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Friday Fanfare Autumn 5

Hello Red Class,

This week, we explored ‘Remembrance’. We spent the week listening to war songs, such as, “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary,” drawing poppies in Write Dance and finding out a little bit about the war in History such as how they sent messages to each other. We used the story “Five Minutes Peace” to explore the meaning of peace. We sequenced story events, asked questions about the story and sorted phrases into true or false. We used lots of reading skills.

In our number work, we explored 6 7, 8, 9 and 10 and how we can make these numbers in different ways. For example, we played a dice and egg box game where the first dice was always 5 and then the second dice determined the number (5 + 3= 8). We made the numbers in our egg boxes to check. We’ve also been working on our counting back to make it just as strong as our counting on!

During Forest School, we learnt how to tie stopper knots. The children then applied their knowledge to make dens. We also went on a scavenger hunt to find something in the forest that made a sound. The children then played their ‘instruments’ as part of a class band.

In Phonics, we learnt the sound, action and song for j, v and w. Every day, we play games to recall previously taught letter sounds and keywords. Our new keywords for this half term will be: and, my, you, her, they, all, are. Every week, we will introduce one or two new words to the children as well as practising previously taught keywords. You will find new keyword cards on the reverse of the class newsletter which was given out today.

Enjoy the weekend Red Class and get ready for our new topic, “Special Places Around the World”.  If you’ve ever visited Spain and you have any photos or artefacts, please send them into school next week.

Many thanks,

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

Friday Fanfare Autumn 4

Hello Red Class,

Following our story, ‘Tattybogle’, we built a scarecrow in the forest today. It's nearly ready for the Blackwell Scarecrow Festival. It was a little chilly at Forest School today, however, the children were warm with their school coat, waterproofs, hats and gloves. Try to bring your own hats, gloves and scarves every Friday because, sadly, we don’t have enough spare hats and gloves for every child.

In Phonics, we recapped previously taught letters and sounds and learnt about double consonants where two letters make one sound. You will find some words to read in your Phonics book, but you don’t need to draw any pictures for these letters.

Letter sounds: ll (bell), ff (puff), ss (miss)

Keywords: be, me, we

In Maths, we discovered how to make 5 using pairs of numbers (number bonds). We started the week making number bonds with Numicon and then we learnt a song about Farmer Pete and his 5 sheep. Later in the week, we played a dice game in pairs to test our understanding of making 5 and our tennis games are helping us to recall number bonds to 5.

In PE, we found out how to throw a bean bag at a target. We discovered how to use an underarm throw and designed our own target games using hoops and cones. It was great to see so many different ideas! During Music, we learnt a song called “Do Anything But Throw it Away” to support our understanding of recycling and in Art, we used natural objects to create prints and designed repeating patterns using different colours.

We started Philosophy this week. Yes, Philosophy at 4 and 5! We explored the story, “The Dot” and discussed the word ‘can’t’ as the girl in the story thought she wasn’t very good at drawing. The children thought about times when they’ve used the word ‘can’t’ at home and at school and how this made them feel. We decided to swap the word ‘can’t’ for ‘we’re practising’. So, this week, in the Boot Room, we’ve been practising how to fasten our coats. By saying ‘we’re practising’ it means we’re going to keep trying even if we find a task tricky. It might take us 1 minute, 1 hour, 1 week or longer but we will get there! Try swapping ‘can’t’ for ‘practising’ at home.

See you next week for a mini week at school!

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

Friday Fanfare Autumn 3

Hello Red Class,

What a windy day! Due to high winds, we were unable to visit Forest School, but we managed some outdoor learning in our outdoor area instead. This week, the children enjoyed retelling “Where the Wild Things Are” in the outdoor area and we used a photo of their role play for our showcase. Every day, we showcase the children’s learning by looking at photographs of their play. The showcase provides time for the children to understand how they learn through play and provides opportunities to develop speaking and listening skills, while also building confidence and self -esteem.

In Literacy sessions, we’ve been reading CVC words using new letter sounds and reading short phrases inspired by “Where the Wild Things Are”. At the start of every session, we retell the story using actions and repetitive story language. Our story map helps us to remember key events.

