Almost there now- another half term almost over.
This week the children have been learning all about spring time- we went on a walk around school and found all the signs that spring was here after reading “The Thing About Spring...” in class. Then we made some posters showing the Four Seasons and how each one looks different. Next week we’ll be continuing to learn about how things change in the spring time and writing about it in our Literacy books.
We’ve been working hard on our Read Write Inc. Phonics this week starting to use new resources and work in groups with me and Mrs Day. Already, the children are doing brilliantly and their hard work is starting to show in their writing too. Next week, as a pre-Easter treat, we’re even going to have a phonics Easter Egg hunt!
In maths, we’ve been learning all about 2D shapes and learning how to tell the difference between them all. Next week, we’ll be moving on to look at 3D shapes and which 2D shapes are used to make them.
Have a lovely weekend,
Well it's been another great week in Oak class. The children have been so creative and imaginative and it was wonderful to see them all decked in red for today's Red Nose Day too!
We finished our Traditional Tales Topic this week with the Three little pigs and the Billy Goats Gruff- the children even wrote their own version of the 3 little pigs together- I'll be sure to put a copy of it on Class Dojo so everyone can read it. They practised their handwriting and spelling for this and each made their own sentence about their page of the book!
In maths this week, we have been learning all about Spatial Awareness and Position words- the children had a lot of fun hiding teddy in different places and then explaining where he was and making maps of the Billy Goats Gruff story to help us understand where everything was.
In our Wider Curriculum learning, this week we planted some Beans to start looking at how plants change as they grow and also learned all about the life cycle of a Butterfly. The children made some lovely life cycle posters explaining how it works and today they're mixing colours to paint their own butterflies and caterpillars to add to our display. We also did some Very Hungry Caterpillar Yoga to really start to learn what it's like to be a tiny caterpillar turning into a beautiful butterfly!
The children were very excited to see how the classroom had changed this morning as we had a move around to make even more places for the children to learn and explore - we're even building our own Home Corner and making all of the kitchen appliances we need ourselves!
Next week, we will be starting our new Topic of Spring Time and Easter and learning all about how things change at this special time of year. In Maths we will be moving on to look at 2D shapes and spotting them in our environment. We'll be starting our Read Write Inc. Phonics groups too and starting to use our practise writing books as well.
Have a lovely weekend,
It has been fantastic welcoming Oak Class back into the classroom this week. The children have coped so well with the transition back to school and have been eager to learn and play with their peers. The children have returned to school with Miss Prince as their class teacher, with Mrs Nuthall working and supporting from home, prior to starting maternity leave in three weeks time.
This week, we have started our two week topic of 'Traditional Tales', looking at the stories of Goldilocks and The Three Bears, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Three Little Pigs, and Jack and The Beanstalk. The children have been acting out the story, taking on roles, ordering events and creating story boards.
In phonics, we have been revisiting our Set 1 RWI sounds. The children have played games and practised reading and writing with their sound knowledge.
For our Maths learning this week, we have been continuing to explore number bonds to 10, using the part whole model. The children have enjoyed taking their maths outside this week, playing skittles with 10, writing number sentences for their scores and exploring their numbers more.
It was great to welcome back our Saints PE coach for our weekly multi-skills session and to continue our fantastic Music lessons with Mrs Mathews.
Well done for approaching the return to school with such positivity, fun and eagerness to learn.
Have a lovely weekend. :)
This week our final home learning topic has been 'Life in the Garden'. We have been exploring a variety of animals, insects, plants and flowers throughout the week, going on scavenger hunts, mini-beast hunts and creating fact files.
On Thursday, we celebrated world book day as a class, sharing a special Google Meets sessions where we shared a story together, discussed our favourite books and shared our costumes. The children were set a challenge to create a story character using a toilet role tube. Here are some examples of what the children created with a little help from their families! :) The children were encouraged to share stories at home and draw pictures of their favourite books and places to read.
In phonics, we have been learning two new graphemes - 'ir' and 'air'. The children have been writing labels and captions for the mini beasts they have found and completed a story map for Eric Carle's The Very Busy Spider.
For our Maths learning this week, we have been exploring number bonds to 10, using 10 frames. The children have enjoyed making giant frames at home using natural objects and have written number sentences and solved problems. It has been quite challenging for some, but lots of practise this week with concrete objects has really helped them all to succeed and overcome the challenges.
We are looking forward to welcoming the class back into school on Monday after 8 weeks of hard work at home and in our critical worker club in school.
Have a lovely weekend,
This week Oak Class have been on safari in Africa. We have watched different videos, completed 'wild work outs' and themed yoga sessions and also had plenty of time for crafts and art, for our expressive arts and design element of our curriculum.
Have a look at some of the learning our children have been completing this week. It has been great to see the children enjoying the Spring sunshine during their daily exercise too.
The children have been writing captions, labels and sentences about photos of African animals and game safaris. Their use of Fred talk to help them segment words into sounds has been fantastic and I am so proud of the time and effort they have put in to this.
In Maths, we have deepened our learning and understanding of numbers up to 10, combining two numbers to make a total and comparing quantities.
This week we have been looking at the sounds 'ar', like in card, and 'or', like in fork. This has been a challenge but the children have engaged well and I am so pleased with how they are learning to correct themselves with their reading.
Take care and keep up the fantastic work. :)
This week we have been learning all about Dinosaurs in Oak Class. On Monday, the children made story boards using photos and captions to tell the story of Stan (a dinosaur at Manchester Museum). The took Stan on an adventure around their homes and gardens - have a look at some of the great final pieces they have produced.
During our Zoom sessions, we have explored a Non-fiction book about Dinosaurs together using screen share. This has been a great opportunity for some of our little Dinosaur experts to share their knowledge with peers... and to correct my pronunciation of their names!
This week we have been looking at the sounds 'oo', like in Zoo, and 'oo', like in book. This has been tricky but the children have engaged well and I am so pleased with how they are learning to correct themselves with their reading.
Writing this week has been incredible - the children have used their Fred talk and word banks to write fantastic sentences about Dinosaurs. The children have watched videos and created their own dinosaurs with Latin names, using the key characteristics to match them to their drawing. The have been labelling pictures too.
We have had a very busy half-term full of fun and learning. Enjoy the half-term break and don't forget to look out for Mr Foreman's challenge on Dojo.
Mrs Nuthall :)
This week, Oak Class took part in Children’s Mental Health Week. This year’s theme was express yourself and we encouraged children (and adults) to explore the different ways we can express ourselves, and the creative ways that we can share our feelings, our thoughts and our ideas. When we express ourselves we don’t have to be a great artist or a wonderful dancer. It’s not about being the very best at something or putting on a performance. Let’s encourage each other to find lots of different ways to get creative and express ourselves. The children explored resources suggested by Place2Be alongside this week's home learning. On Friday, we all 'dressed to express ourselves' wearing our favourite clothes, colours and things that made us feel happy, like dressing up clothes and even face paint too. Have a look at this calendar that we have introduced to the class.... it is full of lovely ideas for a friendly February - just what we need in this strange time.
In our home learning this week, we have introduced new graphemes 'ow' and 'igh' - the children have learnt these well and have even demonstrated them in their rainforest themed writing. The children have engaged fully in our Rainforest topic, completing arts and crafts, writing, rainforest layers and models.
Overall, you are all doing amazingly well in these strange circumstances, but if you are struggling in any way please let us know. I am looking forward to seeing lots of photos this week. Keep in touch and please do continue to message if you need any help or guidance.
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.