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Paddock Wood Primary School

Paddock Wood Primary School

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    Foundation Stage Studies

    For Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum Framework please click here.

    Week 5 Term 5   2018/19

    Topic

    This week we have learnt about Spring and thought about how our outside area has changed since Winter. The children produced beautiful and imaginative Spring pictures and have written about them. We also completed our bean diaries and discussed the parts of the bean plant.

    Maths

    We have focused on measuring this week and the children have completed lots of activities relating to weight and length. They measured footprints using cubes or rulers and decided which character from Jack and the Beanstalk they belonged to. The children used the balance scales to weigh different objects and then ordered the objects from lightest to heaviest.  Throughout the week we have continued to focus on counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.

    Outside Learning

    The children enjoyed taking part in outdoor learning activities on Thursday. They made tree man faces using clay and natural resources, peeled carrots to eat at snack time and went on a mini beast hunt in our environment area. During child initiated time some children created a water park using guttering and tubes. They raced small plastic people down the slides and recorded which one  reached the bottom first.

                

     

    Donations

    We are looking for real life objects to enhance our role play areas, if you having any of the following spare to donate to us we would be very grateful.

    • Clocks
    • Telephones
    • Metal pots and containers
    • Kettles
    • Baskets
    • Chopping boards
    • Table cloths
    • Toaster

     

    Open afternoon

    Thank you so much to all the parents that came in to look at their child’s learning journal today. We are really pleased with the progress the children have made this term. Thank you for your continued support.

    Have a relaxing and enjoyable half term,

    Mrs Leach, Mr Worsfold, Miss Truett and Miss Waters


    Week 4 Term 5   2018/19

      

    Topic

    This week the children innovated the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ by thinking of new characters to climb the beanstalk and which different creatures they could find at the top.  They then wrote their own version of the story and tried hard to write clear, interesting sentences. The children also debated whether they felt jack was good or bad.  We encouraged them to use the word ‘because’ to explain their answers clearly.

    Maths

    The children have been doing lots of doubling and halving activities.  At the beginning of the week they were told Jack stole the Giant’s magic doubling and halving wand but he broke it on the way down. They needed to help Jack fix it by reminding it how to double and halve numbers.  The children used a range of resources including Numicon and objects to help them.

    Outside Learning

    The children loved the activities outdoors on Thursday. One of the activities was pond dipping in our school environment area; they were very excited to find newts, pond snails and pond skaters. They used identification cards to help find out what the different living things were and recorded their results. They also went on a colour chart hunt and made natural paintbrushes.

                                     

    Warm weather reminder

    Now the weather is starting to get warmer, can all children please bring to school a named sun hat and on hot days can you please put sun cream on your child, in the morning, before school.

    Open afternoon

    On Friday 24th May 3.00pm-3.30pm parents are invited to come into their child’s classroom to look at their learning journal and work from term 5. We look forward to seeing you then.

     

     

     

    Wilderness Wood trip reminder

    Please make payment and give permission via the school gateway by Friday 24th May. We would also be very grateful for any parents that are able to come along and help on the trip, please let your class teacher know if you’re available.

    Have a relaxing weekend

    Mrs Leach, Mr Worsfold, Miss Truett and Miss Waters

                          

    Week 3 Term 5   2018/19

    Topic

    This week we ‘freeze framed’ the Jack and the Beanstalk story and discussed how the characters were feeling at different points. At the end of the week the children rewrote the whole story in their own words, using a story map to support them. We were also very excited to see that most of our beans had germinated and we completed the next page in a bean diary.

    Maths

    We have focused on money this week and looked at different coins and their values. The children had fun playing the ‘Greedy Giant’ game, they took money away from him and calculated how much he had left. Throughout the week the children have used beebots (programmable toys) and programmed them to move to specific places on a mat. They demonstrated they could use positional language effectively (forwards, backwards, left and right) and developed their technology skills.


    Wow moments

    We would love to hear about your child’s achievements at home. Whether it is learning to ride a bike, reading a new word or recognising numbers on doors; we would like to know. We will be sending home more slips for these magic moments to be recorded on. You could even send in a photo to go with it. These wow moments will then be shared with the class and added to your child’s learning journey.

    Open afternoon

    On Friday 24th May 3.00pm-3.30pm parents are invited to come into their child’s classroom to look at their learning journal and work from term 5.

     

     Class fund

    Thank you so much to all the parents that contribute weekly to our class fund; we are going to use the money this term to buy resources for our outdoor learning activities.

    Have a lovely weekend,

    Mrs Leach, Mr Worsfold, Miss Truett and Miss Waters


    Week 2 Term 5   2018/19

    Topic

    We have continued with our new topic ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. At the start of the week the children all planted a bean and discussed what it needs to grow. They recorded in their bean diary what they did and are eagerly awaiting the first signs of germination. We have also learnt the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and written character descriptions using different describing words.

    Maths

    In maths the children have completed lots of subtraction activities. They have solved take away word problems such as: Jack had 8 beans, he lost three, how many does he have left? Percy’s mum baked 10 cakes but the birds ate 4 of them. How many were left? The children used a number line or their fingers to count back to find the answers and recorded using a number sentence.  We have continued to do lots of counting on and back within 100, as well as counting in 2s.

