It has been another very busy but exciting term in Holly Class! This term our topic has been ‘Celebrations and Traditions’. Throughout the term we have learnt about Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, Children in Need, Diwali and discussed Christmas traditions in England and around the world.
In Phonics, we have now learnt all the sounds in RWI Set 1 and we have additionally learnt the following digraphs; ck, ff, ll, ss and zz. We have also learnt the following red words; I, the, of, put, he, puts. It would be great if you could practise these at home with us too! Furthermore, we are applying our new phonic skills well and have shown impressive progress in blending and segmenting.
In Literacy, we have been practising our rhyming by completing ‘rhyming soup’ and ‘odd one out’ activities. In addition, we have been focusing on the story of ‘Stick Man’ by Julia Donaldson. After reading and discussing the story several times we sequenced the story as a whole class, then in small groups before we sequenced the story individually. In Writing, we began the term by creating firework safety posters and wrote one way that we can ensure we stay safe around bonfires and fireworks. Then, we created Remembrance Day posters and wrote ‘Remember’ before colouring in a poppy. Next, we wrote a label saying ‘Diva Lamp’ to go with the diva lamps we made whilst learning about Diwali. Additionally, we have been practising our writing skills outdoors using chalk and wrote ‘Stick Man’ when sequencing the Stick Man story. Lastly, and most excitingly, we wrote our very own letter to Santa! Miss Nash was amazed by how well we applied our phonic skills!
In Maths, we began the term by introducing and learning how to use a ‘ten frame’. We have been building on this new knowledge throughout the term by representing a variety of different numbers on a ten frame. Moreover, we have been ordering poppies and stickmen by height, estimating numbers of objects, going on 2D shape hunts and identifying shapes in our environment, talking about positional language and creating repeating patterns with shapes. During the latter part of the term we have been counting irregular arrangements of objects and matching the correct numeral. Most recently, we have been identifying one more and one less than a given number within 20. We started by working out one more/one less with concrete objects and then moved on to representing one more or one less than a given number pictorially using a ten frame. In the last two weeks of term we began to introduce the language of adding and taking away whilst finding one more/one less.
This term, we have continued to discuss our feelings, emotions, similarities, differences, likes, dislikes and uniqueness. We have also continued to develop our fine motor skills by completing the following activities; firework dot painting, pencil skills sheets, colouring, creating Mehndi patterns on hands, cutting spaghetti, threading beads onto pipe cleaners, cutting out Stick Man’s body parts and sticking them down to create Stick Man, making paper chains and creating reindeer Christmas hats for our school Christmas dinner.
In Art and Design, we have created firework pictures, poppies, diva lamps and our very own Stick Man! We also learnt how to program Beebots – this activity was a firm favourite!
In Forest School, we have continued to look at seasonal changes by discussing changes to day length, the weather and what happens to trees during winter. We have also played forest games, created firework pictures with paint and sticks, made bracelets, built dens and been on bug hunts! In the last couple of weeks, we had a go at drilling holes in wood… needless to say, the children LOVED this activity!
In P.E., we have continued to practise our balancing skills but our main focus has been our jumping and landing skills. More recently, we have put all our new skills together and completed obstacle courses! We have also continued to participate in Jump Start Jonny activities and completed the Joe Wicks 24 hour PE challenge to raise money for Children in Need. We also had great fun participating in a Diwali dance workshop.
During the last two weeks of term we have been busy creating Christmas cards and a snowman tree decoration for our loved ones. We hope that you love these as much as we do – we had lots of fun making them and were very keen to give them to you!
Lastly, I am sure the children will have told you, but on the last day of school we had a very special visit from Santa’s elves. After receiving the children’s hand written letters Santa sent his elves to school to deliver a special letter in return! The children were extremely excited and utterly amazed by this!
I couldn’t possibly be any prouder of the children and the progress they have made since starting school. They are a credit to Longvernal. I can’t wait to learn even more with them all in Term 3. I hope you all have a magical Christmas and I will see you all in the New Year!
It is crazy to think that we have already completed our first term in Holly Class. We have continued to learn lots of new things whilst having fun, across the curriculum.
In my last update, I mentioned that we were going to be creating salt dough tree faces and self-portraits on cookies as part of our ‘Marvellous Me!’ topic. The children had so much fun creating these that I had to mention them again and add some pictures for you to see their amazing work! We have also continued to discuss our feelings, emotions, similarities, differences, likes, dislikes and uniqueness.
To continue strengthening our fine motor skills we have completed activities such as; cutting playdough with a knife and fork, hole punching autumn leaves to make confetti, picking up pom poms with tweezers and using the pom poms as autumn leaves to add onto a tree and cereal construction. During the last week of term, we had a Halloween themed week and we completed some Halloween funky finger activities such as; hammering golf tees into pumpkins, putting elastic bands around pins in a pumpkin and some Halloween colouring.
