Ho Ho Ho Christmas has definitely arrived in Oak class this week!
The children were really excited on Monday to come in and find the role play area has changed to Santa's Workshop. They had fun on Monday decorating the tree,making decorations, wrapping presents and pretending to be elves working in Santa's office. We had a shorter than usual P.E. lesson due to Nativity rehearsals in the hall, but the children learned prepositional words like, over, under, through and on, to travel around the equipment this was after a warm up game of "the floor is lava". We also spent some time on Monday afternoon practising our Christmas songs and continued our theme of prepositions by thinking about where else Santa could get stuck apart from 'up' the chimney. Some suggestions were 'on' the roof, 'in' a hedge and 'behind' the door.
On Tuesday, after our usual phonics lesson, we made patterns of 4 in our maths lesson by arranging blocks in different ways and using them as a 'stampoline'. This helped children to begin thinking about what '4' is composed of and therefore being able to compose and decompose numbers which is a very important skill for future calculating. In the afternoon, the children began creating Christmas crafts and also had fun playing with snow dough in the tuff tray. We also used our great phonics skills to write some christmassy CVC words, some children doing this really independently. We also learnt more about prepositions by following prepositional instructions to create a picture. We had more Christmas singing practice as well as an introduction to the Christmas story of The Nativity.
On Wednesday we continued with our phonics learning, learnt about the composition of the number 4 and how it can be represented (3+1, 2+2) in maths, read Christmas stories and sang our Christmas songs. We began making our Christmas cards, made a class wreath (on the door) and made some reindeer antlers for our individual calendars.
On Thursday we continued with our phonics learning, learnt about the composition of the number 4 and how it can be represented using counters in our tens frames, read more Christmas stories, including the Nativity and sang our Christmas songs. We continued making our Christmas cards, did some Christmas printing and as it was snowing we used white pastels to draw snowflakes and snowmen on black sugar paper! It was a very cold day.
On Friday we continued with our phonics learning, read Christmas stories and sang our Christmas songs. In P.E. we played games and used hoops and cones to have races to make our bodies nice and warm. We did more Christmas activities and learnt about the month of December and why it is special with the festivals of Christmas and Hanukah (which we will be learning about next week). We introduced Advent and what it means and started our special class advent calendar.
This week have continued to revise all our set 1 sounds which include the special friends. We have practised blending these sounds to make words on our green cards and have used the flash cards to make words too. The children continue to embed their phonics knowledge into other areas of the curriculum such as writing lists for Father Christmas, labelling Christmas objects and playing schools with each other. We are continuing to check reading records and change books over, so please keep up the reading at home, it really does support your child so much.
On Monday, we celebrated our learning by having a Teddy Bear's picnic for our nugget treat. After we had finished our phonics and maths lessons, we used the rest of the morning to do teddy bear related activities with our teddies or favourite toys. We made cut out shape teddies, we coloured and drew teddies and made teddy patterns. We sang teddy songs and listened to teddy stories at snack time. After lunch, we prepared for our picnic by making sandwiches which was great practice for the children's motor skills. Before eating our picnic, we played some teddy games: pass the teddy, pin the nose on the teddy and teddy bear, teddy bear. Then we ate the sandwiches we had made along with some teddy crisps before finally searching the classroom on a chocolate treasure hunt!! By the time the children went home, they were all teddied out! Now we start collecting nuggets again for our great learning ready for the next treat!
On Wednesday we continued with our phonics, revising the special friends, blending sounds together to create words and spelling words using our Fred fingers. In maths we learnt about 'parts of' numbers and 'parts of animals'. We matched Numicon with numerals, played with dinosaurs, drew teddy bear pictures and played on the decking. After lunch we learnt about the months of the year, discussing when we have birthdays and we sang a new song! We created 'reindeer food' for our Christmas fair and listened to stories at the end of the day.
On Thursday, phonics followed our normal pattern and the children were excited to earn a nugget for their excellent blending skills. What a great set of readers they are becoming! In maths we learnt about parts of numbers again and watched the Number Blocks, parts of a whole, as part of our next steps. We then spent a long time out on the field, making tracks in the wet grass, looking in the hedges, playing football and working in pairs to do a listening hunt. The children worked so well doing this, taking in turns to tick off the sound on the check list and being quiet to listen to the sounds coming from the town. During the afternoon, we had more stories, played games, sang our Christmas songs, made more reindeer food and played. The most popular toy was the magnetic rods, where the children made microphones and created their own bands! We were treated to renditions of the YMCA, We will rock you, Barbie Girl and Wannabe! They show great promise and I hope they remember us when they are famous!
Thank you all for your continued support.
Gina and Jo
This week we have been learning about the celebration of Diwali.
On Monday, the children heard the story of Rama and Sita and how this links to the festival of lights that is celebrated by lots of people around the world. The children helped to create a class Rangoli pattern with coloured sand, rice and lentils and also coloured and cut out their own Rangoli patterns. In P.E on Monday afternoon, we warmed up with a Bhangra style dance before practising our jumping and landing skills which included jumping and rotating.
