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If you have any questions about the work that has been set please feel free to email the team on: 

 

fs@strathmore.herts.sch.uk

 

We will aim to respond to you the same day (during school hours)

In our classroom, you will find: 

 

Miss Walker 

Miss Dion-Fehily

   

 

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

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

 

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

 

Your child should be reading daily to an adult, which can then be recorded in their green reading record book. This needs to be in school everyday and placed in the clear baskets in the corridor each morning. Please keep the book your child is reading in their drawer. If your child reads a library book, a book of their own, listens to a story tape/CD or any kind of reading related activity, please also note it in their green reading record book.  

Zones of Regulation

Zones of Regulation 1

We use the zones of regulation to help manage our emotions. We are free to move our name to the appropriate colour when we are feeling excited, sad, tired, or cross. We understand it is normal to feel all these different emotions. By acknowledging them we can then find strategies to help us, which in turn will ensure we can move ourselves back to green. When we are on green we are ready to learn. 

I hope that you are all well. 

We have now set up a google classroom - you should have all received an email inviting you to join Elm class page. If you have not then please email fs@strathmore.herts.sch.uk and we can sort this out. 

I will be uploading some activities and home learning work on there. 

Joke of the week: What did the big flower say to the little flower? Hi, bud!

Joke of the week: What did the big flower say to the little flower? Hi, bud! 1

Elm Owl adventures - he has been very busy.

Elm Owl adventures - he has been very busy. 1
Elm Owl adventures - he has been very busy. 2
Elm Owl adventures - he has been very busy. 3

I enjoyed being out in the sunshine today planting in Elm class' vegetable patch. I planted carrots and beetroots and I hope they will have grown when you come back to school!

I enjoyed being out in the sunshine today planting in Elm class' vegetable patch. I planted carrots and beetroots and I hope they will have grown when you come back to school!  1
I enjoyed being out in the sunshine today planting in Elm class' vegetable patch. I planted carrots and beetroots and I hope they will have grown when you come back to school!  2
I enjoyed being out in the sunshine today planting in Elm class' vegetable patch. I planted carrots and beetroots and I hope they will have grown when you come back to school!  3
I enjoyed being out in the sunshine today planting in Elm class' vegetable patch. I planted carrots and beetroots and I hope they will have grown when you come back to school!  4

Sports Relief 2020 - We walked a mile around the field, we even jogged the final lap. For Elm class 'athon', we did a danceathon and we found it exhausting!

Sports Relief 2020 - We walked a mile around the field, we even jogged the final lap. For Elm class 'athon', we did a danceathon and we found it exhausting!  1
Sports Relief 2020 - We walked a mile around the field, we even jogged the final lap. For Elm class 'athon', we did a danceathon and we found it exhausting!  2
Sports Relief 2020 - We walked a mile around the field, we even jogged the final lap. For Elm class 'athon', we did a danceathon and we found it exhausting!  3
Sports Relief 2020 - We walked a mile around the field, we even jogged the final lap. For Elm class 'athon', we did a danceathon and we found it exhausting!  4
Sports Relief 2020 - We walked a mile around the field, we even jogged the final lap. For Elm class 'athon', we did a danceathon and we found it exhausting!  5

Strathmore Super Science Experiment - dunking different biscuits. We made lots of predictions about which biscuit would be the best. We then timed - overall the custard cream lasted the longest!

What we are learning: 9.3.20

 

The children enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day and sharing their favourite stories with the rest of the class. The year 2 children also came to read to us some stories they had written. Elm class listened really carefully and enjoyed chatting to the older children about the characters in their stories. 

 

This week our learning will be based on the story ‘What the Ladybird Heard Next’ by Julia Donaldson. The children were particularly interested in the characters Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh and their antics as robbers. This week we will be making wanted posters for one of the characters, thinking carefully about what they look like and using a range of adjectives to describe them.

 

In Number Land the children will find an envelope next to each garden which will have a number written in it. That will tell them how many objects they need to take away from their garden. An extra challenge will include writing the matching number sentence.

 

The phonics challenge is curly caterpillar letter formation. The letters c,o,a,g,d,q,s,f and e all belong to the curly caterpillar family and the children start writing each of these letters as a ‘c.’ Ask them to show you how they write them

 

 

Story of the week: What the Ladybird Heard Next

Maths table: subtraction towers

Finger gym table: mosaic patterns 

STEM area: resources for construction

Phonics challenge: letter formation

World Book Day! Elm class had some amazing costumes and we had great fun listening and reading lots of stories.

