Friday 18th December
4 days of busy work and play has seen us through to the end of a very successful term.
The maths and phonics this week has consolidated everything taught so far, which reminded us all of how far we have come on our learning journey. The children's independence has developed so much this term and they should feel amazingly proud of the giant steps they have taken.
Oisin was our Star of the Week due to his hard work and positivity.
Thank you for coming (some of you twice!) to our Christmas song. It was a wonderful way to wish us all well as we went off to enjoy a well-earned Christmas break.
We can't wait to see all the Wrens back safe and sound in 2021.
Friday 11th December
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
The penultimate week of this term has been another one packed with learning.
Wrens have had their memories tested this week with not one, but 2 story map creations. This skill is very important as it helps the children to reflect on the structure of a story and cement this in their own minds. This has been alongside list writing (Father Christmas will be busy!), card writing and our general kinetic letter practice. This week we explored the fisher family and the children have been excellent at consolidating the large body movements before moving onto board and paper practise. We have seen such an improvement at school!
Maths explored one more and one less in different contexts this week. There has been lots of tower building, number-block making and games to help children to recall these facts quickly.
As Christmas approaches, we have been exploring the story of the birth of Jesus in more detail. We had a wonderful, virtual assembly with Rev. Paula all about Christingle. This is a wonderful service that normally takes place in church each year. This year, the children have brought home a candle and information about a virtual Christingle service that will take place on Sunday 13th December. The children have been busy crafting. Shape decorations (that came home today) alongside cards for home and school (these will be with you once the glue has dried!) have been created ready to bring some Christmas cheer!
Tomorrow’s character walk sounds like it will be amazing. With over 70 stops, there are bound to be some wonderful sights as well as tasty treats.
Our Star of the Week this week is Izzabella. Such a kind and helpful Wren! Thank you for being such a superstar in our class.
Friday 3rd December
When December arrived
As always, so much learning has been packed into the week. The children in Wrens have started to explore 2 Christmas stories this week; ‘Harvey Slumfenberger’s Christmas Present’ as well as the traditional Christmas story. The children concentrated really well as they learned the stories and began to role-play the Christmas story in the outdoor area. First, they built a structure for the stable and then explored what the characters might say and do about the arrival of baby Jesus.
In maths, the children have been learning about one more and one less. They have explored this concept outside as the created a bus stop game, which they were also able to explore in more detail thanks to a board game inside. By using lots of practical resources, Wrens have begun to understand the many different ways that these number stories can be created and so have become more confident when retelling their own number stories about one more and one less. The advent of Christmas was also a great opportunity to recap prepositional language as we decorated trees and talked about where we placed the baubles and tinsel.
The weather has definitely become colder as the week has gone on…but it hasn’t stopped us learning. At one point, we even explored ice in the water tray! With only a few reminders, Wrens are very good at getting themselves ready for an outdoor session- but please can you support us by making sure that all children are able to do up their own coat. This week outside we have been mark making in foam, making spells and imaginary food with lentils and rice, not to mention improving our fine motor strength by using pegs to pick up cotton wool balls and adding them to Santa’s beard. Great fun!
Our Star of the Week this week is Johhny, who uses his boundless energy in his learning every day .
Friday 27th November
Next customer please!
This week, the role-play became one of our favourite places- a toy shop! Wrens have learned about the role of customers and shopkeepers as they explored what they might want to buy or sell. Each toy has a price and the children have busily been creating price labels linked to their growing knowledge of numbers.
In maths, as well as reviewing the numbers and their representations so far, Wrens have explored the number 5. There has been some amazing number block painting, which will be used to create a display sharing this new knowledge with the rest of the school. Wrens have also been thinking about how days are divided into day and night and have created their own personal morning and night timetables. In the outdoor area, we have begun to explore how we might measure a shorter period of time using a 1 and 5 minute timer. A goal shoot-out competition was in order and we raced to see who could score the most goals in 1 minute.
