Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Week beginning 05.11.18

What a brilliant array of firework outfits we had at school yesterday - Well Done! It was a great effort by all! Thank you for supporting us and for bringing in raffle prizes.

This week we have introduced story scribing where we sit with the children 1:1 and they tell us their story. The adult writes the story emphasising all the writing skills. As the children become more familiar with phonics they start taking the pencil from the adult and writing the sounds that they can hear in the words. At the end of the session they get to act their story out with their friends in front of the whole class which they thoroughly enjoy.

This week the story of the week is The 3 Billy Goats Gruff as we are continuing with traditional tales. We hope that the children may begin to use some of the features from these stories in their own stories.

In maths the number of the week is 5.We will be looking at height and comparing the heights of different things by just looking at them and putting them in order by height. We will also be learning how to estimate by looking at a group of objects and making a sensible guess about how many objects there are.

In phonics the sounds this week are u, y, x, e and k and the stories will be in book bags on Friday. If you need clarification about how to say and sounds or how to do any of the actions please don't hesitate to come and see us.

We are introducing woodwork this week so the children learn basic woodwork skills and can make whatever they like using these skills.

Cooking is continuing this week and the children are all able to have a go at making cupcakes.

We hope you all got on ok with the name writing homework last week. This week we will send home a big talk homework with instructions!

Have a good week!

Monday, 29 October 2018

Week Beginning 29.10.18

Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely half term. It was lovely to see lots of smiling children this morning ready to come back to school!

This week the story of the week is 'Cinderella' as we are continuing with traditional tales. The children will act this story out too.

In maths the number of the week is 4. We are concentrating on counting objects in a line accurately by touching or moving each object and saying a number name for each object and also counting out a set amount of objects.

We are starting squiggle this week which helps with gross motor skills and will in turn strengthen muscles to aid writing. We basically make big movements with handkerchiefs and then make smaller movements on paper with crayons using both hands. This week the movement is up and down. This will help with the formation of letters l, t, i, and j.

We are also starting to write independently where the children will have a go at writing in their own little book.

Phonics will be continuing and this week the sounds are h, n, r, m and j. The stories and actions will be in children's bookbags at the end of the week.

Have a good week!

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Week Beginning 15.10.18

This week the story of the week is Jack and the Beanstalk as we're continuing with traditional tales. Their acting out skills are really being demonstrated through their play which is really lovely to see!

We have been doing IT self portraits to go on display with their painted self portraits to show the children how different media can be used and to develop IT skills. We discussed which media the children preferred using and why. They have been using a simple paint program on the computer and creating some great artwork in their free play too.

We have been doing phonics and the sounds this week are a, d and qu and there will be a sheet in your child's book bag at the end of the week for you to help your child to practise at home.

In Maths we have been refining our counting skills by lining up objects and touching each one or moving each one as we say the number to ensure accurate counting. We found lots of children were over counting because they were counting too quickly and not saying a number for each object.

Wow - the children have all been at school for a whole half term and they seem to be really enjoying it! We're really pleased with how they've settled in and adjusted well to school! Well done!

Have a great half term!

Monday, 8 October 2018

Week Beginning 8.10.18

Last week the story was Little Red Riding Hood and the children are becoming very good at acting out the story. We started doing focused observations last week with 3 focus children. The focus children change every week and we observe in each of the EYFS areas.

This week the story of the week is The Elves and the Shoemaker. At the beginning of Reception we concentrate on traditional stories so that the children see how these stories are structured and the language that is used. This will then hopefully come out in the children's play and independent story scribing.

In maths we do a number of the week. This week the number is 3. We have a story, rhyme and action to go with each number which will help the children to remember how to recognise that number. Mental maths this week will be activities that focus on the number 3.

We are starting phonics this week too - this week the phonics are l, t, i, o and c. You will get the stories and the action for these sounds on Friday in your child's book bag so you can practise at home. The sound mat will also help the children to remember these sounds as there is a picture with the sound that relates to the story.

We are painting self portraits this week to go on display in the classroom. We will be looking closely at the features on our face and recreating this with paint. I'll let you know when the display is up so you can come and have a look.

We will do a big talk every day where we have a different talk topic and the children say a sentence about this topic. This is to get the children more confident at talking in front of a group and also to encourage talking in a sentence and extending vocabulary. Topics this week are: Pets, At the park and what did you see on the way to school.

Have a good week!

Friday, 28 September 2018

Week Beginning 24.09.18

This week we had the story 'A Squash and a Squeeze'. When we read our weekly story the children act the story out and they had great fun this week with this story!

We have been continuing with baseline assessments and observations both inside and outside the classroom, recording what the children can do.

They have all settled in well at school now and are getting on with each other nicely.

We have continued to do dough disco to help strengthen our muscles and develop more control with our fingers.

This week we have been focussing on the number 1 and the rhyme 1, 1, wiggle your thumb. We will build this up every week.

The children all painted a poppy to go up in the castle mall display.

Have a good weekend!

Monday, 9 July 2018

Week beginning 09.07.18

This week the story is 'Alice in Wonderland'  we thought the children would enjoy the nonsense element of the story! It will also help them to see how they can let their imaginations go wild when they are creating their own stories or doing role play.

We said good bye to the ducklings last week - the children really enjoyed looking after the ducklings and teaching them to swim.

In maths this week we are looking at numbers over 20 and revising one more and one less.

We will be having a daily rehearsal of our surprise dance for sports day.

We will be continuing with phonics, sentence writing and readers as well as having normal inside and outside play.

The children will visit their new class again on Thursday where they will see their new teacher and teaching assistants.

For this children who are in Rock Steady there is the band concert this Friday which you should have had details about if your child is performing.

If you are in the city on Saturday the Garrick Green Singers will be performing a John Lewis at 10.30.

Have a good week!

Monday, 2 July 2018

Week beginning 2.7.18

This week we are very excited about the ducklings - we have 3 that have hatched already and the children watched a video of an egg hatching. The ducklings have to have a swim every day and the children are fascinated when they are watching them! The children have also been able to hold the ducklings and they were all very careful and knew to be gentle.

In maths this week we are revising addition and using the mini whiteboards to record our number sentences. We are drawing circles to represent the units and then counting how many we have altogether. The children will also have access to a numberline so that they can use that method if they prefer.

We will be continuing to do phonics every day and we are really impressed with how all the children are doing. They will all write a sentences this week as well as doing their story scribing. We are continuing to hear readers and revise tricky words.

On Friday we are going to watch the Y1 and 2 summer concert and in the afternoon the children will visit their new class and meet their Y1 teacher and teaching assistants.

On Friday from 5pm it is the school summer fair so please come into the classrooms and see your child's learning journey and also visit your child's new class and teacher and, of course, enjoy all the fun of the fair! It's going to be a scorcher!