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This week we have had lots of spooky fun learning all about Halloween. We talked about why we celebrate Halloween and the different traditions that are carried out in different countries such as Mexico, America and Scotland. We have also been putting our imaginations into action, by role playing in the haunted house and making magic potions with slime! These opportunities enabled the children to use some wonderful vocabulary such as creepy, slimy, magical, disgusting and terrifying. We also learnt some new vocabulary within our Maths lessons when we measured the length of some creepy Halloween objects such as short, long, shorter, shortest, longer and longest.
The most exciting part of the week was when we worked together to carve our pumpkins. The children loved getting messy and were brave enough to get their hands in the pumpkins to scoop out all of the seeds! It was a great sensory experience for us all to explore the slimy, gooey pumpkin!
We would just like to say we are very proud of each and every child for working so hard in their first half term and we hope you all have a relaxing and restful break! School will be closed on Friday 22nd of October for a training day and we will return on Monday 1st November. On this day (1st November) we would like to invite all children to come to school in a homemade Halloween fancy dress costume. Prizes will be awarded for the two most creative costumes in each year group. We look forward to seeing how creative you all are!
This week truly has been a celebration of the children. We are all so proud of how hard they have worked and how incredibly well they have settled into school life. We cannot believe that it is almost the end of their first half term. Time certainly does fly when you are having fun.
As we are coming to the end of our first topic, 'All About Me', we wanted to focus on how special and unique our children are. The children discussed what makes them special and unique whilst also looking at the similarities and differences that they share with their friends. Following this, we recapped the importance of our emotions and how we can show these through pictures. We had a resident photographer for the afternoon, thank you very much Louciena, who took photos of all the children which we used as inspiration for a fun lesson. We looked at the photographs and recreated the facial expressions on a biscuit. Of course, we then enjoyed eating our creations. Yum yum!
From Topic to maths. This week we have been learning all about height and we used the language tall, taller, tallest, short, shorter and shortest. We have had some teddy bears trying to build their own towers but our children have created a better tower than the teddy bears ever could. We were blown away by the language that the children used to describe their creations. It has been wonderful to also see this learning being used in their every day play.
Here is a snippet of the photos that the children used as inspiration for their yummy and emotional biscuits. As you can see we had a lot of emotions to discuss from happy and sad, to scary and silly.
School is closed next Friday, 22nd October.
In phonics we have now learned the following phonemes: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e and u. Please continue to practise recognition of these graphemes and play games like I spy to support your child's listening skills. This game places emphasis on the initial sounds which isn't the starting step to hearing other sounds in words to support reading and writing.
The weather is now changing and the children love to play in the rain. They also like the mud! Please leave a spare set of clothes in your child's bag which can be left on their peg. This helps a lot as it will help your child to stay comfy and dry if they need it. Wellies may also be a good option to leave in school. With all clothing, please do make sure your child's items are labelled. It is very difficult for us to find items when it is not named.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns then please do not hesitate to contact us by either email or telephone. Thank you!
This week the children have worked so hard learning our four new phonemes; g, o, c and k. They have been practicing recognizing, saying and writing them in lots of different fun ways!
The phonemes we have taught to date currently are; s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d,g,o,c and k. Maybe you could work on these at home too?
As the children have worked so hard this week we had a very exciting treat today and had a taster Judo session! It was great fun playing a variety of games on the Judo mat, which was great for developing our gross motor and partnership skills!
Miss Nicholas has used her green fingers to do a spot of gardening for the children and has grown some gigantic pumpkins in her pumpkin patch. The children have become very excited to celebrate spooky season and had great fun digging them up and weighing them. This was a fantastic experience to help the children develop their vocabulary and understanding of the concepts heavy and light. We can't wait to see what other spooky treats Miss Nicholas has in store for us!
We are now full flow into our new Topic, 'All About Me'. This week we have been focusing on the importance of ourselves and what better way to do this than to create our very own self-portrait. The children used paint and made sure that they used the correct colours to reflect their own appearance. Some children explored colour mixing too...
From one practical activity to another, we have loved exploring our maths learning this week. We have been practising our counting whilst also expanding our vocabulary. To do this, we had a teddy bear's picnic and matched the teddy bear's to the correct utensils before feeding them some yummy food. We counted how many pieces of food each bear had and learned how to describe the different quantities. We used the language most, fewest, big, small and medium.
This week we have started teaching Phonics using the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds scheme. The children have thoroughly embraced these lessons and have had lots of fun recognising, saying and writing our new sounds; s,a,t and p. I wonder if they can continue to practice this at home too?
After working so hard with their phonics this week, we thought that it was only fair for the children to have a well deserved treat. And what better way than carrying out the Muddy Mayhem obstacle course. All of the children showed amazing resilience as they pushed through on the course despite getting wet and muddy! We were particularly impressed with the children for embracing the slip and slide and it was great to see so many smiley faces. Thank you to all of the parents for coming along to get involved in the mayhem too!