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Hello and welcome to Elm class web page.

In our classroom, you will find

 

Miss Walker

Mrs Parsons

Mrs Turner

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 Tuesday 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. 

 

In Elm class we have enjoyed learning all about Diwali, we coloured in Rangoli patterns using oil pastels and made some clay diva's.

We celebrated 'History Day' at school today and we discussed why we celebrate remembrance day. We also tried some trench cake, made poppy bracelets, decorated a poppy biscuit and used water colours and printing to make a field of poppies.

As well as doing some writing about fireworks, we have been very creative by drawing, creating and painting fireworks.

As well as doing some writing about fireworks, we have been very creative by drawing, creating and painting fireworks.  1
As well as doing some writing about fireworks, we have been very creative by drawing, creating and painting fireworks.  2
As well as doing some writing about fireworks, we have been very creative by drawing, creating and painting fireworks.  3
As well as doing some writing about fireworks, we have been very creative by drawing, creating and painting fireworks.  4
As well as doing some writing about fireworks, we have been very creative by drawing, creating and painting fireworks.  5
As well as doing some writing about fireworks, we have been very creative by drawing, creating and painting fireworks.  6
As well as doing some writing about fireworks, we have been very creative by drawing, creating and painting fireworks.  7

Today in P.E we worked outside with a partner to practise our throwing and catching skills.

What we are learning: 5.11.18

 

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

 

This week we will be learning about Bonfire night, Diwali and Remembrance Day. The children will be experimenting with a range of different paint techniques to make firework pictures as well as listening to different firework sounds, describing them using new vocabulary they have been taught and writing them on firework shaped cards. They will also be using clay to make a Diya to celebrate Diwali. We will be painting and decorating them later in the week ready to share them in assembly on Friday 16th. Parents are very welcome to attend assembly and see our amazing work. 

 

We are continuing to learn our sounds and this week we will focus on  j, w, z and reviewing phase 2 and 3 tricky words. There will be lots of opportunities to practise correct letter formation and writing words/sentences with these letters in. The children will also be looking for tricky words and letters in the outdoor environment.

 

In Numberland the children will have the opportunity to count out numbers to 10, solve problems related to one more and one less and combining amounts. They will be counting out the correct amount of objects for each garden and then separating the objects in different ways, beginning to recognise that the total remains the same.

 

The challenge for the following tables are as follows:

-maths table: making 5 or 10

-finger gym: threading pipe cleaners through holes and adding beads to make fireworks

-story table: Rama and Sita story (Diwali)

-Investigation table- investigating light and colour

 

In assembly on Friday 16th the children will be sharing some of their work, parents are very welcome.

All about pumpkins!

Holding a balance in P.E.

What we are learning: 22.10.18

 

The children really enjoyed all of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears -themed activities, making porridge with a jam or honey topping and playing with porridge oats were amongst the most popular. 

 

This week we will be learning about Little Red Riding Hood, acting out the story, thinking about her journey to grandma's house and of course the wolf! 

 

In Numberland the children will be placing the correct amount of objects in each garden but with an added challenge- they will be asked to choose 2 different types of objects to make the total amount required in each garden and representing them as a repeating pattern.

 

In phonics this week we will be learning the sounds: b, f, ff, l and ll. The children will be learning how to form each letter correctly and write words with these sounds in. They 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.  

 

The challenge for the following tables is: 

-maths table: making a picture by ordering the numbered pieces 

-finger gym: using tweezers to pick up spiders and bats 

-story table: Little Red Riding Hood

-Investigation table- properties of materials e.g hard or soft

 

Please remember parents evening is this Monday (22nd) and Wednesday 24th). You can book an appointment online using the address printed on the bottom of the newsletter which is available on the school website or visit the office and a member of staff will be able to book you an appointment. If you have forgotten your appointment time please see the class teacher.

What we are learning: 15.10.18

 

Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend the phonic workshop on Monday, the children really enjoyed sharing their learning with you. If you have any further questions please speak to a member of staff.

 

This week the children really enjoyed learning about Harvest and sharing their scarecrows in assembly. They particularly enjoyed learning the song 'Big Red Combine Harvester' and sang beautifully in assembly. 

 

Our topic this week is Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the children will be taking part in lots of themed activities. We will be making and trying porridge with honey, sorting objects according to size and filling different containers with porridge to investigate capacity. 

 

This week we will continue learning the sounds: d,g,o,u,. 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 arms 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. 

 

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 adding 1 more. This week they will be continuing to investigate the number of sides on regular and irregular 2d shapes and placing them in the correct garden.

 

The challenge for the following tables is: 

-maths table:  sorting objects according to size 

-finger gym: Mr. Potato head 

-story table: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Investigation table: recycling, sorting objects into containers labelled plastic, metal or wood

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Tricky Words and Sight Words Song

In Elm class we have been playing this song to help us remember the tricky words and we have talking about how important it is to remember these tricky words off by heart to help us with our reading!

