March 23, 2018 at 3:52 pm
In literacy, we have been doing some handwriting and spelling practice. The children need to be able to spell many words correctly in order to reach a good level of development at the end of the year. This week we have focussed on: to, the, be and he. We have also taught the /ow/ phoneme.
We have read lots of books this week with the children. During our reading sessions, we have focused on making predictions and have introduced the children to ‘Prediction Pip’ who encourages the children to predict what will happen next.
We learn to form letters in different groups as letters tend to follow different patterns. We use these resources in school:
In maths, we have been completing lots of number work. We played a game where the children were shown a number of objects for a couple of seconds and they then had to say what the amount was without counting. This process is called ‘subsidising’. We then moved onto identifying numbers on ten frames and then solving problems using ten frames.
To support with problem solving and mathematical thinking, we completed an activity using grapes. The children each had 5 green and 5 red grapes to put on a skewer. Lots of learning took place whilst the children were arranging their grapes including pattern work, doubling, one more/one less and so on. The children then practically took grapes away by eating them and then showed their subtractions on ten frames.
We have also been completing lots of shape work. We have been looking at 3D shapes and describing their properties. They have enjoyed listening to this catchy song:
The children have also been very keen to learn about nocturnal animals this week. We have read lots of owl stories and have been learning facts about nocturnal animals.
We hope you have a lovely weekend.
The RH team
March 23, 2018 at 2:29 pm
Thank you to all the parents who attended parents evening. It was great to catch up with you all as to how well the children are doing. It is at this time of year we really see the children becoming more independent. If you didn’t manage to get an appointment please let us know as we can arrange another time which is more convenient. To develop the children’s independence further we are encouraging them to try and solve minor conflicts with their friends by using their words.
A few children love anything messy and during a parent evening a little girl suggested making more slime. So this week we made slime. The challenge was to ensure everyone had the colour of slime they wanted! The children loved the fact they could roll it in to a ball before it dripped out of their hands!
In our Literacy we have been busy practising making silly soup using objects which rhyme like log/dog and hat/cat. The children are doing well blending 3 letter sounds to hear a word like c-a-t = cat. After Easter we will be starting to learn letter sounds, the first ones being s, a, t.
Our story this week has been ‘The Easter story’. We started by talking to the children that not everyone believes in Jesus and some people say prayers to a different God. We talked at length about Jesus and when he was born, that he was a kind man and some people didn’t like him. We also looked at hot cross buns and saw the cross on them. We enjoyed eating them too!
Next week we will recap the story and look at how Easter is celebrated.
In Mathematics we have been learning about the numbers 3 and 4:
- Listening to the beat of a drum and counting quietly
- Clapping and jumping 3 and 4 times
- Recording 3 and 4 by drawing pictures or making marks
The rest of the week has involved singing, writing stories and acting them out, music, playing with friends, making masks, playing the lava game, practising writing and cutting skills, baking, building and playing in purple sand…
Hopefully you all enjoy a milder weekend! We look forward to seeing you on Monday. Don’t forget we break up for the Easter holidays next Thursday.
The Nursery Team
March 23, 2018 at 12:05 pm
Yet another busy week!
This week in Maths the children have been continuing to learn about 3D shapes and have been on a hunt around the classroom for cylinders, cubes and cuboids. They have also been using 10 frames to solve addition and subtraction problems. They were very good at working out whether they had to add or subtract to work out the problem. Well done everyone!
We have been practising some Phase 3 sounds and writing sentences with words containing ‘ai, ‘ee’ and ‘igh’. Some children were able to write their sentences independently.
One of the focus children this week used the camera to take pictures herself at home so we asked her if she would like to take some photographs in school and what she could use to take them. Someone suggested we use iPads. Most of the children were not sure how to use the iPads to take pictures so they learned which App to use and how to take the photo. Then they were shown how to view the photos and if they did not like them how to delete them. This was very popular with everyone.
Other children have been busy researching and making volcanoes, building tree houses and painting rainbows. What varied interests and imaginations the children have.
After a very busy week with Ofsted and two Parent’s Evenings, last night we finally had our twice postponed Pyjama Story Night. During the day the children made posters and cookies to have with hot chocolate. They were very excited and many returned to school later in the evening dressed in their pyjamas to listen to a variety of stories. It was a very lovely evening and the children thoroughly enjoyed it. What a lovely way to end the day and I know that for lots of the children listening to stories at bedtime is part of their usual routine. I hope that more families will make this lovely experience part of their bedtime routine from now on, it’s a very good way of settling the children down for a good night’s sleep.
Next week we will be learning one new sound ‘ear’ and continuing to revise all the Phase 2 and Phase 3 sounds we have covered so far. In Maths we will be doing some problem solving and assessing of number recognition and ordering.
Have a lovely weekend.
From the team in RF
March 16, 2018 at 3:51 pm
This week we have been very busy with lots of different things.