In P.E. this week we got some of the gym equipment out and we worked on holding a balance and travelling in different ways.

In P.E. this week we got some of the gym equipment out and we worked on holding a balance and travelling in different ways.  1
In P.E. this week we got some of the gym equipment out and we worked on holding a balance and travelling in different ways.  2
In P.E. this week we got some of the gym equipment out and we worked on holding a balance and travelling in different ways.  3
In P.E. this week we got some of the gym equipment out and we worked on holding a balance and travelling in different ways.  4
In P.E. this week we got some of the gym equipment out and we worked on holding a balance and travelling in different ways.  5
In P.E. this week we got some of the gym equipment out and we worked on holding a balance and travelling in different ways.  6

Our visit from Luke Lenonford today was brilliant. We enjoyed taking part in the exercises and listening to his presentation about how to keep healthy and fit.

Our visit from Luke Lenonford today was brilliant. We enjoyed taking part in the exercises and listening to his presentation about how to keep healthy and fit.  1
Our visit from Luke Lenonford today was brilliant. We enjoyed taking part in the exercises and listening to his presentation about how to keep healthy and fit.  2
Our visit from Luke Lenonford today was brilliant. We enjoyed taking part in the exercises and listening to his presentation about how to keep healthy and fit.  3
Our visit from Luke Lenonford today was brilliant. We enjoyed taking part in the exercises and listening to his presentation about how to keep healthy and fit.  4
Our visit from Luke Lenonford today was brilliant. We enjoyed taking part in the exercises and listening to his presentation about how to keep healthy and fit.  5
Our visit from Luke Lenonford today was brilliant. We enjoyed taking part in the exercises and listening to his presentation about how to keep healthy and fit.  6

We had great fun in the snow, and most of us worked as a team to roll a big snow ball!

Andy the Pottery man came back so we could finish off our leaves. He put our clay leaves in the kiln so they were ready for us to paint. It was tricky but everyone did a great job!

Listening to Four Seasons whilst painting all together was so calming and everyone was so concentrated.

Listening to Four Seasons whilst painting all together was so calming and everyone was so concentrated.  1
Listening to Four Seasons whilst painting all together was so calming and everyone was so concentrated.  2
Listening to Four Seasons whilst painting all together was so calming and everyone was so concentrated.  3
Listening to Four Seasons whilst painting all together was so calming and everyone was so concentrated.  4

Pancake Day! In Elm Class the children mixed up the batter, cut up some of the healthier toppings and had some help to make the pancakes. The best bit was getting to eat them though!

What we are learning: 24.2.20

 

Welcome back, we hope you all had a restful half term break.

 

Next week is Feeling Good Week and the theme is ‘Being the Best I Can Be.’ Each day there will be a different theme and a range of exciting activities linked to each one. Remember to check the website to see our learning. The themes are;

 

Monday – I am creative

Tuesday- I am mindful

Wednesday- I am healthy

Thursday- I am active

Friday- Together we are Strathmore

 

The children will be taking part in a range of creative, mindful and active activities which will include painting to music, yoga, lots of cookery and friendship activities. We will also be doing lots of dancing, singing and playing games together.

 

 

In assembly on Friday morning the children will also be showing some of their learning from Feeling Good Week. After the assembly parents are invited to stay and visit Strathmore Cafe to enjoy some of the 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: Creepy Crawly Calypso

Maths table: making 10

Finger gym table: build a marble maze 

Today we took part in the National Climate Walk - we persevered by walking a mile around the school field and playground. We had great fun chatting to our friends and singing songs the whole way round!

Today we took part in the National Climate Walk - we persevered by walking a mile around the school field and playground. We had great fun chatting to our friends and singing songs the whole way round!  1
Today we took part in the National Climate Walk - we persevered by walking a mile around the school field and playground. We had great fun chatting to our friends and singing songs the whole way round!  2
Today we took part in the National Climate Walk - we persevered by walking a mile around the school field and playground. We had great fun chatting to our friends and singing songs the whole way round!  3

On Friday afternoon we started to learn about 'peer massage' and take it in turns. We were all very calm afterwards.

