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Spring Term 2
Welcome back to Spring Term 2! It was so lovely to see a full class back after so many children poorly last half term.
Mrs Curtis shared a special story with us all about a bear and his honey pot. She introduced our theme 'Bears'. we looked at a presentation about the many different types of bears;- Polar bears, brown bears, black, bears, sloth bears, panda bears and the Giant panda! we have been thinking of words to describe a bear and have been looking closely at their features - their claws are really BIG!
We worked together in teams to write describing words for each of the different bears and came up with words such as, furry, warm, soft, large, wet nose, terrifying, large claws.
we also talked about a bears home - what do they live in? how do they keep warm? we then had a go at using construction kits and materials to make our own bear caves.
This week's Super Sentence exercise is.....
We are looking at where in the world Bears live? We shall be writing our own facts from the information we have found about the many different bears. This week we shall also celebrate World Book Day on Thursday! Our Super Sentences for this week is...
On Thursday we all dressed up as our favourite book characters for World Book Day- there were many Disney Princesses, superheroes, Harry Potters, a Cat in a Hat, Wanda from Where's Wally and Mr Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland! Well done on the amazing effort! We had a mystery book given to us on the day called 'Cave Baby'. We based our days activities around the book which was all about a baby who liked to draw on the cave walls! of course we made our own cave drawings, decorated large scale animals from the story, acted out the story, wrote labels, made caves, constructed woolly mammoths and then presented what we had done in a whole school assembly - phew what a busy and fun day!
Spring Term 1 2017
Week 1 & 2
Mrs Curtis introduced the book 'Supertato' by Sue Hendy. It's all about a Supermarket Veggie hero who helps save the rest of the food from an evil pea who is looking for mischief. We talked about our favourite vegetables and why we liked them before thinking about how we would stop the evil pea by making a trap. The children enjoyed designing and using the construction to make evil pea traps.
In Maths, the children have been exploring and learning about money. The story of Supertato is set in a supermarket and the children have enjoyed setting up their own supermarket and role playing with the money.
Lunchtimes have been fun as the children have had 'Supertatoes' and on some days even peas - as you can imagine its caused much hilarity!
This week we continued to explore the book 'Supertato' and ' Supertato -veggies assemble!' We also wrote labels and speech bubbles for the different characters from the two books. In core learning skills, we have been learning about 'What makes a good friend?' and discussing different emotions and kind words. We all shared what we like about each other and how a friend makes you feel. The children had some fantastic things to say about each other - a very proud moment for the adults in the room!
On Friday, we held the first of our Parent Workshops in partnership with SSL - Somerset Skills and Learning. The first workshop was 'Cookery' with tutor and director of 'Anybody can cook', Catherine Maxwell. The children involved loved having their parents come to school and get involved in creating healthy dishes based on Supertato! see the pictures below.
We began our Theme about bears this week. Mrs Curtis shared the much loved story of 'We're going on a bear hunt' we joined in with the story, acted out the various scenes and made our own versions. We created painted and collaged scenes from the story and went on our own bear hunt around the school grounds........but we couldn't find a bear! (phew!)
It's Chinese New Year! we have learnt about the story of how each year is named after the different animals involved in a race. It is the Year of the Rooster, so we have made cards, masks, lucky red envelopes, created our own huge Chinese dragons in lcass. We also watched a special Lion dance which takes place as part of the celebrations. We had a special Chinese New Year day with Nursery and got to try some Chinese food! We made painted Chinese number slices of toast, got to dress up in special clothes, made Chinese dragons using different types of construction as well as took part in a chopstick challenge! We also had to problem solve outside and had to work with a partner or a team to use items in the outdoors to cross a raging, blue river ( a large sheet of blue tarpaulin!) which was great fun!
This weeks super sentences is...
Autumn Term 2 - Celebrations
Week 7 12th December 2016
Monday - Our Christmas Concert Day! Lots of children were poorly today as well as Mrs Curtis (Get Well Soon everyone!) We were all very excited to perform our songs with the Nursery Children to all our families. We had 2 performances in the hall on the stage in our wonderful costumes. We sang so well!