    Outside Learning

    We had our first outdoor education lesson on Thursday morning. The children enjoyed using their imagination to make a magic wand from a stick, guiding their blindfolded partner along a trail and completing an ABC scavenger hunt. They worked collaboratively throughout the session and maintained high involvement levels.

        

    Warm Weather

    Now the weather is warming up please send your child into school with a named sun hat. Also please put sun cream on them before school when the forecast is particularly hot and sunny.

    Open afternoon

    On Friday 24th May 3.00pm-3.30pm parents are invited to come into their child’s classroom to look at their learning journal and work from term 5.

     

     Reading Challenge

    Well done to those children who have completed their first 10 reads in a row and achieved a bronze award! If you have any questions about our home reading challenge please contact your class teacher.

    Have a lovely bank holiday weekend,

    Mrs Leach, Mr Worsfold, Miss Truett and Miss Waters


    Week 6 Term 4   2018/19

    Topic

    We have been learning about Easter and read the text ‘We’re going on an egg hunt’ by LauraHughes. We compared it to ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ and ordered pictures to sequence the story. This inspired children to write their own version of the story in little books which they proudly displayed in the classroom.

    Maths

    The children have used positional language (on, next to, behind) to describe the location of eggs and other objects. They have also learnt about repeating patterns and have recreated them on Easter eggs. We continue to count every day and we are pleased with how confidently the children can count on and back from different numbers.

    Outside Learning

    The children have been busy making egg carriers to transport eggs safely around the outside area. They used a range of resources, including Knex and boxes. Some children set up their own Easter egg hunts too; they wrote clues and hid eggs and waited for other children to find them.

    Outside area inprovement afternoon

    Thursday 25th April

    Parents/grandparents are invited to come in after school to help us get our outside area ready for the summer! The improvement afternoon will start at 3.15pm and finish at 5.00pm. Your child is welcome to stay and help too if you are attending. Please bring them a change of clothes. If you are able to help us paint, dig or generally improve our outdoor area please let your class teacher know.

    Easter service

     

    We had a very special and reflective end to the term at  St Andrew’s church today.  The children sang ‘Spring Chicken’ to the rest of the school and enjoyed taking part in the service. Thank you to all the parents that walked with us.

    Reading Challenge - Ten Reads in a Row!

    After Easter we will start a home reading challenge. This requires children to read 10 days in a row (including Saturday and Sunday). The first 10 days for a bronze award, the next ten for silver and then continuing for a further 10 for gold. After they have achieved all of these awards, they can then go on to collect raffle tickets every time they complete 10 consecutive reads in row. The raffle tickets will be put into a draw to win a book at the end of the summer term! Please sign in their yellow reading diaries every time they read to enable them to achieve their award. To help encourage independence, we are asking for the children to tell us when they have completed an award. The book they read should be mainly their school reading book but can also be a library book, a magazine or a book of their own. If you have any questions, please ask your class teacher.

    Have a lovely Easter holidays and we look forward to seeing you back on Tuesday 23rd April,

    Mrs Leach, Mr Worsfold, Miss Truett and Miss Waters


    Week 5 Term 4   2018/19

    Topic

    We have continued to focus on the story of ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ and extended it through innovation. The children first thought of a new character that they could hunt, for example Caterpillar class changed the story to ‘We’re going on a cheetah hunt’ and then they retold the new version. They wrote sentences to describe the new characters and thought of questions to ask.

    Maths

    The children have been practising doubling and halving numbers in different practical contexts. We also explained the concept of odd and even numbers and some children were able to demonstrate that you can’t halve an odd number equally. At home please take the opportunity to develop their understanding of these skills, for example sharing sweets/toys with a sibling and looking at the number of spots on a ladybird.

    Outside Learning

    The children have enjoyed going on a word hunt outside. The words were hidden all around our outside area and they recorded the ones they found on clipboards. Some children enjoyed making bear masks and used them to act out being bears.  They also discussed different types of bears (polar, brown etc) and thought of what habitat they might live in. The children then built different shelters for the bears.

     

    Outside area inprovement afternoon

    Thursday 25th April

    Parents/grandparents are invited to come in after school to help us get our outside area ready for the summer! The improvement afternoon will start at 3.15pm and finish at 5.00pm. Your child is welcome to stay and help too if you are attending. Please bring them a change of clothes. If you are able to help us paint, dig or generally improve our outdoor area please let your class teacher know.

    Parent helpers needed

     

    On Friday 5th April at 9.30am, the last day of term, we will be attending an Easter service at St. Andrew’s Church. We would be very grateful for parents to help from 9.00am. Please let your class teacher know if you are available.

     

    Red word check

    This week we have tested the children on the red words they have had so far this year. Please look in their yellow reading records to see how they got on and which ones they still need to focus on. If your child read them all correctly we will be sending home the next set of red words. At home we would also like the children to practise writing them. Thank you for your continued support with reading at home.

