Class 1 Crow Point

Friday 13th May

This week, instead of going to the forest, we decided to take a different route. Went over the stile, through the field, over the bridge, through another field and back up the lane to school. The children coped really well with the walk and we have all noticed how much quicker they are going over the stile now! They have come a long way since we fist started our walks. We also had time for a quick game of Duck Duck Goose in the field. The children, and adults, really enjoy our walks and it is such a valuable time to be able to talk with the children as we walk. This week we have also been comparing what we see on our walks with what we would see if we were to walk through London. We even took a virtual walk through the city today and the children were able to comment on all the differences they could see. In phonics this week, as well as recapping phase 3 and all the tricky words, we have been focusing on sentencing writing. I am super impressed with how much progress they have all made with their listening and concentration skills, letter formation and ability to hold a sentence in their head whilst they write. In maths we have been looking at how 6 is made and the children were asked to show me 6 using blocks and then to describe what they had done. For example we had 2 plus 2 plus 2, 4 plus 2, 3 and another 3, 5 and 1, 1 and 1 and 1 and 1 and 1 and 1. What super mathematicians they are! A few backs ago we planted some beans. These are now growing into healthy little plants. As we planted them into our new planters the children noticed the roots. So we took one out of the pot and looked carefully at how it had changed. We drew pictures of the seed, roots, stem and leaves and labelled the parts of the plant. We are looking forward to watching even more changes over the next few weeks. We have had two exciting deliveries this week. First we have a new 'hill' to climb over. This will be enable to children to build on their physicality and has created much enjoyment already! Secondly our caterpillars arrived yesterday. We will be watching very carefully over the next few weeks as they grow change. We will keep you posted! 

Queen Elizabeth II

Friday 29th April

Welcome back to the Summer term! Our last together in Reception. I can't believe how fast it is flying by! The children have come back to yet another full week of learning and playing and fun. On our walk this week we focused on how the environment around us has changed. The path was so overgrown we had to walk in single file and we saw so many different shapes and shades of green leaves in the hedge and in the woods. One child noticed that the path was not muddy but dry and cracked and that led on to us talking about evaporation. Whilst we were in the woods we found some fluffy catkins and saw around us lots of seeds drifting on the ait. That led on to a conversation about seed dispersal! We also saw lots of spring flowers and we are all getting pretty good at naming lots of them now. We have begun to talk about the Queen's Jubilee and what it is that we will be celebrating. We will continue to focus on this for the rest of the this term. In phonics we have spilt into groups. Some of us will be recapping phase 3 and some of us will be moving on to being able to use these phonemes in our writing. We will also be moving on to the next set of tricky words which are in the front of the yellow reading diaries. In number we have looked at how 9 can be partitioned into 3 lots of three and recapped odd and even numbers. Today Mrs Sullivan brought in a small solar panelled fountain. It was wonderful to see the joy and excitement when the fountain worked, and the way the children quickly worked out that if you stood in front of it and cast a shadow the fountain stopped. Some great problem solving went on! 

Friday 1st April

What a busy week! Too busy for us to be taking too many photos unfortunately. We have come to the end of phase 3 in phonics now. Over the next few weeks we will be repeating phase 3 for those who need it moving onto really using the phonemes in our reading and writing. In number this week we have been focusing on doubles up to double 6. We had a lovely walk to the forest on Tuesday. The children are becoming so much more independent when getting their waterproofs and wellies on! Over the last couple of weeks we have been thinking about Spring. We have all planted a bean seed and some have planted a sunflower seed. We then wrote instructions so that other people will also know how to plant a seed. Our story focus has, of course been Jack and The Beanstalk. 



Friday 11th March

This week began with a very exciting discovery - aliens had visited our school over the weekend! We even have video footage! The children have been busy making rockets and aliens and writing to Voo - our friendly visitor! We have also thought about what we would take to space in our rocket. In phonics we have  learnt the phonemes ai, igh and oo and in number we have been looking at the number 10 and thinking of numbers beyond 5 as 5 and a bit more, which moved onto 5 plus 1 = 6, 5 + 2 = 7 etc. We used our fast fingers to show these numbers and our fast eyes to recognise which number was being shown by someone else. We have also learnt about the astronauts Tim Peake and Helen Sharman. We had our first experience of House Groups on Tuesday afternoon. We all played some lovely games and had fun getting to know the people in our House Group. 

Every Friday we have something called a Pen Disco. This has been helping to develop our fine motor skills and our pencil control. Today we listened to Mama Africa's Click song. This is a song that is often sung at weddings to bring good luck and is named after the click beetle that is so called because it makes a clicking sound with its tummy on the floor. The click beetle is another symbol of good luck.  

