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Friday Fanfare 24

Hello Red Class,

 

The story of the rowan tree filled our Forest School session today. You enjoyed finding rowan trees around the site and making fairy houses and fairy wands linked to the story. You're developing a real love and interest for the forest.   

 

In Phonics we've been reading and spelling words starting with s-l (slug), t-r (train) and s-t-r (strong). We've been retelling the story of the 'The Train Ride' in Literacy and reading and writing sentences linked to the story. Maths sessions have focused on problem solving with shapes and exploring capacity.

 

Next week we will revisit ch, sh, th and ng in Phonics and read and spell words with more than one syllable. In Maths we will solve problems involving doubling, halving and sharing. If you have a spare few minutes at home, try to recall 1 less to 10 and then 1 less to 20. You could play '1 less tennis'. Your '1 more tennis' is very strong! Next week, Science will focus on forces and their impact. We have started to explore push, pull and twist during our play and explore time in the dough and construction areas.

 

According to our records, either Rainbow Bear or Friendship Bear should have visited every child. The bears wanted to say a big, "THANK YOU" for looking after them so well. They really enjoyed their time with you and your grown ups.

 

Finally, thank you for such creative and imaginative homework. It really was a joy to mark and it was very tricky to decide who should be awarded 'homework of the week'. Your handwriting was also excellent this week. You will find 'v' and 'w' in your books. Remember, reading is the most important activity. Topic work is optional.

 

Enjoy the weekend my little stars and I will see you next week.

Mrs Webb, Mrs Allen, Mrs Roberts and Mrs Franklin :)

 

 

 

 

Friday Fanfare 23

Hello Red Class,

 

This week we've been incredibly busy. We started the week by creating transport pictures using loose parts.  Thank you to the families who collected loose parts. We had a wonderful choice of objects to turn into a transport picture or a collage. Your imaginative work will be displayed very soon.

 

In Literacy, we've been finding out about information books (non-fiction) and reading some simple facts. We even had time to write some super sentences and some of you wanted to make your own transport books. Phonics sessions have focused on spelling keywords and reading and writing words starting and ending with s-t i.e. star/stick/toast/crust. Finally, subtraction was the focus for Maths where we used objects and/or printed number lines to take away a small number.

 

In your book bags you will find a new homework book and a newsletter. You will find a sheet inside the homework book. This sheet explains how to tackle the homework but the homework book is optional. Finally your handwriting letters for the week are 'r' and 'p'. In school, we've started to join some of our letters together within short keywords i.e. the and to.

 

See you Tuesday my little stars,

 

Mrs Webb, Mrs Allen, Mrs Roberts and Mrs Franklin :)

Keep Collecting

Hello Red Class,

 

Just a little reminder to keep collecting your metal loose parts (picture hooks, metal washers, old keys) ready for Monday. Collect things with a grown up so that you can check your loose parts are small and not sharp. Also, if you have any photos of your Easter holiday to share, then bring them into school so that we can display them on the lightbox.

 

I've made a few changes to the classroom today. Do you think you will spot them on Monday?

Stay safe and have fun my little stars.

 

Mrs Webb :)

Easter Fanfare

Hello Red Class,

 

Well done for a super spring term. Your singing at the Easter coffee morning was beautiful and we all enjoyed the Easter egg hunt in the afternoon.

 

Over the holidays, I would like you to collect a little bag of 'loose parts' for our first day back. I have collected metal washers, small bolts, hinges and old keys. You will need to collect your items with a grown up and make sure they're not sharp. We will use our 'loose parts' to create a picture for our 'Inventions'topic.

 

Next term there will be a few changes as we slowly prepare for Year 1. For example, we will show you how to change your reading book and you will have more responsibility during tidy up time. After the Easter holiday, we will send out a newsletter with further ways to support transition.

 

Have a wonderful holiday Red Class. I hope Friendship Bear and Rainbow Bear have a wonderful time too. Make sure you rest and play my little stars.

Mrs Webb, Mrs Allen, Mrs Winterbourn, Mrs Roberts and Mrs Franklin  :)

Friday Fanfare 22

Hello Red Class,

 

Another lovely week with lots of super learning. Today was our last Forest School session of the term. We found out how to build a '5 minute fire'. We searched for sticks and built our own (pretend) fires. Later, we shared a story about a fox who tried to create fire as Mrs Webb lit a real campfire. As well as promoting awe and wonder, fire safety and risk assessment is at the heart of our learning at Forest School.

