Our Class Governor is Mr Gaughan
15th February 2019
What have we been learning this week?
What a busy end to our half term! The children across the infant department have been working their socks off! We have come to the end of our Explorers topics and we have discovered a great deal about the famous explorer – Christopher Columbus.
We have started to use Seesaw and we hope the parents have been enjoying receiving updates on what the children have been learning in school.
Have a wonderful half term everyone!
Chinese New Year has been the theme for lots of our work this week. Every one used the special colours of red and gold to make part of our Chinese Dragon and we had a fantastic time today on a parade around school to celebrate. The Chinese drums we made were great for making lots of noise! We began to explore a new RE theme this week with a topic on 'Gathering', thinking about all the things we enjoy doing together.
We continued to learn about 3d shapes in Maths and enjoyed sorting shapes by their different properties. On Tuesday- our Internet Safety Day - we listened to the story of Digi duck and learnt about the importance of asking permission before using the Internet.
We were so lucky this week that we were able to go ahead with our walk to St Teresa's Church before the ice and snow arrived. The children enjoyed a 'Treasure Hunt' around the church , recognising and talking about features involved in Parish celebrations such as the font and the lectern. The children were particularly interested in the shark from 'Commotion in the Ocean' so we have been finding out about these fascinating creatures and writing facts about sharks. In maths we have been learning about 3d or solid shapes. We have been on a shape hunt and used building activities to explore their properties.
Unfortunately we had to cancel our visit to Church due to the icy conditions but we have rearranged it and hopefully we will be going on Tuesday next week. This is part of our RE topic and we will be looking at the different parts and features of the church and how they are used during parish celebrations. We have loved listening to the book 'Commotion in the Ocean' which has led to lots of art and craft work- making turtles, jellyfish and creating wavy patterns. The children were very interested in looking at the globe and maps of the world this week as we traced the journey of Christopher Columbus. Our maths work has involved partitioning set of objects and then numbers in different ways and learning about doubling numbers.
7th to 18th January
Happy new Year! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas. It was lovely to see all the children come back to school so happy to see their friends and excited to start work again. We are very happy to welcome Miss Gill, who will be with us for the rest of this school year covering Miss Parkinson's maternity leave.
Our new RE topic of 'Celebrations' gave us the opportunity to share a 'welcome back' party with juice, biscuits and singing. We are also learning about the visit of Mary and Joseph to the Temple and their meeting with Simeon and Anna. In maths we have been working with numbers up to 20- counting carefully, creating our own number tracks and using 'tens frames' to represent numbers. Our new creative theme is 'Explorers'. This has involved examining objects explorers might need, creating an explorers den and learning about the voyages of Christopher Columbus. The Police Station role play area has been a huge success with the children creating some very imaginative story lines!
What a wonderful start the children have made in Reception!
On Friday it was lovely to see how confident they have become in such a short time. Over the first few weeks we have been learning to use all the different areas of the classroom and we have been able to give out lots of ‘Curious Cat’ badges to children who have been keen to try out new activities. At the start of the week we went to visit Mrs Bull and Mrs Pennington in the school office to learn about the work they do and then use these experiences when playing in our role play ‘Office’. All the children really enjoyed PE and although it was a little bit tricky getting changed into PE kits, I think they would like to do PE everyday!
We started the week with a session from the South Ribble PE coaches, working on the Fundamental PE skills of - running, side stepping and skipping and these sessions will continue each Monday for this term. We have had great fun with art work this week, creating hand prints and using cotton buds to paint patterns on porridge bowls. We have been practising different types of marks such as the 'soldier mark' and the rainbow mark' and some of us have been learning how to do St Teresa's fancy writing forming s, a, t and p correctly. The children have brought home 'Sound Books' and 'word blending lists' as their first homework so please spend some time practising these at home.
The story of 'The Three Little Pigs' has been our theme for this week. Our Literacy work has focused on acting out and retelling the story using lots of story language and the children have loved using masks and puppets to help get into character. Our phonic sessions are in full swing now and we have been working very hard on the vital skill of orally blending sounds into words. We have also been learning about 'tricky words' which are words which cannot be sounded out and just have to be learnt. We are trying to recognise to, the no, go and I quickly and this week we will give out sheets of the tricky words which can be cut up to play games with at home. In Maths we have been working on counting carefully, making sets of different amounts and recognising numbers. This week we have completed our first RE topic and we celebrated all our work with a very prayerful Collective Worship.
This week we have been working really hard on our blending and segmenting skills. Now that we know how to correctly pronounce more phonemes we have been using magnetic letters to make lots of short words. In maths we have been learning about 2d shapes through creating shape pictures and going on a shape hunt. We have been learning and using lots of language to describe shapes. Our RE topic for the week has been Judaism, finding out how Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah. We played the 'driedel game, made Hanukkah cards and even tasted pancakes! We had a lovely 'autumn walk' on Thursday and the children really enjoyed spotting all the signs of the season.
As part of our new RE topic we have been exploring how we make others feel welcome and sharing our own experiences of being made to feel welcome. We then put this into practice by welcoming our class Governor, Mr Gaughan for a visit. Last weeks 'autumn walk' has led to lots of craft work including making hedgehogs and hoglets, stick wrapping with autumn colours and using pastels to decorate leaves. In maths we have been learning about addition and had a great time playing a pirate game involving combining bags of treasure. Each child has received their own 'tricky word key ring' today. Please help your child to quickly recognise these words as this will help them to read more fluently.
