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Week Thirteen - Traditional Christmas
This week we began learning about what Christians celebrate at Christmas; and the story of the first Christmas. We have done lots of activities to help us remember the different characters and what happens. Next week on Friday we will be visiting the local church where one of our school governors is the vicar and he will show us some different things they have to help the children celebrate Christmas. We have also been making Christmas decorations to hang on their tree. In phonics we finished off our phase two sounds with 'x', 'y' and 'z' and we have been concentrating more on our segmenting of words and beginning to write more short sentences too remembering our capital letter at the beginning, finger space between words and full stop at the end. At this age we encourage them to 'have a go' at any longer word they are not sure of and just use the sounds that they hear and know and don't worry about whether they are actually correct. On Tuesday/Wednesday we weren't able to do P.E. in the hall because of the older children's nativity practise so we had our first visit to the ICT suite where we have been making you a special surprise. On Friday we did dance in our classes and pretended to be Autumn leaves twisting and turning in the wind. Don't forget if you haven't given permission for our trip yet to do so on the school gateway app and let us know if you are able to come along to help us. Have a wonderful weekend! Goodbye and toodle-loo for now!
This week we have been learning about fairy tales and in particular Cinderella - beginning to get us in the party mood for our winter time of celebrations. Our drawings/paintings of people are really getting better and better now! We are continuing to work on our handwriting, scissor skills and dexterity in fine motor. In phonics we have learnt 'j', 'v' and 'w' and in maths moved onto number 6. Again we looked at how 6 can be made up in different ways with 1 and 5 or 2 and 4 etc. In our circle time on Friday we made invitations for our friends to join us and dance together at our very own "ball". We all wrote our friends names and drew a picture of them on the front and then exchanged them. In the afternoon we watched a short clip of Cinderella dancing at the ball and then all had a go - unfortunately I realised I did not download those photos from the afternoon before I came home so I will add them in on Monday. It was great fun! Have a wonderful weekend. Goodbye and toodle-loo for now!
Week Eleven - Goldilocks and the Three Bears
This week we looked at our last Traditional Tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children learnt the story so well and even can perform both a song and a rap about it. We carried on looking at number 5 in maths and in phonics learnt about some "greedy graphemes" - 'ck;, 'll', 'ss', and 'ff' and how in these there are two of the same sounds together just making one sound. We have carried on practising our brilliant person drawing with a painting of Goldilocks and really tried to extend our writing by writing a whole sentence "I am sorry!" and a few different captions (saying what you see) in phonics too. We played a fun bear/honey game in circle time too - we had to do super duper listening! Have a wonderful weekend. Goodbye and toodle-loo for now!
Week ten - The Gingerbread man
On Monday we went to a special Remembrance Assembly and laid down the wreaths we had made on Friday during R Time. We all sat beautiful still and silent as we thought about the brave people who had fought for our country. The rest of the week was spent learning about the gingerbread man - we got very good at chanting "Run, run as fast as you can, you can't catch me I'm the gingerbread man!" We have done so many different busy jobs working on our fine motor and have even been trying to do more independent segmenting this week and really challenging ourselves. In maths we have been looking at number 5. We worked on finding fewer and also the different ways we can split 5 up. In phonics we continued with 'f', 'b', h' and 'l' and also practised lots of segmenting and caption reading - we have learnt that a sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with a full stop. In music the Holly Blues listened to some musical instruments and thought about whether they made a high or a low sound; while the Red Admirals were with Singing Sally. We also had a go at making our own (ginger)bread sandwiches with jam or honey and on Friday we decorated gingerbread men with lots of coloured icing! Such fun! Have a wonderful weekend. Goodbye and toodle-loo for now!
