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.
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.
Harvest Festival at St Peter’s Church
and a phonics session.
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…..
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.
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!
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.
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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