Week Ending 11/03/22
Date: 11th Mar 2022 @ 10:12am
Happy Friday and hello or should I say Ahoy there from our Pirate crew! It's been a busy week of discovering our new book for this half term called 'The Pirates Are Coming'. Through the next few weeks the children will learn everything there is to know about the life of a pirate by making ships, writing messages in bottles, sailng the seven seas and the treasures there are to uncover. Our Dormice and Hedgehog children are already enjoying their first week and have found the treasure chest that was hidden deep in the grounds of the school. This has inspired so much of our choosing as the children have created their own pirates, written messages to each other on scrolls (tea-stained paper) and written lists of what treasures they would put in their own chest. This was such a lovely activity as many of the children decided to put in their mums, dads, grandparents, friends, pets, teddy bears and even us! We thought about important things which all hold special meaning to them.
We are continuing with our acts of kindness challenge and this week some of these acts were using our manners (please and thank yous), lent a hand at home and said Happy International Women's Day to our Mummies.
Next Friday (18th March) is Comic Relief and our theme for this year is the colour RED. Alternatively, children can choose to dress up as a super hero should they prefer.
Please follow the link to our school donation page. Cash donations can also be collected on the door at drop off by a member of the EYFS team. www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rednoseday22-tarporley-cofe-pr ,
Reminder - School Trip to Xplore! Science Discovery Centre
Our school trip to Xplore! Science Discovery centre is Thursday 24th March. Please ensure you have returned the reply slip at the bottom of the letter if you require a school packed lunch.
This week in phonics we have learnt four new sounds; AR, UR, OO (FOOD) and OR. We have also learnt the harder to read and spell words; THEY, ALL, and ARE. These will be in your online reading books for this week as the children begin to read longer sentences. Please continue to reread your decodable books to practice the four new sounds we have learnt this week. These sounds have proven difficult to recall this week as they all look very similar to one another. Please read the Oxford Owl online decodable books to practice these new sounds in Phase 3. I have attached some activities that require you to spot the sound in the text if you would like any practice.
In Maths, we have been continuing to consolidate our understanding of one more and one less with numbers to 10 using a numberline. We have been using our fingers to orally count on and back but starting from different numbers. Numberlines are great visuals for children to identify that one more moves one space forward and one less moves one space backwards. Board games are a great resource especially snakes and ladders! Counting on and back is an important skill which will help us in the coming weeks when adding and subtracting. Numberlines require children to count the jumps rather than count the numbers. It is common that children will count the number they're on rather than the jumps they make. We have been using a one more/one less dice (+1 and -1) to support us in games such as placing a counter on the number 5 on a numberline. Roll the dice and move the counter one or back. The first person to number 1 or 10 is the winner!
On Monday, we got out different musical instruments and learnt the song ‘Incy Wincy Spider’.
On Tuesday, we came into find sand and big boot prints left in the orangery with a map and some clues. We had to decode the clues and use the map to navigate where the treasure was buried. We explored what was inside and found out that this introduced us to our new book ‘The Pirate’s Are Coming’.
On Wednesday, we predicted what the story might be about. We created our own pirates and thought about what we already knew about them. We then made our own which are proudly displayed on our wall. We now have lots of little pirates that make up our Reception crew.
On Thursday, it was Bike Day in school. Phil taught us how to safely ride a balance bike. We went on the MUGA and played lots of games involving equipment such as a limbo pole, ramps, planks of wood and weaving in and out of cones.
On Friday, we found a message in a bottle had been 'washed up' on the shores of Tarporley. It was from the Pirates who told us they were sailing nearby. We wrote messages on scrolls to send back to them. Some children wanted them to come ashore and play with them so sent some lovely replies back, others weren't so keen!
Our mystery reader this week was Parker-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. Both classes need readers for the Summer Term.
Congratulations to our Star of the Week, Poppy!
Have a fantastic weekend!
Miss Selwyn and Miss Nicholas