On Friday afternoon we started to learn about 'peer massage' and take it in turns. We were all very calm afterwards. 1
On Friday afternoon we started to learn about 'peer massage' and take it in turns. We were all very calm afterwards. 2

Acting out our story of the week 'Dear Zoo' was great fun.

Acting out our story of the week 'Dear Zoo' was great fun.  1
Acting out our story of the week 'Dear Zoo' was great fun.  2
Acting out our story of the week 'Dear Zoo' was great fun.  3
Acting out our story of the week 'Dear Zoo' was great fun.  4

What we are learning: 3.2.20

 

We want to say a big well thank you to the St John’s Ambulance First Aider who came to talk to us about her job. She showed us all the equipment she carries to help people who are unwell. The children asked lots of interesting questions.

 

Please note that the next parents' workshop will be held on Wednesday 5th February at 9.00. The focus will be maths and parents will have the opportunity to work with their children to try a range of different maths activities. Staff will be available to answer any questions you have. If you have any questions please ask a member of staff.

 

This week we will be continuing with our work on people who help us, with a focus on the police and fire service. We will be discussing how they help, the vehicles they drive and the ways we can keep ourselves safe. In computing we will be using the camera on Purple Mash to take a picture of ourselves and drop it into the outline of a different occupation. These will then be used to add captions.

 

In literacy we will be writing captions and sentences in speech bubbles for a range of different occupations. We will be working hard to segment words, form our letters correctly and spell tricky words independently.

 

The phonics challenge this week is letter formation. The children will need to think carefully about the families that different letters belong to and use this information to support their letter formation. They will then need to transfer this information into their literacy work and when writing their name.

 

In Maths we will be continuing to explore combining amounts practically. On the maths table there are 2 dice and a coat hanger. The children need to roll both dice and place the correct number of pegs on each side of the hanger. The next step is to add the total number of pegs together and have a go at recording the information as a number sentence.

 

 

The challenges for the following tables are:

 

-maths table: dice game- combining amounts

-finger gym: finger painting, people who help us

-story table: A range of non-fiction books about people who help us

3D Shapes Song | Shapes for kids | The Singing Walrus

The Singing Walrus presents "3D Shapes Song" - an upbeat, funky music video that shows various three dimensional shapes. Join our characters as they learn 4 different 3D shapes - cube, cone, sphere, and cylinder. During each verse, a 3D object (dice, party hat, ball, soda can) is shown next to the 3D shape so that kids can see examples in everyday life.

Wow! Elm Class were absolutely amazing during our first pottery workshop. They had carefully thought about what was important to them and designed it and remembering their design they made it onto their clay leaf. They listened beautifully to Andy's instructions and we can't wait for Andy to bring back our leaves to paint once they have been in the special oven.

Stevenage Football Club coaches had some exciting games for us this week, we listened really well and followed the instructions carefully.

Stevenage Football Club coaches had some exciting games for us this week, we listened really well and followed the instructions carefully. 1
Stevenage Football Club coaches had some exciting games for us this week, we listened really well and followed the instructions carefully. 2
Stevenage Football Club coaches had some exciting games for us this week, we listened really well and followed the instructions carefully. 3
Stevenage Football Club coaches had some exciting games for us this week, we listened really well and followed the instructions carefully. 4
Stevenage Football Club coaches had some exciting games for us this week, we listened really well and followed the instructions carefully. 5

What we are learning: 27.1.20

 

We want to say a big well done to all the Reception children for their amazing Chinese New Year dragon dance in assembly on Friday. They were very excited and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Throughout the week we have tasted different Chinese food, made dragon pictures and acted out the story. 

 

We also had a visit from Keith the Firefighter who explained to the children all the different ways he helps people and how they can keep themselves safe. The children listened carefully and had some interesting questions for him to answer. Miss Cox tried on different items of his uniform and Keith explained how they are used or keep him safe. 

 

This week we will be continuing with our work on people who help us, with a focus on the police and fire service. We will be discussing how they help, the vehicles they drive and the ways we can keep ourselves safe.

 

In literacy we will be writing captions and sentences in speech bubbles for a range of different occupations. We will be working hard to segment words, form our letters correctly and spell tricky words independently.

