Nocturnal Animals Visit

We were very lucky to have a visit from Dave the owl man who brought with him a variety of different animals. We have been learning about Owl Babies as our topic so were able to impress him with some of our knowledge of Nocturnal and Diurnal creatures. We thought about the food the animals eat, where they live and what they look like.

We saw an owl, a rat, a snake, a hissing cockroach, a gecko, a stick insect, and a hedgehog. It was amazing to see the owl fly around the room, and we were all very brave and had a look at the animals and some even had a touch or a hold.

We learned that owls like to eat small furry creatures like mice, they come out at night and have soft feathers that are silent when they fly so they can sneak up on their prey. They live in trees or barns and like to make nests.

I wonder if you could ask your child….

What are the owls claws called? (talons)

What is an owls face called? (a facial disk)

What do owls feathers feel like? (soft)

What is its mouth called? (a beak)

 

There are lots of beautiful picture books about owls, I wonder if you could read one together (fiction or non-fiction). Here is a clip of Owl Babies you can watch together and discuss.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6aYYiyQUmY

 

Owl Babies

We have just finished two weeks learning about owls and nocturnal animals.  We used the beautiful picture book – Owl Babies by Martin Waddell to do this and met and got to know the three characters – Sarah, Percy and Bill.  These little owlets were worried about where their mummy was so the children wrote them kind notes to cheer them up.  We also explored their forest using all our senses and we made our own little owls.  Next Wednesday we have a visitor coming into school who will be bringing a selection of animals for us to look at including some owls.

We made a story map of the book so ask your children to look at the above picture and see if they can remember the story.  If you are not familiar with the story you can see it on you tube  on

https://youtu.be/e6aYYiyQUmY (sorry I cannot make it a live link).

Next week we will be doing lots of rehearsals for our Christmas Production so apologies if your children are tired!  If your child is an angel or snowflake please do not worry about their costumes – an adult’s t shirt with a piece of ribbon as a belt will be perfect.  Thank you for helping them to remember their lines and also to those parents and carers who came to the maths evening this week.

 

Ark Farm Fun!

We can’t believe it is the end of our first half term already!

The children are mostly coming in on their own with no tears now which is fantastic! They are mostly settled, making new friendships and have learned our routines and expectations. Thankyou for all of your support and I hope you have found the Phonics evening and parents evenings to be useful.

The children have enjoyed our farm topic this week, particularly meeting some of the animals on Monday! We have been learning about the similarities and differences between the animals. We learned about their characteristics and where they live.

A few questions to ask your child:

Where do ducks live? (pond)

What noise does a donkey make? (hee haw)

What is a pigs nose called? (snout)

What feet do geese have? (webbed)

What does a cockerel have on its head? (a crown)

A text we focused on was Farmer Duck- you might have this book at home. At circle time we thought about whether we are helpful and kind like the duck or lazy like the farmer!

Have a wonderful half term and we are so excited to be learning all about transport when we come back! 🙂

Don’t forget to practice writing your name and sounds, reading your books and counting!

 

Poetry Day

I have to say Reception have amazed us today! It was their first time going in to the hall for a worship and they went in not once but twice! Sadly it was Mrs Morris’ last day so we went in to a celebration to give her some presents and cards! We will miss her lots and wish her the best of luck for the future.

We had a FANTASTIC time today with Ian Bland writing our very own poem- I will put a picture below. You might want to ask your child if they can teach you some of the actions.

You can visit Ian’s website for more poems: https://www.ianbland.com/poem/

The children LOVED the Michael Rosen Chocolate cake video too!

 

 

Harvest time

This week in Reception we have been celebrating Harvest Festival; we thought about God and the farmers who grow crops and about those those children who may not have as much food as we do.  The children have enjoyed learning about this special time of year, they have been playing in the bakery and green grocers role play.  On Friday all the children made bread rolls and we sat together and ate them, warm from the oven, in the afternoon.  It was (genuinely!) delicious.

