Mrs Carter, Mrs Crouch, Mrs Murphy & Mrs Elliott
Celebrating Diwali and commemorating Remembrance Day
Friday 9th November
It’s been a very busy week as usual, learning about two very special events. The first half of the week, we focused on Diwali and read the story of Rama and Sita. The children role-played in some costumes and then we each made and decorated clay diva lamps which we lit whilst thinking about all the good things in our lives. The children have been making their own beautifully decorated rangoli patterns too – in rice and on paper. The second half of the week focused on Remembrance and we talked about how we now remember soldiers who fought for our country and how poppies grew in the fields once the fighting was over. We each made a poppy for our Remembrance garden and some children made wreaths and little wooden airplanes.
Our phonics groups are doing really well. We’re practising our sounding and blending skills and learning the 5 tricky words on sight. I’ve been writing out some short sentences and the children have been spotting the tricky words in them and discussing the letters and sounds that they know and noticing rhyming words too.
In Maths, we’ve been counting objects and thinking of the correct numeral to represent our answer. This is sometimes quite tricky for the children as numerals to 10 out of sequence can throw them, so we’ve been recognising the numerals 6-10 out of order to secure our knowledge.
The Post Office has been a huge hit! Letters and cards have been written in abundance and posted in the postbox and packages wrapped up and tagged. There have been daily postmen and women emptying the post box and taking the mail to the post office in a large hessian sack.
We’ve spent some time on our new running track. The children have loved challenging themselves to keep going until they’ve completed a whole lap, even though they’re tired.
Well done to Betty for being our Star Performer this week! Betty is a wonderful role model to us all and has impressed us with her learning and creativity this week, on top of being a wonderful friend and being extremely polite. She always perseveres and tries her very best.
Next week, we’ll be learning about Birthdays and Anniversaries so calendars will come in to play for Maths and we’ll learn to sequence the months of the year – and talk about some very special dates – our birthdays! It’s also Anti-Bullying week so we’ll be discussing what we like and admire about each other and undertaking acts of kindness.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Lest we forget.
Friday 2nd November 2018
…that Wrens have made a fantastic return! Once again, we’ve been blown away by how ready to learn our little Wrens are and how well they’re adjusting to school life and adapting to our routines.
In the mornings as they practise writing their names, we’re amazed by the new pencil grips most of them are adopting and how carefully they form their letters.
Up until Christmas now, our new topic ‘I believe’ will focus on celebrations and festivals. That’s birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, christenings, Bonfire night, Diwali, Remembrance, Christmas and everything in between. It’s a really good opportunity for us to write as we often send cards for many of these occasions. The role play shed outside has transformed into a working Post Office and inside the classroom we have a postbox so please do help the children to write out some cards at home that they can post.
This week, we’ve discussed the celebration of Bonfire night and how to keep safe at this time of year, around fireworks. Mrs Elliott helped us to understand the importance of keeping our pets indoors and looking after them. We’ve been very creative in class, making rockets from junk modelling and printing and drawing fireworks whilst discussing their colours and the sounds they make. And some children have role-played building platforms to launch fireworks from outside!
In Phonics we’ve been recapping our Phase 2 sounds and blending some simple cv and cvc words. The children are now in groups so they’re getting more focussed inputs. In Maths we’ve been ordering numbers to 10 and matching up their corresponding values, with spots on dice. We’ve also been counting backwards, from 10 to 0 (blast-off!) And in our handwriting sessions we’ve been practising writing numbers 0-5. In P.E today we practised some guided dance. It involved creating big actions as we pretended to get dressed up nice and warm to attend a fireworks display. We then imagined we were kicking and throwing Autumn leaves and hunted around for some sticks to build a big bonfire.
A huge congratulations goes to Arthur Knight for being our Star Performer this week. Arthur stands out for his incredible enthusiasm to learn, his impeccable manners and for being a fantastic role model in demonstrating our school values. He always wears a big smile and is so friendly and kind too.
Next week, we’ll be learning about Diwali and Remembrance day.
Enjoy the fireworks this weekend and stay safe!
Our first half term!
Friday 19th October 2018
This week, we’ve been learning about growing up and talking about the stages of life; starting out as a baby, growing into a toddler, then into a child, a teenager and then an adult. We’ve also looked into the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly. We asked the children what they might like to be when they’re grown up and many of them have considered becoming vets and firefighters. (A couple of power rangers and mermaids too of course!)
We’ve discussed how our bodies grow in length and height and have measured each other against the wall in the playground. We’ve also been measuring objects around the classroom and recording our answers in charts. The unfix has been a fun resource to measure with and some children have competed to build the tallest tower! We’ve been comparing and ordering different length caterpillars and we found out from a fiction book that the blue whale is 30 metres long! We then read A Snail and a Whale and compared the sizes of whales to snails - using our very own pet snail Rainbow and some metre sticks.