Some children planned a party and made cakes. They wrote invitations and thought of all the things they would like at a party. At the end of the week we all shared the cake!
One child is soon going on an aeroplane for the first time so we have been finding out what it is like on a plane and the children set up their own plane.
Other children have visited the farm and enjoyed feeding the chickens and collecting eggs. On the way back to class it was so wet they all had fun splashing in puddles.
3D shapes have been the focus of our Maths this week and all the children joined in making one big model. They each had a 3D shape and we talked about the name and properties of the shape. Then the children carefully built a model. They had lots of problem solving to do because if they did not place their box in the right position or make sure it was balanced then disaster struck and it collapsed. When it was completed we had lots of suggestions of what it could be. Some children said it looked like a castle and others thought it resembled a mosque.
Next week we will continue to learn about 3D shapes and use familiar objects and common shapes to create and recreate patterns.
This week in Phonics we have been revising ch, sh, th and ng in words. The children have written words and sentences with these sounds in them. Next week we will be revising ai, ee and igh. The children will be writing words and sentences both independently and with support.
Don’t forget it’s Parents Evening and the Pyjama Story Night next week.
Have a good weekend,
From all the staff in RF
March 16, 2018 at 2:22 pm
Well last week snow, this week rain with more snow coming – we thought it was Spring!
This week the children have been thinking about one of their friends who has been in hospital for 2 weeks. They thought about what they could do to cheer him up. First they sent video messages sending their good wishes or asking questions and then they all contributed to a card. It was great to see how well the children did drawing on a small piece of paper.
The children have shown great interest in using an art programme on the interactive whiteboard. They have used their fingers and pens to write numbers, letters and names and draw pictures. Some children remembered how to get a clear screen. During using the whiteboard the children saw their shadows and created their own shapes using their hands.
In our phonic sessions we have been making some rhyming soup. We have practised saying the rhyme:
“I’m making lots of silly soup, I’m making soup that’s silly, I’m going to cook it in the fridge, to make it nice and chilly”
The children then have to find 2 pictures or objects that rhyme (sound the same), like log and dog, cat and hat. We also read the book ‘Oi Dog!’ which is a super rhyming story. It is something the children found quite challenging, so we will continue to practise.
In our number work we continue to practise counting forward to 20 and back from 10. We have also started to look at accurately counting objects or claps or jumps. We have started to represent the number 2 by drawing 2 pictures, 2 lines, 2 circles or writing the number 2.
Our story this week has been linked to the upcoming celebration of St Patrick’s Day. The children listened to story as well as learn about where Ireland is. Ask your child if they can tell you something about the story below…
Even though the weather has been very wet the children have enjoyed exploring the outdoor area especially the mud and puddles. We do have limited waterproofs for the children, so if you have any waterproof suits, trousers or jackets you no longer need we would be able to use them!
Some children enjoyed using crazy soap and seeing how it felt. They were amazed you could make shapes with it! Lots of learning and playing, particularly making dens…
Don’t forget parents’ evening is next Tuesday and Wednesday. If you haven’t already made an appointment then please do so. We are taking appointments outside of these days, so we can offer some flexibility.
Have a good weekend, wrap up warm. Fingers crossed it’s only a little snow.
The Nursery team
March 9, 2018 at 2:25 pm
Well it has been a funny week! The children have had a productive 3 days of learning!
In our phonic work we have been practising spelling and reading the tricky words I, no, go, to and the. I challenged the children to try and spell the words when they were covered and with their eyes shut! The aim was for them to be able to visualise the shapes of the words which should help them to remember how to spell the words. We have also been reading words which have the diagraphs ‘ch and ng’ in them – the children needed to work out whether or not they were real words or made up ones.
In mathematics we having been continuing to develop the children’s knowledge of subtraction. We have been using a number track as well as our fingers and objects to calculate subtractions. The children have a good understanding that there are many different words to use when subtracting – minus, subtract and take away. Some children enjoyed playing number bingo.
As part of our World Maths Day we read the book ‘How big is a million?’ It is about a penguin called Pipkin who wants to know what a million looks like so he goes in search to find out.
We challenged the children to see if they could represent a million on paper! They found different ways to draw what they thought a million would look like. We discussed that although they had drawn a lot of pictures that perhaps we weren’t quite near a million!
A display of all the children’s work trying to represent 1 million…
The children have also been busy creating dinosaur worlds, reading, writing in their Busy Bee books, exploring outside, solving subtraction calculations, making special Mother’s Day cards and developing their imaginative play.
Thank you to those parents who have returned their parents evening forms. If you haven’t done so already please return them. It is important we see all the parents so we can discuss your child’s progress and their next steps in learning. There are currently some spaces before 5.30pm on Tuesday and a few spaces on Wednesday between 3.50 and 5.15pm. If you are unable to attend these days or get an appointment then please let us know and we can arrange to see you another time.
We hope you enjoy the warmer temperatures this weekend. We look forward to seeing you Monday.
The RF team