Week Ending 04/03/22
Date: 3rd Mar 2022 @ 8:14pm
What a wonderful first week back! We hope you had a lovely half term. The children have returned to school full of energy and excitement for this half term. We have started with the book ‘Mad About Minibeasts’ by Giles Andreae which is such a fun poetry book to explore. We have also really enjoyed thinking about Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. On Wednesday, we had a visit from Reverend Jim who talked to us about the meaning of these special days in the Christian calendar. We talked about the tradition of giving up something for Lent and Reverend Jim suggested that we could start something instead. We decided to challenge ourselves to an act of kindness each day during Lent. We started by challenging ourselves to play with someone new and to say thank you to adults around school and at home who help us. The children had lots of suggestions such as baking cakes for our buddies, giving people hugs and making cards. One even suggested “giving things to the world that is fighting” which we thought was extremely thoughtful and mature. Look out for another fundraising venture in the coming weeks!
You may have noticed a date on the Primary Newsletter for a Dormouse class assembly. Traditionally, each class in the school performs a class assembly for parents however due to COVID this has been unable to happen so far and therefore all class assemblies have been postponed this academic year. Please ignore that date! We will be having an End of Year Show for the whole Reception cohort in the final half term (date to be confirmed).
Don’t forget that we are going on a trip to Xplore on Thursday 24th March, please send in your reply slips ASAP!
This week in phonics we have been revising the sounds and harder to read and spell words we learnt last half term. We also introduced the sound ‘oo’ as in ‘book’. This is the children’s first introduction to an alternative sound where the phoneme /u/ can be written with different graphemes ‘u’ and ‘oo’. This becomes tricky when spelling and we have noticed that the children have already begun to ask “which ‘u’ do I need?” In order to become a confident and independent speller, we recommend that children read regularly to gain a picture of the words in their heads. For example, as you are a fluent reader, you can instantly spot that ‘plai’ has been spelt with the wrong grapheme. Over the next few weeks we will be learning four new sounds per week so please focus on your child’s Oxford Owl online books to reinforce this new learning. Being a fluent reader will really help your child’s spelling as well!
In Maths, we have been exploring the language of direction and thinking about ‘forwards, backwards, up, down, through, under and over. We created a Pancake Day obstacle course and encouraged the children to move in different ways. The children were also able to programme our Beebots to direct them around a simple grid on the classroom floor. We love showing you what your child can do at school but we also like to see your child using their learning at home. If your child uses an directional language themselves at home, then please upload these to Tapestry. Think about moments that make you say ‘WOW!’
On Monday, we enjoyed seeing each other again after the week off. We had lots to share in Show and Tell! We started our new music topic by learning ‘Old MacDonald’.
On Tuesday, we went on a bug hunt! We were so lucky with the weather and were able to find lots of different minibeasts outside. This inspired our poetry work for the rest of the week and gave us the opportunity to talk about habitats. We also celebrated Shrove Tuesday by holding our traditional pancake races!
On Wednesday, we read some poems from the book ‘Mad About Minibeasts’ by Giles Andreae. We looked at the descriptive rhymes in each poem and then wrote our own descriptions of mini beasts.
On Thursday, it was World Book Day! The children looked incredible in their costumes and were so proud to talk to us about their favourite stories. We had lots of fun making our own bookmarks and then had a visit from Lola’s dad who shared ‘The Pescatarian Bear’ Well done to Grace and Alice for winning their own books to take home!
On Friday, we created our own class mini beast poem based on everything we have learnt this week. We thought about how the minibeasts move and tried our best to make it rhyme!
Our mystery readers this week were Marnie’s Mum and George’s Mum. Thank you for coming to share a story with us! Please speak to your child’s class teacher to put a date in the diary if you would like to be mystery reader.
Congratulations to our Stars of the Week, Willow and Ralph!
Have a fantastic weekend!
Miss Nicholas and Miss Selwyn