Monday, 14 May 2018

Week beginning 14.5.18

This week our story is 'The Owl and the Pussycat'. We thought we would have a focus on rhyming words as the children have been showing an interest in this. They enjoy playing with words and making up funny rhyming words.

In maths we are revising adding again just so the children feel very confident in this area. We will be focusing on solving word problems and listening out for the key information we need to solve the problem. The children will choose how to find out the answer either using cubes or a numberline.

Both classes had a great time at pizza express and the library and the staff at the forum really praised the behaviour of the children. We hope you enjoyed the pizzas!

Have a good week!

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Week beginning 7.5.18

This week Mrs Sturman’s class are going on their trip to Pizza Express and the children’s library at the Forum. The children will all get to make their own pizza to bring home and the children’s library has some activities planned for the children and they will be allowed to borrow a book from the if they bring their library card. Don’t forget LS class will need to be in the classroom at 8.45 so that we leave on time. If you have not ordered a school packed lunch you will need to provide one. The children need to be in normal school uniform.

The story this week is The Gingerbread Man which the children voted to have next. We are trying to encourage list writing at the moment so if you have any lists that need making at home get your child to have a go and help you!

In maths this week we are revisiting adding and focussing on solving word problems involving adding. We are also going to start counting in 2 and 5 so if you'd like to practise this at home too that would be great.

We have taught all of the phase 2 and 3 tricky words and we will be revising these every week.  We will continue to do story scribing, readers and will play indoors and out as normal.

We are really encouraging the children to write independently when they are playing so that the skills they have learnt become embedded. We are also encouraging the children to use their maths skills in their play too.

Have a good week!

Monday, 30 April 2018

Week beginning 30.4.18

This week Miss Banner’s class are going on their trip to Pizza Express and the children’s library at the Forum. The children will all get to make their own pizza to bring home and the children’s library has some activities planned for the children and they will be allowed to borrow a book from the if they bring their library card. Don’t forget LB class will need to be in the classroom at 8.45 so that we leave on time. If you have not ordered a school packed lunch you will need to provide one. The children need to be in normal school uniform.

The story this week is Pete's a Pizza which is about a little boy who pretends to get made into a pizza. The children love this story as it is funny. We will watch an animated version of this story so the children see a story through different media. The children will also act it out as normal and I’m sure they will really enjoy pretending to be a pizza!

In maths this week we are introducing sharing and dividing. We will look at sharing fruit at first to get the basic idea across and then we will solve some real life word problems about sharing/dividing.

We will introduce two new tricky words ‘are’ and ‘her’.  We will continue to do story scribing, readers and will play indoors and out as normal.

Have a good week!

Monday, 23 April 2018

Week beginning 23.4.18

This week the story is The 3 Billy Goats Gruff, the children will act it out in their normal way and retell the story verbally so that it becomes more familiar to them. This will encourage the use of story language when they are role playing and writing.

We are doing 2 focused writing tasks each week where the children will write a simple sentence independently. It would be great if you can practise this at home too. We say the sentence and the children write it without our help. This is to help develop the use of finger spaces, phonics, letter formation and independent writing skills. We do a simple sentence like 'We went to the sweet shop'. We try to incorporate words that they will be able to use their phonics to spell as accurately as they can.

In maths we are practising subtraction. We will be using cubes to help us solve calculations and we will look at the numberline and show the children how to count back to work out the answer. Towards the end of the week we will look at real life word problems involving subtraction and the children will use cubes or the numberline to solve these. We are also going to do a little bit of ordering by height, estimating weight and saying which is heavier or lighter and we are doing a recap of time using o'clock and half past.

We have introduced quite a few tricky words now as we look at 2 new ones every week. The ones we have covered so far are:
I, go, to, the, no, into, he, she, me, be, you, we, my, was, they and all.
If you can practise these at home too that would be great. The children need to be able to recognise and read them instantly as they can't be sounded out and they need to be able to write them from memory.

Thank you all for your support in returning the home learning sheets that lots of people did over the Easter holidays - it's be fabulous to see how much learning goes on at home that we wouldn't normally find out about. There will be more sheets to complete in the coming weeks so thank you in advance for your help with these.

We enjoyed the sunshine outside last week in the heatwave! We provide all children with a school hat which stays at school but we would really appreciate it if the children can have sunscreen applied before school so that the children do not need to apply it themselves. You are welcome to send cream in if they need to top it up but in the past a lot of parents have used the apply once sunscreen which has worked brilliantly. We encourage them to drink water throughout the day too.

Have a good week!

Monday, 16 April 2018

Week Beginning 16.04.18

Welcome back - we hope you all had a great Easter!

It is lovely to come back to warm weather and sunshine for the last term. I can imagine the outside area will get a lot of use from now onward!

This week is science week so there will be some investigations that the children can do if they choose. They will have the chance to use their observational skills to observe what happens when you put raisins in lemonade, they will be trying to make a strong house for the 3 little pigs using different construction materials and they will be exploring the gloop and the way it changes.

The story this week is The Three Little Pigs to tie is with the traditional tales we have been looking at and also science week and exploring the characteristics of everyday objects.

In maths we are working on addition and trying to secure the children's knowledge and understanding. We will be using cubes to help us add practically and we will be looking at adding using a numberline. We will also be working on solving real life word problems involving adding.

We will be continuing to hear readers, learning tricky words and doing story scribing throughout the week as normal.

Have a good week!

Monday, 26 March 2018

Week Beginning 26.03.18

This week the story the children are focusing on is 'The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse'. We have just bought a new box of Traditional/Fairy tales so there are few new and different ones that we can share with the children over the next few weeks. We think they'll really enjoy these stories as some of them they will be unfamiliar with.

In maths we are finishing off assessing the children so that we know which areas need a bit more focus next term. 

The children have got a dance lesson with Bryony to learn a special dance that you will hopefully see in the summer term on sports day.

On Wednesday we have got a story cafe which you have all been invited to. We hope the nice weather stays put as we will be outside doing a phonic treasure hunt and hope that many of you will be able to come and join us too. There will also be a drop in session after the story cafe where you are welcome to pop in to the classrooms and the outside area and see your child's learning journey and also what they get up to at school. 

Over Easter please continue to listen to your child's reading and encourage them to do a little bit of writing. Also while you're out and about any extra counting, adding and subtraction practice would also be good.

Have a Happy Easter!

Monday, 19 March 2018

Week beginning 19.03.18

This week the story is 'The Magic Porridge Pot' as we are continuing with our theme of traditional tales.

This week we are continuing with Hare artwork for the hall and around school and we had our turn adding to the GO GO Hare 'Hairy McHarey' which the children thoroughly enjoyed. It is also assessment week so we are assessing the children's learning in maths and phonics.

We are continuing with story scribing, reading and phonics as usual and the children have free flow play between the classes and the outside area. We have reorganised and changed resources in the maths shed and the writing shed so that the children make more use of these in the outdoor areas. We have also purchased some large wooden blocks for outside for open ended play and the children will get to use this week.

Just so you are aware the children can access cooking and woodwork every day if they choose but, whilst we are assessing and painting this week, these activities are restricted.

With cooking in Reception the children have a recipe to follow (see below) and they make their own individual item independently - when enough children have had a turn and there are enough things to fill a baking tray an adult puts them in the oven. The children then bring their item home at the end of the day. Please come and see us if you have any questions.
Have a good week!