As the weather gets warmer and sunnier please make sure that your child comes to school with sun cream applied (once a day cream is a good idea as it does not need reapplying). The children are responsible for applying the cream themselves before going outdoors.
Tuesday 14th May
The children have written some brilliant descriptions, using their senses, about what they can see, hear, smell and feel in the woods. This has been inspired after talking about the setting of Hansel and Gretel. We are very proud of all the children and here are a few examples of their writing.
Sports Day Practice in the sun
Tuesday 14th May
This week we are subtracting by counting back and using Numicon to see the inverse operations. We have been looking at links between addition and subtraction and solving problems using mathematical language.
We are continuing to read Hansel and Gretel. We are looking at setting and using our senses to describe setting and our local are, like the copse.
We would like to say a BIG Thank you to Mr. Inskip for making our wonderful water area. We have been using it to look at how water travels, how it moves through tubes and how long it takes to travel from the top to the bottom. It has really encouraged the children to talk and work together.
We have also been planting seeds indoors and outdoors. we have talked about what they need to grow.
We have used large Numicon pieces to make 10. We have tried to find pairs of numbers that make 10.
We have developed our communication and language skills using small world areas outdoors.
Tuesday 7th May
This week we are reading Hansel and Gretel and drawing a story map to retell the story. We have been building the Gingerbread house outdoors using Poddley and building blocks.
In mathematics we have been making 10 using Numicon. We are looking for pairs of numbers that make 10.
To conclude our topic on Traditional and Fairy Tales we will be holing a Fairy Tale Ball. We would like the children to dress up smart as princes, princesses, knights or in smart party clothes. This will be held on the last Friday of this half term.
Wednesday 24th April.
We hope you had a lovely Easter.
This half term we are concentrating on Traditional Tales. We have started with Jack and the beanstalk. The children have loved planting their own seeds and writing about how they did it. We will be writing our own traditional stories and tales during the next few weeks. We will be focusing on story openings and endings.
Family Learning Sessions
Tuesday 30th April- reading
Thursday 9th May- maths
Tuesday 14th May- maths
Thursday 23rd May- reading
Wednesday 27th March
We have been making the most of spring!
We have been in the 'copse area' and sketched spring flowers. We have zoned areas in our outdoor learning environment and are using it develop our play, number work and writing.
Thank you for your support in this area. We have encouraged the children to try different ways of learning their phonics and spellings. Here are a few examples...
Wednesday 6th March
This week the children have planned some amazing space stories. They have decided who they want to take with them, what their rocket looks like, designed a new planet, thought of an adventure and an ending.
We are really looking forward to writing the stories next week.
We are moving on to doubling numbers next week in mathematics. We will be using Numicon, concrete objects and adding eyes, arms and legs to aliens to double numbers 1-10.
Today we talked about what questions the children could ask the 'Lion in Paris'. They came up with some amazing ideas about how to make him feel a sense of belonging and happy...' What would you like to play?' 'Would you like something to eat?' 'Would you like to be friends?'
We acted out the children meeting the Lion and asking him the questions.
Look out for our display in the main corridor with some of the children's questions, writing and drawings.
Tuesday 5th March
Outdoor football, developing kicking and stopping skills. All children had a shot at goal... Arthur nearly broke Miss O'Neill's leg.
Next week we will be continuing to study SPACE. We will be using a number line to subtract and also count back in our heads. We will be writing simple take-away number sentences. We will be focusing on counting back from 20, saying our teen numbers carefully.
We are going to draw our own story maps in preparation for the following week when we are going to write our own imaginary space adventures with a beginning, middle and ending.
Thursday 28th February
We have been making the most of the lovely February weather. During our outdoor learning sessions we made bark rubbings using wax crayons.
Wednesday 27th February
This week we will begin to send home a short list of high frequency words for the children to learn alongside their phonics homework. We will be teaching these words in a fun way during and encouraging children to learn them by painting, using magnets, writing in the sand, play dough etc. These are ideas that you can use at home too. We will be doing a small quiz every Tuesday to check their recognition of the weekly words set. Learning these words helps the children to improve their reading and writing skills and encourages quick recognition.
3 2 1 Lift off !!!!!!!
