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Class News Autumn Term 2021

17.9.2021

 Dear Parents/ Carers,

Welcome to Owls and Robins class email. We are delighted to welcome you all to the Reception class.

Firstly, we would like to ‘Thank you’ for allowing us to visit you at home and spend a little time together prior to the start of school. We are so incredibly proud of all the children for settling in so well!

We have all been learning the class and school rules and are doing so well to remember them in such a short period of time. Many friendships have already been established which has been wonderful to see. A truly wonderful start to the year!

 This week we have begun our new theme of learning – ‘All about me!’ We thoroughly enjoyed talking about what ‘makes me, me’, finding out what colour eyes, hair and skin we have, creating some amazing look alike pictures and self-portraits! We have some budding artists in our midst!

We also talked about the word ‘unique’ and why each of us are unique. We had some lovely reasons: ‘I am unique because I like swimming.’ ‘I am unique because I help people.’ ‘I am unique because I like lots of food.’ The children were super surprised to know that each one of them had something unique – their fingerprints! Lots of fun was had using paint and ink to show each print effectively. Using a magnifying glass, the children were able to follow the patterns and see the lines of their fingerprints.

 In our maths learning this week we have been using the terms ‘tall, taller, tallest’ and ‘short, shorter and shortest’ to describe our height in comparison to others along with finding out how many boys and girls we have in the class. The children demonstrated some accurate counting skills and were even able to identify which of the adults was the tallest too!

 Messages:

  • Homework is given on a Friday and is to be handed back in for marking by the following Wednesday – if it is completed earlier please either hand it in to an adult or leave it in your child’s book bag.
  • Packed lunch boxes – please do not overfill your child’s lunchbox with food as it can be overwhelming for them. Thank you.
  • Children will be choosing a library book on a Wednesday. Please ensure that the library books are in your child’s book bags in preparation for changing them.
  • Please ensure that your child’s reading folder is in their book bag each day, with the reading book inside. Please log your child’s reading on the Go Read App. Thank you.

Thank you so much for your amazing support so far. We look forward to continuing our journeys together.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Best Wishes

Miss Hazell, Miss Angel, Mrs Harling, Miss Gash and Miss Branscombe x 

Miss Swan, Miss Hazel, Mrs Braithwaite, Miss Gash, Mrs Caswell, Mrs Kenton and Ms Bhogal  

1.10.2021

Dear Parents/ Carers,

Welcome to Owls and Robins class email. We have had a wonderful fortnight continuing to get to know the children and complete our learning tasks together.

Last week we thought about things that we like and dislike. You probably won’t be surprised to hear that sweets, chocolates and treats were amongst the things that we like, along with our families, animals, swimming and gymnastics! It took the children quite a while to think of the things that they dislike however bananas and tomatoes featured heavily, going outside and spiders! We thoroughly enjoyed looking through the homework challenge from last week to find out your family likes and dislikes too. We were pleased to see that the members of our family were people we liked and certain foods including… were the things we disliked.

We learnt what a hobby is and how exciting it is that we can have a hobby and enjoy it. We created a ‘hobby person’ who had our hobbies included on it. We had arm bands for our swimmers, a space helmet for the children who love learning about space, a pan for cooking, a football and cookies as we all loved eating! It will be so interesting to see how the children’s hobbies and interests develop throughout the year and during their time at Lark Rise!

This week we have been thinking about the people in our families. We learnt that there are a variety of different families and that each family is super special. The children were challenged to think about who they live with and if they could think of more members of their family. We were very impressed at the detail the children gave and the love and adoration they showed for you! The children were encouraged to draw a picture of their family. We tried hard to hold a pencil correctly and draw a person with ‘sausage’ shaped arms and legs, using the correct colours for eyes and hair. We do have some budding artists in our midst! Well done everyone.

Messages:

  • Homework – This week the children’s homework is on Education City. Education City is an online learning tool. Your child/children have a unique log in. A letter will be coming home today with the log in details. This homework should be completed by next Wednesday.

  • We are keen to share with you the books your child is reading in school and would also like to be kept up to date with your child's reading habits at home. If you haven't already, we encourage you to download the Go read app, called GoAppsParent on the app store, enter your child's details sent out to you on the letter previously, watch the webinar https://go-read.co.uk/parents/ to learn how to use the app easily including for more than one child. Children will then be able to collect gems which they can trade in for virtual cards every time they read and log books which motivates them to continue reading and logging books. 

  • Each child was given a reading folder at the beginning of the school year. Please ensure that it is in their book bag each day, with the reading book inside as we may read on any day of the week. Thank you. 

Thank you for a fabulous fortnight.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Best Wishes

Miss Hazell, Miss Angel, Mrs Harling, Miss Gash and Miss Branscombe x

  15.10.2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have had a wonderful last two weeks in Reception! Last week was Biology week, giving us the exciting opportunity to explore the different parts of a plant and its lifecycle. We started off the week by planting our very own plants, this gave us some time to discuss what a plant needs to grow in order to survive – soil to absorb the nutrients it needs (like vitamins), water and sunlight. We learnt that a seed is planted in soil, when it receives water; roots start to grow down into the soil and a shoot up through the surface of the soil into the open. As the shoot gets more water and sunlight, it keeps growing into a stem, then a bud develops with petal which open and show the seeds. The leaves are the part that get the sunlight into the plant to help it grow. We were able to create pictures of flowers and label what each part was. It is exciting going to have a peep at the plants every time we are outside. We were so impressed by all the lovely models of plants and flowers we received for homework – Well done!