Tuesday - Mrs Curtis is still unwell We have been following instructions and making Christmas crafts as well as reading stories about Christmas. We have been making our own story using 'Story Bags'. We are getting very good at adding detail to our storytelling!
Thursday- Mrs Curtis is back - Yay! Jingles the Elf is almost ready to go back to the North Pole and today he left out a fun game for us all to play together as a treat for looking after him so well. It was 'pin the ears on the elf' game. The children thought it was hilarious as they all tried to pin the ears onto the elf's head whilst being blindfolded! We shall miss Jingles! We listened to a new story that Mrs Curtis had brought with her called 'Sproutzilla Vs Christmas'. We had a Christmas Dough disco and enjoyed snack altogether. In the afternoon we made party hats for our end of term party tomorrow. Miss Faun has changed all our reading books for the Christmas break.
Friday - Today it was our Christmas Party day! We had a whole school assembly first things followed by snack before playing some party games such as Musical statues, musical bumps, the newspaper game and a girls vs boys dance off! We all enjoyed a film called Prep and Landing about Santa's Elves. We made Popcorn in the afternoon to eat whilst enjoying the film. We finished the day with Tidy Friday, packing away the decorations and tree and had a story before handing out cards and sweets from the adults.
Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we shall see you all on Tuesday 3rd January 2017
Week 5 28.11.16
Monday - It was lovely to see lots of children return back to school today after being off poorly - we've missed them! We welcomed Mr Priestley and Miss Gabriel to our class this morning! They came to see the wonderful progress we are making in class and were very impressed. We recapped the story of 'Stickman'. Mrs Curtis had made lots of Stickmen to help us work with a partner finding things that are, Bigger than, Smaller than and the same as. We had to record our findings on large posters. We also compared the Stickman and his family and ordered them according to size from biggest------smallest. We also made our very own Stickmen using real sticks that Mrs Curtis had collected and chose googly eyes to glue onto the sticks. We made our own adventures for Stickman to have outdoors. We practised our Christmas songs fro our concert - Mrs Curtis and the other adults think we are getting better and better - we also learnt some actions to go with the songs too!
We ended the day by going into whole school assembly led by Mr Priestley.
Tuesday - In dough disco this morning we watched Shonette Bason-Wood do the days of the week - we listened carefully to her instructions and followed her lead! we re-read the story of the Stickman before continuing some of the activities we had yesterday. It was very exciting as overnight a heavy frost had occurred and the children took their 'Stickmen' out to investigate. There was lots of discussion about ice, snow, melting and freezing and a wonderful amount of knowledge by the children shared. Mrs Curtis' phonic group were introduced to Red Ditty Books with lollipop reading sticks - great excitement!
We had P.E. in the hall with Miss Thompson this afternoon where we took part in mat work. We had an opportunity to show our work to each other too.
Wednesday - Today we had a rehearsal with Nursery to practice our Christmas concert. It was the best we had ever sung (so the adults said!) we cant wait for you all to come and listen to us sing. We also had phonics, dough disco, snack, yummy lunch in the hall, explored the ice and frost outside and continued to make special baubles to sell at the Christmas Fair. Some of us read to an adult and also went through our letter sounds. We finished the afternoon off with Mrs Curtis sharing 2 brand new books that she had bought - 'Oi dog!' which had lots of rhyming words in for us to spot and then the story '1 is a snail and 10 is a crab' all about counting different combinations of feet.
Thursday - When we arrived this morning there were lots of Christmas additions to the classroom:- an undecorated tree with baubles, tinsel and a star left for the children to decorate. Mrs Curtis' had left out some of her special books about the first Christmas, funny stories about sprouts and carrots plus a toy stable with all the nativity characters to play with. It was so exciting!
Today we had a very special parcel arrive at the office. Mrs Rodger brought it in after register - we were very excited as it had pictures on and a return label saying it was from the North Pole! We invited Nursery in to share opening the box as we all guessed what it could be? We were very excited to see that inside was a letter from Father Christmas asking us to look after a mischievous Elf called Jingles! The children have to teach Jingles how to behave and become a kind, caring and sensible Elf that will be ready to help Father Christmas.