Wrens writing continues to come on in leaps and bounds. In kinetic letters, we looked at the abracadabra family once more. These all begin with the same movement from scared monkey and this week we have been developing fluency in writing these letters. Linked to our toy shop, each child was challenged to write the name of a favourite toy by breaking down the sounds and pinching each separate sound onto a finger. These essential, early spelling skills are constantly developed in the classroom to help the children make independent spelling choices as they grow. At the end of the week, we even wrote some secret messages to challenge our friends. Using invisible ink and blue light was a great way to challenge our reading and writing skills.
Our Star of the Week this week was Finley. So many adults have spotted him being so kind and hard working this week. Amazing job!
Friday 20th November
The number 4 and more!
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the Zoom phonics and kinetic letter talk earlier this week. It was wonderful to see so many parents in one place- albeit virtually. Clearly like us, you share a real passion to help the Wrens class succeed and develop as readers and writers. Each day this week, every child has moved forward with their understanding of the sounds in the British language and how to make spelling choices for them. They have continued to develop that core strength using the kinetic letters body positions that were spoken about and they have refined the way they write each letter family on whiteboards. Anyone who ordered the kinetic letter cards should be receiving these so that children are able to practise these at home. Thank you again for this invaluable support!
In maths, the focus number has been 4 and children have explored the many ways that it can be represented. This of course led Wrens to exploring squares and rectangles both in the classroom and outside. Transparent shapes in the water tray became quite a challenge as children were asked to explain what was the same and what was different between the different shapes they encountered.
The Wrens class have been introduced to the term ‘primary colours’ and have been challenged to explore red, blue and green and what happens when they mix these paint colours using a colour wheel. It was lots of fun and will be explored further next week.
Thank you to everyone who joined in with the Pudsey colouring competition. The wonderful entries were judged today and the winner in Wrens clas was Finley. His entry will be displayed in the school entrance hall.
The role-play of traditional tales continues. Outside, many children have risen to the challenge of creating a house belonging to one of the 3 little pigs. Honestly, the portrayals of the big, bad wolf have been quite terrifying.
Well done to Jake who was our Star of the Week. He is always works hard and tries his best and the adults thoroughly enjoy the stories he shares with us.
Good job Wrens! We hope you have a good rest over the weekend and we look forward to seeing you back at school on Monday.
Friday 13th November
A Busy Week!
Throughout the week, the children in Wrens class have continued to explore traditional stories and have been busy creating story maps to help them to retell these. Even in our outdoor classroom, it has been a common sight to see a troll and Billie Goats trip-trapping over bridges that the children have constructed. Alongside the picture prompts, the adults in school have been encouraging the Wrens to use their growing phonic knowledge to have a go at spelling the names of some of the characters. The children have again been thinking of the different ways that the numbers in these stories can be represented through lots of independent tasks throughout the week.
Key PE skills have been brushed up again this week, with children refining their throwing skills to become more accurate. It has been great to see them challenge themselves!
Towards the end of the week, the children began to think about Diwali. Wrens learnt about how a child called Dipal celebrated this festival and it was wonderful to hear them make links between this celebration and the way the children celebrate their own special days. The children created some wonderful, textured Rangoli patterns, which was a great way of recapping what they had learnt about shapes so far. Our focus shape has been the triangle and we have been thinking about counting the 3 pointy corners and 3 straight edges to check if it is a triangle or not.
Our Star of the Week for this week is Bertie. Thank you for being so enthusiastic in your learning and always sharing it with your grown-ups at home as well as everyone at school.
Today is Children in Need. Wrens have thought about why it is important to help others and linked it to stories and ideas we have discussed in our class assemblies. They came up with so many ways that they could show kindness to other people. They will now bring home a Pudsey themed colouring-in sheet. If you would like to join in the school’s fundraising efforts, please get colouring and then return the sheet with your donation.
Friday 6th November
Our first week back
We may only have had 4 days this week, but we have managed to squeeze a lot in! The adults in school worked with each child this week and have been so pleased with the phonics progress they have made. All children have begun to read ditties this week in the phonics sessions as well as with an adult. This is to make sure that they are prepared to bring these ditties home to share with you all at home. Behind the scenes, we are preparing a guide to help Wrens children and parents to get the most out of these reading sessions and this will be with you in the next few weeks. In maths, Wrens have explored the many different ways of representing the numbers 1, 2 and 3. This is vitally important for the number work later on in the year and for encouraging children to record numbers in their own way. The children also explored prepositional language in the environment, becoming more confident when describing where someone or something is.
