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Class News Autumn Term 2020

18.9.2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Firstly we would like to say a huge welcome to all you that are new to Lark Rise Academy!   We hope you are as proud of your children as we are.  They have settled so well into Ducks and Ducklings classes.  It is wonderful to see so many children happily entering the class each day.

Over the past fortnight the children have been exploring the classroom, finding familiar toys as well as being introduced to new activities. We have made great use of our outdoor area too; using the bikes has been one of the highlights of this week.  Rules are extremely important at Lark Rise Academy.  Both Ducks and Ducklings Classes have been learning our class rules and are working hard in following them to keep everyone safe and happy.   We wonder if your child can tell you any of our class rules?

Next week our theme will be ‘Ourselves.’   The children will be encouraged to talk about themselves and their families.  They will be learning about their bodies as well as differences and similarities.  We will also be focussing on name recognition and looking at which letters are in our names.   We will be singing lots of counting songs, counting body parts and looking for opportunities to count as we play. We will be continuing to develop our listening skills through small group and whole class activities and games.

 

A few reminders for you:

·Please ensure your child’s name is clearly marked at the top of their water bottle.  This allows us to help them to select the correct bottle from the tray without touching them. 

·Ducks and Ducklings PE day is on a Monday.  The Nursery children do not need a PE kit, but we would like them to wear trainers or other suitable footwear and clothing every Monday.

·You have already provided us with details of which adults will be collecting your children from school.  Please do let us know if there are any changes to this.  Also, we have the passwords that you chose for occasions when a different adult may need to collect your child.  If you need a reminder of your password, please just ask.

·We would like to thank you for sending in your family photos in preparation for next week’s theme.  If you have not sent one in, please do so by Monday 21st September.

·Finally, we love to celebrate achievements; small or huge.  If your child has had a ‘wow’ moment, we would love for them to share it with their class.  Once completed, please send them in with your child or in their bag, we can then display them on our special ‘wow’ board.  We will send home some blank ‘wow’ slips for you.  Please ask if you need more throughout the school year.   

 

We hope you enjoy a lovely weekend,

Kind regards,

Mrs Tree, Mrs Carter, Mrs Bidgood, Miss Branscombe and Mrs Prew 

 

2.10.2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Your children have continued to impress us with their enthusiasm for coming to school.  They are settling into the daily routines and hopefully having lots of fun as they learn through play.  During our carpet sessions the children are practising sitting cross legged and are developing their listening skills.  In their choosing time, the children have been participating in a wide range of activities both inside and out.

This week our theme has been ‘Autumn.’ The children went on a walk around the school grounds to look for signs of autumn.  We looked at the trees and collected fallen leaves.  We discussed the changes that happen in nature and some of the events that happen during this season.  The children have thought about autumnal colours in their paintings and drawings. They have enjoyed exploring leaves, conkers and acorns.  We have been learning about how to count accurately and practising this in our play with the natural resources.  We have talked about harvest and looked at some of the fruits and vegetables that farmers pick at this time of year.  It would be lovely if you are able to take an autumn walk over the weekend, hopefully your child can share some of the information we have learnt together. 

We are always looking to reward children’s good behaviour choices as well as effort in their learning.  Hopefully you will have noticed your children coming home with stickers throughout the weeks.  We also want to thank you for allowing us to celebrate your children’s achievements at home, in the form of the ‘wow’ slips.  You can award your child a ‘wow’ for anything that is significant for them; from doing something for the first time, focusing on a task, to behaving well in a certain situation.

A few reminders for you:

·Please ensure your child brings a coat to school every day, particularly now that the weather has started to get cold.  During the nursery session the children have the opportunity to choose to play both inside and out.

·If your child is sent home in clothes borrowed from the school, please can you ensure they are washed and returned as soon as possible.

·Your child should have brought home their first library book this week.  This is a book which they have chosen for you to enjoy at home together.  Our class library day will be Wednesday.  Please make sure the book your child has chosen is in their school bag on the following Wednesday so it can be returned and a new one selected.

 

We hope you enjoy a lovely weekend,

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Tree, Mrs Carter, Mrs Bidgood, Miss Branscombe and Mrs Prew 

 

16.10.2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

It has been a busy two weeks in Ducks and Ducklings Classes with the children participating in two whole school learning opportunities.

 

Last week was Biology week and the whole school focus was on fungus.  The children learned a little about different types of mushrooms, the parts of a mushroom and keeping safe near mushrooms.  We modelled clay and then painted our own mushrooms.  Together they made a wonderful, colouful mushroom garden.  Then something very exciting happened; some fairies left us a note, they were hiding in our classroom and wanted to live in our mushroom garden.  