 

This week we will introduce a new phonics challenge area for the children to access daily. This week is using the letter blocks can they make a word, tricky word or even a sentence! 

 

In Maths we will be exploring combining amounts practically. On the maths table there are pizzas, some toppings and a list of recipe cards. The children will choose a recipe and place the correct 2 toppings onto it. They will then have a go at recording the addition number sentence using marks, lines or numbers. 

 

The challenges for the following tables are:

 

maths table: pizza making- combining amounts

finger gym: finger hopscotch

story table: A range of non-fiction books about people who help us

 

Please note that the next parents' workshop will be held on Wednesday 5th February at 9.00. The focus will be maths and parents will have the opportunity to work with their children to try a range of different maths activities. Staff will be available to answer any questions you have. If you have any questions please ask a member of staff.

Elm class thoroughly enjoyed having a fire fighter come to visit, we listened and sat beautifully. We learnt a lot about what a fire fighter has to do and how to keep ourselves safe.

Elm class thoroughly enjoyed having a fire fighter come to visit, we listened and sat beautifully. We learnt a lot about what a fire fighter has to do and how to keep ourselves safe. 1
Elm class thoroughly enjoyed having a fire fighter come to visit, we listened and sat beautifully. We learnt a lot about what a fire fighter has to do and how to keep ourselves safe. 2
Elm class thoroughly enjoyed having a fire fighter come to visit, we listened and sat beautifully. We learnt a lot about what a fire fighter has to do and how to keep ourselves safe. 3
Elm class thoroughly enjoyed having a fire fighter come to visit, we listened and sat beautifully. We learnt a lot about what a fire fighter has to do and how to keep ourselves safe. 4
Elm class thoroughly enjoyed having a fire fighter come to visit, we listened and sat beautifully. We learnt a lot about what a fire fighter has to do and how to keep ourselves safe. 5
Elm class thoroughly enjoyed having a fire fighter come to visit, we listened and sat beautifully. We learnt a lot about what a fire fighter has to do and how to keep ourselves safe. 6

This afternoon we have been making our shakers ready for our dragon dance performance. We discussed that putting in different amount of rice may make a different sound. The children were very proud of their shakers!

In Elm Class we have started to make our Chinese New Year Dragon head preparing for our dance on Friday. We have also enjoyed tasting noodles, vegetables and prawn crackers!

What we are learning: 20.1.20

 

Throughout the 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 9.05, we look forward to seeing you there.

 

We will also be cooking and tasting different Chinese food and then writing sentences to say if they did or did not like the food and why.  

 

This week we will introduce a new phonics challenge area for the children to access daily. This week is an eye spy challenge. The children will need to look at a picture and try to find items that include the linked phonemes. They will need to use their robot arms to segment the word and then have a go at writing it, remembering to form their letters correctly as they write them.

 

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 eg first, second, third, etc. In Number Land this week the children will be continuing with their problem-solving activities.

 

The children will also be visiting the school library for the first time this week. They will be able to choose from either a fiction or non-fiction book and bring it home to share with you. Books will need to be back in the children’s drawers each Friday morning so they can be changed weekly. If you have any questions please speak to a member of staff.

 

The challenges for the following tables are:

 

maths table: number formation and Chinese numbers

finger gym: making a paper chain/making a fan

story table: The Chinese New Year Story

 

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

 

Please note that the next parents' workshop will be held on Wednesday 5th February at 9.00. The focus will be maths and parents will have the opportunity to work with their children to try a range of different maths activities. Staff will be available to answer any questions you have. If you have any questions please ask a member of staff.

Our learning- 13.1.20

 

The children have done a fantastic job at settling back into the class routines last week and it was great to hear about their exciting holiday news. 

 

They thoroughly enjoyed our football session with the Stevenage Football Club coaches and these will continue each Tuesday afternoon until half term. Please make sure that the children have their PE kit in school each week. The focus will be on developing early ball skills and control, working together and towards the end of the sessions the children will be playing mini-matches.

 

We will also be investigating a science challenge called 'flap the fish.' The children will be encouraged to think about how we can carry out this investigation and what materials would be best to use. The children have a choice of material and predict what material will ensure they can win their race of 'flap the fish.' Afterwards we will discuss the results and try to explain why this may have happened and reflect on what we could do to change it next time. I think the children may enjoy flapping the best!

