Headteacher: Anna Moss

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Red Class Friday Fanfare 20.01.23


Hello Red Class Families,

This week, the children designed their finger sandwiches. First, we looked at the journey of bread from the wheat in the fields all the way through to the rolls in the bakery. We then looked at different parts of a sandwich by taking them apart and eating them! Finally, the children taste tested fillings before designing the sandwich they will make for their special guest next week.

As well as their Design Technology (DT) work, the children discovered new digraphs including ‘oo’ (moon), ‘oo’ (book), ‘ar’ (far) and ‘or’ (born). When reading words with the digraph ‘oo’, always check both sounds to see which one makes sense. We also read new tricky words: was, you, they. Please continue to read your eBooks at home.

oo – zoom to the moon

oo – hook a book

ar- march in the dark

or – born with a horn

Handwriting lessons focused on ‘d’, ‘g’ and ‘q’ using the cursive script. These letters can be found in the handwriting pack with a formation phrase for each letter. Remember to work ‘big’ at home and try using different media as this will help to motivate the children to write. The children enjoyed water painting using a paintbrush and a chalkboard. This is a great activity for the garden when the weather improves.

In Maths, we continued with our focus on teen numbers using a range of concrete apparatus including dice, egg boxes, Numicon and the Fabacus. Every day we practise our mental maths skills and at home time we like to play ‘Guess my Number’. If you’d like to play this game at home, click the link to find the ‘Paint the Squares’ game: Paint the Squares - Interactive Number Charts (topmarks.co.uk) Select the 1-20 chart. Choose a number and encourage your child to ask questions about it e.g. Is it greater than 4? Is it double 3? Is it fewer than 5? Is it a teen number? As you answer each question, splat the squares until you’re left with the right answer.

On our way to Forest School, as our boots crunched along the frozen grass, we noticed the signs of winter. We collected frozen leaves and watched how they changed in the warmth of our gloves. After a quick warm up game to test our listening skills, the children went into the forest to play. We used hammers and mallets to make a fairy garden with sticks. Over the next couple of weeks, all the children will have the opportunity to use tools in small groups. Well done children for keeping safe and following our tool rules.

We look forward to seeing our guests for afternoon tea next week. Please wait by the benches just outside the School Room and the children will show you to your table. Thank you for your donations so far.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes,

Mrs Webb and Team Red Class xxx