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Hello and welcome to Elm class web page.

In our classroom, you will find

 

Miss Walker

Mrs Parsons

Mrs Turner (Wednesday)

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. 

 

We  visit the library on Thursday afternoons and the children will be able to choose either a fiction or non-fiction book to borrow and share with you at home. Library books need to be returned on a weekly basis and placed in the children's book bags ready to change that day.

recording our singing with a BBC sound engineer

recording our singing with a BBC sound engineer 1
recording our singing with a BBC sound engineer 2
recording our singing with a BBC sound engineer 3
recording our singing with a BBC sound engineer 4

We enjoyed exploring the iPads this afternoon!

We enjoyed exploring the iPads this afternoon! 1
We enjoyed exploring the iPads this afternoon! 2
We enjoyed exploring the iPads this afternoon! 3
We enjoyed exploring the iPads this afternoon! 4
We enjoyed exploring the iPads this afternoon! 5

What we are learning: 18.3.19

 

This week our learning will continue to be based on the story ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ by Julia Donaldson. We will be making wanted posters to help locate Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len who tried to steal the prize cow. At the story table the children will be acting out the story using puppets and recording it using the sound buttons. They will then be sharing their stories with the whole class.

   

In Number Land the children will be completing a challenge that has been left by Inky the mouse. They will find out that he has put a spell on the Number Land gardens and that the numbers can only be saved by placing double the amount of objects in each garden. They will be encouraged to write the matching number sentence to break the spell.

 

In literacy the children will be writing wanted posters to help catch the robbers. They will be applying their developing phonic knowledge, having a go at spelling tricky words correctly and using their robot arms to segment. We will also be working on letter formation linked to the letter families that are displayed in the classroom and were sent home during parent consultations. If you have any questions please speak to a member of staff.

 

 

At the phonics table the children will be working on their rhyming knowledge and they will have to find the odd picture out that doesn't rhyme. 

 

As part of our STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) work the children will continue to use the resources provided to construct models. We had some really interesting designs last week which can be seen below. 

 

Story of the week: What the Ladybird Heard

Maths table: creating their own number sentences

Finger gym table: How many ladybirds and bees can you sort in 30 seconds?

STEM area: resources for construction

Phonics challenge: letter formation

 

Reminders:

 

The writing workshop for reception parents and their children will take place on Monday 25th March at 9.05. There will be a brief introduction by staff and parents will then be able to try a wide range of exciting and inspiring writing activities with their children. These will include superhero writing, comic strips, writing letters in the sand, wanted posters and many more. Please speak to a member of staff if you need any further information.

What we are learning: 11.3.19

 

The children thoroughly enjoyed all our learning last week but in particular dressing up as animals on World Book Day.

 

This week our learning will be based on the story ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ by Julia Donaldson. We will be using our creative skills to make our own ladybirds, using tweezers to rescue ladybirds, and discussing Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len and their cunning plan to steal the prize cow.

   

 

In literacy the children will be designing a ‘stealing plan’ and writing wanted posters to help catch the robbers. They will be applying their developing phonic knowledge, having a go at spelling tricky words correctly and using their robot arms to segment.

 

 

At the phonics table the children will be reading captions and finding the match picture.

 

As part of our STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) work the children will continue to use the resources provided to construct models. We had some really interesting designs last week and they can be seen on the STEM display board behind the table. We will be celebrating each of the children’s designs and models during the day and discussing what they have constructed and how it could be adapted. The investigation table will be relocated into the outdoor learning space.

 

 

Story of the week: What the Ladybird Heard

Maths table: sharing challenge

Finger gym table: use the tweezers to rescue the ladybirds

STEM area: resources for construction

Phonics challenge: caption and picture matching

 

Reminders:

Parent Evenings will shortly be taking place over two days in March; Monday 11th from 3.00–5.30pm and Wednesday 13th from 4.30-7.00pm. Appointments may be booked using the online Parents Evening System which allows you to select an appointment time, which will be confirmed by email.  The system will be open from 8.00am on Monday 4th March up until 10pm on Sunday 10th March and is accessed via

https://strathmore.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/ logging in using your child’s first name and surname. If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the school office who will be happy to add appointments on your behalf.

