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.

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

Kung Hei Fat Choy

As part of the Early Year’s Curriculum the children learn about other cultures and traditions to realise that not everyone is the same as them.  This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year.  We have learnt the story of the Chinese New Year, about the traditions in celebrating Chinese New Year, what Chinese people do to celebrate and enjoyed our own Chinese banquet.

Many thanks to Mrs Klinkenberg who came in to talk to the children about how her family celebrate.

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The Tempest

Oak and Fir Tree Classes have been learning about The Tempest since returning to school.  This has been part of a whole school project so we hope that they have told you all about it.  In case not…some pictures below to talk to your children about and some questions that you could ask to see how much they learnt.

What is a Tempest? (a bad storm)

Who wrote The Tempest

Who was Prospero/Ariel/Miranda (they met all 3 of these characters).

Who caused the storm and why? (Prospero as he was cross with his brother)

What did Ariel do in our class? (stole some toys, but he said sorry!)

What animals did Ariel turn into? (a dog, then a dragon)

What magic spells did Prospero send us (flying teabag and dancing corn)

How did we make a storm in a jar?

What was Miranda like when we met her?

Who did Miranda marry? (Ferdinand)

Let us know what your child thought and if they enjoyed their learning!

 

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There was a note in your home-link books this week about addition.  We have spent several weeks learning about adding 2 numbers and most children have not only understood how to do this but can record their sums so please so ask them about it.

Also most children have now learnt virtually all the sounds of the alphabet; we have started to move onto 2 letters-1 sound e.g. sh and ch and more complex sounds such as ay,a-e, ai or ie, y, igh etc.  However, they should all have sufficient sounds to have a good go at sounding our phonetically plausible words.  Any practice at home will really help – just like with their reading.  Many thanks for your support.

Let it snow

The children started learning about The Tempest last week but this was temporarily stopped on Friday whilst we went outside to enjoy the snow!  It didn’t last for very long so we were glad we made the most of it.

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More posts about The Tempest later this week.

Christmas Party

The children have just finished their party lunch.  We’ve had a busy morning making Christingles and party hats.

Enjoy this Christmas video!

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