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Welcome to Reception - Wren Class

                                                                

Our teacher in Wren class is Miss Cadman.

Miss Gibson, Mrs Cross and Mrs Phipps  also support the children with their learning.

All of the adults in Wren class are very friendly and helpful to make sure the children have the best start at the Round House Primary Academy.

At The Round House Primary School we have an ‘Open Door Policy’.  We welcome you into the classroom to discuss your child, their progress or any concern.  We might not be able to talk to you straight away but we will endeavour to speak to you as soon as possible. You can also leave a message with the school office or send an e-mail to the school office who will pass it onto to us at office@roundhouse.cambs.sch.uk

 

Home School Partnership

 

Our mums, dads, families and carers are all part of our learning journey.  The grown-ups at school would like it very much if you could note down any ‘Star Moments’ which make you think WOW! The adults at school have lots of forms in case you need them. 

Look on the classroom doors for the latest events and news. 

 

P.E

 

P.E kits should be bought into school every Monday and we will remind the children to bring them home every Friday. 

 

Treat Day

 

Every Friday we get a special treat as long as we have been behaved very well.  At the end of each term we get to take part in a whole day of treats ..... Reward Day. Last year, Mrs Bryden organised a magician to come and show us some amazing tricks. 

The Characteristics of Effective Learning

The characteristics of effective learning are important learning behaviours that we support the children to develop throughout the reception year. They are split into three categories:

 

Playing and Exploring - Engagement:

Can I do this?

 

Active Learning - Motivation:

Do I want to do this?

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/help-your-child-try-new-things

 

This is a useful website to explore the differences between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and to find out more information about how to help your child to try new things at home and to develop a growth mindset. 

 

Creating and Thinking Critically - Thinking:

How do I do this? 

 

We can help children to become effective learners by playing with them, listening and responding to them, acting as a sound board, supporting them to pursue their own interests, inspiring them, modelling discovery learning and both guiding and supporting them (without taking over). 

Promoting British Values in Reception

 

Democracy:

  • Speaking and listening activities promote discussions
  • Making decisions together
  • Listening to each other’s opinions
  • Turn taking, sharing and collaboration

Individual Liberty:

  • Freedom for all
  • Developing a positive sense of themselves
  • We listen to every child through pupil voice
  • Through our PSHE curriculum the children’s rights are promoted
  • The children are encouraged to make the right choices about how they learn and how they behave

Mutual Respect and Tolerance:

  • The classroom rules help children to understand how to share and look after each other
  • The children learn about different cultures, faiths and religions. They are encouraged to show respect and tolerance for different people, faiths, cultures and languages
  • The children study art and listen to music which reflects multicultural Britain
  • The children celebrate special days and festivals throughout the year

Rule of Law:

  • The children learn about their rights and responsibilities. They also learn about consequences of behavior and also learn to distinguish between right and wrong.
  • The children have agreed to abide by the rules and understand that these rules apply to everyone

2017-2018

W.B 11th September 2017

WOW! What a brilliant start to the term we have had. The children are settling in well and are enjoying coming into school every day, which is really lovely to see. They are quickly getting used to the routines of school life and learning to access all of the various activities both inside the classroom and in the outdoor area. The children have been busy playing in the home corner and in the doctors surgery, taking on a role in their play. They have also been making arrangements with various 2D shapes, writing about their favourite television character, making self portraits, ensuring that they look at their facial features in the mirror, and have been developing their fine motor control by transferring coloured pompoms into different coloured containers using a clothes peg! We are very proud of each and every one of them. We are looking forward to next week where the children are going to be staying at school to eat their lunch! Please note that all of the children are starting school at 8.45am and finish at 1.30pm every day next week :o)

W.B 18th September 2017

The children have enjoyed meeting all of the children in their class. They have been exploring the classroom and the outdoor area. The children have been busy writing a fact file about themselves where they wrote their name, their age and their favourite colour, before drawing a picture of themselves. They have impressed the teachers with their beautiful drawings and mark making skills! During their independent play, the children have been making their very own nature bookmarks, counting the correct number of compare bears into a bowl and have been using the bikes. In phonics, the children have been learning to listen carefully to the sounds that adults have been orally segmenting. They have then been blending the sounds in their heads to understand what the adult was saying - the teachers have been very impressed. Next week we will be learning the sounds s, a, t, and p in our phonics sessions. The children are all enjoying their lunch at school and the puddings are definitely their favourite part! Please note that school will start at 8:45am and finish at 3:15pm every day from next week. Please ensure that your child brings a pair of wellington boots and their PE kit into school next week. If you have any questions or concerns, then please come and speak to a member of the team.

W.B 25th September 2017

This is the children’s first full week at school and some of them have been very tired. They have been measuring with their feet and finding things that are bigger and smaller than their foot. The children have also been using different things around the classroom, e.g. wooden blocks and dinosaurs in order to measure how tall they were which made them laugh alot! They have been recognising/ordering numerals up to 10 and making towers of duplo to represent a given numeral. The children have really enjoyed sharing their 'All About Me' boxes with the rest of the class. It was lovely to see all of the objects and photographs that are so special to them. Thank you for taking the time to make a box with your child. The children have been busy independently making a cork board face using various materials, writing what they could see through a pair of binoculars and also making a house using a variety of 2D shapes. Next week we will be learning the sounds i, n, m and d in our phonics sessions. Please note that we are having an 'Early Reading and Phonics' parent workshop on Thursday 5th October at 9.00am (in the hall) and again at 4.30pm (in the reception classroom). The two sessions will be covering the same material, so you only need to attend once. We would love to see as many parents as possible there.

W.B 2nd October 2017

This week, the children have been learning all about their five senses. A day was spent exploring each sense and the children enjoyed a range of activities, from making/eating pizza, listening to the different sounds that various musical instruments made, writing down what they could see through a pair of binoculars, touching/labeling different parts of their body and also smelling different things (they all liked the smell of the mints and the washing up liquid, but not so much the pickled onions). The children have been busy independently making their own Funnybones character by sticking cotton buds onto a piece of paper to make a skeleton, making their own masks, finding out which is the most popular eye colour in reception and making their own car ramps out of cardboard. We have been very lucky to have Mr Cornell (our school artist) come to work with the children this week and to also paint a track for the bikes in our outdoor area. The children now have a lovely track to ride around, including some zebra crossings! Mr Cornell will be coming to visit us again very soon to work with some more of the children to create some more fabulus artwork! Next week the children’s learning will be based around the story of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. They are going to learn to re-tell the story using a story map and also to use bears to help with their counting, addition and subtraction skills. The link below is for ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ re-told by the story’s author Michael Rosen. Why not have a look at it over the next few days with your child so they start to become familiar with the plot, characters and setting of the story?

