Year Group Weekly Updates - 2nd 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:

What another busy week in school! The children are enjoying exploring all areas of the setting, both inside and out. Sand, water and mud are firm favourites! It has been wonderful to herald the return of Redwings also! 

This week in phonics we have been learning ‘t’ as in tin, ‘p’ as in pin and ‘i’ as insect. Please do support with these sounds at home by spotting them around the house and when you are out and about. We have included the sounds sheets for these sounds for your child to practise at home if you are able to. Next week we will be learning the sounds ‘n’ as in net, ‘m’ as in ‘man’ and ‘d’ as in dog.

In Maths this week we have been learning to match objects that are the same and sorting objects into groups (by colour, shape, type). We have also  been counting numbers of objects. The children have really impressed us with their counting skills.

Now that the weather is changing please do make sure your child has a coat in school every day – our outside areas are always open!

We hope you have been able to enjoy some of the Learning at Home activities with your child – please do send in anything that your child has made for your child to share with the class.

Wishing you an enjoyable weekend.

Best wishes,

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

Year One - Penguins, Puffins and Parrots:

Dear Parents,

 We have had a busy week this week, continuing with our ‘Dinosaur Planet’ topic. We have learnt about the diets of dinosaurs, whether they were herbivores, carnivores or omnivores. We also learnt about their teeth and how their teeth gave us clues as to which category they fell into. We also made our own dinosaur teeth out of clay.

In phonics we have been recapping the ‘ow’, ‘oi’ and ‘ear’’ phonemes. Thank you for continuing to support your children with their weekly phonics sheets at home. In Literacy, we have been learning to use non-fiction books to find information about dinosaurs. We have been writing facts about dinosaurs, remembering to make them exciting and use an exclamation mark at the end. Please do ask us what facts we have learnt this week.

 In Maths, we have been learning to compare groups of numbers, saying which are bigger and which are smaller. We have learnt to use the greater than, less than and equals symbols too. We have been learning to do this through pretending to be crocodiles, remembering that we always like to eat the bigger number.

We look forward to ‘meeting’ you at our virtual parents’ evenings next week. Please have with you your child’s Home School Link book to refer to, as well as your child’s Ongoing Report of Progress (these will come home in their HSL books ready for parents’ evening).

In the week beginning 19th October, we will be making dinosaur sock puppets.  In preparation for this, please can you send in a sock (with your child’s name on if possible). Any spare socks will also be gratefully received!

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 really impressed us this week! They have worked so hard and have been showing their learning powers of absorption, collaboration and imagination. Now that’s Cranfield!

In Maths the children have been practising finding fractions of shapes and different quantities. Can your child show you how to find a ½, ¼ and 1/3 of an object and number at home?

The children have loved learning about Grace Darling this week and were amazed by her bravery. Can your child tell you what happened on that stormy day in 1838? We have also been learning about the RNLI and how they help people in need. We wrote some amazing ‘RESCUE’ acrostic poems!

We have been enjoying our PE lessons where we have been practising our multi-skills and working as a team in games. The weather is beginning to change – please ensure your child comes to school in a warm PE kit.

Thank you for completing the phonics sheets, sent home every Friday, with your child. These are the same sounds and graphemes we have focused on during the week. Completing these at home too helps the children consolidate their learning. We welcome any feedback on how this is going! 

We are very much looking forward to seeing you at our ‘virtual’ parents evening next week.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Best wishes,

Mrs Townsend, Miss Hubbert & Mrs Padbury

Year Three Team - Owls, Ospreys and Ostriches:

Dear Parents,

Another busy week of learning in Owls, Ospreys and Ostriches!

In our literacy lessons we’ve discovered how to identify all the parts of a newspaper report, in the coming days will be eventually create our own earthquake newspaper reports.

This week in Maths we have been ‘finding the difference’ using a number line.  Some of the children found this tricky but we have really  persevered.  Here is an example, perhaps try another at home?

This week in ‘Rocks, Relics and Rumbles’, we finished learning about Volcanoes with an exciting lesson about the Roman city of Pompeii, we looked at photos of some of the fascinating artefacts found under the layers of volcanic ash.  We have begun, now, to look at earthquakes – what can your child remember so far?

Have a lovely weekend. 

Mrs Adams, Mrs Billington, Mrs Eddy and Mrs Marshall

Year Four Team - Kites, Kestrels and Kingfishers:

Dear Parents,

What an amazing week we’ve had being fully immersed in our ‘Potions’ learning, both in our virtual classroom and in our St Paul’s one.

We began our week at home, exploring the story of Macbeth and creating our own spells, inspired by the Witches in the play. The children excelled in creating spells with rhyming couplets and included some really ghastly ingredients!

Our super Science continued with our ice experiments. Kingfishers designed their own investigation on ‘How to melt ice the quickest.’ The children came up with many different and exciting ideas and we loved watching and discussing these over Do-Jo and Zoom.

In Maths, we were counting in multiples of 25, exploring negative numbers and identifying Roman Numerals up to 100! Kingfishers continued to try all the maths challenges despite not being in the classroom. That is true perseverance!

On Thursday, we celebrated being back together again by sharing our remote learning. We performed our spells, retold the story of Romeo and Juliet and  showed our potion and perfume bottles to each other. 

Well done Kingfishers on a brilliant week!

Best Wishes,

Miss Galvin

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