Nursery Mrs Miller
Reception Miss Jordan
Year 1/Reception Miss Wells
Year 1 Ms Wright and Mrs Daynes
Year 2 Mr Bosher
Year 2 Miss Hall
Year 3 Mrs Molenaar
Year 3 Mrs Chadwick and Mrs Hadlow
Year 4 Mrs Tibbenham
Year 4 Miss Carr
Year 5 Mr Paylor
Year 6 Mrs Jinks
Welcome back to the first part of the Spring term! We are nearly already half way through the year!
This term our topic will take us on a space exploration. We will find out what space is and discover some key facts surrounding it. We will also have our 'WOW' moment this term, where we have a science dome in to take us on an interactive space adventure. Parents are also invited in to join us for our stargazing evening where we will continue to learn about our topic in an interactive way. .
We think that this term will fly by and with more exciting days to add to our dates to remember section make sure that you check this page each week for photographs of what we have been up to, news and general updates.
Wednesday 31st Jan - African drummer session
Thursday 1st Feb - Science dome in for interactive space adventure.
Thursday 1st Feb - Stargazing evening at school. Warm clothes and wellies required!
Check this area each week for updates!
We have been turned into 'numberheroes' to complete Maths challenges in order to win coins from the evil numbers who have stolen these from our classroom! The children have really enjoyed making masks, capes and designing themselves a superhero outfit. They really loved completing the challenges dressed in their outfits! We have also been looking at what animals live within our local area and compared these to animals that we might find in other parts of the world. We made mixed up animals collages using different parts of animals bodies and discussed whether each animal used would be able to live within Suffolk or not. The children found this hysterical to create cats with birds bodies and giraffes heads.
We have been focusing on counting in Maths. We have been challenging each other to see who can build the tallest tower and working together to count the number of bricks. We have also been using numicon to help aid our counting skills, some of us have even started matching the numicon to the correct number card.
In literacy we have been working on hearing initial sounds. We played splat the sound to help us to hear the first sound within a word.
We have also been on a hunt around our school grounds. We hunted in the woodland to find pictures of areas of Leiston and pictures from around the world. The children worked in pairs to identify where the picture was from and recorded this onto their tally chart.
We have been focusing on writing and learning to recognise our own name. We have been name writing everywhere... with our fingers in paint, in the sand, to say that we have had our snack, in the air and within our writing area. We have also been painting our houses. We thought carefully about how many windows our house has, how many doors and what colours make up our houses. We then compared these to each others houses as a class and tried to find some houses within our local area on google maps to compare this as well.
We had our 'big curriculum launch day' where parents were invited in to share in some of the curricular activities the children will be exploring over this half term. We had lots of fun finding hidden animals in the green jelly - even if we did all get very sticky and make the floor slippery!! We also made animal masks, explored our local area and used the bee-bots.
We also were lucky enough to have the Suffolk library service in to have a book cafe with us. We enjoyed a range of books and got to eat some biscuits and rice cakes too. We all got to borrow a book to enjoy at home.
We have also been working on our counting skills. We played counting games to see who could collect the most amount of bears.
W/C 11th September.
This week we have been getting to know each other by decorating a biscuit for someone else within the class. We discussed what type of questions we could ask our partner to find out what decorations they would like on their biscuit. The children then all gave out their biscuits to the person they had made it for and said why they had made it for them. They all had lots of fun getting covered in icing sugar but even more enjoyment came from eating them at the end of the day!!
We have also been on a sensory path this week exploring and discussing the different textures of lentils, feathers, stones, cotton wool and conkers. The children particularly enjoyed getting messy and exploring shaving form and cornflour gloop between their fingers (some of us even managed to get this in our hair!)
Homework: Each week your child will receive a short homework task to complete, this activity will vary from week to week and should take no longer than twenty minutes. Examples of homework include practicing number and letter formation, a short design or craft activity or an activity that you can enjoy with your child. Homework will be given out every Friday and must be handed in by the following Tuesday.
Reading/Library books: We will be visiting our school library every Wednesday. The children will be able to select a book to bring home for the week for you to enjoy with them, this must be returned back to school the following Wednesday to ensure that we can issue you with a new book to enjoy for the following week. Reading books have been given out this week. Books will be changed each time your child completes a book so remember to record how much you have read, page numbers and a general comment of how your child has got on with their book each time you read with them so we know when to change them. Ideally reading will be done daily even if this is only a few pages or minutes. Your child will also be read with at school. Remember to check the front of your reading record books or speak to Miss Jordan for early reading strategies. If any parents helpers would like to volunteer and listen to readers each week then please see Miss Jordan.
PE: Reception have free flow access to our classroom's outdoor area where in which they have lots of opportunities to move, explore and develop their physical skills. In addition to this class 14 will also have a set PE lesson every Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has suitable PE kit ready for both indoor and outdoor sessions and that both their school uniform and PE kit is fully named.
Read Write Inc: We have already kicked off our term by starting our Read, Write, Inc. programme and are beginning to learn our set 1 sounds along with some help from Fred the frog! This week your child should bring a phonics pack home, in which support, tips and sound sheets will be given to help aid your child through learning initial sounds and supporting early reading. Please support your child at home by using their green or yellow sound books that will be given within the pack (these will be updated daily so that you are aware of the sounds that your child has learnt). Every few days your child will also be coming home with some green speedy words in their phonics folder that we will be using in the scheme that week. Please help your child learn to read this and note how they get on in their reading diaries. Please make sure the book and the phonics folder is in their book bags everyday. We look forward to seeing the rapid progress that the children will make!