A Small School with a Big Heart, guiding our children to becoming kind and courageous citizens.
We have had a fantastic first week back. It is wonderful to see the children so happy and ready to learn.
To start off our topic about People Who Help Us, using our animal puppets, we wrote how, where, what, why and when questions to ask a dad, who is a builder. We also read Tip Tip, Dig Dig and wrote our own versions of the story. Next week we will be basing our learning around The Three Little Pigs.
20 and beyond!
We looked at different ways to represent numbers 11-20, see Google Classroom clip. For example 12 is 10 and 2. We also estimated (made a sensible guess) numbers to 20 and checked the amount using 2 ten's frames.
We also had fun colour mixing using handprints, and painting careful pictures of diggers and made our own Totem Pole using a huge cardboard tube that was kindly donated to us. We looked at the origins of Totem Poles and thought of our own symbols to draw on the class pole.
We have had lots of fun with our Easter activities this week. Have a wonderful break.
It is such a privilege to see all the children at school each day. They are so keen and eager to learn.
We have loved learning about Dear Zoo and zoo animals this week. We enjoyed a virtual tour of Paradise Wildlife Park and as well as writing our own version of Dear Zoo, wrote animal fact files as well. I am so proud of the children's writing. We are working on remembering to use finger spaces to make our writing easier to read. We hope you like our lovely paintings of animals below too.
We have been working hard at writing captions this week, using our Phase 3 sounds, and using them to write longer sentences.
We have enjoyed consolidating and going deeper with our learning this week, using 5s frames to tell us how many more we need to make 10. The children really enjoyed playing a dice game in pairs ( see photo below), where they had to take turns in rolling the dice, putting that many counters on the 5s frame and saying how many more is needed to make 10. First one to fill up the 10as frame exactly is the winner! We also looked at how many different ways we could group 6 buttons.
As well as our painting, we have also enjoyed drawing beautiful Spring Flowers this week. The children always love making their own balance courses using our crates and planks, and work so well, waiting and helping each other go round. We also have been enjoying making our own "Spot the Animal" puzzles in our independent learning time.
Next week we will continue with consolidation in Maths of the work covered so far, and will be basing our work around Spring and Easter.
What a super week!
We have been authors again, writing our own versions of What the Ladybird Heard. We talked about how to look after farm animals and painted wonderful pictures of them. We are enjoying our Julia Donaldson topic and reading area so much. Thank you for all of your help with the kind donations.
We loved dressing up as super heroes and had great fun in our special super hero themed P.E. session in the sunshine. We also wrote "I am..." and "I can..." telling each other all about super heroes.
3D shapes this week. 3D shapes are fat not flat! We built towers, talking about why certain shapes worked better than others, carried out a shape experiment to find out which ones roll and which slide, and looked at their properties. Try and look for 3D shapes around the home or making them out of playdough if you can to reinforce our learning. We have been looking at cones, spheres, cylinders, pyramids, cubes and cuboids.
Next week, Dear Zoo, moving away from Julia Donaldson and looking at zoo animals.
We have had an amazing first week back, for the re-opening of schools for all. The children have amazed me with their resilience and have settled so well back into classroom life.
We have loved our work on The Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson, writing our own class book, and have worked on how many more to make 10 in Maths, using tens frames. In the book bags on Friday, I put an extra outside learning challenge in case you are able to follow this up at home.
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.