Friday - The children arrived in school to a scene that made us all shocked! Jingles the Elf ad been causing mayhem overnight by decorating the classroom in toilet roll and glitter! He had also roped in the help of the Snowman! what a mess! we decide to write instructions for Jingles to follow about how to be good. Some of the children took their writing to show Mr Priestley - he was so pleased with the children's efforts that they were rewarded with a special headteacher sticker! What a mischievous Elf Jingles is!
Week 4 - This week, our book of the week is Stickman by Julia Donaldson
Monday - We started the day by splitting into our phonics groups. Some of us went off with Miss Faun and Miss Hughes to practise our sounds and the rest of us stayed with Mrs Curtis and practised Set1, 2 and 3 green words. We also had a go at speedy sound writing to make words mad, sat, pin. We took part in our daily dough disco but today Mrs Curtis showed us Shonette doing some new dough disco moves on the whiteboard - it was funny!
We read our new book of the week - Stickman and talked about our families and what would happen if we became lost like stickman. We had wet play all day today as the rain hasn't stopped and the playground is flooding!
We enjoyed apples, carrots, pears and a few bananas for our snack today too.
Mrs Curtis introduced us to story bags today. We are learning to tell stories using pictures and he bags help us learn the components of a story. We talked about the different bags with different labels on and inside each of the bags were some pictures, We used the pictures to help us invent a story. We all practised it together and each day we will add another part to our story. Today it was all about a little boy named Bob.
Wednesday - We recapped the story of Stickman - we all joined in with reading the story and saying the phrase "I'm Stickman, I'm Stickman, I'm STICKMAN that's me! and I miss being back in the family tree". We had a go at writing speech bubbles for Stickman to show what he would be saying as he went on his mis-adventure. We also learnt about what an author and an Illustrator do. We became illustrators, creating different scenes for the story. We also practised our Christmas Songs for our concert to the parents.
Week 3 - It's Parents Evenings on Monday and Tuesday this week - please book an appointment on-line
Monday- We had Mr Rundell join Mrs Curtis today in class as sadly Miss Faun is poorly - Get well soon! Miss Hughes was also out on her college day. We recapped all sounds that we have learnt so far and practised forming the sounds learnt. A small group of us went to play some sound games to reinforce m,a,s,g,o,c,k.
We also took part in some literacy activities and Mrs Curtis worked with individuals assessing what sounds we knew. Miss Thompson was in for the afternoon and we were learning our teen numbers and what they look like and where in a number line they all sit. We had a chance to show the different numbers using objects, writing labels, counting with our friends and looking for numbers within our classroom and outdoors.
Tuesday - Today was 'I love to write day!' so...we celebrated writing - we talked about words that we know how to write such as our names, family names, CVC words and some tricky red words. We made labels and signs to show off our writing. we also focussed on handwriting and forming the letter sounds that we have learnt. We also had P.E in the afternoon with Miss Thompson followed by a story
Friday- Today was BBC Children in Need day! You all looked amazing in your non-uniform and pyjamas - Thank you for all your donations - (You can still donate if you forgot on Friday) We had a fun day filled with making Pudsey bear masks, decorating paw prints with spots, learning all about what our donations for dressing up would be used for as well as P.E., phonics and tidy Friday! Phew what a busy day we had!
Monday - Today saw us enter the final run of letter sounds for Set 1 sounds! we were introduced to the letter sound 'x' x-x-x-x-x exercise. We looked at pictures of words that have the x sound in such as 'explosion', 'experiment' and 'exercise'.
As it was Bonfire night and Bridgwater Carnival at the weekend the children shared their experiences with each other and the staff. We looked at a powerpoint that Mrs Curtis had made that showed different types of fireworks and the shapes and patterns made in the sky as they exploded. We then had a go at making our own firework pictures using cardboard tubes, lots of paint and glitter, we used chalks outside to make GIANT bursts of colour! some of us used the musical instruments to experiment making firework sound effects - it was extremely noisy! We also worked with an adult in writing down all the sounds fireworks make - we came up with POP! CRASH! BANG! WHIZZ ZOOM and WHOOSH!
