SPACE DAY- 16TH Feb. Are the astronauts ready?


At the beginning of our topic ‘Space’ we planned an end to our topic by having a space day. We blogged about this at the beginning of the term. That day is fast approaching, it is this Thursday 16th February. As part of our topic and costume plans we decided we wanted to make our own jet packs. We will be doing this in school as part of a design and model making task this week. They will be completed by Wednesday afternoon to be ready for our space day.

So far we have had a few plastic bottles and boxes donated from some of our families recycling but we still need more things! We need more plastic bottles and boxes. PLEASE IF YOU HAVE ANY BOXES OR PLASTIC BOTTLES IN YOUR RECYCLING CAN YOU BRING THEM IN SO WE CAN USE THEM. WE NEED THEM FOR TUESDAY.

Also as part of the space day children wanted to come dressed as astronauts. This is completely up to families to decide how we can be dressed-whether it be normal clothes with their space cadet badges or to come in a dressing up astronaut costume. They could come as a scientist that works for NASA, or as a mechanic that works on the shuttles.

PLEASE help us to make the most of our learning opportunities by reading these blogs and develop our plans with us.

Many thanks,

Miss Irwin 🙂


Phonics sounds

Since we have been back to school we have been practising our new phonic sounds. We are now learning phase 3 sounds in phonics. This means we are learning graphemes (letters that makes sounds) that are now stuck together to make a new sound, sometimes this can confuse us. So we will be needing extra help to remember them.

So far we have learnt;

qu for queen

ch for church

sh for shop

th for thing

ng for strong

ai for rain

ee for sheep

Please help us at home by practising finding these around the house, in books, on signs or posters when we go out and about. Please practise writing them with us in words. A great game to play is to write them on post-its then get us to find them around the house and read them.

Below is a chart of all the graphemes we will be learning in phase 3.

If you want any games to play has lots of phonics games (which we play in school) or apps such as Hairy letters and Hairy Phonics 1, 2 and 3 would be good to get for Android and Apple tablets, they are not free but are good quality. If you want to see them in action we use them during our guided reading sessions in the morning so we could show you how they work!

Image result for hairy letters a     Review of Hairy Phonics

‘Teach your monster to read’ is also a very good reading and phonics resource as it helps children to read in the order they learn their sounds.

 Teach your monster to read. You can also access the games on computers by signing on to the site and that version is FREE!

What is the Sun?

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This week as part of our topic we have been learning about the Sun.

Please ask these questions-

  1. What is the Sun?
  2. What is the Sun’s name?
  3. How old is the Sun?
  4. What is the Sun made of?
  5. Why can’t we go to the Sun?

Why not watch this video with us and get us to explain what you can see!

We have also been learning about the Solar system by watching this video.




Space 🌍🌑🌝✨

So we’ve been planning our new topic ‘Space’. We have thought of things we want to learn about and planned our role play, which you may have notice has been under construction this week. We are having a space station inside and rocket and space area outside.

We have also been planning our questions that we want answering: What is in space? What are the other planets like? Why do we have stars? How long does it take to get to Mars? Those are only a few of our questions.

Miss Irwin has planned a trip on the 9th of February to Jodrell Bank which includes two workshops to help us learn more about space and astronauts. Letters will be coming home soon. We will need help with transport that day.

As part of our topic we want to go to the Moon. As we learnt this week it takes 3 days to get to the moon and that we’d also need a very expensive rocket (which we don’t think we can afford on our school budget!) we think we might not be able to get there!  So we have planned to have a day when we pretend to go to the Moon instead, it’s going to be called ‘Space Day’. On that day we are allowed to come dressed as Astronauts. We were thinking black/white or silver clothes, some of us have said we already have Astronaut costumes which would be OK to wear if we have them. Please can you help us to think of our costumes in advance. Space Day will be on 16th February (last day of term).

Some of our learning this term will include designing and building. We will be making helmets, telescopes, rockets, jet packs and night skies. All of which we need to ask you to help us with.

We will need you to save some of your recycling for us.

  1. medium sized cardboard boxes.
  2. Lots of large 1l and 2l plastic bottles. ( we need 2 each).
  3. Toilet rolls.
  4. 1x glass jar per child.
  5. Any large boxes.

When it comes to days when we will be making these things we might need extra helpers to come into class, so Miss Irwin will put a post on the blog to ask if your free. 

If you have anything at home that you think might help with our topic please let us bring it into school. 😀