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24th May 2019

Traditional tales – The enormous turnip

This week we have been:

Reading a story called  ‘The enormous turnip’. The old lady and old man loved turnips so they planted turnip seeds. One of the seeds grew so big it was tricky to get out of the ground! With lots of help and team work they managed to pull it out from the ground. We have enjoyed telling the story in the sand tray.

In phonics this week we have been learning:

  • r – down his body, curl his arm.
  • j – down his body, curl, dot for his head.
  • We have also re-visited rhyming words in stories.

In maths this this week we have been learning about 3D shapes. We looked at the 3D shapes and noticed they were made from 2D shapes. We used shape nets to build 3D shapes, and used the large and small polydron to build our own 3D shapes.

In RE this week we celebrated ‘St Constantine and St Helen’. We used a story to help us understand who they were and why we celebrate them, we then went on a cross hunt in our classroom.

In science this week we explored forces using ‘The enormous turnip’. We used different textured boards to roll turnips and balls on, we were experimenting which surface would make the turnip and ball move quickest once it was pulled out.

Next week is arts week, we will be:

  • Exploring art using the story ‘Chicken licken’.
  • Focusing on dots and circles and creating pieces of art.
  • Learning about the ‘The Ascension’.

How you can help at home:

  • Continue name writing.
  • Continue recognising numbers the children can see around them.
  • Talk about 2D and 3D shapes you can see at home.
  • Share some of the traditional tales from above by reading stories or exploring them on YouTube.

Messages home:

  • Please ensure the children have a coat with them while they are at school, you can leave them in school on the children’s pegs if you prefer.
  • Please bring the children’s costumes to school as soon as you can so we can ensure we have everything for the assembly. We look forward to seeing you there, Friday 31st May.

Thank you you for you continued support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Bruno and Mrs Lowe.

17th May 2019

Traditional tales – The 3 little pigs, Goldilocks and the 3 bears and The 3 billy goats gruff

This week we have been:

Exploring traditional tales with 3 in the title. We read a story called  ‘Fairy-tale news’, it was lots of fun reading different traditional stories all in one book. Jack became a paper boy  so he could earn some money and he delivered newspapers to the Three bears, Little Red riding hood and to  Jack and the beanstalk. We have also read the Three Billy Goats gruff and Goldilocks and the three bears and have been singing songs about different traditional stories.

In phonics this week we have been learning:

  • ‘h’ – from his head to his feet, over his back. 
  • ‘sh’ – slither down the snake, from his head to his feet, over his back. ‘shhh says the horse to the hissing snake’.

In maths this week we have been re-visiting 2D shape. We played a game selecting the correct shape name, explored shape stencils and puzzles and had fun using the shape mats.

In Re this week we re-visited ‘Noah’s ark’. We used the boats and animals to retell the story together and painted our own rainbows. God puts rainbows in the sky to tell us that he loves us.

We have also continued planting seeds and making props and costumes for our class assembly.

Next week we will be:

  • Reading ‘The enormous turnip’, exploring size and shape.
  • Starting to learn about 3D shape.
  • Exploring forces using ‘The enormous turnip’
  • Talking about being kind and friendly towards others.

How you can help at home:

  • Continue name writing.
  • Continue recognising numbers the children can see around them.
  • Talk about 2D and 3D shapes you can see at home.
  • Share some of the traditional tales from above by reading stories or exploring them on YouTube.

Messages home:

  • As you are aware our class assembly is Friday 31st May, please bring in clothes and costumes when you have them – slips went home for those that need to bring something in.
  • Please can I remind you that although the weather is getting warmer the children still need to bring a coat to school as it can be chilly at times and you never know when it may rain.

Thank you for your support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno.

10th May 2019

Traditional tales – Jack and the beanstalk

This week we have been:

Reading the traditional tale ‘Jack and the beanstalk’. We enjoyed listening to the story and had fun re-telling the story using puppets and masks. We have also learnt a song that also tells the story. We used the story to help us learn about how things grow. We have been looking closely at our class beanstalks, planting our own seeds and bulbs, making beanstalks using cubes and explored how to plant seeds and bulbs in the water tray. We know that plants need soil, water, sun and time. We are going to help our plants grow and watch what happens to them.