    Have a relaxing weekend,

    Mrs Leach, Mr Worsfold, Miss Truett and Miss Waters


    Week 4 Term 4   2018/19

    Topic

    We have continued to focus on the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’. The children have sequenced pictures from the story and were encouraged to add time connectives (first, then, next, after that) to add more detail to their story maps. In small groups, the children looked at a picture of the bear at the end of the story and thought of words to describe how he was feeling. They then used the adjectives to write descriptive sentences. The children also enjoyed using watercolours to paint background landscapes of scenes from the story.

    Maths

    Our focus has been adding and finding different ways to make the number 10 (5 + 5, 6 + 4 e.t.c.). The children used counters to help them calculate the answer and recorded the number sentence using the appropriate symbols. We also introduced counting in 2s and used pictures of aliens with two eyes to help us.

    Outside Learning

    The children loved reading and following instructions to make mud pies for the bear to eat. They worked collaboratively to collect the ingredients they needed and used the mud kitchen to cook the bear a delicious feast. Some children set up a bear treasure hunt and wrote clues to lead children to the hidden bear.

    New Vegetable patch area

    Thank you so much for all the generous contributions to your child’s class fund this term. Mr Worsfold used some of the money to buy potato and carrot seeds, and compost. The children loved planting the seeds in our new vegaetable patch area and could discuss what conditions the seeds need to grow healthily (fingers crossed they do).

    Talk for writing

    We would like to remind parents  that they are invited into their child’s classroom on Friday 29th March at 3.00pm to watch the children perform ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’.

    Have a relaxing weekend,

    Mrs Leach, Mr Worsfold, Miss Truett and Miss Waters


    Week 3 Term 4   2018/19

    Topic

    On Monday the children came into their classrooms after lunch to find animal prints, grass and fur everywhere! The children quickly guessed that a bear had been in the classroom and left the book ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ by Micheal Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. After that they listened to the story and discussed questions such as, what would you do to cross the river/mud? Have you ever been on a hunt?  The children then started to learn the story, using actions and a story map to help them remember the order. We are really pleased with the writing that the children have produced this week; they have loved writing about the bear and going on hunts.

     

    Maths

    We have focussed on number problems involving subtraction. The children have used objects to help them calculate the answers and we modelled using the correct mathematical language to explain what has happened. For example I had 7 frogs, but 3 hopped away so I have 4 left. Some children wrote the corresponding number sentence e.g. 7 – 3 = 4.

    Outside Learning

    All the children went on an animal hunt around the school grounds and they particularly enjoyed spotting tadpoles in the pond and looking for worms underground.  They also built a bear cave outside and wrote labels to go with it. Some children decided to make traps and thought about what they could use to entice bears in to it.

                                      Talk for writing

    We have started to learn the story ‘We are going on a bear hunt’ this week and we would like to invite parents into their child’s classroom on Friday 29th March at 3.00pm for the children to perform the story to you.

     

    Comic Relief

    The children really enjoyed taking part in the in the Year 6 comic relief activities this morning. They had fun playing the different games and some lucky children even won prizes. Thank you for all the money the children brought in to support Comic Relief this year.

    Egg boxes and cushions!

    To support Mr Worsfold to develop an outdoor reading area, we would be grateful if you could donate any unwanted cushions. We are also collecting egg boxes (6 or 12 holes) to support maths learning within the classroom.

    Many thanks

    Mrs Leach, Mr Worsfold, Miss Truett and Miss Waters

    Week 2 Term 4   2018/19

    Topic

    Pancakes, books and wolves! The children have had a busy Book Week and enjoyed focussing on the story Mr Wolf’s Pancakes by Jan Fearnley, which is a wickedly funny fairytale with a delicious twist. At the beginning of the week they all designed their own pancake and labelled their toppings.  In small groups everyone made pancakes and then tasted them with different toppings and decided which their preferred one is. The children also wrote about the story and thought of questions to ask Mr Wolf.

     

    Maths

    We have been doing lots of counting on and back from different numbers, making sure our counting is accurate. We have made numbers above 10 using the Numicon and discussed how we can partition a number into tens and ones. The children also practised writing the numbers correctly.

    Outside Learning

    The children have been busy making pancakes in our mud kitchen. They have mixed the natural ingredients they have found outside and wrote their delicious recipes down.

                                                                       Book week

    We have had lots of special events throughout the week, celebrating books and the enjoyment of reading. Including, sharing books in our houses with Year 1, performing a pancake poem in Key Stage 1 assembly and having a book character parade in our costumes.

    Have a relaxing weekend,

    Mrs Leach, Mr Worsfold, Miss Truett and Miss Waters

    Week 1 Term 4   2018/19

    Topic

    We were very lucky to have a very sunny start to the week and the children were outside looking for lots of signs of spring. We discussed seasonal changes and different types of weather. The children listened to different poems about the seasons and then they worked in groups to compose their own ones. Amazingly, some children even included some rhyming words! They loved sharing their poems with the class, listening attentively to each other.

    Maths

    This week in Maths we focused on time.  We initially discussed what is time and when we use it e.g. visual timetable, different times of the day (day/night), how long to cook something. After that we moved on to learning about units of time and introduced a 1 minute sand timer. The children then challenged each other to see how many buttons they could put in a container before the timer runs out. They recorded their estimations and then their actual amount.

