Blog November 2020

Week 2nd-6th November 2020
 
We hope you had a good break at half term. Thank you very much for your support and for all the work you completed at home with your children. 
 
It is so great to be back and to see the children again. They have been absolutely super this week!
 
So what have we been doing this week? In Literacy we have started working on a wanted poster for Guy Fawkes and we have also been learning about the Gunpowder Plot in History; in maths we are continuing to work on addition and have been identifying number bond patterns to 10; in Forest School we have been exploring the grounds for signs of seasonal change and we discovered a fantastic range of colours in the autumn leaves.
 
This week I have put a laminated copy of the RWI sounds and the year 1 common exception words in the A5 plastic wallet with your child's RWI book. Please keep these resources safely in your child's wallet as they will be used regularly for homework. The homework this week is to practice the RWI sounds and start to get familiar with the common exception words.
 
The homework project for this half term is to create your own Christmas toy shop! Don't forget to label the items for sale. Then write some number sentences adding 2 or more items to show how brilliant you are at adding! Take some photographs of your shop and your number sentences and email them to the office by Friday 4th December and we will share the homework projects in class.
 
A little reminder to please return RWI books in the A5 plastic wallet on a Monday when we change the books over. Also please make sure your child's reading record is in school every day, so that we can record when they have taken part in a guided reading session at school. Please write in your child's reading record to inform us that the book bag reading books have been read at home each week. When we can see the books have been read at home, we will then change the books over at school.
 
Many thanks and we hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Week 9th-13th November 2020
 
In Science/Forest School we are learning about seasonal change. We were hunting for deciduous and evergreen trees and bushes in the school grounds this week. We found lots of deciduous trees!
 
The children have been writing their Guy Fawkes wanted poster and have been 'editing elephants', spotting and correcting with a purple pen.
 
We've been practicing subtracting using a Singapore bar, part/whole frame and dienes and jumping back using a number line in maths.
 
In RE our topic is 'Belonging' we created a Baptism storyboard to show what happens when a baby is baptised.
 
We have been enjoying our continuous provision slots, creating our own games and shapes and relaxing with a book in our reading area.
 
You should have had a 'Meet the Teacher' email. I will draw up a timetable for phone call slots shortly.
 
Please remember it's Forest School on a Monday. The kit can get a bit muddy so we normally send it home on a Monday night. Please send it back in for the following Monday. Thank you.
 
I have been reminding the children about handling belongings and making sure they only pick up their own water bottles and other items at the moment. Thank you in advance for also reminding them about this at home.
 
Next Monday 16th November we are asking the children to come to school in odd socks to highlight activities for anti-bullying week.
 
Homework is to continue your home learning project, read your Read Write Inc book and check google classroom for online activities.
 
We hope you have a great weekend!
Week 16th-20th November 2020
 
We've had a lovely week.
 
We've started writing autumn poetry, have been comparing number sentences in maths and learning about the seasons in science.
 
In RE this week we baptised a baby (a baby doll) and I showed the children some christening outfits and a baptismal candle.
 
The children are continuing to work on their interpretation of Gustav Klimt's 'Forest of Beech Trees' in Art and they are looking fantastic! Here are some pictures showing them in action.
 
Homework will be posted on google classroom on Friday. Maths project work is due on Friday 4th December please. 
 
If you want to enter the eco bug competition make sure your entries are in by Monday at the latest as we'll be selecting one from each year group next week.
 
Have a great weekend!
Week 23rd-27th November 2020
 
This week in literacy and maths we have been writing poetry about autumn; we have been recapping on the addition and subtraction symbols and we have started to name and sort 3D shapes in maths.
 
In RE we have started our new topic - 'waiting' in which we will focus on Advent and the Christmas story.
 
We have been preparing our raised beds and planted layers of bulbs, tulips and daffodils, which we look forward to seeing grow in the spring.
 
All the children have now created their own avatar in ICT, which they really enjoyed doing.
 
We are learning about different genres of music, focusing on 'reggae'. We hope to finish our autumn artwork this week. They are looking fantastic!
 
Thank you for the photos of your maths home learning projects, which we will start to share next week. If you haven't sent your photos in yet, please send them in by next Friday, 4th December.
 
Also, we'd be grateful if you could check that your child has their water bottle and reading record with them every day and their forest school kit on a Monday. Many thanks.
 
Hope you have a lovely weekend.