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14th February 2020

Investigations week

This week we have been:

Learning how to take care of the world, focusing on the sea and oceans. We have been exploring plastic and rubbish in the sea and what it can do for ocean life. We then decided to recycle the plastic items in our home and make models using them. We made a big boat together using all sorts of plastic materials and explored the sea in the water tray sorting rubbish from sea life.

In phonics this week we have been learning the sounds:

  • u – down, under, p and down to the puddle.
  • b – down the laces and around the foot.
  • f – down the flower and draw the leaves.

A big focus this week was maths. We read ‘One is a snail, ten is a crab’, a counting feet book. We extended our counting learning this week with counting to 100 in 10’s! In the story a crab has 10 legs so we added different amounts of crabs together to find our how many 10’s there were. We also took part in the penny challenge, thank you so much for your kind donations our penny line of coins measures 23 meters and 12 cm long. We have also been learning about the number 18 using number blocks.

In Re this week we finished learning about how God made the world and learnt about St Valentines day. We have been busy making cards for someone that we love.

After half-term we will be:

  • Learning about dinosaurs.
  • Re-visiting shape, thinking about the properties of each 2D shape.
  • Learning about clean Monday.
  • We will be starting to practice for our class assembly, please check the slip sent home for the children’s lines and date!

How you can help at home:

  • Continue name writing.
  • Explore counting activities with numbers to 20.
  • Practice the children’s lines for our class assembly.
  • Read non-fiction books with the children explaining that it is different from a story book. Show us what you have found out by drawing/writing in your home learning books.

Thank you for all your support so far this year and we hope you have a relaxing break, Mrs Herne,

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno

7th February 2020

Transport – In the water

This week we have been learning:

About all the different modes of transport that you use in the water. We read ‘Mr Gumpy’s outing’ and used the story the tell our own stories in the water tray. We also drew pictures and wrote key words at the writing table and used the characters to help us  count and record numbers in the maths area.

In phonics this week we have been learning:

  • c – curl around the caterpillar.
  • k – down his body, tail, leg.
  • We also learnt about the sound  ‘ck’ and the sound they make when the letters are next to each other.

In RE this week we continued the creation story and found out the next part of the story, God made water. We added the pictures to the picture board and made our own stories.

In science this week we have been thinking about waves and how they are made in the water. We watched a video that demonstrated different waves being made with a parachute, with a skipping rope, with a dance string, with our arms and with our bodies. We then made waves in the water using our mouths to blow the water.

Next week will be investigations week. We will be:

  • Reading stories about the sea and learning how to look after the sea.
  • Learning how to count in 10’s.
  • Taking part in the penny challenge, please bring in your 1p coins!
  • Learning about Valentines day.
  • Using the bee-bots.

How you can help at home:

  • Continue name writing, the children are doing really well.
  • Counting activities with numbers to 20.
  • Explore making waves in the bath or shower at home!
  • Talk to the children about looking after the world and what we can do to protect the animals in the world.

Thank you for your ongoing support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno.

31st January 2020

Transport – On the land

This week we have been:

Learning about transport that we use on the land. We read a story called the ‘Train ride’ and drew our own pictures of things we can see from the windows in school and at home. We explored using cars, played with and built train tracks, made our own cars/bikes/lorries/buses and trains using the junk modelling and made cars using the play dough. We also linked this learning to how God made the world and added the next part of the story to our story board, God made the land.

In phonics this week we have been learning the following sounds:

  • p – down his hair and around his face.
  • g- around her face, down her hair and give her a curl.
  • o- all around the orange.

We have been thinking about 2D shapes and talking about everyday items and their shape. We have also been drawing our own shapes, writing the names of the them and turning the them into pictures.

In Science this week we had fun exploring long and short. We watched ‘Kit and Pup’ and then explored items that we had in our box. We found the longest item and the shortest item and compared them with the items in the middle. We then measured children laying down and compared our feet and hand sizes.

Next week we will be learning:

  • About transport you would use in the water.
  • Counting activities using the story from the week.
  • How God made the oceans and seas.
  • Exploring waves, heavy and light.

How you can help at home:

  • Continue name writing, please use the names we are sending home to help you with the formation and shape of the letters.
  • Counting activities with numbers up to 20.
  • Explore measuring at home focusing on long and short.

Thank you for your ongoing support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno.

24th January 2020

Chinese New Year

This week we have been:

Celebrating Chinese New Year! We read a story called ‘Dragon dance’ which explained how people celebrate Chinese New Year in their homes. We also read the ‘Chinese zodiac story’ and used masks, pictures and puppets to re-tell the story. We have been making fortune cookies using the play dough, making Chinese food in our Chinese role-play, exploring noodles in the water tray, dancing with a large Chinese dragon and making our own dragons using a range of techniques and writing in Chinese! We found out that we were born in the year of the goat (2015) or monkey (2016)!!

