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Headteacher: Mrs Anna Moss

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Half term challenges

Happy holidays Green Class! It has been a long half term and there are some very tired children today who all deserve a good rest. We’ve had an excellent half term in Green Class which ended in some excellent story writing of the story of Rama and Sita, printing pictures from the internet to go with our stories and printing some diva lamps by making our own printing tiles.

It is really important that children have lots of rest and play but we have a few challenges for you over the break:

  1. Keep reading! Read anything from menus to recipes from signs to your reading books. It is really important to keep practising and reading for a variety of purposes.
  2. It is World Book Day on Thursday 1st March and it’s a day to celebrate our love of reading. Over the holidays we would like you to create a picture of your favourite scene from your favourite book. You can use any art skill you like such as collage or painting. It could be the Madhatter’s tea party from Mrs Moss’ favourite book ‘Alice in Wonderland’ or it could be the part where the Gingerbread Man jumps out of the oven and runs away shouting. In my house we love the book  ‘Jack and the FlumFlum Tree’. You can bring this and your favourite book to school on that day. Also our reading area is looking very bare. We would like you to take a ‘shelfie’ (photo) of you and your bookshelf so we can see the books children in our class enjoy as it might give others ideas of what they might like to read.
  3. Our new topic is all about far away lands and we will be looking at where animals live as we will be reading ‘The Great Pet Sale’ by Mick Inkpen. The story will help us with our maths work on money, we will learn how and when banking was invented and find out exactly where skinks, salamanders and komodo dragons from the story live. If you want to do any research about unusual animals that would be great and you can share this on the first day back.
  4. Keep practising mental maths facts which are listed on homework sheets- number bonds to 10 and 20, counting on and back in 2,5 and 10s, double and halves to halve of 20 and double 10.
  5. This is the most important one, have a really great holiday. We are really proud of how hard the children have worked and look forward to sharing their progress at Parent Consultations which are in March.

Love Mrs James and Team Green x

What a week!

Dear Families,

It has been a brilliant week in Green Class. Firstly, I think you’ll agree that the children put on a fantastic performance for our class assembly on Thursday. They rose to the challenge after only 2 and a half weeks of starting the topic. Straight after their performance they turned their retell of ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ into a story in their Literacy books. Every child worked really hard to produce a story which demonstrated all the skills we’ve learnt during the topic such as capital letters, full stops, adjectives and contractions. (Ask them what this means and I bet you’ll be amazed.) The children are making great progress and I think you’ll be very proud when you see their books at our next parent consultations. I wish I could have awarded more than 2 Gold Book certificates this week.

Today saw the end of our Bears topic and on Monday we start our new topic which is Hinduism. We will looking into the main beliefs and practices of the religion and reading the story of Rama and Sita.

It was lovely to see so many faces on Thursday. Thanks as always for your continued support.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Mrs James and Team Green x

Happy Christmas

Dear families,

The whole of the Green Class team would like to say a huge thank you, we have been totally overwhelmed by your generosity in the way of cards, wishes and gifts. The children have had a fantastic first term in Green Class and we look forward to watching them grow further as individuals and as learners in the new term.

When we return after the break, our new topic is: The wonderful (literary) world of bears. We start the topic on 4.1.18 with a teddy bear’s picnic. Children are invited to bring a bear friend into school on that day. They do not need to bring anything else other than their normal snack. On the 5.1.18 we join Red Class on a trip to see ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’. This will be our main story stimulus to aid our story writing which we look forward to sharing with you at our class assembly.

Have a magical Christmas, the children are certainly ready for a break. We can’t wait to hear all their stories when they return.

Lots of love,

Mrs James, Mrs Hampton, Mrs Morgan and Mrs Reid x

Missing shoes!

Dear Families,

It was lovely to meet with you all last week to discuss what a great job all the children are doing in Green Class. On Friday, a pair of school shoes went missing after changing for PE. We have checked all the PE bags and every possible place we can think of. Please can you check that all the girls came home wearing the same shoes they came to school in particularly if they came to school in trainers for Forest School, check they didn't come home wearing somebody eles's school shoes.

We will keep looking but thank you for your support.

