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! ūüôā

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!