 

In Literacy, we shared and performed an Easter poem, "Five Little Easter Eggs" and used a poem map and actions to recall the words. In our Maths sessions, we named, described, created and solved problems with 3D shapes.

 

To support our number bond work, we played a new game. Working with our learning partner, we secretly made a number bond to 5 with objects i.e. 2 cubes and 3 cubes. Then we revealed our number bond to our partner. If we made 5 in different ways, we gained a point. You could try playing this game at home with objects or fingers.

 

As we get ready for lunch, we play another number bond game. I show you 4 fingers and you show me 1. I show you 5 fingers and you show me 0. We make a great team! Remember you can make number bonds to any number, so you could try 3 or 6.

 

We started our Easter topic by sharing our experiences of Easter. We used Easter themed objects to support our talk work. We listened to the Easter story, sequenced key events and considered how Jesus was thoughtful. Our Write Dance sessions were filled with Easter egg dancing and drawing. Your Easter egg pictures and patterns were fantastic!

 

This weekend, please check your jumpers at home and make sure they're all named and belong to you :)

 

Have a super weekend super stars,

Mrs Webb, Mrs Allen, Mrs Winterbourn, Mrs Roberts and Mrs Franklin :)

 

Friday Fanfare 21

Hello Red Class,

We enjoyed another lovely day at Forest School today. The sun was shining as we used our photo key to find animals in the forest. Every week we look for risks and changes in the forest and think about how to keep safe. We chant, “Look high. Look low. Look everywhere you go.” This chant helped us to find the animals quickly.

In Phonics, we’ve been reading and spelling 4 letter words beginning with 2 consonants e.g. stop, swim, crab. We’ve focused on the second sound in each word because sometimes this sound can get lost i.e. ‘stop’ turns into ‘sop’. In Literacy sessions, we’ve been thinking about the difference between letters and words so that we can use finger spaces correctly. We’ve also thought about how to use capital letters for the start of a sentence and for names. Sharing was the focus in Maths. Try sharing at home. For example, you could share buttons between yourself and a grown up. Remember to share the buttons one by one and check each person has the same amount. Also, see if you can teach your grown ups our ‘Chip the Chopper’ song. This song will help you to practise halving. Remember to use your fingers to help.

 My name is Chip, Chip, Chip, Chip the Chopper.

And I like to chop numbers in half.

My name is Chip, Chip, Chip, Chip the Chopper.

And I like to chop numbers in half.

Like…10…chop…5!

 Thank you to those families who attended today’s handwriting ‘drop in’. Below is a brief outline of handwriting sessions across the week:

Monday: Write Dance session including a dance to develop gross motor skills.

Tuesday: Write Dance session including picture and pattern work to develop fine motor skills.

Wednesday-Friday: Letter formation work. We learn how to form a letter correctly and apply it within words and sentences.

We introduce a ‘family’ of letters every couple of weeks. Each family begins with the same action. For example, the curly caterpillar letters start with a round and back action (c,o,a,d,g,q).

When we introduce a new letter, we ask the children to tell us what the letter looks like. Perhaps the letter looks like a superhero with a cape, a jungle animal or a roller coaster. This encourages the children to look closely at the letter shape and it helps to provide a story for the letter. For example, when learning how to write letter ‘m’ one child commented that the ‘m’ looked like mountains so we pretended that Martin the Martian was visiting from space and he wanted to climb the mountains. Drawing little stick people (Mrs Webb’s art ability shining through) climbing over the letter really engaged the children.

When practising at home, use the step by step guide in the handwriting book to show your child how to form the letter correctly then practise in different ways:

-Rainbow writing with felt tips (tracing over the same letter with different coloured pens).

-Write in a tray of shaving foam, sand, flour, sprinkles, paint.

-Use cotton buds or fingers, dipped in paint, to print over the letter.

-Chalk on the patio.

-Make marks and form letters in play dough.

-Use the handwriting book.

The most important message is to have fun. The children are already making progress with their writing. Every day I receive letters, cards, lists and messages because the children are motivated to write and to apply their new skills. During focus group work this week I’ve been very impressed with their word and sentence work. Mrs Moss was also very pleased too. Keep up the good work Red Class!

