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Hello and welcome to Pine class web page.

 

In our classroom, you will find

 

Mrs Patel-Martin

Mrs Margrove

Mrs Hull (All day Monday and Friday afternoon)

Mrs Turner (Friday morning)

Mrs Ali-Shah (Thursday morning)

 

                                   

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

 

In Pine class, our P.E lessons are on a Tuesday and Wednesday morning. 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 school library on Thursday 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.

 

Some of our 'Magnificent Things'........ Watch out for future models and designs as the resources have changed!

We really enjoyed our last book: 'What the Ladybird Heard', especially making a ladybird collage.

Colour Monsters... we think they look great and remind us about all the different feelings we can go through in a day!

This week we will be.....

What we are learning: 25.3.19

 

This week we will be thinking about Mother’s Day. The children will be thinking about what makes their mum special and all the things they do for them. We will also be making some very special presents for Mothering Sunday.

 

In Maths we will be learning how to add one more or one less from any number to 10. The houses in Numberland will have a sign on which will tell the children if they need to add one more or have one less. At home, you could ask your child some quick fire questions e.g. what is one more than 7. How many can they get right out of ten? In the classroom the children will be generating  2 numbers by throwing dice and laying out that number of eggs or chicks before they find the answer and write it down. 

 

In Literacy we will continue to practice writing sentences independently and spelling tricky words correctly as well as remembering finger spaces. This week the children will be writing captions for the pictures they find inside the hollow eggs. The children are working really hard with their reading, especially learning to recognise their sight words quickly, which helps their fluency when reading. 

 

At the phonics table the children will be blending, reading and matching captions to pictures.

 

 

As part of our STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) work the children will have some different resources provided to construct 'A Magnificent Thing'. We had some really interesting designs last week which will up loaded to the site soon, but some photographs can be seen around the STEM station to celebrate the children’s achievements. The children also worked hard to label their design to inspire others to be creative too.

 

 

Story of the week: We're going on a egg hunt

Maths table: Addition number sentences with chicks

Finger gym table: Rescue the chicks from the bird feed before the sand timer runs out!

STEM area: Resources: Playmags, lego, polydron to build 'A Magnificent Thing'

Phonics challenge: blending, reading and matching captions to pictures

 

Reminders:

 

Mother's Day assembly on Friday morning followed by a coffee moring.

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

This week we will be.......

What we are learning: 18.3.19

 

What an exciting week we had last week playing in the rain,  making ladybirds, red nose day activities and dressing up as superheroes. The children enjoyed each and every activity.

 

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 Numberland 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 Numberland 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 letter formation and matching captions to pictures.

 

As part of our STEM (scienc, technology, engineering, and maths) work the children will continue to use the resources provided to construct a ‘Magnificent Thing’. We had some really interesting designs last week which will up loaded to the site soon, but some photographs can be seen around the STEM station to celebrate the children’s achievements. The children also worked hard to label their design to inspire others to be creative too.

 

 

Story of the week: What the Ladybird Heard

Maths table: creating their own number sentences

Finger gym table: Ladybird patterns

STEM area: Build a ‘Magnificent Thing’

Phonics challenge: letter formation

 

Reminders:

 

Pine Class assembly Thursday 21st March 9.05 - 9.30; we hope to see you there. The children are very proud of all the things they have decided to show and share.

 

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.

This week we will be....

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 Numberland the children will discover that some of the gardens have been spilt in half. They will be sharing the correct amount of objects between the 2 halves of their garden and discussing their findings.

 

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. This week we will be making their own 'Most Magnificent Thing'. We will display photographs of their models around the STEM area. 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. 

 

 

Story of the week: What the Ladybird Heard

Maths table: sharing challenge

Finger gym table: use the tweezers to rescue the ladybirds

STEM area: 'A Most Magnificent Thing'

Phonics challenge: I spy

 

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.

A special visitor, Sue Hampton an author who told us that she wanted to be an author since she was 6yrs old!

A special visitor, Sue Hampton an author who told us that she wanted to be an author since she was 6yrs old! 1

Making pancakes.....