    Outside Learning

    At the beginning of the week we went on a number hunt outside, then the children worked collaboratively to hang the numbers up in the correct order on the washing line. They could spot which numbers were missing and went off searching for them. Lots of children enjoyed setting timed challenges outside too, including how many laps of the playground they could do on a scooter and how many star jumps in minute.

    Useful items you could donate

    If you have any of these items at home, that you can spare we will be very grateful:

    • Cardboard boxes and tubes
    • String/ribbon/ wool
    • Pieces of fabric
    • Top soil/compost
    • Play pit sand
    • Old pots and pans for our mud kitchen

    Book week

    Next week is book week and we will be doing lots of fun activities related to books and poetry.  These include going to special assemblies, sharing our favourite stories and dressing up as a character from story on Thursday 7th March (World Book Day). If your child would like to bring in a special book to share, we would love to hear it.

    Have a relaxing weekend,

    Mrs Leach, Mr Worsfold, Miss Truett and Miss Waters

    Week 7 Term 3   2018/19

    Topic

    Wow! We have reached the end of another busy term and we are now at the half way point in the academic year. We are really pleased with the progress the children are making and their eagerness to learn.

    The children have enjoyed learning about Winter this week. At the start of the week we brainstormed what we already knew about winter and discussed new vocabulary such as fresh and frost. As a class we then looked at a range of winter scenery and considered what resources we could use to create our very own winter pictures. The children had a go at using crayons, paint and collage to produce a piece of winter artwork each.

    Maths

    We have focused on calculating one less of a given number this week. The children have enjoyed playing a football game where they chose numbered footballs and needed to say one less than the number in order to keep the ball and score a goal. We have also looked more closely at place value of numbers above 10 and discussed how they are made up of tens and ones, for example 11 is 10 and 1 not 1 and 1.

    Outside Learning

    The children have enjoyed building and testing their very own igloos this week. They worked together to solve problems and negotiated how they were going to build it. We have been practising our underarm throwing, turn taking and number writing by playing throwing games. We used a large target to throw our beanbags closest to the numbers then wrote down our scores to compare with our friends.

    Reading

    Do you have some spare time to listen to children read in school time? We are looking for some additional helpers. We are very grateful for the parents that already help, but it would be fantastic if we had a few more. Please contact your child’s class teacher if this is something you are interested in.

    Have a great half term and we look forward to seeing you back on Tuesday 26th February,

    Mrs Leach, Mr Worsfold, Miss Truett and Miss Waters

    Week 6 Term 3   2018/19

    Topic

    The children have loved learning about Chinese New Year this week. We have been making Chinese dragons, looking at Chinese writing and listening to the Chinese Zodiac animal story. At the end of the week, we did a Chinese dragon dance in the classrooms; they liked listening to and responding to the music.

    Maths

    We have focused on sharing. We started off solving lots of sharing problems, for example ‘the rainbow fish had 1 friend and he wanted to share his scales with them. He had 10 scales. How many did they each have?’ This then led us onto discussing that to halve a number of objects you share them equally between two.  It would be great if you could spend some time sharing objects equally (fairly) between two at home.Iit could be sharing sweets, grapes, cars etc. with your child and then discuss how many you have each.

    Outside Learning

    The children enjoyed making a large Chinese dragon out of boxes and worked together to perform a dragon dance on the playground; while the other children played a steady beat in our music area. Some children also drew large animals on the playground from the Chinese New Year story and experimented with Chinese symbols too.

    Superhero workshop

    At the beginning of the week we were very lucky to have a visit from ‘Perform’ drama company. They did a superhero workshop with each class, which was extremely engaging and energetic. The children had lots of fun and it was a lovely end to our superhero topic.

    Class fund

    Thank you to all the parents that have contributed to the class fund this term.  We have used some of the money to buy new superhero capes and masks. The ‘Super sentence writer’ of the week gets to wear one for a day on Friday. The children are very proud of themselves when they get to wear the cape and they are celebrated in assembly.

    Have a lovely weekend,

    Mrs Leach, Mr Worsfold, Miss Truett and Miss Waters

    Week 5 Term 3   2018/19

    Topic

    This week we have continued our superheroes topic. We looked at simple comic strips and the children read them in small groups. They loved drawing and writing their own exciting versions of a comic strip. We also innovated the story ‘Supertato’, where the children thought of a new evil villain. They then changed their story map to include the new character.

    Maths

    In maths this week we have investigated different ways to make 10 using the numicon shapes and they recorded in their own way. Some children were able to record the correct number sentence for example 5 + 5 = 10, 6 + 4 = 10. We also focussed on 2D and 3D shapes, they played a shape lotto game and went on a shape hunt around the classroom.

    Outside Learning

     The outside area has been filled with lots of superheroes again this week. They have been busy painting and making shields and using 3D shapes to make superhero headquarters. The wintery conditions have enabled us to explore frost and ice.  The children used magnifying glasses to look closely at frozen leaves and branches, and lots of rich language to describe what they saw.

