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Welcome to the Navaho Class page. Here you can see some of our displays and find out what we have been doing recently. We are a Reception class and are taught by Miss Fox.

During the first half of the summer term we have been learning about ‘Life in the Wild’. We have compared different environments and thought about animals that are alive and extinct.

In maths we have been learning how to double and half numbers. We have also explored capacity and learnt to identify and use language including full, half full, half empty and empty.

In Literacy we have been working very hard to write sentences about dinosaurs, jungle and safari animals. We can use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in our writing.

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Looking back at the Spring Term: During the second half of the Spring term we have been focussing on our topic of ‘Growing Up Together’. This involved us thinking about how we have grown so far, and considered what we would like to do when we are older. We then went on to learn about parts of plants and what they need to grow. We were so excited about this that we conducted our own experiment where we grew cress seeds under four different conditions. After making our predictions we were amazed to learn that cress seeds can grow on cotton wool and on nothing!

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Our imagination led us to explore the story of Jack and The Beanstalk. We thought about personal characteristics of Jack and the Giant, and came to the conclusion that Jack was very brave! In mathematics, we have learnt to use non-standard units to measure. We really enjoyed measuring leaves from Jack’s beanstalk and ordering them! In Literacy, we were very creative in writing about this story and used our sounds to write a short sentence. We are beginning to use finger spaces, full stops, and capital letters. We have also been creative in Expressive Arts and Design, where we designed and painted our own castle for the giant using chalk and paint. During all of our learning we have learnt to show resilience, to keep on trying and to always ‘have a go’. We like to test our predictions, have our own ideas and make links across all areas of our learning.

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We leaped into the Spring term with our very exciting topic of ‘Build it’. We began by reading and retelling the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and learnt about suitable materials to use for different jobs. We were brilliant at ‘hot seating’ where we imagined being a character from the story and other children asked the character questions. We also imagined being the wolf and wrote a letter to one of the three pigs. We learnt the story of ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ and used this to design and build our own bridges. We learnt that triangles make bridges strong.

In mathematics we have learnt to subtract using a 100 square and a number line. We can now practically solve and record addition and subtraction sentences. We have learnt some names and properties of 3D shapes and enjoyed learning our 3D shape song! In PE, we have learnt to roll, throw, catch, kick and dribble a ball. Our co-ordination and team skills are really improving!

We have ended the first half of the Spring Term with learning about famous buildings in London. We read the story ‘The Queen’s Knickers’ and thought of some questions for if the Queen should ever visit us at our school! We know that London is famous for its London Eye, Big Ben and big red buses. We would really love to visit London one day to see Buckingham Palace and maybe share cucumber sandwiches with the Queen!

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Looking back at the Autumn Term: During the second half of the Autumn term we have been very busy learning about our topic of ‘Where does the sun sleep?’ We have learnt about the different planets and what causes night and day. In our classroom we focussed on the story ‘Whatever Next’ and had great fun retelling this to each other. We imagined zooming off in our rockets to the moon, and took sandwiches with us that we had made. Whilst on the moon we walked around in our space boots and learnt that the moon is made of rock – not cheese!

In Literacy, we have been learning to read short sentences and recognise diagraphs in words. We love to play phonics Bingo! We have been practising correct letter formation and used this to write about rockets.

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In Mathematics we have become familiar with using ‘part-part whole’ to solve problems. We have learnt to read and write a number sentences and can talk through how we reached an answer.

During PE we have been developing our co-ordination skills. We have learnt to throw, bounce and catch a large ball. We have been enthusiastic to develop balancing skills in the adventure playground!

Leading up to Christmas we have given our all to our Nativity performance. We practised and practised and we were so happy to share this with the school and our families. Thank you for coming to watch us!

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Wow! What a busy and exciting first half of the term we have had at school! We have been learning about different homes around the world. This involved us learning about both hot and cold areas. We read the story Handas Surprise and learnt a lot about African animals and fruits from the story. We even tasted them, they were very juicy! We have learnt about Artic animals and how ice is made. We made our very own ‘ice homes’ and experienced ice melting. This felt very cold!

Towards the end of this half of the term we have supported Bongwe school by dressing up and making cakes to raise money for children. We would like to thank all of our adults for their support in this. We have celebrated Harvest by having a special lunch and dressing up as a vegetable, a farmer, a baker or a chef. We have learnt about all of the hard work that these people do for us. This helped us to learn about different vegetables and inspired us to make our own soup. We peeled potatoes, chopped up carrots and scraped out the inside of a pumpkin for our soup and shared it with all of our friends. It was delicious!

Navaho Pumpkin Navaho Display

In Literacy, we have been using Jolly Phonics to learn new sounds. We are currently beginning to read three letter words. In Mathematics, we have been learning to count accurately and find different ways of making 5. We have begun to add two groups of numbers together using the ‘Part-Part Whole’ method.

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