Another brilliant week of home learning - you continue to impress me each day. Well done, Oak class!
This week, our wider curriculum topic of 'Under the Sea' has been great fun to explore. The children have completed lots of creative and expressive projects and used a variety of resources to do so. In phonics, we have introduced 2 new sounds from Set 2 in Read Write Inc - 'ay' and 'ee'. The children have completed lots of reading and writing tasks to deepen their understanding, and of course we have revisited previously learnt sounds daily too. In maths, we have been exploring the number 6, 7 and 8, solving problems, forming numerals and playing games.
Following lots of positive feedback from you all regarding our zoom sessions, the main outcomes were that the length of sessions were good, the children enjoy stories, sharing work and games, and overall children enjoy the meetings. Moving forward, 4 families mentioned that sharing things from home apart from school work, so maybe their favourite toy, pet or something they are proud of would be a nice addition. I am keen to keep our sessions about sharing daily work, as it gives the children a deadline to work towards and to have immediate feedback, however I think this is important too. Therefore... we are now having and extra session EVERY FRIDAY AT 2PM for SHOW and TELL! 😄 This will be lead by myself or Miss Chauhan.
See the picture of our wonderful rainbows that we created during our zoom session on Thursday on a scavenger hunt - together we identified and listed the colours of the rainbow and collected objects in our homes to create our own rainbows! Fantastic speaking and listening skills - well done Oak Class.
I just wanted to point out a few things about our home learning set up and reassure you about the fantastic learning our little ones are doing each day. Obviously play is a huge part of the curriculum, and they have adult led maths, phonics (reading and writing), physical development and handwriting each day, in addition to the grid of wider curriculum afternoon tasks. They can pick and choose based on the resources you have at home and what the children choose to do each day - this is just like the continuous provision (activities set up to engage and explore) we have in school, which form a huge part of our day.
As per my many posts on class dojo, I have been really impressed with your home learning so far - the engagement, resilience and enthusiasm shown is wonderful and I can see that the children are having lots of fun and time for very important independent play too.
This week, our 'On the Farm' topic has been embraced well and I have loved seeing your expressive arts and design creations. I am incredibly impressed with the children's handwriting - practise makes perfect, and I can tell you are using the ditties to help you.
Next week, we are beginning to learn our Set 2 sounds within Read, Write Inc for our phonics. These are unfamiliar to the children, so they may need additional guidance. Our wider curriculum topic is 'Under the Sea'. This will be incorporated in our writing and spelling elements of adult led learning and theme our creative and exploration tasks too.
Keep up the great work and a huge thank you to you all for supporting the children so well. I understand that every family is in a very different situation at home, and the more I know about this, the more we can tailor the learning to suit your needs.
We have had a wonderful week with so many fun, festive activities: our design and technology project as part of ‘Santa’s workshop’, our nativity play premiere, the FONTs pantomime, Christmas dinner and of course, our very well deserved Christmas party.
The children have carefully used a hot glue gun this with an adult to create their snow man peg doll. These look so effective and the children really concentrated on the activity. We discussed the safety precautions needed
Oak Class have continued to contribute miles to the school 'Miles to Lapland challenge' - we made our own running track around the car park and foot path with chalk and had to run 14 laps to complete our mile.
A busy week in Oak class exploring our lovely books from Devon Library service, mark making number in flour in our tuff tray, creating different emotions using our Mr Potato head toys and developing our fine motor skills by threading pasta and bead necklaces. 🥰
This week have been continuing our learning about Christmas. We have focussed on our expressive arts and design skills, making decorations, cards and other festive things. 🎄We have also developed our speaking and listening skills, projecting our voices as we practise and record our nativity. I hope you can join us virtually on 15th December.
On Friday, I mentioned to the children that we have a fantastic display to make in class all about our love of reading. The children suggested that they take pictures at home of them reading, maybe in their favourite place, with their pets, or somewhere silly. Please send these pictures through via Dojo to me and I will print these for the display. Thank you for those of you who have already done this. ⭐️
For those of you who have ordered them, Christmas wreaths are coming home today.
As you may be aware, the children have been earning special gems this half term for great learning behaviours, kindness and having a go at new experiences. They have decided that they would like to have a Christmas party (which together we have written a very large wish list for with every child's contribution!) which we will hold next Thursday 17th December. The children have asked to wear their party clothes or something festive to school for the day and to play lots of games, make crafts, have a disco and have a delicious picnic with treats too! If possible, please could you send your child in this week with a £1 contribution towards this. This is voluntary and if any one is unable to contribute, this certainly doesn't mean that the child will miss out.
I look forward to sharing the photos with you from our party day. :) Have a lovely weekend - we are certainly very excited for our next week of learning ahead. 🎅❤️
As I am sure you are aware from the children's excitement, we have been busy practising our nativity.
All of the children are able to have the part that they chose, and also have a speaking part if they wanted too as well.
Fortunately, we have a great supply of costumes at school, which have all be recently washed, so there is no need to send in anything to wear. :)
We hope you can join us on Tuesday 15th December on Zoom to watch our performance! A secure link will be sent out on Dojo nearer the time.
Have a look at some of our brilliant learning from this week. The children are engaging so well in their independent learning and loved hunting for numbers in the shaving foam.
Our topic of 'people who help us' has triggered fantastic conversations at carpet time and during circle time - who helps us? Perhaps you could ask your child to share some of their learning with you.
We had a wonderful delivery of library books this week too - the children have enjoyed exploring these and we have used one of their chosen texts as a guided read, retrieving facts and information from the story and pictures.
Keep an eye out on Dojo for more regular updates and photos.
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