In Phonics, the children enjoyed playing buried treasure. To play the game, sound out and then blend the word on the coin and then sort it into the bin (alien word e.g. gip) or the treasure chest (real words). You should be able to find the game using the link below:


Keywords: he, she

Letter sounds: h, b, f, l

In Maths, we used counters to make numbers in different ways e.g. egg box, dice, Fabacus and Numicon. The children are starting to recall numbers quickly by looking at the ‘shape’ of the number. They can also tell me how they’re made, for example, 5 egg box or 5 dice.

The children start their day with a thinking problem. This week, the children explored familiar images, such as a plate of food, and identified 2D shapes in the picture. Now the children are so quick at their morning routine, they will start to practise writing their name in the morning too. We will show them how to write their name using the cursive script where letters start from the line (excluding capitals). In the spring term, we will teach the children how to form all letters from the line. At the moment, we use magnetic letters, letter cards and tiles to support spelling.

We practised our ball rolling skills in PE and created games in pairs. In Music, we explored the sounds of the rainforest and discovered how to play untuned instruments to suit the mood of the forest. We explored tempo and discovered that the speed of our playing changed the mood of the music.

We opened the painting shelf during play and explore time and I was pleasantly surprised! The children accessed the paints and brushes independently and they cleaned and replaced all the equipment. Well done Red Class!

If you have any spare tights or socks at home, please send them into school as our ‘spares’ section is looking a little thin on the ground.

I know it’s a long first half term, but you’re still working hard and trying your best. Keep up the good work my little stars. Rest, play and enjoy the weekend.

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

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

Where the Wild Things Are

Well done for a super school trip today. Thank you to all the grown ups who helped the children to learn and to stay safe and thank you children for behaving beautifully and for representing your school so well.

First, we shared “Where the Wild Things Are” and used picture cards to sequence the story. Next, we ventured into the forest to take part in a treasure hunt. We searched for picture cards and ordered them in small groups of 3. You worked well together and enjoyed hunting for the cards.

Then, we played rhythms on sticks and danced in the willow tunnels.  Just before lunch, we made our own wild things from clay and natural materials. We will display your clay wild things at school and send them home later in the term.

After Mrs Barker’s delicious sandwiches, we enjoyed a forest school session. We created boats from ropes and sheets, searched for minibeasts and newts and made ‘delicious’ dishes in the mud kitchen. It was a busy, sunny and enjoyable day. 

You should all sleep well tonight…including the grown ups!

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

Red Class Trip

Hello Red Class,

Tomorrow, we're off on our school trip to Bishop's Wood. Wear your usual Forest School clothes (jogging bottoms, trainers and your Blackwell top). You will need a snack and a water bottle but you don't need your book bag. We will keep your phonic books in school until Monday. 

See you in the morning,

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

Friday Fanfare Autumn 1

Hello Red Class,

Well done for completing your first full week at school. You’ve settled very well into your afternoon clubs and Mrs Roberts, Mrs Reid and Mrs Thompson have really enjoyed their club time with you. I know lots of you are walking into school independently and you've started to buy snacks from the tuck shop in the morning. You have learnt so much in such a short space of time. We feel very proud of you all. 

Today was your first Forest School session. We played games to learn Forest School rules and then shared a story “Leaf Man” before making faces in the forest. You were then given time to explore the forest and many of you wanted to climb a tree with Mr Breden or to play on the log seesaw. We finished our session with a warm drink and a snack. Next week, we will be visiting Bishop’s Wood to find out about some wild things! Our trip will be just like a Forest School session so come dressed to school in your usual Forest School clothes. Bring a hat and gloves if it’s cold and a pair of thick socks. Mrs Barker will make us some delicious sandwiches. You will just need a snack and a water bottle. For this trip, we will pack boxes with bottles and snacks so you don’t need a bag.

This week, we have learnt the sound and action for i, m, n and d. You will find these in your phonic books. Thank you for drawing such wonderful pictures for s, a, t and p. We’ve started to read words with 2 or 3 sounds and we’ve used magnetic letters to make words too. What a great start to your early reading and spelling! In Maths, we’ve been making numbers using different equipment including a ‘Fabacus’ and making numbers in different ways. For example, finding out that 4 can be made with 2 and 2, 3 and 1 and 4 and 0.

