Friday 12th October
Wow what a windy day! The children enjoyed getting very wet this morning - thank you for bringing in waterproofs. It is so lovely not to be restricted by the weather and the children were very helpful this morning ensuring the classroom didn't get flooded! On Wednesday in the windy but dry weather we walked to the bottom of the hill to collect Autumnal leaves. See the pictures below to see the wonderful leaf creations. We have been really lucky to have 2 very inspirational visitors this week. First was Bonnie, from Cambodia and the second was Yassy. Both came to tell us to follow your dreams, no matter what obstacles may stand in your way and to work hard to achieve those dreams. The children all drew a picture for Bonnie. We had two attempts at this. The second attempt after a talk about maximum effort against minimum effort. The second pictures were a vast improvement on the first! We have also been making superhero costumes using old t.shirts. Our superheroes just love helping people as the ladies in the office found out! I hope your superhero will be super helpful this weekend! The children have been writing secret messages today using our magic pens. They are hung on the tree outside - hope they are still there on monday!! In maths we have been looking at 4. We talked again about the part-part whole method and went on to talk about recording in number sentences. On Wednesday they went on a '4' hunt looking for '4' and 'not 4'. Ask the children to tell you a little but more. In phonics we have looked at k, ck, e and u. Our tricky words this week are 'he' and 'she'. Have a wonderful windy weekend!
Thursday 4th October
We had another very special visitor today. A female fire officer came to see us and told us all about her job. She brought her protective clothing and we all had a turn dressing up in it. Loads of fun! She emphasized the fact that the female fire fighters do everything that the male firefighters do and they even wear the same clothes...even down to the socks! She gave us a quick tour of her fire truck, flashed the lights at us and let us hear the siren. She all told us how important it was for fire fighters to be fit and healthy. So this afternoon we introduced the children to Sporticus and his love of Sports Candy. If you have never heard of Sporticus please go on You Tube. He is a brilliant role model for keeping fit and eating healthy food. This week in phonics we have looked at d,g,o, and tomorrow we will be looking at c. We have been revising the tricky words we have learnt so far. In number we have been looking at 3. We have looked at different ways of making 3, stories about 3 (Golidlocks and the 3 bears, 3 Little Pigs etc) and tomorrow we will be looking at using the 'part part whole' method to think about addition and subtraction up to 3.
Don't forget to activate you Tapestry accounts. If you would like me to add another email onto the account then please come and let me know.
Friday 28th September
What a glorious week it has been! So much sunshine has meant that we just had to explore shadows this week. We have talked about why shadows are made and we have had great fun trying to catch each others shadow...some of our shadows are very fast!! In phonics this week we have looked at i n and m and our tricky words this week are go no. We have begun to talk about superheroes and the super powers they have. We all thought about which super powers we would like to have. Another question for today was 'What would the world be like if animals could talk?' Maybe a good question to continue thinking about this weekend. We have set up each child with a Teach Your Monster to Read account and they have begun to use this in the classroom. Don't forget it is free at the moment if you would like to also have it at home. If all goes to plan you should be receiving an email from Tapestry asking you set up your accounts this weekend. This is the first time we have done this so please be patient. Any problems please do let me know.
Wednesday 25th September
Yesterday we had a visit from Jess. She told us all about her job and showed us around her police van. She shut some of us in the cage in the back! She played the sirens for us and flashed the lights. It was great fun!
Friday 21st September
This week we have begun our phonics. We have started back at the beginning to ensure that the children are all pronouncing each sound accurately and to ensure that all the children have a secure and embedded knowledge to help with their reading and writing. We will be learning 4 new sounds per week and 4 tricky words. This week it was Ss As Tt Pp. We are teaching the children the capital letters at the same time as this will really help when they are trying to read words at the beginning of sentences. The tricky words this week have been. To. I, a the. These and the phonics have been sent home in the children's new phonics journals. Please look over them during the weekend and ask the children if they can remember what they say. If your child would like to they can practise letter formation of the sounds, or play I spy with those sounds. The children can also try to spot the tricky words in their reading books or in stories you are reading together. In maths we are following a scheme that introduces 1 or 2 numbers a week. This is going to allow the children to develop a secure in depth knowledge of the concept of number rather than just being able to purely recognise the numerals. It is wonderful to hear the language that is already being used revolving around addition and subtraction and the reasoning that is already happening and we have only got to number 2! Our 'Discovery Time' also includes many activities to allow the children to embed these skills further. A massive well done for their singing in church today. They sat and listened brilliantly and sang so well.
Friday 14th September
Well done for getting to the end of the first full week! Time is speeding by and the children are picking up the routines really quickly. They have already begun to be more confident during playtimes and lunchtimes and we even went to our first whole school assembly today! It was all about settling in this week and allowing the children to get to know each other and make new friends. Please make sure you check the children's book bags on a regular basis. We have already begun to send letters etc home. Have a restfull weekend - if you are out and about over the weekend and find some conkers/fallen leaves/acorns etc and could collect some for our activities next week that would be great. Don't worry if not...this is not homework!