Finally, you will find your child’s report in their book bag tonight. I look forward to seeing my last few families next week. Your reports will follow the consultation.

Have a lovely weekend my little stars. I’m looking forward to Sunday!

Mrs Webb, Mrs Allen, Mrs Winterbourn, Mrs Roberts and Mrs Franklin

Friday Fanfare 20

Hello Red Class,

 

Another great week at school with lots of super learning. In Phonics, we've been been reading and spelling 4 letter words such as went, sand and jump. We listened carefully to the third sound in each word as sometimes we can miss this sound. 'Went' can sometimes turn into 'wet' if we're not careful. Today you made an 'I can book' using a 4 letter word in each sentence e.g. I can jump . There were lots of super sentences with capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and verbs. All of your hard work talking in sentences and writing simple sentences in Literacy is making a difference.  

 

In Maths we've been learning about time. Finding ways to measure time (sand timer, stop watch, wall clock etc) and timing activities. You can do lots of star jumps in 1 minute! We even used the small clocks to read and find O'clock times. It's been wonderful to see you taking an interest in the timers during your play and explore time.

 

In Science we've started to explore materials and their properties. We explored materials using our senses and started to test materials to make the best waterproof coat for teddy. In PE, we've made a good start to our dance as postmen and postwomen. We've thought of dance motifs such as driving a van, posting letters, putting parcels into a sack and skipping down the road and we've linked some of these motifs into a sequence! 

 

Forest School was pleasant today. As one child said, "God sent the right weather today!" We shared the 'Gruffalo's Child' which inspired us to make tracks and trails to guide the Gruffalo's child around the forest.

 

It was lovely to see all of your grown ups this week and to tell them how well you're doing at school. Keep up the good work and I'll see you next week Red Class. Keep shining my little stars.

 

If you would like further support with handwriting please pop into Red Class next Friday at 8.45am. Finally, please remember to label all school clothing as it makes the end of the day much easier for the grown ups in school.

 

Many thanks,

Mrs Webb, Mrs Allen, Mrs Winterbourn, Mrs Roberts and Mrs Franklin :)

 

 

 

Friday Fanfare 19

Hello Red Class,

 

This week we've explored special places across the United Kingdom. We've looked at the UK map, explored photos, watched a film and drawn pictures of special places. In Phonics we've been working hard on our spelling by carefully sounding out words with some of the tricky graphemes such as 'igh' and learning to read and spell keywords. I've been very impressed in Maths this week. You're getting very quick at recalling doubles using the abacus and you've been making super number sentences with objects.  

 

Next week we will be exploring and testing materials to make new coats for our bears to keep them nice and dry in the spring showers. In Maths we'll be thinking about time by timing different activities and exploring analogue clocks.  In Literacy we will learn how to write simple sentences about our weekend adventures using a capital letter, finger spaces and a full stop.

 

There is just one letter in the handwriting books this week (f) as it needs all of your attention. We practised it today and you all did a very good job! Pretending the letter was like a roller coaster seemed to help! This week we tried sensory activities in class to support letter formation including shaving foam and flour trays. It's a good way to motivate handwriting!

 

Enjoy the weekend my little stars.

Mrs Webb, Mrs Allen, Mrs Winterbourn, Mrs Roberts and Mrs Franklin :)

 

 

Friday Fanfare 18

Hello Red Class,

 

Our 'Adventures' topic started with a little adventure to find two new friends. We asked you to think of names for the bears and you thought of some wonderful ideas including rhyming names, famous explorers and even the names of bears who live in the wild. Thank you for your suggestions. We voted for our favourite names and chose Rainbow Columbus and Friendship Bear.

 

One of the bears will visit you during the half term for 1 or 2 days. Each bear has their own special diary for you to add pictures, photos or simple sentences. You can find out more information in the class newsletter which was sent home tonight.

 

This week we have played listening games, read our new story 'The Jolly Postman' and practised new letter shapes in handwriting. In phonics we've practised keywords using 'rainbow writing' and  played a new 'look, cover, write, check' game from www.ictgames.com. We've also been trying very hard to sound out short words and spell them correctly ready for writing sentences. Next week we're going to focus on spelling words with vowel digraphs e.g. ai, ee, oa.

