Carpe Diem - Seize the Day
Welcome to our class page. We hope that you will enjoy looking at the pictures of what we do in class and that you come back often to see what has been added!
Number Bonds to 10
We are trying to pack our last weeks with as many useful activities as possible, giving children skills which they will find helpful next year. This week we are concentrating on learning number pairs which add up to 10 – these are hugely important for all aspects of maths work as children move through the school. We have used Tens Frames (in picture!) to work out all the different pairs of numbers which add up to 10 and have also been singing a song to help us remember them. Ask your child to sing it for you!
BE ACTIVE WEEK – 10.07.17
We have embraced the spirit of being active today and have all had a go at ‘planking’ together – have a look at our class picture! We have also done some dinosaur stomping at the end of the day – what a lot of active fun!
This is the link for the dinosaur dance!
WB 19th June 2017
Wow -HOT HOT HOT! We are blessed with golden weather this week and have been making the most of our outdoor areas while we can. Please make sure that your child has suncream applied before school each morning and brings a sunhat and water bottle. We are having plenty of water breaks during the day and have discussed how important it is to stay hydrated.
We have encouraged den building in our forest area as it is cool and shaded there, and have also set up paddling pools of cool water in shaded areas, where we have bathed our warm feet. Lots of children have also enjoyed the super soakers which we have used to try to splat phonemes on the playground, as well as aiming them up in the air and standing underneath where they fall as an extra cool down method. It has caused much excitement when adults have somehow got wet during this!! We have also watched what the water does when the paddling pools are emptied, and have seen how far our footprints can go when we walk through it. Lots of brilliant fun times and learning opportunities!
Have a look through some of our pictures below.
5th June 2017 - Welcome Back!
It seems hard to believe that we are already beginning our final half term of the school year – where has that time gone?! We hope everyone had a super break over the last week – it’s always lovely to come back and hear the children so excited about the things they have got up to during the week off. We will make sure we have lots of Show-and-Tell time to hear all their lovely stories.
We have started our final topic which is…..SUPERHEROES! Thank you for the pictures and writing you have done, most of which is already up on our learning walls. In the first week back we will be looking at comic strips, analysing their features, discussing what types of text they are, and then having a go at writing and drawing some of our own. We will also be consolidating our halving and doubling skills, looking at splitting numbers in half by using a halving plate (just a plate with a line down the middle which makes it easy and clear to share equally!). These would all be great things to discuss with your child at home.
Watch this space for photos as the week goes on!
Hard to believe, but the Summer Term is here already, and we have started with a fabulous topic about Minibeasts which the children have already been very enthusiastic about. Thank you for all the wonderful creations sent in for homework – some very inventive art minds out there. We are grateful for all the considerable efforts which have been put in over the holiday.
Here are some pictures from our first day back. We have been reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and then doing a lot of related writing and maths puzzles. We also have a garden centre role play as well as a mini-beast laboratory and have been cutting out caterpillar segments in ERIC time to help develop cutting and fine motor skills. We have even made healthy fruit salads for the hungry caterpillar to eat (although the children have eaten them before the caterpillar got a chance!). All in all, a cracking start!
Week 13 – Zoos!
It’s hard to believe we are in the final week of the Spring Term already. The children have been working hard learning all about zoo animals. We have read Dear Zoo and used story language to re-tell the story, and this week we are looking at non-fiction writing and creating our own fact files about different zoo animals. We hope the chidren will come home and wow you with some amazing animal facts! This week we have started with a focus on cheetahs and have sorted through facts which are true and facts which are made up, and have then tried to use these to write our own fact files about cheetahs. The children have been very proud of their reading and writing abilities.
In maths we have been counting in tens and singing along to the link below (we have also discussed how to say 20 carefully, and not in an American accent!). We have also been investigating sharing equally into halves and other groups. Watch this space for more pictures through the week!
Ahoy there me hearties!
Welcome back after what we hope was a fantastic half term. We have already started with a bang and are learning all about pirates! Over the course of this week we will be finding out about who pirates were (and are!), what they ate, why they became pirates and where they liked to hide their treasure. We will also be learning about The Pirate Code of living and will have a go at writing our own on special pirate parchment paper (done with stained tea!). Children will also be developing their physical movements as we try to walk the plank and climb the rigging (benches and climbing frames), and also through making their own pirate ships in teams using big building blocks and a large black sail for a drape. Maths will be learning about 2D and 3D shapes – any shape spotting or games you can play at home would help them – we will be focusing on describing the properties of each shape and how we can describe them to other people. We hope they come home bubbling with tales of what they’ve been doing each day.