Friday 4th March!

What a great week to start this half of the term! Our first trip to the forest on our welly walk, World Book Day, ai, er, and igh in phonics and discovering the number 10 in maths. The children were really excited to tell us all about their half term break and they have also been making their own books and reading us their own stories. And...we even saw the sunshine today! 

Apologies for forgetting to give out the book day tokens. They'll be given out on Monday. 

Friday 11th February

This week in phonics we have learnt the phonemes  v,w,x, qu. In maths we have been looking at the number 8 and why we know 8 is 8. e.g. because I can see two groups of 4 and 4 +4 = 8.   Today we have been talking about the importance of looking after our teeth and what we can do to keep our teeth happy. They should all be keen to brush for the whole 2 minutes tonight! The children are getting to really know the story of the Little Red Hen and I will attempt to add a video here of them telling the story together! Fingers crossed it works. Next week we will be looking at how we can change the story slightly to make it our own. During our welly walk this week we attempted not one but 3 stiles! Twice. We really enjoyed running up the hill opposite school and seeing the wonderful view from the top. We enjoyed running down even more. 


Tried to put the video on here but it is too big. So head to Video Resource, find the class 1 playlist and it will be in there. Enjoy 🙂    (I may have just added a link to the video! It may or may not work laugh!) 

Friday 4th February

This week has been Chinese New Year. We have explored how this festival is celebrated all over the world. The children have made Chinese lanterns, wrote their names in Chinese and finger painted blossom trees. Their are lots of lambs in the field so we have explored wool and where it comes from. We went to see the lambs in the field and then made our own sheep by wrapping wool around small pine cones. In phonics we have learnt the phonemes j,v,w,and x. In maths we have looked at the number 7 and explored how 5 can be partitioned into 3+2 and 1+4. 

Friday 28th January

This week we have recapped the sounds we learnt last week and most of the children are now secure in these sounds. In number we have been looking at the number 6 and different ways in which to make 6. We have also matched amounts to numerals.  This week we have been learning the story The Little Red Hen. Ask your child to tell it to you. They have some lovely actions! As it is all about corn today we looked at corn kernels and then listened to the corn popping in the microwave. Obviously we had to eat it afterwards! We have discovered how popcorn actually pops and watched a slow motion clip of popcorn popping.  I highly recommend watching one if you have never seen it before! On our welly walk this week we were thinking about the colours around us. We took some colour charts and explored how many different shades of green and brown there are. 

Chinese New Year begins next week! 


Friday 21st January

This Week in phonics we have finished our Phase 2 sounds and learnt h,b, f, ff, l, ll and ss. The children impressed me with their knowledge of what a digraph was. We have also been recapping our Tricky words. These are the words that the children just have to know without sounding out. We listened to the Tricky word song and recapped ‘I, no, go, the, to, into’. 

In Pen Disco today we looked at zigzags and drew with our three felt tips to Queen’s ‘Another One Bites The Dust’. The children created lots of big and small zigzags with some creating a Star like shape.

On Wheely Wednesday, the children had great fun whizzing around the play ground and playing on the play equipment. 

Friday 14th January

This week we started to think about winter and the changes that happening in the environment. We have really enjoyed the beautiful sunny frosty weather!  We introduced the vocabulary absorb and expand.  

We have begun a Friday pen disco.  The children draw patterns on a large piece of paper in order to improve their fine motor skills whilst listening to a piece of music- Today it was straight lines to Elvis 'Suspicious Minds'. (See video clip below)

In phonics we have learnt ck e u r and in maths we have been thinking about ways to make 5; e.g. 4+1. 3+2. We have also begun to look at subtraction within 5. e.g. 5-1=4  4-1=3 etc. 

We have painted with ice, made snow (As we are unlikely to get the real stuff! sad) and have as very important and very cold (frozen!) visitor from Antarctica. The children were asked to find ways to warm him up and help him to melt. They were very caring and had some wonderful, thoughtful ideas about what they could do to help him.  


Pen disco

Still image for this video

Friday 17th December

In phonics this week we have learnt the phonemes ck and e.  In number we have looked at repeating patterns. On our welly walk we took a Thank You card to Instow Barton for letting us visit their stable last week and found some shells in the field and discovered that horse really do have fabulous hearing as they stopped to watch us from their field in the distance. What great science learning!  We have had Christmas picnic lunch, waved at Santa as he flew around our playground, watched The Snowman, watched ourselves in the Nativity and sung Away in a manger countless times. It has been a wonderful week. 