This week were explored harvest and why we have it, looking at what happens in the fields and afterwards too – we learnt how to make bread while reading the story of the Little Red Hen. This gave us some time to practise our Literacy learning, by sequencing the story of the Little Red Hen and having a go at writing a word or a phrase that linked to the story.

During our Phonics learning over the past weeks we have learnt the graphemes; r, h, b, f, l, j, v, w and x. We also learnt the diagraph ff, ll and ss. We were able to name different things that started with these graphemes and write CVC words too, e.g. red, bed, wet.

In our Maths lessons we have recalled numbers up to 5 – which all the children have done amazingly! Showing that we can count amounts without having to count them individually (subitising) and we were even able to count sounds (claps, beats of the drum) showing that we don’t just count using our eyes!

It has been fantastic to be able to share snippets throughout the week of your children immersed in their various learning activities, we are really looking forward to sharing evenmore with you over the next weeks.

Next week we are excited for more learning, discovering the season Autumn.

On a final note, homework is on Education city this week – the work can be completed on there or printed and brought into school – whichever is easiest for you.

The children are getting better and better at developing their independence skills but just to ensure it develops as best it can, please can you help your children with their independence at dinner time – allowing them time to put the food on their cutlery first by themselves, this will help them at school at lunch times.

Just a gentle reminder for reading books to be brought in each day please.

 Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Hazell, Miss Angell, Miss Harling and Miss Gash. 

5.11.2021

Dear parents/carers,

We hope you all had a well-deserved half term break – everyone worked so hard over the last half term, getting to grips with daily routines and having full days of learning. How lovely it has been to be greeted, once again, by all your children’s beautiful smiling faces! They have made all of their adults incredibly proud with how well they have come in and settled back into school.

This week we learnt all about Diwali – being one of the most symbolic Hindu festivals. Diwali is the five-day Festival of Lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. Diwali is a festival of new beginnings and the victory of good over evil and light over darkness. During this festival, people clean their homes, decorate every corner with lights, lamps, diyas, flowers, rangoli, and candles. The children had a lot of fun making their own rangoli patterns and we were even able to make our own diva pots – they were amazing, the children showed real resilience, determination and dedication.

We also explored bonfire night and why we celebrate this – understanding and discussing the roles and importance of Guy Fawkes, the houses of parliament and what treason means. The children did an amazing job of sequencing the events and using specific vocabulary to explain them. We were also able to talk about how we must keep safe over bonfire night and the potential dangers that there may be.

We learnt a rhyme to help us remember what happened and when we celebrate bonfire night each year;

Remember, remember the 5th of November,

Gun power treason and plot.

We see no reason

Why gun power treason

Should ever be forgot!

 

Next week is very exciting; we have our Maths week – exploring Maths in everything we do. We are looking forward to seeing the children all come dressed up as Rock Stars on Monday.

Just a few final notices; we are still missing a pair of trainers belonging to one of the children, would you be able to double check again at home to ensure they didn’t slip into your child’s PE bag – thank you. Just a reminder that all children do need to bring in a water bottle daily.

Have a lovely weekend, recharging, ready for some more amazing learning next week!

From Miss Hazell, Miss Angell, Miss Harling and Miss Gash.

19.11.2021

Dear Parents/ Carers,

Welcome to Owls and Robins class email. We have had such a busy but a super enjoyable fortnight!

Last week we excitedly took part in maths week; dressed up as rock stars and thoroughly enjoying playing air guitars!

‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle was one of our focus Maths books for the week. We developed our understanding of number order when we thought about the caterpillar eating one apple, two pears, three plums, four strawberries and five oranges. The children recalled the sequence of the story and were able to order pictures accurately.

We are developing our subitising skills, number recognition and accurate counting on a daily basis and we are super impressed with how the children’s skills are developing!

Last week we also thought about Remembrance Day. We were very touched on Thursday when we took part in the two-minute silence, with EVERY member of the class showing fantastic respect throughout. We watched a programme My First Festivals - Remembrance Day – that took us to the 1940’s and we experienced what life was like during the war; how people did their washing, all about dig for victory, Anderson shelters and also the friendships that were created. We were taken aback by the interest of the children and their amazing listening skills. This truly was incredible to be part of and we are so proud of them.

 

This week we have taken part in a number of different learning experiences. Firstly, it is Nursery Rhyme week. We have sung a nursery rhyme a day which has also inspired the children to make up rhymes by themselves.

It is also Anti-Bullying week. The children loved wearing odd socks and recognising the importance of being kind and saying kind words. We created a heart full of handprints demonstrating how we show kindness to each other and plenty of newly designed socks!

We have also taken part in Road Safety week developing a further understanding of how to be safe when we cross the road and finally today, Children in Need day.

We are thankful for all of your help and support and we know the children have been enjoying their learning this week, as much as we have!

 

Messages:

Please continue to record your child’s reading on Go Read.

We have enjoyed singing Nursery Rhymes to celebrate Nursery Rhyme week. They have included Incy Wincy Spider, Sleeping Bunnies, Down in the Jungle, Wind the Bobbin and Head Shoulders Knees and Toes. We hope you will enjoy sharing some of these rhymes with your children.

 

Thank you for a fabulous fortnight.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Best Wishes

Miss Hazell, Miss Angell, Mrs Harling, Miss Gash and Miss Branscombe x