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w/c 11/12/17

The children are coping well with, and enjoying, the concert rehearsals and are looking forward to the Christingle on Wednesday afternoon in Church and with our class Nativity on Thursday at 3.00pm.

We have sent home the P.E. kits, these will not be needed next week. On Monday, the children won't need their book bags, we have cups if you don't want to send water bottles in.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

w/c 04/12/17

The children are enjoying learning all the songs for our Christmas concert and are looking forward to their first school Christmas Fayre.

We will not be learning any new Phonemes now until after Christmas but the children will be working on applying and consolidating the ones that are already on their fans as well as the reading and writing of their key words.

We have now finished looking at our Learning Challenge question - Why Are There So Many Leaves On The Ground? - by writing some sentences about Autumn. The children have enjoyed looking at this season and learning about diurnal and nocturnal animals.

The class enjoyed a visit from Sarah and Lyra from the Dog's Trust on Wednesday and learnt what to do if they see a dog running towards them - to stand still, cross their arms and look away - and also about looking after dogs.

   

 

The children would like to invite you into class on Thursday 21st December at 3.00pm for their version of the Nativity Story.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

 

w/c 27/11/17

The children enjoyed hearing a story about Percy the Park Keeper in story time, so we decided to base our role play around the books . We also used one of his stories - After The Storm - to think about how stories are constructed, with a beginning, middle and end, and also to think about the setting of a story and the main characters in it.

In number, we have started to look at subtraction sums and one less than a given number. During Phase 3 Phonics, the children are starting to use their Phonic knowledge to write sentences.

On Thursday, the children enjoyed celebrating St Andrew's Day by made flags, weaving, using blue and white colours and tasting some Scottish foods.     

         

 

       

 

For the Working Together activity this week, we would like the children to draw and write a sentence about someone different who could be behind the Christmas door. The sheet is glued in the books. Please return by Wednesday

6th December. This is the last activity before the holidays but please keep working on the reading and writing of key words and reading school/home books. The fans will updated before the end of term.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

w/c 20/11/17

We have now completed Phase 2 in Phonics and have started learning some of the Phase 3 phonemes and digraphs. We are also starting to think of how to write a sentence, remembering to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

Before the end of term, we assess the children on their reading and writing of their key words and then we can add/remove words from the fans. So, for the Working Together activity this week, we would like you to concentrate on the reading and the writing of these words. The children can also be encouraged to say/write some of the words in sentences too. Please return books by Wednesday 29th. Also, please remember 4 home reads = 1PIP.

In number we have been working on a number investigation task - how to sort and record different nocturnal animals and on knowing numbers in order by working out the missing numbers in a number line.

The children have also enjoyed making owls to go on our Autumn tree, leaf printing and making a seasons tree to show how a tree changes over a year.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

w/c13/11/17

The children were great 3D shape detectives this week for their Working Together task - thank you for supporting the children with this activity. This week, we are sending home an addition snakes and ladder game for you to play together, we need to encourage quick recall of addition but counters may be used to help work out the answers. Please record any comments in the books and return them by Wednesday 22nd.

As part of our Learning Challenge question, we have been looking at the differences between Autumn and Summer and the different clothes we wear in these seasons. Also this week, the children have also had a go at writing a sentence about a leaf, looking at addition number sentences and ordering numbers.

Thank you for supporting our Stay and Play session this week, the children enjoyed playing lots of different games with different people. Also, thank you for the donations of space items that we have been given. We would still appreciate any more donations.

      

 

      

 

                                               

 

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

w/c 06/11/17

We have had some good nocturnal animal facts, some great models, pictures and even a hedgehog cake sent in for last weeks Working Together activity - thank you. For the activity this week, we would like the children to be 3D shape detectives - similar to the 2D work - and to look for cubes, cuboids, cones, spheres, cylinders and square based pyramids around the home/outside. This will help to reinforce the work we are doing in maths. Please record your work in the books, and return them by Wednesday 15th.

We are nearing the end of Phase 2 in Phonics and the children are now thinking about using their phonic knowledge in their reading, writing words and also writing in sentences. Please keep working on the reading and writing of the key words on the fans as this will help with the children's independent work.

We hope you will be able to join us for our first Stay and Play, on Open Morning on Monday 13th, until 9.45. This is an opportunity for you to join in with some activities in class.

Can you help? After Christmas, we are starting a new topic about space. This is a new topic for us and we would be very grateful if you have any space related games, puzzles, toys, duplo, costumes or even material, that you no longer need, that you would be willing to donate - anything would be very much appreciated.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

 

w/c 30/10/17

Welcome back, we hope you all had a good break - this is going to be a very long but busy half term.

We have a new Learning Challenge question to think about - why are there so many leaves on the ground? We are spending the next 6 weeks answering this question by looking at the signs of Autumn, finding out about the animals and birds we see at this time of year and looking at the differences between day and night/ light and dark. We started this topic by going on an Autumn walk around the school field to see and collect some natural objects.

         

 

Thank you for completing the Working Together books, the children looked to have had a great time especially going on all the Halloween trails and picking their pumpkins. For this weeks activity, we would like the children to find some facts out about a nocturnal animal. A picture, painting or model of your animal would be great too. Please return books by Wednesday 8th November.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

w/c 16/10/17

Over the last 6 weeks, the children have enjoyed answer  and thinking about our Learning Challenge Question - What Do I Know About Me? We have looked at similarities and differences between each other, know what we can and can't do - yet, and the special people in our families. We have had some good ideas and discussions. The models the children made were great too.

 

This week, we have been learning about the Festival of Diwali and the children have enjoyed finding out how this Festival is celebrated, making clay Diva lamps, making chalk Rangoli patterns and learning the story of Rama and Sita.

 

There is no Working Together activity for over half term, but any trips, visits or days out can be recorded in the book, along with any pictures, drawings, tickets or leaflets. Please continue to read and work on the key words.

 

The children sat and listened well for their first Harvest Festival and enjoyed singing their song. The class were very well behaved on their trip. They enjoyed

looking at all the animals, seeing the tiger being fed, watching an animal show, handling a snake and lizard and looking at a tarantula!

     

 

      

 

Finally, we would like to thank you for all your support with the activities and in settling the children into school life, the last 6 weeks have flown by and it seems that the children have been in school a lot longer! Enjoy the half term holiday and we will see you on Monday 30th October.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

w/c 09/10/17

This week, the children have been thinking about the things they are good at  and understanding why they aren't good at some things yet -  because they haven't learnt those skills yet or need to keep working on them.

The class choose the role play for the next 2 weeks and voted for a farm shop. The children have enjoyed going shopping and have been looking at weighing, using the scales, and thinking of their own way to record which fruits and vegetables were the heaviest.

The children were great 2D shape detectives last week and found lots of different shapes around their homes. For this weeks activity, we are sending home all the things the children need to make themselves - you just need glue. Please record how your child has found this activity, you can add any other pieces from home too. Please return books and the models by Wednesday 18th.

The children are looking forward to their trip and to their first Harvest Festival next week, they have worked hard at learning all the songs and our special song too.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

w/c 02/10/17

Phase 2 Phonics has started well and the children are enjoying learning the new phonemes (the sound a letter makes) and segmenting and blending the sounds to say a word. In number we have now finished looking at 2D shapes by thinking about their properties and applying this knowledge in real life problem solving.

For the Working Together activity this week, we would like the children to be 2D shape detectives to look for squares, rectangles, circles, triangles and semi-circles around the home or outside, the children also need to explain their answers to you ie it is a circle because it has 1 curved side and no corners it is a square because it has 4 straight sides that are all the same length and 4 corners. Please record by either writing or drawing pictures in books and return by Wednesday 11th.

This week, we have also been thinking about what the different parts of our body can do. The children used their 5 senses when tasting  different bread products from around the world and choosing their favourite one. The favourite bread was the baguette. Thank you to Mrs Ballard for providing the breads for us to try.

                                 

                  

 

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

 

w/c 25/09/17

The children have finished Phase1 Phonics by looking at the initial sounds that objects make and by some simple sounding out of words. Phase 2 starts next week, when we will be looking at letter formation and sounds in detail. The children will be given a plastic wallet which will have a Phoneme fan and word fans in. Please keep these in book bags as the Phoneme fan will be updated everyday, except Friday. These need to be put in the reading boxes every morning. In number, we have been working on number formation and starting to look at 2D shapes.

The children had a great time visiting Tuxford Windmill, they enjoyed re-telling the story of The Little Red Hen and looking inside the windmill. The home made biscuits and drink were delicious too. Thank you for your help with transport to and from the Windmill.

For the Working Together activity this week, we would like the children to cut, colour and put in order pictures showing how bread is made, please encourage your child to talk about each step. Also, could you make a list/draw pictures of different breads from around the world ie a French baguette, pitta bread or to record the different foods that can be made from flour. Please record any comments and return books by Wednesday 4th October.

       

 

      

There will be more pictures in the class room soon!

Thank you Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

w/c 18/09/17

This week, we have been thinking about answering the questions, "what is a family, who are the special people in my family and how do we celebrate birthdays?" The children have been busy painting, drawing and labelling the members of their family. In number the children worked on a problem solving activity based around a birthday party. We have also been working on developing pre-writing skills by following patterns in sand and outside using water bottles.

        

   

         

 

Thank you for returning the All About Me booklets and for sending in a photograph for our display. The children sang their nursery rhymes well too. For the Working Together Book this week, we would like the children to go on a short listening walk, either inside or outside the house, and describe the sounds that they hear ie a clock ticking quietly or a dog barking loudly. The children can then draw pictures of the things they have heard. Please record any comments and return the books by Wednesday 27th.

Coming soon - look out for our class photograph in the Retford Times!

Please remember 4 home reads of any book = 1 PIP.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

w/c 11/09/17

The children have enjoyed their first full week in school. They have enjoyed Phonics, where we have been investigating sounds and following instructions    

using the musical instruments, had their first visit to the library van and had P.E. and R.E. for the first time too.           

                                                                                                                       

We have also started looking at our Learning Challenge Question by trying to answer how we are the same/different to our friends. We would like the children to bring in a baby photograph next week as we will start to look at our family.

 

In the book bags, you will find a "Working Together Book", This is for recording any information in when activities are set. As we have been looking at nursery rhymes this week, can you ask your child to sing some to you and to practice one to sing to the class next week. There is also an "All About Me" booklet to fill in. Please return the book and booklet by Wednesday 20th.

Our visit to Tuxford Windmill is on Wednesday 27th September, thank you for the offers of transport that day.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

w/c 04/09/17

We have been very impressed with how the children have quickly settled into school life. Everyone has coped well with the class routines and with dinnertimes. The year 6 buddies have done a great job these last few days looking after the class - thank you.

We have sent home a reading book(no words) for the children to talk about with you at home. Please discuss the story, asking questions such as "what do you think will happen next?", "why did he/she did that?", or see if the children can make up their own story when they look at the pictures. Please record comments in the diary. 4 home reads in 1 week = 1 PIP (house point).

Next week, we will be concentrating on speaking and listening skills by looking at Nursery Rhymes, starting Phase 1 in Phonics, looking at patterns, shape space and measure in number and starting to think about our Learning Challenge Question - What Do I Know About Me?

 We have had lots of fun!

      

  

   

 

     

   

                          

 

                      

 

Thank you for all your support.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

w/c 17/07/17

We took advantage of the good weather this week to use the large P.E. apparatus outside, the children enjoyed the challenge of finding different ways to travel along or over the equipment.

     

 

    

On Wednesday, the class worked together to help prepare the food for the tea party. They enjoyed making the scones, buns and sandwiches.

     

 

       

 

Thank you to everyone who came and thank you for all the help and support you have given us and the children. The children have been amazing this year and it has been lovely to see how they have progressed and developed since September.

We hope you all have a lovely Summer holiday and wish the children good luck in year 1 - we will miss you!

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

w/c 10/07/17

We have collected in all the reading books, diaries, wallets and fans now.  All library van books will be collected in on Tuesday and no new books will be issued.

The children are looking forward to the thank you tea party that is now on Wednesday 19th at 2.45pm, and not Thursday 20th - as it is the school disco that day.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

 

w/c 03/07/17

The children enjoyed their transition morning on Wednesday, they liked their new classroom and meeting their new teachers.