     

    Music area

    A huge thank you to all the parents that donated pots, pans and other resources for our outside music area. Mr Worsfold, Miss Truett and a parent helper spent time organising the area this week - it looks fantastic!

    Developing writing

    This term we started Squiggle While You Wiggle sessions. These are a kinaesthetic approach to stimulate early writing. Children use movement with music to develop their motor skills. Through Squiggle While You Wiggle, children use ‘Flipper Flappers’ (pieces of ribbon/fabric) in each hand to rehearse a range of shapes in the air, which lead children onto forming the letters correctly on paper. They are fun and very energetic sessions.

    Have a relaxing weekend,

    Mrs Leach, Mr Worsfold, Miss Truett and Miss Waters

    Week 4 Term 3   2018/19

    Topic

    This week we have continued our superheroes topic. We have retold the story of Supertato daily and focussed on using the correct time connectives (first, next, after etc.) to sequence the story. The children have all thought about how they are ‘super’ and wrote reflective sentences about themselves. They have also really enjoyed discussing their favourite parts of the story; lots of children liked it when Evil Pea got trapped in the jelly.

    Maths

    In maths Evil Pea stole some numbers from our number lines. The children then needed to find the missing numbers and write them in the correct place.  We also focussed on weighing. The children used the balance scales to find out which is the heaviest vegetable. They then ordered them from heaviest to lightest.

    Outside Learning

    This week we have been very active outside to keep warm!  A group of children set up an exercise station and made their own equipment. We encouraged them to record the different exercises that they did and discussed the importance of keeping healthy. The children have also been very engaged when setting up an obstacle course for the bikes and scooters.  They measured the distance between cones using non-standard units (number of steps) and worked together to complete the difficult parts of the course, making adjustments when needed.

    Help

    We are wanting to create an outside music area using everyday resources. If you have any of the following equipment to donate to the school, we would be very grateful:

    • Pans
    • Large metal pots
    • Metal colanders
    • Metal/wooden spoons
    • Chimes

     If anybody is available to help us build this new and exciting area, afterschool or during the school day, please let us know.

    Home learning

    Thank you to all of the children that have returned their completed homework books this week. The superheroes look fantastic!  We will set a new home learning challenge next week.

    We have also tested all the children on their red words. There is a slip in their reading diaries to show you how they got on. The next set of red words will be sent home when they can read them all confidently.  Thank you for your contiuned support with helping your child learn at home.

     

    Have a relaxing weekend,

    Mrs Leach, Mr Worsfold, Miss Truett and Miss Waters

    Week 3 Term 3   2018/19

    Topic

    The children arrived into their classrooms on Monday morning to find them covered with frozen peas and a letter from Supertato! Evil Pea had escaped! The children then listened to the story which explained how troublesome Evil Pea is and how Supertato saved all the vegetables.  They learnt the story using a story map and thought of actions to help them sequence the story. Throughout the week, the children have used speech bubbles to write down what the different characters might say and have made the characters using different vegetables.

    Maths

    We have been doing lots of calculating in maths. We have used cubes and other resources to help us practically add and subtract.  After that we recorded our number sentences using the correct symbols and explained what we had found out.

    Outside Learning

    There have been lots of superheroes running around outside this week.  They have made potions to trap evil pea and estimated how many vegetables are trapped inside different sized jars. Some children also played a superhero skill game; they took it in turns to throw a beanbag to knock down cans and then recorded their score.

     

    Wow moments

    Thank you to all the parents that have sent in wow moment slips recording their child’s achievements at home. We have loved hearing about their accomplishments, which have included getting dressed by themselves in the morning, reading all of their red words and writing their name independently. We will send home some more slips tonight.

     

    Home learning

    Today we will be sending home your child’s home learning book with a short activity for you to complete with your child.  When you have finished the activity can you please return their book to school by the following Wednesday. We will set a new task every two weeks. If you have any questions please see your child’s class teacher.

    Open afternoon

    Thank you to all the parents that came in to look at their child’s learning journal this afternoon, we are really pleased with the progress the children are making.  Thank you for your continued support.

    If you were unable to attend today please speak to your child’s class teacher to arrange an alternative time.

    Wanted!

    We need donations of trousers, pants, skirts and tights.

    Have a nice weekend,

    Mrs Leach, Mr Worsfold, Miss Truett and Miss Waters

    Week 2 Term 3   2018/19

    Topic

    Our first topic is New Year.  We started off discussing what New Year is and why and how some people celebrate it. This moved onto writing New Year resolutions; the children all thought about something they would like to achieve and wrote it down independently. We also talked about London and the special firework display they have at midnight. The children enjoyed making firework pictures and looking at the different London landmarks.  

    Maths

    In maths we have been doing some problem solving. We pretended to go on a picnic and shared the food between children. We discussed how it needs to be done fairly and what happens if we have an odd number of objects. The children recorded what they found out in different ways. We have also been doing lots of counting this week and ordered numbers on a large number line independently.  