 

The writing workshop for reception parents and their children will take place on Monday 25th March at 9.05. Please speak to a member of staff if you need any further information.

 

World Book Day! We had great fun sharing our stories with our friends and we listened really carefully when the year 2's came to read us the stories that they had written.

We really enjoyed making pancakes, we found whisking the batter together a bit tricky though. We also persevered to cut up some of our healthier pancake toppings. We all thought the pancakes were really yummy! Happy Pancake Day for tomorrow!

What we are learning: 4.3.19

 

The children have enjoyed all our learning based on ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson which we will continue to use throughout the week and as part of world book Day. 

 

As part of our work this week the children will be making split pin Gruffalo's, their own story books based on their own interest and of course pancakes!

 

On Monday we will have an author visit from Sue Hampton with an assembly entitled ‘The Power of Stories.’ Please see the recent newsletter for details of her books that will be available to buy and be signed straight after school.

 

In Number Land the children will have another chance to visit the shop and buy items to place in their gardens. The shop was very popular last week and the children worked hard to count the correct amount of coins to buy their items.

 

In literacy the children will be designing their own pancakes and labelling their favourite pancake toppings. They will be using their developing phonic knowledge including digraphs to segment the words they need to write.

At the phonics table the children will be playing eye spy and looking for items on the page that start with the digraphs ai, ee, igh, oa and having a go at writing them.

 

 

Story of the week: The Gruffalo

Maths table: subtraction challenge

Finger gym table: create a split pin Gruffalo 

STEM area: resources for construction

Phonics challenge: eye spy digraph challenge

 

Parent Evenings will shortly be taking place over two days in March; Monday 11th from 3.00–5.30pm and Wednesday 13th from 4.30-7.00pm. Appointments may be booked using the online Parents Evening System which allows you to select an appointment time, which will be confirmed by email.  The system will be open from 8.00am on Monday 4th March up until 10pm on Sunday 10thMarch and is accessed via

https://strathmore.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/ logging in using your child’s first name and surname.  If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the school office who will be happy to add appointments on your behalf.

Our clay Gruffalo's

Enjoying the sunshine and practising kicking, throwing and catching skills

What we are learning: 25.2.19

 

The children had lots of fun during Feeling Good Week and had the opportunity to try some new activities which they thoroughly enjoyed, particularly the zumba! We were also very lucky to have some special visitors in school, 2 reception parents who are opera singers came into school to talk to the children about singing and music and the different emotions it can make us feel. In addition to some amazing singing they also did some warm up exercises with the children which they absolutely loved and when we sang in class later in the day the children were eager to use the new warm up techniques. We also had a visit from some members of Hitchin Symphony Orchestra who played a range of different instruments and talked to the children about which family of the orchestra their instruments belonged to and how they are played. They played some familiar tunes which the children were very excited to hear and there were opportunities for us to join in with some singing. Thank you very much to all our visitors we really appreciate them giving up their time to come and sing and play for the children.

 

We also walked a singing mile with the rest of the school on Friday afternoon. We sang lots of traditional songs and even did some dancing as we walked. The children really enjoyed it, particularly the singing and we were all ‘feeling good’ by the time we had finished the mile.

 

Next week we will be reading ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson and lots of our learning will be based on the characters from the book. We will be making a clay Gruffalo using buttons and sticks to make spikes and acting out the story. We will also be painting pictures of characters from the story and labelling them with their different features using lots of descriptive language.

 

When the children visit Number Land they will find that Inky the mouse has made a shop and they will be able to buy the items they would like to place in their garden. Each set of objects will have a price label and the children will need to read it to work out how much they cost and find the matching coins. They will also take turns to be the shopkeeper.

