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Term 2

Week beginning 15.12.14

 

HAPPY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone. A lovely end to term including our final christmas play performance, singing in the church, a party, a visit from father christmas and a staff pantomime! I have really enjoyed teaching your children this term and I hope you are able to enjoy a relaxing break with them over the holiday. We kick off next term with dinosaurs, which I am really excited about as I've never had the chance to teach it as a topic before - I hope the children will be up for it too!

Thanks again for all your wonderful support

See you in the new year

 

Mr Hewett

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Week beginning 08.12.14

 

Lime class, Elm class and Nursery did brilliantly well in the first production of our Christmas play. We also performed to the rest of the school earlier in the week in our dress rehearsal and have one final performance next Tuesday at 9:30. The children worked really hard and we are very proud of them! We have been wrapping presents, colouring crackers and taking part in role play in Santa's workshop. More Christmas fun next week, including our party on Thursday.

 

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Have a super weekend

Mr H

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Week beginning 01.12.14

 

This week we learnt some tricky two letter sounds 'sh' and 'ch'. We also practised counting irregular groups of objects, making sure we didn't count the same one twice. The children have been practising really hard for their Christmas play this week, we hope you will enjoy it. Massive thank you to all the staff who looked after Lime Class so well whilst I was ill. Was lovely to come back to Forest School today, which was as usual well supported by adult volunteers. So thank you all!

 

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Enjoy your weekends everyone

 

Mr Hewett

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Week beginning 24.11.14

 

Another really busy week in Lime Class! In Literacy we have been learning the new sounds j, v, w and x. We have also been practising continuing rhyming strings - we read 'Aliens Love Underpants' and paused to guess each rhyme. We also had a go at making up other words to continue the rhyme, many of them in alien language! e.g. 'blab, rab, gab, yab...'

Why not see if you can find any rhyming objects at home this weekend such as'box' and 'socks'.

In Maths we listened really carefully to the language of 'more' and 'less' and played a game where we pretended to be a squirrel dancing round a pile of conkers with a basket- if I said "1 more", the squirrel had to reach down and add a conker from the floor to their basket and "2 less" would prompt the 'squirrel' to take away 2 conkers from their basket and put them on the floor. The children independently chose to keep this game going during their free play and particularly enjoyed pretending to be the teacher.

Elm class invited us to Whinnie the Pooh's birthday party, so we made cakes on Thursday to take to the party on Friday (Ended up having our cakes in the woods!)

Other highlights from this week included our reward chart treat of going up to the key stage 2 playground to have a go on their traversing wall! Considering the equipment is designed for much older children, Lime class did amazingly well and some even managed to negotiate a very tricky overhang!

Another treat was a visit from older children doing a guitar tour with their tutor. We were treated to live performances from 3 bands in our classroom. We also took part in the first rehearsal of our Early Years Christmas play.

 

Have a good weekend and get plenty of rest for another packed week of learning

Well done Lime Class

Take care

 

Mr H

 

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Week beginning 17.11.14

 

On Tuesday Lime class went on their first class trip. On a sunny afternoon the children walked beautifully to the church where we were welcomed by staff and took part in a range of activities. We listened to a child friendly version of the Christmas story called 'The owl and the Star' (which will be  our Talk for Writing story this term). The children listened to the story whilst placing wonderful hand-knitted characters form the story on a quilt background as each ofthe characters were introduced. We were also given a tour of the church where we shown pictures in the stained glass windows that related to the story. We were also encouraged to look up at the amazing architecture above our heads. The children each made a star in a craft workshop too! See photos below.

In maths this week we practised finding one less than a given number using the same range of resources which we used to find one more. We also invented our own one less stories illustrated with pictures. One of my favourites was a story showing that one less than 4 is 3. 4 bananas were sunbathing on a beach, but ine went for a swim and was eaten by a crocodile leaving 3 bananas and an empty deck chair! In another story there were 5 people (one of them was me) and one died to leave 4 - I am relieved to report that I survived in this particular story!

In literacy this week we focused on the skill of segmenting sounds using 'Robot Talk' and reading whole books as a class whilst spotting key words and having a go at blending unfamiliar ones. If you sign up to Oxford Owl e-reading, you can find online books in the 4-5 year old section of the library. Here is a link 

http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/home/reading-owl/reading

Thanks to those of you who attended the reading meeting, don't worry if you were unable to make it - the notes handed out at the meeting are in your child's book bag - please see me if you have any further questions about reading and I would be more than happy to go through it with you after school.

Take care and have a wonderful weekend

Mr H

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Week beginning 10.11.14

 

Hi everyone, just noticed that the text and photos I uploaded from last week didn't save properly - apologies for that! I have recovered the text and have included some of last weeks photos in the block below. We have just come back from a wonderful visit to sunny Forest School, which was a welcome change from last week's downpour! Highlights were finding a centipede, building a pretend camp fire, spikey fruits from a tree, more worms and yellow jelly brain fungi! See photos below. This week in maths we looked at loads of different ways to find one more than a given number. We used multilink cubes, bead bars and bead strings, number lines, our fingers and counting on to the next number in our heads. We also learnt about Remeberance Day and took part in a 2 minute silence in the hall as well as a variety of poppy art activities in class. We also went to our first celebration assembly with the whole school this morning. The children looked great dressed up in their super hero costumes for children in need.

 

Before I forget...

There is a reading meeting for those that can make it on Thursday the 20th November in the school hall from 2:30 - 3:15pm. Please come along if you are able to make it, but if not we will send home the notes from the meeting.

We are also going on a trip to the church next week on Tuesday for a tour and to take part in some activities. Children will be picked up from the school at the usual time of 3:20.

 

Enjoy your weekends everyone

 

Mr H

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Week beginning 3.11.14

 

Welcome back. We kicked off the week with Diwali and a Rama and Sita puppet show and finished with a rainy, but fun session at our new Forest School site. Thank you all for attending parents evening, it was great to catch up with you all and share your children's achievements with you. Please see photos of this week's learning below.

 

Have a great weekend

 

Mr H

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