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.
⭐️ Another fantastic week of learning in Oak Class! ⭐️
The children have enjoyed learning all about Diwali this week. We have been creating rangoli patterns with cotton buds and colouring pencils, making diva lamps from salt dough and decorating them and also creating some Mehndi hands using repeating patterns. We have listened to relaxing Indian meditation music to create a calm atmosphere for our learning.
In Phonics this week, we have been recapping and applying the sounds we have learnt so far this term. The children have learnt Set 1 from our Read Write Ink program and are having some assessments early next week to monitor their progress. It has come to light that the children’s oral blending is fantastic and we are impressed with how quickly they are picking up new skills with their Fred Talk.
We have also been learning and talking about road safety and the importance of this. Super cat's story was a great age appropriate way of introducing this and gave us a platform for discussion during circle time.
Tomorrow evening, you will receive your child’s interim report. I will send these across in a PDF in a private Dojo message after school.
I am looking forward to introducing a new topic this coming week, learning all about ‘people who help us’.
Mrs Nuthall. 🌈
What a wonderful start to the week! The children coped so well last week having supply and are continuing to make fantastic progress with their learning.
This week we are learning about Fire and Light, in particular remembrance day and the significance of this. We have made poppies and poppy wreath which they will be bringing home towards the end of the week.
We are having a huge push on reading at the moment in school and expect parents to read with their child for 5-10 minutes each day. This considerably helps their development by practising the skills they are learning in class. I understand it may be frustrating and time consuming, especially as most children are at the stage of sounding our c-a-t, but cannot blend to cat yet. Please support us at home - this would be amazing and we are starting a new reward system for reading in class too. :)
As always, please message me with any queries or questions. It is a real pleasure teaching your children and watching them grow, and would love for you to all be on board with their learning too.
In the four weeks now leading up to half-term, our wider curriculum topic in Reception is 'Autumn', with a focus on harvest, woodland animals and changes in the outdoor environment. We will be focussing on four key texts: The Little Red Hen, We're going on a Bear Hunt, Owl Babies and The Gruffalo.
This week, our learning has focussed around learning new sounds and letter formations in Read Write Inc phonics, all about the number four and The Little Red Hen. We joined in with a special Harvest assembly with our local Reverend and have even planted our own cress seeds, ready to harvest soon.
Oak class children are based within the foundation stage unit (FSU) learning together with the Acorn class nursery children and are taught by Mrs Nuthall. Learning opportunities in the FSU are interactive, multi-sensory, fun, exciting , challenging and child centred, whilst a theme runs alongside. Both Acorn and Oak Classes follow these themes. We centre our curriculum on the government publication 'Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage', focusing on the seven areas of learning; Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Mathematics, Literacy, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design and Physical Development.
We have a fantastic Foundation Stage Unit team and believe our FSU is a great place for children to grow, learn, work together and achieve their full potential.