Our role-play area has transformed into the cottage belonging to the 3 Bears. There has been a lot of porridge mixing, bed making and chair testing with the Wrens working together to really get to grips with the story.
We finished the week with a fizz, pop and bang as we thought about how and why we celebrate bonfire night. There were some wonderful bonfire and firework creations from the very creative Wrens.
Friday 23rd October
First half term complete!
What a wonderful final week of our first half term as Wrens. Autumn has well and truly sprung, with pumpkins, colourful leaves and soggy days aplenty!
The children in Wrens have really got to grips with our key text and are happily retelling ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ with great enthusiasm. There have been story maps, role play and small world play all helping to cement an understanding of this classic story. If you would like to invite a tiger into your home follow these simple instructions.
- On your phone, go to google.com or open your Googleapp .
- Search for an animal, object, or place.
- If a 3Dresult is available, tap View in 3D .
- To interact with the 3Dresult in AR, tap View in your space.
- Follow the on-screen instructions.
It would be wonderful to see some of the adventures you get up to with your new house guest on Tapestry!
In maths, we have explored 1 and zero and developed our mathematical language when we talk about these numbers and how they can be represented. This led us to explore circles as they have no corners and one curved edge. Wrens learned about the art of Kandinsky and Andy Goldsworthy and used these a s a springboard to create their own pieces both indoors and outdoors. What a creative lot!
Congratulations to Max who is our first Star of the Week. Max always tries his best and is a very active learner and great friend.
It has been a real pleasure to share the wonderful progress of your children during the parents evenings this week and we appreciate the time you gave over to this. The staff are very proud of how well the children have settled as well as how engaged they are in their learning adventure at Greens Norton. We hope they all have a fun and restful half term.
Friday 16th October
This week, we explored patterns inside and out. Our AB patterns could be found in the sand, the paint, between trees, in the water- in fact there were few places this week that weren't covered in patterns. We began by completing patterns, then copying them until we felt confident to make them ourselves. Some very clever Wrens were explaining how broken patterns could be fixed as well.
Our work on The Tiger Who Came To Tea continued well, with lots or retelling and role play. In our cafe, we had some very hungry tigers and customers this week!
In PE, Wrens are getting themselves ready more quickly and calmly. This week we have been lucky with the weather and have been building up our gross motor skills outside. This was extended on Friday when the class went outside to dig up the vegetables that Mrs. Marsh planted earlier in the year. There was some tasty chard, huge balls of beetroot and even some carrots. We might return to the vegetable beds next week to see what else we can discover.
Today we took part in the first Zoom celebration assembly- which was wonderful as some of the stars of the Week were siblings of Wrens class members. The adults will have the tricky task of choosing our first Star of the Week next week. We always look for someone who has tried hard and pushed themselves in their learning.
Friday 9th October
A busy, busy week!
This week's reading and writing has been a joy to see. All the adults are so proud of how Wrens are using the methods that have been taught so far. In the phonic sessions, children are asked to focus on a particular sound. It is becoming normal for children to refer back to the classroom frieze and this demonstrates that the children are using the tools around them and become more independent in their learning. Kinetic letters this week looked at the abracadabra family and the children have been linking the large movements taught throughout the week to smaller, more refined movements on whiteboards and paper. Good job Wrens! We have been sharing the story, 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea' by Judith Kerr daily this week. The children are beginning to know it well. In the coming weeks, we will dig deeper into this story and use it as inspiration across other areas of learning.
In maths we have been incredibly busy comparing a range of things- some which can be counted, some which need measuring and others that have to be measured in other ways such as using scales or pouring into containers. Towards the end of the week, we began to explore AB patterns such as red, blue, red, blue or heart, circle, heart, circle. The children are beginning to be able to talk about these with more confidence as well as being able to copy and continue them. Maybe, over the weekend, see what patterns you can create together at home and upload this to Tapestry.