We had a great morning working with Paul Cookson. Everyone enjoyed listening and joining in with the poems and then working together to make up a poem all about minibeasts.

      

 

We would like to thank the P.T.F.A. for buying the children some new outdoor resources, the children have enjoyed using them now the weather is better.


The children would like to invite their parents and/or grandparents to a small tea party on Thursday 20th July at 2.45. They enjoyed the St George's Day tea party so much that they would like to do it all again, to say a big thank you for all the help and support that has been given over the past year. Please let us know if you are able to come, so we know how many to cater for.

Please note that we are not in school on Tuesday 11th July, the children will be taught by Mrs Goacher.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

 

w/c 26/06/17

The children have quickly got used to being in the dinner rota and understand the new routines well. Everyone enjoyed taking part in the Key Stage 1 performance and singing their special song. Thank you for the great costumes too.

    

 

     

 

   

 

The children also enjoyed their first Summer Fayre - especially the burgers at dinner time!

There are no more Working Together activities now, but please keep working on the key words for our end of term assessments. Next week, the children will be spending some time with their new teachers in their new classroom.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

w/c 19/06/17

The children enjoyed their first sports day and cheered and supported everyone.

We had lots of great minibeast facts sent in for the Working Together activity. This week we are sending home a maths minibeast sheet to be returned by Wednesday 28th June please.

The class had a wonderful trip on Tuesday - thank you to all the parents who helped with transport. The morning was spent pond dipping, looking for different water minibeasts - we even had time for a duck race. In the afternoon, the children looked for minibeasts in different habitats, in grass and woodland areas. Keith, our guide, was impressed with the children's knowledge, manners and behaviour.

     

 

     

 

       

  

     

   

       

          

                                                           

Please remember that from Monday, the children will be included in the dinner rota. The concerts  are on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and the Summer Fayre is on Friday afternoon. Each class are organising an activity for the Fayre, we are decorating biscuits so we hope you are feeling hungry that afternoon!

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

 

w/c 12/06/17

We have had lots of different  minibeasts made for the Working Together activity and made with lots of different materials too, they look great on our class display. This week, the children have said which minibeast they would like to write about and there is a sheet for them to fill in. Please return by Wednesday 21st June.

We have been looking at problem solving with money this week, seeing which pieces of fruit they can buy for 5p and sorting and counting 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p pieces. The children have also been looking at the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and having a go at reading it by themselves.

          

 

          

The children are looking forward to their first sports day and to the trip next Tuesday.Thank you for all the offers of transport, it is much appreciated. Please remember to send a change of clothes and/or rain coats, sun cream and hats .

The class were pleased with our crop of potatoes, peas and lettuce this year, the children have enjoyed planting, weeding, watering them and we hope eating them for their tea too!

Please note that w/b 26th June the children will be included in the dinner rota system so that they are familiar with this in September.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

w/c 05/06/17

Welcome back, and we hope you all had a good half term break. Thank you for sharing your adventures in your Working Together books, everybody seemed to have had a great time.

For our final half term, we will be consolidating all our previous learning and concepts in our topic on "minibeasts". We are starting this topic by looking at the story of "The Hungry Caterpillar".

For the Working Together activity this week, we would like you to make a minibeast of your choice, it could be made out of play dough, junk modelling or even a painting. Please bring in your minibeasts by Wednesday 14th June. Keep working on the reading and writing of key words too please, ready for our end of year assessment.

 

For the concert could the children wear the following -

red team are butterflies - purple, orange or red clothes

yellow team are bees - black and yellow clothes

green team are birds - blue, green, light brown clothes

blue team are bugs - dark brown, grey or black clothes.

please no wings or headdresses as space is limited on the stage.

 

Please note we are not in school on Wednesday afternoon, Mrs Goacher will be teaching the children and on Friday morning when Mrs Munn will be there.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

w/c 22/05/17

We have had a busy week to finish this half term, the children have enjoyed making, sequencing and then writing instructions on how to make beans on toast and then of course eating them, writing a sorry letter to the Giant and they have been looking at capacity in the sand and water. The class have also enjoyed using a hammer and nails to make an outdoor beanstalk. The whole school had a visit from the poet, Paul Cookson and enjoyed listening to him reciting lots of his poems.

 

For last weeks Working Together activity, we had some good ideas for something different growing from the magic beans, there is no activity set this week but please record any trips, visits, or other interesting things you do over half term, pictures, tickets or postcards can be included too. Please return books by Wednesday 7th June. Both sets of word fans have been updated.

 

We have booked a trip to Perlethorpe on Tuesday 20th June, we would be very grateful for offers of transport that day to help reduce the cost of the trip. Please note, details of insurance and MOT certificates will need to be provided, letters have been sent out to explain this and details of the trip.

 

Please note that we are out on a course on Wednesday 7th June and Mrs Goacher will be teaching the class that day.

Thank you for your support, we hope you have a good half term and we will see you all on Tuesday 6th June.

 

Have a look at what the children have been enjoying doing this week.

    

 

   

 

                  

 

  Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

w/c 15/05/17

The class have enjoyed being with the year one children for some of this week and they have all enjoyed working together.
The children have started to look at measurement and have been estimating the height of some giants and then using the cubes to see how close their estimates were. They have also started to count in 5s now as well as 2s and 10s. The children have been looking at ways to make their writing more interesting now by choosing good describing words.
Thank you for the instructions on how to plant cress seeds, the children will be using this idea for an activity next week. For this weeks Working Together activity, we have put a "window" in books, that can be opened - similar to the Christmas door activity. We would like the children to draw something different that could be growing from the magic beans instead of a beanstalk and then to write about it using interesting sentences. Please return books by Wednesday

24th May.

Also, please keep working on the reading and writing of key words as we would like to update these before half term.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

w/c 08/05/17

The children have had another busy week, they have been consolidating their understanding of counting in 2s and 10s and number problems. The class have finished their story writing  this week too.

We hope your beans are starting to grow now and will soon reach the castle. This week we have sent home all you need to grow some cress seeds. We would also like the children to write instructions on how to plant the seed, using the words "first", "next", "after that" and "finally". For example -

   1  First put the cotton wool in the tray.

   2  Next ...

   3  After that ...

   4  Finally ...

Please return books by Wednesday 17th May.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

 

w/c 01/05/17

On Tuesday, the children had a talk from the Road Safety Team and could answer lots of the questions about being safe when out walking and playing and understood the need for reflective clothing to be worn, especially on dark nights.

      

 

We were able to go and visit some new born lambs and some alpacas on Wednesday. We would like to say a big thank you to Mr and Mrs Hobart and their neighbour, Tracey for very kindly letting us visit and telling us lots of facts about the animals.

          

 

          

 

The children have been using a Bee-Bot this week to solve number problems They have been able to program it to move to the correct answer. They have also been sequencing the Jack and the Beanstalk story and writing about it. With the better weather this week, we have also managed to plant some lettuce and bean plants. The potatoes, peas and strawberries are growing well too. If any one has any spare flower or vegetable plants we could always find room for them to grow in our garden area.

We have had some amazing musical instruments  sent in this week, the children are looking forward to being a band and playing altogether. For the Working Together activity this week, we are sending home a bean planting kit. Everything is included for you to plant a bean which will grow up to reach a castle. The children know what to do, but please talk to your child about what plants and seeds need to grow healthily. These kits don't need to be returned but please record any comments in books and return by Wednesday 10th. Please keep working on key words as we would like to update these before half term.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

w/c 24/04/17

We have now started work on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We talked about what we already know about the story and what we would like to find out, such as,why does the giant live alone and if he is friendly. The children had some great ideas for something different at the top of the beanstalk too.

For the Working Together activity this week, could you please make a musical instrument for Jack to use, to warn his mum that the Giant is coming down the beanstalk! Also, you could include instructions on how to make the instrument, or how to play it. Please return books by Wednesday 3rd May.

We have also been recapping 3D shapes, started Phase 4 in Phonics and have started a bean diary. The class are also enjoying starting to learn the songs for the summer concert.

The children enjoyed the outside Stay and Play morning - before the rain came. Hopefully the seeds that have been set will grow with the warmer weather next week.

     

  

      

 

 Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

w/c 17/04/17

Welcome back everyone and we hope you all had a good Easter holiday and enjoyed the break.

This week we have been recapping 2D shapes, problem solving and phase 3 phonics. The children have also been finding out why we celebrate St George's Day and sequencing the story of St George and the Dragon. They have also invited their friends to the St George's Day party.

The children worked hard all day on Friday, making the table decorations and the party food. Then, the tables were set, sandwiches made and finally the washing up was done! The children had a great time.

   

  

    

            

There will be more photographs on display in the classroom.

On Thursday, we are having an outside Stay and Play during Open Morning until 9.45am - weather permitting!

Please note, there is no Working Together activity this week, but please keep working on the reading and writing of key words, reading and knowing which letters make the digraphs and trigraphs.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

w/c 27/03/17

We have had a busy week to end this half term, the children have enjoyed some P.E. activities with year 6, been planting potatoes with some children from Pippins and finally enjoyed their first Easter "egg rolling".

We are glad that the Elmer activity was enjoyed - they looked great in class this week. There is no Working Together activity for the holidays but if you would like to record any trips or visits in the books that would be great, tickets, leaflets or pictures could be included too. Please return books by Wednesday 19th April. Please keep reading, working on the reading and writing of key words and on the targets that were given out on parents evening.

When we return, we will be celebrating St George's Day early, on Friday 21st April, when we will be having a traditional English tea party. The children will be making decorations and the food for the party. If the children would like to dress up please send some party clothes to change into.

We would like to say thank you for all the support shown this term and would like to wish you all a Happy Easter and hope you all have a good holiday.

      

 

        

 

See you all on Tuesday 18th April

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

w/c 20/03/17

The children have enjoyed going on an African safari this week, looking for all the different animals, counting them, thinking how to sort them, drawing them and writing lots of interesting facts too.

The class have successfully used their Elmer story map to help them in producing a longer, detailed piece of writing. They were very proud of their efforts. In number, we have been reinforcing doubling, halving and counting in 2s and 10s.

The Working Together activity this week is a fun activity to enjoy together, we would like the children to make their own Elmer. We have provided all the resources you need, and it is all self - adhesive, so no glues are needed. You just have to remember that you can't have 2 colours the same next to each other. If you would like to make any extras to go with Elmer, like a jungle scene or a friend, or even have a go at writing about Elmer or explaining what you did, that would be great too. Please record any comments in books and return by Wednesday 29th March.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

 

w/c 13/03/17

We would like to say a big thank you for the donations of compost, it is much appreciated. The children are enjoying watching the peas beginning to grow and guessing when they will see signs of the potatoes growing. We asked the children what else they would like to grow and suggestions included carrots, lettuces, strawberries and pineapples!

The class have also enjoyed looking at Elmer and African animals, we have had some great junk model animals made and some interesting animal facts

recorded.

We hope you enjoyed playing the addition and subtraction games, these can be kept to play with at home. The Working Together activity this week is to fill in an Elmer story sheet, we have been through it a few times together in class.

We have also included a brief outline of the Elmer story. We will use this sheet next week to help with writing a longer, more detailed piece of writing. Please return books by Wednesday 22nd March.

We are ending the week by celebrating St Patrick's Day and tasting some Irish foods.

Please keep working on the reading and writing of the key words, We will be assessing these soon and updating the fans before the holidays.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

w/c 06/03/17

The children have enjoyed travelling back through time to the Ice Age and their previous knowledge has helped them to understand more about this time and the animals that were around then. We finished this week by "Going on a Mammoth Hunt", ask your child to retell the story to you, complete with actions!

The class are excited to move on to their new theme of Africa and African animals. We will start by looking at the book, Elmer. If you have a favourite Elmer story or a toy Elmer please bring it in to share.

We had some great ideas for the "odd one out" activity last week, some we hadn't thought of. Thank you for discussing these with your child. For the next Working Together activity, we have put a number games sheet in the books, we hope you enjoying playing it. Please record any comments in books and return by Wednesday 15th March.

We have managed to take advantage of some nice afternoons and have started to think about growing different vegetables. We have already planted some potatoes and peas.