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytc0U2WAz4s

 

Next week we will be learning the sounds d, g and o in our phonics sessions. The children will also be continuing to practise segmenting and blending sounds for reading and writing. 

 

W.B 9th October 2017

This week, the children have been learning to re-tell the story of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ using a story map. I hope that the children have been enjoying re-telling the story at home as well. The children have enjoyed acting out the story at school and have been busy exploring our brand new bear cave! They have made their own story maps by using various collage materials to represent the different things that the family travels through. After making their story maps, the children were asked to tell an adult what happens in the story and they were very good at remembering the sequence of events! In Maths, the children have been exploring positional language and have been using numbers in different ways, e.g. deciding what number is missing from the number line, jumping/hopping the correct number of times after being shown a numeral, writing numbers on the playground using chalk and exploring the tricky concept of one more and one less than a number up to 10. The children have been independently writing about different parts of the story, cutting/sticking pictures of bears into the correct size order, playing a bear track game and also making their very own bear pictures using brown paint and a plastic fork! Next week we will be learning the sounds c, k, ck and e in our phonics sessions. The children will also be continuing to practise segmenting and blending sounds for reading and writing. Please continue to support your child at home by looking at their reading books and also practising reading the words on the first word wall. 

W.B 16th October 2017

This week, the children have finished their learning related to the story of 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. During our group time sessions, the children have been changing elements of the story, including the animal found in the cave. They thought of some really good ways to describe what a tiger both looks and sounds like - orange and black stripes, white sharp teeth, roar! The children really enjoyed re-telling the story of 'We're Going on a Tiger Hunt' to Robins class! The children have been exploring non-fiction books and have been using them to find out more facts/information about bears. The children have also been learning all about the festival of Diwali this week. They each made and decorated their own diva lamp using clay, paint and glitter. I hope that you are enjoying these at home. In Maths, the children have been writing numbers on the playground using chalk and playing a bear track game ensuring that they take it in turns and also making sure that they move the correct number of spaces forwards. They have been naming and describing the properties of a variety of 2D shapes, along with developing their positional language skills and instructing their friends to put a bear in different positions. The children have been independently practising their cursive letter formation using sticks in mud and their finger in shaving foam, sharing food equally between the bears at a teddy bears picnic and also decorating a bear with various collage materials. After half term, we will be learning the sounds u, r and h in our phonics sessions. The children will also be continuing to practise segmenting and blending sounds for reading and writing. I hope that you all have a lovely half term and a well deserved break, the children have worked so hard since starting in Reception and am sure are ready for a good rest. I look forward to hearing what they have been up to during their week off and will see you back at school on Monday 30th October.

W.B 30th October 2017

Welcome back after half term, it is so lovely to see the children back at school and hearing about what they have been doing during their week off school. This week the children have been learning about Halloween. They have been hammering golf tees into the side of a pumpkin before attaching elastic bands to the tees, making 2D witch pictures and also using various natural materials to decorate a pumpkin. The children have conducted an experiment to find out what happens to a variety of food when it goes off. They made predictions as to what they thought would happen to milk, yoghurt, houmous, a banana and a slice of bread if they were not kept in the fridge and instead kept somewhere warm! Tomorrow the children will be asked to make comments as to how these 5 things have changed! The children have independently been using their phonic knowledge to write a list of things that they want to buy from the shops and we were very impressed with the children being able to hear/record the sounds that they could hear in the different words! Perhaps the children could help you to write your shopping list this week too? The children have been independently counting the correct number of cheerios into a numbered cupcake case, making repeated patterns by printing with potatoes and creating their own caterpillars for our new hungry caterpillar cafe! In Maths, the children have been adding different amounts of food together and have been starting to explore money and finding different ways to make 2p, 5p and 10p, please continue to look at this when taking the children shopping and asking them to count the correct number of coins that are needed to pay for your different items. The children have also been excited to meet our new bunny rabbits this week! We went to the hutch and introduced ourselves before carefully giving them a stroke. We are all looking forward to finding out what the bunny rabbits names will be. Next week the children will be learning the sounds h, b, f/ff and l/ll in our phonics sessions. They will also be continuing to practise segmenting and blending sounds for reading and writing. Please continue to support your child at home by looking at their reading books and also practising reading the words on the first word wall. We hope that everyone has now received their child's part in our Christmas performance. If your child has a speaking part, we would really appreciate your support in helping your child to learn what they need to say. 

 

W.B 6th November 2017

For Bonfire Night, the children made firework pictures using an app on the ipads and using different coloured paint and a kitchen roll! They also made patterns using firework noises, e.g. bang, whoosh, fizz, bang, whoosh, fizz and then replicated these noises using the musical instruments in the outdoor  area. We hope you enjoyed watching any firework displays over the last few days. We have been looking at the story of Handa's Surprise and the various fruits that Handa took to her friend Akeyo. Following this, we had a discussion surrounding healthy and unhealthy food choices and some of the children independently made a lunchbox full of healthy food! The children also made their own fruit kebab using the different fruits found in Handa's basket, including; mangoes, guavas, pineapples, bananas and oranges. The children have been independently adding a certain number of cheerios together to find the total amount, making their own pictures using the 'tap it' boards and also writing what various fruits look, smell and taste like. In Maths, the children have been making sensible estimations about how many things they can see before counting to check they are right. They have also been starting to explore the numicon equipment and identifying what number each numicon piece represents. Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be learning the sounds ss, j, v and w in their phonics sessions and the children in Mrs Owen and Mrs Howard's phonics groups will be learning the sound ss and re-capping the sounds s, a and t in their phonics sessions. All of the children will continue to practise segmenting and blending sounds for reading and writing. The children have also started to practise for their nativity performance this week. Please could we ask that all of the children who have a speaking part practise their lines at home so that they are able to say their lines from memory. We will be practising as often as we can at school but would really appreciate your support with this at home too. 