We have really enjoyed learning about Baptism in RE this week. The children were all keen to take part in acting out what happens when a baby is welcomed into God's family and made some lovely baptismal candles. The story 'Owl Babies' created lots of interest in owls and led to lots of great art work, with the children particularly enjoying making owl masks. In our maths lessons we have been learning how to add 1 more and playing number track games. Our PE coach was very impressed this week with the improvement in the children's rolling and aiming skills and these sessions will continue on Mondays next half term.
Have a lovely half term break!
I hope everyone had a great half term holiday.
This week lots of our activities have had a Halloween theme. We began by reading and learning to write Halloween words and then some of us used these words to create some 'spooky spells.' In art work we have been making spiders, designing a hat for a witch and painting some black silhouettes. In our phonic sessions we learnt about the 'friendly letters' - ll, ff and ss and have also been tackling some 2 syllable words. We have been using pennies to do lots of counting and have been learning to use correctly the mathematical vocabulary more, fewer and equal. The children have really enjoyed playing in our 'Post Office' role play area and they were very excited to tell us all about their visits during the holiday.
We have been learning about the celebrations of Bonfire Night, Diwali and Remembrance Day this week. We began by practicing our pencil skills through creating lots of firework patterns. We then enjoyed hearing the story of Rama and Sita as we found out about the Hindu celebration of Diwali and finally we explored lots of different ways of making poppies as we talked about Remembrance Sunday. Our literacy and numeracy work has been based of the book 'The Great Pet Sale' and the children really enjoyed drawing their own pet and inventing and spelling it's name. We have also been learning about money and using coins to pay for items.
We have had such a busy time with lots of special activities this week. On Monday we had a visit from Mrs Hussain as part of our RE topic on Islam. She very kindly brought in lots of objects which are special to Muslims. She showed us a prayer mat, prayer beads and a Qu'ran and told us all about how Muslims pray. The children were very excited to dress up in some of the beautiful scarves she brought. Tuesday was our Anti bullying day and everyone enjoyed wearing odd socks and taking part in activities to help us learn about respecting difference. On Thursday we walked to St Teresa's Church where we met Father Roy. He showed us all the things he uses when he baptises a baby and helped us to act out a baptism. Along with all this we have also been busy learning the songs for our Christmas play and with the stage now up we will be starting to rehearse!
After listening to the story of Penguin Small by Mick Inkpen the children were all keen to learn how to draw a penguin and write little captions about the main character. We also made penguins from different shapes and were very interested in finding out about animals who live in cold places. We were also able to sort animals who we would find on the land, in the sea or in the air. Jewels frozen inside an ice hand provided a great opportunity to explore ice at first hand and experiment with different ways of melting ice. In are number work we have been working on practical subtraction activities and practising counting backwards. On Thursday we had a great time celebrating Toffee and Biscuit's birthday and we have been very excited all week preparing by making cards and party hats.
It has been Christmas art week this week and we have been very busy making trees, baubles and snowmen using Christmas colours and developing our creative skills.
We have been involved in lots of rehearsals for our nativity play- Whoops-a-daisy angel,
with the children very excited to be on the stage and learn their part. We have been learning about the Advent Wreath and how it helps us to prepare for Jesus' birthday at Christmas. We have also made an Advent calendar with little tasks for each day. Please ask your child about the tasks and help them to complete them.
'Each time we light a candle
We'll think of what to do
To make this time a special time
of love for me and you'
Our Christmas preparations are in full swing!
We have been so busy rehearsing and it is lovely to see all the children so confident on the stage. In class we have been learning about the Christmas story during RE. The children have helped to make figures for our class crib display and have done some great writing about the story. They have really enjoyed painting shepherds and wise men and retelling the Nativity story with our knitted dolls.
We have been exploring cold colours and the children have loved experimenting with blue and white paint to create different shades of blue. We also made hot chocolate or hot Vimto and pretended to visit the North Pole with our hot drinks.
What an wonderful week we have had in school!
The Nativity play - Whoops -a- Daisy Angel was absolutely amazing with all the children happily and confidently playing their part. Thank you so much to all of the parents for providing the beautiful costumes. Our trip to the Lime Bar was also a real success and luckily Father Christmas was able to join us for breakfast and hand out some early Christmas presents. We have still been busy in class making some lovely books about the Nativity which the children will be bringing home to share with you. We also attended a very prayerful collective worship with class 3/4M where we reflected on how we can show love to each other as we prepare for Jesus's birthday.
We all had a great time on Monday (our Christmas day at St Teresa's) with lots of fun activities and a brilliant concert from the children of All Hallows. We have been very busy completing all our Christmas challenges- including pegging a series of Santas in order, writing Christmas cards, making paper chains and adding buttons on a snowman. The children all have a new sound book so please try to practice the new sounds- ch, sh, th and ng over the holiday. We would be so grateful if you could take this opportunity to sort out the children's reading wallets. Some of them are so full of papers and letters that it is becoming difficult to find anything.
Well done to Reception for completing their first term at St Teresas.
Happy Christmas from everyone in Class RS.