Friday 15th February
Wow! What a busy week! Let's start at the beginning! Monday we had yet another football session, in the sunshine this time. We then made maps and wrote instructions in preparation for Miss Naylors last Welly Walk with us. The children planned a lovely walk and decided what they wanted to out in the treasure box that she was going to find at the end of the walk. They made tissue paper flowers and wrote what they had enjoyed about having Miss Naylor as a teacher on hearts which we then made into bunting. Tuesday we had our first science day. They made predictions and set up investigations to explore the concept of floating and sinking, dissolving and problem solving. They worked together to make their own marble run and we set up two class investigations to explore further on Thursday. One involved snowmen and the other involved eggs in coffee, tea, vinegar, coke and water. Tuesday afternoon the children had their final German Carousel with Mrs Cox. Wednesday they explored addition and subtraction using the song Ten Green Bottles. They also had a talk about tooth hygiene. Thursday was our second science day and this time we investigated our bodies looking at our bones, finger prints and parts of our bodies. We also looked at the function of our hearts and lungs. They completed the snowman investigation by seeing how quickly they could melt them using pipettes and vinegar. We also looked at the results of our egg investigation, finding out what each liquid had done to the eggs. Ask the children what the egg in vinegar was like!! On both science days the children really looked the part in their lab coats and goggles! Thank you to the PTFA!! On Friday we took Miss Naylor on her last Welly Walk, giving her bossy instructions all the way. She loved her treasure box! She has very kindly bought Class One a set on Julia Donaldson books which will be perfect next half term when we are looking at Story Telling. We will miss her lots but she has promised to come back soon. Have a wonderful half term. Enjoy the photos. Lots this week!
Friday 7th February
Monday we had another exciting football session. This time we were focusing on getting into a space so our partner could pass the ball to us. In phonics we have been going back over some of those tricky diagraphs and trigraphs. In maths we have been looking at numbers to 20 and today we were really stretching our brains by thinking about tens and ones - 16 being one ten and 6 ones. We have also learnt the names of 3D shapes - cube sphere cuboid and pyramid. Thursday we had phonics in the hall - lots of running around and team games to find those phonemes and when we got back to class a tiny bird had decided to come for a visit and was perched on the back of the chair! We finally managed to persuade it to fly back out through the window! We then went on a very wet wellie walk investigating which was the windiest spot around school. No photos of the walk yet - sorry...will add some Monday.
Friday 25th January
Yesterday we enjoyed a rather energetic concert by some of the Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra. Whilst some children had their hands over their ears they also had big smiles on their faces! In phonics we have learnt the phonemes ow oi ear air. In maths we have discovered Number 9! We even began to talk about square numbers! We have begun to look at adjectives (Adam Adjective) and verbs (Veronica Verb) and today on our welly walk we were finding things we could describe. Some of the adjectives we were able to use were slimy, spotty, spiky, wet, green, smelly and squelchy! On Monday we had our first football coaching with Sam from Exeter football club. He will be coaching us every Monday until half term.
Friday 18th January
This week we have been learning the phonemes ar or ur and oo. On Number we have been focusing on the number 8. The children all painted a spiders web and one of their challenges was to add 8 spiders with 8 legs. You may hear your child talk about challenges. These are 'must dos' but the children are allowed to choose when they complete them (within reason!) We had another lovely welly walk this week. Although it was a little chilly the sun was shining. We were focusing on our 5 senses and the children had to complete a grid with something they heard, something they smelt, saw and felt. I think they all enjoyed the 'taste' one the best as Ms Naylor gave them all a chocolate bar to take home! The children have enjoyed developing their fine motor skills with the nuts and bolt set and their physical skills with the basket ball hoop. We all start the afternoons with a relaxing massage. Ask the children to demonstrate!
11th January 2019
Happy New Year! This week we have been recapping some of the diagraphs we looked at last term - ai ee oa and our first trigraph igh. In Number we have looked at the number 7. we have estimated, subitised, added and subtracted and partitioned numbers to 7.
