We are very proud of the children this week for two reasons. The first being how brilliantly they have stepped up to the challenge of public performing. They all sing beautifully and remember their stage directions as well as some learning a huge amount of lines for their age! We are so impressed!
The second is just how well the children have picked up their phonics and are already reading and writing this side of Christmas. They have worked extrememley hard and thanks to your amazing support at home have all made great progress this term. This has been particularly evident in our writing this week both in independent learning and in their adult led nativity story writing!
We hope they enjoy Christmas craft week and a well deserved christmas break! We look forward to welcoming them back in the spring term.
The children have been very entusiastic during nativity practices and are doing a great job of learning all the songs. Please find attached the tracks to practice at home should they wish....(They will tell you the words are wrong which is correct!!! as we have simplified them)
We have had a fantastic few weeks learning about the many different ways people celebrate and remember important events. We wrote our own prayer for remembrance and visited the church where we lay our egg box Poppy Wreath. We then learnt about the festival of Holi with Mrs Olsen making coloured bunting and exploring the festival through non-fiction texts. This week we have been visited by Nico the Elf on the Shelf who has been causing mischeif in our classroom. This week he gave us lots of challenges to earn Christmas stickers including wrapping Christmas presents made from difficult shapes! The children did some fantastic sentence writing for our book telling us the different ways they celebrate Christmas in their family. We have been very proud of their hard work and concentration during our nativity rehearsals and we are so excited to show you the story of the first Christmas soon. Here is our photo blog...
Our topic has begun in style with a super fun week learning about the Hindu festival of Diwali and the British festival of Guy Fawkes. For Diwali we had great fun learning some indian dances and making our own costumes from fabric. We made and tasted Indian Sweets and learnt a Diwali song. The children chose to put on lots of shows this week and are really enjoying our 'Stage Area'. This is developing their speaking and listening skills as well as giving them opportunities to express themselves through music and dance. In English we were blessed with a visit from James Carter and explored and enjoyed lots of poetry. We have made some firework poems of our own. Hope you like the photos!
We have an exciting new topic this term called 'Celebrations'! This will include lots of Music, Dancing, Art and Drama as well as learning about different beliefs and cultures. Please see the topic web attached below for more information. To give you plenty of warning, your child will need a plain white t-shirt this term that will get very messy! If you have any trouble sourcing one then please let us know ASAP. We will send a reminder notice closer to the time.
The children have been learning about pattern this week. Ask your child to teach you "The pattern song". We have been looking at patterns in the environment and thinking about different types of patterns, for example, Number patterns, food patterns, music patterns, action patterns and colour patterns. We have been counting how many times a pattern is repeated as well as learning to spot when a pattern has gone wrong! (harder than you think!). The children then applied their understanding to making fruit kebabs (see photo's). For a half term homework challenge you could send in photos of interesting patterns you've spotted out and about, or why not make some food patterns of your own!
We also wanted to find out more about our bodies. We did a number work out and discovered that our breathing had got really fast and heavy so we investigated how our lungs worked. We had lots of fun blowing up balloons, making paint bubble pictures and making sail boats to race with our breath!
Week 4 & 5
It's been a busy few weeks and Hedgehogs have been fabulous! We have been building on our listening skills in more formal group times and whole class learning as well as discovering the joys of challenging ourselves in independent learning through play. This week the children read the story of "Funny Bones" by Janet and Allen Ahlberg and have met Bony Tony who has been encouraging the children to learn and label the different parts of the skeleton. They have learnt a skeleton dance and made some skeleton puppets which has led to the children asking to put on a show! (watch this space). Here is the skeleton dance and song if you wish to learn it at home...
The children have had a fantastic week and it has been so lovely getting to know them all. We have really enjoyed exploring the different areas and finding out how we can learn through play. We are also learning how we can challenge ourselves. Lots of us have been able to persevere at tricky tasks and do something that we couldn't do before! Rodney our reading bug has gone home with our superstar of the week for the first time. We can't wait to see which book he brings in on monday! If you get Rodney, your child can bring in their favourite book to share with the class too. Photos to follow.....
Thank you for your fantastic support this week in settling the children. They have done amazingly!
This week Mrs Hall has been adding some colour to our outside area including the logs in the reading area. We would like to create a border with some perenials and evergreens. If you have any going spare we would be very grateful for donations! We are also always on the lookout for bags of soil to add to our vegetable patch!
We also have lots of jobs that need doing in the garden so if you are a keen gardener please do join the working party on the 25th or speak to Mrs Hall if you can help another time.
This term our topic is The Story of Me! Over the next few weeks we will be getting to know each other, developing friendships and positive self-esteem. We will be learning daily routines and working collaberatviely to decide some rules for a happy classroom. Our adults will help us to learn how to make our play purposeful, inspiring and productive.
We will begin our topic using the text "Super Duper You"
by Sophy Henn. Here is the story...
Please do keep an eye on our website. This is where you will find our photos, videos and blog. If you do not wish for your child to be on our website please ensure the office are aware. Please be assured no names will be given.
Please find below our termly information letter and topic webs with details of how you can help at home.