In phonics this week we have been learning the sounds:

  • t – down the tower, across the tower
  • i – down his body, dot for his head
  • n – down Nobby, up Nobby, over his net

In science this week we explored pushing and pulling. We used Kit and Pup to show us what push and pull is, we sorted pictures in push and pull, we acted and sang ‘Row, row, row your boat’ pushing our feet and pulling our friends hands and we explored the classroom for things that you push and pull.

Next week we will be:

  • Learning about transport on the land.
  • Re-visiting 2D shape and exploring numbers to 10.
  • Continuing the creation story with how God made the land.
  • Exploring Long and short.

How you can help at home:

  • Continue name writing.
  • Writing numbers to 10.
  • Reading with your child and talking about the story.
  • Mark making in their home learning books.

Thank you for your ongoing support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Bruno and Mrs Lowe

 

17th January 2020

Transport – In the sky

This week we have been:

Exploring modes of transport that we would find in the sky. We read a story called ‘Whatever next’. Baby bear travelled to the moon in his rocket and took his teddy bear with him. They bumped into an owl and an aeroplane and had a picnic on the moon.  We have also been making air transport models and pictures, exploring air transport in the messy tray, making play dough air transport , moving around as different modes of transport and avoiding obstacles and sorting transport objects on the maths table.

In phonics this week we have been learning the sounds ‘s’ and ‘d’.  These are the rhymes for each sound.

  • s – slither down the snake
  • d – around his bottom, up his tall neck, down to his feet.

In RE this week we have started learning about how God made the world. This week we focused on day 1, the sky. We discussed what God made and what the humans made when they were made. We will continue the story after next week.

In science this week we have been thinking about ways different things travel. We now how transport travels so we started looking at how sound and wind travel. We made our own telephones using cups and string and wind makers with bottles of water and glitter. We have been listening to the sounds as it travels and watching how the glitter travels in water creating wind motions.

Next week we will be:

  • Learning and celebrating Chinese new year.
  • Learning about ‘The Three Hierarchs’
  • Exploring pushing and pulling.

How you can help at home:

  • Continue name writing.
  • Counting games and activities with numbers to 10.
  • Activities using the sounds we have learnt so far –  m, a, s, d.
  • Talk about the creation story and how God made the world.

Thank you your ongoing support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno.

10th January 2020

Transport

This week we have been:

Learning about different modes of transport and where you can use and find them. We read a story called ‘We all go travelling by’. We noticed many modes of transport and spoke about if they move on the ground, in the sky or in the water. Over the next few weeks we will be splitting the different modes of transport into groups and using the creation story alongside it. Use this link to share the story at home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSw50Jw0H34

In Phonics this week we have started learning the sounds of alphabet. When learning the letters we focus on the sounds only and not the letter names. So far we have learnt

  • m – down Maisy, up Maisy, mountain, mountain.
  • a – around the apple, down the leaf

In maths this week we have been counting groups of passengers boarding a train. We have been counting to 10 and some of us added two numbers together.

In Re this week we have been learning about theophany and linked this to the baptism of Jesus and what baptism looks like in church.

Unfortunately we sad goodbye to Dinky this week. She was poorly during the Christmas break and sadly she went to heaven. We celebrated how happy she was and explained it was ok to feel many different ways about it. We then went outside and after saying a special prayer released a balloon for Dinky to play with. We also drew pictures and wrote messages that we sent to heaven for Dinky to read.

Next week we will be:

  • Learning about different modes of air transport.
  • Using transport to sort and count.
  • Learning about the creation story.
  • Celebrating St Basil and learning about the Vasilopita.
  • Exploring ways noise travels.

How you can help at home:

  • Continue name writing.
  • Counting activities, up to 20.
  • Bake a vasilopita!

Messages home:

Just a reminder that the deadline for applying for a reception place is January 15th 2020. Please ensure you apply by then.

On Monday 13th January we will be celebrating St Basil. Father George is coming to school to bless our vasilopitas and you are welcome to bake one at home and bring it into school Monday morning. This is the recipe:

Vasilopita reciepe

Thank you your ongoing support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno.

Christmas – December 2020

Christmas!!

This week we have been:

Starting our Christmas celebrations. We were practising very hard for our Early Years Nativity, we hope you could make it and enjoyed it. We have been busy making different Christmas creations, learning about the Nativity story, wrapping presents, weighing presents, delivering presents in a sleigh (in the sand), making Christmas shapes using the playdough and next week we are going to write letters to Santa!

In maths we have learnt the number 11 and next week will learn the number 12. We have been investigating maths using Christmas activities and will continue this next week.

Next week we will be:

  • Continuing our Christmas celebrations.
  • Reading Christmas stories.
  • Learning about winter and the changes they may see over the Christmas break.

How you can help at home over Christmas:

  • Continue name writing.
  • Writing numbers to 12 and lots of Christmas counting activities.

Messages home:

  • There will be ‘A Christmas carol’ performance on Tuesday 17th December.
  • Our Class party will be on Wednesday 18th December, please check the letter for donation ideas.

