Week Ending 19.11.21
Date: 17th Nov 2021 @ 9:22pm
Happy Friday! We hope you have had a wonderful week. As winter approaches, we expect the children will be full of normal colds so please encourage your child to try and blow their own nose and remind them to wash their hands regularly. Thank you!
This week we have started our new class text ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We received a letter from PC Goat telling us that a crime had been committed at school. We found some evidence outside of sticks, bricks and straw and a crime scene at our play house. The children were great detectives and loved trying to find the wolf. We told them that they are safe in school as wolves are afraid of teachers!
This half term in Phonics we are focusing on letter formation. At Tarporley, we use Kinetic Letters as our handwriting scheme. We are now learning the ‘abracadabra family’ which contains the letters c, a, o, d, s and g. This has proved tricky this week as many of the children are still trying to start the letters by going drawing a straight line down first as we did previously with the ‘jumper’ family. If they can draw a clear ‘c’ then the rest are easy so I have uploaded a video with some examples and top tips to help. To support your child's writing at home, please encourage them to start their letters from the right place, hold their pencil correctly and provide lines for them to write on. To continue to develop fine motor skills, use playdough to make hands stronger or play traditional games such a Pop Up Pirate or Operation....basically any game where they use their thumb and pointing finger to complete an action!
In Maths we have been exploring how to split numbers to 5 into smaller amounts using a part whole model. The Numberblocks episode ‘The Whole of Me’ explains this brilliantly and is extremely catchy! A part whole model allows children to demonstrate their understanding but also solve simple problems. For example, the simple question is, if 5 is the ‘whole’ and we split it into two parts, what could those parts be? However, a problem to solve would be “five is the whole, and 3 is one of the parts, what is the other part and why?” On Friday, we used these concepts to solve even more complex real-life problems by holding a little Children in Need cake sale in class. The cakes were 5p each (5p is the whole) but the children only had 1p and 2p coins (parts) so we asked them to make the whole using these parts. We were extremely proud of their problem solving, team work and cake selling skills! If you see your child making 5 in different ways at home then upload your observation to Tapestry. We love showing you what your child can do at school but we also like to see your child using their learning at home. Think about moments that make you say ‘WOW!’
On Monday, we had a Nativity practice on the stage in the school hall. The children are working so hard and can’t wait to show you soon!
On Tuesday, we found a crime scene in our outdoor area! The children became detectives and from the clues, we decided that the culprit was the Big Bad Wolf. We played I Spay games with the pictures from the books and took part in lots of Three Pigs activities.
On Wednesday, we continued to read the story of the Three Pigs. We created masks and played some reading games.
On Thursday, we swapped over so everyone had a chance to make masks and play the reading games. The children enjoyed making pigs from our pink playdough and building houses in the block area.
On Friday, we had visited the school library where we picked a special picture book each to take home. Please ensure your child’s ‘reading for pleasure’ book is in their school bag on a Friday for us to change. We did our Nativity rehearsal outside and enjoyed some pudsey cakes, thank you to Mia's mum!
A date for your diary! The EYFS Nativity will be on Thursday 9th December at 2pm at St Helens church. School provide the costumes and a note was sent home with your child’s role and the base layers we need in school by Friday 3rd December. The children walk down to church for a 2pm start (dressed in costumes) and then we walk back to school to change back into uniform (we need the costumes back for the KS1 performance that evening!) and then they will be dismissed from school at 3:20pm as normal.
Congratulations to our Stars of the Week, Amber and Jennah.
Our mystery reader this week was Louisa'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. We are fully booked for the next few weeks but after Christmas will be splitting into two classes as there has been so much demand!
Have a fantastic weekend!
Miss Nicholas and Miss Selwyn