 

Our story this week is Dear Zoo, a story that many of the children will already be familiar with. We will be discussing why the crates were different sizes and shapes, what the messages on the front mean and what animal they would like to have delivered and why. We will be painting different animals from the story, writing letters to the zoo and using our creative skills to make lift the flap pictures.

 

In maths we will be learning about 3D shapes and using our 2D shape knowledge to describe the shape of each face. We will go on a 3D shape hunt around the classroom to see which shapes we can find and have a go at naming them. Why not have a look at home and see how many 3D shapes you can find together. In Number Land we will be continuing with our positional language work from last week.

  

This week in phonics we will also be recapping all the tricky words we have learned so far and having a go at writing them. 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

 

The challenges for the following tables are:

 

maths table: positional language challenge

 

finger gym: building an animal house 

 

story table: Dear Zoo

 

Please note that the next parents' workshop will be held on Wednesday 5th February at 9.00. The focus will be maths and parents will have the opportunity to work with their children to try a range of different maths activities. Staff will be available to answer any questions you have. If you have any questions please ask a member of staff.

Our learning- 6.1.20

 

Welcome back. We hope you all had a fun and relaxing break. We are looking forward to seeing the children again.

 

This week in Elm class we are welcoming our new Teaching Assistant, Miss Dion-Fehily. I am sure the children will be fantastic at showing her our daily routines. 

 

We are excited to hear the children’s news and find out what they were doing over the break. They will be drawing pictures and writing sentences about their experiences to share with the rest of the class.

 

Our story this week is Owl Babies and we will be acting it out ‘hot seating’ characters from the story and making clay owls. 

 

In maths the children will be using their maths skills to measure different people on the maths table, using cubes and rulers. We will be re-visiting Numberland and solving some number problems that Inky the Mouse have left for us. 

  

This week in phonics we will also be recapping all the tricky words we have learned so far and having a go at writing them. 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

 

 The challenges for the following tables are:

 

maths table: measuring people using cubes

 

finger gym: balancing marbles on golf tees

 

story table: Owl Babies

 

Please ensure that children are heard to read as often as possible and their reading record books are signed and placed in the corresponding basket every morning. Reading takes many different forms and if the children have read a menu, recipe book, birthday card or a leaflet on a day out these can be recorded in their reading record book too!  Many thanks for your continued support.

A huge Thank you for all of the lovely presents that I, Mrs Harriss and Mrs Ali-Shah received for Christmas. I am very grateful for them. I hope that to all children and families of Elm Class had a lovely Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

A huge Thank you for all of the lovely presents that I, Mrs Harriss and Mrs  Ali-Shah received for Christmas. I am very grateful for them. I hope that to all children and families of Elm Class had a lovely Christmas and a very Happy New Year!  1

We had a super time at our Christmas party. First we got into our party clothes, then we ate lots of treats and finally we finished off by playing some classic party games.

Our learning- 2.12.19

 

The children have been working really hard during Christmas play rehearsals, particularly with their singing. They are very excited to find out about their costumes and we will be revealing those on Friday. 

 

This week will be basing our learning on the story ‘Stick Man,’ a popular favourite. There will be lots of work involving sticks, including measuring, ordering, making weaving sticks and of course using our imagination to decide what else a stick could be. Hopefully you enjoyed hunting for sticks at the weekend.

 

In maths the children will be ordering sticks according to length. We will be using the vocabulary longer than, shorter than, as we order them. 

 

This week in phonics we will be learning recapping all the sounds we have learned so far this term including digraphs. We will also be reading the tricky words in captions and matching pictures to them once they have been decoded. These skills will be used to support the children when writing about their stick and what else it could be.

 

The challenges for the following tables are:

 

maths table: measuring and ordering sticks according to length

 

finger gym: making a weaving stick

 

story table: Stick Man

 

We have now started rehearsing for our Christmas production of ‘Shepherd Little.’ You may even have heard your child singing some of the songs that we have been learning.

 

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

We had a great time visiting Hitchin Library. We listened beautifully to the story the Librarian read to us and joined in with the different songs.