This week we will be......

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. We made clay models  which you can see in the classroom.

 

As part of our work this week the children will be making moveable Gruffalo puppets, 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 Numberland 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 pennies to buy their items.

 

In literacy the children will be making their own little books based on their own interests. 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 matching captions to a picture, they will have to use all the digraps they have learned so far to help them sound out the words on the caption. 

 

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 displayed on 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. 

 

 

Story of the week: The Gruffalo

Maths table: subtraction challenge

Finger gym table: Moving pin Gruffalo

STEM area: resources for construction

Phonics challenge: Match the caption to the picture

Investigation Table: Place a coin on the lemon

 

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.

More Gruffalos......

This week we will be....

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 Numberland 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: placing gems on lines to make patterns

STEM area: resources for construction

Phonics challenge: phase 2 and 3 tricky words

Making shakers...

Making shakers... 1
Making shakers... 2

Eating noodles with chopsticks is very tricky....

This week we will be......

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  writing 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.  

 

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 out what position they have come. In Numberland 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 Thursday 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.

And playing in the snow.......

Painting stickman's family tree....

Wool winding on sticks..

Phase 3 Tricky Words Song

Please help your children learn these words.....they are tricky!

What we are learning: 28.1.19

 

The story ‘Stick Man’ has been very popular this week and the children enjoyed making their own stickman using the sticks we collected last week. It was very tricky and the children had to persevere to wind the string tight and tie a knot to attach the arms. Our Stick Men are hanging about in the classroom so please come and have a look they are amazing and the children are very proud of them.

 

We also used the computers to paint pictures of stickman, these are also hanging about in the classroom so again please come and have a look - we are very proud of them. The children have also been very busy creating their version of The 'Stick Man', they became authors and illustrators for the day. Some of their work is displayed in the corridor just outside the classroom and keep an eye out for a new display in the classroom. 

 

On the graphics table the children were invited to write a sentence in a speech bubble, thinking carefully about what he and the other characters might say and who they might be speaking to. They were encouraged to use their developing phonic knowledge and the word resources located on the table and around the classroom to help them with their spelling.

 

This week we will be continuing to use the story ‘Stick Man’ as a basis for our learning. We will be painting a whole branch to hang in the classroom and will be reading 'It's not a stick' and thinking of alternative uses for a stick. On the graphics table this week we are inviting the children to come and make a poster for 'Stick Man' to help him get back to his family tree.

 

The phonics challenge for the week is 'I spy' but this time they will need to look for the words with the digraphs 'ai' 'ee' 'oa' and the trigraph 'igh' in them, then write them down. 

 

When the children visit Numberland 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 rainbow stick - wrapping a stick with wool

-story table: Stick Man

-Investigation table- building towers with sticks

We have made our own stickmen.......

This week we will be........

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 Power Point 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.

 

 In literacy, the children will be making a list of all the different things a stick could become for example, a fishing rod, a magic wand, or even a spoon for a giant! 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 an eye spy game. They will be looking for objects that start with or include the digraphs sh, ch, th or ng. When they have spotted them they can have a go at writing the word on a post-it-note.

 

When the children visit Numberland 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 Thursday 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 dough

-finger gym: threading beads onto sticks

-story table: Stick Man

-Investigation table- Investigating and measuring sticks

 

Maths Workshop

3D Shapes I Know (solid shapes song- including sphere, cylinder, cube, cone, and pyramid)

3D Shapes I Know (new pyramid version)

This week we will be........

What we are learning: 14.1.19

 

The children really enjoyed We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, we made bear faces, 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 also 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 searching for cvc words with 'sh' 'ch' 'th' and 'ng' in them then blending (sounding out) the words and writing them on post it notes, placing them on the side of the table.We will be continuing to remind children about the letter families and how to form their letters correctly.

 

When the children visit Numberland this week they will be counting along the path in 2s 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. There is a link to a 3d shape rap above.