If any one is able to spare any compost we would be very grateful.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

w/c 27/02/17

On Monday, the children looked at healthy foods and the importance of a balanced diet, then at recycling and caring for our environment. Mrs Goacher was impressed by the children's knowledge of these topics. On Tuesday we found out some facts about Shrove Tuesday and enjoyed a pancake - shop bought unfortunately, but it was still delicious even if it wasn't home made!

Thank you to all the parents who came to the Stay and Play session and helped the class to celebrate St David's Day, some great daffodils were made.

          

                                                                    

                                         

 

We saw lots of great costumes for World Book Day on Thursday and the children enjoyed listening to the teachers reading their favourite stories to them.

     

                           

 

We have been thinking about our speaking and listening skills this week and answering questions or finding the "odd one out". For the Working Together activity, we are sending home an "odd one out" sheet. Please encourage your child to explain their answers using the word "because". There may also be more than one correct answer. For example, a yellow fish, a silver fork, a yellow star. Star could be the odd one out because it doesn't start with a "f" or fork could be the odd one out because it's not yellow. Please record the answers and return the books by Wednesday 8th March.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

w/c 20/02/17

Welcome back, and we hope you all had a good half term break.The children  have visited lots of different places and done lots of interesting things, and have enjoyed talking and writing about their week off.

Our new topics for this half term are The Age Ice, African animals and  celebrating Easter. For the Working Together book this week, we would like the children to find out some information about an Ice Age animal, please encourage your child to write their facts, but drawings, paintings or models would be good too. Please return books by Wednesday 1st March.

This date is also the next Open Morning and we will be having a craft and construction "Stay and Play" session until 9.45. As part of this session, you will be able to make some craft daffodils with your child, to help celebrate St David's Day.

Please note that we are both on a course on Monday 27th February and the children will be taught by Mrs Goacher.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

w/c 06/02/17

The children have enjoyed our dinosaur topic and are sad it is now coming to an end but they are looking forward to making dinosaur biscuits on Friday.

There is no Working Together activity this week but please encourage the children to write about any trips or visits that are made over the week off, please record in books and return them by Wednesday 22nd February.

We have updated the word fans and are pleased with how the children have been working hard on their writing of their key words, thank you for your support with this.Could you also work on counting from 10 - 20 both forwards and backwards as the children are finding this a little tricky still and check that the formation is correct too.

We hope you all have a good week off and see you again on Tuesday 21st February.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

w/c 30/01/17

We would like to say a big thank you to Mr and Mrs Wan who came into school on Monday to talk to the children about the Chinese New Year and very kindly bought in lots of objects to look at and some delicious Chinese food to try too. The children coped very well trying to eat their food with chopsticks!

    

 

     

 

We have also set up a Chinese restaurant in class which the children are enjoying, they take it in turns to be the chef, the waiter and the customer.

Phase 3 in Phonics has now been completed, and there will be no new phonemes to learn now, but we will be recapping this Phase so the children have a good understanding of all the digraphs and trigraphs and can apply them in their writing. For the Working Together activity this week we would like you to keep asking the children what 2 or 3 letters make each of the digraphs and trigraphs on their fans. We are also sending home a dinosaur phoneme spotter sheet which will  have lots of the phonemes to identify. Please record any comments in books and return by Wednesday 8th February.

We have been looking at time and reinforcing doubling, halving, number bonds to 10 and odd and even numbers. The children have also been measuring their feet against a dinosaur footprint and estimating how many of their footprints would equal the dinosaur footprint and then working it out practically.

If anyone is missing a vest, we had one left over from P.E. on Wednesday.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

w/c 23/01/17

This week we have been looking at doubling numbers, halving and odd and even numbers. The number lines we sent home last week can be kept and used to help reinforce these concepts. The children are also still working on Phase 3 in Phonics and trying hard writing their sentences.

Next week we are celebrating the Chinese New Year and for the Working Together activity this week, we would like the children to find out what year they were born in and what animal represents that year in the Chinese calendar. This animal can be shown by either a drawing, painting or model. Also, to help reinforce ordinal numbers, could you please ask the children questions such as which is 1st or 3rd in a line of objects or items on a shelf. Please return books by Monday 30th January, if possible but no later that Wednesday 1st February as we would like to use the information in our writing next week.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

w/c/ 16/01/17
The children enjoyed Open Morning this week and playing their Phonics games and activities with everyone.Thank you for sparing the time to stay, the children

look forward to these mornings and sharing their learning with you.

   

 

                          

 

We would also like to say a big thank you to Mr and Mrs Hardy who visited the children to talk about teeth, what foods are good for healthy teeth, how to care for teeth and about the job of a dentist. The children enjoyed the afternoon and we appreciate Mr and Mrs Hardy's visit and the gifts they gave the children.

     

For the Working Together activity this week, we are sending home a number line. We would like you to use this to help with number formation, knowing the order of numbers, forwards and backwards and one more than or less than a given number. We have also been looking at number bonds to 5 then 10 this week. Please work on seeing if the children can answer quick fire questions ie what number do we add to 4 to make 10. These number bonds do need to be known as it helps with the addition of larger numbers later. Please record how your child finds this and return books by Wednesday 25th January.

Please continue on hearing your child read and also the reading and then the writing of tricky words, progressing to writing the words in sentences.

 

PLEASE HELP - we have very kindly been given a very large wooden planter  for our garden and would very much appreciate any donations of bags of compost to help fill it, ready for spring so we can start growing potatoes and vegetables. Any compost would be suitable.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

w/c 09/01/17

The children are enjoying their dinosaur topic and thank you for all the models, drawings and facts that have been sent in. We hope to answer all the questions over the next few weeks. The Working Together activity this week is to play a phonics game. This will be in the children's books with instructions on how to play it. Please return by Wednesday 18th January.

Phase 3 is continuing in Phonics and we encouraging the children to write their sentences more independently now. We are also looking at number bonds, subtraction and numbers to 20.

We are having a Stay and Play session on Tuesday's Open Morning until 9.45am. There will be Phonic activities and games available and we can also answer any questions you have regarding Phonics or our cursive style of writing

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

w/c 02/01/17

Welcome back, we hope you all had a rest at Christmas and hope you have a good 2017.

The children have settled back to school well and are very excited about our new topic of dinosaurs and later on, we will be looking at teeth and celebrating the Chinese New Year. We are recapping Phonics and recapping number and number formation this week.

For the Working Together activity, we would like the children to make a list of things they would like to find out about dinosaurs or make a list of things they already know and would like to share with the class. Models, drawings or paintings would be great too. Please return books by Wednesday 11th January.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

w/c 12/12/16

The children have had a very busy week with all the Christingle rehearsals, they have enjoyed their first Christmas dinner, sat and listened well in the Christingle itself in Church on Thursday night and then danced lots in the disco.We still have our performance on Monday and the Pantomime to look forward to!

We would like to say how well the children have settled into school life and are now rising to the challenges we set. We would also like to say thank you to Mrs Clarke who very kindly helped the children make their Rangoli patterns and then helped with decorating their Christmas stockings. Thank you also for all the support you have given the children this term too, it is much appreciated.

We hope to see you all on Monday at 3.00pm and we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year - see you all on Wednesday 4th January 2017.

 

 

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

w/c 05/12/16

The children are enjoying learning the songs for the Christingle and are also working hard for our class presentation on Monday 19th at 3.00pm. 

We have been continuing with Phase 3 in Phonics, learning about The Nativity Story and looking at one more and one less than in number.

We have had some interesting people behind the Christmas door for the Working Together activity. There will be no new activities set now until the new term, but please continue to hear your child read and keep working on the reading and writing of key words, especially the Tricky camera words.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

w/c 28/11/16

We have had another busy week, we have enjoyed visits from a police officer and from Mary the village post lady. The children said that these visits helped them understand the jobs that these people do better by hearing about it first hand and not just by watching a film clip. We would like to say thank you to our visitors for sparing the time to come and see us, especially at this busy time of year. We had lots of interesting questions to ask Mary and found out she gets up at 4.00am but doesn't have a toilet in her van!

 

For the Working Together activity this week, we have glued a Christmas door picture in the books. We would like the children to draw who could be behind the door, to talk about it in detail and even have a go at writing about it too. Please return books by Wednesday 7th December.

We have started our end of term assessments so please continue to work on the reading and writing of key words, especially the Tricky Camera words as we would like to update both fans before the holidays.

Finally, the children would like to invite you to a Christmas presentation, on Monday 19th December at 3.00pm.

Thank you

 Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

w/c 21/11/16

We have started our new topic by asking the children what they would like to find out about fire fighters. We had lots of ideas, including finding out about the vehicles used, the uniforms and what the ladders are used for.

We have had some great designs for the fire engines sent in and the children have enjoyed making their models, painting them and then finally seeing if they matched their plan.

Next week, we are having a visit from Mary the village Post Lady, and hopefully a visit from a Police Officer soon too. For the next Working Together activity we would like you to think of some interesting questions to ask Mary. You may want to know how long it takes her to deliver all the post or what time she gets up in a morning.

Also, we have now finished looking at 3D shapes, so could you also be 3D shape detectives and make a record of shapes around the home (cube, cuboid, sphere, cone, cylinder and pyramid) and to think about the properties of these shapes. Cube and cuboid are often confusing for children. Please return books by Tuesday 29th November, in time for Mary's visit.

In Phonics, we have finished Phase 2 and have now started Phase 3. Please keep working on reading and writing of key words, especially the tricky words that can't be sounded out. We are also starting now to think about writing in sentences so please encourage your child to say a sentence with a key word in it, as this will help with writing the words in sentences.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

w/c 14/11/16

Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who came and supported our Stay and Play session on Monday. We hope you enjoyed it as much as the children did. We will send out details of the next one nearer the time.

     

 

                      

 

Next week, we are starting our topic, People Who Help Us, by looking at fire fighters.

For the next Working Together activity, we would like the children to draw a design to make a junk model fire engine and label it with what they would like to use, ie bottle tops for wheels or lolly sticks to make a ladder.The children are then going to use their design to help them make their model at school. As soon as books are returned, the children can start work, but please return books by Wednesday 23rd November.

Please keep hearing your child read and keep working on reading and writing of key words, especially on any new words that have been given.

We would still like lots of junk modelling items please.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

w/c 07/11/16

Thank you for all the nocturnal animal facts, we had some great models and drawings sent in too. For this week's Working Together activity we are sending home a sheet to help the children with their number formation. As this needs to be handed in on Wednesday 16th November, little bits can be done each day. Also, we have been working on one more than and the number after a given number, up to 10, so please ask your child these questions and see if they can give the correct answer.

Please note that on Wednesday and Thursday, we are out on courses and Mrs Old will be teaching the children. We hope to see lots of you on Monday for our Stay and Play morning.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

w/c 31/10/16

We hope you had a good half term and enjoyed the rest.

This half term the theme is Night and Day. We will be looking at Diwali, Bonfire Night, Nocturnal animals, fire fighters, the post office and finally Christmas.

This week, the children have enjoyed a visit from an artist and the Buddy workout. In phonics, we have been recapping the phonemes we've looked at so far and have started looking at 3D shapes in number.

For the Working Together activity this week, we would like you to find out any information about a nocturnal animal or bird.This can be recorded in different ways, by drawings, a list of facts or paintings or models could be made that can be talked about. Please return books by Wednesday 9th November.

On the next Open Morning (Monday 14th November), we would like to invite parents and/or grandparents to our first "Stay and Play" session until 9.45am.

We will have a variety of games and jigsaws available for you to use with the children.

Finally, we would be grateful if you could send in any items suitable for junk modelling please.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

w/c 17/10/16

We hope you enjoyed the apple scone last week, the children worked well in teams and enjoyed chopping the apples and making the scone mix.

     

 We had a great trip on Tuesday, the weather stayed fine and we saw lots of different animals and birds and enjoyed watching the wolves and the big cats being fed, an animal show and reptile handling. The children were very well behaved and thought the day was "awesome".

           

 

           

    

There will be more photographs on display in the classroom for the next open morning.

The children were great 2D shape detectives last week, thank you. There is no Working Together activity this week, but if you go anywhere or do anything exciting, you could record it in the book and include pictures, leaflets or tickets.