Our learning- 25.11.19

 

The children thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Hitchin library on Friday. They listened carefully to the stories that Rebecca the librarian read to them and we were very proud of their behaviour both at the library and on the walk back to school. Hopefully they have enjoyed reading the books they choose, with you at home. Also, a reminder that the books will need to be returned to Hitchin library in 3 weeks and a very big thank you to all the parents who were able to support us at the library or on the way back.

 

Making bear paw biscuits was also very popular with the children and they were amazed at how big they were when we took them out of the oven, so were the adults! We hope they were delicious!

 

In maths the children will be writing number lines which they will then use to make a number path for our small wooden Number Land houses. They will also be learning rhymes that will help them with their number formation. Once they have made their number lines we will be exploring different ways that they can be used, counting on, counting back or even measuring.

  

This week in phonics we will be learning the sounds z, w and x and the digraph ng. We will also be recapping the tricky words we have learned so far and writing letters that belong to the one-armed robot family. 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

 

 The challenges for the following tables are:

 

maths table: making number lines

 

finger gym: using loose parts to form letters and CVC words

 

-story table: The Cave

 

We have now started rehearsing for our Christmas production of ‘Shepherd Little.’ You may even have heard your child singing some of the songs that we have been learning. A letter will be coming home shortly explaining which part your child has been given and any costume requirements. If you have any questions please speak to a member of staff.

 

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

We had great fun making bear paw biscuits, but we did find out that mixing is actually quite hard work!

Our learning- 18.11.19

 

The children thoroughly enjoyed designing their own potions last week and added some interesting ingredients including frogs, unicorn horns, mushrooms and dragon's breath. We had a go at making some of them in the tuff tray outside, although some of the ingredients were a little hard to find! The mud kitchen has also been very popular this week, particularly as it has been so wet, which added to the excitement. 

 

Our new story of the week is ‘The Cave by Rob Hodgson.’ In the story a wolf waits outside of a cave for a little creature that he can see living inside. He tries many different ways to entice the creature out of the cave and when he finally succeeds he is in for a surprise, a big surprise. The children will be trying many activities linked to the story including making caves, designing a wolf mask, making bear paw biscuits and of course visiting Hitchin library.

 

The children loved our maths challenge last week, estimating how many objects were in a jar, writing their estimate on a post-it-note and then opening the jar and counting the amount to see how accurate they were. Why not have a go at this activity home? If you haven’t got a jar you could hide some objects under a cloth, then quickly show the children, then cover them again and ask the children how many they spotted.

 

It could also be a good memory game if you placed a small amount of different objects under the cloth. Show them the items and count to 10 so that they can have a good look and try to remember the objects. Then cover them up and discreetly remove 1 object. Uncover them, can they work out what is missing? 

In Numberland we will be continuing with our shape work.

 

This week in phonics we will be learning the digraphs sh, ch and th. We will also be recapping the tricky words we have learned so far and writing letters that belong to the curly caterpillar family. 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

 

 The challenges for the following tables are:

 

maths table: number formation

 

finger gym: using loose parts to make a cave

 

-story table: The Cave

 

On Friday 22nd November Elm class will be visiting Hitchin library. On this day we would like all the children to be dropped off at the library between 8.45 am and 9.00 am. If this is going to be a problem please speak to your class teacher. Children will be walking back to school after their visit in time for lunch.  If you are able to help walk the children back to school please speak to a member of staff. If your child has a library card they will need to bring it with them on the day, if not please get a membership form from the classroom on Monday morning and return it by Thursday 21st at school or on Friday morning.

We had great fun dressing up for Children in Need! We did lots of colouring in, dot to dots and we even got to meet Pudsey Bear!

Our learning- 11.11.19

 

The children really enjoyed all the firework art we created last week, there are lots on display in the classroom. They worked really hard to use their robot arms to help them segment firework words to write on stars.

 

We will also be continuing to read our story of the week ‘Room on a Broom.’ As part of this work we will be making potions and thinking carefully about the ingredients we would add and what the potion will turn people into. 

 

In maths we will be using our number skills to estimate amounts. On the maths table there will be 2 jars. The children will be encouraged to choose one and have a go at estimating  (guessing) how many objects are in the jar. They will need to write their name and the amount they think is in the jar on a post-it note. At the end of the day we will open each jar and count how many objects were in each. The amounts will change each day.

In Numberland we will be selecting regular and irregular shapes that belong in our garden, based on the number of sides they have. 