Handwriting is really starting to improve, as we continue to work on our pencil grips daily. We’ve been learning to write numbers this week and some of the letters we’ve been learning in phonics; s, a, t, p, i, n.
On Tuesday we did some yoga with Mrs Elliott and she helped us to understand how we can stay healthy and look after our bodies. We classified food into healthy and unhealthy groups.
In an Assembly on Wednesday, Mrs Marsh helped us to recognise signs in our body which help tell us we’re feeling ‘unsafe’. We talked about different scenarios at home, at school and 'out and about' and discussed how to remain safe in all situations. We then took our thoughts back to the classroom and designed some posters to help remind others.
This week, the green house won in Wren’s so their treat was to play Buried Treasure on laptops this afternoon. It’s a great phonics game that we’ve been using at the end of our phonics lessons to consolidate our learning.
Congratulations to Gabriel who is our Star Performer this week. He is an excellent role model who has been noticed throughout the school by adults and peers. He has wonderful manners too and really deserved to be recognised.
Where has the time gone? We’re so proud of our little Wrens and how much they’ve achieved this half term. We’ll see you back on Tuesday 30th October.
Caring and sharing!
Friday 12th October 2018
This week we’ve been learning about our local community and how we can look after it. We’ve talked about people who work in our community and school and how a community brings us all together as a big family. We’ve used Google Earth to zoom into Greens Norton and have discussed important buildings in this village; the post office, the church, the doctor’s surgery etc. We’ve also discussed recycling and how to care for our planet too. It was interesting that some of the children knew all about waste in our oceans and the animals, like turtles, which get caught in plastic.
In Maths the children have been doing lots of counting. We decorated gingerbread men with a specific number of buttons and used conkers to count out objects to 10. We’ve practised working in pairs to help us develop our communication and work cooperatively with others.
We’ve started to learn how to hold our pencils correctly for effective writing and have practised writing out some of our sounds. Please do practise the following sounds if you can! s,a,t,p.
On Tuesday afternoon, Mrs Elliott demonstrated how to share resources and work together in small teams. The children practised these skills by building jigsaws and playing board games – practising turn-taking.
We were so proud of the children’s performance in the church on Wednesday for our Pop UK concert and were so impressed with the evening turnout. Thank you to all the parents who accompanied us on the walk to and from the church again!
A huge congratulations goes out to Oscar-Jay for being our first Wren to receive Star Performer! Oscar was nominated for his amazing attitude to learning and for being kind.
We’ve also had a friendly competition in class with our coloured house groups. Children earned marbles throughout the week and the winning team got to decorated biscuits this afternoon.
Next week, we’re going to be learning about ‘growing up’ and different occupations. We’ll be measuring in Maths and practising more of our sounds and handwriting. If any of our parents have interesting occupations and would like to come in to talk to our children about what you do, we’d love to hear from you, especially if you have to wear a special uniform!
A pop-tastic week of learning and singing!
Friday 5th October 2018
Another fun week has flown by and we’re all feeling a bit more settled. The children have learnt where their individual carpet spaces are and have adjusted to new routines. We’re so impressed by how many children come in each morning and practise writing their names and how many are so ready to learn!
This week, we’ve been back outside again in the woodland area, looking to see if more leaves have fallen and to practise mark-making and team-building. Reverend Ben paid us a visit too and read us a story from the bible. He was very funny and we loved listening to him. We’ve been learning all about our bodies and our emotions – discussing times when we feel happy, sad, angry and confused.
In Maths, we’ve been counting using some interactive Maths games online and recognising and matching numerals. The children have been working on laptops in pairs to count spots on ladybirds and buttons on gingerbread men. (Topmarks.co.uk)
On Wednesday and Thursday Curly Claire from Pop UK taught us all some songs to sing for our concert next week. It was so exciting that we’ve been rehearsing in the classroom and playing instruments alongside the songs!
Our topic work about our bodies has also proved to be very stimulating and we had doctors, nurses, surgeons and hygienists working around the clock to make sure patients were getting the right treatment!
We’d like to say a big thank you to the kitchen for cooking the most delicious meals! The clean plates and beaming smiles are proof of it! We have a fantastic number of children eating fresh hot food every day.
This morning we trialled our first P.E session in the hall. The children did a brilliant job of getting changed independently and organising their piles of clothes. They listened well to instructions for our traffic light game and lined up sensibly. We attended our first Celebration Assembly too and were awarded another certificate for 100% attendance! We can’t wait to choose our first Wren next week for a special award!
Shapes and Scarecrows!