What a great start to the last week of half term – our learning this week is all based around the brilliant book ‘Room On The Broom’ by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler – we have loved hearing the story today (and joining in enthusiastically with the repetition and rhyming parts!) and have started a whole range of activities which have fired the children’s imaginations – they have been making predictions about what they think will happen when they mix a potion (this was so exciting!! It bubbled and fizzed and frothed everywhere!), they have been learning about different ways of making 5 using wriggly worms and bullseyes, and we have also started making magic wands (fruit kebabs!). We have also used ERIC time to strengthen hand muscles by stretching elastic bands over bits of Winnie’s broken broom. It has certainly been a magical Monday! Here are some pictures just from today which we will add to as the week goes on. We hope you enjoy them. J
Jungle Journey After School Club
Here is a selection of photographs from Reception’s Jungle Journey Club, which has been run by the fantastic Mrs Duxbury and Mrs Bowen – we are so very lucky to have such a dedicated team down in Reception, and the club has been a huge success. The Jungle Journey sees the children preparing for, and going on, a journey through the jungle, meeting lots of animals on the way and having a cracking good time. The children have lots of opportunities to develop their fine and gross motor skills, and we have also had lots of giggles along the way.
Lots of hard work has been going on in Construction Club down in Reception – the children have been building using junk modelling items, Duplo, Mobilo and Lego – their only limit has been their own imaginations! Here are some pictures from some of the sessions – they have a had a great time! Thank you Mrs Duxbury for a club which the children love going to, and where they learn so much while they think they are playing.
Chinese New Year – Week 2! WB 06.02.17
This week we are continuing with our Chinese New Year topic, which we are all really enjoying! We have all looked carefully at real menus today, looking at all the information that is on them including headings, food names, prices, phone numbers and pictures – it made us feel quite hungry! We had a go at reading some food items which had phonemes in we have been working on, and matching them to the correct picture during our class lessons. We have also linked this to working with money in maths where we have started making amounts using pennies and 2ps. Some of us have also made our own Chinese dragon puppets and have also investigated which material would be best to make a dragon from if we wanted it to be waterproof – the children have thoroughly enjoyed testing their predictions with water soakers!
Here is a link to a number ordering activity the children can access on our computers this week – you can set the numbers to be whatever is most appropriate for your child.
Chinese New Year!
We have started our new two week topic learning all about the history and culture surrounding Chinese New Year. I’m sure the children will come home and tell you about some of our activities this week and next week as they are always a huge amount of fun! We have started with the story of how each year became named after an animal (which has given us the opportunity to discuss the difference between being clever and cheating – ask your child about the rat in the story!), and looking at how the new year is celebrated in China, comparing it to what happens here on December 31st. We have also had fun in our role play Chinese restaurant with children taking phone orders, writing down menu lists, serving food, eating with chopsticks and packing take aways in special boxes! Here are a few pictures as we start our week. We hope you enjoy them J
If you would like to see the story of how the years were named after animals, here is a link to the CBBC one we have watched in class – what do you think about the rat?! http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/lets-celebrate-chinesenewyearperformance
We had a real treat last week when James brought in a snakeskin from home for us to share in the class. We all enjoyed looking closely at the complete skin and discussed how snakes have to shed their skin when they grow too big for it. This gave us lots of great opportunities to talk about how we grow compared with other animals and how skins are the same and how they are different. We could clearly see which had been the head end of the skin and which had been the tail. Most children wanted to touch the skin and James was very kind and let everyone who wanted to have a feel. Quite a few children said it felt like bubble wrap! Thank you for bringing in such a wonderful and interesting item James. We really enjoyed it!
Counting in 2s
Next week (starting 23rd January), we will be building on our counting skills and looking at different ways that we can count apart from in ones – as adults, we automatically find ourselves counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to speed things up, but for children, this has to be explained and taught. We will be looking at number lines and 100 squares to see how counting in 2s means that we are skipping a number each time as we count, and we will be listening to some songs where they count in 2s and having a go at singing them ourselves. We will also be counting lots and lots of things that come in pairs, such as socks (clean ones, don’t worry!), mittens, eyes, shoes, wellies etc. It would be great if you could talk with your child about things which come in pairs and have a go at counting some things around the house that you find.
