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Challenger Class - T3Wk4

What a fantastic week we have had, finding out how Chinese people celebrate Chinese New Year. Children worked collaboratively to produce a newspaper report based on The Great Race which tells the story of the twelve Chinese zodiac signs and explains the order in which the animals appear. Next week they will use the characteristics of these animals and events in the story to write some expanded noun phrases.

Next week is Science Week in Challenger Class. Details are below.

On Monday, I will not be in school as I am at a training event. Children will be well looked after by our regular Teaching Assistants and a supply teacher.

Next week's learning

Phonics - the split digraph i-e (alternative spellings igh, ie)

We will also look at alternative spelings for or (a as in ball and al as in walk)

Reading - the shared reader is I am a Caver - a non-fiction text which covers the following learning objectives:

Reading: Participate in discussion about what is read to them, taking turns and listening to what others say.

Writing: Use the definite article (the), an adjective and a noun to write an expanded noun phrase.


We will continue to explore additive structures and the composition of numbers within 10. Children are making very good progress in just 'knowing' these number facts. We use stem sentences which are repeated chorally throughout our lessons to help children understand and learn these concepts. Children are encouraged to use them when they are explaining their reasoning.



This is our science week and we will carry out a range of activities that support the following objectives:

  • Identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

  • Identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

  • Associate certain types of teeth with the diet of an animal.

PSHE This week's unit of work is called Good or Bad Touches. Please see the separate email which gives details of the content. Please do get in otuch if there is anything you would like to discuss further.

Have a great week!

Last week in pictures.

Children use different representations to show how many ducks could be in each pond.

Other maths activities

The Great Race - Chinese New Year yoga and using ordinal numbers to discuss the order of the animals

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