Here are some pictures of our new topic- SPACE
Monday 25th February
Parent Learning Morning dates
Thursday 28th February Reading
Tuesday 5th March Reading
Thursday 14th march Maths
Tuesday 19th March Maths
Thursday 28th March Reading
Tuesday 2nd April Reading
Monday 11th February
This week the children are busy guessing what our next topic will be after half term.
To help us get started could you please send any shoe sized boxes and kitchen roll tubes into school so that we can make some models after half term.
This week we are reading a story called Jack Frost. We are writing speech bubbles for the characters.
We are also trying to solve word problems in mathematics.
Tuesday 5th February
We have had fun making Chinese Lanterns. We improved our cutting skills and talked about the story behind the animals for each Chinese year.
Monday 4th February
So proud of these children for learning to sing the months of the year.
Friday 1st February
We have looked at the colours and markings on Penguins and painted our own.
Monday 28th January
We have started a new topic on Polar regions. Our classrooms show all the areas for learning. We will be writing facts about Arctic and Antarctic animals during the next two weeks. In Mathematics we are counting and adding on a number line and in our heads. We will be talking about states of matter:solids and liquids. We have also spoken to the children about how they can retrieve information from a computer ie Google and You Tube. We have explained that they should always be supervised by an adult but it is a good way to find out more about our topics at home.
Last week we started Guided Reading sessions. These take place 4 times a week in small groups, with a focus on predicting, vocabulary, fluency and understanding the text. You may notice that some children will begin to receive home reading books with Phase 3 phonics sounds and the phonics homework also reflects this.
Monday 21st January
We have loved describing and naming 2D and 3D shapes
Monday 7th January
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Many thanks for all our lovely Christmas cards and presents.
We are looking forward to seeing you all back in school on Tuesday 8th January.
Parent Reading and Mathematics sessions will start next week and will take place once a week on alternate Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Tuesday 15th January- Mathematics
Thursday 24th January-Reading
Tuesday 29th January-Reading
Thursday 7th February-Mathematics
Tuesday 12th February-Mathematics
For the next two weeks we are going to be reading One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth. We are going to be ordering the story and writing our own beginning, middle and ending. We are focusing on retelling stories using the 'Pie Corbett' method of putting actions to words.
In Numeracy we are revisiting one more. We will be doing lots of counting on and saying the next number.
Wednesday 19th December
Today is our Christmas lunch. The children can bring a Christmas cracker to school to take to lunch with them.
Tuesday 18th December
We all had a super time at our Christmas Party today. We played lots of games and had some party food. We had a visit from Father Christmas.
Thursday 13th November
A big Thank You to all the parents, family and friends who came to watch our Stick Man show today. We are really proud of the children in Red and Blue classes and it was a lovely time for us to share all the hard work that the children had put into the play.
Messages for end of term
Please could party money be handed in ASAP.
On Tuesday morning you are invited into Reception at 8.45 to help the children make their party hats. This should last no more than half an hour.
We have finished sending Phonics homework until after Christmas. We have sent the books home so that any outstanding homework can be completed and the children can revise all the sounds they have learnt so far.
Next week we will be reading 'The Jolly Christmas Postman'. We will be writing our own letters to Santa.
Monday 3rd December
We have sent home details of costumes that a few children will require for the Christmas Show in reading bags. Please could these be sent into school in a named plastic bag ASAP. If your child is a narrator or Christmas shopper they should bring in a party dress or Christmas jumper or smart party shirt. All other children/parts in the play will be given costumes that the school have already got.
Rehearsals are well under way and the songs are sounding great. Many thanks to everyone who has helped their child to learn their lines and sing the songs. We are looking forward to seeing you on Thursday 13th December at 9.15.
The Christmas play will be on Thursday 13th December at 9.15 in the Infant hall.
Wednesday 28th November
Entry will be via the main Reception after dropping your children off as usual. Please can you make sure that the children arrive at 8.45 promptly on this morning.
On Monday we will send home details of what the children will need to wear for the show in their reading bags.
We look forward to seeing you all.
Next week we will be reading the Stick Man by Julia Donaldson. We will be writing sentences to accompany pictures from the story and we will be concentrating on using finger spaces and full stops.
We will be ordering sticks in Mathematics, focusing on length and size. We will also be recognising and ordering numbers to 20 and encouraging the children to say 1 more/less.
This week we will be decorating and wrapping sticks, printing with sticks, making our own stick men and many more creative activities during 'choose time'.
