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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A week of wonders in Year 5!

It has been another action-packed week in Year 5, full of hard work, perseverance and great fun. Before exploring some of our wonderful work, please can we remind parents to provide children with at least two plastic water bottles (ideally of the same size) that can be used to be cut up to make our portable water filters (linked with our Slums topic). Bringing these bottles in as soon as possible would be greatly appreciated.

Following our school Art week theme of British Values, Year 5 have created collages focused on the rule of law. Take a look below!

In English, we have finished crafting our suspense narratives; have a read of some great examples below!

It was coming for him – it was only a matter of time. He cycled through the midnight city, where litter smothered the overgrown street. The ivy coiled around the old, rickety houses, making them seem even more dreadful than they were in daylight. The imposing houses further ahead, which were damaged and clearly decaying with pollution, looked like they were once a happy home with a loving family inside. Broken windows with shattered glass was like looking into a solar system but without any hope of excitement. Lara 5GT

The quiet night sky began to whistle menacingly as the gloomy mist began to block his view. He slowly turned around, staring into the distance. White spots instantly dotted around his deadly, black eyes as his evolution took hold. He was now one of them. Brad 5LS

Devastated, the car stalled on the deserted streets. What was happening? Lips dry as wood, he had to escape, what ever this was.  Wide eyes with brown bushy eyebrows twitched and stared at what looked like a 100 story drop off the edge of the holey bridge. Heart in mouth, he could feel the black eye virus in the chilly air. Ethan 5MW

His legs screamed as he limped through the dull, dry wasteland. Silver windmills towered above him like malicious giants in a boxing arena. Now flying towards the mountain peak, he sprinted through bushes and bushes of crimson thorns. The dusty ground only made it harder for him to escape from what was about to happen. Rohan 5LS

The sun lowered and misty gloom overpowered any light, mercilessly taking over the sky. As his bike skidded across the gushes of sewage water – unfriendly and menacing – he struggled on to the abandoned city, where only despair lingered. Scattered waste occupied the landscape, kicking and screaming with spews of revolting air along this derelict terrain. Daniel 5GT

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Year 2 take flight learning about the Wright Brothers!

We’ve had a super-busy few weeks in Year 2! The children have been busy getting to know their new environment and different routines and we have been delighted with the way in which they have settled in and embraced their learning. We are learning about the history of flight in our topic sessions and last week enjoyed hearing about the story of Icarus from Ancient Greece, who made himself some wings and tried to fly like a bird. We all decorated a feather and thought about how it would feel to fly (being careful not to get too close to the sun, of course!). This week, we have been finding out about the Wright Brothers and the first ever powered flight, which took place in Kitty Hawk in America in December 1903. We measured out 36m (the distance the first plane travelled) and launched ourselves along a ‘runway’, just like Wilbur and Orville Wright!

In other news, we have been enjoying our Science, exploring different materials and their uses around the school, have made up some great class stories based on Duckie’s Rainbow and have been investigating place value in Maths. Many thanks for sending in such lovely home learning. We have really enjoyed looking at it all.

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Reception- The Enormous Turnip

The Enormous Turnip

This week we have read the story ‘The Enormous Turnip’. The story is a traditional tale in which a farmer plants turnip seeds and grows a very large turnip. He then attempts to pull it out of the ground with lots of difficulty and has to call upon many helpers before the turnip eventually pops out of the ground. The farmer and his wife then invite all the helpers into their home to enjoy some delicious turnip soup! We have also learnt the signs for ‘turnip’, ‘mouse’, ‘man’ and ‘lady’.

We have been working on making our vocabulary grow and using different words that mean the same thing. This week, we have focussed on the word ‘help’ and have learnt that we can also say; support, assist and lend a helping hand.

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 .

A few reminders:

  • We are asking for £3 contributions towards buying ingredients for cooking. These can be made via the School Gateway app
  • 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 – The Enormous Turnip

This week we have enjoyed the traditional tale ‘The Enormous Turnip’. In the story a farmer plants some seeds and grows turnips, one of the turnips grows and grows and grows until it is so big the farmer cannot pull it out of the ground! The farmer then asks many characters to help him and they all pull until eventually it pops out of the ground.

We thoroughly enjoyed the story and we compared many versions, some were very similar and some were quite different. We have continued our narrative work and were very good at remembering who grew the turnip and who helped the farmer.

Our focus ‘superhero’ rule this week has been ‘sharing toys’. We have all been very co-operative when working collaboratively and enjoyed many turn-taking and sharing games this week. We also talked about being a superhero at ‘tidy up time’ and how it is much easier if we all help!

Linking with our vegetable theme, we have talked about healthy eating and the importance of eating a balanced diet. We even practised our chopping skills and chopped up some different vegetables, which was an enjoyable challenge!

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

A few reminders:

  • We are asking for £3 contributions towards buying ingredients for cooking. These can be made via the School Gateway app.

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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Year 4 – Optimistic October

In Science this week we have been learning more about food chains and food webs. I wonder if you know what a producer, consumer, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, prey, predator and apex predator all are? We had a great discussion about whether humans would always be at the top of the food chain and what would happen to the population of different organisms if one of them disappeared from the food chain. It was also interesting to consider what we eat and how we might be affected by something happening lower down the food chain such as fish after an oil spillage.

Here are some good examples of food webs we made:

In PSHE we have been considering our role in the school community and how many people work hard at Exwick Heights to help us to learn and make sure we are safe and happy at school.

It’s Optimistic October this month and we want to encourage everyone to try these small things every day to focus on the positive and look after our mental health.

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