Team Green x

New topic

Hello Green Class,

We hope you have had a super half term and we are looking forward to seeing you on Monday to start our new topic. We are so proud of the progress you made in your first half term in Green Class and it was lovely to meet so many of your families at Open Evening. For the start this half term, our learning will involve us travelling to Thailand to describe what another country is like, look at the Buddhist religion, performing Thai Yoga and learning to retell the story of the Magic Curry Pot. Wow, what a busy few weeks it will be!

Enjoy you last day of your holidays.

Mrs James, Mrs Hampton, Mrs Morgan and Mrs Reid x

P.S Please remember we have our sports festival this Wednesday morning. We need PE kits in school, hair tied up and forms returned to the office. Thank you.

Bring in the Vikings!

What a fantastic first topic of the year we had. The children have settled well into Year 1 and have developed in confidence with their new routines and expectations. We are very proud of how well they are working. We hope you enjoyed looking at our scarecrows at our festival on Friday and saw all the brilliant work we did in DT to design and make them. If you missed it, we will be sending home our mini scarecrows for you to share at home. During the topic, the children worked really hard writing sentences about Betty and Harry’s wedding in English and have been developing their calculation skills in Maths. We even heard some children saying they were going to ask for a purple pen for Christmas as they have been learning to respond to the marking the teachers do in their books.

We will now be starting our new topic which is… The Vikings. We will be learning about Viking lifestyles and presenting our findings through art and writing which we will share with you at our open evening just before half term.

A few bits and pieces:

-Thursday is our trip to Bishop’s Wood so please send children to school in jogging bottoms, coats and warm socks as we will be outside for most of the day.

-The children change their reading books themselves every morning, please help them by reminding them to change it if they need to and it’s always worth a check at the end of the day to check they have got a new book and that it’s the right colour. Thank you for the brilliant effort people put into their homework last week. Homework in the yellow books is however optional and reading practise is what makes the most significant impact on your child’s progress.

-Should there be anything you wish to discuss please do not hesitate to ask any member of the team.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs James, Mrs Freeman, Mrs Morgan and Mrs Reid x

Super start

What a fantastic start the children in Green Class have made this week! The children have had to learn lots of new routines and are doing an excellent job. They have had lots of comments from the adults in school about how grown up they look when they are working and moving around school.

This week they have worked on skills they need to make a scarecrow such as designing, cutting and tying. They have also worked with a new learning partner to share all the exciting things they have done over the holidays. It is a class of very lucky children: trips abroad and within this country, seeing Usain Bolt run, being VIPs at the Lego shop and there was even a shark tooth in Green Class! We’ve heard about sausage dogs, new bedrooms and new baby siblings this week so we feel like we are getting to know each other well.

The children have been given a reading book at their current level, please keep it over the weekend as we will teach the children how to change them themselves on Monday as they have a lot to remember in the mornings this week.

Next week, you will have a newsletter with all important information on such as what we are teaching the children and days for Forest School etc. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to ask.

The children are looking a little bit tired, please have a restful weekend. We are looking forward to working with our new Green Class families and meeting you over the next few weeks.

Mrs James, Mrs Freeman, Mrs Morgan and Mrs Reid  x

Welcome to Green Class

Welcome to our new Green Class children. We really enjoyed spending time with you in the last week of term and we have been busy getting our classroom ready for September. Over the holidays we would like you to collect a few objects to show the things you have been doing. This may include: photographs, drawings, tickets or shells from the beach. These will be used to help you to talk to your new learning partner.

 

When we return, our new topic is Seasons and Scarecrows. Our literacy text will be: The Scarecrows’ Wedding by Julia Donaldson. It would be great if you could read it or watch an online version with your grown up over the summer.

 

Have a fantastic break and we’ll see you in September.

 

Love from

 

Mrs James and Mrs Freeman 

Happy Holidays

What a fantastic end of term we had in Green Class. We loved ending the year with a whole school tea party, enjoying time at Forest School and becoming Wake and Shake champions. The children end the year as confident, motivated learners who are ready for Year 2. We will miss them very much but will enjoy hearing about how much progress they will continue to make in Purple Class.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your very generous gifts and kind words, we were truly overwhelmed. We hope you have a great summer filled with lots of rest and play and we’ll see you in September.