 

In Maths we've been reading and ordering numbers to 20 and beyond. We've also been playing games to compare numbers.   Next week we're going to make number sentences practically and then record our ideas using markings, numerals and signs (+ = ).

 

At Forest School today we started to think about the changing seasons and we listened to the story of how the snowdrops shared their colour with the snow. As we listened to the story, we could hear the rain tapping on the canopy. It was very relaxing! We made soggy nature bracelets to think about the signs of spring, built dens to keep dry from the rain and tried to stop the great flood in the outdoor area! It was a very exciting (and very wet) Forest School. I'm sure we're due some sunshine soon! 

 

I was very impressed with your handwriting books this week Red Class. They were a joy to mark. Keep up the super work and effort and remember it's better to write a few letters correctly than a lot of letters formed incorrectly. If your grown ups would like to find out how to form some of the letters using the cursive script then there will be a handwriting session on Friday, 24th March 8.45am-9am in Red Class. I wonder, will your grown ups be as good at using the whiteboards as you? 

 

See you next week my little stars. I hope Rainbow Columbus and Friendship Bear enjoy their first sleepovers.

 

Mrs Webb, Mrs Allen, Mrs Winterbourn, Mrs Roberts and Mrs Franklin :)

Choose names for our special friends

Hello Red Class,

 

Today we went on our first adventure as part of our new topic all about adventures. We managed to find two new 'beary' nice friends. Sadly, our friends do not have names yet so I asked you to go home tonight and to think of two names. You could think about our class, our school or our topic to help you.  For example, Blackwell Bear or Red Bear. We will share our names and vote for our favourite two tomorrow. Remember these friendly bears will come home with you for one night during the topic to share an adventure.

 

Mrs Webb :)

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Hello Red Class,

 

Another great week of learning. We've been reading and spelling two syllable words in Phonics and revising some tricky sounds and keywords. You should find a new handwriting book in your bookbag tonight. Try to practise your letters each week and keep the book in your bag so that we can add new letters each week. Your phonics books can stay at home.

 

In Maths we've been naming, describing and sorting 2D shapes. We enjoyed making our own shapes using a piece of string. We tied the ends together and then worked with a partner to move the string into different shapes. You could try this activity at home with your grown ups.  You could also sing our 1 more song at home:

 

Can you see my adding 1 machine?

Put a number in my ear and a number will appear.

When I bop my nose.

Like...1 bop 2, 8 bop 9 etc.

 

In RE we've been learning about the Bible and sharing stories such as the story of creation. We thought about what we were grateful for and the children had some lovely ideas including their family and friends, the school, trees and flowers, food and water. In PE, we've been travelling over mats and benches and thinking about levels (low/middle and high). We've also enjoyed making Egyptian sunset pictures. These pictures will be added to our time capsule.

Mrs Moss will talk about the time capsule during our first assembly after half term.

 

 

Enjoy the holiday my little stars. Make sure you play, rest and stay safe and we'll see you after the holiday for our exciting new topic, 'Adventures,' where we'll be meeting some 'beary' nice friends!

Mrs Webb, Mrs Allen, Mrs Winterbourn, Mrs Roberts and Mrs Franklin :)

Friday Fanfare 16

Hello Red Class,

 

We're starting our fanfare with some super news.  Today we were awarded the tidy classroom and cloakroom certificate during our celebration assembly. This is a great achievement as we have so many areas to look after and keep tidy. Well done little stars!

 

This week we've been learning to read and spell 'er' words and reading two syllable words such as sunset and bedroom. This is the last sound for your phonics book (I'm sure I just heard a cheer) so once I've marked your 'er' pictures, your phonics book can stay at home. Remember to keep practising your sounds and see if you can teach your grown ups, brother, sister, pet or friend the actions and sounds. 

 

During your reading time at home, I would like you to make sure that you're pointing to each word as you read. Remember, you need to point to the words and your grown ups can have a rest! Use your letter sounds and picture clues to read new words and try to break long words into smaller words just like we've been learning in phonics this week.

 

We've also been learning to say, read, order and write a simple sentence. You're very good at telling me now that a sentence needs a capital letter, full stop and a verb. See if you can spot a capital letter and a full stop in your reading book. During handwriting sessions, we've been practising curly caterpillar letters within words i.e. so, do, dog. Next week we will send home a handwriting book with 4 curly caterpillar letters to practise.