Tuesday - Mrs Curtis shared a video all about firework safety that she made last year with her teacher friend Mr Carter - the children thought it was funny to see Mrs Curtis on the TV! you can check it out below.
We recapped the letter sound 'x' as we found it a bit tricky yesterday. We also practised our counting using our 'flipper flappers'. To music, we all count together using physical movement. We have been learning about 5 being half way to 10 and 10 being halfway to 20. We took part in lots of different activities to support recognising and counting to 10 and 10-20 such as wash away numbers, egg box numbers, ordering numbers and numicom both large (outdoors) and small, using the computer to play an ordering game and working with a partner to play matching and ordering games.
In the afternoon, Miss Faun took us for P.E in the hall in the afternoon. We were listening carefully to instructions and played some spatial awareness games. Using a small ball we practised balancing and controlling the ball - it was quite a tricky challenge for some of us! At the end of the day, we had a values assembly with Mrs Curtis all about kindness. She told the story of the Lion and the little mouse.
Monday 31st October- Welcome back everyone! I hope you have all had a great half term holiday? You may notice that there have been a few changes within the classroom that will support the children in becoming independent learners and being able to access the resources and equipment with ease.
We have kicked started our theme of 'Celebrations' by sharing what class members did in the holidays, saying Happy Birthday to children whose birthdays were in the holidays including Mrs Curtis (21 again!!). We also watched a short video called 'An Ace Guide to Diwali' which Mrs Curtis and her teaching friend Mr Carter made last year for helping children understand the Hindu festival of light as well as hear the story of Rama and Sita. In phonics, we learnt the sound 'w' w-w-w-worm. We also learnt about 'Spiders' and shared what facts and knowledge we knew about them. We made spiders of our own as well as used PVA glue and glitter to make spiders webs!
Tuesday - we had another busy morning - we recapped the story of Rama and Sita. We designed and made bridges for Rama to rescue Sita, made posters asking for people to 'Help Find Sita' as well as had a practise at making Diva Lamps with Playdough. Nursery joined us for their first ever 'Dough Disco' session which we all enjoyed showing off our moves to the music. WE learnt our next sound in set 1, 'th' '2 letters making 1 sound'.
Wednesday - Mrs Curtis and Miss Faun were both out on a course today. We had a Mrs Duncan take the class with the support of Miss Hughes and then Miss Faun joining this afternoon. It was also SCHOOL PHOTO day - which caused no end of excitement and chaos with children being called for various photos throughout the day. We had a maths morning looking at patterns. We discussed that patterns can repeat and can have several colours, shapes, objects. We made patterns of our own using the different objects and equipment in the classroom. In phonics we learnt the letter 'z' zig-zag-zip. In the afternoon Mrs Curtis wanted us to share our spider facts and write some descriptions altogether of what a spider is, does and looks like. Come and see our wonderful spiders hanging around in class!
Week 7- 17/10/16
Monday- Today we learnt the sound 'r' "rrrrrrrr-robot". We found the pictures and objects rabbit, red, rectangle, reindeer and radish in Mrs Curtis' sound treasure box. We all practised writing the letter 'r' by remembering "down the robots back to his toes, back up and over his arm". We also looked at some pictures of Autumn and shared what we had learnt last week about features of autumn, vegetables that are ready to harvest, celebrations as well as animals that hibernate. We took part in some autumnal activities indoors and outside such as; Conker rolling, transient conker/leaf art, handprint hedgehogs, pumpkin decorating, missing number pumpkins and hedgehog home building.
We also enjoyed our first making maths magic 'flipper flapper' counting session! Everyday we count and recognise numbers to 10 and beyond, all to music and understanding what numbers are half way to 10 and then 20. See the photos below!
We also read our story of the week ' The Little Red Hen' and sequenced the story as well as learnt actions to the story and enjoyed activities linked to the story. We went to Whole school story assembly whilst some of us took part in chatty group time.
