Weekly Learning

I have updated my weekly learning page!


Big Bird Watch


Lizzie popped into class today to let us all know that this weekend it is is the ‘Big Bird Watch’. The class got very excited about this and some were keen to give it ago at home. I have just checked out their website and discovered that schools can do it as well. Schools have until the end of February to submit their findings. I will plan this into our timetable before the end of the term.



Words of the week

common exception words

These are the common exception words for Year 1 and 2. These are basically words that don’t follow the phonics rules. When the class are writing, they have access to these word mats to help them to spell. The class are not expected to be able to spell these words without the mat, as long as they recognise they have used a word and used the word mat to check it is spelt correctly.

During reading, we have noticed that some of these words are causing problems for children because they are unable to apply their phonic knowledge to them. Therefore, the class have decided it would be a good idea to have ‘words of the week.’ On a Monday, we will choose new words from the lists to have up in the classroom and we will all try hard to recognise them when we read.

At the weekend when I update my ‘weekly learning’ page I will let you know what the words are for that week.

This week we have chosen:

Year 1 = he, she, me, be, we

Year 2 = door, floor, poor


This week in the woods we were really quiet because we were looking for birds. We crept along the paths. Most of the birds we saw were either flying or sitting high in the tops of the tree. However, some of us were fortunate to see a curious robin who came up very close to us.

We had an interesting discussion about how birds make their nests and what materials they use. For example, mud, moss and spider webs are used as type of glue for the nest.

We learnt that a long tailed tit can take up to 3 weeks to build their nest, whereas a blue tit might just take one or two weeks. This got us wondering, what is the quickest amount of time a bird can make a nest and what type of bird is it? Also which bird takes the longest?

If you are happy for your child to do some research into these questions, it will be great to share with the class. (Not a homework task, just a conversation that got us thinking!)