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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)

 

                                   

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.

 

 

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 Ash 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 Collar

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!

Parent visits for Reception 2019 now open - to book please go to Key Information, Admission
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