Year Group Weekly Updates - 6th November 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,

The children have come back to school after a week off ready to enjoy, achieve and learn this term. We do hope you all enjoyed the week off.

In phonics this week we have been learning ‘u’ as in up, ‘r’ as is rabbit and ‘h’ as in hand. The children are enjoying the challenge of blending and segmenting to read and write. We have been learning ‘Super Power Words’ as part of our Literacy lessons – we wonder if the children can tell you any?

In Maths this week we have been learning all about the number 3. We have been focusing on different ways to ‘make 3’ and some have loved learning to write number sentences. We have also introduced 2D shapes this week. We wonder if the children can spot circles and triangles around their house?

Monday is Anti-bullying Day. Children are invited to come to school wearing ‘odd socks’ as well as their usual school uniform.

We will also be taking part in Children in Need next Friday. Throughout the week we will be taking part in short Joe Wicks fitness videos and the children are invited to dress in spotty or brightly coloured clothes in exchange for a donation on Friday.

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,

Welcome back! We hope you all had a restful half term. It has been a wonderful start to our new topic The Enchanted Woodland. Penguins and Puffins went on a walk to the Thrift and Parrots class used their meadow area to explore all things trees! Can the children explain the difference between an evergreen tree and a deciduous one? We have been measuring trees, creating bark rubbings, looking at leaves and trying to work out which sort of tree they have come from. We have even created our own tree boggarts from clay!

In Phonics, we have been recapping many of the sounds we have already learnt, practising blending them to read words and using them to spell words. Next week, we will be beginning to learn some of the Phase 5 ‘red’ sounds, ‘ay’ and ‘oy’.

In Literacy, we have been showing off our writing skills in our first big write. These are independent pieces of writing which we complete each half term. This time we have been writing all about our woodland visit and using words such as first, next, then and finally to recount our experiences. These pieces of writing go in our wonderful writing books which the children take with them throughout the school. They are really fantastic to see the progress children make in their writing during their time at Cranfield. 

In Maths, we have been practising our number bonds to 10 and to 20. We wonder if the children can tell you all the different pairs of numbers which add up to 10 or 20? has some excellent games to reinforce this learning at home. Robot addition, alien addition and museum of ten in particular are very good!

Next week is another busy one! On Monday it is Anti-bullying day – children can come wearing odd socks to help us think about these messages. On Friday it is Children in Need day – children can wear spotty/brightly coloured clothes in exchange for a donation on the gate and we will be completing some Children in Need challenges in school.  Please see Mr P’s parent update letter for more information.

Best wishes!

Mrs Hargreaves, Miss George, Mrs Calver & Mrs Rust

Year Two Team - Bluebirds, Blackbirds and Buzzards:

Dear Parents,

 It has been such a brilliant first week back. We started our new Creative Curriculum topic ‘Muck, Mess and Mixtures’ with our Messy Mixtures Lab – the children loved using their hands and feet to feel the different mixtures! We then used our science skills to predict and then investigate what would happen if we added water to the materials. We had so much messy fun!

In Literacy we have been reading ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ by Roald Dahl. We have been thinking about the words and phrases used to describe George and Grandma. Can your child tell you about them?

We are beginning to update our Stepping Stones and this week the children have really impressed us with their Maths skills! Next week we will be learning about measurements – capacity, length and mass!

On Monday it is ‘We Believe in Peace’ (anti-bullying day) and the children are invited to wear odd socks as part of our learning on this day. On Friday it will be Children In Need and children can wear bright and spotty mufti for a donation.

We thank you for your engagement with Class Dojo, along with the Home School Link. Please check the ‘messages’ part on Class Dojo. We will use this to communicate with you too. We also post about our learning and up-coming events.

Best wishes,

Mrs Townsend, Miss Hubbert & Mrs Padbury

Year Three Team - Owls, Ospreys and Ostriches:

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to Autumn Term 2!

We have begun our topic of ‘Tribal Tales’ by participating in a ‘Now Press Play’ drama activity. Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed taking an active part in the Stone Age story, told  entirely through their headphones! Please do ask your child what they can remember about the story and the Stone Age!

In literacy, we have ‘virtually visited’ Stonehenge. We have learned to take simple notes on this historic landmark so as to complete our own information texts. Perhaps your child could tell you the different features that should be included in an information text.

In maths we have been revising our many maths skills to complete a mini maths assessment. We are so proud of how absorbed the children were in their assessments and how much they persevered too! Well done for using your ‘Learning Powers’ Year 3.

In PE, we are learning dance techniques to incorporate into dance routines and nurturing our striking and fielding skills by learning how to catch and throw with increased accuracy. Please make sure that your child is dressed in warm PE clothes as we are often outside for our PE lessons.

Mrs Adams, Mrs Connell, Mrs Eddy & Mrs Marshall

Year Four Team - Kites, Kestrels and Kingfishers:

Dear Parents,

What a brilliant start to the new half term we have had! Year 4 have whole-heartedly thrown themselves into our learning and blown us away with their enthusiasm and thoughtfulness.

In Literacy, the children have really impressed us with their understanding and absorption when learning about the impact of World War One and how children helped keep Britain running in the darkest of times. The children displayed great maturity and raised some interesting questions when discussing the topic as a whole class.

This week we started our new topic-Traders and Raiders, the children were challenged to make Viking long boats, out of cardboard, sturdy enough to across the North Sea. The children have enjoyed learning about how the Saxons came to Britain and about the famous monk, St Bede.

In Maths, the children have also been immersed in learning about length and perimeter. They have enjoyed converting measurements from millimetres to kilometres.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.
Best wishes,

Mrs Taylor, Miss Barker and Miss Galvin