 

I was very impressed with your take away work this week. We even watched a video on the big board of some of your super maths skills using the egg boxes. It was wonderful to see turn taking using our resources which is our learning partner target. Next week we will find, name and describe 2d shapes and solve some problems with shapes too.

 

Remember to keep a pair of socks in your book bag for after outdoor play. Mrs Allen has a basket of spare socks, hats and gloves if you forget but it's even better to keep your own in your book bag. We will not be visiting Forest School next week as it's the last day of our topic. It was very cold at Forest School today but I was delighted to see that most children remembered their hat, gloves and spare socks. During the session we played a game to keep safe around the campfire, looked for risks in the forest and we found out about animals who live in the forest through our story 'The Surprise Party' by Pat Hutchins. We even made our very own clay animals. As the weather was so cold we returned to school earlier than usual to defrost!

 

Have a super weekend my little stars.

 

Mrs Webb, Mrs Allen, Mrs Winterbourn, Mrs Roberts and Mrs Franklin :)

Friday Fanfare 15

Hello Red Class,

We enjoyed a super session at Forest School today. We were all prepared with hats, scarves, gloves and socks and then it turned out to be a little milder than usual. We enjoyed listening to a story called, ‘The Tale of the Heaven Tree’ and we thought about what might happen to the forest if we didn’t look after it. Some of you enjoyed making a little tree guardian (a face made from clay and natural materials). Now your tree guardian will look after your favourite tree.

This week in Maths we’ve been comparing and measuring the length and height of objects. I was really pleased to see you using some of these skills in your play. For example, measuring teddy bears and comparing snacks. Next week we will learn about subtraction.

In Phonics, we’ve been learning about trigraphs (three letters making one sound) i.e. ear, ure, air. Next week we will read and spell words with ‘er’ and concentrate on reading and spelling keywords. This week we also played some games to learn about sentences and what makes a sentence. We will continue to read and make simple sentences with a capital letter, full stop and verb.

We’ve been thinking about our personal history and how we’ve grown from a baby to a toddler to a child and how we will develop in the future. We’ve also started to explore Ancient Egypt through pictures, songs and films. Next week, we will think about how our lives today are the same and how they are different to the time of Ancient Egypt.

Over the last few weeks, during circle time, we’ve been learning about compliments and it’s been wonderful to hear you giving compliments about our school dinners.

 

“This is delicious”….”I like all of the colours on my plate”…”This is really good for you”.

 

Well done my little stars. Have a good weekend and try to give the people in your family a compliment.

Mrs Webb, Mrs Allen, Mrs Winterbourn, Mrs Roberts and Mrs Franklin J

Friday Fanfare 14

Hello Red Class,

On Wednesday, we enjoyed a late night at school for storynight. We shared stories with a drink and a biscuit as your families looked at the stunning art and DT work in the hall. Did you see your flowers on the tables and on the shelves in the hall? You worked very hard on your cutting, joining and decorating skills. Jack’s garden looked stunning!

Today was the final day of our Roald Dahl topic and we finished with a fashion show of Roald Dahl characters where you shared compliments about your costumes. We also filmed our retell of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and helped Jack to solve some addition problems in Maths.

 

In Phonics this week, we played a new game from the ICT games website called 'Help a Hedgehog'. This game helped you to read words using our focus sounds. Next week we'll be learning about trigraphs (3 letters making one sound). We'll be reading and spelling words using ‘ear’, ‘air’ and ‘ure’. Remember to draw pictures in your little blue books this week. You will find 4 new sounds.

 

We pretended to be cats in Write Dance. Our cat dance and cat pictures helped us to practise curved lines and shapes and the ‘round and back’ action needed for c,o,a,d,g and q. Your letter formation is improving each session Red Class.

 

In Maths, we've been adding two sets of objects together and starting to record our work. You’re growing in confidence to recognise and recall number bonds every day. Next week we will focus on number formation and we'll be solving problems using different measures. If you have a spare few minutes, practise your number formation (particularly 2 and 5) and we’ll show your work at school.

 

Our new topic is Ancient Egypt. We'll be making something very special with the rest of the school but I'll tell you more about that next week! Have a great weekend my little stars.

