Hello Swans! What a busy final week we have had!
We have been thinking about Christmas and have looked at the nativity story and the birth of baby Jesus. It has also been our Christmas lunch and Christmas party! On Wednesday morning we had lots of fun watching a magician who came into school!
In Maths, we have been practising counting forward and backwards to 10 and 20. We have also been finding one more and one less than a given number.
In Phonics we have revised all our phase 2 sounds and practised blending CVC words e.g c-a-t, d-o-g, b-a-g. We have a phonics game in our reading packs to help too!
All the staff in Swans would like to thank you for all your support over the last few months. We would like to wish you all a very safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
We have had another tremendous week in our class. On Monday a professional videographer visited us to film our Christmas performance. Our teachers were incredibly proud of the confidence we showed as we performed our class song. Look out for the release of the footage – coming soon!
With Christmas just around the corner, we have been busy preparing reindeer food for Rudolph. We wrote our names on gift tags and wrote letters to Santa too.
In maths we have been learning how to find one more than a given number. Using practical objects and number lines helped us to work out the answers.
Well done to everyone for returning their home reading packs again this week. It is great for our teachers to see how much we enjoy reading at home too.
This week we have been busy writing simple words using these sounds – s a t p i n d g o c k ck e u r h b f ff l ll ss
See if we can read these words too – the, to, no, go, I, into, we, she, he, me, be
Hello Swans! What a lovely week we have had. Well done to everyone for all your hard work with your reading packs. Have a go with your new packs this weekend and please bring them back on Monday.
We have been thinking about Christmas and have read the story of baby Jesus. We have practised writing inserts of cards.
In Maths we have been thinking of all the different ways we can make number 5. We have also looked at 5 o’clock, pentagons, because they have 5 sides and money.
In Phonics we have continued to practise our phase 2 sounds s a t p i n m d g o c k ck e u r h b f ff l ll and the tricky words the to no go I into he she we be me. We have also been making CVC words e.g m-a-t, b-e-d, t-i-n.
It has been another great week for us in our class!
Our knowledge about dinosaurs increases every day. We have learned lots of new vocabulary such as ‘herbivore’, ‘carnivore’ and ‘omnivore’. See if we can tell you what these words mean. Lots of us have been inspired to write facts about dinosaurs, especially in our own dinosaur museum.
Throughout the week we have been continuing looking at the number 4. We have learned to represent the number in different ways and we found one more and one less using objects and a number line. Learning outdoors provided us with the opportunity to play games of bowling where we were able to practise our counting skills even more.
We are continuing to learn the following sounds in phonics lessons. We have been learning how to read and spell simple words using these sounds. – s a t p i n d g o c k ck e u r h b f ff l ll ss
See if we can read these words too – the, to, no, go, I, into, we, she, he, me
Hello Swans! What an exciting week we have had!
Continuing with our dinosaur theme, we have all been a palaeontologist! As a scientist who has studies fossils, we have made fossils from salt dough! We have researched all about dinosaurs and made a fact card to go with our fossil.
It has been friendship week and we have thought about what makes a good friend. We have made pictures of our friends and said why they are a good friend to us.
In Maths we have been thinking about the number 4. We have practised writing it, counting to 4, thinking about 1 more and 1 less and finding lots of different ways to make 4. We have also looked at a square and a rectangle because they have 4 sides.
In Phonics we have continued learning our phase 2 sounds s a t p i n m d g o c k ck e u r h b f ff l ll ss. See what different CVC words you can make e.g. cat, tin, huff. We have also practised our tricky words he to no go I into he she we be.
We have had another week full of learning and laughter in our class. Learning about dinosaurs has been brilliant – we researched lots of facts and made our own non-fiction books. Ask us what we found out to see what we can remember. Digging for fossils in our dinosaur museum has allowed us to learn lots of new and interesting things. Our teachers have enjoyed listening to us talking about our discoveries.
On Thursday we learned about Diwali, the Indian festival of lights. A professional dancer visited Birk Hill and taught us some fantastic dance moves. We listened carefully and moved our bodies in time to the music.
We are continuing to learn the following sounds in phonics – s a t p i n d g o c k ck e u r h b f ff l ll ss
See if we can read these words too – the, to, no, go, I, into
Hello Swans, it is lovely to be back and see all your smiling faces! This week we have been thinking about bonfire night. We have found out all about Guy Fawkes and talked about how to keep safe when we are around fireworks. We have made firework pictures and tried to write the sounds fireworks make.
In Maths we have been thinking about the number 2. We have practised writing it and making a ‘2’ collection. We have thought about other things that contain 2 e.g. 2 o clock and 2p.
In phonics we have been practising our phase 2 sounds – s a t p i n m d g o c k ck e u r h b f ff l ll ss. We have looked at the tricky words – the to no go I into, he, she. We also have been practising blending CVC words by playing the Find a picture game at:
This week we have reading the story Owl babies by Martin Waddell. We talked about how the mother owl cares for her babies and thought about how we care for our family and friends.
