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Headteacher: Mrs Anna Moss

0121 445 1622

Friday Fanfare Autumn 2

Hello Red Class,

This week, we started our ‘Planet Earth’ topic. Our project is to create a poster about a very special and local part of Planet Earth…Forest School. Today, we created a leaf map to find out about the trees around the site and we found out how to look after the forest by going on a ‘litter pick’. While hunting for litter, we found a ‘geocache’ treasure pot! A very exciting discovery! Perhaps, we could make our very own special treasure pots at Forest School and hide them for our friends to find!

This week, you received your first reading book with words. Here are some top tips for reading at home:

1)    Ask your grown up to read your book. Find a quiet place and enjoy finding out about Kipper. You’ll know a lot about him by the end of the year! Listening to your grown up is very important because it will help you to become familiar with the book and some of the keywords and it will help to support your understanding of pace, fluency and expression.

2)   Stop and talk about unfamiliar words.

3)   Remember to talk about the pictures. Who can you see? What is happening? Where are they going? 

4)   Try to read one or two words and, as you become more confident, take turns to read sentences.

5)   Always put your finger under the words as you read.

6)   Read ‘little and often’.

7)   Later in the term, we will invite Red Class families to a reading, writing and maths workshop where we will explain how we teach basic skills at school and how you can help at home.

In class, this week, we’ve shared “Where the Wild Things Are” by ordering the story events and creating story maps. We’ve practised new letter sounds and keywords and continued to read and spell CVC (consonant/vowel/consonant) words e.g. red and run.

Letter sounds: ck (duck), e, u, r

Keywords: no, go, I

Please make sure your phonics book is in your book bag every Thursday, so we can add your new letters.

In Maths, we’ve been finding, describing, making and singing about 2d shapes (Robbie Rectangle, Selena Circle, Susan Square and Timmy Triangle). We used pegboards and loom bands to create 2d shapes and looked for shapes in the environment. Try finding a square, rectangle, circle and triangle at home.

During Art sessions, we’ve been finding out about printing. We used newspaper and made string tiles to create unique prints. We’re using our skills to make something very special…but we can’t tell you yet!

During our circle time sessions, we’ve been playing games to develop co-operation i.e. passing a wave, handshake or a gentle squeeze around the circle and finding out about people who help us. The children were asked to rank police officers, firefighters, doctors and cleaners according to who they thought were the most ‘helpful’. It was good to see that we all had different opinions and we had different reasons for our answers. At school, we’re encouraging the children to say ‘because’ to give reasons for their answers. Try giving reasons for your answers at home by extending your sentences with ‘because’.

Enjoy a lovely weekend Red Class,

Mrs Webb, Mrs Reid, Mrs Cain, Mrs Thompson and Mrs Roberts xxx