Please keep working on phonemes, key words and listening to your child read.

The children have enjoyed an exciting and busy half term and have adapted well to all the new routines and challenges, well done to everyone!

We hope you all enjoy half term and enjoy the break.

Thank you for all your support.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

w/c 10/10/16

In number, the children have been looking at 2D shapes - squares, circles, rectangles, triangles and semi-circles. For the Working Together activity this week, we would like the children to go on a 2D shape hunt for example, a clock face could be a circle, and to make a record of any shapes that they find and also to think about the properties of that shape ie a circle has one curved side and no corners. Please return books by Wednesday 19th October.

Your child will now have 2 word fans in their wallets, one with words that can be sounded out and one with Tricky words on. Please work on reading the words first and then writing them.

Please note that on Wednesday 19th October, we are both on a course that day and the class will be taught by Mrs Old.

The children enjoyed making bread last week and also enjoyed tasting the different breads from around the world - croissant was the favourite!

   

 

   

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

w/c 03/10/16

The children have enjoyed starting Phase 2 Phonics, please use the Phoneme fans to help with formation and recognition of new phonemes. The children have also been looking at numbers and 2D shapes.

We have had some great Autumn facts, lots of pictures, leaves and conkers have been brought in to share with the class too. For the Working Together activity this week, we have put a sheet in the books for the children to cut and glue in the correct order, to show how bread is made. Also, next week we will be tasting breads from around the world so could you see what other types of breads there are. These can be drawings or just make a list. Please return books by Wednesday 12th October. Glue and scissors can be borrowed from school if needed.

The children worked hard at learning their Harvest songs and sat and listened  well in Church, well done everyone! .

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

w/c 26/09/16

The children have now successfully completed Phase 1 in Phonics and so will start Phase 2 on Monday, the children are excited to start to learn to read and write.To help with this, the children will have a wallet to keep a phoneme fan in. Everyday (except Friday) a new phoneme (sound) will be put on it. All the phonemes have an action, the children will share  this with you. Please keep wallets in book bags so they can be kept updated.

The class have enjoyed looking at the story of The Three Little Pigs and next week we will start thinking about Autumn and Harvest time through the story of The Little Red Hen. For the Working Together activity this week, we would like the children to find some interesting facts about Autumn to share with the rest of the class. Paintings, drawings or models would be great too. Please return books by Wednesday 5th October.

The children helped to make cakes to sell for the Coffee Morning on Friday, this was great fun, especially as chocolate was involved!

            

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

 

w/c 19/09/16

The children had a great time at Tuxford Windmill on Tuesday. They enjoyed looking inside the windmill and learning how flour is made and also had a go at making rubbings of different materials. The drink and home - made biscuit were enjoyed too.Thank you to everyone who helped with transport, it was much appreciated.

    

There will be lots more pictures on display in the classroom on the next open morning.

Please continue to look at your child's book and talk about the pictures, 4 home reads in 1 week = 1 PIP. We had some great singing of nursery rhymes this week, thank you for helping with this.

For the Working Together activity this week, we would like the children to re-tell the story of the Three Little Pigs to someone at home, please record in the book if they have used a big bad wolf or a little pig voice and if they have remembered which materials were used to make the houses. Also, we have talked about the difference between fiction (made up) and non-fiction (information) books. Have a look at any books at home and discuss with your child which one it is and why.

Please return books by Wednesday 28th September.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

 

w/c 12/09/16

The children have enjoyed another super week and have enjoyed being outside using the outside construction, role playing the Three Little Pigs Story and the outdoor kitchen. We have also been busy learning songs for the Harvest Festival.

Thank you for all the offers of help with transport on Tuesday.The children are very excited about their trip. Also, thank you for returning the "All About Me" booklets. For the next activity, we would like you to encourage the children to sing lots of different Nursery Rhymes to you and then to chose their favourite one to sing to the rest of the class next week. Please record which ones they know and enjoy and if they can say why they like them. Please return books by Wednesday 21st September.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

w/c 05/09/16

The children have settled well into school life, coping well with the long days and with new routines. Well done everyone!

For the weekend, we are sending home an "All About Me" booklet that we would like you to complete and return by Wednesday14th September please. The children will also have 2 reading books. Please look through together and encourage your child to talk about what is happening in the pictures. A PIP will be given on Fridays for 4 home reads, these can be of anything, such as library books, your own books or comics. Please record your comments in the Diary.

Next week we will be concentrating on Speaking and Listening skills by looking at Nursery Rhymes and the story of The Three Little Pigs. We are also starting Phase 1 in Phonics and looking at patterns and shape space and measure in Number. Please remember that on Monday morning, the children will be lining up with the rest of the school. The library van will be visiting us on Tuesday, please bring your library cards in if you already have one.

Please note that on Tuesday 20th September, we are visiting Tuxford Windmill for the morning and we would ask you to drop off the children there at 9.00am.

We would be grateful for offers of transport back to school, leaving at 11.00am

Please let us know if you could help or would like transport for your child.

      

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

w/c 18/07/16

The children enjoyed the concerts this week, thank you for some great monkey costumes. They sat and sang very well. They did make great cheeky monkeys!

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It doesn't seem two minutes ago that the children were starting school with us in September, the time has flown by.  It has been lovely to see how the children have grown and developed over the past months.  We would like to say a thank you for all the support you have given us and your children and also to say a big thank you to the children for being a super class. 

We hope you all have a lovely summer holiday and wish the children good luck in year 1 - we will miss you!

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

 

w/c 11/07/16

The children worked hard on Monday making the scones, biscuits and sandwiches for our Afternoon Tea party, thank you to all the parents who came.

We have collected in all the reading books, diaries and wallets, please return any books you may still have at home. All library books need to be returned on Tuesday, no new books will be issued.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

w/c 04/07/16

The children enjoyed their morning with their new teachers on Wednesday. Mrs Little and Mrs Lees have sent home a summer holiday activity. They would like the children to complete a holiday learning journal. This is to share their summer experiences with their classmates. Please include any photographs, tickets, receipts, written account or anything else you can think of. The children will then have the chance to share their journals with their peers in one to one, small group and whole class discussions. This will create a perfect learning context for children to develop their speaking and listening skills. Mrs Little and Mrs Lees hope you all have a fantastic summer holiday and are looking forward to seeing what you all got up to in your learning journals.

We hope to see lots of you on Monday afternoon at 2.30.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

 

w/c 27/06/16

The children are enjoying their singing for the concert and with the rehearsals for it. There will be no more Working Together activities now, but please keep hearing your child read and keep working on key words. The children enjoyed watching Pippins sports day and cheered on all their friends.

On Wednesday 6th July, the children are looking forward to spending the morning in their new classroom and working with their new teachers.

Don't forget our Afternoon Tea party on the 11th July at 2.30 and then the opportunity to meet your child's new teachers. Please let us know if you can attend as we need to know how many to cater for.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

w/c 20/06/16

The children had a great trip on Tuesday, they enjoyed all the activities and were very well behaved. Our guide for the day was Simon, who we met at Brackenhurst in February, so it was nice to see him again. Thank you to all the parents who helped with transport.

                                                           

 

There will be more photos on display in the classroom.

Thank you for all the minibeast facts, models and drawings, it has made a lovely classroom display.

The children are now expected to write in sentences and will need to know all the letters of the alphabet as capital letters. For the working together activity this week, there is a sheet, in book bags, to fill in to help with this.  Please write the capital letter for each of the lower case letters of the alphabet. Please return by Wednesday 29th June.

 

The children, Mrs Jubb and myself are very grateful for all the offers of help we have had this year, the help with resources and activities, the support with our stay and play sessions and with transport, gardening and painting. So, on Monday 11th July at 2.30, we would like to invite all parents to have afternoon tea with us, as a thank you. Then at 3.10, the children will take you to meet their new teachers, Mrs Little and Mrs Lees, and to see their new classroom. Please let us know if you are able to attend.

 

Please note, Mrs Jubb and myself are on a course on Thursday 30th and Mrs Goacher will be teaching the class.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

w/c 13/06/16

Thank you for all the offers of transport for our trip on Tuesday, the children are looking forward to finding lots of different minibeasts and hopefully we will have some good weather too. It is open morning on Tuesday and there will be time to look around and visit other class rooms before we leave.

For the Working Together book this week, we would like the children to choose a minibeast and to write some facts about it and paint, draw or make a model of it too. Please return books by Wednesday 22nd June.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

 

 

w/c  06/06/16

We hope you all had a good half term and enjoyed the good weather at last! We had a great day celebrating the Queen's birthday and the children looked great in their costumes. We were very lucky with the weather as we could eat our picnic dinner outside.

        

            

There is no Working Together activity this week, but please keep hearing your child read and work on key words. We will add this weeks reading pips to next weeks.

The children have coped very well with the dinner time rota this week, with no one being late for their meal.

Please note, Mrs Jubb and myself are not in school on Tuesday and Thursday next week and Mrs Goacher will be teaching the class.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

w/c 23/05/16

Last Friday, we had a visit from the Fire Service and the children enjoyed looking around a fire engine. They remembered a lot from when we covered this topic in the Autumn term.

          

This week, we have spent some time getting to know the year 1 children, in readiness for being together in the same class in September. Everybody got along well and enjoyed making new friends.

There is no set Working Together activity for half term, but please work on key words, reading and record any exciting or interesting places or visits you go on over the holidays. Please return books by Wednesday 8th June.

Please note, when we return the children will now be in the lunch time rota, for both dinners and sandwiches, this is so the children are use to this system before September.

Also, the children are going to be monkeys in our end of year production and they will need to wear something brown for their costume, their black PE plimsolls but head dresses won't be needed.

We hope you enjoy half term.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

w/c 16/05/16

The children have worked hard this week writing some of the Jack and the Beanstalk story. They have also enjoyed making and eating beans on toast. They concentrated on using the words first, next, then and finally when explaining how to make it.

For the Working Together activity we have put some number sheets in books, there are 2 dot to dot activity sheets that reinforce counting in 2s and 10s, and a sheet to identify odd and even numbers. You can also find things at home and ask the children to count them in 2s and 10s eg, when setting the table, how many knives and forks are needed for everybody or grouping items in 10s and then counting them. Please return books by Wednesday 25th May.

Thank you for the offers of transport for our trip, the letters have now gone out and we have been able to reduce the cost of it as we now don't need to book a coach.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

w/c 09/05/16

We had a lovely walk on Monday to visit Sooty and Sweep, Henry's new born lambs, thank you once again to Henry's Mum and Dad for welcoming us.

  

The children have been busy gardening, when the weather allows, weeding and planting flowers and lettuce plants. We hope your beans have started to grow and will soon reach the Giant's castle.

For this weeks Working Together activity, we are sending home a sheet for the children to fill in, in sentences please, about the Jack and the Beanstalk story. This activity will help the children next week when we are going to re-tell the story. Please return books by Wednesday 18th May.

The children are coping well with counting in 2s and 10s now and next week we will be reinforcing counting in 5s and working on capacity.

Please continue to hear your child read and work on the reading and writing of key words.

On June 21st, we are going on a trip to Perlethorpe, if any parents are able to help with transport, could you please let us know by the end of next week.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

w/c 02/05/16

The children had a great time when we visited Tesco on Tuesday. We had a guided tour around the warehouse and then the shop floor. We completed a rainbow quiz, looking for fruit and vegetables of different colours, we didn't manage to find any blue vegetables though! We then tasted lots of different fruits, cheeses and breads.

           

      

 

We have had some great musical instruments sent in, thank you. We're sure Jack's mother will know the giant's coming now! For the Working Together activity this week, we are sending home another growing activity. This time, we have explained to the children what they are to do and they are going to tell you. The children still do the activity but please record how well they have explained it to you. Also, see if they can tell you what plants and seeds need to grow well.

Please return books by Wednesday 11th May.

On Monday morning, we are going to have a quick visit to see Henry's new born lambs, thank you to Henry's mum and dad for letting us visit. 

Please continue to hear your child read, 4 home reads of anything, library books, home books, comics = 1 PIP. Also, we hope to update fans before half term, so please keep working on key words.