 

In literacy the children will be labelling their pictures of characters from the story. They will be using their developing phonic knowledge including digraphs to segment the words they need to write. We will also be writing tricky words at the phonics table which we will be able to use in our writing. Outside we are going to be word detectives and go on a tricky word hunt.

 

From next week we will have a new STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) challenge area which will be resourced with a range of different materials for the children to explore and construct with. We will be celebrating each of the children’s designs and models during the day and discussing what they have constructed and how it could be adapted. The investigation table will be relocated into the outdoor learning space.

 

 

Story of the week: The Gruffalo

Maths table: money sorting and matching

Finger gym table: creating a repeating pattern with peg boards

STEM area: resources for construction

Phonics challenge: blending words on cup to find a ping pong ball

Making our dinosaur egg nest cakes, we cannot wait to try them!

To make us feel good today we listened to a classical music piece and painted what the music made us feel; we expressed through choosing the colours and patterns. We really enjoyed trying a new activity!

Exploring the different musical instruments definitely made us feel good! It was so interesting to hear all of the different sounds, we did find it a challenge of remembering how each instrument need to be played using different techniques. We can't wait to explore the instruments again in Elm Class!

What a fantastic zumba session, they were exhausted at the end!

What we are learning: 11.2.19

 

The children had so much fun last week learning all about Chinese New year. Why not ask them some questions about the story or the celebration as I am sure they will be able to remember. Maybe even ask them if they remember how to say 'Happy New Year' in Mandarin!

We hope that you joined us to see them in their school assembly performing their dragon dance - they definitely deserve a huge well done! 

 

Next week is Feeling Good Week and the theme is ‘Musical Me.’ The children will be taking part in a range of singing and musical activities. They will be writing and performing their own songs, making musical instruments, participating in a Zumba class and walking a singing mile on Friday along with many other exciting activities. Have a look at the website during the week to see all our leaning.

 
 

In assembly on Friday morning the children will also be showing some of their learning from during Feeling Good Week. After the assembly parents are invited to stay and visit Strathmore Cafe to enjoy some musically themed baked items that the children have made. Refreshments will kindly be provided by FOSSA and year 2 children will be on hand to serve the cakes and biscuits. Please come and join us.

 

Story of the week: Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus

Maths table: dinosaur number sentences

Finger gym table: loose parts and dinosaur pictures

Investigation table: musical investigation

Phonics challenge: tricky words

Reception practising their special Dragon dance!

We acted out the Chinese New Year story!

We acted out the Chinese New Year story!  1
We acted out the Chinese New Year story!  2
We acted out the Chinese New Year story!  3

We made our own dragon head ready for our dance!

We had a great time cooking our own noodles and tasting them. We even used chop sticks, which was a real challenge, but we all persevered!

What we are learning: 4.2.19

This week we are going to be learning all about Chinese New Year. We will be drawing our own dragons, making shakers and re-telling the story. The reception children will also be taking part in a special dragon dance in the hall on Friday at 9.10 we look forward to seeing you there.

 

In Literacy, the children will be using their special new finger space reminders to write sentences about the Chinese New Year story. We will also be tasting different Chinese food and then writing sentences about what is our favourite food and why.  
 

The phonics challenge this week is to continue to practise our blending skills to read cvc words. The children then have to write these down on the chalk boards and for a challenge think of a sentence that you could use that word in. 

 

In Maths we will be learning how to use vocabulary related to time. The children will be taking part in races outside and then working our what position they have come. In Number Land this week the children will be continuing with their addition challenges and investigating subtraction. 

Don't forget children need to have their library book in their drawer on Monday so that they can choose a new book.

The challenges for the following tables are:

 

-maths table: sequencing and ordinal numbers linked to Chinese New Year

-finger gym: making a fan

-story table: The Chinese New Year Story

-Investigation table: Spaghetti

 

Please join us in assembly on Friday morning to see the reception children perform a dragon dance to celebrate Chinese New Year.