Tuesday- We learnt a different kind of letter sound today in phonics! We were excited to learn all about the digraph 'sh' - a diagraph is a sound made up of 2 letters but only makes 1 sound! We practised saying the sound 'sh', recognising that when the s and h are side by side they make one sound 'sh', we looked at pictures of objects that either begin with sh ( shop, ship, shoe, shark, shower) or end in sh (fish, bush, wash). We also practised writing the sh digraph.
We re-read the story of the Little Red Hen and added our own actions and voices for each of the characters. We took part and chose activities focused on the story such as making pictures of the story, sequencing the story, making dough characters, and reading animal words.
Mrs Curtis cut the pumpkin today and we guessed what was inside! some of us thought it would be hard or might have sweets inside!?! We all had a look and smelt the pumpkin. Using spoons and our hands we scooped out the flesh and counted the seeds - there were so many, we lost count! We enjoyed P.E. this afternoon with Miss Thompson where we are learning about spatial awareness and following directions through fun games. Miss Faun and Miss Hughes also heard some of us read our new books.
Wednesday and Thursday - Mrs Curtis is out on a course and we will have Mrs Elms and Mrs Williams taking us.
Friday -It's the last day of term before we all have a break. The PTA disco was a big success last night! today we learnt the sound 'y' "yyyyy-yak". we also had P.E. in the hall and looked at ways of travelling and making shapes. The children have settled really well into school life and we have been extremely proud of them all! Have a great half term holiday and we shall see you all back on Monday 31st October.
Week 6 10/10/16
Hope you all had a great weekend? From this week Miss Thompson will working across other Year groups as an HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant), The good news is that she will be covering Mrs Curtis' management and PPA time on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons!
Monday - We learnt the letter 'f' today f-f-f-f-flower and thought about and found words and objects that begin with the letter 'f' such as; frog, flower, fish, fork, flag and football. We had a go at trying to write the letter too - remembering, " over the flower, down the stem and draw the leaves". We did our daily dough disco to Fleur East's 'Sax', Mrs Curtis showed us some new moves too! We have started to learn about shapes and today we shared what we already know about shapes - Mrs Curtis was amazed!- we spotted lots of different shapes around the classroom and outside. We had free flow with Nursery and also read our new class story - 'Just Imagine'. We all went to whole school assembly which Mrs Curtis took, she told us a story all about the value 'Integrity'.
Wednesday - Poor Miss Faun was poorly today - Get well soon! We learnt the sound 'l' today as well as recap all the sounds learnt so far. We also practised writing the sound on whiteboards- "start at the top and go down the long leg". We also learnt another 'tricky word' in Rap to read, today it was 'you'. We did dough disco, had free flow with nursery, made crowns, explored scented ice which smelt delicious! We also talked about signs of autumn and went outside on our own autumn walk, this was a challenge as there aren't any mature tress in our school grounds! We had a circle time where we worked together as a team to complete tasks- we loved passing the smile around the circle. Every child was given a reading book today to enjoy sharing at home. Most books have simple CVC words in of the sounds that the children have been learning whilst other books are picture books/ conversation books for your child to enjoy making their own story based on the pictures. We look forward to sharing your child's book with them - please write in the home/school contact books if you have heard your child read- ideally everyday.
Week 5 3/10/16
Yay Mrs Curtis is back in class! She has recovered enough to come back! We shall be looking at the book 'Leaf Man' by Lois Ehlet this week. It's all about a leaf man that gets blown away on the wind and embarks on an autumnal journey. A perfect story for the Autumn season.
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlet
Monday - We had our first 'Dough Disco' session this morning which was a bit chaotic but lots of fun! Mrs Curtis showed us some cool moves with our own pot of dough to one of her favourite bits of music - 'Let's get ready to Rumble' by Ant and Dec ( some of you parents may remember this song?!?!) we thought it was funny but all joined in. We are doing dough disco to help strengthen our wrists and fingers and build up our fine motor control which in turn will help us become wonderful writers! We also learnt he letter 'c' c-c-c-c-caterpillar. We had a free flow time with Nursery where some of the children taught them how to write a 'c'.