Friday 16th November
Next week we will be talking about empty, half-full and full. We will be using lots of different containers to compare how much they hold and making our own potions as part of our 'Winnie the Witch' focus.
We will be reading lots of different Winnie the Witch books and talking about instructions and how to write them using numbers to begin each instruction.
We have sent home words for our Christmas play. If your child has a speaking part they will be stuck into their reading log. Please help them to learn the words so that they can confidently speak their short line. All children have a part whether it be acting, singing, speaking or dancing.
Thank you for all making the effort to get dressed up for Children in Need. Mr. Williams has put a selection of photographs on the school website. We have had a lovely day talking about the important historical figures they dressed as.
The Christmas Play is on its way.
The date for our Christmas show is Thursday 13th December at approx 9.15am
Over the last few weeks we have been learning some new songs and putting lots of movement to music. We have been talking about the pace, beat and rhythm in music. Look at our fantastic dance moves to the music.
Wednesday 31st October
Next week we will begin 'Family Reading and Maths' sessions. These will take place on the following Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 8.45 and 9.00am.
Tuesday 6th November-Family Reading
Thursday 8th November-Family Maths
Tuesday 13th November-Family Maths
Thursday 15th November-Family Reading
Tuesday 20th November-Family Reading
Thursday 22nd November-Family Maths
Tuesday 27th November-Family Maths
Thursday 29th November-Family Reading
Tuesday 4th December-Family Reading
Thursday 6th December-Family Maths
These short sessions are a lovely time when the children can read books with each other, teachers, teaching assistants, staff from 'School's Out' and any family members who are able to join in. They can also play number and shape games in small groups and we encourage sharing and taking turns during all of the activities. We look forward to seeing those of you who can make it next week.
We will be doing lots of counting back from 20 next week. We will sing songs and learn rhymes to help the children to consolidate their learning. We will also be taking away smaller numbers from bigger numbers in Numeracy next week. We will be using objects to take away and simple number lines to count back along.
In Literacy we will continue to read 'Room on the Broom' and talk about setting.and characters. We will be writing lists and short sentences to describe characters from the story.
Wednesday 17th October
Reminder- Mufti Day on Friday. Please bring gifts for FOWSA
We have had a lovely half-term with the children. They all appear settled and are making lots of friends.
After the October break we will be reading the book 'Room on the Broom' We will be thinking about the characters and describing the setting of the story. Lots of our writing will stem from lists and potions.
In Numeracy we will be adding 2 groups to find the total of 6 in as many ways as possible. The children have been finding ways to add to 5 and love singing songs about numbers. We will continue using Numicon, number frames, counters and towers of cubes to consolidate their learning of addition facts.
Have a lovely half term and we will see you all after the break.
Friday 12th October
Today we have sent home Phonics Homework Books. Hopefully the activities are clear but if you have any problems please see a member of staff on Monday. Books should be returned on Wednesday.
We are really pleased all the children are reading at home. Thank you for your support. It is really important that the children learn and consolidate the sounds we are learning in phonics.
Wednesday 10th October
The children have loved talking about 'people who help us'. They have dressed up and acted out scenarios. Read stories and looked at non-fiction books.
Next week, in Literacy, we will continue to look at non-fiction books and write our own labels and captions for people and vehicles.
In Mathematics we will be adding 2 groups together to find a total.
Many thanks for all the Harvest Festival donations.
Reminder- It is Parents Evening next Tuesday and Thursday. Reply slips with days and times will be sent home in reading bags on Friday.
Wednesday 3rd October
This week we have started talking to the children about 'Stranger Danger' and 'e-safety'. We have watched a short clip explaining how to stay safe on-line. This leads us onto our new topic next week, 'People who help us'. We will be thinking about who helps us in school and also the wider environment. We will be talking about the emergency services and how they help us.
In Literacy we will be writing labels for emergency vehicles and people. We will be encouraging the children to use 'robot-arms' to sound out the words before they write.
In Numeracy we will be talking about 1 less than a number to 10. We will be singing songs to encourage the children to count backwards and using objects to take away.
Just a reminder that we change reading books on Mondays and Thursdays so please ensure they are in their reading bags on these days.
Friday 7th September
The classrooms are ready and we are really excited about the children starting school on Monday.