Week Nine - Little Red Riding Hood
Our traditional tales topic has continued this week with Little Red Riding Hood. We have had such a busy week doing so many activities! In phonics we've moved onto 'e', 'u' and 'r' and we've continued with our blending; trying really hard to extend the sounds into each other so we can hear the word. In maths we've carried on working on number four and focusing on how we can represent it in different ways. We've also worked on finding out one less; singing maths songs to make it fun. In P.E. this week we started using the apparatus - we were so brave! On Wednesday our grown ups came to share our learning journeys with us and we got to take them home to show the rest of our families. If you haven't brought it back yet please get it to us asap so we can carry on adding november's stickers. On Friday we did some more drama - we are getting so confident. We learnt how to draw a person thinking about everything we need and where the different things should go - our arms come out of our shoulders not our tummies! Then in the afternoon we worked with a partner to make a poppy for our wreath to take to our special assembly on Monday - do feel free to bring any pennies for the children to take an add to the whole school collection. Have a lovely weekend. Goodbye and toodle-loo for now!
Week Eight - The Three Billy Goats Gruff
We have had another week learning about traditional tales - this time the Three Billy Goat's Gruff! The children are getting so good at acting out the stories now! We're really working on our expression which helps with our reading targets too. In phonics we moved on to o, c and k and really focused on our blending. In maths we've learned about number 4 and about how you can split it several ways but it still is 4, for example 3 and 1, 2 and 2 or 4 and 0. We are working on our fine motor every week now, when the other group does P.E., and trying to strengthen our hand muscles ready for our writing. We have also started learning how to form the letters we have studied in phonics correctly. On friday we had Diwali celebration day; we did lots of fun activities to learn about what some of our friends believe and got to go to our first assembly - we sat beautifully! In the afternoon we all did some dancing and then our parents came to celebrate with us and we had lots of party food! Thank you to everyone attended and for your very generous gifts of food - we all ate until we were very full! Have a lovely weekend. Goodbye and toodle-loo for now!
Week Seven - The Enormous Turnip!
This week in the Butterfly classroom we have continued our topic of Traditional tales and looked at the story of the enormous turnip! We have spent a lot of the week having great fun acting out the story - even the teachers had a go! We've tried to make sure we retell the story, using our own words, in the right order - just like we have been doing with our school reading books. The children loved making masks too so they could carry on the role play by themselves.
In maths this week we have been looking at number three and also the concept of more/fewer or the same. In phonics we've continued going through our sounds this week learning about 'm', 'd', and 'g'. We have started trying to blend sounds together to read words. Please make sure you are still practising the sounds we've been learning as this will really help your child when they come to try and read blending sheets and books.
Please not the school photographs on Monday have been rearranged due to a number of children being away for Diwali/New Year celebrations. If your child is not going to be attending please give the school office a ring or send them an email to let them know so they'll be able to record it as a religious absence. Also don't forget on friday it is our Diwali celebration day - your child can come in party or traditional clothes and in the afternoon parents can join us from 2:30. If you would like to send in any food please ensure it is vegetarian and nut free (must not even say 'may contain nuts' as we have a severe allergy in the class). If you are bringing in something homemade please also alert us if it contains egg, sesame or goats milk.
Another fun-packed week in the Butterfly classroom. We have learned all about different fruits and vegetables (and had our minds blown that tomatoes and peppers are really fruits!) and how some things are grown and then turned into something else. We looked at the story of the Little Red Hen and found out about how wheat is ground into flour and then made into bread and even had a go at making some rolls ourselves! They were delicious! The next day we even made our own orange juice to - it was hard work squeezing out the liquid! We also looked a little bit at what kinds of food are healthy for us and what kinds of food should just be a treat. We were very happy on Tuesday to have lots of our parents join us to learn about how we practise our gross and fine motor skills at school. Thank you to so many of you that were able to make it - the children really loved having you here!
In phonics we learned 'p', 'i' and 'n' and in maths we moved onto Number 2. We have been watching some numberblocks episodes as a starter and the Butterflies love them! Then on Friday in R Time we worked on listening to our partner, sharing and taking turns and being able to negotiate who would have a go at each activity first. And now it is time for a well earned break! Don't forget we have rescheduled the Autumn Work for Tuesday 22nd (weather permitting) so make sure your Butterfly has a warm, waterproof coat and hat and gloves that day as well as ensuring their wellies are back in school. Thank you! Have a wonderful week! Goodbye and Toodle-loo for now!