What we are learning: 28.1.19 

 

The story ‘Stick Man’ has been very popular this week and the children enjoying showing their friends the sticks they collected as part of our homework task. They prompted some fascinating discussions and interesting questions. We will be using their sticks to create their own stick man using string and googly eyes! 

 

This week we will be continuing to use the story ‘Stick Man’ as a basis for our learning. We will be tying natural materials to the end of sticks to use as paintbrushes and looking at the different marks they make. We will also be reading 'Not a stick' to think of alternative ways of using a stick. 

 

In literacy the children will be writing different ways how they could use a stick and illustrating their work. This will encourage the children's understanding of writing a list. They will be encouraged to use their developing phonic knowledge and the word resources located around the classroom to help them with their spelling.

 

The phonics challenge for the week is blending words to see if it is a real word or a rubbish word - the children are familiar with this game as it is a game online on 'phonicsplay'. This will encourage to practise their blending skills. 

 

When the children visit Number Land this week they will be surprised to find that Inky the mischievous mouse has visited again and left some objects in the gardens for them to investigate. They will need to solve the problem he has left for them, which may involve adding or subtracting amounts practically.

 

 

The challenges for the following tables are:

 

-maths table: ordering and measuring sticks according to length

-finger gym: making a repeating pattern stick

-story table: Stick Man

-Investigation table: floating or sinking

On Tuesday afternoon we had a great time practising our football skills with Stevenage Football Club coaches.

It was hard work doing our art pictures. We sponged the background of the sky and then we cut the stick man, his family and some trees.

It was hard work doing our art pictures. We sponged the background of the sky and then we cut the stick man, his family and some trees.  1
It was hard work doing our art pictures. We sponged the background of the sky and then we cut the stick man, his family and some trees.  2
It was hard work doing our art pictures. We sponged the background of the sky and then we cut the stick man, his family and some trees.  3
It was hard work doing our art pictures. We sponged the background of the sky and then we cut the stick man, his family and some trees.  4
It was hard work doing our art pictures. We sponged the background of the sky and then we cut the stick man, his family and some trees.  5
It was hard work doing our art pictures. We sponged the background of the sky and then we cut the stick man, his family and some trees.  6
It was hard work doing our art pictures. We sponged the background of the sky and then we cut the stick man, his family and some trees.  7

What we are learning: 21.1.19

 

Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend the maths workshop. It was lovely to see so many of you and the children really enjoyed completing the activities with you. The PowerPoint information has been added to each of the reception pages and if you have any questions please speak to a member of staff.

 

The children enjoyed all our work on the story We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and are really good at retelling the story. Ask them to tell you it, you will be amazed! 

 

This week our story is ‘Stick Man’ and the children are already very excited about working with sticks. I’m sure that they will be able to think of some really imaginative ways to use a stick and transform it into something special or magical.

 

 

When the children visit Number Land this week they will be surprised to find that Inky the mischievous mouse has already visited and left some objects in the gardens for them to investigate. They will need to solve the problem he has left for them using practical equipment and have a go at writing it as a number sentence. We will also be continuing our work on 3D shapes.

 

This week the children will start visiting the school library and will be able to choose a book to bring home to share with you. Our library visit will be on a Thursday afternoon and the children will need to have their books in their bag each Thursday morning ready to change. 

 

The challenges for the following tables are:

 

-maths table: making 3D shapes with sticks and blue tac

-finger gym: threading beads onto sticks

-story table: Stick Man

-Investigation table- building towers of sticks

The Gingerbread Man Pantomime - everyone joined in with the rhymes and songs and had a great time.

Maths Workshop

It was great to see everyone enjoying themselves at our Maths workshop!

What we are learning: 14.1.19

 

The children really enjoyed We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, we acted out the story both inside and outside and investigated sounds that link to the story.