    Outside Learning

    It has been a very cold and exciting week outside. The children have made pretend campfires to go outside their dens and some children have enjoyed using sticks and pipe cleaners to roast marshmallows in their imaginative play. They have used chalk to draw large New Year firework pictures on the playground and in small groups they have sang celebration songs using instruments to accompany them.  Lots of children have used the mud kitchen to make delicious mud milkshakes and meals. We have encouraged them to discuss how they made it and write the recipe down.

    Open afternoon

    On Friday 18th January 3.00pm-3.30pm parents are invited to come into their child’s classroom to look at their learning journal and work from Term 2. We look forward to seeing you then.

     

    Super sentences

    We have started doing super sentences with the children.  Every day, during the register, the children copy and/or complete a sentence. This gives us focus time on sentence structure, finger spaces, punctuation, handwriting and capital letters! We also challenge children to think of their own sentence when they have finished. Every Friday we will choose super sentence writers of the week and they will get to wear a super hero’s cape for the day!

     

    Class fund

    Thank you so much to all the parents that contribute 50p a week to their child’s class fund; it is very much appreciated and we will update you again shortly about our next purchases.

    Have a lovely weekend,

    Mrs Leach, Mr Worsfold, Miss Truett and Miss Waters

    Week 7 Term 2   2018/19

    Topic

    We have continued to focus on the story Dear Santa. They are very confident at retelling the story in the correct sequence and using the correct story book language (first, next, finally). The children also wrote lists of what they would like for Christmas and composed a class letter to Father Christmas which they sent on their visit to the Post Office.

    Maths

    We have been focusing on subtraction. The children have played a bus stop game; they rolled a dice and had to take away that number of people. They were encouraged to use the correct mathematical language to describe what had happened e.g. “10 people were on the bus, I took away 4 and that left 6”.  We have also used a number line to calculate one more and one less of different numbers.

    Outside Learning

    The children have set up Father Christmas’s workshop outside this week. They have been busy elves wrapping presents and writing labels to go with them. Some children used the bricks and crates to build Santa’s sleigh. They enjoyed pretending to deliver presents to all the children of the world.

    Post office visit

    The children enjoyed walking to the post office and posting their letters to Father Christmas. We talked to the children about what a Post Office is and what they do. Thank you to all the parents who walked with us and made this trip possible.

    Foundation Stage Nativity

    Thank you so much for all of your support with our nativity production. The children worked so hard and we are very proud of them.  We hope that you enjoyed watching it.

    On Wednesday 19th December, the last day of term, we have our Christmas carol service at St. Andrews Church. Our service begins at 9.30 am, if any parents are available to help us walk there from 9.00am we would be very grateful. Please let your class teacher know.

    This will be the final newsletter before the Christmas holidays, so we wish you all a wonderful two weeks off and look forward to seeing you in the New Year, on Thursday 3rd January.

    Merry Christmas!

    Mrs Leach, Mr Worsfold, Miss Truett and Miss Waters

    Week 6 Term 2   2018/19

    Topic

    At the beginning of the week the children found a surprise visitor in their classrooms, a cheeky Elf! They have loved all the chaos the elves have caused, including making a ball pit out of pom poms and drawing faces on fruit. Next week the Elf will be setting challenges for them to complete.

    We have also introduced the story Dear Santa by Rod Campbell. The children have learnt to retell the story and acted out the different parts. They used magnetic letters to spell out the different presents in the story and made story maps.

    Maths

    We have been focussing on estimating. The children first estimated how many objects there were in different sized pots and then they counted the objects to check the actual amounts. They also estimated the length of objects using non- standard units, such as how many cubes long a shoe is and how many strides to cross the classroom. The children also investigated different ways to make the number 5 with cubes; they recorded the different number bonds in their own way.

    Outside Learning

    Christmas has arrived in our outside area this week!  The children have been busy making repeating pattern paper chains and wrapping 3D shapes to use in their imaginative play. The bikes have been turned into taxis.  The drivers have been writing receipts and the passengers have told the drivers where they want to go.

    Post office visit

    On Thursday 13th December we are going to walk to Paddock Wood post office to post our letters to Father Christmas. We need some parents to accompany us on our short trip, please see your child’s class teacher if you’re available to join us.

    The classes are leaving at the following times:

    Bee class 9.15am

    Ladybird class at 10.15 am

    Caterpillar class are going at 1.40pm

    National Elf Service

    On Friday afternoon the children had another Elf surprise!  An Elf came to visit us, she told us a magical story and we had a singing competition. At the end of the visit she gave each child a special book.

    Foundation Stage nativity

    We have been busy practising our Nativity and we are very much looking forward to our performances next week!

    Monday 10th December at 2.30 pm

    Tuesday 11th December at 9.15 am

    Thank you for all the wow moment slips that the children have brought in so far, it has been lovely to hear their achievements at home.

    Mrs Leach, Mr Worsfold, Miss Truett and Miss Waters

    Week 5 Term 2   2018/19

    Topic

    We have been learning about penguins.  The children loved listening to the story Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers, which is about a little boy who finds a penguin and he wants to take him back to the South Pole.  They labelled the body parts of a penguin and learnt a special penguin dance. At the end of the week the children watched a short video about the South Pole and then they discussed what they might see if they went there and how they would feel.

