Week beginning 2.12.19
Christmas has arrived in Ladybird class! We started our advent, decorated christmas trees, rehearsed our nativity play and have engaged in lots of festive small world play. We have also been visited by a cheeky elf... they seem to be everywhere at the moment!
In Phonics Oakley the Owl taught us the phonemes h, b, f, l. We learnt the action, the sound and the letter name. We also learnt the digraphs 'ff' and 'll. We segmented and blended words containing these phonemes. Trickster Tod introduced even more rainbow words. We learnt me, so, for, big, you. We helped Ren the rat read some sentences containing our new phonemes and tricky words. We also had a go at segmenting (breaking a word up into the sounds) to spell cvc words and write sentences.
In English we focused our learning around the book Dear Santa. We read our sentence of the week everyday ('So he wrapped up a... mask, trumpet, car, ball etc.'). In R-time we talked about rough play as we are having a few issues with this at dinner time. We talked through scenarios, reinforced consequences and reflected on good choices. We all had a go at writing a letter to Santa listening carefully for initial, middle and last sounds to write words. We also had a go at writing a list of the toys in 'Dear Santa'.
In Maths we explored numbers 7, 8, 9, and 10. We created the numbers in different ways and had a go at writing the numeral and word. We have matched numbers with quantities, counted on from different numbers to 10 and created three part repeating patterns. We have also explored conservation (knowing a number does not change if things are rearranged).
We have created our own wrapping paper designs by printing patterns using carrots. We have also been super busy practising our Christmas Nativity performance. The children are getting much more confident on stage and are remembering when to get on/off and where to stand much more independently. Thank you for your support with the fantastic costumes and with rehearsing their lines. It is going to be an amazing performance. We just hope the sickness and germs keep at bay!
I would also like to say a big thank you for the donations of wrapping paper, christmas cards, boxes and ribbons etc. An 'Elf's workshop' may have magically appeared in our classroom ready for Monday. Any more donations would be appreciated to keep it fully stocked as I am sure it will be well used.
Please continue to send festive photos. We love sharing them.
Week beginning 25.11.19
In Phonics Oakley the Owl taught us the phonemes e, u, r. We learnt the action, the sound and the letter name. We also learnt the digraph 'ck'. A digraph is when two letters make one sound. We segmented and blended cvc (consonant-vowel-consonant) words containing these phonemes. Trickster Tod introduced even more rainbow words. We learnt he, went, and, was, cat. We practised recognising them instantly by looking at the number of letters and the shape of the word. We helped Ren the rat read some sentences containing our new phonemes and tricky words. We also had a go at segmenting (breaking a word up into the sounds) to spell cvc words.
In English we focused our learning around the book Peace at Last. We read our sentence of the week everyday ('He went to bed'). In R-time we talked about morning and bedtime routines. We created actions to help us remember and retell. Each day in English we focused on a noise from the story e.g. TICK TOCK, DRIP DRIP, TWEET TWEET. We discussed why capital letters were used and we had a go at writing them. We stuck everyone's writing onto a big piece of paper to create our own class book. In small groups we have also had a go at writing cvc words in our writing books using phoneme frames and mats to identify the initial, middle and last sound.
In Maths we have continued to embed recognising how many things are in a group without counting them (subitising). We have also explored lots of different ways of making four, five and six to develop our number sense. We revisited 2D shapes by identifying squares, rectangles and triangles, counting their sides, visualising how they look from different ways (rotating) and creating a tangram on the carpet.
We have been very busy singing, acting and organising staging for our Nativity performance. If your child has some lines to say in our Christmas show, please help them to practice saying it at home. It really helps with their confidence.
Thank you for all your amazing comments and reflections at parents evening on Wednesday. It was lovely to see you all and celebrate your child's achievements!
Week beginning 18.11.19
In Phonics Oakley the Owl taught us the phonemes g, o, c, k. We learnt the action, the sound and the letter name. We segmented and blended cvc words containing these letters. Trickster Tod introduced even more rainbow words. We learnt my, want, on, dog and go. We practised recognising them instantly by looking at the number of letters and the shape of the word. We also helped Ren the rat read some sentences containing our new phonemes and tricky words. Thank you for your support with the letters and words books. It is already making a difference as they are starting to spot the phonemes and words in their reading books.
In English we focused our learning around the book Owl Babies. We read our sentence of the week everyday ('I want my mummy!'). We discussed Bill the owl feeling scared and worried when his mummy was gone. We also looked at how happy he was when she came back. The children discussed what makes them feel scared and happy during our R time session. We looked at the initial sounds for the owl babies names, had a go at writing the word owl and sequenced pictures from the story. On Friday we all drew a story map of Owl Babies to show what happens at the beginning, middle and end of the story. You can admire these in the morning on our writing display.
In Maths we have been practising and embedding good counting strategies such as counting on from different numbers, tagging each object with a number word, knowing the last number gives us the total so far, and recognising how many things are in a group without counting them (subitising). We have also explored lots of different ways of making one, two and three to develop our number sense. We used the sticks you kindly collected to compare length. We talked about short, medium and long. We bundled the different sized sticks together. We also compared the size of the owl babies and put them in order from shortest to tallest.
We have been busy practising for our Nativity performance which is in just over 2 weeks! (more information in the following post).
Thank you for all your amazing comments and reflections at parents evening. It was lovely to see you all and celebrate your child's achievements!
Week Beginning 11.11.19
On Monday we discussed Remembrance day. We watched a short Cbeebies video and discussed how it made us feel. We also had a minute silence across school at 11 o'clock. Thank you for all the Remembrance day artwork, they look wonderful!
