Week Ending 16/09/22

Date: 15th Sep 2022 @ 9:19pm

We made it! Happy first full week of school! The children have worked so hard this week and deserve a big rest over the weekend. They have settled into our routine brilliantly and we are really proud of their enthusiasm and positive attitudes. The children have had lots of new routines to learn and have really impressed us with their independence in school. To continue to develop this, please encourage them to put their own coat on, cut up their own food and manage their own personal hygiene. The children have learnt to tidy away their own tray at

This week we have begun our phonics journey by learning how to orally blend and the sounds S, A, T and P. If you would like to continue their learning at home, then focus practising blending words using ‘robot arms’ and ‘blending hands’. There is an example below to show you what this means and some ideas for games to play at home. This skill is really important for reading words which contain the sounds we have learnt (there is also a video below to support pronunciation of sounds). Each child has brought home a ‘reading for pleasure’ book this week which is from our school library and should be returned on a Friday. For this week, phonics reading books will be set online only. Please see below for some more information.

Oxford Owl - online reading books

Each week the children will be taught four sounds (Mon-Thurs) with a reading application lesson on a Friday. Following this lesson, the children will be allocated reading books containing the four sounds from that week. For this first week we will be setting books online and physical copies will follow. As you can imagine it's quite difficult to find 45 books containing the same sounds for all the children! We will be setting some of these books online using the Oxford Owl website. Your login details were sent out last week so please check your child’s book bag or speak to your class teacher if you need another copy. The phonics programme recommends that each book is read four times to promote fluency and comprehension. Reading and then re-reading books is the key to success!

The link to Oxford Owl can be found here: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/login?active-tab=students 

On Monday we started our story of the week ‘The Worrysaurus’. We drew a picture of what we thought a Worrysaurus would look like and talked about some of the vocabulary in the story. We had our first phonics lesson today and enjoyed watching the Numberblocks. Luckily we escaped having our first wet playtime!

On Tuesday we found out that the Worrysaurus was worried about all the things that might go wrong on his picnic! We challenged the children to create their own picnic in the classroom or make some food for the Worrysaurus using the playdoh.

On Wednesday we enjoyed spending time playing in our outdoor area as some of our lovely new furniture and resource arrived!

On Thursday we finished the story of The Worrysaurus and talked about ways we can ease our own worries. We added some nice resources to our Reflection Area and it was great to see lots of children using it during the day to read the Bible and have some quiet time in an otherwise busy day.

On Friday we watched our first celebration assembly. Well done to our first stars of the week….everyone! We decided that all the children should be star of the week after working so hard. After that we had our first Wake Up, Shake Up lesson. In the afternoon we had our first French lesson and met our Year 6 buddies.

Our mystery reader’s were Harry’s Mum and Ola’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.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Miss Nicholas and Miss Selwyn

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