    Maths

    The children came up with top tips for counting and made a class poster to help them remember them.  The top tips included: move the object when you count it, say the number names in order and clap the total to check. They also learnt about subtraction this week; the children played a take away game and acted out the story Ten Little Pirates as a class.  Throughout the story pirates keep getting taken away and the children had to count how many were left each time.

    Outside Learning

    The children have been busy making boats outside to take them to the South Pole. They have used a range of 3D boxes and worked collaboratively to build them. Some children built a race track on the playground and then charged children money to use it with their bikes. They also recorded the order the children finished in the race.

    Class fund

    Thank you so much for everyone’s contributions to their child’s class fund this term. We have just purchased some small world resources to enhance their play during child initiated time, including fairies, fairy furniture and road way tape. Earlier in the term we bought some nuts and bolts for children to use in a funky finger activity. They have loved screwing them together!

    Wow moments

    We would love to hear about your child’s achievements at home. Whether it is learning to ride a bike, reading a new word or recognising numbers on doors; we would like to know. We will be sending home wow moment slips for these magic moments to be recorded on. You could even send in a photo to go with it. These wow moments will then be shared with the class and added to your child’s learning journey.

    Red word check

    This week we have tested the children on the first set of red words. Please look in their yellow reading records to see how they got on and which ones they still need to focus on.  If your child read them all correctly we will be sending home the next set of red words to learn shortly. Thank you for your continued support with reading at home.

    Have a lovely, relaxing weekend.

    Mrs Leach, Mr Worsfold, Miss Truett and Miss Waters

    Week 4 Term 2   2018/19

    Topic

    We have continued to focus on the story of The Little Red Hen and extended it through innovation. The children first thought of a new character to make the bread and retold the new story.  They acted out this version of the story and wrote sentences to describe the new characters. At the end of the week the children enjoyed thinking of questions to ask the new characters and then took it in turns to ask them questions.

    Maths

    We have focused on ordering numbers and finding missing numbers on a number line. We asked the children to explain what the missing number is and reason how they know, using mathematical language. We also introduced 3D shapes and discussed how they are different to 2D. They went on a 3D shape hunt around the classroom and looked for spheres, cubes, cuboids and pyramids.  Some children started to describe their properties.

    Outside Learning

    It has been a busy and cold week outside.  The children decided to set up a petrol station, they made signs and decided how much the petrol will cost.  They also counted the wheels on the different vehicles and charged money to have them fixed. Throughout the week children went on a hidden animal treasure hunt and they recorded the animals they found on clipboards.  After they found the animals they discussed where the animals might live and why.

    Dates for the diary

    • Monday 10th December at 2.30pm Foundation Stage Nativity to parents
    • Tuesday 11th December at 9.15am Foundation Stage Nativity to parents
    • Friday 14th December Christmas lunch and Christmas jumper day

    Reading book

    Thank you for your continued support at home.
    Reading regularly at home and practising your child’s sounds and words really helps them to make progress.  Please can book bags be in school every day.

    Reminder

    Please can all nativity costumes be sent into school in a named carrier bag by Monday 3rd December. If you have any difficulties with finding the clothes required please speak to your class teacher.

    Wooden cable reels

    We are on the look out for large wooden cable reels, if anyone has any available or knows where we can get some we would be very grateful.                                                                 

    Have a good weekend.

    Mrs Leach, Mr Worsfold, Miss Truett and Miss Waters

    Week 3 Term 2   2018/19

    Topic

    This week we have continued to focus on the story of The Little Red Hen, the children have become really confident at retelling the story and using actions to perform it. They have thought about how the hen feels at different parts of the story and written simple sentences to describe her. Next week we are going to innovate the story by changing the main characters.

    Maths

    This week we have introduced money to the children, they have sorted coins and played a shop game. We discussed the value of the different coins and some children started to add coins together to pay for different amounts.  We have continued to do lots of counting this week too and matched numbers to the correct number of objects.

    Outside Learning

    The children decided to set up a farm shop outside this week and have enjoyed labelling fruit to sell and taking it in turns to be the shop keeper. Throughout the week the children have set up lots of dens outside using crates, fabric and ropes.  They worked collaboratively together and used their imagination to role play in the dens they made.

    Talk for writing

    Thank you to all the parents that came in this afternoon to listen to our retelling of The Little Red Hen. We would now like the children to teach you the story using the story map we have sent home. This will really help to deepen their understanding of the story.

     

    Dates for the diary

    • Monday 10th December at 2.30pm Foundation Stage Nativity to parents
    • Tuesday 11th December at 9.15am Foundation Stage Nativity to parents
    • Friday 14th December Christmas lunch and Christmas jumper day

    Wellington boots

    Thank you to all of the children that have brought wellington boots into school, there are still a few children that haven’t brought any in yet. We would be very grateful if everyone had wellies in school as we spend a lot of time outside in all weathers.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    Mrs Leach, Mr Worsfold, Miss Truett and Miss Waters

    Week 2 Term 2   2018/19

     

    Topic

    This week we have learnt about the Hindu festival, Diwali.  We discussed the story of Diwali and used puppets to retell it.  We also found out about different Diwali customs and in particular we focused on Rangoli patterns which are colourful designs made on the floor near the entrance to a house to welcome guests.  We used lots of different media to make to patterns including pasta, paint, chalk and tissue paper.

