Friday 7th June
Welcome back to the last half of the Summer Term! Wow where has this year gone??!! It sounds like everyone had a good break and the children enjoyed telling us all about the wonderful things they had got up to during the week. It is lovely to see how the children's speaking has developed throughout the year. On Tuesday afternoons we will be having Forest School. They already have waterproofs and wellies in school so they will just need old clothes to change into for the afternoon. This week we stayed on sight but thought about the story 'Sharing A Shell'. The children then made their own under the sea habitat and even little under water creatures and gave them a shell to share. This week we have continued the story 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and on Wednesday morning they story mapped their own versions of the story, changing the character or setting. Yesterday and today we have been using the story maps to write our own stories. I have put Effie's story about a very hungry squirrel and Thomas' story about a very hungry cheetah in the pictures for you to read. Such a wet day today!! Hopefully it will dry up for the weekend. Homework is looking at illustrations in books and making up their own number stories.
Friday 24th May
Today's wellie walk was very different indeed! We went to the Marine Base and were shown some interesting videos of Instow 75 years ago. They used the beach to practice driving tanks and trucks in the water. It looked like a lot of fun! The children were then allowed to explore some of the vehicles and some of the weapons they used. We also learned about the food Marines have to eat which gives them extra energy. It didn't look too tasty!
Friday 17th May
This week we have had some exciting post! Some of the children wrote to a minibeast asking them something they wanted to find out. Guess what...the minibeasts actually wrote back! So much excitement! From their answers we have begun to create a fact sheet to help us with the information book we are going to make next week. In math we have been thinking about sharing and we have leant that sharing between 2 is the sameness as halving. In music Mrs Wattley brought some real instruments for us to hear and some to try! We then used the percussion to have some musical conversations. Today for our wellie walk we walked to the post office to post our letters to Finn and Ru. During our walk we saw a Friendly Lion called Eric, the year 6 playing volley ball on the beach and loads and loads of snails! We also had a very brief video chat with the boys this morning but it was very brief due to some technical issues! Hopefully their letter will arrive early next week so we will call them again maybe Tuesday.
Friday 10th May
We had a perfectly timed Wellie Walk today. We took the ipads and some colour charts and investigated how many different greens we could find. There were lots! We took our time today as it was such a lovely morning. Just before we came over the style back to school we sat in the field, looked at the view and took some deep breaths whilst enjoying the sun on our faces. 10 minutes after getting back to school the heavens opened!! We were very glad we had not been walking any longer! Also this week we have started to look at the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Miss Graves showed the children how to paint a perfectly symmetrical butterfly by painting one side of the paper and folding it over. In maths we have continued to investigate addition and subtraction.
Today we had a visit from a new friend who will be joining us after half term. His name is Riaaz and we look forward to welcoming him properly in a few weeks. Oh almost forgot! In carousel on Tuesday we started to explore the different instrument families using a program on the ipad. We listened to Benjamin Britten's Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra. Maybe try to listen to it this weekend and see if you can spot those families!
Friday 3rd February
This week in math we have looked ta number bonds to 10 - pairs of numbers that go together to make 10. We are also beginning to count in 5's and 10's. Cameron brought us a wonderful book to read called 'The girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes.' It is a new Julia Donaldson book and inspired us all to write about where our own magic shoes would take us! During our wellie walk this week we looked for minibeasts. We used magnifying glasses and torches so spot them in their hiding places. We found a millipede so when we got back to school we drew and labelled the different parts of a millipede. Ask them if they can remember where the millipedes trunk is! In carousel this week we played our wonderful new handbells and using the coloured circles (corresponding to each handbell) we made up our own tunes. Some of them were amazing!
Friday 5th April
For our last welly walk of the term we obviously had to have an egg roll! We decorated an egg yesterday and named it. Then today we carried our eggs to the field, sang to them, babysat someone else's egg and then found the perfect place to roll it down the hill! Lots of giggles and shrieks of joy! Also this week we have learned about the Easter story (the one that doesn't involve the Easter bunny!) and have made blossom trees out of cardboard tubes. Well done to all the children today, they were really well behaved during a long Easter service at church. Have a wonderful break. The children have been told that their homework is to play outside, eat, walk, have fun, play with their toys and read a little bit every night.