 

This week we will be continuing with the story and the children will be encouraged to act out the story in small groups and then share it with their friends. They will be investigating mixing different ingredients with water to make drinks for teddy bears.

 

In literacy, the children will be continuing to make their own books linked to the story and thinking about different sounds or characters to add to their version. They will be encouraged to sound out the words they need using their ‘robot arms’ and then write the sounds they can hear. The phonics challenge for the week is blending (sounding out) cvc words and placing them in the treasure chest if they are real words or in the bin if they are nonsense words. We will be continuing to remind children about the letter families and how to form their letters correctly.

 

When the children visit Number Land this week they will be counting along the path in 2's and looking at a variety of 3D shapes and placing them in the correct garden based on the number of faces they have. We will also be learning about 3D shapes throughout the week, learning their names and looking at the different 2D shapes on each face.

 

Just a reminder that the maths workshop is on Monday 14th January at 9.00. Parents will be able to work with their child to complete a range of different maths activities and staff will be available to answer any questions.

 

 

The challenges for the following tables are:

 

-maths table: 3D shapes

-finger gym: cutting skills activities (making a bear from different shapes)

-story table: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

-Investigation table- Investigating sounds

-Phonics table- cvc word sort

We worked hard during I.C.T using a program on 'Purple Mash' to try and get the beebot to move.

Elm Class staff would like to thank all the children and parents for their generous and amazing gifts and cards. We wish you all a peaceful, Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all back on Tuesday 8th January.

Elm Class staff would like to thank all the children and parents for their generous and amazing gifts and cards. We wish you all a peaceful, Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all back on Tuesday 8th January. 1

What we are learning: 17.12.18

 

The children thoroughly enjoyed sharing their performance of 'Whoops-a-Daisy Angel and we were very proud of them. They looked amazing, sang beautifully and remembered their lines.

 

This week we will be continuing with our Christmas activities and crafts, wrapping presents, putting buttons on snowmen and making some Christmas baked items. 

 

In phonics we will recap all the sounds so far and begin to look at ladder letters; l, t, i, j, u, y. 

 

In Number Land we will be continuing our work on positional language. The children will be placing objects in front of, behind, next to, under and on a Christmas tree. 

 

Our Christmas party will be on Thursday afternoon. The children need to come to school in their uniform as usual and bring some party clothes in a named bag which they can place on their peg ready to change into after lunch.

 

School finishes on Friday 21st December at 1.45. 

 

 We would like to thank you for your continued support throughout the year.

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone in Elm Class.

 

Challenges for the week are;

 

Maths table- place a hat on the snowman and put the correct amount of buttons on

Finger gym - use the tweezers to put the pom poms in the snowman bottles

Story table - The Polar Bear and the Snow Cloud 

Christmas dinner was really yummy and we looked lovely in our reindeer Christmas hats.

We've really enjoyed working hard in our new Post Office. Making sure that we are getting all of the Christmas deliveries ready! As well as practicing our Christmas wrapping skills.