 

This week started with Pobble Day.  A mysterious door appeared on the playground.  We went to visit the door and thought about why it was there and what could happen if the door was opened.  Back in the classroom, the children decorated their own doors to make them look interesting.  Then they used their imagination and drew pictures to show what was behind their door.  These should have come home with the children.  Can your children tell you about their door?

 

On Wednesday the children found clues in a treasure chest, they were able to work out that our theme is ‘Pirates’.  We have learnt new vocabulary linked to pirates and practised this in our small world and role play.  The children have enjoyed pretending to be pirates in our class pirate ship and working together to construct our own pirate ship.  Next week we will be continuing with this theme and participating in more pirate themed learning.  If your child has any pirate photos, books, dressing up or other activities; please feel free to email photos into the school and we can share them as a class.

 

In our Maths sessions we have met Numberblocks one and two, we will be focusing on a new number each week.  The children have enjoyed practising their counting and number recognition through lots of activities inside the classroom and in the outdoor area.  Perhaps you could look for the numerals 1 and 2 over the weekend; maybe you will spot numbers on doors, car registration numbers and signs.

 

Thank you for engaging with us on the learning review meetings this week.  We will make ourselves available if there is anything you ever want to speak to us about.  Feel free to speak to us at the door or send an email through to the office.  We can then call or email you back.

 

A quick reminder - Please remember to send in a warm coat each day.  The weather is getting quite cold now and children access the outdoor area throughout the day, we do not want them to be cold.

 

We hope you enjoy a lovely weekend,

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Tree, Mrs Carter, Mrs Bidgood, Miss Branscombe and Mrs Prew

 

20.11.2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Thank you once again for your engagement in the learning review meetings last week.  Please remember that if you do want to discuss anything with us, you can send an email into the office or speak to us at the door.

 

Last week was a busy week for us in Nursery.  We took part in the whole school Maths Week, learnt about Diwali and celebrated Children in Need. 

 

As part of Maths Week the children took part in lots of activities in the classroom; they practised showing of fingers to match numbers and choosing the correct numerals in their games.  We also acted out the story of ‘ten in the bed’ using teddies in beds.  The children went on a special walk where they looked for numbers in the environment and for things to count on the school grounds.  If you follow the Lark Rise Academy Facebook page, you will see some photos of these activities.  You might like to go on your own maths walk, we would love you to share any photos or notes you make of what you find.

 

The children learnt about the religious festival of Diwali.  We read the story of Rama and Sita and then watched a video about how a young girl and her family celebrate Diwali.  The children used torches to investigate light and dark.  They had various activities to choose in the classroom including Diwali cards, mendhi designs on hands, acting out the story and making diva pots with their playdough.  Thank you to the families who shared information on how they celebrate Diwali.  It is wonderful to find opportunities for the children to share their home experiences with us.

 

This week the school has been taking part in the nationwide Anti bullying Week.  In Ducks and Ducklings Classes we have made our focus friendship.  The children have listened to many stories with a friendship link and been encouraged to think about what happened and how the characters could be better friends.  We have talked about feelings and the children have moulded playdough to make faces showing different emotions.  They have drawn their friends and talked about why they like them.  The adults have also acted out scenarios for the children to help them think of ways to deal with daily conflicts and situations.  We have been thrilled to see the children being so kind and friendly to one another.  We have taught the children some key phrases like ‘can I have that next, please?’ ‘please stop that, I don’t like it’ and ‘would you like to play?’  It has been great to hear children using these phrases during the week.

 

The children have continued to enjoy a variety of phonics activities over the last two weeks.  One of the games we played was ‘eye spy.’  Perhaps you could play this at home; encouraging your child to look for things which start with the same initial sound.

 

A huge well done to everyone who is practising the name writing at home.  The children have been so proud to share with us their work from home.  Please do use the letter formation guide and name cards we have sent home.  It is so important that the children are forming the letters in the correct way.  Like we have been doing at school, you may wish to just focus on the formation of a few letters until attempting the whole name.

 

And finally, for those of you who have not had access to Google Classroom, look out for an email from the

school office in the next few days.  You will be receiving log in details which you will need in the event that the Ducks and Ducklings bubble is closed down.  This will allow us to set you home learning activities and for you to upload your child’s work to share with us.

 

We hope you enjoy a lovely weekend,

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Tree, Mrs Carter, Mrs Bidgood, Miss Branscombe and Mrs Prew