Week Ending 23/09/22

Date: 19th Sep 2022 @ 6:29pm

Happy Friday! Another week have flown by and we have had so much fun learning through the story of The Little Red Hen. We have been learning lots about the journey of bread from wheat in the field to the loaf of bread on our kitchen tables. This led us to thinking about this time of year and celebrating the Harvest Festival. We have been thinking about the food grown on the land and of all the good things God gives us. This makes us want to share with others who are not so fortunate which links to our school Christian value of love and sharing this love with others. 

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the 'Meet the Teacher' class talks. It was lovely to see so many of you. For those of you who could not make it, we have uploaded the powerpoint presentation and class booklet to the bottom of the blog for you to download. These can also be found on our class pages on the school website. https://www.tarporleyce.cheshire.sch.uk/  

Big Summer Survey

The Big Summer Survey is a government inititative which will provide new insights into children’s views on family, and will be an opportunity to hear from children about how they have spent their summer holidays. The survey is open until the 17th October and the Children’s Commissioner would love to hear the voices of children from all parts of the country. Please follow the link to take part: https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/the-big-summer-survey/ 


As mentioned at the class talk, in Reception each child will have an online learning journey of their achievement and progress in the EYFS. Only EYFS staff can see all of the children's learning journeys but you can add to your child's with pictures or things they have done at home. Think of those moments that make you say 'WOW'! You will be able to download a copy of the learning journey at the end of the year. Although we have been uploading observations to Tapestry, we are still waiting on a couple of permission forms to be returned to the office. Once we receive these, we can give you access to your child's learning journey. 

A date for the diary!  The KS1 Harvest Service will be Monday 10th October at 9:30am at St Helens Church, Tarporley. We will need 6 adults to help us walk down to church for that time so please let the office know if you are able to help, thank you.

This week in Phonics we have learnt I, N, M and D and the children are excited to read their online books with these taught sounds. Please encourage your child to sound out a word using their ‘robot arms’ and ‘blending hands’. They will know what you mean as we practise these repeatedly each day! We have also learnt some harder to read and spell words: THE, NO, A and I. These are words that cannot be sounded out but have to be learnt by sight. These will be in your online reading books for this week as the children begin to read longer sentences. Each lesson we have revisited initial sounds, rhyming couplets, listening skills and the most important, oral blending and segmenting. I have uploaded the oral blending tutorial below as a refresher to now apply our first eight sounds. 

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 week we will be setting books online and physical copies will follow. As you can imagine it's quite difficult to find 36 books containing the same sounds for all the children! We will be setting some of these books online using the Oxford Owl website. Reading and then rereading books is the key to success! 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. 

The link to Oxford Owl can be found

here: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/login?active-tab=students 

Your child will start to bring home a reading record in their book bag. We will record each time we hear the children read in school and you can record each time you read a school book at home. We will write the date, title of the book and a comment which will be two ticks and an arrow. The two ticks are positive comments and the arrow is a next step which tells you how to move your child's learning on. Please read with your child and write in their reading record as much as possible! They will also bring home a Reading for Pleasure book. This is for you to read at storytime as a family to promote language skills and a love of reading. This does not need to be recorded in their reading record. We will be changing our Reading for Pleasure books every Friday so please make sure you return your book the following week. We have a list of what each child has taken home, so if you forget we will send you a quick email as a reminder. 

In Maths, we have been learning about measurement, in particular height. We have been using mathematical vocabulary to compare the heights of different objects finding things that a taller and shorter. We have applied this language to activities like building towers and saying 'Tower A is taller than tower B' for example. Then we moved on to ordering the heights of different objects in the classroom and consolidated using the terminology (taller/shorter than/tallest/shortest).I have uploaded some activities below should you wish to continue this learning at home. 

On Tuesday, the children came into the classroom and found crumbs that lead to the bakery role play. We found a letter asking for help from the Little Red Hen. We learnt about different types of bread and learnt how to plait by baking some salt dough for the bakery role play area. 

On Wednesday, we read the first two pages of our story and completed some initial sound and blending activities using the animals from The Little Red Hen. We also started some hand print hen pictures. Jack the dog taught us all about Noah's Ark in RE. We then tried to build our own ark in the construction area!

On Thursday, we predicted what might happen next in the story. In Music, we continued to find the pulse of different songs and clap along. We also learnt the song This Old Man and performed it to each other.

On Friday, we changed our Reading for Pleasure books from the library. These stories are for you to share as a family and for the children to build up a love of reading. In French, we learnt how to ask each other our names and how to respond by saying ‘Je m’appelle…’

Congratulations to our Stars of the Week, Harry and Ollie! You're fantastic. 

Our mystery reader this week was Isla’s Nan and Emilys and Gracie'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 fantastic weekend and happy reading!

Miss Selwyn and Miss Nicholas

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