    Maths

    This week we continued to focus on 1 more and 1 less, the children used number lines to help them, as well as objects.  They also completed lots of mathematical activities related to pattern to link in with our topic work.  The children created their own repeating patterns using shapes and drawings.

    Outside Learning

    The children have been very busy again outside this week.  They used different coloured pasta to make large Rangoli patterns and experimented with colour mixing, using chalk.  Throughout the week the children have used the large shapes to make patterns on the playground and enjoyed talking about their properties.  Some children have used our large construction set to build different models and have made labels to go with them.

    Talk for Writing

    We have been learning to retell the story ‘The Little Red Hen’ over the past two weeks and we would like to invite parents into their child’s classroom on Friday 16 November at 3.00pm for the children to perform the story to you.

    Class Fund

    Thank you so much to all the parents that contribute 50p a week to their child’s class fund.  It is very much appreciated and we will update you again shortly about our next purchases.

    Thank You

    Thank you very much to all the parents and carers that attended parent consultations this week and for all the comments you have added to your child’s learning journal.

    Next week we are going to start learning about money in maths.  If you have any real 1ps and 2ps that you can send in with your child, it would be much appreciated.

    Have a relaxing weekend.

    Mrs Leach, Mr Worsfold, Miss Truett and Miss Waters

    Week 1 Term 2   2018/19

     

    Topic

    This week we have started a new topic all about the story of the ‘Little Red Hen’.  The children are learning to retell the story orally and have made a class story map to help them.  They have also enjoyed thinking of questions to ask the different characters and making puppets to help them sequence the story.

    Maths

    This week in maths we have focussed on using the language more or less to describe the quantities of objects. We have calculated one more or less than a given number of objects and found the corresponding numeral. We have also revisited 2D shapes and played a shape feely game to describe the shapes.

    Outside Learning

    The children have loved using our newly renovated playhouse this week. They have role played being different people and have taken it in turns to cook food for each other. This week the shop was turned into a conker market and the children have used the balance scales to weigh out different amounts of conkers. Throughout the week, the children have all gone on an egg number hunt and recorded the numbers they found on clipboards. We challenged the children to tell us the number that is one more and one less.

    Cold weather

    The weather is getting colder and wetter. Please ensure that your child has a named waterproof coat in school to keep them warm when they are outside.  We also request that children have a named pair of wellington boots in school so that they are able to access the whole outside area and go on walks around the school.

     Outside area improvements

    Over the holiday some parents kindly volunteered their time and donated some new resources to improve our outside area. The Foundation stage team also spent some time on the INSET day improving storage and making the equipment more accessible.  We still have some jobs to do; including painting a shed, continuing to paint the fence and building a water wall.  If any parents are available to help us do this, during the school day or after school, please let us know.

    Home Learning

    Thank you to all the children that have brought in their holiday news to share in school. If you still have it at home, can you please bring it back in so that it can be added to your child’s learning journal.

    Thank you to all the parents that have volunteered to come into school to hear children read. We are very grateful for all of your support.

    Have a good weekend.

    Mrs Leach, Mr Worsfold, Miss Truett and Miss Waters

    Week 7 Term 1   2018/19

     

    Topic

    Wow! The end of our first term has arrived! It has been a busy time and so much has been accomplished. We cannot emphasise enough how proud we all are of each and every child. They have settled in tremendously well and are keen and eager to learn new things.

    This week we have continued to focus on Autumn and the children enjoyed listening to the story Leaf Man. They talked about why he went where the wind blew him and made a leaf man out of leaves. The children have also used conkers with letters on them to make words and had fun rolling them down different cardboard tubes.

    Maths

    The children have been playing lots of mathematical games, like spotty dog and snakes and ladders. We have been encouraging the children to count on and recognise numerals while they are playing.  They have also had the balance scales introduced to them and investigated how many Care Bears are needed to balance the scales with different objects.

    Outside Learning

    The children have set up a Halloween shop outside. They enjoyed taking it in turns to be the shopkeeper and making signs to go with it. Some children chose to hunt for words in the shaving foam tuft tray and read the different words they found. Throughout the week children have made road signs and controlled the scooter traffic using them.

    Houses

    All children and staff are organised into houses: Dover (yellow), Hever (blue), Leeds (green) and Scotney (red).  Today your child has been given a house badge and told which house they are in.

    House points will be awarded in our everyday school life and through competitions, including sports days, and we will celebrate house achievements at whole-school assemblies and on ‘House Days’.

    Home learning challenge

    Over the next week we would like to encourage the children to draw a picture of the things they will be doing over the holiday. Your child could even label their picture using initial sounds or simple words. We look forward to seeing them after the holiday.

     Phonics meeting

    Thank you to all the parents who attended our phonics meeting on Thursday. The PowerPoint of the slides will be added to the school website for you to look at if you were unable to attend the meeting.

    Have a lovely half term holiday!

    Mrs Leach, Mr Worsfold, Miss Truett and Miss Waters

     

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