children counted their claps from one to ten as a group and went on to individually jump from hoop to hoop and where able counted their jumps in big loud voices. I wonder what else the children can count at home?

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Our new topic for this half term is animals. This week the children are creating their own pictures of animals using different coloured 2D shapes. We talked about the names of the different geometric shapes and how many sides each shape has. The children shared their ideas of what animals they would like to make and then got to work using their imagination, some glue and arranging of the shapes to create the different animals they had discussed. We had some wonderful animals by the end of the exercise!

What animals would you make?

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'This is a cow.'

‘This is a cat.’

'It is a cheetah running fast.'

‘It is a cheetah running fast.’

'It is a cow. He now needs milk.'

‘It is a cow. He now needs milk.’


‘It’s a cat.’


‘It is a pig.’


‘It is a cow.’

'I've made a cat and he has one ear up and one ear down.'

‘I’ve made a cat and he has one ear up and one ear down.’

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This week the children are focusing on weighing different shaped and sized blocks. They chose different blocks to put into the scales to see which ones were heavier or lighter. They were then set a range of challenges; to see if they could work together and see how many blocks they had to use to make one side of the scales heavier and to see if they could use the right blocks to balance both sides of the scales. The children worked well together taking it in turns to choose different blocks and waited in excitement to see if the scales balanced out and they had completed their challenge!

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