Thank you to the parents who have helped with painting and gardening, the outside area is starting to look a lot better. We would appreciate it if anyone has any half bags of compost or gravel that are going spare as we need to update and improve the garden area too.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

w/c 25/04/16

We were very lucky with the weather for our outside Stay and Play, thank you to everyone who

stayed, the children enjoyed cooking, using the large construction equipment, and they made some great models and structures.

       

       

     

                                      

 

For the Working Together activity this week, we would like you to make a musical instrument that Jack would use to warn his mother the Giant is coming down the beanstalk. Also, to write how to play the instrument or how you have made it. Please return books and instruments by Wednesday 4th May.

In number we have been counting in 2s and 10s and next week we will be looking at counting in 5s. We have been recapping Phase 3 in Phonics and using what we know in our writing.

Thank you for the offers of help with the outside area, hopefully the weather will start improving now.

The children are looking forward to the Tesco trip on Tuesday and we hope you enjoy the long weekend.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

w/c 18/04/16

We hope you all had a good holiday and welcome you back to school, for what will be a very busy but exciting term.

We started this week by looking at the story of St George and then celebrating the Queen's Birthday. Our traditional English tea party to celebrate St George's Day, was very enjoyable and the children looked very smart. The children were busy all day making scones, cakes and sandwiches, making flags and roses, setting the table and then finally washing up their pots.

 

     

 

   

 

    

 

This week, we have also started our growing topic and have planted cress and bean seeds in various ways to see what seeds need to grow well. The Working Together activity is to sequence a cress growing sheet and we have sent home everything you need to grow your own cress too.

The sheets can be coloured in and if you would like write some labels or sentences to go with it too, that would be great. Please return books by Wednesday 27th.

 

On Thursday we our having our last Stay and Play session and we hope to be outside, using our large construction equipment and our new outdoor kitchen area - weather permitting!

Please continue to work on the reading and writing of keywords and listening to your child read. P.E. will still be on a Thursday.

Please help - we are trying to tidy and paint the outside area as it beginning to look a little tired now, we have made a start but any offers of help, even if you could spare half an hour, would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

w/c 28/03/16

We hope you all had a lovely weekend and had lots of Easter eggs. We finished the end of term assessments this week and are pleased with how every one is improving, thank you all your help.

We have updated all the word fans and in the Working Together book we have put some number sheets, these are the numbers that the children still find tricky to form correctly. Also, if you do or go anywhere exciting or interesting in the holidays, could the children draw a picture and write a sentence to go with it please. You could also include a train or entry ticket,  leaflet, or postcard etc. Please return books by Wednesday 20th April.

This week we helped some children from Pippins to plant potatoes before planting some of our own in our garden. We are looking forward to watching them grow over the coming weeks.

 

                                                     

On Friday 22nd April, we will be celebrating St George's Day a day early by having a traditional

English afternoon tea party. The children will be making decorations and also helping to make a few scones, cakes and sandwiches. If the children want to dress up please send some party clothes to change into.

We hope you all have a good rest and enjoy the holidays.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb 

  

 

w/c 21/03/16

We have nearly finished the end of term assessments and so the High Frequency word fans will be updated next week. There will be no Working Together activity this week. We hope you enjoy the long weekend and hope you all have a happy Easter.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

w/c 14/03/16

Thank you for all the jungle animal work that has been sent in. We have had some lovely models, paintings, drawings and lots of interesting facts too. Here are a few examples of the children's work.

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           a jungle model.                            a green crocodile                          a parrot painting

 

                           

                                                 Models of elephants, a parrot and monkeys

 

For the next Working Together activity, we would like the children to use their Phonic knowledge to work out real and made up words - there is a sheet already in the books. Also, to work on counting back from 20 as the children have found this a bit tricky this week. Please record this in books too and return them by Wednesday 23rd March.

The children have enjoyed going on a "safari" this week and recording any animals they found. This has led to work on addition and problem solving. The children are also working hard in Phonics especially with writing the Tricky words.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

w/c 29/02/16

On Tuesday, the children enjoyed celebrating St David's day by making leek and potato soup, drawing daffodils and making a Mother's Day gift.

Thank you to all the parents who spared some time to enjoy our stay and play session on Wednesday, we hope you enjoyed all the various construction and craft activities as much as the children did.

               

 

         

 

    

 

Our work on ice age animals and teeth has now finished and next week the supply teacher will be starting our work on jungle animals by looking at Elmer. For the next Working Together activity, we would like the children to choose at least one jungle animal and write some information about it and either draw, paint or make a model of it. Please return books by Wednesday 16th March. Also, please keep working on the reading and writing of key words as before the end of term we will be assessing these and updating the fans for the holidays.

Please note, the website will not be updated next week.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

w/c 22/02/16

We hope you have all had a lovely break and welcome back to another busy half term. This week we have started looking at ice age animals, teeth and dentists, then we will be thinking about jungle animals and finishing this term by celebrating Easter.

We would like to welcome Florence and Lilly to our class, all the children have enjoyed making new friends and showing the girls around and the classroom routines, this has helped the girls settle in quickly. Thank you everyone for being so kind and thoughtful.

We would  like to say a big thank you to Mr and Mrs Hardy who visited the class on Wednesday to talk about how to clean teeth, what foods are good for healthy teeth and what a dentist does. They very kindly gave the children lots of gifts too. The children enjoyed the afternoon and we appreciated Mr and Mrs Hardy's visit.

 

 

On Wednesday, during Open Morning, we will be having a craft and construction Stay and Play session until 9.45. We look forward to seeing you then.

In Phonics, we have started recapping Phase 3 digraphs and trigraphs and in number we have been looking at time and o'clock. For the Working Together activity this week, could you please work on the following, the days of the week (names and the order) how many months are in a year, how many seasons we have and their names and how many hours in a day and minutes in an hour. Please record in books and return them by Wednesday  2nd March.

 

Please note - the week beginning 7th March, I will not be at school all week as I am going on Class 3's residential visit and then on courses. A supply teacher will be teaching the class along with Mrs Jubb (except Thursday, when she is on a course too).

 

Thank you for your continuing support.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

w/c 8/02/16

We have had a very busy week to end this half term. We would like to say a big thank you to Mr and Mrs Wan who came into school to talk to the class about The Chinese New Year festival and very kindly brought in lots of delicious Chinese food to try. The children coped well  trying to eat their food with chopsticks.

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We would also like to say a big thank you to all the parents who helped with transport with our trip. It is much appreciated and helped to cut the cost of it by over half the original price. The children enjoyed various craft activities in the morning and had a great time outside in the afternoon. We finished the day with all the children involved in a dragon dance. 

    There will be lots more pictures from both days on display in the classroom when we get back.

 

There will be no Working Together activity but we would appreciate it if you could keep working on the reading and writing of key words,  knowing which letters make up the new digraphs and trigraphs, working on number formation with numbers to 20 and reading.

Enjoy the week off and we will see you all on the 22nd February.

Thank you for your continuing support.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

w/c 01/02/16

The children have really enjoyed our dinosaur topic and are sad it is now ending but they enjoyed making dinosaur shaped biscuits to-day (Friday).

Next week, we will be celebrating the Chinese New Year. We will be looking at China, learning about this festival and finishing this topic with our trip on Friday. In number we will be looking at ordinal numbers ie. 1st, 2nd, 3rd and starting to look at money.  We will also be thinking about Shrove Tuesday.

For the Working Together activity this week, we would like the children to find out which year they were born and which animal represents that year in the Chinese calendar. This animal can be shown by either a drawing, a painting or a model. Also, to practise ordinal numbers, asking questions, such as which is 1st or 3rd etc. in a line of objects or items on a shelf for instance. Please return books by Wednesday 10th or earlier if possible please.

Please keep reading and working on reading and writing of key words. We hope to update key words for half term.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

w/c  25/01/16

Thank you to all the parents who came to our Stay and Play session on Tuesday, the children do enjoy these mornings, as we hope you do too. A good website for fun phonic activities is Phonics Play.co.uk.

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In the wallets we have placed log in details to Mathletics, another good website which helps reinforce mathematical concepts.

In number this week we have been looking at number bonds to 10, two numbers that are added together to make 10  ie. 2 and 8, 7 and 3. In the Working Together book this week, there is a number bond sheet to complete. Then see if the children can answer quick fire questions ie what number do we need to add to 4 to make 10? These number bonds do need to be known straight away, as it helps with the addition of larger numbers. Please return books by Wednesday 3rd February.

Please keep working on the reading and writing of the key words and writing them in sentences as we would like to update fans for half term. Also, please aim for 4 home reads in a week for a P.I.P. on Friday. These reads can be school books, home books, library books, comics or key words.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

w/c 18/01/16

On Tuesday the children had an opportunity to take part in a drumming session. This was linked to our dinosaur theme and the children made the drums sound like how the different dinosaurs would have moved. It was great fun but very loud!

 

We have put 2 sheets in the Working Together book this week. These are linked to the "oo" digraph that we have looked at this week. It has 2 sounds and can be confusing so this activity will help your child to understand the two different sounds it can make. Then, please choose some of the words and some of the key words to write in some sentences, ie The moon is big.

He has a red book. Please return books by Wednesday 27th.

On Tuesday 26th we are having another stay and play session, until 9.45. We will have a variety of phonic games available. Also, if anyone would like our cursive style of writing explained in detail, we will be able to help with any questions about that or with phonics.

Thank you for all the offers of help with transport for our trip. It has cut the cost of the trip in half, so it is much appreciated.

Please try and aim for 4 reads in a week for a P.I.P.  

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

 

w/c 11/01/16

The children enjoyed thinking about recycling and healthy foods on Tuesday and Mrs Woodward, was very impressed with the children's knowledge on these subjects. We have now started our dinosaur topic and the children are very keen and eager to bring in dinosaur related items, thank you and please feel free to keep sending these things in to school to share with the class.

In the Working Together books this week, you will find a number ladder to 10. We would like you to use this to keep working on knowing the order of numbers, forwards and backwards, one more than or less than a given number, doubling and halving of even numbers.  Please record how you have found these activities and return books by Wednesday 20th January. Please keep working on the reading and writing of key words.

We have had some offers of transport for our trip and if anyone else could help, please let Mrs Whelan or one of us know, thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

w/c  04/01/16

Happy New Year!  We hope you all had a good Christmas and have a Happy 2016. The children have settled back really well and are excited to see their friends again, the changes in the room and by our new topics.

We will start next week by looking briefly at recycling and healthy eating, these topics will be re-visited in the Summer term. Then, we move on to looking at dinosaurs, finishing this half term by celebrating the Chinese New Year.

We have started thinking about dinosaurs by asking the children what they know about them and what they would like to find out. The Working Together activity is linked to this and it is to find out what  the word "dinosaur" means and to write or draw a few dinosaur facts.  Please return books by Wednesday 13th January.

Phase 3 phonics will continue with more emphasis this term on writing, so please keep working on reading and writing the key words, as this will help. In number, we have introduced doubling numbers, then we move on to halving, revising addition and introducing subtraction.

Please note - on Tuesday 12th January, we are on a course so the children will be taught by Mrs Woodward.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

 

w/c 14/12/15

We have had a very busy week to end the children's first term of school, with the Christingle, Christmas dinner, the disco and our Christmas party - which included a visit from Santa.

Over the holidays please keep reading with your child and working on reading and writing of key words, these can then be put into sentences either verbally or in writing. Also, please keep working on number formation, including numbers up to 20.

We would like to thank you for supporting your child, and us this term, and to thank the children for being a great class. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thank you.

See you all in 2016!

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

w/c 7/12/15

This week we had a visit from the Dog's Trust. Sarah bought her dog Lyra into class and  talked to the children about being safe around dogs. The children listened well and they all enjoyed stoking Lyra.

 

Some of Pippins staff and children came and joined the class to listen to Mrs Johnson telling us all about the Nativity Story. Some of the children acted out the characters and everyone enjoyed the session.

 

The end of term assessments have now been completed and the Phoneme and word fans will be updated and returned next week.

Please note - the children are to be picked up at the Church on Monday afternoon, (after school club children will be walked back), we are not at the Church on Tuesday but the children need to be dropped off there on Wednesday morning instead.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

w/c 30/11/15

 We started the week with the trip to the panto and all the children had a great time. We are now underway with all our Christmas activities and with learning all the songs for the Christingle. Please see the letter in book bags this week regarding arrangements for the last week of term and costumes.

