Year Group Weekly Updates - 16th October 2020

Each week, the teachers in each year group write a small update newsletter to keep parents up to date and informed on life in their child's class. These are glued in the children's Home School Link, alongside other personalised communications for all to enjoy.  If you have any questions about life in your child's class, please do speak to your child's class teacher who will be happy to help.

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Reception - Robins, Wrens and Redwings:

Dear Parents,

This week we have been using the story ‘Leaf Man’ to continue our learning about Autumn. We have loved searching for Leaf Man and enjoyed making him friends and homes.

In phonics this week we have been learning ‘g’ as in goat and ‘o’ as in off. The children are impressing us remembering all the sounds we have taught as well as starting to blend and segment to read and write.

In Maths this week we have been using the words ‘big’ and ‘small’ to describe the size of objects. We have also been learning to recognise and make simple patterns. We wonder if the children can make their own patterns e.g. conker, pine cone, conker, pine cone.

A huge well done to all the children who have had a go on Education City – we do hope they have enjoyed it. Your child’s login is at the front of their Home School Link book and activities are added weekly.  Please do take a look.

Thank you for sending in Learning at Home, the children have enjoyed sharing their work with the class. Please do send all books in by Wednesday 21st October.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes,

Mrs Edmond, Mrs Sisson, Mrs Merry, Miss Carter and the EYFS Team

Year One - Penguins, Puffins and Parrots:

Dear Parents, 

We are nearly at the end of the first half term! We would like to encourage the children to read every day (if only a few pages) and complete their phonics and letter/number formation sheets. In time we will begin to send home spellings instead.

In our Dinosaur Planet topic this week we have learnt about what happened to the dinosaurs, why they became extinct. The children have written sentences about what they think happened, as well as painting a picture to show their thoughts. We have had some super asteroids and volcanoes painted! The children have also made their own dinosaur skeletons.

In phonics we have been recapping the ‘ue’, ‘ure’ and ‘ture’ phonemes. After half term, we will begin to learn the Phase 4 sounds.

In Literacy, we have created a ‘Lost’ poster for poor baby Brachiosaurus who got lost. We had to describe her and help Andy find her to put her back in his toy box.

The children have also created their own dinosaurs, based on the book ‘Flip Flap Dinosaurs’. The children certainly had fun mixing their dinosaurs up and describing them!

In Maths, we have been learning to use the ‘Part-Whole model’ to add numbers. Please ask your children to show you this at home. It will help to reinforce what they have learnt!

 Just a few reminders – please do sign up to Class Dojo. We will be using this to teach remotely in the event of a lockdown. Please also remember to bring in a sock on Monday for the children to make dinosaur puppets with. On the first Monday back, we are going on a woodland walk for our new topic and would be grateful if we could have some parent volunteers. This will take place in the morning. Please speak to your class teacher if you are able to support. If you are able to support with Forest School next Wednesday (Penguins - am, Puffins – pm), please also let us know.

We hope you have a wonderful and restful weekend.

Best wishes!

Mrs Hargreaves, Miss George, Mrs Calver & Mrs Rust

Year Two Team - Bluebirds, Blackbirds and Buzzards:

Dear Parents,

The children have had so much fun learning this week! From making salt dough coins to completing our very own treasure hunt, we really have been busy! 

In Literacy, we thought about features of letters and wrote our own letter pretending we were a pirate stranded on a desert island! We hope the children enjoy receiving a letter from a class friend in the next week or so! Can your child tell you what they included in their letter? In Maths we focused on money and reminded ourselves of coins and notes and how to make different amounts. Perhaps your child could show off their learning by practising paying for something while out shopping?

We loved our visit from ‘Dan Tastic Education’ where ‘Pirates’ were brought to life! Can your child tell you all about it? Thank you again for your contributions towards this. The children looked fabulous in their pirate costumes today. Their beaming faces said it all! 

In preparation for our new topic after half term, we would be grateful for any empty plastic bottles and containers that you would have normally recycled.

We are holding a TTRockstars Battle starting from Monday 19th October at 9am and finishing on Friday 23rd October at 7pm. The children can play any type of game on TTRS to earn points for their class and the class with the most points in each year group will be the winner! Your child’s login is in the front of their HSL. Good luck! J

Thank you for your continued support.

Best wishes,

Mrs Townsend, Miss Hubbert & Mrs Padbury

Year Three Team - Owls, Ospreys and Ostriches:

Dear Parents,

This week we have put all our learning about Newspaper reports into action and have planned and written our own reports about an earthquake that happened in Amatrice, Central Italy in 2016. The children have produced some beautiful Newspaper reports, which they should be very proud of!

In Maths, we have continued to consolidate our formal written methods for addition and subtraction. Next week we will be beginning ‘TT RockStars year group battles’. Please try to play as often as you can as this will support our learning in class next week and also earn points for Year 3!

We have enjoyed completing our ‘Rocks, Relics and Rumbles’ journals. This has been a great opportunity for the children to show off what they have  learnt so far. We have been very impressed by all of the information the children have absorbed and been able to explain to us.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Adams, Mrs Connell, Mrs Eddy and Mrs Marshall

Year Four Team - Kites, Kestrels and Kingfishers:

Dear Parents, 

We have thoroughly enjoyed ‘Innovate Week’ and it has been lovely to see the children so immersed in their learning.

In literacy, we used our learning power of imagination to create our own potion recipe. We included some excellent features, such as imperative verbs, time connectives, adjectives and adverbs.

In Maths we have been learning about subtraction and are becoming confident with using the column method as another way to complete subtraction number sentences!

During ‘Innovate Week’ we carried out an experiment and created our own bath bombs and investigated the chemical reaction that occurred with the ingredients to make it fizz!

We are sure that the children have shown you their potions –  their combination of ingredients was imaginative and produced some very creative colours! 

We also created some wonderful potion bottles using clay in Art. We had to use our learning power of perseverance, but our finished bottles were amazing!

Best wishes!

Mrs Taylor, Miss Barker and Miss Galvin

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