The rest of the week has been focused around Anti-bullying. We talked through the school charter about what bullying is and what we should do. We talked about how 'change starts with us' and that acts of kindness can make our school a happy place to be. We learnt how to take a selfie using an IPad to show that change starts with us, we designed odd socks to celebrate that we are all different and we drew a picture of one of our friends. We also learnt about e-safety and made our own phones to discuss safe apps and what to do if something happens. Today we have talked about Children in Need and created repeating spotty patterns with paint dabbers. Thank you for your kind donations!
In Maths we have talked about one more and one less for numbers to 10. We have also used 5 frames to count out numbers and compare whether they are bigger or smaller. We have explored repeating patterns using peg boards, paper chains and paint! We even taught Pudsey the bear how to do a repeating spotty pattern because he kept getting all muddled.
In Phonics we have learnt n, m, i, d and tricky words am, dad, as, and. We have started to robot talk words (chop them up into the sounds they make) and blend them back together again (say the word). We have played lots of games to help us learn the new sounds and words.
We have also painted and decorated our clay pots and learnt some songs ready for our Christmas show.
Week Beginning 04.11.19
What a fun filled and busy first week back at school! The children have settled back in amazingly well and have remembered so much after a long 2 week break!
In Phonics this week we have started to learn Phase 2 phonemes. Trickster Tod has used his magical ball to show our rainbow words (I, a, like, the, see, up, can). He tries to trick us but we are getting good at instantly recognising them by looking at how many letters they have and what shape they are. Oakley Owl has shown us the letters s, a, t, p. We have learnt what sound they make, what the name of the letter is and how to write them. We played I spy, collected objects with the initial sound and played a memory game. We have also used these phonemes to make and read some words (at, sat, tap, pat).
On Mondays we have R-time where we learn how to be good friends, use our listening ears and take turns. This week we talked about celebrations. We discussed how we celebrate our birthdays, whether we celebrated Halloween in the holidays and if any of us were going to see fireworks for Bonfire Night. We then learnt all about Diwali. We watched some videos about a little girl called Jessica celebrating Diwali and we talked about the Rama and Sita story. We also passed around special clothing, jewellery and diya lamps to show how people celebrate this festival. We have made clay pinch pots and decorated paper plates to make our very own diya lamps!
On Thursday we had a very special visit from Bob the owl man. He introduced us to Archie and Gizmo. They flew around the hall and landed on lots of things including the benches and school apparatus! Some of us even had a go at holding the owls with an adult using a special glove. At the end the owls sat on a perch and we did some fantastic observational drawings using sketching pencils. We learnt lots of new facts and had a great time! Thank you for your kind donations which enabled this to happen.
Using our knowledge of owls some of us have independently had a go at labelling a barn owl, drawing our favourite british owl and ordering a life cycle.
In Maths with Puzzle the squirrel we have been recapping numbers to 10 by ordering, writing and finding one more. We have also named 2D shapes, sorted them into curved and straight, and created shape pictures.
Make sure to look at our displays in Foundation on Monday to see some of the owl drawings, diya lamps and independent owl work.
Thank you for sending in the children's culture wheels and for all the lovely photos from the half-term holiday. We have really enjoyed sharing them!
Week Beginning 14.10.19
Our book of the week is Pumpkin Soup.
We will be reading the same sentence everyday about how to make pumpkin soup.
We will also be making vegetable print pictures. DONATIONS OF PUMPKINS WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!
Our Harvest Festival at St James Church is on Thursday 17th October. The children have been doing so well learning the harvest songs and we will be continuing to practise them leading up to the performance.
Our number of the week is 10. We will be learning how to accurately count out objects, recognise the number and have a go at writing it. We will also be using non-standard units of measure to compare length.
Week Beginning 7.10.19
Next week our focus book is Shark in the Dark. We will be practising reading a sentence and having a go at writing key words. We will also be investigating light and dark and talking about bedtime routines.
Our numbers of the week will be 8 and 9. To help us with our formation we use these rhymes: "make an s and do not wait, when it's joined up you have an eight" and "make a loop and then a line. That's the way we make a 9". We will be focusing on counting and recognising these numbers and the numbers we have learnt so far. We will also be learning about repeating patterns.
In Phonics we will be continuing to play lots of sound discrimination listening games. You may want to play some at home such as "I spy".
Week Beginning 30.09.19
Next week our focus book will continue to be Shark in the Park. We will be practising reading key words from the book and we will be having a go at writing them.
In Maths we will be exploring shapes, talking about numbers to 10, finding one more, counting reliably and combining two groups. Our numbers of the week will be 6 and 7. We use these rhymes to help us with our formation: "down we go and make a loop, number six makes a hoop" and "across the sky and down from heaven, that's the way we make a seven".
We will be practising our harvest songs in our music lesson with Mrs Watkins and in class.
We will also have plenty of time to explore, be creative and learn through play as we do every week.
Week Beginning 23.09.19
We will be reading Shark in the Park and we will be doing lots of exciting learning linked to this book. We will be learning to read sentences and action words 'up' and 'down'. We are particularly focusing on following words carefully one at a time.
Our numbers of the week are 5 and 6. We use the rhymes 'down and around then a flag on high that's the way we make a five' and 'down we go and make a loop, number 6 makes a hoop'. We will be counting up to 5/6 objects and finding one more. We will also be making telescopes and talking about length.
We are so pleased to see how much the children have been reading at home. Thank you so much for your support with this. Just a reminder that we count up home reads each Friday.
Welcome Ladybirds and Butterflies!
The children have all settled in so well and have already started to explore, learn and have lots of fun!
Each week we will send out a message about specific learning for the following week on the class website and on class dojo.
Please see our topic overview below.