Friday 28th September
It’s been a busy week in Wrens. We’ve been looking at 2D ‘flat’ shapes and 3D ‘solid’ shapes and identifying them around us. They’ve been popping up in the sand tray and around the outdoor area and we’ve even noticed them in our classroom in the form of light switches, tables, cupboard doors and windows! We’ve discovered that our planet is a 3D sphere shape, as well as the sun and moon! Have you seen the moon this week?! We’ve made some moonlit pictures of townscapes with some 2D shapes to represent buildings and a moon in the sky. Our discussion of the moon led to a spaceship being built outside with the blocks and some cylinder shaped tubes being used as telescopes. The children also built a racing car. They’re so imaginative! Junk modelling has been very popular this week with all the 3D shaped packaging that we have in class. Please keep asking the children to spot shapes around them at home.
In preparation for our Harvest service in church, we produced some fantastic art work of fruits and vegetables. We used finger printing, vegetable stamps, chalk pastels and felts to decorate them. We’ve learnt all about Harvest and how our fruits and veg are grown. Mrs Elliott role-played with us on Tuesday how to ‘give’ food to people less fortunate so we knew why we were ‘giving’ in church today.
It’s been a very active week – we’ve taken advantage of the sunny afternoons and got outside to practise climbing on the wall and across the Trim Trail to strengthen our arms and core. We’ve been practising our hula-hooping and throwing and catching skills too.
This morning in church we were so proud of the Wren’s. They sat beautifully throughout the service and performed Dingle Dangle Scarecrow so confidently.
A big thank you to all the parents who walked down to the church with us today and carried some of our food.
Fish finger Friday was popular today. We’ve never seen so many clean plates and so many smiles! The children are so excited to be able to go out to play on ‘the big playground’ with the rest of the school. We joined the rest of the school on Thursday too for our first Assembly.
To conclude this week's learning, we decorated the playground to practise our mark making this afternoon. Shapes, numbers, letters, patterns and portraits all appeared! Next week, we’ll be learning about our bodies and how we grow. We’ll also learn how to manage some of our feelings too.
Have wonderful weekends!
Our first full week!
Saturday 22nd September
What a fantastic, fun-filled week we’ve had! We’ve been very busy in Wren’s learning all our numbers to 10 and beyond and learning about the season of Autumn. Numbers have been popping up on blackboards and in sand trays as the children show us just how ready to learn they are. We’ve been practising some animal poses from Kinetic Letters too to strengthen our bodies for writing. (I will explain more about this in a parent meeting after half term.)
It’s been very busy again in the mud kitchen and the house with children establishing new friendships groups. They’ve taken part in some creative activities too – making self-portraits with paper plates and practising their cutting skills.
We took an exploratory walk into our little wooded area and hunted for signs of Autumn yesterday and the children loved collecting different coloured leaves with different shaped edges. They then took wax rubbings from their leaves back inside the classroom. In the afternoon, we decorated a giant tree as we talked about the leaves beginning to fall from the trees.
We’ve been starting to discuss Harvest too and how thankful we are to the farmers for helping to grow our fruits and vegetables. Next week we’ll be attending a church service to celebrate Harvest so please do talk to the children about different vegetables on their dinner plates.
Rainbow the snail had ‘snack time’ with the class this week and enjoyed some delicious mango! The children have really taken to her and will soon start to look after her themselves.
I can’t iterate just how proud we feel of our little Wrens. We have talked about being responsible and safe this week and they are really showing us acts of responsibility – making sure felt pen lids are replaced, putting their rubbish in the bin, tidying up after themselves and stacking their wellies neatly.
We achieved a 100% attendance award for the first week of school too!
Next week, we’ll be talking about our community and homes and incorporating some 2D and 3D shape learning into this by making houses and buildings and identifying shapes around us. If you have any spare recycling that you’d like to bring in for the children to do some junk modelling, it would be very much appreciated.
The children deserve a good rest this weekend. Well done Wrens!
A huge welcome to our new Wrens!
Friday 14th September
What a fantastic first week! We couldn’t have asked for a smoother transition for our lovely Wrens. They came in with so much confidence and have settled into school life extremely well. What has really touched our hearts is how kind and friendly the children have been towards each other and how well they have been playing together and sharing equipment. We’ve practised using our listening ears on the carpet during circle time and have been lining up like penguins to go into the hall for lunch. The lunchtime staff have been so impressed with how the children have queued for their lunch and sat down to eat.
To launch our topic about ‘Ourselves’ and our surroundings, the children have;
- discussed the letters in their names and the sounds they make
- decorated their initials
- printed their names with foam letters
- practised writing on the ground in chalk
- drawn portraits of themselves and their families
- acted out in the Home Corner and written shopping lists
- dug in the mud pit and made cement to build houses
- constructed walls and built a shop with the big building blocks outside
- practised their balancing skills on stilts and scooters
- used magnifying glasses to discover bugs in the soil
- made delicious cakes in the mud corner and so much more!
We’ve been so impressed with the children’s tidying too. They have really looked after their new classroom and equipment and have enjoyed seeing their names move up onto the rainbow, our class chart.
Next week, we’ll be looking more at numeral recognition and counting to 10 and beyond so this is something you could practise at home together.
We’re so proud of our Wrens and can’t wait for another wonderful week.