I can hardly believe that Riley has been at school for 6 months already and that next month i’ll be finding out whether Harry will be joining him at the same school for the next academic year. I feel very bittersweet about the fact that i’ll have neither of my babies at home come September and yet at the same time i am ridiculously excited for this next chapter in Harry’s life.
Anyway, back to Riley, who has had a pretty awesome start to the Spring term at school. He was awarded star pupil his first week back after Christmas and again a fortnight later which was brilliant – we were all so utterly proud of him and more importantly, he was proud of himself.
I feel like a broken record for saying this, but he still loves every single aspect of school and has come on leaps and bounds over the last 6 weeks, particularly with his phonics and reading. Not only does he have an incredible thirst for knowledge and love learning new things, but he seems to have an impressive ability to retain and recall information as well – he doesn’t forget a single thing.
The focus at school for the first half of Spring Term has been on “Vehicles” and “Fairytales”, topics that Riley has really enjoyed.
Here’s a little overview of the first half of Spring Term at school:
- He has been learning positional language
- He has been using junk modelling materials to print pictures of his favourite vehicles
- He has been ordering numbers 0-20
- He has been programming bee bots
- He has been writing about his favourite vehicle
- He found out how a car engine works
- He has been learning how to put things in height order
- He has been learning about words that rhyme
- His class read the story “Duck in the truck” and designed vehicles that would not get stuck in muck
- His class pretended they were Lightning Mcqueen and had to think of ways of describing how he feels as a winning racing car.
- He has been learning about question marks and how to write them
- His class read “The Gingerbread Man” and made gingerbread biscuits
- His class designed a bridge to help the gingerbread man cross the river
- He wrote a shopping list of ingredients that he needed to make the biscuits
- He has been looking at parts of castles and made his own castle out of junk modelling
- He has been using musical instruments to make quiet and loud sounds
- He has been subtracting one within 10
- His class have been talking about right and wrong
- He has been reading “Jack and The Beanstalk” and “Cinderella”
- He has written about his favourite character from Jack and The Beanstalk
- He has drawn and written about the Ugly Sisters using describing words
- He has been writing numbers to 20 and beyond
- He completed a maths investigative challenge using positional clues to solve the problem
- His class celebrated Chinese New Year and made lanterns
- He made fairytale characters out of clay and painted them