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Last Updated: 1.12.17
This term our topic is 'Pirates and Princesses'
This term we will be learning about pirate and princess stories. We are going to make treasure maps and write messages in bottles. We are going to role play as pirates and princesses and will have the chance to dig for treasure in our outdoor area. We are hoping to organise a special visitor to both classes - what a treasure!
This week we have been busy starting our new topic 'Pirates and Princesses'. We have listened to the story of 'That's Not My Pirate!', which we will be writing about next week. The children have also learnt about how to be healthy pirates by making healthy food choices. Some of the children have created their own treasure maps! In Numeracy we have been learning about positional language and have been hiding Fred frog in different places. The children were also excited to use the iPads to learn how to record photographs and videos of their friend! At the beginning of the week, we had some visitors from the CAP project. The children learnt about their three rights: to be 'safe, strong and free'. They learnt about how to keep their bodies and feelings safe. We also talked about the importance of talking to a safe adult when you feel sad or worried. It certainly has been a very busy week!
This week has been a very short but busy one! We have enjoyed settling back into class after our Christmas holidays. The children have been able to catch up with their friends and share their holiday news. Some of the children have been busy writing thank you letters to Santa! We have even had time to practice writing numbers. Everyone is very excited about our new topic and some of the children have been keen to dress up as princesses, knights and dragons. We are looking forward to more pirate and princess learning next week!
This term our topic is 'Winter and celebrations'
This term we will be learning about different celebrations that happen during the winter months in our country and others. We will begin with Spooky Fortnight, then Thanksgiving and Christmas. We will enjoy a Spooky day where the children will be invited to wear their spooky clothes to school and take part in spooky activities. We will also begin to learn the songs and words in preparation for our nativity at the end of term.
What a busy week it has been! The children were fantastic in their Christmas Nativity, they were so confident saying their lines and sang beautifully. Throughout the week they have enjoyed lots of Christmas crafts and sharing traditions their family have at Christmas time. We have also learnt about the Christmas Story and the true meaning of Christmas. We would just like to thank you for all your support over the last term, wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing you all when we return in January.
We have had another brilliant week in Foundation this week. On Tuesday, we went to Pennywell Farm. The children had a great time. When we arrived, we went into the main barn to watch the nativity. Some of the children dressed up and had the opportunity to ride a donkey and pony. We then met Santa and the children were given a present. In school, we have continued to practise our nativity and are really looking forward to sharing it with everybody next week.
This week we have continued our Nativity practices and it's great to see them getting better and better all the time, ready for parents to come and see on the 11th and 12th December. We have enjoyed sharing the story 'Dear Santa' and using a story map with pictures, they have been able to retell the story themselves. In maths, we have been learning to takeaway, using objects to help us. The children learnt to read a subtraction number sentence and then moved on to using their fingers to help them to quickly find the answer.
Next Tuesday, we will be going on our exciting trip to Pennywell Farm which we are all looking forward to.
We have been learning all about 'Thanksgiving'. The children showed excellent listening skills as we discussed the story and then had a circle time to tell others what we were thankful for. They had some lovely ideas, they talked about their families, their homes and their toys. In maths, we have been learning about shapes and in particular, we have been learning how to describe the properties of shapes. The role play has now been turned in to a Santa's workshop and today it was open for business. They have enjoyed playing imaginatively, making lists, drawing designs and using the Lego to construct toys for the good boys and girls. The nativity practices have continued and we are so pleased to see them becoming confident with their lines and the songs.
This week we have been starting to think about the nativity and have been busy learning the songs in preparation. On Tuesday we had visitors from the RSPB. They told us a story about ladybird looking for a home. It helped us to learn about all the different habitats that minibeasts lived in and then we went on a welly walk to go and find some. We had a great time and found woodlice, worms, spiders, larvae and much more. We also listened out for different birds. The children were so interested and behaved so well which was fantastic to see. In numeracy time this week, we have been learning how to weigh items using scales and then used the language of 'heavier' and 'lighter' to explain our findings. In literacy, we have been working on identifying initial sounds in words and beginning to write simple CVC words.
We started the week with the children telling us all about the exciting fireworks celebrations that they saw at the weekend. It sounds like everyone had lots of fun. We created fireworks pictures using straws to blow paint across black paper, they were fantastic. In numeracy, we have been learning how to find one more. We have been using objects and number lines to help us. We continue to practise learning our sounds and are trying really hard to learn how to write short words. In PE, we enjoyed playing some games. The children listened so well to the rules and were able to take in turns, which was lovely to see.
Next week, on Friday, the children are invited to wear spots for 'Children in Need.'
This week has been a very exciting start to the term. We had our Spooky Day on Tuesday and the children all looked fantastic in their spooky costumes. We have continued with our RWI learning new sounds everyday and consolidating sounds we have already learnt. In numeracy we have been practicing our number formation, making sure they are all the correct way around.