Our work on keeping ourselves and each other safe in these strange times continues. We have talked a lot about the importance of hand washing this week and everyone was able to explain to a partner why they thought it was important. We talked about how we are part of the bigger community of Greens Norton School because we all behave well and try to earn marbles for our team. The teams are named after colours and at the end of the week, the team with the most marbles wins. The team with the most weekly wins gets to choose a treat, such as a non-school uniform day for their team at the end of a term. As well as marbles, children earn stickers for working hard in their learning, especially when they have to really persevere at something tricky! This week, Holly, Thurston, Max and Lily received their bronze certificates for earning 25 merits for hard work and excellent learning in the classroom. Well done!
Friday 2nd October
A final disgusting sandwich for all!
This week has been our final one based on ‘The Disgusting Sandwich’. Thank you all the parents who have shared their experiences of their children’s retelling at home. What a good job Wrens have done at internalising such a long and involved text! Please do feel free to share this learning on Tapestry with the staff as it’s wonderful to read. We created our own disgusting sandwiches and characters and thoroughly embraced the ‘yuck factor’ as we covered them in sand, feathers, pretend and other unmentionables!
In phonics, we continue to learn and practise daily. Wrens are becoming much more confident when hearing and using ‘Fred talk’ and using ‘Fred fingers’ for spelling.
Our kinetic letter family this week has been the Abracadabra family. By learning the large movements first, Wrens are learning to internalise the movements that create the shape of a letter. Strong body positions help Wrens to create these movements and prepare for longer writing sessions later. Pencil control continues to be very important and all the children have had time with an adult this week to work on this.
Sorting has been the name of the game in maths and children have been sorting a variety of different objects- giving reasons for why they placed an object within a group. This was applied later in the week in forest skills as we sorted the natural treasures we found on our outside adventures.
Friday 25th September
Autumn has arrived!
Any learning outside has needed us to wrap up in layers towards the end of the week as the temperature dropped off dramatically! It hasn't Wrens though. Outside, we have explored colour mixing, matching, counting, balancing and writing to name just a few things. Our weekly trip to the woods helped Wrens to test our memory skills with a game of 'what's missing?' and some very energetic games of 'seek and go find'.
The return of hot dinners has been very welcome with lots of Wrens tucking in to some tasty choices. Dining room behaviour has been really good and all the staff have been so proud of how the children have settled in to enjoy these times.
In phonics we have t, i, n and p. The children are practising these continually throughout the day and really making progress. Pencil hold has also been a focus this week and will continue throughout the next weeks and months as Wrens continue their writing journey.
In maths, Wrens have explored matching and counting and have been asked to explain how or why things match (or don't!). These early mathematical skills are developing well and the class have been using colour, size, amount and shape to explain matches before counting.
Friday 18th September
Now we are full time!
This week we have all been working so hard- do not be surprised if there are some very tired children this weekend!
In phonics we have learnt about m, a, s and d and begun to have a go at writing the letters to represent the sounds. Lots of the week has been spent building up the strength in our bodies. Please refer to the information we sent home earlier this week. This essential strength is the cornerstone of writing and we practise it daily at school. Please continue to support us at home as we support Wrens on their journey to be excellent writers.
In maths we have incorporated a little counting into our cafe when we started ordering different numbers of cakes. There was lots of great ideas about how and why it is important to count.
The learning outside the classroom has been wonderful. Wrens explored the track on bikes and scooters and challenged themselves with many different assault courses of their own creation. We noticed lots of different differences in our school grounds as the trees begin to change colour and produce nuts and seeds. It's a great time to get out and explore these as we found sycamore keys, hazel nuts, cherry stones, acorns and conkers just on our short walk.
Next week will bring lots more exciting learning- so we hope the wonderful Wrens get lots of rest ready for another week.
Friday 11th September
Our first 5 days
What a wonderful start we have had to our time in school. All the staff have been very impressed with the way the new Wrens class has started their journey at Greens Norton Primary School.
These 5 days have all been about getting to know each other, making new friends and learning the routines and the Wrens have been brilliant! With the support offered at home, the children are confident to make new relationships with both adults and children and are SO ready to learn. Throughout the half days, the children have been learning indoors and outdoors and showing the adults at school what they know already. It has been a pleasure to get to know these new, eager faces and all the staff are excited about the full days next week.