Many thanks to all the parents and carers who walked down to Church with us on Wednesday.  The children walked to the church very sensibly and listened beautifully.  Thanks also to parents and carers who donated food for the Harvest which will be given to the Food bank in Northampton.

We are now settling well into a routine at school and have started teaching phonics which the children are enjoying.  We are working really hard with teaching all the children how to write their names properly so any practice at home is appreciated.  We talk about tall, small and tail letters and you will see how to size them on the paper that we have sent home.  In phonics we are learning to blend sounds to read words and as your child is able to do this they will begin to bring books with simple sentences in them.  Please initial their home link book if you read at home; we change books on a Monday and a Friday.

Pictures of our week below.

Bread making….

…and eating.

Harvest Festival at St Peter’s Church

and a phonics session.

 

 

 

Fir Tree Reflection Area

 

The children have been working really hard to fill up the marble jar. They have been doing super listening, singing, lining up and following all of our rules!

We filled up our marble jar which meant that Miss Storey got us a special treat.

A special delivery arrived in our classroom and we all had a think about what it was, the children had some good guesses! The children helped to open up the package and follow the instructions to put up the tent. The children decided where to put our tent in the classroom, we decided that one person should be allowed at a time and it is an area where children can go in and be quiet and use the calm jar.

We are all very excited to use the tent and are now learning to take turns to have a go inside it!

 

Starting School

The children have settled in really well over the past few weeks and I am sure you will have noticed are feeling a little tired from all the new learning! 🙂 They are now in their classes and are quickly learning our routines.

We have been giving out lots of superstar stickers for super work, super sitting, children putting their hands up, being kind and sharing with their friends. We also have pebbles in a jar for brilliant lining up, tidying and listening- when it is full the whole class will get a special treat!

You might like to ask your child to tell you about some of the rules we have at school, they might be able to tell you about super sitting, kind hands, listening ears, quiet feet.

The children have been busy making friends, settling in to their new environment. They have started doing fantastic phonics, writing their names and lots of counting. We have been reading LOTS of lovely rhyming stories, we also had a special visit from Rhyming Rocket, most children really enjoyed this and thought it was very funny when there was cake in the face! 🙂

We just want to thank you for all of your support, we are all looking forward to getting to know your child this year, there are lots of exciting things to look forward to. Please let your child come in by themselves in the mornings now so they are able to:

  1. Put coat away
  2. Put water bottle in tray
  3. Put book bag in drawer
  4. Find name and put it in box
  5. Find carpet space and read a book 🙂

Here are some lovely moments from over the past few weeks

 

https://animoto.com/play/yHlMS8itvoSm42HuysXm0

 

Stanwick Lakes Trip

Many apologies for the lack of posts – our system has had gremlins (or hackers) in it and we have not been able to access it.

The children had a fantastic time at Stanwick Lakes last week.  Thank you for the parent helpers who made it possible and apologies for all those wet clothes…..

 

Reception Wedding

What a wonderful day for our Reception Wedding.  Tom and Betsy were a lovely couple and all their helpers made it a very special day.  The guests were brilliant and they raised the roof with their singing.  Thanks to Reverend Alison for conducting the service and to the parents, carers and friends who came along.

Science Week in Reception

The Reception classes joined the whole school in learning about Science this week.  It began with a worship with Atomic Tom who taught us about air pressure and got us all very wet in the process!

We also had a visitor to our class from Gallones and the children tasted an array of ice creams including grass and tomato ketchup flavours.

We learnt about our bodies – our skeleton and internal organs.

We made flying hooplas

We made ramps for cars

We mixed a solid with a liquid producing a chemical reaction

And pretended we were scientists in the role play area

We also did experiments with flowers, skittles, milk and washing up liquid and learnt about floating and sinking.  I really hope that you children told you about some of this!

Reminders for next week –

The children need plimsolls/trainers next week please.

Please remember 50p for the French Café

Please return the permission slip for Stanwick Lakes asap as if we do not have sufficient numbers we will cancel on Friday.

Class photos are in their book bags.

Fir Trees need to bring in their costume for their class worship which is on Wednesday.

Thank you.