Reception – Spring Week 9

What a busy week we’ve had in reception. One of the stories we enjoyed was a firm favourite called ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’. The story is about a family that waded through the grass, splashed through the river and squelched through the mud in search of a bear! The children loved joining in with the chant and making up their own actions!

  • In maths this week we have been investigating the numbers within 7. Through games and practical experiences, the children learnt that 7 is made up of smaller parts for example 7 can be made of 5 and 2.  
  • For letters and sounds we continue to work on our phase 3 sounds. Please refer to the phonics guidance in our home learning where you can access helpful videos to help your child practise at home. We have been reading words with double letters such as ‘rubber’, ‘butter’, ‘dinner’ as well as chunking up longer words such as ‘rubb/ish’ and ‘tim/id’.
  • For our cooking activity this week both our reception classes made cupcakes. We weighed out the ingredients, mixed them together and scooped the mixture into cupcake cases ready for the oven. The children really enjoyed munching them all up at the end of the day eating every last crumb!

A request:

We are collecting recycled materials for our junk modelling station. Ideally, we would like small boxes, washed yoghurt pots, kitchen rolls (no toilet rolls please) and small containers. Please can we ask that any recycled material that previously had nut products inside do not come in due to allergies that we have in school.  Please could the items be brought in a bag. Thank you

Have a lovely weekend – The Foundation Stage Team

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Reception – Spring Week 8

In the foundation stage this week we have been rather busy, as usual, and have had a fantastic week enjoying the cold but sunny weather.

  • In maths this week we have worked on comparison. Specifically, we have looked at subitising (saying the number without needing to count the quantity) for larger numbers such as 6. We have also been talking about the relationship between each of the numbers from 1-8, recalling which numbers are ‘1 more’ and ‘1 less’ than a given number. The children have articulated their thinking very well and are able to order numbers, they have also been brilliant at understanding 8 as ‘5 and 3 more’.
  • For letters and sounds we are working on our phase 3 sounds and reading word cards without ‘sound buttons’. The children have been fantastic and are beginning to flourish with both their reading and writing which is wonderful to see.
  • We’ve been looking at ‘healthy me’ for our carpet times this half term and have talked this week about the importance of exercise and the positive effect it has on our bodies. The children talked about a wide range of exercise they enjoy and how it makes them feel. We played lots of games and enjoyed completing different forms of exercise including riding our balance bikes n our outdoor area which is a firm favourite!
  • Finally, we celebrated World Book Day on Friday this week. The children had a wonderful time dressing up as their favourite book characters. Some of the older children paid us a visit in their costumes and spent some time reading picture books to our reception children which was a delight!

Have a great weekend – The Foundation Stage Team ?

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Year 3/4 trip to Escot

WE all had a fantastic time at Escot Wild Woods last week. As usual, the children really made us proud with their super behaviour and manners. The Escot team were really impressed with the children’s knowledge and we all learn lots about the Anglo Saxons and wildlife.

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Reception – Spring Week 7

We hope you all had a restful half term break; the children have settled back into our school routines and have enjoyed sharing their half term news with us all!

  • It has been an assessment week for our letters and sounds so we have revisited and reviewed all the digraphs, trigraphs and tricky words we have learnt so far. Please refer to the phonics guidance in our home learning where you can access helpful videos to help your child practise at home.
  • On pancake day each teacher demonstrated how to make the pancake mixture and we talked about why people celebrate pancake day. The children enjoyed visiting the nursery watching the adults cooking and flipping the pancakes in the kitchen. The children thoroughly enjoyed eating a pancake at the end of the day and described them as delicious! We also learnt a fun song about a pancake that ends up landing in many different strange places!
  • In maths we have been working with numbers to 10, the children have been developing their understanding that each number has a value of ‘1 more’ than the previous number. We have used the Numberblocks, alongside the children’s own fingers, to represent ‘5 and a bit’ quantities. The children have continued to practise counting beyond 20 where we have focused on the repeating pattern of ‘1s’ i.e. twenty-ONE, twenty-TWO, twenty-THREE.
  • In art the children have really enjoyed painting to music. We listened to a range of different tracks. We talked about how the music made us feel and we all got to dance to the music. Then children ‘danced’ with their paintbrush, moving it on to paper using long smooth strokes, short sharp dots, swirling and zig zags!

We hope you all have a super weekend – The Foundation Stage Team ?

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Year 2 Learning w/b 20.2.23

It has been a hectic first week back. In writing, we have been working hard on our best handwriting so that we could produce a beautiful copy of our rainbow poems.

In art, we’ve made some colourful collages which have been really fun to make. The children have worked really hard on this and have loved it!

Our next science topic is plants. On Monday afternoon, we made the most of the warm weather and went round the school grounds looking at plants, trees and signs of Spring.

Have a great weekend from the Year 2 team.

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Welcome back to our Spring term two!

Our first week back has seen some very excited children looking forward to their Escot trip taking place on Thursday and Friday of this week. We have lots of future historians gearing up to find out ‘hands on’ what living in an Anglo Saxon village was like. We’ll look forward to posting more information about how we got on next week.

We have started our new English Narrative based on Paddington Bear. This week, our children have focussed on the structure of different Paddington stories and worked out that they all have a similar features – a beginning, a build up, a problem, a resolution and an ending. Using varied drama activities, we have enjoyed planning and acting out our own Paddington themed short plays.

As we approach the next big Christian event of Easter, children have been re-calling the story of Holy week. In RE, they have read and understood the events that happened during Holy week and then drew and labelled a comic strip to aid their understanding. They really enjoyed it!

Year 3/4 Team

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Pop-up perfection in Year 5!

Last half term, we began the mammoth process of creating pop-up book structures as part of our DT project on mechanisms. The children have worked incredibly hard on what has been an ambitious (and fiddly!) project, and can’t wait to share their final designs with some of our EYFS and KS1 children on World Book Day, as well as at parents’ evening. Take a look at a selection below!:

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Year 2 Learning w/b 6.2.23

We are all ready for half term after another busy week. In maths, we have been thinking about multiplication and making ‘lots of’ or groups of numbers. We have also looked at making groups and dividing numbers using classroom resources.

In writing, we have been writing ‘Rainbow’ poems which we will share with you after half term.

We are sure you will love the prayer mat designs that we have been creating as part of our RE learning.

We hope that you enjoy a relaxing half term break and look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 20th of February.

The Year 2 Team

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Reception – Spring Week 6

Our final week of the half term has been another excellent one in our reception classes. We rounded off our very busy half term with more lovely stories linking to our garden theme and we have been branching out further ‘into the town’ which the children have really enjoyed.

  • Longer words with multiple syllables have been the focus of our letters and sounds sessions this week. The children are now successfully decoding and reading words such as ‘sunset’, ‘pocket’, ‘magnet’ and ‘rooftop’. They applied their prior knowledge superbly to read these words in sentences.
  • We have been busy with more cooking – we made oaty biscuits this week using the same ingredients as our jam tarts but this time using oats. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves, measuring out the ingredients and building on the skills they learnt last time, it was another great success and the children’s favourite part was eating them during snack time!
  • In maths we have enjoyed more work on comparison this week. The children have been been comparing different quantities with a focus on the number determining whether there is more/fewer (rather than colour, size or shape for example). The children have used their reasoning skills really well and were excellent and telling us ‘how they know’.

We hope you have a wonderful and safe half term break and we will look forward to seeing you all again when we return on Monday 20th February.

The Foundation Stage team ?

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