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Advent

This week the boys have been excited to open each bauble of December on the class Advent calendar and they have been learning ordinal numbers through doing this. The boy from the previous day reveals the face hiding behind the next bauble and offers that boy a chocolate coin!

During Phonics, the boys learnt the sound ‘y’ and ‘x’ this week. We were busy writing words and sentences with both these sounds.

In Maths, the boys have been exploring 2D shapes. We named and identified the properties of a square, triangle, rectangle and triangle. The boys later made a large triangle and square using 2D shapes.

For the Maths activity this week can you go on a shape hunt. What shapes can you find? How many sides does the shape have? How many corners? Do you know the name of the shape?

During Welly Time, the boys enjoyed digging and finding many fossils and treasure.

We have reached the end of Show and Tell. We will resume after the Christmas break.

The weekly challenge is: Use ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Miss Yiacoulas and Mrs Aldridge

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Letters to Santa

During Literacy, we wrote letters to Father Christmas. The boys sounded out and listed some items they are hoping to get. These have been photocopied for our role play area. We used our maps to walk to the postbox to post our letters to Santa. We are hoping to receive a reply from Father Christmas soon…

The boys have been busy practising their Christmas production and they are working so hard!

A lovely parent from RY class made Christmas treats with the boys. RY class had a great time!

The boys have been practising writing their names in cursive and developing their drawing skills.

During Maths, we recapped addition and we have started to look at 2D shapes.

Here is a game you can play at home to help with addition:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/addition/addition-to-10

For Show and Tell, please bring in a picture of your favourite space in your house. The Show and Tell boys for next week are as follows:

Monday: Teddy

Tuesday: Vinal

Wednesday: William

Thursday: Xander

Friday: No Show and Tell

Weekly Challenge: Zip up your coat.

Have a great weekend!

Miss Yiacoulas and Mrs Aldridge

 

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Forest School

This week we celebrated Anti- Bullying week by wearing odd socks to celebrate being different. The boys also enjoyed eating their breakfast together.

During Phonics, the boys have been learning the sounds ‘b’, ‘j’ and ‘z’. They have been using their phonic knowledge to write words with these sounds and some boys have been challenging themselves to write simple sentences.

This week we have been looking at making 5.

Here are some games you can play at home:

Set up five skittles outside and ask knock them down by rolling a ball. How many have fallen over? How many are left standing?

Use 5 counters/cubes/objects, how many different ways can you split them into 2 groups?

Can you use a sentence to explain, e.g. “3 and 2 make 5”

This week, a lovely parent from RG did some Forest School activities with RY. She played games and also encouraged the boys to find dinosaurs in our woodland area. The boys later used natural resources such as mud, leaves and sticks to make their own dinosaur nests. RY class are particularly fond of digging in the mud!

During Art, the boys designed their own houses using paper bags. Their houses are proudly displayed in the classroom.

For Show and Tell, please bring in a picture of your favourite space in your house. The Show and Tell boys for next week are as follows:

Monday: Kerem

Tuesday: Lysander

Wednesday: Niall

Thursday: Noah

Friday: Sebastian

The weekly challenge for next week is: Check your draws at home time.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Yiacoulas and Mrs Aldridge

 

 

 

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Cooking

During Literacy, the boys made a home booklet. They used their phonic knowledge to sound out words and write a list of who lives in their home.

In Maths, the boys have been looking at one more and one less of a given number to 10. Some boys challenged themselves to find one more and one less of a given number to 20.

The Maths challenge this week:

Peg a numeral onto the washing line. Can you find the numeral that is 1 more and peg it next to it? Can you find the numeral that is 1 less?

This week we were lucky enough to do cooking with a lovely parent from RY. The boys made delicious chocolate tiffins! We shared the chocolate tiffins with Mr Walker, Ms Paynter and Mrs Meir.

During Art, the boys have been developing their drawing technique by drawing poppies for Remembrance Day.

Some pictures from child-initiated play:

For Show and Tell, please bring in a picture of your favourite space in your house. The Show and Tell boys for next week are as follows:

Monday: Isaac

Tuesday: Jacob

Wednesday: Jett- Louis

Thursday: Joshan

Friday: Kaan

The weekly challenge is: To share with others.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Yiacoulas and Mrs Aldridge

 

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Houses and Homes

For our topic, ‘House and Homes’ the boys learnt about the materials our houses are built out of and looked at different houses from around the world such as, Kenya, Switzerland, and Australia. They enjoyed building their own houses out of bricks, straw, and wood.