In Art, we  enjoyed finding out how to find and draw lines and how to use different media (felt tips, charcoal, pencils, chalks) to create different lines. We used ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams for our dough dance, learning to squeeze, roll and pat the dough. We created volcano pictures with different media too and even had a show and tell about a volcano! Show and tell is a celebration of learning. The children may bring one item to school for show and tell on Fridays. Please keep toys (including teddies) safe at home.

Play, rest and enjoy time with your family this wekend.  I wonder, how many times can you fasten your coat without a grown up? 

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

Day 8 in Red Class

Hello Red Class,

You’ve made such a fantastic start to school. I can’t believe how much you’ve learnt in just two weeks. Today, we even started to blend sounds together to read words. You moved your robot arms for each letter sound and then swiped your hand across to blend the sounds. We read at, sat and tap. Super reading! I will help your grown ups with their robot arms during our reading workshop so don’t worry if they’re not sure what to do yet.

Over the weekend, practise your letter sounds with your grown ups and draw some pictures in your special book. Return your book to school when you’re finished. I will add a new set of sounds every Friday.

Next week, we will send home a letter about keywords and how we learn keywords in school. A list of games to play at home will be included in the letter. Once the keywords are introduced and we’ve learnt a few more sounds, we will send home reading books with words.

In Maths, we played a game where we matched a piece of Numicon to the number of objects in your egg box. Your learning partner skills, including sharing and turn taking,  are improving all the time. I’ve enjoyed finding out about your counting skills this week and I think Miss Townsend (subject leader for Maths) will be amazed at the level of effort you’re putting into your counting.

Next week, the school day will be fully operational! The end of the school day is 3.10pm if the children are staying for clubs. We have a range of wonderful clubs including film, singing, playground games and art. The children will work in two smaller groups with their Reception friends. The children will work with grown ups who they already know from the classroom including Mrs Reid, Mrs Thompson and Mrs Roberts.

Now the children are ‘full time’, this will be the last daily blog, however, I will post a weekly Friday Fanfare to tell you about our learning and any important updates. Enjoy a lovely rest Red Class because you’ve worked very hard this week. You’ve listened well, answered lots of questions, made new friends, developed your independence skills and followed lots of new routines. You’re all shining stars…well done!

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

Day 7 in Red Class

Hello Red Class,

Wow! I was amazed to see so many children walking into school without their grown up this morning and completing their morning routine independently. I thought I was standing in a Year 1 classroom. Keep up the good work Red Class.

This morning we played a new game in Phonics where I spoke like a robot. You then listened to the sounds and put them together to complete an action. For example, I would say, “j-u-m-p” and you all jumped into the air. We then found out about ‘p’ through our song and story and you thought of lots of words beginning with ‘p’ with your learning partner.

During number work, we used Numicon to learn a new song, “Dancing in the Sun”. We used our fingers to show the number of flowers and then used Numicon to help build a picture of each number. Later on, we danced to the volcano song and then drew a volcano using chalk. You worked really hard to draw a super picture with both hands!

Finally, it was nice to meet Mrs Allen in the afternoon. Mrs Allen will help the children with their learning on Thursday and Friday afternoons when I’m completing lots of jobs for Early Years. Today, Mrs Allen enjoyed finding out about your shoe boxes and learning about you.

Forest School will start next Friday, 21st September but the children can wear their Forest School clothes tomorrow to get them into the routine. On Fridays, the children need to wear their Blackwell jumper with jogging bottoms and trainers so all change at the bottom!

See you tomorrow Red Class,

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

Day in 6 in Red Class

Hello Red Class,

Well done for completing your first Write Dance today. We looked at photos of a volcano and I showed you a volcano dance. You watched carefully and copied all the actions. Write Dance combines music, movement and drawing to support the children’s development of gross and fine motor skills. Write Dance and dough disco sessions prepare the children for writing in the spring term. Later in the term, families will be invited to a workshop to find out more about early reading, writing and number work.

In our Phonics session, we practised the song, sound and action for ‘t’. In Maths, we played ‘bunny ears’ where you made numbers with your fingers. We then played a turn taking game where you generated a number with a dice and then made it in your egg box. Some of you are starting to spot a small number without needing to count. You’re building a picture of each small number in your mind.