Mary visited on Tuesday and answered all the children's questions, we now know how many times she's been bitten by a dog (3) and what happens if she needs to go to the toilet!

Thank you to Mary for sparing the time to talk to us during a busy time of the year for her. We are hoping she will post our letters to Father Christmas for us.

There will be no Working Together activities now, but please continue to hear your child read their school book and to continue to help with reading and writing the fan words.

We hope you enjoyed the Christmas Fayre and managed to see our special visitor!

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

 

w/c 23/11/15

The children have enjoyed making their fire engine models this week and a picture of each child and model has been included in their Working Together books.

Next week we start the countdown to Christmas by looking at the story of "The Jolly Christmas Postman" and at post offices. Mary the local Postwoman is coming into school on Tuesday to talk to the children about her job. The Working Together activity this week is to think of some interesting questions to ask Mary ie. how long does it take for her to deliver all the letters in East Markham? Please return books by Tuesday 1st December. Please continue to work on the reading and writing of the fan words.

Thank you to everyone who came to the Phonics talk. If you have any questions about Phonics, please feel free to ask at anytime. We have sent home a Phase 2 and part of a Phase 3 phoneme sheet to help with recognition and formation. There are only a few phonemes left to learn this year, but the Phoneme fans may not be updated everyday now, due to all the different things happening in the next few weeks.

Don't forget sweets and drinks for the panto on Monday!

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

 

w/c 16/11/15

Thank you for all the junk modelling items that have been sent in. We will be using these next week to junk model fire engines. In the Working Together book this week, could you please draw a design for your fire engine and label it with what you would like to use, ie bottle tops for wheels or lolly sticks to make a ladder. The children can then use their design to help make their model. As soon as books are returned, the children can start work, but please return books by Wednesday 25th.

Between now and the end of term the children will be individually assessed on the words on both fan sets and then they will be updated for the holidays. Please continue to work on both the reading and writing of the words.

A letter has now been sent out inviting parents to a Phonics meeting on Thursday (26th) this will be in Mrs Chase's room (year 1/2). We hope you are able to attend.

We would like to say a big thank you to Mr and Mrs Hobart for very kindly donating wooden assembly kits for all the children. These will be used to make a Christmas surprise.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

w/c 9/11/15

Thank you to all the parents who came to the "stay and play" session. The children really enjoyed this and we hope you did too! We hope to arrange another session next year.

We have now finished Phase 2 in Phonics and will be starting Phase 3 on Monday. We still have new Phonemes to learn but now we are concentrating more on the writing of words and then starting to write in sentences.

On Thursday 26th November, we are having a Phonics information session at 3.45pm - further details will be sent out later.

We have also finished looking at 3D shapes in Number and so the "Working Together" activity this week is to be shape detectives again but this time to look for any 3D shapes at home or outside. We looked at cube, cuboid, cone, cylinder, sphere and pyramid. Please return books by Wednesday 18th November.

We are still waiting for the Mathletics log in details and we are still after any junk model materials too please.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

w/c  2/11/15

We hope you had a good half term and enjoyed the rest.

This half term the theme is Night and Day and we will be covering Bonfire Night, Nocturnal animals, Diwali, fire fighters, the post office and finally Christmas.

Thank you for supporting your child with learning their phonemes and fan words - it really does make a difference. We have given the children a new set of tricky words to learn, no, go, so, do and oh.

Reception children now have Purple Mash log in details but haven't yet been given a Mathletics

log in number, due to a computer problem. We will give you this as soon as we can.

 

For the Working Together Activity this week, could you please find out any information about a nocturnal animal. This can be recorded in lots of different ways, by drawings, a list of facts, sentences, a painting or a model. Please return books by Wednesday 11th November.

Please send in any items suitable for junk modelling.

 

We look forward to seeing you on Monday for our "Stay and Play" session.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

 

w/c 19/10/15

The children have had an exciting and busy first half term and have coped very well with the routines and challenges they have faced. Well done to everyone!

 

We have added a new set of words on one set of the fans - the tricky word one will be updated after half term. Please practise recognising the phoneme, reading the words and if you can, to write them too. This can be done in lots of fun ways, i.e. in sand, in crayon, chalk, in the bath. Playing games like I-spy can help with recognising phonemes, this is the Working Together activity over half term. Please continue reading too.

 

In the wallets, you will find login details for The Purple Mash website, this is a fun and exciting site for children to explore and enhance their learning. 

 

 On the next open morning (Monday 9th November), the children would like to invite parents and grandparents to a "stay and play" session until 10.30 to play board games or to do jigsaws with them. We hope you can help. Also could you please send in any items suitable for junk modelling please. Thank you.

 

We had a super trip to-day, the children were well behaved and interested in all the animals and birds. They enjoyed watching the wolves being fed, the lemurs jumping, watched a bird show and even held a snake and a lizard.

 

 

Finally, we would like to thank you for all your help this half term in settling the children into school and supporting the children in their activities. We hope you all have a lovely half term.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

w/c  12/10/15

The children enjoyed their first Harvest Festival on Monday and sat and sang well. Work is continuing well in both phonics and number - thank you for your support with this at home.

The children made apple scone to-day and are excited to eat this at tea-time.

 

The last day of half term is a non-uniform day but as we are on our trip, we will have our non-uniform day on Thursday and wear uniform for the trip. (We give 50p to charity for this). If your child is having a packed lunch provided by school for the trip, please remember drinks are not supplied.

Next week we will be tasting different breads from around the world and so for the Working Together Activity, could you please draw or write a list of the different breads that this could include ie. French stick, pitta bread, or you could draw or write a list of the different things that could be made from flour other than bread. Please return books by Wednesday 21st.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

w/c 5/10/15

The children enjoyed their apple activities with Mrs Goacher this week, especially the apple tasting and have been busy learning all the Harvest songs for Monday's Harvest Festival.

 

Phase 2 Phonics has continued this week with more phonemes added to the fans. In the wallets today you will find the two word fans. To start with, please practise reading the words. The Tricky words (I the said to into)  just have to be remembered but the other set of words can be sounded out as those words are made up of phonemes we have already covered (except o which will we look at next week).

 

In numeracy we have started to look at the 2D shapes circles, semi-circles and triangles. Next week we will look at squares and rectangles. To help with this, this weeks Working Together Activity is for the children to be" shape detectives "and to look around their home/outside for any 2D shapes. Please record by either writing or drawing pictures in the books. Please return books by Wednesday 14th October.

 

Thank you for your support

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

 

 

 

w/c 28/09/15

The weather has been good this week and so the children have enjoyed being outside alot  especially using the Bakery role play and the activities in the outside classroom.

 

Phase 2 Phonics has started well and the children were excited when they started to blend sounds back together to read simple words. To help with this, next week we will be sending home 2 word fans. One fan will have words that can be sounded out. The other fan will have words that can't be sounded out, these are called "tricky camera words" and just have to be remembered. Please keep the fans in the wallets and bring to school everyday. If these are practised at home, they can be counted as one of the four home reads. 

We have sent home reading books with words in this week, please continue to talk about what

is happening and why. This is important to help with the understanding of what is read.

 

The working together activity is to cut out the "bread" sheet ( in books) and to stick them in the books in the correct order to make sense, they can then be coloured in. Please encourage your child to talk about each picture too.

We used the flour we got from Tuxford Windmill to-day to make bread. All the children were involved and enjoyed making a roll for tea. They did look delicious!

 

On Tuesday and Wednesday next week, Mrs Goacher will be teaching the class, she has taught the class before and has lots of interesting apple activities planned.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb.

 

 

 

w/c 21/09/15

Thank you to all the parents who helped transport the children to and from Tuxford Windmill on Monday. We had a great time - even if it did rain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the children have successfully completed phase 1 in phonics and are excited to start phase 2 on Monday and to begin to start to learn to read. To help with this, the children will have a wallet to keep a phoneme fan in. Every day (except Fridays) a new phoneme ( letter sound) will be put on it. These can be used to play games with like finding things starting with that phoneme and can help with letter formation. All the phonemes have an action, which the children will share  with you too. Please send the wallets in everyday so they can be kept updated.

In the Working Together books this week you will find a set of pencil control sheets to be completed. Please talk about straight or curved lines as this will help when we look at number and letter formation. Also, we will be looking at Autumn and Harvest time through the story of The Little Red Hen and we would like the children to find an intresting fact about Autumn to share with the rest of the class.

Thank you.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

w/c 14/09/15

The children are very excited about their trip to the Windmill on Monday. If you are transporting children back to school, we are leaving there at 11.00am so the Windmill can open up as normal. It may be a good idea for the girls to wear trousers or tights as there will be some climbing up and down stairs in the windmill. The children looking around the windmill will be in a small group with 3 adults. We are all looking forward to home made biscuits and a drink too!

 

Please remember 4 home reads of anything will mean a PIP on Fridays.

In bookbags, you will find a "working together" book. This is for recording any information in when activities are set. As we have been looking at nursesry rhymes and rhyming words, can you ask your child to sing some to you and then see if they can tell you which words rhyme? Also, to practice a nursery rhyme to sing to the rest of the class next week.

Please return books by Wednesday 23rd.

Thank you

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

 

 

 

 

w/c  07/09/15

The children have enjoyed another super week at school. Thank you for returning the "All About Me" booklets, the drawings and photograghs were great. On Tuesday, the Library Van will be coming to school and new library cards should be issued then. 

P.E kits will be needed on Fridays. 

Our trip to Tuxford Windmill is on Monday 21st September, thank you for offers of transport back to school. 

All the children have choosen 2 reading books. Please look through the books together and encourage your child to talk about what is happening in the pictures and to say whether they like the books or not and to explain their answers.

A PIP will be given on Fridays for 4 home reads, these reads can be of anything ie library books, your own books or comics. Please record any comments in the Reading Diary.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

4/9/15

We have been very impressed with how quickly and easily all the children have settled into school, coping well with classroom routines and dinnertime. Well done everyone!

In book bags you will find an "All About Me" booklet which we would like you to complete and return to school by Wednesday 9th September please.

 Next week we will be concentrating on speaking and listening skills by looking at Nursery Rhymes and the story of The Three Little Pigs. For the next 3 weeks we will be working on Phase 1 in Phonics and looking at patterns, shape, space and measure in Number. 

Next week the children will be lining up with the rest of the school in the morning, a member of staff will be on duty, but we will be outside too.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Stacey and Mrs Jubb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

w/c 6th July 2015

 

Thank you to everyone that came to our production and sports day, the children were fantastic and worked so hard!!

 

This week we have been busy hunting for minibeasts and making tally charts of how many we have found. We then used our tallies to make a block graph and talked about the different amounts. We also read a story called ‘the bad tempered ladybird’ and thought of different adventures for all the different minibeasts, everyone made fantastic story maps. On Wednesday it was our transition day and we had a great time in Class 2.

 

Homework this week is to make a minibeast fact sheet, I have sent a template home. When I have all the factsheets I will put them together and make a book to have in the class.

 

Don’t forget that it is our trip on Monday and the summer fair on Friday!

 

Miss Thackray

 

W/c 22/6/2015

 

First of all I am sorry that there wasn’t any homework uploaded last week; our school network was down due to the ongoing building work. We are really busy at school at the moment, practising for the performance and sports day! We have all got a mini beast workbook that we can do whenever we are in the classroom; it has lots of maths, literacy and creative things to keep us busy. Because we are so busy and working hard we have decided to have a treat day next Thursday, 18 June 2015, we voted on having a cinema day (Miss Thackray will provide popcorn etc., just bring a teddy to watch the film with you).

 

There will be no set homework for the next couple of weeks as I think the children will need time to rest after school, but I have sent some handwriting sheets that don’t have to be handed in if you want something to do!

 

Miss Thackray

 

W/C 8th June 2015

 

This week we have been watching clips from ‘Honey I shrunk the kids’ and coming up with our own stories and adventures imagining we have shrunk and are stuck in the garden! We then used the iPad to take photos of ourselves and make short films of our tiny adventures.

 

On Tuesday the ‘Life Education’ van came and we met a giraffe called Harold, we spoke about what different parts of our body are for and how to be healthy. Harold was feeling sad so we came up with lots of lovely suggestions to help him feel happy.