Have a lovely Christmas everyone. 

See you in January 


Friday 10th December

This week we have finished filming our Nativity with KS1. I cannot wait to see how it looks when it is all put together. We have continued to learn the Nativity story and to give us a bit of context we visited a real stable during our welly walk on Tuesday. There we were able to reflect on what it would have been like for Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus on that first Christmas morning. We were also able to stroke the beautiful horse that let us walk all over his lovely straw bed in his stable. His name is Paddy and we found out that he is the same age as many of us!! 5 years old! He was very gentle with us but his mum told us that he can be a bit naughty and likes to escape from his stable and eat things he is not supposed to eat! Thank you for coming to our Christmas Market. We hope you enjoy all the things the children have worked hard to make for you. 



Friday 3rd December

This week we have begun to look at the Christmas Story. It was lovely to gather the children's ideas about what Christmas means to them. Our welly walk this week saw us take a different route and we attempted the stile for the first time. Once in the field we went on a stick hunt to find antlers for our cardboard tube reindeers. smiley The children have now completed all their Christmas crafts for the market next week and we are very much looking forward to seeing you all there. In phonics we have recapped g o c k and the tricky words I no and the. On Wednesday the children enjoyed decorating the Christmas trees and starting our advent calendars. We have a Santa's beard to fill up with cotton wool! We have set up a wrapping station too and the children are really enjoying wrapping presents, putting them under the tree then pretending it is Christmas morning and opening them all! We have also finished our letters to Father Christmas and posted them off. We are waiting excitedly for the post!   (letters will be posted on Tapestry wink just in case Father Christmas needs some help). We have also begun to film our Nativity songs this week. 

Please feel free to dress your children in thermals. It is getting pretty chilly now and we are still spending the same amount of time outside!

Friday 26th November

This week in phonics we have looked at g o c and k. We will recap these next week before moving on. 

In math we have been exploring the number 5 and how 5 can be partitioned into 3 and 2 and 1 and 4. We went on a lovely welly walk on Tuesday. We had wanted to visit the church before today but unfortunately it was locked so instead we walked to the top of the hill. We had the most amazing view so we talked about all the things we could see. We were really trying to get the children to look up and out at the view rather than just what we can see in the field in front of us. We even had a performance from a beautiful bird of prey. In their own learning time the children have pretended to blast off into space and they have built a wonderful camp fire, around which they sat to have their hot chocolate today. I am pleased to announce that we are now having glass milk bottles delivered to school which is going to drastically reduce our plastic usage! The milk is decanted into a jug so the children are still able to pour it themselves. This afternoon it is the Christingle and the children have been practising their songs brilliantly. It will be live streamed on the Instow Parents facebook page but hopefully also available to watch afterwards if you can't watch it live. 


Friday 19th November

This week in phonics we have been recapping the phonemes previously learnt. s a t p i n m d 

We have also been practicing our blending skills by playing lots of blending games. In maths we have been looking at the number 4 and subitising within 4. We have been learning about how to keep safe on the when crossing the road and practiced our new road role play during our wheels time on the bottom pitch. Today has been Children in Need and after we placed our pennies on the giant Pudsey we joined in with Joe Wicks and his fitness for Pudsey session. We also enjoyed raising money by eating cake! 

Thank you to those of you who came to the phonics talk yesterday. If you weren't able to make it there will be a hand out in book bags next week with some important terminology and there will be a link on the website to a video that demonstrates how to pronounce each sound. 

Have a great weekend.  

Friday 5th November

This week we have begun our formal phonics sessions. It is actually not very formal at all but lots of fun! Ask the children about Geraldine the Giraffe. She has been a bit of a pickle this week! We have learnt the phonemes (sounds) s a t p i  and we have already begun to segment and blend words to read using these phonemes sat, at, it etc. In maths we have been teaching Clever Crocodile some tips to help him count. i.e. the last number that you say when counting a group of toys is how many there are altogether; Only say one number for each object etc. We are also teaching Clever Crocodile that even though he finds it difficult we are all good at different things and although he can't do it 'Yet' he will be able to if he keeps practising. We have learnt about the festivals of Diwali and read a lovely story called 'The Best Diwali Ever' by Sonali Shah  and we have also been learning about why we celebrate bonfire night. Ask the children about naughty Guy Fawkes. Both festivals involve fireworks so we have made lots of firework pictures using shaving foam and food colouring and watery paint and straws! At the beginning of the week we took our painting outside and made firework pictures using powder paint and raindrops. The children also made their own salt dough and then turned them into diva pots. We have cooked them today and will be painting them next week.