Remember, we’re near the end of your second week in school and a day at school is like a full time day at work for a grown up. Getting up early in the morning and remembering lots of new routines will make you feel very tired. In the first few weeks, we can see a range of emotions in the morning, especially when the children are tired. Every day is different and every child is different. That’s the fun of Reception!

Have a lovely evening Red Class,

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

Day 4 and 5 in Red Class

Hello Red Class,

Mrs Barker and Mrs Roberts have been very impressed with your super speedy eating and I can tell lots of you have been practising with your knife and fork over the summer holidays. Great table manners developing too!

On Monday, we enjoyed our first PE lesson where you showed me your fantastic walking, jogging, skipping and jumping. This week, we removed our shoes and socks. Each week, we will learn to change into different parts of our PE kit. If we learn to change a little bit each week then we will be more successful (and independent) in the future. Remember to add your name to your school shoes because we have a lot of black shoes!

We also enjoyed our first Phonics session on Monday with ‘s’. You managed to find and name lots of objects starting with ‘s’. You listened carefully to the song and story and showed me the action for ‘s’ (weaving your hand like a snake). Can you show your grown ups the action and sound for ‘s’? Today, we found out about ‘a’ with ants crawling on our arms. On Friday, you will receive a special book to help you to learn your letter sounds at home.

Yesterday, in our number work, we used our “I am the Captain” song to make numbers to 10 with our learning partner. We used the egg boxes and cubes to show the number. Today, we looked for the matching number on a dice and you took turns with your learning partner to make and show the number using the egg box and dice. 

Today, during our Music session, we used different parts of our body to keep the pulse and we learned to sing a simple song using ‘call and response’. This is where I sing a line to you and then you copy. Our hard work playing listening games is helping you to learn. 

Every day, I see you growing in confidence to complete your routines. Lots of you are very independent in the mornings. Some of you might want to leave your grown up at the end of the path (by Purple Class). Remember, we’re all different and it’s up to you (and your grown up) to decide when you’re ready.

Just a quick reminder, please avoid snacks with nuts as we have children in school with nut allergies. Next week, we will show the children how to buy tuck from the tuck shop.

Keep up the good work Red Class!

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

Day 3 in Red Class

Well done for a fantastic first week at school! You’ve settled well into your new routines and I’m feeling very proud! I’m very impressed by how independent you’re trying to be in the mornings. If you’re ready, try to wave goodbye to your grown up at the door and, if you’re already doing that, try to wave from the balcony gate. Remember, the grown ups in your classroom are there to help and we will always check your book bags in the morning to find stray water bottles and forgotten snacks!

Over the last few days, we’ve followed a similar routine. We begin with songs, listening games and a short speaking and listening activity, such as sharing a shoe box. Then it's time for'Play and Explore' where the children lead their learning in the indoor or outdoor classroom and they choose when to eat their snack and drink their milk or water. After play and explore time, we play number games and then exercise our hands and arms during dough disco.

Next week, you will stay for lunch. Mrs Barker’s dinners are delicious so get ready for a real treat! We’ll also be opening the large construction area and the gully, as well as introducing further resources into the indoor classroom. We introduce resources gradually so that we can show the children how to play with the equipment and how to clean and tidy it away. We’re introducing the creative area on Monday with different mark makers to choose.

Enjoy your weekend my little stars and I’ll see you bright and early on Monday.

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

Day 2 in Red Class

Hello Red Class, 

Well done for coming back! Always a good achievement on day 2! Today, we played listening games, we found out how to draw a picture of a face using a mirror and we discovered how to get ready for outdoor play. Remember to bring a pair of named wellies to school so you can jump in muddy puddles! We also explored the trail and enjoyed dough disco. During dough disco  we squeeze, pat, pinch and roll the dough to exercise the muscles in our hands and arms. Dough disco will get us ready for later writing in the spring term. 

Tomorrow, we will open the block area, play in the mud kitchen and visit the school hall so we're ready for lunches next week.

See you tomorrow Red Class.

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

Day 1 in Red Class

Hello Red Class,

Well done for a super first day at school. What a busy day with lots of new routines to learn, listening games, stories, singing, exploring new areas and sharing items from your shoe boxes.  Tomorrow, we will open the outdoor area and the sand box on the balcony.