Here is a link to one of the songs that we will be using if you would like to have a sneak preview! It’s very catchy and easy to pick up, and the children always enjoy singing it. Although the number 4 is not drawn quite as we do in school, the easy rhythm and tune makes it a good one for helping the numbers to stick in the children’s memory:
This week, we are continuing with our wintery topic and are looking at instructions in our Literacy lessons. We have started today by reading and following instructions to make snowmen out of play dough, and have looked at how instructions make use of numbers, pictures and words like ‘first’, ‘then’, ‘after that’ and ‘finally’ to help order the steps, and also how instructions are very bossy, as they tell us exactly what to do. We also discussed where we might find instructions and the children suggested in board games, for Lego, in recipes and our own Golden Rules in the classroom. Any chance that you have at home to look for instructions or talk about what are used for would be useful J
Here are some pictures of us making our play dough snowmen – we hope you enjoy them!
Winter Topic – The Snowman
We have been continuing with our Winter theme this week and have enjoyed watching The Snowman as part of our Literacy work. We have answered questions about the story and have started to work on ordering pictures from the film, and using story language to re-tell the story. Please see below for some of the words which we encourage the children to use to help them re-tell the story – hopefully they will be able to show you some of the actions which we use to go with them!
We have also been concentrating on the numbers 10-15 and trying to secure these. Any counting, writing, spotting etc you can do at home would really help your child J
HAPPY NEW NEW YEAR!
Welcome back to school after what we hope was a fantastic break. We are very excited to be back and to start teaching our new topic – Winter. We look forward to seeing the winter drawings that all the children have produced over the holiday and adding them to our learning wall. They really make the learning wall come to life! We will add photos of the activities the children take part in over the next few weeks, so please try to come back regularly for peeks at what they have been getting up to.
It would be good to encourage the children to keep being as independent as they had become at the end of last term and to keep coming in by themselves each morning. We will carry on coming out through the door each morning to greet them and ensure that another adult is in their classrooms to help them put their things away. This is a huge step in reaching some of the Early Learning Goals which they are expected to meet by the end of the school year. We will also be swimming this term, and your child will need to be able to change before and after swimming. While we will of course be on hand to help them, it would help greatly if you could go through the steps with them at home, talking them through how to do each part without physically helping them. Ensuring EVERYTHING is named is also essential, especially socks and even underwear, as it is so easy for them to become confused in the confines of the changing rooms. Thank you. We hope they all enjoy the experiences they have this term.
Week 12 – WB 28.11.16
It was a real pleasure to see so many parents at the Shape, Space and Measures workshop that we ran – thank you to all who were able to attend and spent time supporting their children during the session.
This week we have been comparing length, width, weight and sizes, using lots of the vocabulary that was discussed that afternoon. We have focussed on ordering from shortest to longest and have encouraged the used of all related vocabulary. We have also started to compare length using non-standard units. Today we ordered Christmas stockings and then decided that multi-link cubes would be a sensible thing to use to measure them. Once we had counted the cubes needed for each stocking we wrote down the numbers and ordered them too!
Here are some pictures of us all in action:
Week Beginning 14.11.16 – Autumn Topic
It’s been a busy week so far and the children have loved our new autumn topic. Thank you very much for the beautiful autumn pictures and collages which have been done for homework – they look fabulous on the classroom boards!
In Maths we have been looking at different ways of sorting and grouping autumn objects, as well as estimating how many items there are and carefully counting out accurate sets. We collected leaves from our forest area and looked at their size, shape, colour and texture, as well as sorting other items such as pine cones, conkers and forest animals. Here are some pictures of us all in action!
We have been loving our ‘People Who Help Us topic, and the children have been bubbling with information that they know about the different jobs that people do. We have had a great deal of fun in the role play areas in both class bases (a builders’ yard and a fire station!) and have also taken part in many connected activities. Our ERIC fine motor focus this week has seen the children pretending to be doctors performing delicate surgery to remove foreign objects in their patients! (Actually, using tweezers to pick up and move grains of rice.) While this has been a lot of fun for the children, it also has an important reason behind it – it is actually designed to help with their handwriting and pencil grip by strengthening the muscles in their hands. We will be doing more writing activities over the coming weeks, so these are vital skills to secure right at the start. It has been lovely to hear the children saying the Read Write Inc sayings as some have started forming their letters – thank you so much for the support from home; it brings your children on so much faster and is greatly appreciated J
Watch this space for pictures of all your lovely children!