In phonics this week we been learning:

  • e – cut through the egg and scoop around.
  • l – down the long leg.

In maths this week we have been investigating height and thinking about how tall our beanstalks and cube towers are. We have been comparing and using taller and shorter to describe them.

In RE this week we read another story from the bible, ‘Feeding many people’.  Jesus made 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread feed 5000 people! We also made a small amount of bread feed the whole class and we had bread left over! We think Jesus is very special and kind and we like sharing too.

In PE this week we have started practising for our class assembly, please come and see me if you have any questions.

Next week we will be:

  • Continuing traditional tales, reading stories with the 3 bears, the 3 pigs and the 3 billy goats.
  • Learning the sounds h and sh.
  • Re-visiting 2D shape.
  • Re-visiting Noah’s ark.

How you can help at home:

  • Continue name writing.
  • Continue recognising numbers the children can see around them.
  • Counting and measuring activities, using footsteps.
  • Share some of the traditional tales from above by reading stories or exploring them on YouTube.

Messages home:

  • As you are aware we are happy to send home reading books as often as you would like, all we ask is that you take care and look after the books along with your child’s yellow reading record. We will ask for a small donation for any books that have been lost or damaged.

Thank you for your support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno.

3rd May 2019

Welcome back, we hope you had a restful break.

Traditiional Tales

This week we have been:

Reading stories about traditional story characters. We read a story called  ‘A Wolf at the door’. The story included the three little pigs, three billy goats gruff, Goldilocks and the three bears, Cinderella, Little red riding hood and Little bo peep. They were all scared of the wolf although they had not seen him they could just hear him! They realised that all the wolf wanted to do was play.

In Phonics this week we have learning the sound ‘f’ – down the flower and draw the leaves.

In maths this week we had lots of fun counting! We counted claps, stamps, jumps, pats and star jumps. We counted to 10, then to 20 and then to 30!! We also started to look at ‘teen’ in teen numbers and ‘ty’ in numbers above 20.

In RE this week we read a story from the bible called ‘The Good Samaritan’. It was a sad story but we learnt that we should always help people if we can, helping people is the right thing to do. Helping others makes them and us feel good inside. 

Next week we will be:

  • Reading ‘Jack and the beanstalk’.
  • Learning the sounds ‘e’ and ‘l’.
  • Exploring measuring.
  • Exploring growing.

How you can help at home:

  • Continue name writing.
  • Continue working on recognising numbers the children can see around them.
  • Counting to thirty, ensuring the children are saying teen/ty correct in the number names. For example, fourteen, twenty. 
  • Share some of the traditional tales from above by reading stories or exploring them on YouTube.

Messages home:

We are all very happy that the weather is starting to get warmer however please do ensure that the children have a coat in school as it can be chilly at times when we go outside.

We would like to thank you for your ongoing support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Bruno and Mrs Lowe

12th April 2019

Easter

This week we have been:

Continuing our Easter celebrations and learning about the Easter story. We read the Easter story using props to help us tell the story. This week we continued the story with Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.  We have enjoyed retelling the story with our friends and when making our Easter story mobiles with Mrs Lowe. This week we also dyed red eggs, made choclate Easter nests, the girls decorated the epitaphon and we took part in our Easter liturgy in the hall.

In phonics this week we have been learning:

  • u – down under, up and down to the puddle.
  • b – down the laces and around the foot.

This week we we also explored growing seeds and beans. We have planted some cress seeds and butter beans and we watched them as they grow! The cress grew tall and we made cress sandwiches, they were very yummy! Our beans have also started to grow into beanstalks, we are going to see how tall they will grow, we need to make sure we give them time and that they have water and sunlight.

The children have taken home their Easter bags today. Inside you will find:

  • An Easter card.
  • An Epitaphon card.
  • An Easter story mobile.
  • An Easter basket, with an eggcup, a red egg, an Easter chocolate and chocolate nest.

