Week Ending 25/11/22

Date: 20th Nov 2022 @ 7:01pm

Happy Friday! As the cold weather kicks in we expect the children may wish to wrap up nice and warm with gloves, scarves and hats. Please encourage your child to carefully look after these things in school (and label where possible) as they can tend to get lost especially this time of the year. Please try to avoid sending in umbrellas with your child, thank you.

It's been another busy week learning about 'The Three Little Pigs' as they embark on their journey to build their own homes. We challenged the children to use the materials that they could find to build their own homes which couldn’t be blown away by the big, bad wolf. We made sure they were safe and strong!

Parents Evening

Miss Nicholas and I have loved speaking to many of you over the week regarding the progress your child has made so far in their first term at school. Thank you for your continued support on your child’s learning journey. We greatly appreciate it.

This week in Phonics we have continued our Phase 3 journey by learning four new sounds; SH, TH (voiced and unvoiced) such as ‘that’ or ‘think’, NK and NG We have also learnt some harder to read and spell words: PUSH. We will be setting new decodable books on Oxford Owl which closely match sounds they have learnt this week and there are books in their bags which match the sounds they are confident with. Read the books each night (aim for four times before changing the book) to support the children’s fluency and comprehension (can they retell the story in their own words?)

In Kinetic Letters, we have finished the ‘abracadabra family’. (c, a, o, d, q, g, s) which follow the ‘pull around and push along the ground’ action.  We always start our letters from one of two places; brave monkey branch (top of the line) or the ‘scared monkey branch’ (middle of the lines). No letter starts from the ground. Please encourage your child to hold their pen/pencil using their ‘three friends hold’ when forming their letters.  These are very tricky letters which can be made easier by simply remembering to start with the ‘c’ letter shape. If you can confidently write ‘c’ then you will crack the abracadabra family! To continue to develop fine motor skills, playdough is an amazing way to strengthen little fingers. Shonette Bason Wood is the inventor of 'Dough Disco' and provides interactive videos to develop fine motor movements combining our love of playdough and catchy songs! If your child is struggling with forming some of the Abracadabra letters then please take it back to drawing in glitter/sand/flour, using your finger on the floor or even writing on each other's backs and guessing the letter your child has drawn! 

In Maths, we have been continuing with partitioning numbers 1-5 into two groups and recombining them (finding the inverse) to make the whole again. We have introduced the concept of 'First, Then, Now' simple maths stories to represent an addition number sentence. Can your child use a story to help with the addition number sentence 2 + 3? First, there were two people on the bus, then three more people got on, now there are 5 people altogether on the bus. I have attached a document which gives visual representations of simple maths stories. Model one of the stories to your child using 'FIRST, THEN, NOW' then ask them to tell you another. This can be used in lots of different contexts! Remember to upload any of these 'WOW' moments to Tapestry for us to see. 

Parent's Book Viewing  - Next Wednesday!

As you may have seen on the latest Primary News, parents from across the school are invited in on Wednesday 30th November to look at their children's work in books e.g. Maths book, English book etc. However, in EYFS we do not have books, we use Tapestry to keep up updated weekly on your child's learning and progress. Therefore, we will be holding a craft session for parents as a stay and play. You are invited to come in for the last hour of the day and make a Christmas card with your child. We look forward to seeing those that can make it. 

On Monday, we continued to read our story ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and cofused on the new vocabulary and discussed its meaning (beware, chuckled, warning). We used the magnetic letters to build words and experimented with changing initial phonemes.

On Tuesday, we discussed what we knew about wolves and described the wolf in the story using adjectives. Miss Nicholas and I took on the role as the wolf and the children asked questions they would like to find out about Mr Wolf.

On Wednesday, after meeting the wolf we decided to make a wolf poster and added labels to describe what he looked like.

On Thursday, we learnt about speech bubbles and worked in pairs to create our own speech bubbles between the wolf and the pigs. In the afternoon, we had another fantastic Nativity rehearsal in the hall.

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.

The Book Fair is in Town!

Reminder - Book fair begins TONIGHT Friday 25th November at 3.30pm. The fair will be held in the hall afterschool until Wednesday 30th November. Please use the community entrance (the door from drop off) to access the book fair.

Payments accepted either cash or via card. 

Our mystery readers this week were Jack's Mum and Ollie's Nan, 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, Daniel and Massey!

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Selwyn and Miss Nicholas

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