 

This week in phonics we will be learning the sounds j, oa and ie. We will also be recapping the tricky words we have learned so far and writing letters that belong to the curly caterpillar family. 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

 

 The challenges for the following tables are:

 

maths table: estimation jars

 

finger gym: using loose parts to make a poppy picture

 

-story table: Room on a Broom

We had great fun dancing to firework music and moving around the hall like different fireworks.

Our learning- 4.11.19

 

We hope you all had a relaxing half term and we are looking forward to seeing the children again. I’m sure they will have lots of news to share with us and each other!

 

This week we will be learning all about fireworks and using lots of different resources to make firework pictures, including spray painting using plant sprayers, a salad spinner and straws joined together. 

 

This week in phonics we will be learning the sounds f, b and ai. We will also be recapping the tricky words we have learned so far and writing letters that belong to the curly caterpillar family. The children will be taught how to write each letter and how to identify them in words. The children will also be using their robot hands to orally segment and blend words independently. When the children are reading their books to you or you are out and about point out the letters we are learning and ask the children to tell you the sounds they make.

 

In literacy we will be writing firework words on stars, thinking carefully about the letter sounds we can hear. Outside in the tuff spot we will be mixing potions and having a go at writing the list of ingredients so our friends can make it too! 

 

In maths we will be continuing to explore shape, using lolly sticks to make 2D shapes and describing their properties. This will include the number of sides and if the sides are curved or straight. In Numberland we will be selecting regular and irregular shapes that belong in our garden based on the number of sides they have. 

 

The challenges for the following tables are:

 

-maths table: making a 2D shape using lolly sticks

-finger gym: rescuing spiders from their web using tweezers

-story table: Room on a Broom

 

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

Our learning- 14.10.19

 

Last week we introduced a superhero theme based on the children’s interests and suggestions. In our outdoor classroom we have made a superhero writing hut which has proved very popular indeed. We also dressed up as superheroes and thought carefully about what our superpower would be and why. Watch out for the photographs and the children’s work appearing on display in the corridor.

 

This week we will be continuing to think about autumn and harvest. We will be exploring a range of different fruit and vegetables, painting pictures of them, making vegetable soup and even making our own superheroes out of potatoes which will link with our story of the week ‘Supertato.’ 

 

The children continue to enjoy their visits to Numberland and this week they will be left additional maths challenges to solve by the unkind pea from the story ‘Supertato.’

 

In Storyland we will be reading the story ‘Shark in the Park.’ Our focus will be exploring the illustrations, using them to make predictions and finding rhyming words.

 

This week in phonics we will be introducing the children to the sounds: g, l, o, and u. 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.

 

The challenges for the following tables are:

 

-maths table: investigation numbers and solving problems

-finger gym: making a superhero mask

-story table: Supertato

 

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

 

On Wednesday 16th October  9.05 we will be holding a phonics workshop. There will be a brief introduction to phonics by Mrs Mountney and Miss Walker and then parents will be able to try some phonic based activities with their children. The children are very excited about sharing their learning with you. If you have any questions about the workshop please speak to an adult.

 

Our Harvest festival assembly will be held on Thursday 17th October 9.05. The reception children will be showing their scarecrows and have been learning the song ‘Big Red Combine Harvester,’ which I am sure many of our parents will be familiar with. Parents are very welcome to join us.

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Our superhero photos - we all thought of some really interesting super powers!

We enjoyed making our scarecrows, ready to share at our Harvest Assembly on Thursday 17th!

Our learning- 7.10.19

 

We had a very busy week last week. We enjoyed digging in the garden looking for worms and planting some new flowers. The children were very excited by the really long worms we found and had lots of fun measuring them! Making bread rolls was also very exciting and although the animals in the story did not want to help Ash and Elm class were very eager to help.

 

This week we will be continuing to think about autumn and harvest. We will be re-reading the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’ and using the new Makaton signs we have been learning for each of the animals to support our storytelling. We will also be making scarecrows ready for Harvest assembly on Thursday 17th October. Parents are welcome to join us for assembly and the children will be showing their work.

 

The children were extremely excited by their first visit to Numberland and particularly enjoyed meeting the wooden characters that belong in each garden. We added a door and the correct number of windows to our house. When we visit this week they will be adding the correct amount of objects to each garden. Please have a look at the photographs below to see our learning.