Next week we will be:

  • Having fun with Easter. Easter counting, decorating eggs, going on egg hunts and reading Easter stories.

Happy Easter everyone!

Thank you for your support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno.

5th April 2019

Easter

This week we have been:

Celebrating Easter and learning about the Easter story. We read the Easter story using props to help us tell the story. So far we have learnt about Lazarus Saturday, Palm Sunday, Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday , Holy Wednesday and Holy Thursday. We have enjoyed retelling the story ourselves with our friends and when making our Easter story mobiles with Mrs Lowe. We will continue the story next week. 

In phoics this week we have been learning:

  • c – curl around the caterpillar. 
  • k – from his head to his foot, tail, leg.  

This week we we also explored growing seeds and beans. We have planted some cress seeds and butter beans and will watch them as they grow to see what happens, we need to make sure they have water and sunlight. 

Next week we will be:

  • Celebrating Orthodox Easter.
  • Learning what will happen next in the Easter story.
  • Having fun with Easter. Counting, decorating eggs and going on egg hunts!
  • Making Easter nests.

Thank you for your support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno.

28th March 2019

Dinosaurs – What do they eat?

This week we have been:

Finalising our dinosaur topic by learning about what dinosaurs like to eat. We read a story called ‘Tyranosaurs drip’, we learnt that some dinosaurs eat meat and some eat vegetables. We explored this more in the sand and made up our our stories. 

In phonics this week we have been learning:

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

In maths we have been counting different amounts of objects and saying when the groups of objects had the same number. We have also been adding two groups of numbers together and making number sentences. 

In RE this week we have been learning about ‘The annunciation’ and Mother’s day. We have enjoyed exploring what Mothers day is and why we celebrate it. 

Great news! Over the weekend all of our cocoons turned into butterflies! We feed them sugar water and some flowers, we then released them into the world on Thursday.  We have also been learning about how things grow and we have planted some beans and cress seeds. We are going to look after them and hopefully watch them grow. 

In PE this week we had lots of fun playing with the parachute! We learnt how to hold it, how to play cat and mouse and how to make a mushroom!!

Next week we will be:

  • Learning about the Easter story.
  • Learning the sounds c/k in phonics.
  • Revisiting symmetry.

How how you can help at home:

  • Continue name writing.
  • Ask the children if they can sing the Mother’s Day song to you.
  • Explore planting at home.

Messages home:

  • Please encourage the children to put their own bag and coats away in the morning, this will encourage the children to become more independent.
  • Easter lunch – You are invited to our Easter lunch on the 12th April. You would need to collect your child at 11:30 and take them to the hall for the Easter Lunch celebration. Please return your slips as soon as possible, this will inform us if your child is staying and how many lunches you will require.

Thank you you for you support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Bruno and Mrs Lowe.

22nd March 2019

Dinosaurs – Time

This week we have been:

Learning about time, using the story ‘Dinosaur time’. We enjoyed listening to the story ‘Dinosaur time’, we were able to retell the story using the pictures of the main parts of the story and had fun moving to the story in PE. We then explored the stopwatches and timers and used them in many different ways. We looked at changes over time and that some things take longer to happen, we looked at our timetable and leant about what we do on each day of the week and looked at photos of our caterpillars growing and how they have changed. 

In phonics this week we learnt:

  • n – down Nobby, over his net.
  • p – down his hair, up and around his face. 

In RE this week we have been learning about Noah’s ark, a story from the bible. We watched a video story and then used the sand and water trays to tell the story. We also enjoyed painting our own rainbows, this is God’s way of telling us he loves and cares for us. 

This week we have been taking care of our special egg and our cocoons. Our egg has hatched into a dinosaur! We are having lots of fun playing with him and helping him explore our classroom. We are looking forward to seeing what happens to our cocoons. 

This week we have also been learning where we can find out information about dinosaurs. We enjoyed looking through our non-fiction books and talking about what we found out. 

Next week we will be:

  • Learning about the different foods that dinosaurs eat.
  • Learning the sounds g and o.
  • Exploring sets of numbers/objects saying when they have the same amount.
  • Celebrating Mother’s Day and The Annunciation.

