Nursery – Handa’s Surprise

Our focus story this week has been ‘Handa’s Surprise’. In the story, a little girl called Handa carries a basket full of different fruits for her friends Akeyo. When Handa arrives however, she is in amazement as her basket is full of tangerines and none of the seven other fruits are left! Perhaps your child can tell you what happened to the other fruits and how the tangerines got there!

In class, we have explored some of the fruits from the story. We looked at and described them before using our cutting skills to chop them up and taste them. Some we really enjoyed, some we have tried before and others were new to us. In our water tray, we have had containers to explore capacity as well as some sliced lemons, limes, orange, and more which gave the water a lovely citrus smell.

We have been thinking about our rights this week and how we all have the right to play and be happy. We played some circle time games such as ‘fruit salad’ and ‘jailer and the thief’, which we really enjoyed and had to use our listening skills. We talked about how playing games makes us feel and decided that it wouldn’t be much fun if we weren’t allowed to play!

The story gave use lots of opportunities to use our narrative skills – with our focus on the ‘who’. We were good at remembering ‘who’ took each fruit from Handa’s basket when the animals were hidden. We have also been comparing quantities (more/fewer), we have been looking at fruits hanging from trees and comparing which tree has the most fruits. We were very successful and have done some brilliant counting too.

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Year 3 have been busy!

We have had a fab first few weeks in Year 3. We have really enjoyed learning about skeletons.

We enjoyed creating these funky skeletons!

We learnt about animal skeletons too. In art we have been practising our painting skills by creating our own garden of Eden landscapes. In History, we learnt how the Bronze Age people were great weavers so we tried our own paper weaving. Finally, we have loved seeing all your super home learning, including some fantastic Stonehenges. Keep up the great effort Y3.

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Year 5 are learning legends!

We continue to be thrilled with the wonderful work produced and outstanding effort displayed in Year 5. This week, we have begun our new Maths topic surrounding statistics, focusing on reading, interpreting and drawing line graphs. We’ve seen graphs pop up in other lessons, including Guided Reading, where we have created emotion graphs linked to events in the life of Walter Tull, the first Black professional football player in the UK.

This learning has helped us understand many key Black figures in history who have often gone unnoticed. As part of our Black History Month research, the children have learnt about many inspirational people, such as Mary Seacole and Olive Morris. It has been fantastic to see such a wealth of great home learning produced profiling these important figures. We are looking forward to learning more about Black history throughout the year, including in our next History topic focused on the Benin Kingdom.

Please can we remind all children to try and bring in at least 2 equally-sized water bottles (at least 330ml if possible) ready for our DT project next week. The more bottles we can reuse, the more experimenting we can do when creating our portable water filters.

We look forward to seeing parents next week during parents’ evening and sharing many more wonderful things about the children’s successes!

The Y5 Team

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Year 4 ask Dr K Fisher

We have enjoyed role-playing the animals in our text ‘Dr K Fisher’ and imagining what questions they would ask an expert about. The little tadpole was very confused about its body changing, the giraffe was fed up of being tall and the ladybird wanted rid of its spots. The children will be choosing an animal and a problem it’s having to write to Dr K Fisher about as well as the reassuring reply.

In gymnastics, the children are forming sequences ready for a competition challenge! This will consist of rolls, jumps and balances and there are three levels of sequences they can choose from. They will be scored according to their performance by our top judge Mrs Glanville next week.

In Maths the children have shown fantastic progress in their place value unit and are ready to apply their learning with addition and subtraction.

We have the Read to Succeed assembly coming up next week! Please remember to sign your child’s journal and encourage them to record their reading at least three times a week to be in with the chance of winning a book.

Enjoy the rest of your week,

The Year 4 team

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Being Scientists in Year 2!

We have been very busy in our science sessions this half term, learning all about the properties of different materials. Last week, we investigated the absorbency of items such as a sponge, paper towel kitchen towel, jay cloth and a piece of tin foil! We had to measure the water carefully and think about how we could ensure that our tests were fair. I don’t think that any of us will be using a piece of tin foil to mop up spillages in the future! In other news, we are really enjoying learning about the Wright Brothers and the history of flight in our topic sessions. We have also been finding out about the Information Technology that is all around us in computing. We are looking forward to chatting with you all next week, either in person or over the phone, for the Autumn parents’ meetings.

