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We have had a wonderful week, exploring the woods, retelling and painting characters from the Nativity, as part of our learning about the Christian festival of Christmas.
In phonics we have been recapping the digraphs and tricky words learnt so far, practising reading and writing them, ready to start more of Phase 3 in the new year.
Have a wonderful, restful weekend, and I look forward to seeing you on Monday wearing cosy clothes, ready for our craft week.
We have enjoyed learning about Red Riding Hood this week and have practised sequencing and retelling the story.
The importance of retelling stories is that it allows children to learn to organize and describe events, which enhances reading comprehension. Retelling stories helps to begin to understand sequence, plot, and characterization as they build vocabulary and comprehension skills.
Thankyou for all sending in wellie boots, they have enabled us to enjoy using the woods and having lots of fun.
In Maths this week we have been using our measuring skills, making obstacle courses and counting how many claps it takes us to complete them. We then used our critical thinking skills to dig deeper, asking "How could we make the course take a longer or shorter time?"
We continued with Goldilocks this week in Literacy, using our phonics to write about the characters from the story and write speech bubbles. We are recapping Phase 2 phonics, as well as starting on Phase 3. We wrote funny captions too, using this knowledge. As well as practising our writing, we use magnetic letters to build words.
In Maths we played a game of 5 Currant Buns and pretended to buy one at a time in groups, as well as filling in the 5s frames. We looked at whether the baker had more or less buns than he started with, and if he had more or less coins too. Any work at home that you would like to do to reinforce more or less would be great.
We enjoyed our First Touch PE session in the hall, and our basket ball bouncing skills are improving each week. We also looks at ways to make a lump of ice melt.
Next week we are starting to look at The Jolly Postman book...
We have had a great week starting off with painting our diva lamps for Diwali. They look so bright and colourful, especially now the days are getting shorter as we head into Winter...
As part of our Funky Finger strengthening activities, we threaded with Cheerios, making bird feeders, talking about how to care for birds in Winter.
In Literacy, we started to look at Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We wrote responses to the story, using our phonics and emergent writing (mark making) and drew big story maps in groups, recalling the story in the correct order.
In Maths we talked about language of size, biggest, smallest, bigger, smaller, medium and middle sized. We matched the right sized bear to the right sized bowl, bed, chair and spoon and ordered by size. We also talked about estimating, making a sensible guess, and estimated how many cups of oats we thought each container would hold, guessing which one would hold the most and be best suited for Daddy Bear! We then carefully tested our predictions. This is a fun activity to try again at home, maybe with water. I'd love to see your photos via e mail.
Just as we meet children from where they are developmentally in their Literacy and Mathematical knowledge, just as much of our job as practitioners is helping the children with their personal, emotional and emotional development. We are so pleased that we are an inclusive school, and being foxes, love the quote "Isn't it fantastic that we are all different!" I've attached a document under "Resources" on this class page, which explains this further. I'm so proud of how the children are developing their emotional intelligence all the time and embracing our differences, developing more understanding for one another.
I'm sure that you agree that our painting of Goldilocks and the Three Bears are amazing too. What a super week! We will carry on with Goldilocks next week.
What a super week again! We have been taking messages from the bear's phone calls and writing Diwali cards in Literacy. We have been exploring the number 5 in Maths, talking about Remembrance Day, finding out about Diwali and took part in Joe Wick's Children in Need challenge.
It has been wonderful to be back together after half term. I'm so proud of how all the children have settled back. We have enjoyed Going on a Bear Hunt this week, acting out the story and drawing charcoal bears, as well as our Bonfire Night celebration. We learnt about the history of Bonfire Night, drew chalk pictures of fireworks and made splatter paintings! What fun!
In Maths, we sorted animals into those with 2 legs and those with 4, and looked at the number 5. We loved our music lesson on steady beat, and enjoyed using the instruments. We also had fun with "Jelly Baff" to help our funky fingers!