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.
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