This term our topic is 'Superheroes'
This term we will be thinking about Superheroes. We will be talking about who our favourite superhero is and what our favourite superheroes do. We are hoping to organise a Superhero Day for the children to come into school dressed as their favourite Superhero and hopefully we may have some special visitors.
It was great to see the children all dressed for our Superhero Day On Tuesday. We had a very busy day. Mrs Smithers' room was turned in to a 'Superhero Training Centre', where superheroes go to train to become fit and healthy. There was an assault course of activities such as crawling through tunnels, jumping over hurdles and target throwing. In Mrs Rossiter's room, the children were able to take part in cooking. They made rice crispy Hulks, though they didn't turn out as green as we hoped! They enjoyed decorating them and they tasted delicious. We had visits from special guests Supergirl and Elsa. Supergirl showed us some of her special moves and Elsa wowed us with her singing. Throughout the day, we took part in many other exciting activities and had lots of fun. In our numeracy lesson this week, we have been playing about with numbers. the children were challenged to recognise numbers on a dice as quick as possible and identify missing numbers in a sequence.
We hope everyone enjoys their half term break, we return to school on Monday 30th October and will be starting our 'Spooky Fortnight'. The children are invited to wear spooky fancy dress or accessories on Tuesday 31st October. We look forward to seeing you then.
This week we have been working on improving our listening skills. On Monday we went on a welly walk and listened for different sounds in the environment. We talked about how we needed to be nice and quiet and we had a list to tick off anything we could hear. We have also played some listening games such as 'Keeper of the Keys'. The children tried really hard and were very good at this. In Numeracy, we have been comparing and ordering items by length, using the language of 'longer' and 'shorter'. We ordered a variety of items such as plastic worms, pencils and ribbon. In literacy we have been seeing if we can identify the initial sounds in words such as 'cat' or 'dog'. We had a great afternoon on Wednesday for our open afternoon. Thank you to everyone who managed to come along. Next week, we have Superhero day on Tuesday 17th September and parents evening on the 17th and 18th.
The children have continued to work really hard in their RWI sessions this week, learning the new sounds g, o, c, k and u. In literacy we have continued to read Superworm and had a go at sequencing the story. We have had our first PE session this week and explored a range of movements including hopping, slithering and skipping. The children really enjoyed the session and are looking forward to the next one. In numeracy the children have been learning to understand the total doesn't change unless you add something or take something away and finding the total of 2 groups of objects. We would like to thank you for your support at the phonics meeting on Tuesday evening and look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday for the Open Afternoon.
The children have settled so well now, its like they have always been here! We have continued to learn our sounds in Read, Write, Inc and they love joining in. Thank you for your help with this at home, hopefully they enjoy sharing this learning with you. In maths, we have been learning the language of 'more' and 'fewer'. They have compared two amounts recognising and explaining how they know one has more and one has fewer. This week we had our first welly walk and thanks to a change in the day we had lovely sunny weather. We went on a tour around the school learning about the various areas and then spent time in the nature area searching for exciting things. We found acorns and horse chestnuts and even looked for signs of what could be living in and around the area. They had great fun hunting for things and sharing heir knowledge with eachother. Finally towards the end of the week, we carried on our Superhero theme by looking at a book called 'Superworm'. The children thoroughly enjoyed looking at the story and doing actions to go with it.
Next week, we have our phonics and maths evening on Tuesday 3rd October at 5.30pm. It is a very useful evening to help parents understand how they can support their children with reading and maths so it would be great to see as many people there as possible.
Finally thanks for your support on Tapestry, we love seeing he photos you send in!
This week, it has been lovely to see the enthusiasm from the children as we have begun to learn our sounds. They have learnt m, a and s and even had a go at writing them. Once they have completed the homework sheets at home, it is great if they can keep them in their book bags to keep practising with you as often as possible. We have also learnt how to careful count making sure that we touch or move each item as we count them to avoid making any mistakes. The children had a go at this by careful counting cars in a car park which they were fantastic at. We have also started to paint our self portraits to go up in the school hall. The children used mirrors to look closely at themselves before drawing and choosing the correct colours for painting. If your child has been showing you any of this learning at home, we would love to see on Tapestry.
Another busy week in Foundation. We have played lots of 'getting to know eachother' games and the children are slowly beginning to remember the names of the other children in their class. We have also practised name writing and were really impressed to see them trying hard and it would be great if they can continue to practise this at home. They are building in confidence with exploring their surroundings and getting to know the routines. They have enjoyed playing in the superhero role play and are slowly getting better at helping during tidy up time! We have enjoyed reading your comments on Tapestry and thank you to those who have managed to send us some photos of things the children get up when they are with you.
The children have had a fantastic start to the school year, we are so proud of how quickly all of the children have settled into their new classrooms. We have been learning all about the school day and listened carefully to instructions such as where to put our coats and book bags. We have been into lunch for the first time and have enjoyed a roast dinner and fish and chips. We have enjoyed exploring all of the new toys and especially enjoyed the outdoor area, getting muddy in the mud pit. Just a small reminder if you haven't already please activate your tapestry account, any problems please ask your class teacher.