In Phonics, the boys learnt the sounds ‘g’, ‘o’ and ‘u’. They thought of words beginning with both sounds and practised blending with these sounds too!

During Maths, the boys were learning to use language related to time and sequence events. They sequenced how they wash their hands, their weekend day and months of the year through songs. We also discussed day and night routines.

For the Math’s activity, please can you draw a picture of something you do in the morning and something you do in the evening? I would like to challenge you by labelling your drawing using your phonic knowledge. You are welcome to bring in your pictures and show us!

For Art, we made fruit caterpillars and we made fireworks using different coloured paints and glitter.

 

During Welly time, the boys put on their puddle suits for the first time as it has been rather wet recently!

The theme for Show and Tell is ‘Houses and Homes’. Please bring in a picture of your favourite space in your home. The ‘Show and Tell’ are as follows:

Monday: Edward

Tuesday: Finn

Wednesday: Gabriel

Thursday: George

Friday: Harry

Our weekly challenge is: Sit smartly on your chair and tuck it under the table. 

Have a great weekend!

Miss Yiacoulas and Mrs Aldridge

 

 

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The end of the first half term!

A huge well done to RY Class for a brilliant first half term. The boys have all made new friends and they have worked very hard with their school work. They have made progress in many areas and it has been wonderful to see their development so far.

The boys enjoyed dressing up in their Halloween costumes:

Well done to Aleksei and Edward for winning the Pumpkin Competition.

Reception learnt about Diwali this week. Parents from RG talked about the Festival of Lights. The boys liked colouring their Rangoli patterns, dressing up in traditional clothes and making their diva lamps.

In Maths, the boys have been comparing numbers and finding more and fewer using counters, cubes and a five frame.

For the Maths challenge please can you:

Make three groups of counters/objects (up to five). Can you see how many there are without counting? Can you count them? Now cover the counters with three cups and move them around to mix up the order. Guess the number of counters under each cup. Lift up the cup and check if you was correct.

Now you could try with 10 counters/objects.

The theme for Show and Tell after half term is ‘Houses and Homes’. Please bring in a picture of your favourite space in your home. The ‘Show and Tell’ boys after half term are:

Monday: Half Term

Tuesday: William (Bring in your favourite toy)

Wednesday: Xander (Bring in your favourite toy)

Thursday: Aleksei (a picture of your favourite space in your home)

Friday: Aryan (a picture of your favourite space in your home)

Weekly challenge after half term: Put your coat on independently. The boys can work on this over the half term.

Have a lovely half term break!

Miss Yiacoulas and Mrs Aldridge

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Tasting Experience

This week during ‘Understanding the World’, the boys have been exploring their sense of taste. They enjoyed learning all about their taste buds! We had a popcorn tasting experiment to test our sense of taste. The boys tasted and guessed whether the popcorn was sweet or salt flavoured. They then learnt how to circle their choice using a chart. We had a vote of which flavour was our favourite and most boys preferred sweet flavoured popcorn!

During Literacy, the boys enjoyed listening to the story, ‘Pumpkin Soup’ by Helen Cooper. They wrote about the vegetables they would like in their soup and enjoyed activities based on the story involving cutting and sticking.

RY Class enjoyed listening to a biblical story during assembly from a company called, Pathway.

This week in Maths, we have been using a five frame to count forwards and backwards. In our journals, we matched numbers to the correct amount and filled in the missing numbers.

Please try one of these Math activities:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/teddy-numbers

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/underwater-counting

Using your number cards, can you match the correct amount of Lego bricks, cars (toys of your choice)?

If you would like an extra challenge, please write your name in cursive on a piece of paper and bring it into school.

For Show and Tell please bring in your favourite toy or a picture of your favourite toy. The Show and Tell boys are as follows:

Monday: Noah

Tuesday: Sebastian

Wednesday: Teddy

Thursday: Vinal

Friday: Half Term

The weekly challenge for next week is: Line up smartly and quietly with your hands by your side.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Yiacoulas and Mrs Aldridge

 

 

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Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

During Understanding the World, we have continued to investigate our senses. This week we looked at hearing. We listened to the story ‘Polar bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?” The boys then listened for sounds in our classroom and they wrote the initial letter sound for what they could hear and any remaining letter sounds. Furthermore, we looked at a model of an ear and we played a sound game.

During Phonics, the boys have learnt the sounds ‘n’, ‘c’ and ‘k’. We practised writing the letters in cursive and thought of words beginning with these sounds. Please continue to practise writing sounds learnt so far in cursive and writing your name.