 

Love from

 

Mrs James, Mrs Edney and Mrs Marks

Goodbye to the circus

What a super week we had last week to finish off our circus topic. Green Class worked exceptionally hard writing stories about Paddington's trip to the circus and we even had tears when I told the children that it was our last time telling the story as tomorrow brings a new topic...Creepy Crawlies. During this topic children will be researching their favourite creepy crawlies using books, ipads and netbooks and then writing riddles for others to guess what their favourite animal is. With Mrs Edney, children will be developing their 3D art skills to create some very exciting produce for our Summer Fayre and our topic will end with a very special whole school tea party. (More information to follow.)

 

Our topic will start tomorrow with a creepy crawly hunt at Forest School which will help us to do some observational drawings and use our art skills which Mrs Marks has developed in Art Club. Please send children to school with a hat, sun cream applied and they are welcome to wear jogging bottoms or bring some to change into. Don't worry if you read this at a later date as we always have necessary clothes in school. 

 

The children have made me immensely proud this year and I am looking forward to sharing one last topic with them before they move to Purple Class.

 

See you in the morning,

 

Mrs James x

Circus Homework

Hello Green Class,

 

Your optional homework sheets will be sent out on Monday but Mrs Edney and I wanted to set you some challenges over the weekend:

 

Please can you use a skipping rope (or any piece of rope) to practise skipping as Mrs Edney needs leaders to help her in sports club this week?

 

Also Mrs James would like everyone to read their reading books at least once and if possible visit the website below to practise your phonics. You can select from Buried Treasure, Picnic on Pluto or Dragon’s Den. Select the ‘revise all phase 5’ option.

 

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase5Menu.htm

 

We are looking forward to another busy week in Green Class.

 

Mrs James

Well done team Green

Hello Green Class,

 

What a super end to the half term we had. You wrote the most amazing stories as part of our inventions topic and you all did yourselves proud with excellent displays of sportsmanship during our sports morning. We hope you have a fantastic half term and have lots of rest and play. When we return, our topic will be the circus and we will be reading about Paddington Bear’s trip to the circus. Over the holidays, please keep reading and practising mental maths facts from the homework sheet. If you did want to do any extra work, you could do some research about the circus and present it in any format you like or you could have a go at creating a circus collage which is the art skill we will be developing during this topic.

 

Have a great week,

 

Mrs James, Mrs Edney and Mrs Marks

Well done Green Class

What a super day we all had on our trip to the Black Country Living Museum today. We learnt what life was like for people during times without the great inventions we have now such as electric lights and flushing toilets. We had a tour of the shops, a trip in a canal boat, saw iron chains being made and compared homes of rich and poor people. The children were shocked to learn that babies slept in drawers and 8 people shared one bedroom in one of the homes we saw. The children's favourite room was definitely St James's School where the children had a Victorian lesson. The lesson did not end well for Mrs James and Mrs Edney who were on the wrong end of the cane. Throughout the day, the children made us proud by the way they behaved and the interest and enthusiasm they showed towards the museum staff.

 

Well done to all of Green Class.

 

Love from

 

Mrs James, Mrs Edney and Mrs Marks

Happy Easter Green Class

What a fabulous end to the term we had in Green Class! The children performed excellently at the Easter coffee 
morning and have continued to amaze us with their attitudes to learning and trying very hard with lots of challenging
learning. We are very proud of them.
Last week, some children went to a drama workshop at South Bromsgrove High School. The children represented our
school impeccably and we definitely have some budding actors and actresses in our midst! Other children will take part
in other opportunities as they arise.
Over the Easter break, enjoy a well-deserved rest and hopefully the lovely sunny weather will continue so that you can enjoy
lots of outdoor play. Please continue to keep reading those brand new books and practising any mental maths facts from the
homework sheet. When we return, our topic is'Inventions'. If you did want to do some research into great inventions, that
would be really useful and you can share it on our return to school. You can present it as a picture or some writing by hand
or typed. Another challenge is to find an exciting story about an invention or inventor. Mrs James's is ‘The Monster Machine’. Have a very happy Easter Green Class. Love Mrs James and Mrs Edney