Tonight, you will find a little animal picture on your book bag. In the morning, look for your animal on the bottle boxes and book bag baskets so you can start to put your things away independently. Remember, we're always here to help and during the day we will check bottles and snacks. Some of you might even say 'goodbye' at the door tomorrow.  

You will also find a red folder in your book bag with a new reading book and a reading card. The pink card is for your grown ups and the book is for you! Look at the pictures in your book and talk about what you see.  Have you visited this place before? Would you like to visit this place or to meet these people? What do you think will happen next? You will also find a traffic light in your book bag. When you need a new book, please turn the traffic light to green. If you want to keep your book, turn the traffic light to red. Mrs Reid will change the green books each morning. It's always good practice to keep your book for a couple of nights so that you can revisit the story. So, we suggest a maximum of 3 changes each week. 

Have a lovely evening and we'll see you in the morning. 

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


Final Fanfare for the Summer

Hello to the new Green Class!

I just wanted to say a big ‘THANK YOU’ for a lovely last day at school and for your kind messages, gifts and cards. I think you're all ready for Green Class. Pop and see me again in September and tell me about your wonderful learning. I’m only next door. Rest, play and enjoy the holidays.

Well done to the ‘new’ Red Class for a super first afternoon in school on Monday. Enjoy the holidays too and I look forward to seeing you in September. Remember to collect items for your special box and use your transition (photo) book to learn about your new school.

Take care and enjoy the sunshine,

Mrs Webb, Miss Turner, Mrs Reid, Mrs Roberts, Mrs Cain and

Mrs Thompson.


Red Class Sporting Stars

Well done Red Class for a super sports day yesterday. You all tried your best at the events and it was lovely to see your determined spirit during the races. PE kits will be sent home on Friday.

Please send a named plastic bag into school on Monday, 23rd July so that we can send home the children's work. We will also remove reading books and cards from book bags on Monday so if you have any extra books or traffic lights at home, please pop them into the book bags.

Your farm homework sheet, popped into book bags last week, is a little resource for the summer holidays. If you complete any homework during the holidays, please show me in September (when you're in Green Class) because it will be a lovely excuse to see you all again!

Many thanks,

Mrs Webb, Miss Turner and Mrs Roberts xxx


Class Assembly and Athletics Trip

Hello Red Class,

What a busy day! Well done for remembering all your words in the class assembly and for making such fantastic pizzas. Mrs Barker said she was very impressed by the quality of your work.  She might ask us to work in the kitchen!

You also represented your school really well at the athletics competition. From running in a relay race to throwing a foam javelin, you all tried your best and showed enthusiasm for each activity.

Thank you to all the families who supported our pizza restaurant and helped to raise money for the school fund and Acorns Children's Hospice.

See you tomorrow,

Mrs Webb, Miss Turner and Mrs Roberts :)

Friday Fanfare - Building a Business

Hello Red Class,

Well done for a super first week back. What an exciting week! We found out that our new topic is 'Building a

Business'. Mr Lawton and Mr Reid, from Structal UK, visited us to tell us about their business. We found out

how science, technology, engineering and mathematics are all very important areas of learning for their

business. The children asked some fantastic questions:

*Why did you want to do this job?

*Do you like your job?

*How do you keep the building in place?

*Do you do different jobs on different buildings? 

*What do all the different coloured hats mean?

*How do they climb up the building?

Thank you, Mr Lawton and Mr Reid, for helping us with our learning. By the end of the day we had 30 children

ready to be structural engineers of the future!


Soon, we will open our very own business, a pizza restaurant, as part of our class assembly, Wednesday,

27thJune at 8.40am in the school hall. Please note the assembly, will take place on Wednesday 27th and not

Thursday as stated in the newsletter. I just like to keep you on your toes! We will be serving breakfast pizzas

and any profit from the business will be split between the school and a charity of the children’s choice.


Next week, Mrs Barker will be visiting Red Class to demonstrate how to make a breakfast pizza. You could find

some breakfast pizza recipes over the weekend. Imagine muffins topped with crispy bacon! The class newsletter

and homework sheet will give you further information about learning in Red Class this half term. Both letters

should be in your book bag today (the homework sheet should be in your homework book).

PE will still take place on Mondays and games will be the focus for this half term.

Enjoy a wonderful weekend Red Class,

Mrs Webb, Miss Turner and Mrs Roberts  xxx

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