Mrs Webb, Mrs Allen, Mrs Winterbourn, Mrs Roberts and Mrs Franklin :)

Friday Fanfare 13

Hello Red Class,

 

Can you believe we're nearly at the end of our Roald Dahl topic? Next week we've got some fun events planned with storynight on Wednesday 25th January at 5.30pm and our Roald Dahl character day on Friday, 27th January.  I can't wait to see you all in your costumes. My charcater is very big and very friendly! Who could it be? Forest School will not take place on Friday as you will all be wearing your special costumes instead. Please make sure you pack two pairs of thick socks for Forest School on Fridays as little feet can get very cold in wellies. We have spare hats and gloves but I might need to ask Grandma Webb to knit some spare socks!

 

Next week we will be reading and spelling words with 'oi', 'ur' and 'ow'. New sounds will be added to your phonics books next week so please pop your books into your book bags. In Maths, we will be learning to add two numbers together and solving simple addition problems. I was very impressed with your work on position and following/giving directions this week. We had great fun pretending to be robots! Next week in DT we will finish our flowers for the display and practise some new rolls in gymnastics.

 

Finally, thank you for all of your eggboxes. Mrs Marks (Green Class) found a bumper pack of boxes so we've reached our target. Cardboard tubes, cartons and other items for junk modelling are always gratefully received.

 

Stay safe and have fun this weekend my little stars,

Mrs Webb, Mrs Allen, Mrs Winterbourn, Mrs Roberts and Mrs Franklin :)

 

 

Friday Fanfare 12

Hello Red Class,

 

Another good week at school with lots and lots of learning including a new wake and shake routine, 'La Bamba'. This week we've started to learn Roald Dahl's 'Jack and the Beanstalk' rhyme using actions and a story/rhyme map. Our version is shorter than the original because we've taken out some of the extra revolting bits! I was very pleased to see you thinking about the similarities and differences between our big book version and the revolting rhyme and some of you made your own story/rhyme maps during play and explore time. We've also been thinking about rhyming words. See if you can find rhyming words when you listen to your bedtime stories.

 

Every morning we've been singing our alphabet song. It's important to remember that the letters have a name (just like you have a name) but they also make a sound and the sounds help us to read and spell. In Phonics, we've been practising 'ai', 'ee', 'igh' and 'oa' and looking and listening for these sounds using interactive books on the board. Next week you will be able to use the interactive books again during your play and explore time and we'll also be learning some new sounds: oo(boot), oo(look), ar (farm) and or (for).

 

In Maths, we've been making numbers in different ways using the abacus to support our thinking. Your ability to talk about your number work is improving every day. We've also had fun guessing the number bond in Mrs Webb's number bag. This week you made some super guesses for number bag 4 (4 and 0, 3 and 1, 2 and 2 etc.). Next week we're going to learn about positional language (in front/behind/next to) and directions (forward, backward, left and right) and we'll be using the programmable toys (Bee-Bots) to support our learning.

 

In Art, we've  been learning to name, sort and use textiles such as silk, lace, cotton and hessian. We've started to cut and join textiles with tape and glue to make a big dinner plate for the Giant.  We've even started to do some sewing. We've experimented with size, colour and type of stitches. Well done Red Class, some tricky skills which you can start or continue to explore next week during play and explore time. Next week we will be making flowers as part of our DT work to make a class display of Jack's garden. 

 

In PE, we've made some fantastic gymnastic shapes from a pair of shorts (tuck), to a skirt (straddle), an ironing board (front support) and a washing basket (dish). I could see pointed toes and  good posture! The next Olympic gymnast is in Red Class! Please mention Mrs Webb when you win your medal!

 

Although Forest School was on the school site, we still enjoyed some fun in the snow making snow angels, mini snowmen and snow hedgehogs. We made prints with our boots and some of you started to make bird feeders for the hungry birds.  

 

Thank you to your grown ups for collecting so many cardboard tubes, egg boxes and general 'junk'. It really means a lot and I know you've thoroughly enjoyed delving into the big junk box this week to see what you can make. We just need a few more egg boxes to reach our target of 15. Thank you once again!