We've really enjoyed working hard in our new Post Office. Making sure that we are getting all of the Christmas deliveries ready! As well as practicing our Christmas wrapping skills.  1
We've really enjoyed working hard in our new Post Office. Making sure that we are getting all of the Christmas deliveries ready! As well as practicing our Christmas wrapping skills.  2
We've really enjoyed working hard in our new Post Office. Making sure that we are getting all of the Christmas deliveries ready! As well as practicing our Christmas wrapping skills.  3
We've really enjoyed working hard in our new Post Office. Making sure that we are getting all of the Christmas deliveries ready! As well as practicing our Christmas wrapping skills.  4
We've really enjoyed working hard in our new Post Office. Making sure that we are getting all of the Christmas deliveries ready! As well as practicing our Christmas wrapping skills.  5
We've really enjoyed working hard in our new Post Office. Making sure that we are getting all of the Christmas deliveries ready! As well as practicing our Christmas wrapping skills.  6
We've really enjoyed working hard in our new Post Office. Making sure that we are getting all of the Christmas deliveries ready! As well as practicing our Christmas wrapping skills.  7
We've really enjoyed working hard in our new Post Office. Making sure that we are getting all of the Christmas deliveries ready! As well as practicing our Christmas wrapping skills.  8
We've really enjoyed working hard in our new Post Office. Making sure that we are getting all of the Christmas deliveries ready! As well as practicing our Christmas wrapping skills.  9
We've really enjoyed working hard in our new Post Office. Making sure that we are getting all of the Christmas deliveries ready! As well as practicing our Christmas wrapping skills.  10
We've really enjoyed working hard in our new Post Office. Making sure that we are getting all of the Christmas deliveries ready! As well as practicing our Christmas wrapping skills.  11
We've really enjoyed working hard in our new Post Office. Making sure that we are getting all of the Christmas deliveries ready! As well as practicing our Christmas wrapping skills.  12
We've really enjoyed working hard in our new Post Office. Making sure that we are getting all of the Christmas deliveries ready! As well as practicing our Christmas wrapping skills.  13
We've really enjoyed working hard in our new Post Office. Making sure that we are getting all of the Christmas deliveries ready! As well as practicing our Christmas wrapping skills.  14
We've really enjoyed working hard in our new Post Office. Making sure that we are getting all of the Christmas deliveries ready! As well as practicing our Christmas wrapping skills.  15
We've really enjoyed working hard in our new Post Office. Making sure that we are getting all of the Christmas deliveries ready! As well as practicing our Christmas wrapping skills.  16

What we are learning: 10.12.18

 

We had a very busy week last week, rehearsing for the Christmas play, making decorations for the Christmas tree festival and to decorate the classroom and school. We also investigated ice, painted wintery pictures and looked at a range of non-fiction books to find out more about polar animals.  

 

This week we will be reading ‘The Christmas Story’ and making links to the different characters in our school play.

 

In Numberland we will be working on prepositional language, placing objects in front of, next to, behind, under and on the Christmas tree.

 

As part of our phonics work we will be reviewing tricky words, sight words and the digraphs we have learned so far. Last week we thought  carefully about curly caterpillar letter formation: a, c, g, o, d, q, s, f and e. This week the children will be consolidating that knowledge and writing cvc words that have curly caterpillar letters in them, remembering that each letter starts as the letter ‘c.’

 

The children were really excited to see their costumes for the Christmas play last week and are looking forward to performing it for you. If you have not booked tickets yet please contact the office. Performances are;

 

Monday 10th December  10.00am - dress rehearsal

Tuesday 11th December  2.00pm

Tuesday 11th December  6.00pm

 

The children will need to be back at school by 5.30pm on Tuesday 11th December to get ready for the evening performance.

 

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

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

The challenge for the following tables are as follows:

 

-maths table: placing the correct amount of snowflakes on the mittens

-finger gym: use tweezers to pick up a sparkly decoration and place it on the snowflake

-story table: The Christmas Story

-Investigation table- What can you build?

What we are learning: 3.12.18

 

We all had a very busy and exciting week last week. The children all had a fabulous time at the library, they enjoyed looking at a range of different books and sharing them with each other. We were extremely proud of them and their behaviour and listening skills were excellent. They also walked back to school in a very sensible and careful manner so a big well done to each and everyone of them. Thank you to the parent helpers who came with us, helped us choose our books and kept us safe on the walk back to school.

 

In P.E we moved like different animals from the story ‘Little Monkey’ and other animals that we could think of. We played a guessing game, a child modelled a movement and we had to guess which animal it was. It was really good fun and we learned lots more about animals.

 

In contrast to the jungle animals we learned about last week we will be learning about polar animals this week. This will be linked to our story: Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. We will be learning about where these animals live, what they look like and writing some facts about them.