 

In Storyland we will continue to read the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’ and signing the names of the animals as they are mentioned in the story. We will also be acting out the story in a small group. 

 

This week in phonics we will be introducing the children to the sounds: h, m, d, and r. 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.

 

The challenges for the following tables are:

 

-maths table: tens frames to make number patterns

-finger gym: making stick puppets

-story table: The Little Red Hen

 

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

JOLLY SONGS A Z Alphabet Song

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Our learning- 30.9.19

 

The children really enjoyed making their portraits using natural materials and there was lots of interesting discussions. We  had our first PE lesson and all children thoroughly enjoyed it. We are looking forward to our next one!

 

This week we will be starting to think about autumn and harvest. We will be listening to the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’ and thinking about the animals and their actions. We will be linking this to our PSED work on feelings and how our words and actions can make others feel. We will also be acting out the story and making some bread rolls.

 

In Maths the children will be taking their first  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 match the correct number of windows to their house and placing the correct amount of objects in each garden.

 

In Storyland the children will be sharing the story of ‘The Little Red Hen.’ They will be signing the names of each of the animals and joining in with the repeated refrain, “Not I said the ...” Ask the children to show you the Makaton sign for each animal. 

 

This week in phonics we will be introducing the children to the sounds: p, n, ck, e. 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.

 

The challenges for the following tables are:

 

-maths table: Place the spikes on the hedgehog

-finger gym: threading/repeating patterns

-story table: The Little Red Hen

 

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

Our first P.E. lesson, we played some ring games and then had a go at balancing with a partner.

We had fun in the rain!

We made self-portraits using a range of natural materials.

Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.

Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  1
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  2
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  3
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  4
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  5
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  6
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  7
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  8
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  9
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  10
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  11
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  12
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  13
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  14
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  15
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  16
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  17
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  18
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  19
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  20
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  21
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  22
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  23
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  24
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  25
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  26
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  27
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  28
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  29
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  30
Teddy Bear Picnic! We made sandwiches, decorated biscuits and then in the afternoon got to eat our treats.  31

Our learning- 23.9.19

 

The children and their special toys thoroughly enjoyed our picnic on Friday. We made jam or spread sandwiches, wrote name labels for our toys and decorated biscuits. We explained to our friends why our toys are special to us and how it makes us feel when we cuddle them.

 

This week we will be continuing with our ‘all about me’ topic. The children will be making portraits using a range of natural materials including conkers, stones and sticks. 

 

In maths the children will be working on number recognition and building towers to stand on a range of numbers. We will also be thinking about how many bricks we would have if we added one more to the tower and working it out practically.

 

This week the children will continue to visit Storyland. We will be re-reading the big book 'Walking through the Jungle’ and discussing the different animals in the story.

 

In circle time this week we will be thinking about what makes us special and sharing it with the rest of the 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.

 

 The challenges for the following tables are:

 

-maths table: building a tower that contains the correct number of bricks

-finger gym: threading and making a pattern

-story table: This is our house

 

On Tuesday 24th September 9.00 there will be a meeting for reception parents in the hall. We will be discussing different strategies for supporting your child with their reading, the characteristics of effective learning, wows and answering any other questions parents have.

We had a good time painting our own faces. We had a good look in the mirror to see what we looked like. Some of us had to mix a different colour.

Our learning- 16.9.19

 

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 colour mixing. They will also be talking about the activities they like to do when they are at home.

 

In maths the children will be working on number recognition and clipping the correct number of pegs on numbered leaves. We will also be introducing the concept of more or less and linking it to other areas of their learning.

 

This week the children will also be visiting Storyland for the first time and sharing the big book 'Walking through the Jungle.' As part of the session they will be using the illustrations to tell the story and discussing the animals they meet along the way.

 

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 small bear or a small soft toy on Friday 20th 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 the children will be having these at our picnic on Friday afternoon.

 

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

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

 

The challenges for the following tables are:

 

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

-finger gym: using elastic bands to make different shapes on geo boards.

-story table: This is our house

 

The children now have a 'mini me' each, on the maths challenge table and this week we will be adding mini mes to the finger gym. When they have completed the challenge they need to find their 'mini me' and place it in the basket to show the adults in the class that they have completed the challenge. They will need to do this daily.

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