Wow – what a fantastic start to the school year ALL our new children have made. We, as a team, have felt so proud of all our new children over the last two weeks, taking so many new experiences and routines in their strides.
We are all settling in to the morning tasks of books, coats and registers, and are now starting to find our own name cards and place them in the dinner or sandwich hoops when coming in. Can we please ask that only water comes to school in water bottles – juice is fine as a lunch time drink, but in the classroom we always stick to water. Thank you for helping with this.
As soon as we have received all photograph consent slips, we will start putting regular pictures here so you can see some of the exciting things we get up to at school – the children will be proud to tell you the things they have been doing.
We will soon start having a special ‘Number of the Week’, looking at a different number each time and investigating what it looks like, sounds like, where we find examples of it around us and exactly how to write it correctly. The children will bring home a sheet with formation instructions on, and we will be using the rhymes shown to help us remember how to record each digit. If your child is already confident with the early numbers, you can encourage them to find examples which are part of larger ones – for example, pointing out the 2 in 42 and discussing what each digit stands for.
Thank you for all the Home Learning Stories which have already been sent in - we had an amazing Fantastic Friday last week where the children became archaeologists searching through the forest for dinosaur bones! This week’s theme is based around a baking theme (please see planning below for full details) and will involve the chance to mix icing and decorate biscuits. We always place food consent forms outside each class base before activities involving food – please check the list of items to be used and sign against your child’s name to say it is alright for them to take part, or let us know if you foresee any problems J
WELCOME TO SCHOOL!!
Hope you all had a wonderful Summer holidays and are looking forward to starting school!
As we are settling the children into school, our first week will not be a ‘normal’ school week.
We will spend this week getting to know each and every child, encouraging them to build friendships and to feel happy about coming into school. This week, we will do a lot of C.I.P (Child Initiated Play) to settle the children in and slowly begin to introduce new school experiences and routines to them each day.
The following week we will begin to introduce some activities linked to the topic of, 'Nursery Rhymes.' Keep checking out our website as we will regularly add photos and information about the things we are doing in Early Years.
We look forward to getting to know you all and having lots and lots of fun and learning!
Hope you all had a lovely half term.
Our topic after half term will be ‘Pets and Vets’ and this will last for 4 weeks.
We will have 2 role play areas set up in each class base – a pet shop (with a maths and money focus) in one and a vets role play area in the other (linked to understanding the jobs people do, pets and for using our imaginations to take on the roles of others).
The children will have the opportunity to talk about their own pets to others and develop the very important skill of listening to others while they talk about their pets.
In Literacy we will be focusing on writing information about our pets and then retelling the lovely story, ‘The Great Pet Sale’ by Mick Inkpen. Also, we will look at the Hairy Maclary book, ‘Rumpus at the Vets’ by Lynley Dodd and create our own story based on the terrible things our pets could get up to at the vets!
Our focus in Mathematics will be on handling data (creating charts, block graphs and pictograms to show our favourite pets), counting and paying with money (linked to our book, The Great Pet Sale) and on number recognition.
We will be doing lots of other wonderful and exciting things too. Keep checking our website for new photos linked to this topic! There are two new websites below linked to our, ‘Pets and Vets’ topic and 1 link to a song for helping us count in 2s.
In our final week before Easter our topic will be, ‘Easter.’
Welcome back after Christmas and a very happy new year to all – we have had a lot of fun hearing about the food, presents and celebrations that the children enjoyed over the holiday!
We are currently learning all about winter, and it seems that the weather has turned colder to go with it. We have enjoyed watching The Snowman this week, and are working on things connected with it. Making iced lollies and collaging snowmen from shaving foam have both been much enjoyed activities! We have also been working hard on ordering numbers and using our phonic knowledge to write about The Snowman and the winter in general. The role play areas have been very busy as the children have imagined they are either Eskimos fishing and living in an igloo, or knights and princesses living in a snow palace. It has been a very busy start to the new year!