 

Just a reminder that the maths workshop for all reception classes 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 - making masks

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

-Investigation table- Investigating sounds

-Phonics table- I spy - find and build cvc words

Welcome back, we hope you all had a fabulous holiday and managed to recharge your batteries in and amongst the holiday festivities.

All the staff in Pine Class are raring to go and would like to wish you a happy and peaceful 2019!

Week beginning 8.1.19 This week we will be.....

 What we are learning: 8.1.19

 

This week we will be thinking about the story We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. We will be acting out the story using small world resources and outside in the garden with our friends. We will also be investigating different sounds linked to the story and thinking about how we can recreate similar sounds by using everyday items.

 

In literacy, the children will be making their own books linked to the story. They will be encouraged to sound out the words they need using their ‘robot arms’ and then write the sounds they can hear. There will also be a new phonics challenge for the children to complete each week. This week we will be working on forming long ladder letters l, i, t, u and j correctly.

 

When the children visit Numberland they will be placing the correct amount of objects in each garden, solving a maths problem and looking at positional language e.g next to, behind and in front of.

 

 

The challenges for the following tables are:

 

-maths table: rolling 2/3 dice and combining the amount

-finger gym: threading bears and dinosaurs

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

-Investigation table- Investigating sounds

-Phonics table- long ladder letters

 

 

A date for your diary – Monday 14th January 9.05 – maths workshop.

 

This is an opportunity for parents to work with their children at a range of different maths activities. Please speak to a member of staff if you need any additional information. 

 

All the staff in Pine Class 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 look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

 

Wow! what an amazing term it has been, we have had lots of fun and learned many new things. We can't wait to do it all again next term.

This week we will be....

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, putting buttons on snowmen and making some Christmas baked items. 

 

In phonics we will recap all the sounds so far and be using these to play Christmas themed eye spy and a Christmas sound lotto game.

 

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 Pine 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 - Laura's Star/ Christmas story

Thank you for the lovely decorations, they look great on our tree!

This week we will be....

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. We will also be making more decorations and some Christmas cookies.

 

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 5.15pm 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?

Polar bears.

Ice hands.... we added salt to see what happened.

This week we will be.....

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.

 

After reading the story  ‘Little Monkey’  we made a list of all the other animals that we could think of. We sorted these animals in to groups and played 'Who am I?' a guessing game, a child gave us clues about the animal 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. Ask your child to write them for you at home, each letter starts as if they are writing a c!

 

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.

 

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: How tall or short is the penguin? Make a tower of cubes to help you measure, then write your answer on a post-it-note

-finger gym: thread beads to make a snowflake 

-story table: Lost and Found

-Investigation table- ice investigation

Time for storytime: Little Monkey by Marta Altes

This amusing tale by Marta Altes is sure to strike a chord with any fearless little adventurer who is desperate to grow up. Watch along with our video...

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: heavy/light

-finger gym: making a spiral pipe cleaner snake

-story table: Little Monkey/Dear Zoo

-Investigation table- building homes 

 

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 Tuesday: 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.

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 with tips on how to help your child read at home.

An example of reading-Bengali

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This video will provide you with tips on how to help your child read at home.

It was so cold so went on a hunt for polar bears!

So, we tried to build structures with chocolate sticks and dates, but they wouldn't stand up so we made flat houses.

Huff, Puff paintings.... It was very windy outside today so our paper kept blowing away!

Homes made out of lego.

This week we will be......

This week we will be......  1 Continuing the story of the Three Little Pigs...
This week we will be......  2 Story telling....
This week we will be......  3 Story map making.....
This week we will be......  4 Odering pictures to tell a story....
This week we will be......  5 Building houses with roofs....
This week we will be......  6 Building structures....
This week we will be......  7 Continuing and making repeating patterns.

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 gloop and building houses for the pigs.

 

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 also be creating 'huff puff' paintgs. We will be using dates and chocolate matchsticks to build edible houses 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),  ng, oa, ee, and ai 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 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: using cubes to create repeating patterns

-finger gym: make a tall or wide structure using straws and tubes

-story table: The Three Little Pigs

-Investigation table- Huff and puff test: investigating a range of different materials and seeing if they can be blown away.

