Week Ending 18/11/22
Date: 17th Nov 2022 @ 4:22pm
Happy Friday! This week we have started a new story to share together, we are exploring ‘The Three Little Pigs’. The children were so excited to find a crime scene on Monday morning in our outdoor area, left by the wolf of course! We have started by learning lots of facts about pigs (did you know that pigs are smarter than dogs?) and writing a list of things the pigs might take when they leave home.
This week in phonics we have continued our Phase 3 journey by learning four new sounds; Y, Z/ZZ, QU and CH We have also learnt some harder to read and spell words: WE, ME and BE. 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 started to learn 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! Don't forget that we start Kinetic Letters at 8:45am each day so please make sure your child is walking into school on time so they don't miss any learning, we open the doors at 8:40am each day, thank you.
In Maths, we have been exploring the language of ‘more/most’, ‘less/ least’, ‘equal’ and ‘fewer/fewest’. At the beginning of the week the children could easily identify if a group had more so we really focussed on ‘less/fewer/equal’. We played lots of games where we had to use the language above including ‘Mucky Monsters’. The children loved this game and it could easily be used at home if you want to continue to practice.
Parent's Book Viewing
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. 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 came in to a crime scene! We found some bricks, sticks and straw in the outdoor area surrounded by police tape. We talked about our ideas and decided that it must have been the Big Bad Wolf!
On Tuesday, we started to think more about the Christmas story! We talked about advent being a period of waiting and how we recognise advent at home.
On Wednesday, we learnt lots of different facts about pigs. We introduced the children to lots of new language such as boar, sow, sty and snout. Can you child tell you what an omnivore is?
On Thursday, we had our first full Nativity practice! The children sang beautifully and listened so carefully to the instructions. You should have found out what costume parts your child needs and what their lines out today, please let us know if you are unsure. Thank you.
On Friday, we enjoyed raising money for Children in Need by wearing yellow. We did some Children in Need activities in the afternoon.
Today your child has found out what they will be in their first school Nativity. The EYFS Nativity will be on Wednesday 7th December at 2pm at St Helens church. School provide the costumes but a note will be sent home in the next couple of weeks asking for a base layer for underneath. 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.
Our mystery readers this week were Violette’s Mum and Ollie’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.
Congratulations to our Stars of the Week, Ollie and Jack!