On Tuesday we had a very special parcel containing a thank you letter from Father Christmas two very special visitors. They had sadly been frozen on the journey and the children enjoyed thinking of ways to warm them up. We then made our own frozen role play for them to live in. We have also talked about animals that live in the Arctic. We have made our own melting snowmen using lots of white paint and straws! Today we went on a welly walk. We wrapped up warm and headed off over the style. The children had a check list of objects and they had to use their senses to find them. Ask them what they smelt! We will be going for a welly walk every week -usually on a Thursday although this may change so please ensure that they have all their welly walk gear in school all the time.
This week we have been learning about The Nativity Story and the children have really learnt about the story. They have asked very interesting question “Where did the Innkeeper sleep?”. They have acted out the story and now understand more about our Christmas production. We have spent a bit of time thinking about how the characters felt as well. The children enjoyed taking the shepherds and kings on their journey to your houses and meeting your families.
Outside their was lots of construction to build a stable for Mary and Joseph and to try and make it waterproof and warm.
We also have spent time thinking how we could find out the length of a welly. We used cubes to measure at first and then we used a tape measure. Then the children all measured their own shoes to work out who had the biggest and smallest feet.
Today we did some marshmallow maths looking at different ways to make 5 using addition and subtraction. The children are learning the symbols for add, takeaway and equals. The great part was they could eat the marshmallows after!!
We hope you have hung your Christmas Star in your house to help count down to Christmas. Take one paper chain off each night.
I hope you enjoyed the Christmas Market and the wonderful gifts that the children made and you could buy.
If you haven’t bought your Christmas Play outfit yet please do so by next week.
Next Friday is our Christingle at the Church at 2pm. This is a lovely service where the children light their Christingle. Please bring in an orange for the children by Wednesday so they can make their Christingle with the Year 6 later in the week.
Thursday 22 November
You should all have had a note about their costumes for the school play. If you haven' please come and see us. They need to be in school by the 30th November. In phonics this week we have begun phase 3. The sounds we have looked at are j v w and x. The tricky words was, you and my. In maths we have been thinking about the relationship between adding and taking away and how the number gets bigger when we add and smaller when we take away. We have tried to use a variety of vocabulary so they might also call it minus or plus. We have finished our crafts for the Christmas fair and they are very impressive. The children have worked really hard. We have also enjoyed some new dressing up clothes. A kind donation from another child in the school.
Friday 16th November
This week in phonics we have been revising our phase two sounds and the tricky words we have learnt so far. We have had lots of fun games on the bottom pitch, in the hall and using the parachute. Next week we will be moving on to phase 3. In maths we have been thinking about subitising (being able to recognize an amount without having to count) and also reasoning (how do you know it is 3? etc) Mrs Guymer came to make bread hedgehogs with us on Wednesday and Thursday morning we were all treated to warm bread and jam. It was delicious! We have also begun making things to sell at the Christmas fair. No photos of those - don't want to ruin the surprise!
Friday 9th November
First assembly to the whole school done! Hope you enjoyed it. We are very proud of them all. Trying to do your first assembly on a non-uniform day, children in need, wind and rain AND on a friday - frankly I think they were brilliant! This week they have also enjoyed hearing about how people used to live in the 17th Century. We have learned about Guy Fawkes and why we have Bonfire night and also about the Hindu festival of lights Diwali. We have had a week of revising phase 2 phonemes and we are still focusing on forming our curly caterpillar letters correctly. Hope you all have a peaceful weekend.
Friday 2nd Novemebr
Thank you so much to those of you that have been able to bring in slippers this week. It is already making a big difference. Don't worry if you haven't been able to yet, but we would like everyone to have a pair of slippers to put on as soon as possible. This week in phonics we have finished all the phase 2 sounds. We have also been looking at the first letter family for handwriting. This family is called the Curly Caterpillar Letters and they all revolve around the C shape. c a o q g d e s f. As soon as they have mastered the c formation then they find the other letters much easier. In class we have looked at c a o and g and these have been stuck in their phonics books as a reminder. It was such a beautiful morning that we decided to go for a walk. The children had clip boards and and Autumn Checklist and they had to look for signs such as a brown/orange/yellow leaf, a conker, berries, a bare tree and a squirrel. Funnily enough we didn't have much luck spotting the last item! Mrs Elphick has some lovely photos on her ipad that I will put on the website next week. I hope you all got the message about onesies, slippers and a teddy for our assembly next Friday. It would be lovely to see you all there. Friday 2.50pm. Please read the newsletter for information about Children In Need which is also next friday!
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!