 

Have fun this weekend my little stars,

Mrs Webb, Mrs Allen,  Mrs Winterbourn, Mrs Roberts and Mrs Franklin :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Fanfare 11

Hello Red Class,

 

Well done for a good first week back. We enjoyed our visit to the library earlier in the week. We listened to stories with the library manager, made a shell for the tortoise in Esio Trot and toured the library to find some key features. If you visit the library over the next couple of weeks, you might see our tortoise on display.

 

 

This week we've also practised some of the letter sounds from last term. We're going to spend the next few weeks practising some of our vowel digraphs (ai, ee, oa) to make sure  we know them really well. As a result, we will not be sending new letter sounds home in the phonics book. Please use this time to draw pictures for some of the letter sounds that you might have missed in your phonics book last term or practise your keywords instead.

 

Next week, we will be cutting and colouring textiles. We will also listen to Roald Dahl's revolting rhyme about 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and we will make number bonds using our fingers and equipment i.e. different ways to make three (2+1=3  3+0=3).

 

Have a super weekend and I will see you all on Monday my little stars.

 

Mrs Webb, Mrs Allen, Mrs Winterbourn, Mrs Roberts and Mrs Franklin :)

 

Christmas Fanfare

Hello Red Class,

 

Congratulations, you've completed your first term at school! It seems only moments ago that you were walking through the classroom door, ready for your first day. I am amazed at how much you've achieved this term including fantastic performances of 'Mary's Knitting' at the church. I'm also very proud to announce that we are the current wake and shake champions. Red Class competed against Green, Purple, Yellow and Blue and Mrs Moss thought we were the most improved since the last competition. We were all moving in the same direction and at the same time :)

 

Keep reading over the holidays as every little helps. Remember your keywords, phonics book and phonics games count as reading too. You could even play a maths game. See if you can beat your grown ups at Bing Bong Zong! 

 

Thank you for all of your kind words, cards and gifts and we hope you have a wonderful Christmas. We can't wait to see you in the New Year. Keep shining little stars. Merry Christmas!

 

Mrs Webb, Mrs Allen, Mrs Winterbourn, Mrs Roberts and Mrs Franklin :)

 

 

 

 

Friday Fanfare 10

Hello Red Class,

 

Mrs Moss started the week talking to us about patience in assembly and we've certainly had to be patient this week with all of our rehearsals. A big 'thank you' to all of our families for providing tights and tops. The children looked fantastic in their costumes today for the dress rehearsal and it wouldn't be a true Nativity without a headress sliding off or a mask falling down. We hope you enjoy the productions on Monday and Tuesday. I would also like to say 'thank you' to members of the Red Class team for making costumes and masks and for all of their hard work during such a busy time of year.

 

Alongside rehearsals, we've managed to learn two new sounds (igh and oa) and we've listened to Christmas/winter themed poems. In Maths, we've practised our curvy numbers (0,3 and 6). Next week we will practise 8 and then move onto numbers with straight lines and curves i.e. 2, 5, 9. We even had time this week for an afternoon campfire, parachute games and stories in the forest.  

 

Next week we've got lots to look forward to with Christmas dinner, party day, a pantomime, our Nativity at St Catherine's Church and Christmas crafts. Enjoy your weekend Red Class. Keep practising 'Away in a Manger' with your 'big' voices. 

 

Mrs Webb, Mrs Allen, Mrs Winterbourn, Mrs Roberts and Mrs Franklin :)

 

 

A change to Forest School

Dear Families,

 

Due to church rehearsals, Forest School will not take place on Friday. Children should come dressed to school in their full uniform. However, on Thursday afternoon, we're hoping to have a campfire. The children will wear their Forest School coats and trousers so their uniform will be protected. On Thursday, the children can wear their uniform to school.

 

Thank you to all of those families who have 'Away in a Manger' on repeat! Keep practising as every little helps. Here are the words:

 

Away in a manger
No crib for His bed
The little Lord Jesus
Lay down His sweet head

 

The stars in the sky
Look down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus
Asleep on the hay

 

The cattle are lowing
The Baby awakes
But little Lord Jesus
No crying He makes

 

I love Thee, Lord Jesus
Look down from the sky
And stay by my side
'Til morning is nigh

 

Be near me, Lord Jesus.

I ask thee to stay

Close by me forever

And love me, I pray.

 

Bless all the dear children

In Thy tender care

And take us to Heaven

To live with Thee there.

 

 

Thank you for your continued support

Mrs Webb :)