 

In Numberland we will be selecting a pot of objects and estimating how many we think are in the pot and writing the number on a post-it-note, before counting to check. We will then place the pot in the correct garden.

 

As part of our phonics work we will be reviewing tricky words and sight words and thinking carefully about letter formation. The focus for this week is curly caterpillar letters: a, c, g, o, d, q, s, f and e.

 

The children are doing very well with our Christmas rehearsals and I am sure you have probably heard them singing the songs at home. These will continue until our dress rehearsal on Monday the 10th December. Wednesday this week is decorations day and the children will be making a variety of decorations to decorate the school.

 

The challenge for the following tables are as follows:

 

-maths table: estimate how many items are in the pot and write your answer on a post-it-note

-finger gym: practise curly caterpillar letters in the sugar

-story table: Lost and Found

-Investigation table- ice investigation

We played lots of party games and we enjoyed eating our delicious picnic!

We shared our favourite book that we had brought in from home with our friends, and we went to Story Land where Mrs Parsons read lots and lots of different stories!

We shared our favourite book that we had brought in from home with our friends, and we went to Story Land where Mrs Parsons read lots and lots of different stories!  1
We shared our favourite book that we had brought in from home with our friends, and we went to Story Land where Mrs Parsons read lots and lots of different stories!  2
We shared our favourite book that we had brought in from home with our friends, and we went to Story Land where Mrs Parsons read lots and lots of different stories!  3
We shared our favourite book that we had brought in from home with our friends, and we went to Story Land where Mrs Parsons read lots and lots of different stories!  4
We shared our favourite book that we had brought in from home with our friends, and we went to Story Land where Mrs Parsons read lots and lots of different stories!  5
We shared our favourite book that we had brought in from home with our friends, and we went to Story Land where Mrs Parsons read lots and lots of different stories!  6
We shared our favourite book that we had brought in from home with our friends, and we went to Story Land where Mrs Parsons read lots and lots of different stories!  7
We shared our favourite book that we had brought in from home with our friends, and we went to Story Land where Mrs Parsons read lots and lots of different stories!  8
We shared our favourite book that we had brought in from home with our friends, and we went to Story Land where Mrs Parsons read lots and lots of different stories!  9
We shared our favourite book that we had brought in from home with our friends, and we went to Story Land where Mrs Parsons read lots and lots of different stories!  10
We shared our favourite book that we had brought in from home with our friends, and we went to Story Land where Mrs Parsons read lots and lots of different stories!  11
We shared our favourite book that we had brought in from home with our friends, and we went to Story Land where Mrs Parsons read lots and lots of different stories!  12

We made sandwiches and decorated biscuits ready to have a jungle party in the afternoon.

In P.E we worked on travelling like different animals, including the animals from 'Little Monkey.'

Our Library Visits - We listened carefully to a couple of stories, we took part in a quiz about the library and we had time to explore all the different types of books in the library. We all had a really good time!

Little Monkey by Marta Altes - this is one of the books that the librarian read to us. We will continue to work on this book when we get back to school.

What we are learning: 26.11.18

 

This week, following our visit to Hitchin library we will focus on the book ‘Little Monkey’ by Marta Altes.  We will be looking at different jungle animals from the story, the patterns on their bodies and how it helps them to camouflage in their natural environment. On Thursday 29th we will be having a jungle picnic and we would like the children to come to school dressed as a jungle animal. They will also be able to bring their favourite book in from home (please ensure it is labelled). They will be sharing these with their friends and we will try and read as many of them as possible. We will also be making sandwiches and decorating biscuit with a jungle theme.

 

We will be also be introducing 4 new digraphs (two letters that make one sound), igh, oo, ar and or. Please take a look at the video below which will help you pronounce the sounds correctly. We will also be working on phase 2 and 3 tricky words and using our knowledge to read these words in sentences.

 

When the children visit Numberland this week they continue to place the correct amount of items in each garden but as an added challenge they will be asked to place them in size order .