W.B 13th November 2017

For Anti-Bullying week, the children have been thinking of ways that they are different/unique and have been discussing their likes/dislikes with their friends. This was done to celebrate how special each and every one of us are. The children have also helped to create a jigsaw puzzle by decorating their own jigsaw puzzle piece and writing their initials on it. We put all of the jigsaw puzzle pieces together and made something special which was a jigsaw puzzle of Wrens class. Each and every one of my little Wrens are very special and the puzzle would not be complete without all of the children who help to make Wrens a fabulous class to teach! The children have also continued to learn all about the topic of food this week. We have had a class discussion about healthy eating and what we can all do to ensure that we stay fit and healthy, including eating 5 pieces of fruit/vegetables a day, drinking milk and water and also doing some exercise. Tomorrow the children will have the opportunity to taste different foods from around the world, including prawn crackers, houmous, croissants, yorkshire puddings and also samosas. During the focus activities this week, the children have been using positional language to explain where the bear is hiding and have been following instructions involving positional language. They have also taken part in an obstacle course outside involving them needing to balance on a beam, weave in and out of the cones, go through the hoops and then jump over the hurdles at the end. The children then discussed how their bodies were feeling after the obstacle course and many noticed that they were feeling hot, thirsty and that their heart had started to beat a bit faster. During their independent play, the children have been using tweezers to transfer cheerios into different numicon pieces, have been writing about what the very hungry caterpillar ate in the story and have been making repeated patterns using different vegetables. Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be learning the sounds w, x, y and z in their phonis sessions and the children in Mrs Owen and Mrs Howard's phonics groups will be re-capping the sounds t, p, i and n in their phonics sessions. The children have also been continuing to pracitse the Christmas nativity and are getting very excited to show everyone just what they can do. For children who are speaking, please continue to rehearse and practise their lines at home as much as possible. Please note that all of the children's costumes must be in school by Monday 20th November so we are able to prepare for the dress rehearsal. Thank you for your continued support.

W.B 20th November 2017

This week, the children have finished learning about the topic of food. They have learnt about the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar as well as the lifecycle of a butterfly. Do you know the different stages that a caterpillar goes through when turning into a butterfly? The children have been very busy cutting out and ordering the lifecycle pictures, before writing about each one. They have all really impressed me so far with their writing, recording the sounds that they can hear in the quite complex words and also how some of the children are beginning to write simple sentences remembering to use a capital letter at the beginning of the sentence, finger spaces in between each word and a full stop at the end. As a class, we investigated what happened when we put warm water over skittles. The children were firstly shown the equipment for the experiment and were asked to discuss what they thought we might be doing. The experiment was then set up and the children made some predictions about what they thought might happen, including 'The skittles are going to go soggy and manky because of the water' and 'I think the skittles are going to get longer'. After the water had been added to the skittles, the children were amazed to see a rainbow start to appear and were then asked to make a comment about what they could see, e.g. 'We have put warm water on them and now the skittles have melted' and 'The bottom of the skittle is white and the top is the colour. We put water on it and made the colour come off'. The children were then given the opportunity to explore the experiment further during their independent play by using warm and cold water and were asked to explore the difference between the two - we certainly have got some budding scientists in Wrens class! In Maths, the children have been exploring the names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes, have been looking at 1 more/less than a number up to 10 and have also been exploring making repeating patterns. Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be learning to read the tricky words 'he' and 'she' and will be learning the sounds qu, sh and ch in their phonics sessions and the children in Mrs Owen and Mrs Howard's phonics groups will be re-capping the sounds m, d, g and o in their phonics sessions. The children have also been continuing to practise the Christmas nativity and are getting very excited to show everyone just what they can do. If your child has not brought their costume into school yet then please could we ask that this is brought into school as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued support.

W.B 27th November 2017

Tomorrow the children will be going to their first ever whole school assembly which will be the 'wishing the lights on' assembly. The children will need to close their eyes and wish really hard for the lights to come on the Christmas tree in the hall. They will also have the opportunity to hang their home-made Christmas decorations on the tree, so if your child has made a decoration then please remember to bring it into school tomorrow morning. I have been doing benchmarking assessments on the children's reading skills this week. I am very proud of the children and how far they have progressed with their reading. A note will be written in your child's reading diary either today or tomorrow (depending on which day your child's book gets changed) to let you know which level book they will now be bringing home. In Maths, the children have been exploring the concept of subtraction using snowmen and also filling stockings with small presents and then adding the two stockings together to find the total number of presents. The children have been independently decorating Christmas trees and snowmen to decorate the school ready for Christmas, putting the characters from the story The Jolly Christmas Postman in the correct size order and have also been labelling a picture of a snowman. I am very impressed by the number of children who are choosing to write during their child initiated play. We have been adding the finishing touches to the Christmas performance this week and are all getting very excited to show everyone just what the children can do, starting with a dress rehearsal tomorrow in front of the whole school! Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be learning to read the tricky words 'we', 'me' and 'be' and will be learning the sounds th and ng in their phonics sessions and the children in Mrs Owen and Mrs Howard's phonics groups will be re-capping the sounds c, k and ck in their phonics sessions. Finally, thank you to all of the children who have already returned their sponsorship forms and money and could we please ask that the remainder of the sponsorship forms and money are returned to school by Monday 4th December. Thank you for your support.

W.B 4th December 2017

Thank you to everyone who came to the children's nativity performances this week, all of the staff were so proud of how well the children performed. They remembered their lines, spoke with clear voices and also sang beautifully! We hope that everyone who came to see the performance enjoyed it just as much as we all enjoyed putting it together! The children have been busy in Santa's workshop designing toys, wrapping them up and also putting them in Santa's sack to be delivered to lots of children on Christmas morning. In Maths, the children have been putting different lengths of tinsel into size order and also exploring the concept of halving by cutting Christmas cards in half and finding a friend with the other half of their card. The children have been independently writing Christmas cards, writing what various Christmas characters might be thinking, decorating their own Christmas baubles, making a Christmas 2D shape picture and also rolling a dice to help them to create their own snowman. The children will have their Christmas lunch on Thursday 14th December and will then have their Christmas party during the afternoon of Friday 15th December. There is a sign up sheet on the classroom door for parents to sign up to bring something yummy into school. Please ensure that anything brought into school does not contain nuts. A special visitor will also be coming to visit the children before the end of term too, it is all very exciting! Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be learning to read the tricky words 'was' and 'my' and will be learning the sounds ai, ee and igh in their phonics sessions and the children in Mrs Owen and Mrs Howard's phonics groups will be re-capping the sounds e, u, r and h in their phonics sessions. 

W.B 11th December 2017

The children have been busy making reindeer hats this week ready for our Christmas lunch and our Christmas party. They had a great time eating yummy food and playing party games. Thank you for all of the donations of food and squash, it is really much appreciated! The children have also been making some fabulous snowmen by experimenting with different textures and also combining different media in order to create new effects. The children have made their own decorations for you to enjoy at home. They used a needle and thread to sew through the holes of a Christmas tree and then added some sequins to decorate the front of it. The children have continued to be busy in Santa's workshop designing toys, wrapping them up and also putting them in Santa's sack to be delivered to lots of children on Christmas morning. In Maths, the children have been exploring subtraction using snowmen and also one more and one less using a variety of different sized Christmas presents. The children have been independently exploring Arctic animals in the snow, have been playing a Christmas themed track game and have also been making a Christmas wreath using a washing up brush and paint, they look really effective! A special visitor will also be coming to visit the children before the end of term too, it is all very exciting! Well done and thank you for a lovely week my little Wrens!

Christmas Reward Day - 18th December 2017

W.B 8th January 2018

The children look very refreshed after the holiday which is a good thing as we have a very busy term ahead of us! We have started our new topic of traditional tales and this week our learning has been based around the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Please check your child's book bag as they have brought home a copy of the story map that we have been using at school. The children will then be able to practise re-telling the story from memory at home! The children have been role-playing in the three bear's cottage and acting out the story, taking on a role of one of the characters. They have also spent time changing the story to Goldilocks and the Three Elephants and also thinking of ways to change the ending of the story, including; Goldilocks becoming friends with the three bears and also Goldilocks hiding under the covers and jumping out of the bedroom window when the bears were not looking! In Maths, the children have been completing word problems, e.g. if daddy bear went off to work how many bears would be left? They have been starting to record these word problems as number sentences. The children have also been exploring the concept of doubling, e.g. daddy bear eats double what mommy bear eats, so if mommy bear eats 1 bowl of porridge then daddy bear must eat 2. During their child initiated play, the children have been making their own bear masks, finding out and then writing facts about different types of bears, sorting materials according to whether they are hard or soft, dressing the three bears in the correct sized clothes and also designing the route that Goldilocks took when she walked to the three bear's cottage. Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be learning the sounds oa, oo, ar and or and the children in Mrs Owen and Mrs Howard's phonics groups will be re-capping the sounds b, f/ff, l/ll and ss in their phonics sessions.

W.B 15th January 2018

This week our learning has been based around the story of The Gingerbread Man. I hope you have had fun re-telling the story at home using the story map that the children were given on Monday. Please keep practising re-telling the story from memory! The children have been continuing to role-play in the three bear's cottage and also acting out the story of The Gingerbread Man in the bakery. They have been using their senses to think of adjectives to describe the gingerbread man and they thought of some great ideas, including 'smooth', 'crumbly' and 'sweet'. In Maths, the children have been exploring positional language by finding and describing the place where they found hidden gingerbread men within the classroom, the concept of one more and one less, ordinal numbers and also addition/subtraction by adding or taking away a certain number of buttons from the gingerbread man's body. Some of the children have also been practising counting in 2s up to 20. The children have really impressed me with their writing this week. They each wrote either some or all of the repeated refrain from The Gingerbread Man story - 'Run, run as fast as you can, you can't catch me I'm the gingerbread man'. During their child initiated play, the children have been using the play-dough to create their own gingerbread men, making a bridge for the gingerbread man to cross the river, using the tweezers to count the correct number of pom-poms (buttons) onto the gingerbread man's body and making their own gingerbread men using cut up kitchen roll! We have also taken advantage of the windy weather this week and the children have really enjoyed being out on the field with makeshift kites, ribbons and streamers and exploring how high their kites can fly! Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be learning to read the tricky word 'you', will be learning the sounds ur and ow and will also be learning to spell two-syllable words. The children in Mrs Owen's phonics group will be learning the sounds j, v, w and x and the children in Mrs Howard's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds s, a, t and p.

W.B 22nd January 2018

This week our learning has continued to be based around the story of the Gingerbread Man. Please keep practising re-telling the story from memory at home. The children have been using the musical instruments to support them to re-tell the story and chose appropriate instruments to represent different parts of the story, e.g. the bells for the gingerbread running away and the drum for when the fox ate the gingerbread man up! They have also spent time thinking of ways to change the ending of the story, including; the gingerbread man jumping over the river, using a trampoline to bounce over the river and finding a bridge to walk over. In Maths, the children have been exploring addition by adding a certain number of buttons onto the gingerbread man's body and also subtraction by exploring word problems involving various characters from the story. Some of the children have been continuing to practise counting in 2s up to 20. The children had a great time making their own gingerbread men this week and they used a story map recipe to find out how to make them. They firstly used spoons and the weighing scales to count and measure out the correct amount of each ingredient. The children then mixed the ingredients together before putting the dough into the fridge to cool. They then helped to knead the dough and flatten it using a rolling pin, before using a cutter to make the gingerbread man shape. After the gingerbread men had cooked in the oven, the children used chocolate chips for the eyes and buttons and then had to eat their gingerbread man as fast as they could before he ran away! During their child initiated play, the children have been making gingerbread houses, writing instructions of how to make gingerbread men and also designing the route that the gingerbread man took when he ran towards the river. Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be learning to read the tricky word 'you' and will be learning the sounds oi, ear and air. The children in Mrs Owen's phonics group will be learning the tricky words 'he' and 'she' and will be learning the sounds x, y and z/zz. The children in Mrs Howard's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds p, i, n and m.

W.B 29th January 2018

The children have been busy learning about the new topic of transport, including role playing in the garage, role playing in the airplane, making a tally chart of the coloured cars found in the school car park and also looking at what is found underneath the bonnet of a car. They were very impressed by the noises the engine made when the car was revved up and that the windscreen wipers and lights on Miss Edgington's car come on automatically when it rains or gets dark! They did jump a little when the car horn was blown though. The children have also been making 2D shape pictures of various forms of transport and were able to name and describe the properties of the different shapes  that they had used. Some of the children were also able to name and describe the properties of 3D shapes as well! In Maths, the children have been exploring addition and subtraction whilst going on a bus journey with children needing to get on/off the bus at different bus stops. They have also been exploring the concept of weight and ordering three items according to if they were the heaviest, lightest or in-between. During their child initiated play, the children have been writing their own passports, using kitchen rolls to roll lots of cars down and identifying the number that the car stopped on and also making clocks to be used in the airplane role play area. Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be learning to read the tricky word 'they' and will be learning the sounds air, ure and er. The children in Mrs Owen's phonics group will be learning the sounds qu, sh, ch and th. The children in Mrs Howard's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds d, g, o and c. Thank you for a great week Wrens and for making the first week of our transport topic so much fun.

W.B 5th February 2018

This week the children have been continuing to learn all about transport. The children have been exploring holidays and talking about their experiences of going on holiday, as well as helping Mr Monkey and Mr Penguin to pack a suitcase to go on their holiday (remembering that Mr Monkey will need to take things for the hot country and Mr Penguin will need to take things for the cold country). They were able to describe why Mr Monkey would need sun cream and sunglasses so as to not get burnt whilst away. The children have been writing postcards to Mrs Bryden from their chosen holiday destination. They wrote sentences including where they were, what the weather was like and also what they did there. I was very impressed by the children using their phonic knowledge to help them with their writing, along with starting to write some sentences remembering to use a capital letter at the beginning, finger spaces in between each word and a full stop at the end of the sentence. In Maths, the children have been exploring the tricky concept of number bonds to 10. They used the numicon equipment to work out what two numbers added together to make a make a total of 10. The children have also been rolling cars down the ramp, identifying what number the car landed on and then what one more/less than that number is. During their child initiated learning, the children have been using the magnets to direct a car along the road, have been finding ways to make a boat cross the water and have also been making their own airplanes using lollipop sticks. The children have shown an interest in airplanes following Miss Edgington's talk to the children about her brother being a pilot, they also got to see a few photos of the plane that he flies. I hope that you all have a lovely half term and a well deserved break, the children have worked so hard this half term and am sure are ready for a good rest. I look forward to hearing what they have been up to during their week off and will see you back at school on Monday 19th February.

W.B 19th February 2018

Welcome back! I hope you have all had a lovely half term. The children look very refreshed after the holiday which is a good thing as we have a very busy half term ahead of us! For pancake day, the children followed a story map recipe to find out which ingredients they needed and also how much of each one. They used the weighing scales to measure out the flour, cracked the eggs open, poured the milk into the bowl and used the whisk to mix it altogether. Mrs Howard and Miss Edgington cooked the pancakes for the children and were able to show the children how to flip the pancakes! The children then got to choose which toppings they would like for their pancake and they could choose between lemon juice, sugar and golden syrup. They were very yummy! Before home time, we all went outside to have a pancake race. The children were split into two teams and had to run from one end of the playground to the other, flip their pancake and then run back! The end result was a draw between the two teams and we all had a lot of fun doing it. Gong Hei Fat Choy! This means Happy New Year in Chinese, which is what the children have also been learning all about this week. The children have learnt about the story of the race of the animals and found out how the rat won the race across the river. I hope you all received your copy of the Chinese New Year story map for the children to practise re-telling at home. They have also learnt that they were either born in the year of the dragon or in the year of the snake. The children have been exploring Chinese landmarks and saw lots of photos of when Barnaby bear visited China last year! During their independent learning, the children have been practising their Chinese numbers by writing with chopsticks in red lentils, making Chinese dragons, exploring the concept of floating and sinking and making their own Chinese lanterns. They have also been learning to speak a bit of Chinese, can you practise speaking Chinese like us? 

 

Hello - Nin hao

Goodbye - Zàijiàn

Yes - Shi

No - Méiyou

Happy New Year - Gong Hei Fat Choy

 

A big thank you must go to Mrs Goad and Mrs Molyneaux for all of the preparation and work they have done to help us to celebrate Chinese New Year in school. We all thoroughly enjoyed the activities that were provided, including Chinese calligraphy and making lotus flowers using the art of origami, and we all learnt lots more about the celebration, the adults included! Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be re-capping the sounds igh, oa, oo and ar. The children in Mrs Owen's phonics group will be learning the tricky words 'was' and 'my' and will be learning the sounds ng, ai and ee. The children in Mrs Howard's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds ck, e, u and r.

W.B 26th February 2018

This week, the children have been learning all about princesses. They have been exploring the story of Rapunzel and learning to re-tell the story using a story map, along with ordering the story and talking about the sequence of events. The children were really able to empathise with Rapunzel and her family, and spoke in detail about the reasons behind their actions, including why the husband stole the witches lettuce out of her garden. The children have been role playing in the Round House salon taking on the role of either a customer or the hair dresser. During their child initiated play, the children have been using non standard units to measure the length of Rapunzel's hair, exploring which material is best to make a hair bobble out of and also making castles using junk modelling boxes. I have been doing benchmarking assessments on the children's reading skills this week. I am very proud of the children and how far they have progressed with their reading. A note will be written in your child's reading diary to let you know which level book the children will now be bringing home (this will be done either this week or next week). The children have also taken advantage of the cold weather and have loved being outside playing in the snow, we even got to make a little snowman or two! What a fantastic day we had this week celebrating World Book Day! The children looked fabulous in their costumes, thank you so much for taking the time to dress the children up as their favourite book character. The children learnt about the story Supertato on World Book Day and made their own super vegetables, wrote about the story, painted a character from the story and also helped to make a giant supertato and evil pea! During the afternoon, the children got to share a story with the children in years four and five, which they all enjoyed very much. What a lovely day we had celebrating books! Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be re-capping the sounds igh, oa, oo and ar. The children in Mrs Owen's phonics group will be learning the tricky words 'was' and 'my' and will be learning the sounds ai, ee and igh. The children in Mrs Howard's phonics groups will be re-capping e, u, r and h.

W.B 5th March 2018

This week the children have started to explore the topic of superheroes and specifically real life superheroes. During group time, the children have been looking at heroes found in the local area and what they do for us and also discussing the superpowers that the children have (including the superpower to make other people laugh). The children were very lucky to have a visit from two police officers and a PCSO this week. The PCSO firstly gave the children a tour of the police car and talked to them about the different things that are in the boot of the car, including a shield, traffic cones and a shovel. After that, the children were able to sit inside the police car and learnt how the blue flashing lights and the siren could be turned on by pressing the important 999 button inside the car. At the end of the session, the children went to talk to the two police officers inside the classroom and learnt about what they do to keep us safe. The children learnt about what the police officers carry on them every day, including their badge, a baton and a pair of handcuffs! The children were also able to ask the police officers some questions to find out more information about their job. Examples of these questions include: 'Do you have a walkie talkie and how does it work?' and 'Why do you have a helmet?'. I am sure we have some budding police officers amongst the reception children now! A big thank you must go to Mr and Mrs Cannon for organising this session and for coming into school to talk to the children, we all had a great time learning about some real life superheroes! I have now completed all of the benchmarking assessments on the children's reading skills and also the phonics assessments. I am very proud of the children and how far they have progressed with their reading and their phonic knowledge. A note will have now been written in your child's reading diary if your child has been moved up a reading level. The children have been working really hard to make Mother's Day cards for their lovely mommies this week! They painted their hands green and printed this onto a piece of card before printing colourful petals using their fingers. They then wrote some lovely messages inside their cards. I hope that you all have a lovely Mother's Day on Sunday - make sure you put your feet up and relax! Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be re-capping the sounds ar, or, ur and ow. The children in Mrs Owen's phonics group will be learning the sounds igh, oa, oo and ar. The children in Mrs Howard's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds b, f/ff, l/ll and ss.

W.B 12th March 2018

This week the children have continued to explore the topic of superheroes. They have been exploring whether different materials are waterproof by squirting water onto them using a pipette and seeing if the material lets the water through or not. This was done so that the firemen could use one of these materials to make a new jacket after their usual ones now have a hole in them! The children have been exploring the concept of addition and have been using their fingerprints to represent a variety of numbers in a number sentence. The children have also been exploring villains and what they do to make them a villain! They worked in small groups to design a trap to catch a villain. During their independent play, the children used tweezers to rescue letters from a tangled up web, made tally charts to find out which is the most popular real life superhero (police, fire fighters or paramedics), made their own fire engines out of junk modelling boxes and explored colour mixing in order to paint a fire. In Maths, the children have been looking at the tricky concept of money. They had to find the right coins that they needed to buy equipment for different fire fighters, e.g. a pair of boots cost 5p and a helmet cost 10p. The children have also been exploring the tricky concept of number bonds to 10. They used the numicon equipment to work out what two numbers added together to make a total of 10. They were then able to match 2 numbered roads together so that the fire engine could drive down the road to rescue the princess from her castle. In the outdoor area, the children have been using spray bottles to put out pretend fires. The children needed to either read the tricky words by sight or segment and blend the sounds in cvc and cvcc words in order to then spray the word and put out the fire. The children have really impressed me with their reading skills. The children were very lucky to have a visit from Mr Ings this week who works as a police officer. He talked to the children about his job and what he does to keep us safe. The children learnt about what the police officers carry on them every day, including a baton, a pair of handcuffs and their warrant badge. The children got to see all of the different types of hats that police officers wear, including a cycle helmet and a cap. The children were also able to ask him lots of questions to find out more information about his job, they were very interested to find out more about the walkie talkie! A big thank you must go to Mr Ings for organising this session and for coming into school to talk to the children. We were due to have a visit from the local fire brigade this week. Unfortunately, they were out responding to a 999 call during our visit time. A number of the children felt a bit disappointed, however we are working hard to arrange another time for them to come and visit and hopefully this will be before the Easter holiday. Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be re-capping the sounds ow, oi, ear and air. The children in Mrs Owen's phonics group will be learning the sounds ar, or, ur and ow. The children in Mrs Howard's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds l/ll and ss and will be learning the sounds j and v.

W.B 19th March 2018

The children have been learning about the Easter story this week and the reason why Christian people celebrate at Easter time. During their independent play, the children have been writing their own Easter cards, exploring symmetry and what it means (the children used a mirror to make sure that they drew both sides of the egg exactly the same) and have also been writing about the lifecycle of a chick. In the outdoor area, the children have been reading tricky words by sight or segmenting and blending the sounds in cvc and cvcc words written on one half of an Easter egg and have been finding the picture printed on the other half of the egg. The children have continued to impress me with their reading skillsThe children were very lucky to have a visit from the local fire brigade this week. The firemen firstly gave the children a tour of the fire engine and talked to the children all about the different equipment that they carry with them for emergencies. The children learnt that the tallest ladder that they used was in fact 35 meters in length and the firemen use this to rescue people from their houses and also cats from trees! After that, the children were then able to squirt water out of the hose. They were given a challenge of knocking an orange cone over with the force of the water and lots of the children were very good at doing this! At the end of the session, the children were able to ask the firemen some questions to find out more information about their job. Examples of these questions include; 'Where does the water come from?' and 'Why is your helmet yellow?' Hopefully we have some budding firefighters amongst the reception children now! The children have been very busy this week making a variety of delicious cakes ready for our bake sale after school today, including cupcakes, flapjacks and rocky roads to name just a few. A big thank you to everyone who has donated baked goods and to everyone who will be coming to the bake sale today, we look forward to seeing lots of you there! Some of the children went to watch The Travelling by Tuba concert this week and they got to see a variety of different musical instruments, including a didgeridoo! Some of the children were invited onto the stage to play some of the instruments too. Whilst this was happening, some of the other children had an extra PE lesson with Miss Jones our specialist dance teacher. She taught the children a dance routine to the song 'I Just Can't Wait to be King' from the film The Lion King. Their performance was great, even after only a few practises! The children also had a great time this week running a mile around the astro turf to raise money for Sports Relief. Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be re-capping the sounds ow, oi and ear. The children in Mrs Owen's phonics group will be learning the sounds ar, or and ur. The children in Mrs Howard's phonics group will be learning the sounds w, x and y.

W.B 26th March 2018

This week the children have continued to learn about the Easter story and the reason why Christian people celebrate at Easter time. During their independent play, the children have been forming cvc and cvcc words using letters they have found inside a plastic egg, writing captions using pictures they have found inside a plastic egg, making their own chicks and Easter bunnies and exploring addition by working out the addition sum on a flower and then putting it onto the correct flower pot. In the outdoor area, the children have continued to read tricky words by sight or segmenting and blending the sounds in cvc and cvcc words written on one half of an Easter egg and have been finding the picture printed on the other half of the egg. The children have continued to impress me with their reading skills. The children have also enjoyed making Easter baskets and Easter nests this week. They coloured in their Easter basket and once it was assembled together they put inside some shredded paper, a chick and some mini eggs. Whilst making Easter nests, the children broke chocolate squares up before the adult put the chocolate in the microwave to melt. The children then mixed the melted chocolate with shredded wheat, before spooning the mixture into cake cases and adding mini eggs to their nest. After Easter, the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be re-capping the sounds ear, air, ure and er. The children in Mrs Owen's phonics group will be learning the tricky word 'you' and will be learning the sounds ow, oi and ear. The children in Mrs Howard's phonics group will be learning the tricky words 'he' and 'she' and will be learning the sounds z/zz, qu and sh. I hope you all have a lovely Easter holiday and we are looking forward to seeing all of the children back at school on Monday 16th April. 

Easter Reward Day - 29th March 2018

W.B 16th April 2018

We have begun our new topic on dinosaurs. The children have been learning all about different types of dinosaurs, exploring how they moved, the sounds that they made and also what they liked to eat. I wonder if they can remember what the words herbivore and carnivore mean? The children have also been finding out some more facts about dinosaurs using non-fiction books. Some of the children changed the story of 'We're going on a Bear Hunt' to 'We're Going on a Dinosaur Hunt'. They used various media and materials to create their own story maps and enjoyed re-telling the story using words as well as actions. On Monday, the children saw photos of a T-Rex that had been in Wrens classroom over the holiday and they have enjoyed writing about the dinosaur and what he was doing in our school. The children noticed from the photo that the T-Rex had kicked Miss Blyth over and Miss Gibson was shouting for help! In maths, the children have been practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s as well as exploring money and looking at how to create different amounts using various coins. The children could practise this the next time they go to the shops! During their independent play, the children have been labelling dinosaurs, reading real and nonsense words on dinosaur bones, sharing dinosaur eggs fairly and also making dinosaur skeletons. I brought an egg into school on Monday and the children have been enjoying watching the egg start to crack whilst submerged in a bowl of water. The children have been drawing and writing predictions as to what they think is inside the egg. Once whatever is inside the egg has hatched, we will ask the children to write down some ideas of what we could call it. We have been making the most of the warm weather this week and the children have been spending time learning and exploring in the outdoor area. We hope that the warm weather continues! The children are excited to learn some information about volcanoes! Any information you can find out at home about dinosaurs or volcanoes will be greatly appreciated. Have a look on the internet or in a book at the library to find out some information to share with the rest of the class. Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be moving onto phase 4 where they will be learning to read and write cvcc words as well as a number of new tricky words. The children in Mrs Owen's phonics group will be learning the tricky word 'they' and will be learning the sounds air, ure and er. The children in Mrs Howard's phonics group will be learning the tricky words 'we', 'me' and 'be' and will be learning the sounds ch, th and ng.

W.B 23rd April 2018

We have continued to learn about dinosaurs this week. The children have been finding out some more facts about dinosaurs using non-fiction books. They have also been thinking about the role of palaeontologists and how they work hard to discover fossils in order to find out more information about a variety of dinosaurs. The children were then able to make their own dinosaur fossils using salt dough and enjoyed using different tools to create the outline and features of a dinosaur skeleton. We have also had a discussion this week as to what actually happened to make dinosaurs extinct, the children voted as to whether they thought it was due to a meteorite landing on Earth, a volcanic eruption, a change in temperature or even due to a large number of biting insects which passed diseases around the dinosaur herds. In maths, the children have been practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, along with exploring the concept of distance, capacity and money. We would really like to receive some 'Star Moments' from home when the children are independently able to count in 2s (up to 20), in 5s (up to 50) and in 10s (up to 100). During their independent play, the children have been writing about a variety of dinosaurs that were found inside a dinosaur egg, making their own dinosaurs using half of a  paper plate, making dinosaur watches and also programming the bee bots to move around a dinosaur map. David Bridges, a football coach from Cambridge United, has started his PE sessions with the children this week. The children went out onto the field to practise some important skills needed to play football, including; changing direction, changing speed and controlling a football with both their hands and feet. The children all had a great time, despite it being a bit drizzly, and are looking forward to more sessions with David. Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will continue to learn to read and write a variety of cvcc words as well as a number of new tricky words from phase 4. The children in Mrs Owen's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds j, v, w and x. The children in Mrs Howard's phonics group will be learning the tricky words 'was' and 'my' and will be learning the sounds ai, ee and igh.

W.B 30th April 2018

The children have been finishing off their learning about dinosaurs this week. They have been thinking about what dinosaurs eat and linking it to what their favourite foods are to eat. This was then linked to healthy eating and what we can do to keep ourselves fit and healthy, including; eating 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, drinking milk and water, doing some exercise, getting enough sleep each night and also brushing our teeth twice a day. The children then worked in a small group to make a healthy plate of food. The children changed the story of 'We're going on a Bear Hunt' to 'We're Going on a Velociraptor Hunt'. They enjoyed thinking of different things the family would face as they went on their hunt, including a very hot volcano, the dark spooky woods and a big yellow beach, before finding the velociraptor in a dark scary cave. In maths, the children have been using venn diagrams to sort the dinosaurs in different ways, learning how to 'count on' using a number line and also working out the missing number from an addition sum, e.g. 8 + .......... = 10. During their independent play, the children have been using cotton buds to print a dinosaur picture, measuring different sized dinosaur footprints using non-standard measures and also using salt to melt dinosaur eggs made out of ice. Next week our learning will be moving onto animals and we are having a visit from Dr Hedberg who is a vet and also the animal experience who will be bringing a variety of animals for the children to learn about and hold. Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will continue to learn to read and write a variety of cvcc words as well as a number of new tricky words from phase 4. The children in Mrs Owen's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds y, z/zz and qu. The children in Mrs Howard's phonics group will be learning the sounds oa, oo and ar. 

W.B 7th May 2018

We have started to explore the topic of animals, specifically focusing on pets this week and how we care for them. The children will be able to share their pet photos next week, so if you have a pet at home, then please bring in a photo of them for the children to share with the rest of the class on Monday. During their independent play, the children have been writing their very own pet books, role-playing in the vets, matching wild animals to the correct habitats and practising counting back along a number line to work out the answer to a variety of subtraction sums. In Maths, the children have been both counting on and back along a number line to solve addition and subtraction sums, playing a Kim's game to explore the concept of one less and have been making their own animal shape pictures using a variety of 2D shapes. The children had a visit from the animal experience centre this week. They learnt all about what the animal experience centre does and how they look after all of the animals in their care. The children got to touch a tortoise, a chameleon, a milk snake, a royal python, a blue tongued skink, a hissing cockroach and a meerkat. They were all very brave! The children also learnt where all of the different countries the animals originate from, how they protect themselves from predators and what they like to eat. What a great week we have had in Wrens! Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will continue to learn to read and write a variety of cvcc words as well as a number of new tricky words from phase 4. The children in Mrs Owen's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds qu, sh, ch and th. The children in Mrs Howard's phonics group will be learning the sounds ar, or, ur and ow.

W.B 14th May 2018

The children have continued to explore the topic of animals this week and have been focusing in particular on zoo animals. During group time, we have been exploring different animal habitats, along with reading the story Dear Zoo. The children thought of reasons why different animals would not be suitable as a pet, e.g. an elephant would just stomp around your house and break all of your things! The children have really impressed me with their amazing writing this week. They have been writing 'What am I?' descriptions where they have been really thinking about what an animal looks like, e.g. 'I have a long neck' and also what an animal can do, e.g. 'I catch mice'. Once completed, the children have been using these to see if their friends are able to guess which animal they were describing. During their independent play, the children have been programming the bee-bots to move around a safari map, writing an animal fact file and making their own parrots using paper plates and feathers. In Maths, the children have been practising counting in 2s/5s/10s, exploring the concept of one more and one less and also counting back from a given number using a number line. We also had a visit from Dr Mark Hedberg this week. He is a vet and came into school to talk to the children about his job and how he looks after lots of poorly animals. The children saw him wrap one of our teddies in a bandage after he had hurt his leg on a stick. They got to ask him lots of questions about his job and at the end of the session, Mark sang the secret vet song (Old McDonald had a Farm) and gave out some colouring sheets. Mrs Mott brought in her pet tortoise named Esiotrot to show the children. They found out about what he likes to eat and also how he can actually move about quite quickly! The children have enjoyed another PE session with David Bridges, a football coach from Cambridge United. They went out onto the field to practise some important skills, including avoiding obstacles when running, changing direction and controlling a football with both their hands and feet. The children all had a great time and are looking forward to more sessions with David. Our royal wedding celebrations consisted of a game of pin the tail on the corgi followed by a brilliant tea party on the field involving lots of fun, laughter, dancing and of course some yummy cakes! Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will continue to learn to read and write a variety of cvcc words as well as a number of new tricky words from phase 4. The children in Mrs Owen's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds ng, ai, ee and igh. The children in Mrs Howard's phonics group will be learning the tricky word 'you' and will be learning the sounds oi, ear and air.

W.B 21st May 2018

The children have had another exciting week learning all about animals. During group time, the children have listened to the story of The Little Red Hen and have discussed whether they agree or disagree about the hen not sharing the loaf of bread she made with the dog, the cat and the duck. What do you think she should have done at the end of the story? Why do you think that? The children have also been doing some shared writing where they were split into groups of four and five to write down the facts they knew about different animals. After their writing, each group presented their work to the rest of the class. I was very impressed as to how each group worked together to create a shared piece of writing. The children have also been doing some observational paintings of different animals, taking into consideration what colour the animal is and also the various markings found on their chosen animal. In maths, the children have been doubling and halving spots on a ladybird's wings, learning all about the days of the week, months of the year and the four seasons and have also made a bar graph to depict which animal was the most popular in each maths group. The children needed to interpret the bar graph to answer various questions including; which is the least popular animal and how do you know? During their independent play, the children have been writing about the story of The Little Red Hen, including writing letters written by the hen to the dog, the cat and the duck. They have also been sharing a variety of food between two or three animals, pairing animal babies with their mothers and using 'tap it' to create their own animal pictures. I hope that you all have a lovely half term and a well deserved break, the children have worked so hard this half term and am sure are ready for a good rest. I look forward to hearing what they have been up to during their week off and will see you back at school on Monday 4th June where we will be starting with our topic on minibeasts. 

W.B 4th June 2018

Welcome back! I hope you have all had a lovely half term. The children look very refreshed after the holiday which is a good thing as we have a busy half term ahead of us! This week, the children have started to learn about minibeasts. They have thought of an amazing poem all about snails during group time. I was really impressed with their ideas and also their ability to think of words that rhyme. The children have been busy solving problems involving minibeasts, e.g. if there are 8 caterpillars on a leaf and 3 go to make a chrysalis, how many caterpillars will be left? Can you think of your own minibeast problem solving question that you can ask a friend? The children have also been exploring the tricky concept of halving and what that means. They found out how to easily halve even numbers and were even able to explain the way that you can do it. The children have also been exploring floating and sinking where they made predictions as to what they thought was going to happen when each object was placed inside a bowl of water and then recorded using words and/or pictures to show what they had found out. The children have been independently reading very small tricky words using a magnifying glass, making spider webs using glue and glitter and also role playing in the minibeast laboratory. We are all very excited about Wren's trip to Paxton Pits on Wednesday next week. Unless indicated on your permission slip, please ensure that your child brings a packed lunch on the day, as well as wearing their school uniform (it is essential that the children wear long trousers as they will be walking through the nature reserve). The children need to wear comfortable trainers and bring a sun hat, sun cream, water bottle and a raincoat with them inside a backpack that they will be able to carry themselves. Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will continue to learn to read and write a variety of cvcc words as well as a number of new tricky words from phase 4. The children in Mrs Owen's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds ar and or. The children in Mrs Howard's phonics group will be learning the sound er and will be re-capping the sound j.

Wednesday 13th June 2018

We have had an amazing trip to Paxton Pits today. We had so much fun minibeast hunting, pond dipping, bird watching, building a home for an otter, making a nature crown, making a large willow tree and also making a pond. The children all behaved very well and were an absolute credit to the school. I am so proud of how all of the children conducted themselves throughout the day and I hope they all enjoyed it just as much as all of the adults did! Well done everyone and have a good sleep tonight.