Hello everyone- my sincere apologies for the long gap- it appears that when I have been adding to the blog on my Tablet it has not been posting it! So - a whistle stop tour of the past few weeks and what's coming up next.
After half term, we started our Hot and Cold topic, thinking about how these things impact our lives and make differences in the world. We went on holiday to hot and cold places and tried to work out what we need to take with us to be safe there. We even made some artwork with ice paint.
After that, we have been learning about the Olympics and all the sports that are involved in the competition. The children decorated their own "Olympic Hotel" and have been acting out the competition in our role play area. They have also designed and made their own medals from clay- we will be painting these this week and the children will soon be bringing them home to show you!
I have been incredibly impressed with the children at Forest School this term - they are really embracing the adventurous play and have become so confident on the rope course etc. Children have made Mayan God's Eyes from sticks and wool, Magic Memory Wands as well as Mini dens and helping me tie a tyre swing (Photo's of the tyre swing will follow- they are on Mrs Day's iPad!)
Also - the peas we planted and grew up our classroom window have flowered! We are hoping for pea pods very soon.
This week, across the school, it is Assessment week, so alongside our continuous provision within the classroom, Mrs Day, Mrs Grant and I will be working with children individually to see exactly how much progress they have made this year. If the weather improves this week, we will also be holding a "mini olympics" with some of the sports the children have picked to have our own little competition and be at our best.
Well we've been busy exploring again this week- we headed to 2 New places this week, the polar regions and the desert too! All week we've been thinking about what we would need to explore I these places safely. The children made collages of the clothes they would need and then in our independent writing, wrote a list of ten things they would take if they went on an expedition.
In maths this week, we have been working hard on our counting to 20 accurately and understanding those numbers so we can add and subtract. The children worked so hard and have really cracked it now!
We made some art work to go with our desert and ice theme with a picture that is half hot colours and half cold. I was really impressed with how hard they thought about choosing the right colours.
Next week, well it's over to you for half term! I hope you all have lots of fun experiences experiences look forward to hearing all about them when the children come back on Monday the 7th of June for the last big push for the year.
Have a lovely weekend and break
Lambs, Zip wires and Den building... Well it’s been another busy week for our lovely Oak children. Thank you to all the parents I have already spoken to this week on the phone or Google Meet and to those I have already booked appointments with. If you still want an appointment slot, I have some still available on Monday and Tuesday or can arrange another time that suits better if needed. Its been really great getting to meet you all and discussing the great work your little ones have been doing.
We started our week with a visit from two gorgeous baby lambs (shout out to Charlie’s mum Helen for providing our inspiration again) which have then been the spring board for our information text we have been writing all about baby lambs. We have a little more work to do on them but then I will post a selection of them here for your perusal.
In maths this week, we have been adding numbers up to 20 using physical objects- the progress the children made from the beginning of the week to the end in this was huge. I was so impressed with their independent work today solving a range of number sentences using cubes to help them.
This week we have been lucky and had 2 forest school sessions- 1 where we tied our own zip line and flew between the trees and another today where children were building dens – fine and gross motor skills were very much tested today and I was amazed at the results. I think I managed to catch a snap of everyone here.
Next week, we will be moving on from our farm topic and onto our new exciting Explorers topic- we will be exploring the world for real and in our imagination and learning all about famous explorers now and in the past. We are going to write and act out our own exploring adventure stories and make some equipment to use as props too. In maths we will be applying the skills we learned this week but to the inverse operation by moving on to subtraction within 20.
I’m looking forward to seeing how the children rise to the new challenge.
Have a lovely weekend.
Sorry for the delayed Friday blog- had some technological issues last night. It's been a big week this week. After our Little Red Hen instructions last week, we made bread ourselves.
Our writing this week was all about farms and what happens on them. The children completed some independent writing this week and showed so much progress. We had a very exciting day with the tractor which helped to inspire our writing this week.
The children have completed their work on patterns this week with lots of practical activities.
Thank you to Francesca's Daddy who has delivered lots of tyres which will soon be turned into so many exciting things around school, starting with our raised bed vegetable patch.
Next week, we have more exciting farm surprises to come which will inspire our information text writing. In maths we are moving onto addition this week.
On Monday, I will message out with times for our Google Meet parents meetings.
I hope you all enjoy the 3 day Bank Holiday weekend. Miss Prince
Well, I have been so impressed with Oak class this week. We have definitely started this term in style!
In Literacy this week, we have been reading The Little Red Hen and wrote a set of instructions all about how she made her bread. Next week, all the children are going to make some bread just like her (and maybe even some butter too).
Our classroom now has its very own Farm Shop and garden centre where the children have been very busy learning all about growing our own food and what we get from farms, here in England and also across the world.
In maths this week, we have been learning about patterns and talking about colours, shapes, sizes and actions that can be made into patterns. Next week, we are going to try some reasoning problem about pattern to challenge ourselves even further.
And, finally, we ended this week with am afternoon in the forest- the children were brilliant and embraced task of the rope course challenge- they even helped me to build it. Next week, we're going to tie a zip line and build some dens in teams.
Thank you all so much for looking after the plants over half term- hopefully, by the end of the year we will be having a picnic salad with the fruits of your labour.
Have a lovely weekend,
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. :)