Here we are having a go at Dough disco!
Tuesday - We couldn't wait to have 'Dough Disco' again today and we tried some new moves! Mrs Curtis said that she will video a session for you all to see! We also took part in 'Squiggle whilst you wiggle' which is a large motor control session that encourages good coordination, strengthens core balance and muscle tone required for early writing/letter formation. We had such fun using flipper flappers to the song 'Moves like Jagger' and then repeating the movements with pens on large rolls of paper - see the pictures below. This set of moves is great for the beginning of writing the letters 'l' and 't'.
Wednesday- We had a busy day today! We did dough disco, recapped all the letters learnt so far, had another look at 'c' and 'k' letters and sounds. Mrs Curtis bought in some cornflakes and ketchup for 'Sensory Phonics'. We wrote our letters learnt in ketchup which smelt yummy and 'crunched' the cornflakes whilst practising the 'c' sound. We also had a squiggle whilst we wiggle session to the soundtrack 'Sax' by Fleur East - we are getting really good at practising our large movements and coordination. We had a joint play to learn session with Nursery and made kites. In the afternoon we practised our numbers and counting and took part in lots of activities to help us recognise numbers too. We also went in the hall with the parachute this afternoon to work on our core learning skill of 'Teamwork'.
Thursday - Today we had a brand new experience! Fifty Pence aka Mrs Curtis led a Rap to read session! We are learning to read 'tricky' words through fun engagement and music. The children thought it was hilarious however they learnt a new word 'the'. We also joined in with Dough disco, leant the sound 'u', went to whole school singing assembly, enjoyed chicken curry or sandwiches for lunch, practised our counting and recognition of numbers to 5 and 10 and had a free flow session with the nursery. - Phew!
Friday - Mrs Curtis was out of class attending an Early Years training event with Shonette Bason-Wood ( A renowned Early Years Motivational teacher and speaker!)
Miss Cunningham covered the class along with the other regular adults. we learnt another letter 'b' bbbbb-boot! we thought of objects beginning with that letter and had a go at forming the letter on whiteboards. We also had a full change into our P.E. kits for a session in the hall. We are learning about following instructions, using a space, and playing team games. Miss Cunningham read us a story called " Squirrel's Autumn Search" and we learnt about Autumn and what it means to us. We also had free flow time in the afternoon with Nursery.
Week 4 26/9/16
It's the second week of full time for most of our children. We shall be learning about our families this week as part of our theme 'Marvellous Me!'.
We will be learning the sounds i, n, p, g and o this week so look out for the sheets with those sounds to practice at home. We are continuing to enjoy hot school meals and playing with the other children in the large playground.
Mrs Curtis has sent home a letter with a home task to do all about 'Family Trees'. Please feel free to email in pictures or your child can draw their family. We can't wait to talk about and share our families together!
We have had lots of family trees sent in - Thank you! it's been lovely fro the children to share similarities and differences of their families as well as learn about the different relative names given to members of the family such as; Mum, Dad, Brother, Sister, Nanny, Grandad, Grandma, Pops, Nona, Yaya, Aunty and uncles etc.
Have a great weekend - On Monday Mrs Curtis will be back teaching every morning - hooray!
It is World Gratitude Day on Wednesday and on Thursday, we shall be celebrating Elephant Appreciation Day. We will learn some facts about elephants as well as share what we already know and the day would not be complete without reading all about Elmer the Elephant and having an elephant parade!
Week One 5.9.16
We welcomed all the children for the mornings this week as they started school for the very first time. They enjoyed getting to know the staff, classroom and more importantly making friends! Miss Thompson was there to welcome the parents and children as Mrs Curtis is sadly still recovering from a major operation that she had during the summer holidays.
We are really pleased to unveil our new 'extended' outdoor provision which was carried out over the summer holidays! We can now boast of a large, shared, outdoor space which will allow us to interact with the Nursery children and staff and explore further development based on the children's interests and needs.