 

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.

Little Pig plates

Little Pig plates 1
Little Pig plates 2

Wow! it has been a very busy Monday.

We had a special visitor in school toady, a photo of the class with Pudsey is available to buy, A4 copies will be £1 and A5 copies will be 50p. Money raised will go to 'Children in Need'.

We had a special visitor in school toady, a photo of the class with Pudsey is available to buy, A4 copies will be £1 and A5 copies will be 50p. Money raised will go to 'Children in Need'. 1

Jolly Songs Digraphs

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 enjoyed colouring in a page of poppies, all different sizes. 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 above 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 maze

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

-story table: The Three Little Pigs

-Investigation table- investigating materials and textures

 

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

We have been playing a weighing game.

We have been playing a weighing game. 1
We have been playing a weighing game. 2
We have been playing a weighing game. 3

History Day. We have had alovely day decorating poppy biscuits, making poppy bracelets and trying some 'Trench' cake. The 'Trench' cake was made following an original recipe

A firework explosion using chalks

A firework explosion using chalks 1
A firework explosion using chalks 2

Diva lamps

Diva lamps 1
Diva lamps 2

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 and Diwali. 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 Diva 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: fire work patterns in glitter/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.

Picture 1

Some spooky fun....

Balloon Poppies....... Look out for a whole school display in Kenmore shop window over half term.....

This week the children will be.....

What we are learning: 22.10.18

 

The children really enjoyed all 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 and place them in cups

-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.

Thank you for the lovely Autumn plates they look lovely.

We made some porridge with honey, some of us loved it and some of us hated it!

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: estimating how many objects are in the pot and writing their answer on a post-it-note

-finger gym: sorting objects according to size

-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.

Thank you to everyone that came to the Phonics workshop, we hope you had fun.

Our learning - 8.10.17

 

The children really enjoyed all 'The Gingerbread Man' themed activities this week. We acted out the story, used cut out characters to make up our own 'Gingerbread Man' stories, made Gingerbread Man stick puppets and even made a moving  Gingerbread Man' using split pins. 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.

 

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: counting the number of sides each shape has and writing it on a post-it note

-finger gym: making repeating pattern bracelets

-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.

Tricky Words and Sight Words Song

A tricky word/sight word song for children covering the, I, go, no, to, she, he and we.

Dancing Gingerbread men!

Shapes Song 2

A shapes song for children.

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 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 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 make a moving gingerbread man with split pins.

 

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: cutting 2D shapes to make a headband, armband or belt.

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

Jolly phonics phase 1

We've been going hedgehog crazy with the clay!

We've been going hedgehog crazy on the computers!

Practising the letter 'Ss' in phonics.

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. The children made labels for their bears and worked really hard to make their own honey, jam or spread sandwiches, then enjoyed eating them with the children from Ash and Elm class.

 

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 green reading book tray every morning.

 

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.

 

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: 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.

 

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

 

The challenges for the following tables are:

-maths table: matching pegs to the number on dinosaur feet

-finger gym: wrap a pine cone in as many elastic bands as you can.

-story: Leaf Man/Its not a stick/The squirrels who squabbled

Making sandwiches and labels for the picnic.

It was such a windy day, we decided to make kites.

We've been on a bear hunt.

We have been learning how to use the mouse to 'click' and 'drag' and complete a jigsaw puzzle on the computers.

We have been practicing our cutting skills to make a 'bear' face for our headbands ready for the picnic on Friday.

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. We shared the book 'The Tiger who came to tea' and the children had a go at painting tigers. Some of the other activities we have been exploring include using small parts to make a picture of our faces, painting, using playdough, counting to 10 and drawing a picture of all the members in their family.

 

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 colour 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.

 

The challenge for the following tables is:

 

-maths table: identifying a number and matching it with gems

-finger gym: sorting sticks (colours)

-story table: Everywhere Bear and We're going on a bear hunt

 

We have been busy making portraits with small parts.

Wow! Look at all the 'Tigers' that came to tea!

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