In Maths we have been thinking about the number 1. We went on a number 1 hunt and found lots of things include number 1, for example, 1 o’clock, a circle has 1 side, and finding one more and one less than a number.
In Phonics we practised all our sounds s, a, t, p, p, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss. We looked at the tricky words the, to, no, go, I, into.
We have also had lots of fun in the outdoor area, looking at the signs of Autumn and making Autumn pictures with leaves.
This week in Swans we have been looking at the story ‘Whatever Next’. We made a list of all the things we would take to the moon if we ever visited it! We also looked at space rockets and had a go at making our own!
In Maths we have been comparing objects by size. We read the story ‘Dear Zoo’ and talked about what animals would fit in the box and which animals wouldn’t! We put teddies in size order, filled cups with water and also weighed fruit, talking about heavy and light.
In Phonics we have practised the tricky words, no, go, into. We have looked at the sounds ff, l, ll, ss. We have practised blending by putting sound buttons underneath.
This week we have been reading Peace at Last by Jilly Murphy. We talked about the different characters and the main events. As we read the story, we looked to find the sounds we have been learning this week which are – r, h, b, f. We also look for the tricky words – the, to, I. See if your child can find these sounds and words when you are reading with them.
In our maths sessions, we have been learning to compare different amounts. We worked out who had the ‘most’ objects and who had the ‘least’. We have also been singing lots of number songs. One of our favourites is ‘five red apples’. Ask us to sing it to you at home.
Outdoors we have spotted more signs of autumn - the ground is covered with fallen acorns and leaves. This has prompted lots of interesting discussions in our classroom.
This week in Swans we have been reading the story Elmer and talking about what makes us similar and different.
We have also been learning the sounds c, k, ck, e, u and the tricky words, I, to, the. We are continuing to practise CVC words using sound buttons as below:
Help your child to read the following words. Use the sound buttons to help you - sat, pat, pit, got, mop, top, nip, pin, tin, cot, kit, pick, peg, sock, kid.
In Maths, we have been matching and sorting objects.
We looked at the objects above and discussed which could be the odd one out. For example, the circle could be the one that does not belong because it is a different shape to the rest. The green triangle is a different colour and the small triangle is a different size.
We were very lucky on Tuesday as Andy Tooze, a professional poet and author, came to visit us. He taught us lots of poems and even wrote a poem about our class. It made us laugh!
Our class story this week has been Funny Bones by Janet and Alan Ahlberg. We spotted rhyming words and joined in using actions. Ask us to retell the story to you.
We have been learning to write our own names carefully. Practise name writing at home in lots of fun ways – using chalk or painting with water for example.
In phonics we have been learning to read words by pressing sound buttons. This is what sound buttons look like –
Help your child to read the following words. Use sound buttons to help you - sit, tip, pit, pan, tan, nap, mat, map, man, sad, dip, did.
We have been practising recognising numbers and counting a group of objects carefully. Keep looking out for everyday opportunities to count. See if you can count your steps or everyday objects.
Hello Swans, what a lovely week we have had! We have continued getting to know one another and making lots of new friends!
We have been looking at picture books with our teachers. At home, read a book together and talk about what is happening, who the characters are and the setting. You could make simple puppets (paper cut outs) and act the story out or use toys / teddies as the characters.
We have been finding out all about each other. Try drawing a picture of your family and labelling each person. What sound does their name begin with?
We also have been looking at body parts. It is fun to lie on the floor and draw a body outline! Have a go at labelling the body parts, include neck, knee, elbow, ankle, wrist.
We have been looking at the sounds s, a, t, p, i. Have a look around the house, what objects can you find that start with each letter? Have a go at making CVC words and sounding them out e.g t -a- p and p-i-t.
We also have been practising the tricky words, the, to, no, go, I, into.
Count at every opportunity! Count how many people are in the house, how many dolls or cars are you playing with? We have been talking about moving each object as we are counting and putting them in a line so we do not get mixed up!
We have also been practising counting, ordering and recognising numbers to 10. Why not have a go at making your own number line to 10?
Draw a picture of you and your friend. Have a go at writing your name and your friends. Can you sound out each of the letters?
Starting a new class or even a new school can be daunting and quite scary, but for swans our first full week in school has been magical! Getting to know each other and making new friends has been lots of fun and we are already starting to become familiar with our daily routine.
Having lunch at school with our new friends for the first time on Tuesday was great. Our teachers were very proud of us for using our manners and for following instructions carefully. We met our mid-day supervisors who are always happy to help us.
Our topic this half term is called ‘All About Me’. This week we looked in mirrors and talked about our features then we mixed paint and painted self-portraits. We will soon be talking all about our families and celebrating all the things we are good at.
Miss Pollitt, Mrs Wright and Miss Jones love to read and they share stories with us daily. Next week our teachers are going to be sharing books all about themselves with us which they are really looking forward to.
Our teachers would like to thank our families for cooperating with social distancing guidelines and for supporting us so well during our transition into school.