 

In maths we have been looking at partitioning numbers and the value of numbers using cubes, we have also we practising writing numbers in order to 20. We are getting really good at number bonds to 10 so we have been playing a game where someone shouts out a number and we have to shout out the number you need to add to it to make 10 (e.g. Miss T shouts 4 and we shout 6).

 

Next week we will be reading ‘The very hungry caterpillar’ and writing about what he does on each day of the week, so for homework I would like you to try writing a diary of what you do each day e.g. Monday – school, swimming Tuesday – school, rainbows,  you can write sentences, key words or draw pictures.

 

Thank you for all of the fantastic designs for sock puppets, we will be making them next week.

Miss Thackray

 

 

W/C 2nd June (inset day 1st June)

 

We have had a lovely time in class 1 this week. In literacy we have been writing sentences about our favourite part of the book ‘The Giant Sandwich’ and in maths we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes and playing guessing games! On Wednesday we went to Tesco and had a fantastic time, a lady called Kathy showed us around the store and we got to make our own rolls, and we talked about how flour is made and all of the ingredients you need to make bread. We then walked around the supermarket and had a look at the fish and all of the different food. Finally, we got to taste lots of different cheeses, fruit and vegetables. For the rest of the week we wrote about our favourite part of the trip and made a thank you card.

 

For homework over half term I would like you to design a mini beast sock puppet and draw it in your homework books and then collect all of the things you will need to make it (and we will make it at school when we get back).

 

Have a lovely half term!!

 

Miss Thackray

 

Trying our hats on Making rolls Looking at the fish Tasting bread

 

w/c 18th May 2015

 

In class one this week we have been working really hard, on Monday we made jam sandwiches which everyone really enjoyed eating for snack. For the rest of the week we have been ordering pictures for instructions and writing sentences in our literacy books. On Tuesday someone mentioned that they had seen the news and that there had been a big earthquake in Nepal, so we spent the lesson discussing what we could do to help, everyone had lots of ideas and we have decided we want to do something to raise some money next term.

In maths this week we have been using our knowledge of number bonds to work out some really difficult number sentences and the children have been demonstrating how to use a number line on the board.

 

Next week we are going to be revising 2D and 3D shapes so, for homework I would like you to go on a shape hunt around your house and draw all of the shapes you see (e.g door – rectangle, table – circle).

 

Thank you to everyone that has handed in their money for the trip on Wednesday and to everyone that wrote fantastic instructions this week!

 

Miss Thackray

 

W/C 11/5/15

This week we have been talking about what plants need to grow and planning a science experiment.  We came up with lots of ideas and decided we would put some seeds in tray with everything they need to grow (water, light, warmth and nutrients) then some in a tray with no water, some with no light or warmth and some with no soil/ nutrients. Everyone agreed that the seeds with everything they need would grow and we thought that the rest would not grow at all. We will find out next week! In literacy we have been writing up our experiment and in maths we have been working independently using number lines to help us with adding and taking away.

 

Next week we will be making our own sandwiches and writing up some instructions, so for homework this week I would like you to practice by writing instructions for something simple (cleaning your teeth, washing your hair), you can include drawings, photos etc.

Thank you!

Miss Thackray

 

W/C 4/5/2015

Thank you to everybody that did the homework this week, we had some lovely posters, plants, drawings and fact sheets! This week in Maths we have been estimating how tall we all are, by drawing around each other with chalk and using cubes or our feet to measure, so for homework I would like you to estimate how many feet things around your house are then measure them to see if you were right. I have sent a sheet home for recording your work but please feel free to use another method (e.g. drawings/photos).

 

This week we have planted our bean and made a castle for the plant to climb up like Jack and the Beanstalk! In literacy we have been looking at the life cycle of a bean and writing key words and sentences about each stage. In maths we have been using a number line to take away, and looking at patterns in odd and even numbers.

 

Don’t forget that it is open morning next Tuesday and we would love for you to come in and see the children’s fantastic work! Also, I have told the children that we can have show and tell on a Friday after register (they can bring photos, trophies, cuddly toys etc) as they all enjoy showing things to the class and I think it will help with their speaking and listening skills.  Finally, if possible could the children fill their water bottles up at home in the morning as we only get a very short amount of time for phonics and it will mean we can start a bit faster. Thank you!

I look forward to seeing everybody for open morning on Tuesday!

 

Miss Thackray

 

W/C 27/4/2015

This week we have been reading different versions of Jack and the Beanstalk and writing sentences about different parts of the story. We have been spending a lot of time outside because the weather is so nice, we have had fun playing on the bikes, being creative, playing in the sand and water and building castles. In the afternoons we have thinking of different words to describe Jack and the Giant and we also talked about how to behave in school and how year one will the same and different to reception.

The star, sun, rainbow and raincloud have been moved lower so we can move our own pictures. We have discussed how to behave in and out of the classroom and the children came up with some rules themselves!

Next week we are going to be focussing on growing, planting a bean and doing some gardening outside. For homework this week I would like the children to think about what plants need to grow, they can choose how to present this in their homework books (e.g. a fact sheet, poster, drawing, printout etc).

Thank you to everyone that completed our rhyming leaves, they look fantastic on our beanstalk!

Miss Thackray

 

W/c 20th April 2015

 

Dear parents,

This week we have been reading Jack and The Beanstalk. We listened to the story and acted it out in our role play area, ordered the story pictures and planted some magic beans that have grown into a huge beanstalk in our classroom!! In maths the children have been practising doubling numbers to 10 and writing number sentences (1+1=2, 2+2=4…) and we have also been playing games to help us remember 2D shape names and properties.

 

For homework this week I would like the children to think of two rhyming words and write them on the leaf provided to put onto our beanstalk display (I will set the homework on Fridays to give the children time over the weekend and hand it in by the following Wednesday). And for your information, PE will now be on a Thursday afternoon.

 

Also I would just like to say thank you for your support in my first week at East Markham, everyone has made me feel very welcome and I am looking forward to the rest of the term. If you have any questions please feel free to see me when dropping off or picking up your child from school.

 

Miss Thackray

 

Welcome to Class 1 

 

w/c 18/3/15

 

Dear Parents,

 

Apologies for not putting anything on the website for a week, the website has had some administration problems. Next week we will be considering the Easter story and making cards and chocolate treats. For their working together activity this week I would like them to find out about a symbol of the Christian festival of Easter, this might be the cross, an egg etc. Over the Easter holidays the children will have their fans amended to enable individualised practise and I hope you will find the opportunity for the children to read their books and write about something they have done over the holiday.

 

The summer term offers lots of outdoor opportunities for the children to learn about growing and changing, whether that be plants or themselves. Perhaps you could have a converstation about what helps plants to grow and people?

 

As you are aware my maternity leave begins after Easter and I am sure the children will adapt to their new teacher beautifully; they have the continuity of the lovely Mrs Stacey of course. I would like to say what an enormous pleasure it has been to have the children for the two terms of their Reception year and thank you for all your support.

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Dear Parents,

 

2/3/15

 

Please note that those children having a packed lunch provided by school still need to bring a non fizzy drink on our trip to Creswell Crags on Thursday 12th March. The children are really starting to get into our topic and enjoying it!

 

Our working together activity for next week is to choose some high frequency words and tricky words from those on your child's fan and put them into a sentence. This will be highly individualised because their fans are.

 

Many thanks.

 

 

24/2/15

 

Welcome back, we hope you've had a restful break, although we are aware that there has been some illness amongst the class over the holidays.

We have started to explore our ice age topic this week and next week we will introduce the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' which will then be adapted the following week to hunt an ice age animal. I have started to introduce subtraction and halving this week and this will be explored whilst consolidation of doubling and counting in 2s and 10s continues.

The working together activity is self explanatory and included in your child's book, concentrating on consolidation of numbers to 20.

 

Thank you very much for your support as ever.

 

 

9/2/15

 

We are looking towards after half term now and our Ice Age topic. I would appreciate it if the children could find some information over half term please. We will send home two reading books and the children have all been assessed and their fans will be amended for them individually; if it remains on the fan then it needs to be practised please.

 

Finally, we have also been assessing the childrens writing of their high frequency words and tricky words, you may find a copy of our assessment so you can see how they are doing with this. Hopefully you can then see where they need to practise knowledge of the words  and formation (as seen on the sound mat we sent to you).

 

We hope you have an enjoyable and restful break,

 

Many thanks,

 

Mrs Little and Mrs Stacey.

 

 

 

3/2/15

 

Our dinosaur topic is coming to an end this week and we are looking forward to focussing on Chinese New Year next week, it is nearly the year of the sheep! Mr and Mrs Wan are coming in to see us next Tuesday to show us how their family celebrates and the children will be given lots of opportunities to look at decorations and they usually have a chance to taste some chinese food as well! So please don't worry if they don't have large appetites for their lunch that day; Mr and Mrs Wan are always generous towards our reception children. 

For their working together activity I would appreciate it if the children could practise reading their high frequency and tricky words and then have a go at their formation; words such as the, I, said, my, but, are all intrinsic to sentence structure and this is the position we need the children to be in by the end of the year; writing sentences that include words they have formed using their phonics and their high frequency and tricky words.

 

Many thanks.

 

 

 

 

26/1/15

 

The children received a nice treat this morning, a production of Aladdin came to our school! All the children really enjoyed the production and we hope they share with you what they enjoyed the most. We are considering the phonemes oi, ear, er and air this week and the children will complete their own fiction or non-fiction books because they decided they wanted to be authors.

We are considering adding on in our Little Big Maths sessions, adding on 1 and doubling numbers, as well as recognising numbers to 20 out of order. I would appreciate it if the children could look at the number and adding games on Mathletics. For their working together activity I'm sending home a sheet which asks the children to cut out the numbers to 20 and put them in the correct order, if they could then have a go at their formation that would be appreciated. If you need to borrow childrens scissors so your child can cut out the numbers, please ask.

Finally we are making healthy teeth posters that show which foods are good for our teeth and which foods are not so good for our teeth; I hope they are enjoying using their toothbrushes.

 

Many thanks.

 

 The children thoroghly enjoyed our visit from Mr and Mrs Hardy and learnt lots about dental health and hygiene. They have kindly given the  children a 2 minute sand timer so they can make sure  they brush their teeth for two minutes in the morning and at night and a lovely new toothbrush. We would like to say another big thank you for their time and effort on behalf of the children.

 

20/1/15

 

Thank you for your continued support with their working together activities, reading, phonics, tricky word and high frequency word practice; as well as Mathletics and Purple Mash of course! We are considering how dinosaurs move next week and the children are benefiting from Mr and Mrs Hardy visiting us this week to discuss healthy habits with regard to their teeth. They will look at dentistry instruments and consider what is special about their human teeth in comparison to dinosaur teeth.

I am enclosing a repeating pattern sheet with their working together book this week so the children can continue a repeating pattern and then create some of their own. Their own repeating patterns might involve three colours or a repetition of a certain colour for example.

Formation using cursive handwriting is now done on a 1:1 basis on Fridays, to help the children keep up with their growing knowledge of phonics.

 

Thank you again for your continued support.

 

 

14/1/15

 

We are really enjoying our dinosaur topic and after half term our ice age topic will have a trip opportunity: Creswell Crags. We are sending out a letter and the date for your diaries is Thursday 12th March. Tuxford Academy have contacted school to say that they may now not have room for us for the dance festival; we wait on their decision, in the the meantime the children have started their dance sessions and are enjoying them so that is the most important thing. We will let you know a final decision when we know.

We have learnt lots of new digraphs (phonemes) recently and for their working together activity I would like for the children to remember, find words with their new phonemes and write and draw pictures of them so for example ai, train, oo, moon, oo, look, ar, car.

 

Many thanks

 

5/1/15

 

Wishing you a very happy new year! I hope you had a really enjoyable holiday. We are starting our dinosaur topic this week and our focus book is Harry and the Dinosaurs and our role play is all about becoming palaeontologists and excavating dinosaur fossils. This term there will be an even greater emphasis on transferring reading skills to writing, so all their high frequency,tricky words and phonemes will need to read and written. In number this week we are learning a song to remember addition doubles to 10, so 1 + 1 = 2, 2 +one 2 = 4 etc and we are thinking about  one more than a certain number so we will ask them what is one more than 11? Or  one more than 15? We will be concentrating on the teenage numbers for those who are ready for it.