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Year 1- 07/10/21

The children have all been enjoying our Little Wandle phonics sessions. They are becoming more confident with their sounds. This week we also introduced guided reading. The children have all been issued with a reading book to take home. These will be changed twice weekly on a Monday and Thursday. The fantastic news is that each book will be carefully selected to match the children’s phonic understanding and this will improve both pleasure for reading and the progress the children make.

Here is some information about how to read at home with your child. At parents evenings, the teacher will also go through reading information to support your home reading.

Reading Books

Your child has received a reading book that has been carefully selected for them. Inside the book you will find a bookmark on how to care for the book. Please read with your child at least 3 times a week.

First time- Decoding– Follow instructions on the inside of the front cover. Then read the book.

Second time – Prosody– Read the book again. Focus on the children reading fluently and with expression.

Third time- Comprehension– Read book again and answer questions listed on the back cover.

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Farmer Duck

This week we have read the story ‘Farmer Duck’. Alongside talking about the role of the farmer at this time of year, the story is about working together and co-operating. In the book, the farmer lay in bed and just gave orders and commands to the poor old duck, who became sad and weary. With support from duck’s friends; the cows, hens and sheep, the lazy farmer is ‘run out of town’ and the friends work together to complete all the farm jobs. This story has enabled us to remind the children about the rules of helping each other, including the need to work together at ‘tidy-up’ times; we are getting there! We have also learnt the signs for ‘duck’, ‘help’ and ‘cow’.

We have continued to practise using the words; support, assist and lend a helping hand.

In Phonics, we have learnt the phonemes g, o, c and k. We have also practised writing the graphemes during our handwriting sessions. For Maths, we have been comparing a variety of different objects by size using the following language big/little, large/small, tall/long/short.  

Please have a look at the Home Learning that has been attached to find some fun activities that link to each area of your child’s learning. We would love to hear from you about your child’s home learning. Please could you email these to us at: fshomelearning@exwickheights.devon.sch.uk .

We are collecting recycled materials for our junk modelling station. Ideally we would like small boxes, washed yoghurt pots 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 and labelled, if possible, with the date they are brought in. Thank you 

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Nursery – Farmer Duck

Our story this week was Farmer Duck. In the story, the duck is made to do all the work on the farm and the lazy old farmer stays in bed all day bossing the poor duck around! The cows, sheep, hens are upset by the farmer’s behaviour and decide to help the duck. They chase the farmer away and decide to all work co-operatively to help look after their farm.

The children have really enjoyed this story; it has repeated refrains allowing the children to join in with the words when sharing the story. This has demonstrated their listening and attention skills. We also learnt more makaton signs this week; we have been using the signs for ‘cow’, ‘duck’ and ‘help’ regularly and have been brilliant at remembering them when talking about the text.

Throughout the week, we have worked on our physical development through a variety of means. We used our gross motor moments when playing a farmyard tag game in the hall; we have enjoyed a farm themed yoga as well as many other physical challenges.

Our narrative work with a focus on ‘who’ has continued once again and we are improving each week with our group games. We had a lovely treat this week; one of our Polish speaking teaching assistants shared our story of the week in Polish. The children had a wonderful time comparing each page of the story in English and Polish and talking about words that they thought were similar. We even learnt the Polish for ‘duck’. Our Polish children in particular enjoyed this and we had a discussion all about languages.

Our focus ‘superhero’ rule has been ‘kind hands’. We have talked about the many things we use our hands for and all the things they are useful for. We have played many games with our hands and use them in kind ways. We shared a story called ‘hands are not for hitting’ and decided on different strategies we could use if we ever feel angry. Please have a look at the attached home learning to find some fun activities that link to each area of your child’s learning. We would love to hear from you about your child’s home learning. Please could you email these to us at: fshomelearning@exwickheights.devon.sch.uk.

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