Thursday 28th March
We were finally warm on our wellie walk! This time we were looking at our environment and comparing it to a city environment. We watched a clip of a 'walk through London' and it gave us a pretty good idea about how a city is different to our environment in Instow. We walked all the way to the top of the hill to get yet another superb view! Today we have planted some peas, spring onions tomatoes. The children are going to be in charge of looking after the plants in our garden. We keep you posted with garden updates! In maths this week we have been looking at careful counting. On Monday Stanley blew our socks off by introducing us to negative numbers!! In 22 years of teaching I have never had to explain the concept of negative numbers to Early Years. How exciting! In your reading books today or tomorrow the children will be coming home with the tricky words they still need to learn. Please help them do this in anyway you can think of that makes it fun. Stick them to the doors and they have to say that word as they walk through that door...stick them on the fridge and they have to say one word as they open the door. Write the words on the fruit in the fruit bowl. (I wouldn't recommend doing this with apples!). When they have mastered all of the words leave us a note in their reading diary and we will send the next lot of words home.
Friday 22nd March
In maths this week we have been learning about Odd Todd and Even Steven. Even Steven always likes things to be fair and always shares his snacks evenly. In phonics we are still on phase 3 and are spending our phonics sessions consoladating their knowledge of diagraphs and trigraphs. Today was our last day with Finn and Rufus so they were in charge of our wellie walk today. They wanted to go on a "collecting story walk." They also chose the direction we went in. They chose to go over the stile first. Today is the first time all of the children were able to go over the stile on their own. Such progress from just a few weeks ago when it took us ages to all get into the field as nearly all children needed help to climb over the stile. It was a great wellie walk moment! Then the boys asked us to collect a stick...so we did. We had fun looking at the shortest, longest, spikiest, smoothest etc. Then we walked to the stream and played pooh sticks. Over into the next field and up the steep hill all the way to the top (another first!) it was tiring but the view was totally worth it. So was the run down! When we got to the church we sat and had the boys chosen story The Gruffalo. Then it was back to school for hot chocolate. It was a great walk. Thank you Finn and Ru! This afternoon Mrs Guymer made Anzac biscuits with the whole class (they were scrummy!!) - oh and there were special kangaroo biscuits for lunch! We will miss both boys loads but hope to keep in touch when they are settled.
Friday 15th 2018
Just a quick one tonight then you can get on and enjoy the photos! Just to say how super proud we are of them all for the awesome speaking and singing in assembly yesterday! They overcame a lot of nerves and butterflies and they were all brilliant. Have a peaceful weekend.
Friday 9th March
This week it was Shrove Tuesday. We set up a pancake station and the children all measured out their own ingredients using a small scoop, a 5ml syringe and a small bottle of milk. They measured and mixed all by themselves and a grown up put it in the microwave to cook. The way the pancakes all disappeared I am guessing they were pretty tasty! On Thursday it was World Book day and the children looked totally fab dressed as their favourite character. We had a cat walk in assembly to show off all the amazing costumes throughout the school. On Friday we had another Welly Walk - thankfully we didn't get too wet this time! As we are looking at stories we decided to go on a Story Walk and took some of our favourite Julia Donaldson books. When the children fancied a story they were allowed to call out 'Story Time' and we stopped for a story. We didn't get very far before we had to have the first one! In phonics we are continuing to recap phase 3 phonemes and tricky words and in maths we have been looking at doubling and halving. Oh and the fencing has finally gone up to keep us safe during the building of the Pre-School. Thank you for adapting to the new 'door' system for the mornings and home time. The children have coped brilliantly and do not seem fazed by the fence at all. Well done to all of the children who brought in their favourite story at the beginning of the week. They each got their house point.
Please remember it is our Class Assembly next Thursday at 2.50pm. Look forward to seeing you all there!
Friday 1st March
Welcome back to the second half of the Spring Term. We have been reading lots of Julia Donaldson books this week esp The Gruffalo and Room on The Broom. Also this week we had another football session - in the sunshine this week! After a visit from a rather large hedgehog (in my garden) we started to talk about the crazy warm weather and how it shouldn't really be like this in February. This led us on to recycling and how we can look after our planet. On Thursday we went for a short welly walk, looking for signs of Spring coming and we found lots of buds and lambs. In math we have been looking at 6 and the fact that 6 is the same as 3+3 or 2+2+2. On Friday it was Mrs Worsnop's birthday and the children all made her a card and some lovely bunting and tissue paper flowers.
Next week we will be looking at more stories and having a story telling week. There will be a house point for any child who brings in their favourite story to share with the class
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!