 

The challenge for the following tables are as follows:

 

-maths table: longer/shorter

-finger gym: making a spiral pipe cleaner snake

-story table: Little Monkey

-Investigation table- weighing animals

 

Hopefully the children are already coming home singing our nativity songs! This week we visit the hall everyday to start practising our play. On Monday the children will come home with any lines they need to learn and a letter about their costume. If you have any questions about this please talk to your class teacher.

 

Our visit to Hitchin library on Monday: we will meet you and your child at the library from 8.45 onwards. Children will need to bring their library cards if they have one and their book bags as they will use it to carry their chosen library book back to school. Please ensure they are wearing comfortable shoes and suitable warm coats etc.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

We made our own vegetable soup. We found that chopping up the vegetables was hard work!

ABC all the letters came to tea

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Can you join in? This is the song we sing at the beginning of every phonics session.

An example of reading-English

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This video will provide you examples of how to help your child read at home.

An example of reading-Bengali

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This video will provide you with examples of how to help your child with their reading at home.

What we are learning: 19.11.18

 

The children enjoyed all the activities related to the story of The Three Little Pigs, making pigs and wolves, acting out the story, playing in the oobleck and building houses for the pigs using various construction materials.

 

This week we will be continuing with the story and building on the activities we started last week. The children will be investigating different materials and predicting which they think they can blow and which we cannot, then testing their prediction. We will be chopping a range of different winter vegetables to make soup and drawing a story map to help us tell the story to our friends.

 

This week in phonics we will be reviewing all the sounds we have learned so far to see how many we can remember and then re-capping the ones we find tricky. 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 learned.

 

We will be also be introducing 3 new digraphs (two letters that make one sound), oa, ng, ee, and ai Please take a look at the video which will help you pronounce the sounds correctly. We will also be working on phase 2 and 3 tricky words and using our knowledge to read these words in sentences.

 

When the children visit Number Land this week they will discover that Inky the mischievous mouse has already visited over the weekend and left them some problems to solve. They will use their counting skills and working in pairs to solve the problems. We will also be working on number formation.

 

The challenge for the following tables are as follows:

-maths table: Numicon houses - building a Numicon house for a pig and counting the total amount of holes in the plates

-finger gym: making a maze using straws and tubes

-story table: The Three Little Pigs

-Investigation table- investigating a range of different materials. What can they build?

 

On Friday the children brought home a letter about a visit to Hitchin library on Monday 26th November. If you are able to help with the visit or have any questions please speak to a member of staff.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Jolly Phonics Phase Three - Digraph songs

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

What we are learning: 12.11.18

 

The children had a very busy first week back after half term. We learned about Bonfire Night, Diwali and celebrated History Day. Throughout the week we have used a range of different materials and techniques to produce some amazing artwork, have a look at the photographs below and the displays in school to see our learning. The children will also be sharing some of their Diwali work in assembly on Friday and parents are very welcome to attend and share in our achievements.

 

As part of History Day we made poppy wristbands, decorated poppy biscuits and made some amazing field of poppy pictures. We had a trench cake (based on the original recipe) delivered to our classroom from another class in school and were very eager to try some, it was delicious.

 

This week in phonics we will be reviewing all the sounds we have learned so far to see how many we can remember and then re-capping the ones we find tricky. 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 learned.

 

We will be also be introducing digraphs (two letters that make one sound). We will be learning the following digraphs: sh, ch, th and qu Please take a look at the video posted which will help you pronounce the sounds correctly.

 

In Numberland the children will be continuing with the work we introduced last week, counting out numbers to 10, solving 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: positional language grid

-finger gym: using natural materials to build a home for a pig

-story table: The Three Little Pigs

-Investigation table- investigating materials and textures (oobleck)

 

In assembly on Friday the children will be sharing some of their work, parents are very welcome to attend and share in our achievements.

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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