Our learning - 8.10.17

 

The children really enjoyed all 'The Gingerbread Man' themed activities this week. We used ginger scented playdough to cut out the characters, made Gingerbread Man stick puppets and even painted pictures of him. The most popular activity was making Gingerbread Men and the children were a little worried that they might jump out of the oven when it was opened and run away just like in the story! Fortunately, they didn't and we had an amazing time decorating them. The children said that they tasted delicious! There are lots of photographs below so please have a look at all of our learning so far.

 

Our topic this week is 'Harvest' and we will be learning about lots of different fruit and vegetables and what happens at harvest time. Our story of the week is 'The Little Red Hen' and we will be busy making some bread rolls. 

 

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 9.05am.  

 

This week we will continue learning the sounds: e,h,r,m. 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. There will be more information about this at the phonics meeting on Monday 8th October at 9.05.

 

The children really enjoyed going back to Numberland and are enjoying the challenges that face them. They have been placing a range of items in their gardens and explaining to the adults why they have chosen that particular amount. They have also been using the terms 'more and less' to explain the problem they have identified and explaining how they can solve it.  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.  This week they will be adding 2d shapes, including irregular 2d shapes into their gardens. They will be carefully counting the number of sides each shape has to help them work out which garden to place it in.

 

The challenge for the following tables is: 

-maths table: number formation on chalk boards

-finger gym: making patterns on peg boards 

-story table: The Little Red Hen- the children will be using the stick puppets to act out the story

 

The phonics workshop is on Monday 8th October 9.05. Parents will find out some information about how phonics and reading is taught in school and how they can support their child at home. Parents will also be able to play some phonics and reading games with their child. The powerpoint will be available on each reception class webpage after the workshop. If you have any questions please speak to a member of staff.

I.C.T session - designing gingerbread men 05.10.18

Jolly Phonics Phase 1

In Elm class we have been using these Jolly Phonics songs to help us in our phonics sessions.

Shapes Song 2

Elm class have really been enjoying listening to this song when learning about 2D shapes.

What we are learning - 1.10.18

 

Thank you to all the parents who attended the parents' information session on Tuesday. If you have any further questions please speak to a member of staff. Our next parents' meeting is Monday 8th October at 9.05. Parents will be able to play some phonics and reading activities with their child.

 

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. 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 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. 

 

The children really enjoyed their first visit to Number Land last week and hopefully, your child has come home excited and full of information about their visit. They met the numbers that live there and helped them put a door and the correct number of windows on their houses. This week the children will be going back again but this time they will be putting the correct number of items in each garden.

 

The children will also be going on a shape walk around the school and the playground to look for 2d shapes. How many 2d shapes can your child find at home or in the local environment? 

 

Our story of the week is The Gingerbread Man and as part of our learning, we will be making gingerbread men, playing with ginger-scented playdough, acting out the story and painting gingerbread men pictures. 

 

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

 

The challenge for the following tables is: 

-maths table: identifying 2d shapes and using them to make shape pictures

-finger gym: making a gingerbread man stick puppet or mask 

-story table: The Gingerbread Man, the children will be able to use their stick puppets to make up their own stories to share with a friend or the class

What we are learning: 24.9.18

  

The children had lots of fun at our teddy bear picnic and it was really lovely to see so many of their favourite soft animals. They worked really hard to make their own honey, jam or spread sandwiches and enjoyed eating them with the children from Ash and Pine class. We also made name labels for our bears and read them a story.

 

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.

 

Please ensure that children are heard read as often as possible and their reading record books are signed and placed in the corresponding basket every morning and the reading book is placed in their drawer.

 

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 numbered 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 number of doors and windows for each house.

 

We will also be going on an autumn walk looking for and collecting signs of autumn. We would like the children to bring in anything autumn related that they find on their way to school or over the weekend.

 

There is a parents workshop on Tuesday 25th 9.10 for Ash, Elm and Pine class parents to discuss how the children have settled, reading books, the wow wall and the characteristics of effective learning.

 

Many thanks for your continued support. If you have any questions please speak to a member of staff.

 

The challenges for the following tables are:

 

-maths table: matching numicon to autumn leaf numerals

-finger gym: natural resources self portraits 

-story table: Leaf Man

Our learning- 17.9.18

 

The children have all enjoyed their first few weeks at school and have been very busy, trying new activities and making new friends. Some of the activities we have been exploring include using natural materials to make a picture of our faces, painting, using playdough, fishing for numbers and making a giant ball run.

 

This week we will be continuing with our ‘all about me’ topic. The children will be painting portraits of themselves and we will be naming different facial features and exploring colouring mixing.

 

We will also be going on a number walk around school to see how many different numbers we can spot and recognise. Why not see how many numbers your child can spot when you are out and about at the weekend or on your way to school?

 

As part of our class circle time sessions we have been discussing people and objects that are special to us and as part of this work we would like the children to bring in a bear or a soft toy on Friday 21st September. The children will be writing a label for their bear and drawing or painting a picture of it. We will also be making sandwiches in the morning and all 3 reception classes will be having a joint picnic in the afternoon.

 

Please speak to a member of staff if you have any questions.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

 

The challenge for the following tables is:

 

-maths table: matching the correct number of conkers to autumn leaves

-finger gym: pom pom rainbow using tweezers

-story table: Midnight at the Zoo


 
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