This week in the Butterfly class we've been learning about Autumn and all it brings! And it's been a suitably cold and wet week to match. Though this did unfortunately been we had to postpone our Autumn walk to the Farmer's Field till after half term (date to be confirmed next week). Thankfully the rain did stop later in the week and we were able to go on a little walk around school where we found lots of brightly coloured leaves and even some conkers. In phonics this week we've begun to learn some sounds - this week we covered 's', 'a' and 't' and thought about where we can hear those sounds in different words. In maths we've started by looking at zero and number one. We have been thinking about how something can be 1 group of something and therefore still be one even if it contains lots: for example a packet of crisps is one packet but inside are lots of crisps or you might have 1 set of keys with lots of key on the keyring. We've had lots of fun mixing colours to make Autumn leaf pictures. This week all the children should have brought home their first reading book - this is a lilac level book where there are no words and only pictures. Your child should make up the story using as much detail as possible based on what they can see. Try to encourage them to think about what the characters might be saying too. If you can read with your child 3/4 times a week this will really help improve both their confidence and skills! Have a wonderful weekend. Goodbye and toodle-loo!
Week Four - Our Families!
This week we have been talking about our families. Thank you to everyone that has already brought in their family photo. The children have really enjoyed sharing about these in small groups. We haven't quite got through all of the class yet so if you still have it to bring in then please do, as we'd like everyone to have the chance to do this activity. We have also started looking at the Oxford Reading Tree Books about the Robinson Family and have been learning all about them too. We have began "reading" some lilac books together where they are pictures but no words and the children have to make up the story based on what they see. Next week we will start taking groups to have a go themselves, and the children will begin to bring these home to share with you too. We've also been learning about pattern and the Butterflies have had a go at making a 2 or sometimes even 3 part colour pattern. In phonics we've been continuing to practise rhyme and also started some oral blending with short CVC (3 sound) words. You could play at home too - "can you get me your b-a-g?" Next week we move onto the new topic of Autumn. We will be going for our autumn walk on Tuesday. If you would like to come along and help please sign up on the sheet outside the double doors - though please be aware younger siblings may not attend. Have a wonderful weekend. Goodbye and toodle-loo for now!
This week we have been learning about ourselves and our bodies. We have spent lots of time drawing, painting and creating different versions of ourselves trying to make sure we add in all the details. We began our phonics sessions this week with a small amount of phase one; looking at rhyming, rhythm, instrumental sounds and environmental sounds! This week we also had our first go at P.E. We didn't get fully changed but we all took off our shoes and socks and did really well. Next week we will be putting on our full P.E. kit so please make sure your child has their named shorts and t-shirt in a bag on their peg. On Friday we also spent a lot of time looking at different shapes; making shape pictures by sticking or drawing round them; with the magnetic shapes; and with the elastic bands too. We also started doing some dance lessons where we all pretended to be stars. Thankfully the weather has been really nice this week so we have been able to do free flow every afternoon where the children can choose if they want to learn inside or outside. We hope you have a lovely restful weekend! Goodbye and toodle-loo for now!
Weeks One and Two - Settling In!
We have had a busy few weeks in the Butterfly classes settling into our new routines and surroundings. We have been having a go at so many different activities from painting to cutting, sticking to constructing, role play to tricycle riding. We have started doing whole class circle time and trying to get to know our new friends too. Each day during the first two weeks we looked at a nursery rhyme and did lots of different activities linked to this rhyme. Each day we begin with the register followed by an input on the days topic. After this we complete some "busy jobs" (the name we give to the special activities that the teachers want us to have a go at) and other activities. Next we have some fruit and time to play outside. From week three we will then have a short phonics session before going over to the dinner hall for lunch. In the afternoon we have another register session and then complete some more busy jobs; both inside and outside whilst the weather is still so nice before coming in for a story and some milk. Then finally it's time to go home! Each week this page will be updated with photos and information about what we have been getting up to in our busy Butterfly classroom! So please check back each week and talk to your child about what you can see them doing. Goodbye and toodle-loo for now!