In Phonics, we have continued to learn new sounds and we have been focusing on blending CVC words. In Literacy, we have been segmenting CVC words and having a go at writing them. Furthermore, we have been practising writing our letters on the interactive whiteboard, playing ‘silly soup’ to consolidate our rhyming skills and participating in games to develop our blending skills. In Maths, we’ve been working on counting to 20, developing our 1:1 counting skills and securing our knowledge of 2D shape names. It would be great if you could practise this with us at home too!
In Forest School, we have been participating in Forest Games, our favourite so far is a game called ‘Bat and Moth’! We have also continued to look at seasonal changes discussing changes to day length, the weather and what happens to trees during autumn. In P.E., we have progressed onto much more challenging balancing and we have been practising our throwing and catching skills with large balls.
As October is Black History Month we have been busy exploring and celebrating Black History, particularly African culture. We began by reading and discussing stories such as ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and ‘Fatou, Fetch the Water’. This allowed us to discuss similarities and differences between our appearance and culture compared to African appearance and culture. After reading ‘Handa’s Surprise’ we explored, named and described different African fruit before getting to try it, yum! We also made African ‘Kwanzaa’ necklaces, this also helped to strengthen our fine motor skills. As a challenge, some children tried to make patterns with the different coloured pasta. Furthermore, in Art, we created African Masks. The children loved creating their own colourful patterns with cotton wool buds on their mask, another activity that helped to strengthen our fine motor skills. In Music, we listened to some reggae music by Bob Marley and discussed how he is a famous singer/song writer from Jamaica. Then we watched a video of some African drumming before having a go at making rhythms on djembe drums ourselves. The children were amazing at following instructions and copying rhythms! Finally, we watched a video that explained why it is important to love ourselves and then, during circle time, we shared what we love about ourselves and what we are good at.
I am so proud of how well the children have completed their first term in school and the progress that they have already made! I can’t wait to continue our learning journey in Term 2!
I can’t believe it is October and we are over half way through our first term in school already. We have been having so much fun across the curriculum, whilst exploring both our indoor and outdoor learning environments.
We have continued exploring our ‘Marvellous Me!’ topic by talking about our feelings and emotions and discussing how they can be different from others feelings and emotions. We have also been looking at our similarities and differences and talking about how it is ok to be different and how we are all unique. Next week, we will be creating salt dough tree faces in Forest School and creating self-portraits on cookies, yum!
We have also continued to engage in lots of activities to help strengthen our fine and gross motor skills, such as; pencil control sheets, hammering golf tees into a hammering block, hairy letters on iPads, dough disco, playpark, bikes, chalks and playing in the big sandpit on the school field.
Since my last news update we have had our first Phonics, P.E. and Forest School lessons. In Phonics, the children have learnt several new sounds and have begun to work on blending and segmenting CVC words. In P.E., we have been focusing on different types of movement and balancing. In Forest School, we have been exploring the forest area, looking for signs of Autumn and engaging in forest games.
Last week, we learnt all about the Harvest Festival. We discussed growing and harvesting crops, explored lots of different vegetables and created some harvest art work.
Our learning journey so far has been fantastic and I look forward to more fun and adventure as Term 1 continues.
We have had a great start to the school year and everyone has settled in very well. We are enjoying getting to know our new routines and exploring our learning environment.
Our topic for Term 1 is 'Marvellous Me!'. Throughout the term we will learn lots about ourselves, our friends and our families. We have already begun by completing lots of exciting activities such as: painting self-portraits, participating in circle times to get to know our new friends and sharing family photos.
So far this term we have been engaging in lots of activities to help strengthen our fine and gross motor skills including: cutting playdough, colouring, threading cheerios onto spaghetti, hammering golf tees and using our school play park. We have also participated in lots of activities to help develop our listening and attention skills including: circle time activities, phase 1 phonics activities and games where children have to listen carefully to sounds and try to guess what they are. Furthermore, we have completed gardening activities to prepare our vegetable garden for planting and learnt how and when to wash our hands properly to ensure we stay healthy and well.
The children were particularly excited when Mrs Bazeley came into Holly Class and read us a story!
We will begin P.E. and Forest School lessons WB 21.09.20. Please ensure P.E. kits are brought into school on Tuesdays and please send children to school in clothes appropriate for Forest School on Fridays (no short sleeves or shorts as arms and legs must be protected). The children are very excited to get started, as am I!
It has been a fantastic start to the year and we are excited to continue our learning journey.