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Headteacher: Mrs Anna Moss

0121 445 1622

Friday Fanfare Spring 3

Hello Red Class,

Today, we discovered how to make a fire using the fire triangle of oxygen, heat and fuel. We played a circle game to practise safety rules and then helped to prepare the fire by scrunching newspaper, stretching cotton wool and assembling sticks in the fire pit. In small groups, we toasted marshmallows and then enjoyed our tasty treat. At the end of the session, we discovered how to extinguish the fire and how to check that the fire pit was safe. Next week, instead of Forest School, we will be hosting a tiger tea party.

We’ve already started to prepare for our tiger tea party by decorating tiger tea coasters with curly caterpillar letters (c, o, a, d, g, q and s) and designing and making tiger masks. In fact, the creative table was very busy with lots of mask making this week. I’ve seen cats, vampires and all sorts of wonderful creatures. It’s been wonderful to see the children self-selecting materials and equipment, concentrating for long periods of time and making decisions about their learning. Well done Red Class!

In Phonics, we practised oi (coin), er (term) and ow (down). We used the same sound, song and action for ur and er with rolling arms and hands. We played ‘Picnic on Pluto’ and ‘Pick a Picture’ from www.phonicsplay.co.uk to learn how to read words with our focus sounds.  As well as new sounds, we also practised two new keywords: like, have. The children made super shopping lists by segmenting their letter sounds.

During Maths sessions, we learnt all about subtraction by taking away a small number of objects and we also discovered how to find the difference (between two numbers that are close together) by building and comparing cube towers. We used the ‘Beans’ song to practise counting back from different numbers. Here’s how to practise the song at home:

1.     Choose a number up to 20.

2.    Count back from that number to 0.

3.    Choose and dance like a bean e.g. runner bean (run on the spot), jumping bean (jump), baked bean (make a wide shape with your body and rock from side to side). 

Finally, in PE, we rolled!  We turned our trouser shape into a pencil roll and then changed our iron shape into a tucked, sideways roll. What a super week of learning! I think I need a rest!

Enjoy the weekend my little stars,

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