Thank you for all your support over this term and we hope you enjoy your Christmas Break

Mrs Herne, Mrs Bruno and Mrs Lowe.

6th December 2019

People who help us – Bakers

This week we have been:

Learning about bakers using the gingerbread man story. We read the story of the gingerbread man using the sand tray to help us. We also made our own gingerbread men! We made the dough, rolled it out, cut out gingerbread men shapes and put them in the oven. We then decorated them!!

We drew a gingerbread man, we drew around Annabeth and then we added 1 nose, 1 mouth, 2 eyes, 3 buttons, 4 friends and 5 fingers on each hand. We also learnt about the number 10 this week.

In RE this week reviewed all our learning about the church and how we show our love to God. We go the church, we light a candle, we take communion and we pray. We pretended to take communion by drinking wine (Ribena) and eating bread. We ahve also been very busy preparing for our Christmas nativity and enjoying creative christmas activities.

Next week we will be:

  • Learning about the Christmas story.
  • Learning about the number 11 and sorting colours.
  • Starting to learn about winter.
  • Taking part in the Early years nativity.

How you can help at home:

  • Continue name writing, the children are doing really well at writing their names now!!
  • Practice writing and recognising numbers to 10.
  • Read the Christmas story with the children.
  • Talk to the children about winter and what happens during this season.

Messages home:

  • Christmas lunch will be on Wednesday 11th December, please return the slip if you wish your child to stay for Christmas lunch and you will need to pay online. We will take the children to the hall and you will collect them at 12:30pm. If your child is not staying for lunch then you will collect your child as normal at 11:50am. If your child stays all day they will have lunch as normal. 
  • Our Early years nativity will be on Thursday 12th December at around 9:30am, we hope you can make it. Picking up the children will be normal time 11:50am.

Thank you for all our support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno.

28th November 2019

People who help us – Police services

This week we have been:

Learning about the police services. We have been exploring the equipment they use, the transport they use and what they do. We have enjoyed playing police officers and talking about right and wrong. 

In maths this week we read a story called ‘One is a snail, ten is a crab’. It was a story about counting feet! They added two objects together in find a total. for example a person (2 feet) + 1 snail (1 foot) = 3 feet. We did lots of counting forwards and backwards and also learnt how to write the number 9.

In RE this week we looked at who Jesus’s friends were. We looked at lots of different icons including Mary, St Cyprian, Arch Angel Michael, Arch Angel Gabriel, St Nectarios, and the 12 disciples. We learnt that they are also our friends too!

We have also been learning how to copy body patterns. We need to watch first and then copy what we saw. We spoke the actions first then counted and then we had to remember. It was tricky and we will continue to work on this.

In science this week we have been exploring solid and liquid. We used Kit and Pup to help us and then we did our own experiment. We used honey, water, milk, a wooden block, a bowl and a can. Can you guess which ones were liquid and solid?

We also celebrated Mrs Bruno’s birthday this week, we wish her a fantastic birthday!

As you are aware we have been practising for the nativity this week and this will continue until the show on the 12th December at around 9:30am.

Next week we will be:

  • Learning about bakers, using the gingerbread man story.
  • Baking gingerbread men and thinking about measuring.
  • Learning how we show our love in God’s church.

How you can help at home:

  • Continue name writing
  • Continue writing numbers up to 9.

Messages home:

  • Please bring in your child’s costume by Friday the 6th December.

Thank you for your support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Bruno and Mrs Lowe.

22nd November 2019

People who help us – Fire services

This week we have been learning:

About the fire services. We have been reading firemen/women stories and had lots of fun being firemen and firewomen. We have been using the fire engines and the hoses to help us put out the pretend fires. We also enjoyed designing our own fire engines and looking closer at all the things a fire engine has. We also read a story called ‘EMERGENCY’. It was lots of fun joining in with the story and exploring all the different people that help us in an emergency. We also learnt the number you need to call is 999.

In maths this week we have been learning about 2D shapes. We sang a shape song and watched a video showing us how useful shapes are. We started thinking about how many sides and corners/points each shape has.

In RE this week we have been learning the reason why we light a candle in church and when we do our prayers. We know that we light candle to let God and Jesus know that we would like to talk to them and we would like them to listen. We practised lighting a candle and then sang a song called ‘8 little candles’. Some of use decorated our own candles.

In science this week Kit and Pup demonstrated ‘wet and dry’. We then explored wet and dry ourselves using objects from the classroom. We found out that lots of things can be wet and dry and when some items are wet we can not use them anymore, like tissue and paper. 

Next week we will be:

  • Learning about the police services.
  • Learning about the number 9 and adding groups of numbers together.
  • Learning about God’s friends.
  • Exploring liquid and solid.

How you can help at home:

  • Continue name writing.
  • Forming numbers to 9.

Messages home:

As you are aware we have started practising for our Early Years nativity. Please help the children with their lines if they have them and we hope you have fun putting the costumes together!

Thank you for your support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno.