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Hello and welcome to Elm class web page.

In our classroom, you will find

 

Mrs Mountney

Mrs Margrove

Mrs Ali-Shah

                                       Miss Smith

 

If you have any questions please feel free to speak to a member of staff at the beginning or end of the day.

In Elm class our P.E lessons are on a Wednesday morning and a Friday afternoon. Please ensure P.E kits are in school on these days and all items are clearly labelled.

 

We use the outside area as our second classroom so please make sure the children bring suitable clothing as they will be outside whatever the weather. If possible please leave wellies (named) in school as we have a digging area, water wall and mud kitchen that the children have daily access to.

 

 

What we are learning: 20.11.17

The children looked wonderful in their spotty clothes on Friday. I hope they all enjoyed our spotty ramble around the school! We walked 2 laps of the school grounds which is half a mile, and the children really enjoyed looking for and counting spots which had been hidden in the school grounds. They were very excited and enjoyed seeing children from the other classes in school.

 

This week we will be starting to learn about Christmas. Hopefully the children are already coming home singing our nativity songs! This week we visit the hall everyday to start practising our play. The children will come home with any lines they need to learn shortly. If you have any questions about this please talk to your class teacher.  

 

This week in phonics we will be introducing digraphs. The children will learn that when two letters hold hands they make a new sound. We will be learning the following digraphs: qu,sh,ch, th. Please take a look at the video below which will help you pronounce the sounds correctly.   

 

The children were very good at using the language of more and fewer this week. They also learnt that sometimes you need to count both sets of objects before you can tell which one has more/fewer. This week in Numberland the children will be sharing out a certain number of objects in their garden and then seeing how many they have altogether. They will also have a go at recording this sum, for example: if they put 4 ladybirds on one circle of their garden and 4 in the other circle they may write on their whiteboard 4+4=8. 

 

The challenge for the following tables are as follows:

-maths table: shape printing, making a repeating pattern

-finger gym: emergency services puzzle

-story table: Owl Babies story

-phonics table: fishing for phonics 

 

 

Many thanks for your continued support.

Jolly Phonics Phase Three

Jolly Phonics is a program designed to help children learn the name and sounds of letters.

Welly Ramble

Welly Ramble 1 We counted the spots we found on our ramble.
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Welly Ramble 5 It was really frosty!
Welly Ramble 6 We had lots of fun!
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Welly Ramble 10 Lots of spots!

A busy week!

A busy week! 1 In Numberland we made patterns in our gardens.
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A busy week! 3 At the finger gym we used tweezers to pick up
A busy week! 4 sugar cubes and build towers.
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A busy week! 6 Writing a birthday card for Sam.
A busy week! 7 Using pebbles to write letters.
A busy week! 8 Skateboarding down the hill and landing on numbers
A busy week! 9 In P.E we were working on our ball skills.
A busy week! 10 We tried hard to dribble the ball
A busy week! 11 through the cones before
A busy week! 12 scoring a goal.
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A busy week! 16 As part of our cool down we were starfish.
A busy week! 17 Exploring watercolours.
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A busy week! 19 Building with 3d shapes.
A busy week! 20 Making a 3d Numicon house
A busy week! 21 Completing a phonics game on the i-pad
A busy week! 22 Making links with our story of the week.
A busy week! 23 We acted out Room on a Broom.

What we are learning: 13.11.17

The children (and bears!) all looked amazing on Friday and really enjoyed our bumblebear party and the biscuits and honey sandwiches the children had made were delicious. We hope you enjoyed reading their new book with them at home too!  We also welcomed a  new student in Elm class this week,  Miss Lucas who will be with us on Wednesday's and Thursday's up until the end of November and will be visiting us again at the start of next year, the children were very good at making her feel welcome.  

 

Our topic this week is all about our birthdays! Someone in Elm class will be celebrating a birthday but they are rather sad because it has been forgotten by everyone else! Hopefully the children will be able to write some cards to make them feel happier! 

 

This week in phonics we will be checking to see how many sounds we know and then re-capping the ones we find difficult. We will also have lots of opportunities to embed our learning independently with both words that can be sounded out and tricky words which just have to be learnt. Many of us are ready to start writing sentences so we will also be introducing finger spaces.  

 

The children were amazing at making patterns during Numberland last week and confidently explained what they had done. This week we will be focusing on  using the language of ‘more’ and ‘fewer’ to compare two sets of objects. The children will find two different sets on their garden and have to tell the adult which one has more and which one has fewer. Can you find different objects around the house that you could compare using this key vocabulary? 

 

The challenge for the following tables are as follows:

-maths table: ordering numbers independently

-finger gym: making a sugar cube tower using tweezers to pick them up

-story table: Room on a Broom

-phonics table: letter formation (Please find the ABC rap song below)

 

 

Many thanks for your continued support. 

 

Alphabet Song | ABC Song | Phonics Song

The Alphabet Song Video by Have Fun Teaching is a great way to teach and learn the alphabet, phonics, letter sounds, vocabulary words, and uppercase and lowercase letters

Bumble Bear

Bumble Bear 1 After sending a letter to Norman the Bear
Bumble Bear 2 he sent us some ingredients to
Bumble Bear 3 make honey sandwiches and bee biscuits.
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Bumble Bear 9 We made a repeating pattern using icing.
Bumble Bear 10 They looked amazing!
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Bumble Bear 12 On Friday morning we made banana bees
Bumble Bear 13 for our party.
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Bumble Bear 21 We came to school dressed as bees.
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Bumble Bear 30 We even dressed our bears as bees!
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Bumble Bear 38 We had our bee party outside in the sunshine.
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Bumble Bear 44 The food was delicious.
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What we are learning: 6.11.17

We have had a very busy first week back at school and the children have had great fun learning about Halloween and Bonfire night. We had lots of fun collecting leaves and sticks and rolling up newspaper to stuff the body of our guy. 

Our topic this week is all about our Bookstart book ‘Norman the bee’. We can’t tell you too much as there are going to be lots of surprises this week but the children will be allowed to come to school dressed in yellow and black on Friday with their teddy bear. There will also be a competition for the bear that is dressed most like a bee! A letter will be going home on Monday with more details. 

We are nearly at the end of our single sounds and this week we will be looking at b,w,x and z. The children have been working really hard to write words on their own using the new sounds we have learnt. This week we will be having a go at hearing the sounds in words all on our own, if we get stuck we can sound the word out from the beginning again. 

During Maths the children will be learning about pattern, how to continue one and how to create their very own one using shapes and colours. Can they select some items around the house and make a pattern? 

The children will continue to visit Numberland. When they are there they have the opportunity to count out numbers to 10, sort shapes and solve a range of number problems such as subtraction and addition. This week they will be making sure that everything in Numberland is a pattern! 

 

The challenge for the following tables are as follows:

-maths table: estimate how many objects there are in a pot and write their estimate on a post-it note

-finger gym: making a pattern using mosaic tiles 

-story table: Goldilocks and the Three Bears 

-phonics table: make a 3 letter word

 

Thank you for everyone who has brought in plastic bottles so far. We will continue to make potions this week so if you have any more please hand them to your class teacher. 

Many thanks for your continued support.

Class Guy

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Potions

Potions 1 Over the next 2 weeks we will be taking turns
Potions 2 to make our own magic potions.
Potions 3 First we planned the ingredients.
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Potions 5 Then we gathered everything together
Potions 6 and started to make our potions.
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Potions 10 We thought carefully about what would happen
Potions 11 if someone drank our potion.
Potions 12 Maybe turn you into a bat,
Potions 13 rat or
Potions 14 a frog!
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Potions 20 Add water and shake.
Potions 21 A bubbly, wubbly potion.
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Potions 29 This potion will turn you into an Ogre!
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P.E

P.E 1 Today in P.E we had the apparatus out
P.E 2 for the first time.
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P.E 5 We were learning how to jump
P.E 6 off an object and land safely.
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Witches' Hats

Witches' Hats 1 We rolled ice-cream cones in chocolate
Witches' Hats 2 and then added stars and sprinkles to make
Witches' Hats 3 edible witches' hats.
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What we are learning: 30.10.17

Welcome back! We hope you have had lots of fun over half term and are looking forward to coming back to school. 

Our topic this week is Halloween and Bonfire night. The children will be making a class guy for the school competition, as well as painting different fireworks and describing them using new vocabulary they have been taught. They will also be making their very own witches hat on Tuesday so look out for these. 

We are continuing to learn our sounds and this week we will focus on: f,y,j and z. There will be lots of opportunities to practise correct letter formation and writing words/sentences with these letters in. They will also be trying yoghurt and writing their own sentence to tell us if they like it or not! 

During Maths the children will be learning what estimate means and having a go at doing this. They will be reminded that they don’t have to get it right as long as they have had a sensible guess. What can they estimate around the house?

The children will continue to visit Numberland. When they are there they have the opportunity to count out numbers to 10, sort shapes, solve problems such as subtraction and addition sums. This week they will be estimating how many pumpkins have been growing in each garden! 

 

The challenge for the following tables are as follows:

-maths table: put the daily routine into order

-finger gym: picking up spiders with tweezers

-story table: Winnie the Witch 

-phonics table: pick a word out of the cauldron and write it down. 

 

Please note we will be asking for clear bottles as we will be making potions outside! Please hand them to your class teacher if you have any. 

Many thanks for your continued support.

Diwali

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Apple printing

Apple printing 1 We painted apples with different
Apple printing 2 autumn colours.
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Apple printing 6
Apple printing 7 Then we printed them onto paper.
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Apple printing 13 We were really pleased with our pictures.
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Our learning

Our learning 1 building
Our learning 2 co-operating to play a game
Our learning 3 drawing
Our learning 4 writing
Our learning 5 Look what I found in my apple!
Our learning 6 maths
Our learning 7 ICT
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Our learning 10 measuring
Our learning 11 constructing
Our learning 12 patterns
Our learning 13 Singing, 10 green bottles.
Our learning 14 model making
Our learning 15 We put them on the model table and wrote a label.
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Our learning 17 counting in Numberland
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Jigsaw Jenie

Jigsaw Jenie 1 As part of our PSHE work Jigsaw Jenie
Jigsaw Jenie 2 has been helping us think about kindness.
Jigsaw Jenie 3 We decided to make Jigsaw Jenie biscuits.
Jigsaw Jenie 4 We worked together to measure and mix
Jigsaw Jenie 5 the ingredients.
Jigsaw Jenie 6 It was really sticky!
Jigsaw Jenie 7 Then we cut out jigsaw shapes and baked them.
Jigsaw Jenie 8 Chocolate buttons for eyes and icing for a smile.
Jigsaw Jenie 9 They were delicious!
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What we are learning: 16.10.17

The children really enjoyed learning about Harvest and sharing their scarecrows in assembly. Thank you very much to all the people who brought in photos of their pets. The children were very good at asking questions and listening very carefully to each other. 

 

Our topic this week is ‘daily routines'. During Maths they will all have the chance to order a familiar routine using the key words: first, next, finally. This is a nice activity to do while walking to or from school:  can your child tell you the three main steps for brushing their teeth for example? 

 

This week we will continue learning the sounds: g,o,u,l. They will be learning how to form each letter correctly and write words with these sounds in. The children are getting really good at using their robot hands to hear each sound in a 3 letter word so we will also be introducing simple sentences using the tricky words we have learnt e.g. I can hop or it is a dog.  Have a look at the tricky word video below this text. 

 

The children will continue to visit Numberland. When they are there they have the opportunity to count out numbers to 10, sort shapes, solve problems such as subtraction and addition sums. This week they will also be ordering events that the numbers like to do, e.g what are the three steps that number 3 needs to do in order to eat his breakfast? 

 

The challenge for the following tables is: 

-maths table: make a 2d shape picture using the tap tap. 

-finger gym: using the tools to unscrew the bolts 

-story table: Beauty Contest at the Zoo

 

Please remember parents evening is this Monday (16th) and Tuesday (17th). If you have forgotten your appointment time please see the class teacher. 

Scarecrows

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Tricky Words and Sight Words Song

http://www.epicphonics.com/resources/phase/2 Check out our printable phonics resources and online games! A tricky word/sight word song for children covering the, I, go, no, to, she, he and we. Tricky words, these are tricky tricky tricky tricky tricky words! Don't let them trick you!

Pets

Pets 1 We painted pictures of our pets
Pets 2 or our favourite pet.
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Our learning - 9.10.17

 

The children really enjoyed our autumn walk this week and had lots of fun picking up, throwing and running through piles of leaves and collecting conkers which we took back to the classroom to use for counting. 

 

Our topic this week is ‘my pets’ we look forward to seeing all your photos of your pets and asking lots of questions about them (don’t forget to bring them in by Thursday).

 

On Friday we will be joining in with our Harvest assembly. The children will be making something very special to show you so please feel free to join us at 9.10am. We will be holding a cake sale straight after assembly so please bring your cakes to sell on Friday morning too. 

 

This week we will continue learning the sounds: h,r,m,d. The children will be learning how to identify objects that have those sounds in them and using this understanding to read and write words. They will also be learning how to form each letter correctly. As the children now know quite a few sounds we have been blending them to make CVC words e.g pat, cat, sit and using our 'robot arms' to help us. 

 

The children really enjoyed going back to Numberland and are enjoying the challenges that face them. This week they will be having a go at working out how many pets they will have in their garden if they add one more or take away one less. Asking your child quick-fire questions e.g what is 5 and 1 more or 4 and one less is a great way to practice this skill on the way to and from school. 

 

The challenge for the following tables is: 

-maths table: identifying the correct number on the flowers and clipping on the correct number of pegs

-finger gym: making a pattern using the pegboards and coloured pegs 

-story table: the children will be able to use the puppet show to make up their own stories to share with a friend or the class

Autumn walk

Autumn walk 1 We collected sticks,
Autumn walk 2 leaves,
Autumn walk 3 lots of leaves!
Autumn walk 4 We even found some conkers.
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letters and sounds

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Let's Count to 20 Song For Kids

Let's sing and count to 20 in this fun children's song! Purchase this video to view offline Mac or Windows click here: Original song by Matt http://www.dreamenglish.com This song is a YouTube exclusive and not currently available anywhere else. Thank you.

Jolly phonics

Sung in the order that we teach the sounds

What we are learning - 2.10.17

 

The children have done really well learning our first 4 sounds this week, s, a, t and i. We listened to some songs that are based on the sounds, made s-shaped bread rolls and played a sound guessing game with our talk partner. If you haven't received a copy of the homework please speak to an adult and we will get you another copy. 

 

This week we will be learning the sounds: p, n, c, k and e and revisiting those we learnt last week. The children will be learning how to identify objects that have those sounds in them and using this knowledge to read and write words. They will also be learning how to form each letter correctly. 

 

Hopefully, your child has come home excited and full of information about their visit to number land. This week the children will be going back again but this time they will be sorting out the shapes that have been muddled up! 

 

The children will also be going on an Autumn walk around the park to look for signs of Autumn. They will be going on Monday morning so please ensure they have a coat and wellies. 

 

We look forward to seeing you at our parent's workshop on Tuesday where we will be talking you through how we teach phonics and you will get the chance to work with your child to complete different activities.

 

If you have any questions please speak to a member of staff.

S shaped bread and fruit faces

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Teddy Bear Picnic

Teddy Bear Picnic 1 We made jam or cheese spread sandwiches.
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Teddy Bear Picnic 5 We labelled our bears.
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Teddy Bear Picnic 8 We had a picnic with Ash class.
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Teddy Bear Picnic 10 We ate our sandwiches and played games.
Teddy Bear Picnic 11 Elm Bear came too!

We made faces using natural materials.

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Lines and spirals

Lines and spirals 1 We covered the light box
Lines and spirals 2 in paint and used our fingers
Lines and spirals 3 to make different shapes,
Lines and spirals 4 spirals, circles and zig - zags.
Lines and spirals 5 We also used sticks and stones
Lines and spirals 6 to explore different lines and shapes.
Lines and spirals 7
Lines and spirals 8 We had great fun!
Thank you to all the parents who attended the meeting this week. A copy of the powerpoint is available below and if you have any questions please come in and speak to a member of staff.

Characteristics of effective learning

Our Learning

Our Learning 1 matching amounts to numbers
Our Learning 2 threading at the finger gym
Our Learning 3 exploring construction
Our Learning 4 writing
Our Learning 5 exploring colour
Our Learning 6
Our Learning 7 shopping for a picnic
Our Learning 8 building a pathway
Our Learning 9 number challenge
Our Learning 10 problem solving
Our Learning 11 digging
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Our Learning 14 making playdough faces
Our Learning 15 off for a drive

Our topic this term is 'All about Me.' we would like to make a display all about the children's interests. We would therefore like you to send in a photograph or a drawing of your child completing their favourite activity which can then be displayed on the wall in the classroom.

If you have any questions please speak to the class teacher.

Many thanks.

What we are learning: 25.9.17

  

 

This week in phonics we will also be introducing the children to the sounds: s a t i. The children will be taught how to write each letter and how to identify them in words. The children will also be using their robot hands to orally segment and blend words independently. When the children are reading their books to you or you are out and about point out the letters we are learning and ask the children to tell you the sounds they make.

 

In Maths the children will be taking a visit to Number land! They will need to go across a number lane to enter this magical world and when they get there they will discover number houses and gardens to match! Why not ask your child to tell you all about it. The children will also be discovering how to count and match the correct numeral to each piece of numicon

 

Please ensure that children are heard to read as often as possible and their reading record books are signed and placed in the corresponding basket every morning. Many thanks for your continued support.