Welcome back to St Thomas' Primary Academy. We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break and enjoyed time with your families. We are very excited to see the children continue to progress with their learning and take part in lots of exciting opportunities. This term the children will be learning all about superheroes both in fiction and in real life. This will include identifying people who help us in the community and their roles. They will continue to explore numbers to 5 but focus on the composition of numbers and also explore weight and capacity. The children's love for Maths is shining through and all our lessons encourage the children to explain their reasonings and apply their learning in their independent learning time. Throughout our Understanding of the World learning, the children will begin to identify places in the community that are special to them and others, this will include visiting our local church and meeting our Reverend. PE lessons will take place every Wednesday and all children should have both an indoor and outdoor PE kit, this is so the children are able to keep warm throughout the winter weather.
This term the children have been taking part in gymnastic lessons. This has involved the children using different apparatus to help bring different traditional tales to life. They have been developing their balancing and rolling skills to retell the stories of Jack and the Beanstalk and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Throughout the sessions, the children have demonstrated resilience and courage, especially when using the equipment and apparatus at different heights.
This week our story focus has been `Supertato`. The children have enjoyed learning about different superheroes and retelling the story of Supertato and the Evil Pea. In choosing time, there has been many learning opportunities for the children and many have challenged themselves to draw and paint pictures of the different characters. When showing their friends, the children could describe what was happening in their pictures by creating their own narratives linking to the different stories that they have been read.
Composition of numbers
In Maths the children have been exploring the different ways they can make the number 5. Each child has used double sided counters to create 4 and 5 in different ways. They have also continued to develop their number knowledge by comparing numbers and using mathematical language such as greater than, less than and equal to.
Nursery rhyme week
This week the children have been learning and rehearsing a range of nursery rhymes. They used expression and actions to bring the rhyme to life and then voted for their favourite to perform to their audience.
Incy Wincy Spider
Chinese New Year
This week the children have been learning all about Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated around the world. Everyone has had the opportunity to retell the story of The Great Race using small world animals, creating and decorating their own lanterns whilst developing their scissor skills and learning about how families prepare for the celebrations.