How you can help at home:

  • Writing the children’s names.
  • Playing games and practing the sounds we have learnt so far. m, a, s, d, i, n, t, p.
  • Explore the changes you can see during spring.
  • Practise how to do up zips and buttons, focusing on the children coats.

Thank you you for your ongoing support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno

 

15th March 2019

Dinosaurs – Eggs

This week have been:

This week we read ‘Tom and the dinosaur egg’. Tom found an egg and decided to look after it until it hatched. The next day we received an egg in the post! We are not sure what is inside the egg or who sent it but we are going to look after it just like Tom did. We put a blanket over the top and gave it some light so the egg will keep warm. We have been exploring eggs in the sand; thinking about size, we have been designing our own eggs and exploring which animals we think grow in eggs. In PE this week we explored how to move like a dinosaur.

In phonics this week we learnt:

  • t – down the tower, across the tower
  • i – down is body, dot for his head

In maths this week we have been having fun exploring 2D shape and looking at shape properties. We looked at a lift the flap shape book and looked at everyday objects and their shape. We have also been sorting 2D shape and looking at differences between them.

In RE this week we read ‘Adam and Eve’ and re-visited the creation story. We then made our own picture of our class family. We discussed how important family is and why we love them.

This week our caterpillars have made some big changes. They have now changed into cocoons!! We carefully placed them into the butterfly house and we cant wait to see what happens next.

Next week we will be:

  • Continuing our dinosaur topic, focusing on changes over time.
  • Learning the sounds n/p.
  • Learning about non-fiction books and what they are.
  • Looking at size, using dinosaur size and the food they eat.
  • Learning about Noah’s ark during our RE learning.

How you can help at home:

  • Please support the children in doing up their own coats and finding their names in the morning. We are encouraging the children to be as independent as possible.
  • Explore 2D shape at home and talk about the shape of objects you find.
  • Explore the sounds we have learn so far, a/m/s/d/t/i.

Messages home:

  • Please keep the home learning books coming in, its great to see what the children are learning at home.
  • You will have noticed that we have sent home some more proud clouds, please let us know what the children have done at home that you are proud of.

Thank you for your support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno.

8th March 2019

Dinosaurs

This week we have been:

Learning about the dark using the story ‘Dinosaurs after dark’ to help us. We explored a dark cave, we needed to use torches to see where we were going and to help us spot nocturnal animals. We also have been exploring dinosaurs in the water and in the sand. In PE this week we explored what it would be like to have no sight and be in the dark. We had great fun exploring wearing blindfolds and guiding each other around the hall. 

In phonics this week we have been learning:

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

In RE this week we learnt about Clean Monday and why we will be celebrating it on Monday. We read a story called ‘George and his new school’, we found out that Clean Monday marks the first week of leant and that there will be 7 weeks until Easter. Please use this link and share this story at home.

Clean Monday story

In maths this week we used the hungry caterpillar story to make symmetrical butterflies! We learnt that symmetrical means ‘its the same on both sides’. We also played a matching game where we needed to complete the heart shape and make it symmetrical.  

We also celebrated pancake day this week. We had lots of fun making pancakes using flour, water and eggs. We also sang a song about how to make a pancake! We hope you enjoyed your pancakes!

We read ‘The very hungry caterpillar’ and discussed what we think will happen to our caterpillars. We have been watching our caterpillars grow, they are eating lots and getting very fat now!

Next week we will be:

  • Continuing our dinosaur topic, focusing on Dinosaur eggs!
  • Designing eggs and talking about different animals that hatch from eggs.
  • Learning the sounds t and i.
  • Revisiting 2d shape.
  • learning about spring.
  • Celebrating clean Monday.
  • Celebrating world book day.

How you can help at home:

  • Continue name writing
  • Practise the sounds from this week, s and d.
  • Playing number games.

Messages home:

  • If you wish your child to have milk, it is free you just need to apply online. Go to ‘coolmilk’ online.
  • World book day is 12th March. The children can come to school dressed as a book character.

Thank you for your going support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Bruno and Mrs Lowe.

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