We are consolidating previous digraphs in phonics at the start of the week so qu, ck, sh, th, ch and then moving on to new ones. For their working together book I would like them to complete a dot to dot picture where they need to concentrate on counting forwards and then colour the dinosaurs in.

I have added some new games onto Mathletics, so please take a look. Formation of numbers is still an issue for some children so if they wish to paint, draw, colour and write numbers with you that would be wonderful.  Also I'm sending home a photocopy of our cursive writing mat so you have a reference point for handwriting.

 

We would appreciate any junk modelling items for our creative area, this might include clean and empty egg boxes, cereal boxes, milk cartons -items you might otherwise recycle. 

 

Finally, the children have started a 6 week series of lessons in dance and we hope to attend the Tuxford Dance Festival, at Tuxford Academy on the afternoon of Thursday 12th February. To attend the event in a more financially viable way I'm hoping to enlist your help with transport, we currently have 14 children and both Mrs Stacey and I have cars, so please could you help to transport the remaining children? Principally, we would need 5 further cars. Your help would be most appreciated.  

 

Many thanks

19/11/14

We are throroughly enjoying our nocturnal animal topic this week and next week we are going to find out about postal workers as people who help us and consider the story of the Jolly Postman. This opens up possibilities for reading letters, looking at addresses, stamps and money to pay for stamps. For the working together activity I would appreciate it if your child looks at the post you receive and considers the address,stamp and monetary amount they find on them. Perhaps you have received an envelope with a pre-paid amount or a package that needs a larger stamp because of the weight? We would welcome the children bringing in any envelopes to discuss with the rest of the class.

Many thanks.





12/11/14

As part of our people who help us theme this week, we are sending home people who help us for the children to cut out as the working together activity for next Wednesday. Their body parts are all mixed up so the children need to problem solve the people and see if they can guess which people who help us they are. If you need to borrow children's scissors please let us know. Our nocturnal topic and Owl Babies starts next week.

Flapjack for fire fighters:

175g butter
175g golden syrup
175g brown sugar
375g oats
lemon zest from one lemon or a sprinkle of ground ginger

Pre heat the oven to 150 degrees. Put greaseproof paper around a square tin of 20cm diameter. Melt butter, sugar and syrup and mix with oats adding zest or ginger as desired. bake for 40 mins. 

Update 9/11/14 The children had a fabulous time at the fire station, a whole class photo is attached below. We were very fortunate in our bus driver who didn't charge the children for the trip to Tuxford, whilst on our return trip from the windmill in September we were charged. As such, we have the equivalent of 90p per child remaining from our visit. If you wish for this to be returned to you please let us know. If not, I would appreciate it if the money could go towards our cooking/baking on Friday mornings. Currently we fund this through a combination of our class budget and items Mrs Stacey and I have in our kitchen cupboards at home.

3/11/14

We hope you have had a lovely half term break. We are involved in a bonfire night topic this week leading into people who help us and more specifically firefighters, starting with our visit to the fire station on Friday! I hope the children enjoyed finding out about firefighters and this will help them ask and answer questions. Our working together activity this week is to find 3D shapes in our homes and all around us, we are going to make rockets with cylinders and cones this week, but cereal boxes make fantastic cuboids and chocolate oranges come in cube shaped packaging. We are interested in the children beginning to recognise how often these shapes are used. In due course we will discuss whether they have straight or curved faces as well.

Our Parkin cake recipe for bonfire night this week is as follows:

200g butter, extra for greasing
1 large egg
4 tbsp milk
200g golden syrup
85g treacle
85g light brown sugar
100g medium oatmeal
250g self raising flour
1 tbsp ground ginger

Method
Heat over to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Grease a deep 22cm square cale tin and line with baking parchment. Beat egg and milk together.

Gently melt syrup, treacle, sugar, butter until dissolved. Mix oatemeal, flour and ginger and stir into syrup mixture, followed by egg and milk.

Pour mixture into tin and bake for 50 mins to an hour until the cake feels firm and a little crusty on top.

We really enjoyed making and eating it!
Many thanks.


22/10/14

We have nearly completed the children's first half term in school! We would like the children to have a rest over half term but we would also ask that the little and often approach is adopted with regards to their reading, high frequency words and tricky words, mathletics and purple mash.

After half term we are going to look at people who help us and nocturnal animals, consequently we would like you to find out with your child/ren what fire officers do, is it just to do with fighting fires? They can present their research any way they like. Please also find a small selection of photos from our trip, we will include further photos in a display.

Many thanks for all your support.   

14/10/14

This week we have been enjoy the story of A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson, the phonemes h,b,f and l and we are continuing to explore numbers. Our Harvest Festival is on Thursday afternoon and the children know the songs  
really well. Next week we are concentrating on the Hindu festival of Diwali and we are on our trip on Thursday in anticiaption of  a day and night animal topic a couple of weeks after half term. Please note that if your child/ren are having a school packed lunch that a drink is not provided, so please include a non-fizzy drink with their coat etc for the day. Book bags won't be needed, thanks.

Finally, as we have been exploring rhyming words once more, for the working together activity see if you can find a book at home or in the library that has rhyming words and discuss them together. Can they spot some by listening to you? This can be extended to looking at things round the house such as house, mouse, cat, bat, mug, jug...

Thanks again.



7/10/14

We have started the story of Rosie's Walk and are continuing with our acquisition of phonemes with ck, e, u, r this week. We are hoping that when you share your child's reading book they are having a good go at breaking down the sounds and blending them back together to create a word, this is practised daily in small group sessions. We have baked bread by hand and machine now and this week we are exploring breads from around the world, indian, italian, french etc. 

The working together activity to be handed in next Wednesday 15th Oct is: For the children to try and write out this weeks phonemes and think of objects that include those sounds eg. ck, clock. This practice and reinforcement will help them immeasurably.

Thank you. 


30/9/14

Next week we begin the story of Rosies Walk and we are hoping to go and visit some chickens before this topic concludes at half term. The children will shortly be receiving some high frequency words in their wallets, words that appear frequently in their reading books now they have words to read. This is alongside their tricky camera words that cannot be sounded out. The children are trying hard to segment or break down the sounds in words and blend them together to make a word. We are continuing to show them how to hold a pencil and scissors and would appreciate your support so their muscles are ready for writing.

We are baking bread by hand this week so we are sending home a sheet so your child can cut out and put the processes in order please for their working together activity. 

Many thanks.

23/9/14

Today marks the start of Autumn with the Autumnal equinox and we have been investigating signs of Autumn in our school environment. We have also begun the story of the Little Red Hen and everyone is learning songs for our Harvest celebration in the village church in October. Tuxford Windmill was a brilliant success, the children were incredibly excited to be taking part in a class trip. Please a small sample of the photos below. Thank you to those of you who have been encouraging your child/ren to have go on Mathletics and Purplemash. These of course do not replace reading and practice with their phoneme fans but are complimentary to their learning and it's a little and often stance of course. On Friday we will bake bread with the flour from the windmill with our bread machine and then the following week by hand. 

The working together activity this week for next Wednesday 1st October is to explore around the home and place where you live to find numbers eg. car registration numbers, house numbers etc. We want the children to see how numbers are relevant to their lives.

Many thanks as always. 

17/9/14
We start our Harvest and farming topic next week and of course on Tuesday we are visiting Tuxford Windmill for the morning. This week we are beginning a series of Jo Jingles sessions to complement our topics, Jo Jingles is an interactive music, dance and singing session.
We will enclose their purplemash and mathletics logins alongside their phoneme fans which are updated daily. I'm sure you can appreciate that we go to some effort to ensure these are new and personalised for your child.

Finally, we are sending home some cutting and colouring for the children to complete for their working together book activity for next Wednesday 25th. They will have the new phonemes we have introduced to them, encourage them to cut around them, colour them and draw anything they can find or recall beginning with that sound so s, sun, socks etc.These are vital fine motor skills that the children need to develop further confidence in so they can build up muscle strength in their hands for writing. If you have playdough at home, bake bread, use chopsticks, experiment with paint brushes etc then these activities all try to focus their hand muscles and co-ordination.

Our baking this week was an Apple Scone recipe using apples picked from our apple trees in school:

You will need the following for a large scone:

200g Self raising flour
50g butter
50g castor sugar
3 apples chopped into small pieces
A sprinkle of brown Demerara sugar for the top

Bake at 200 degrees for approx 10 mins.


Thank you for your continued support.

10/09/14
We have been listening carefully to sounds this week and thinking about squares and rectangles using the story of Elmer the Elephant and the artist Mondrian. Additionally we have been exploring repeating patterns. We are sending home an Elmer game to play with this weekend as their working together activity, as well as a new reading book. This week their activity is a game so it doesn't need to be handed in as such, however, ordinarily Wednesdays are hand in days.

The children will soon receive their logins for Mathletics and they can then access a variety of games to help them become more numerate and improve their awareness of shape, space and measure. In addition they will also receive a Purplemash login, this platform has a variety of curriculum advantages from problem solving to understanding the world. We hope you enjoy exploring them and they become part of your routine week to week, little and often is always the best approach and your support is very much appreciated. 

Friday 5th September The children are being sent home with their first 'reading' book today, which they have chosen themselves. Because we have not yet started initial sounds the books have no words, however we hope you will discuss the story through the pictures, chatting about what might happen next, how the characters feel, what is going on in the picture...The children need to appreciate that the joy of reading is more than sounding out the words, it is the enjoyment of a story through understanding what's happening, essentially comprehension. We hope that  all the children read four times a week to get their reading pips (pupil incentive points) every Friday. The reading includes their school reading book as well as any further books from the library or home. 

We wish you a very warm welcome to East Markham Primary School. Myself and Mrs Stacey are looking forward to teaching your child/ren and we know it's going to be an enjoyable and progress filled year. This page has a variety of functions for our class, we post our weekly working together activities on here, which are just that, an activity to enjoy together and you consolidate and extend their learning. Additionally, we will tell you about weekly goings on and post photos of trips and reminders generally.

All the children will soon be able to access Mathletics as well, this is an online platform for the children to create a character for themselves who completes a variety of maths games. The whole school take part in this online maths community and my experience with this previous years class has been they have been very engaged by it.

All children who start in Reception in September in the UK are base line assessed. This means that we will work with your child/ren on a 1:1 basis to determine where they are at the start of the academic year on their fine motor skills such as using a pencil (for instance in the formation of their name), acquisition of sounds and numbers as well as overall observation of their social skills and independence in toileting and getting dressed and undressed. I will discuss with you the curriculum Early Learning Goals the children and I strive to meet by the end of the year and how well they have settled in formally in October at the Parents meeting. However, more importantly we are available to speak to you informally at a mutually convenient time prior to that and throughout the year.

We will begin learning sounds in our phonic sessions as soon as we can and once this has begun each child receives a fan with the sound and a picture on the back to reinforce their understanding. As the year progresses the fans become more individual as they learn more phonemes or sounds. Alongside this we will include a fan with high frequency words that the children will be able to sound out as they grow in confidence with their reading. Lastly, they will have a fan with tricky camera words that the children cannot sound out and need to learn by taking a picture with their mind.

The first half term in school will have a number of topics, we will start with Nursery Rhymes and Elmer the Elephant and then progress to Farming and Harvest which will include the story of the Little Red Hen.  DATE FOR YOUR DIARIES I have booked a trip to Tuxford Windmill on the morning of Tuesday 23rd September. Further details will follow in a letter. If you have any Elmer books and cuddly toys or Nursery Rhyme items that we could borrow we would really appreciate it. 

We hope to have cooking and baking sessions on Friday mornings again this term, they have always been enjoyed by the children and involve so many valuable skills. I will send out a letter regarding a voluntary contribution for these.

Finally, please could we ask that you label clearly every single item of clothing and shoes that the children wear. Items do go missing and the chance of finding them again increases considerably.

I realise that this is quite a lot of information, but I hope it has been helpful. We appreciate your support and it makes all the difference to the children.

Many thanks,

Mrs Little and Mrs Stacey. 

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