In Maths this week, we have been exploring AB patterns. The boys have tried their best to recognise and continue AB patterns. They were challenged to create their own AB patterns using unifix cubes, compare bears and counters.

Have a go at completing these patterns:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/shape-patterns 

Can you please practise writing numbers 0-5? You are welcome to bring in your number writing on paper so we can display it on our Independence wall. We look forward to seeing your lovely number work!

During Welly Time and Art, the boys have enjoyed collecting leaves and using paint to print their leaves on paper.

During PSED, we talked about how we can be a good friend and show acts of Kindness. The boys drew pictures for one another and shared the toys to demonstrate acts of Kindness.

What acts of Kindness can you demonstrate at home?

The Show and Tell boys are as follows:

Monday: Joshan

Tuesday: Kaan

Wednesday: Kerem

Thursday: Lysander

Friday: Niall

The weekly challenge next week is: ‘Put your hand up on the carpet.’

Have a fabulous weekend!

Miss Yiacoulas and Mrs Aldridge

 

 

 

 

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

The boys listened to the story ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” After spotting all the animals in the story, they looked for items they could see in our classroom. The boys then wrote the initial letter e.g. d for ‘duck’. They also wrote any remaining sounds they could hear when segmenting and blending. We made masks to act out the story and used different materials, such as feathers, tissue paper and glitter to decorate the animals from the story. It is proudly displayed in our classroom!

During Phonics, the boys practised learning and writing the sounds, i, n and p. Please do continue to practise writing these sounds in the word book and think about words beginning with these sounds. We also practised writing the numbers 2 and 3.

This week in Maths we have been comparing and ordering by size, length and time.

Here are some activities you can do at home:

Find a ruler or a stick. Can you find something longer or shorter than this? Can you find something taller or shorter than this? Can you find something exactly the same length or height as this?

You can also make caterpillars from playdough. Which one is the longest caterpillar? Can you make a caterpillar that is the same length as a given stick?

During our PSED lesson, we talked about keeping our teeth healthy. RY Class suggested going to the dentist, brushing their teeth twice a day and eating vegetables! They enjoyed sorting foods between healthy and unhealthy and brushing the teeth model.

If you are out and about in the next couple of days, please collect some autumn leaves to bring into school. We are planning to use the leaves for autumnal art during a Welly Time lesson. Please bring in for the 6th of October. It would be lovely to see pictures of you collecting the materials, please upload to Tapestry.

The theme for the ‘Show and Tell’ is ‘All about me’. Please bring in a photo/ picture or one of your favourite toys to show to the class. The list is displayed on our class window as well as the blog.

The ‘Show and Tell’ boys for next week are as follows:

Monday: George

Tuesday: Harry

Wednesday: Isaac

Thursday: Jacob

Friday: Jett- Louis

To develop the boys’ independence skills we are going to start weekly challenges. Challenges will be placed on the blog and window.

Our challenge starting on the 03.10.22 is: Hang your coat up independently. To support the boys, you can encourage them to hang their coats up using the hook independently at home.

Please can you drop the boys off at the gate so the boys can walk into class from the soft top independently. Thank you very much for your support!

We look forward to seeing you on Monday for our ‘open classroom’ afternoon, the boys have worked very hard and I hope you enjoy looking through their books.

Have a restful and enjoyable weekend!

Miss Yiacoulas and Mrs Aldridge

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Settling into Reception

Throughout the week, the boys have been practising writing their names in cursive script. The boys then recognised and practised writing the sounds s and a and drew pictures. We were very impressed with the words they thought of beginning with these sounds. Please do practise writing in cursive script using the laminated sound sheet and word books.

In Maths, we have started to practise forming our numbers, remembering that every number starts from the top. We also sorted objects by colour, shape, size and function.

Below is a Math game you can do at home involving matching and counting: 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/ladybird-spots

During Understanding the World, the boys enjoyed learning about the five senses we have. We talked about the parts of the body we use our senses for and then did a great cutting and sticking activity.

Here are some pictures of child-initiated play this week:

We start ‘Show and Tell’ on Monday (26.09.22), please can the boys bring in their favourite toy or hobby or a picture of their favourite toy/hobby. Please can the boys think of why they like the toy/hobby, ready to share with the class.

Monday: Aleksei

Tuesday: Aryan

Wednesday: Edward

Thursday: Finn

Friday: Gabriel

We wish you a lovely weekend.

Miss Yiacoulas and Mrs Aldridge