On Tuesday, we continued to learn about Diwali and made Diyas which are the lamps that are used in the celebration of lights. The lights are used traditionally to welcome the Goddess Lakshmi to people's homes and to celebrate light over darkness and good over evil.
On Wednesday we continued with our learning and we painted our own Rangoli patterns, we drew around our hands and then decorated them with mehndi patterns. We watched a short clip about a young girl who celebrated Diwali with her family and spotted similarities and differences with other festivals we know about. We also took part in some Diwali yoga, where each pose was linked to an aspect of Diwali.
On Thursday we continued with our Diwali theme by reading a story and listening to some Diwali music. We learnt about the 'sitar' and discussed what it sounded like and where it originated from. We made patterns in rice, had a day of construction and made Rama and Sita stick puppets. We also shared photographs of Diwali decorations, buildings, foods and dress and again discussed similarities and differences. All the children seemed to have a great understanding of Diwali!
On Friday, it was our non school uniform day and Children in need. We had a day of Pudsey themed activities including a dance-a-thon that we participated in and also Pudsey face paints. We learnt about why we fundraise money every year for 'Children in Need' and had fun raising money with the rest of the school. We took part in P.E. where we played games and practised our team work. Our favourite game was pop up pirate!
We have been so impressed with the progress children are making in phonics. Most children now know all the set one sounds and are showing that they can blend these sounds too. We are also now using these skills to spell - wow! The practice that they are doing at home is so beneficial and we hope you enjoy sharing this with them as well as continuing to share some lovely story time too.
Have a lovely weekend everybody.
Our theme for this week has been 'Remembrance,'
This week we explored this theme by listening to stories, learning about why we have Remembrance Day, making poppies, making a whole class wreath for our class trip to the War Memorial, drawing poppies and making our own individual wreaths too.
This week the children have been introduced to the set 1 digraphs or special friends as we call them. The children have learned sh, ch, th, ng and nk and have used them in their 'Fred talk'. Sound blending books are now being sent home and we encourage you to read these at least 3 times per week before they are changed. I posted a video link on Class Dojo, about using these at home, so please feel free to watch this to support your reading. Alongside these Sound blending books, we also encourage you to keep on sharing stories together. This is an enjoyable and special time together.
War Memorial Trip
A huge thank you to those of you who supported us on our walk to the War Memorial in the cemetery behind the school. The children all walked beautifully in pairs and once we arrived in the cemetery showed respect and kindness by being quiet and thoughtful. Once at the memorial the children we able to feel it, look at it, try to read the names and we reminded ourselves why it was there. The children also learned that, it once stood in North Tawton Park and after the Second World War was moved! We used a timer to practise a 1 minute silence and the whole class stood still and quiet. Well done Oak class.
The next day we took part in our school Remembrance assembly, where Reverend Spence led a discussion about 'remembering'. The children listened, asked questions and reflected on things they had learnt.
A huge thank you to everyone who made the effort to attend and meet with us. It was lovely to catch up in person and share successes and have the opportunity to talk 1:1 together. These meetings are so valuable and form such an important part of your child's primary school journey. Mrs Ware and I pride ourselves on clear communication and it was really good to meet up.
Next week, we see our theme extend towards Diwali. Diwali takes place on Sunday 12th November and we will be learning about it, its stories and traditions!
Welcome back after half term.
On Monday, we welcomed the children back after half term and were so impressed with their independence as they came into class on their own and sat quietly reading a book on the carpet. During the day we practised our oracy skills by sharing news of what we did in the half term holiday. The children enjoyed sitting in the new home corner and dressing up with the hats, scarves, bags and umbrellas. In the afternoon our PE lesson was on the theme of space exploration and we worked on our skills of jumping and landing.
On Tuesday we acknowledged the celebration of Halloween and carved the pumpkins which we had previously painted, decorated with buttons and scooped out to make “pumpkin soup”! Rachel helped every child make their own paper lantern to bring home. We read the story So Much which our home corner links to and we pretended to be at a birthday party dancing and dressing up as the characters from the story. We have also been learning about different types of families which also links to this story.
On Wednesday we read the story So Much again and we introduced more role play ideas to our new roleplay area. We linked this with our R.E. lesson, 'What makes each of us unique?' which lead onto birthdays and in particular Jesus' birthday, which for Christians is Christmas. In maths we focused on more/less than and used the words fewer and equal. In our independent learning we made our own pumpkins out of different coloured paper.
On Friday we learnt about the story of Guy Fawkes and why we celebrate bonfire night. We talked about the tradition and also how to stay safe around fireworks and sparklers. In our independent learning we made fireworks out of different materials, we painted them and used shapes to make them. During the afternoon we visited the book fair and Year 6 came to visit to paired read with us! Photos will follow on dojo.
In phonics all week we have recapped the set 1 sounds we know. Next week we will start learning the final set 1 sounds which are called digraphs (special friends), sh, th, ch, qu, ng and nk. Remember we have our fire station trip to look forwards to and also our special Remembrance Assembly with the whole school too.
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