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Chiddingstone Church of England School

Educating for life in all its fullness - John 10:10

Reception

Friday 21st January

P ick up and go seemed to go smoothly so thank you for your cooperation with that. The children were very excited by it. As you are aware, Covid cases in school have increased rapidly this week. Several of the children in class were very coldy and there were quite a few coughs. Please do keep your child at home if they are unwell and LFT if they are displaying any symptoms. We do keep the windows and doors open all day so it is on the chilly side. Please dress your child warmly (vests, jumpers, tights etc) during these colder months. We do insist the wear coats outside when it is cold like today.

 

Reading book

By now you should be able to log into the Collins e-library and find the book your child has been allocated for this week. We have been reading this book in school in small groups over the week. The first time we read the book we focus on decoding the words (sound out and blend if necessary, develop fluency and recognise any tricky words by sight). The second time we read with prosody - a new word for us all! This means reading with intonation, how do we read if there is an exclamation mark, a question mark etc, maybe think about how the character might be feeling. The third time we read the book we focus on comprehension, asking questions about the story, how do we know the answer from the words and pictures.

Please use the yellow reading diary to add the book title and date and write down how your child gets on. 

 

Homework

In maths this week we have been learning about doubling numbers and trying to remember doubling facts (1+1=2, 2+2=4 etc). You could try out some activities at home to practise this or make up your own. We would love to see how you get on and can upload a note or photo to Tapestry. 

  • Throw 2 dice and see who is the first to get 3 doubles.
  • Play dominoes - see if you can recognise all the doubles. Can you add them up?
  • Decorate some biscuits or cakes with icing and sweets and ask your child to double the number of decorations.
  • Fold a piece of paper in half and open it out. Draw some spots / splodges on one side and count them. Fold in half to print on the other side. Count how many spots splodges and talk about how the number has doubled.
  • Find a few pieces of pasta or peas on your plate. Double the number. How many do you have now?
  • Throw a dice, pick the same number of bricks. Double the number of bricks and build a tower. How many bricks are there altogether?

Remember to check tapestry regularly, especially if your child is isolating at home as we set work and show what we are covering on there.

We hope you all have a great weekend and those of you not in this week we hope you and your families are staying well. We miss you and can't wait to have the whole class back together again soon.

 

Mrs Cheshire and Mrs Edwards

Friday 14th January

It's been another chilly week here in Reception but the children are now so good at putting on their coats and hats and gloves, zips are still tricky but we help with these. If you want to practise doing up zips then please do! 

 

Thank you for all of the terrific night time pictures you sent in. We have enjoyed looking at them as a class. There were some great discussions about sunrises and sunsets, animals at night, light pollution and how can we sometimes see the moon in the day time! 

 

As part of our Starry Night topic we would like the children to explore different materials to make a comfortable bed for a favourite teddy.  You could offer your child a range of materials and fabrics to explore for example fur, cotton wool, felt, foil, velvet, corduroy, bubble wrap, corrugated card, paper, hard plastic, sandpaper, metal, feathers and wood. You could talk about how the materials feel (hard, soft, smooth, etc). Explore the materials together and sort them into two groups: soft and not soft and discuss their reasons (for example, 'The sandpaper is not soft because it feels rough when I touch it.')

Can your child make a comfortable bed for your teddy? 

Questions
  • How do the materials feel?
  • What do you think 'soft' means?
  • Which materials feel soft?
  • How does the plastic feel?
  • Which fabric feels the softest?
  • Which fabric do you like to feel?
  • If you had a teddy, how would you like it to feel?

We would love to see a photo on Tapestry of the beds your children make for their teddy. Please include some words to describe how they came to their decisions. 

 

Thank you for all of the colourful socks, they were perfect and the children have started to make their cuddle pets, these will be finished next week.

 

As always please keep looking at Tapestry as it has lots of updates including the phonics and maths we have been doing. Please do zoom in to the phonics information evening on Wednesday as it will give a full picture of how we will be teaching reading to your children with our new scheme. 

The children will have brought home a class library book today, please do share this with your child and just tick in the yellow books. no need for a comment. Please return the books by Tuesday when they will be changed again .

 

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Cheshire and Mrs Edwards

Friday 7th January

Welcome back! We hope that you all had a happy, healthy and restful Christmas and Happy New year! It has been lovely to welcome the children back and they have settled well into school. Many of them were very tired by today so hopefully they are able to have a good rest over the weekend.

 

We have started our new Topic 'Starry Night' by learning about nocturnal animals, night-time and bedtime routines. We sang some lullabies and listened to songs from around the world and talked about how they help us to relax and go to sleep. We have changed the dressing up to People Who Help Us (in the night) such as firefighters, doctors, nurses, army and police. It has been lovely to see the different games the children have created using these.

 

We have started our new phonics programme which is going well. There will be more information about this at the zoom in a couple of weeks. We are not sending home reading scheme books now so for the time being the children will be choosing a library book from our classroom to share at home with you. Please continue to record in the yellow reading journals.

 

Homework

As you know, our topic for this term is "Starry Night". For homework please could you and your child take a few photos or a video of your house, garden or other location during the day and then again when it is dark. Talk about what you can see and hear during the day and at night. When it is dark you could spend time looking into the sky at the Moon and stars or take out torches and encourage your child to shine them at objects they saw during the day. You could also:

  • Make shadows using torches
  • Play a game of musical statues using the torches – if the spotlight hits them as they are moving, they are out
  • Count the stars
  • Talk about the shape of the Moon
  • Look for a shooting star
  • Hunt for hidden reflective items with torches
  • Shine the torch through their hands. What can they see?
  • Wear glow sticks
  • Drink hot chocolate

You can upload photos or videos to Tapestry over the weekend or during next week and we can look at these in school and share with the class as they come in. If they could have been done by Friday morning a the latest that would be great!

 

PE kits

For this term, please could the children come to school wearing PE kits on a Monday. School uniform will not be needed in school on Mondays. 

 

Please continue to look at Tapestry regularly to see what we have been up to. As we are not doing show and tell this term, please remember if anything special happens that you would like to share with us e.g. a wedding, special birthday, interesting place you have visited, please do feel free to upload to Tapestry so we can talk about it with your child. It does not have to be shared with the whole class, but if your child wanted to then they could tell us all about it.

 

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Cheshire and Mrs Edwards

Friday 17th December

We have finally reached the end of a very busy but very lovely term. The children have worked really hard this term and made fantastic progress in so many different ways. They are no doubt ready for a well deserved break and some lovely family time. 

 

It was lovely to see all the Christmas jumpers today and the children were all very excited. We will upload pictures onto Tapestry.

 

Next term our topic is "Starry Night" and we will be exploring the differences in the world at night compared to during the day. We will learn about the importance of a good night’s sleep, and discover what is happening in the world while we are sleeping, including finding out about nocturnal animals. Alongside this we will be finding out about the changes that happen during winter, including the types of weather associated with winter.  We will explore places that have snow all year round and the types of animals that live there. Hopefully, we may have some snow of our own!

 

We have sent home the Home Journals and a whiteboard and pen just in case we need them for remote learning next term. Please keep these safe and only use if needed in the New Year. 

 

So, from all the YR team, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.  We are very grateful for all the cards, gifts and kind messages we have received and looking forward to seeing the children in 2022.

 

From Mrs Cheshire, Mrs Edwards, Mrs Scott, Mrs Vicary and Mrs McCoy

Friday 10th December

 

Firstly we want to say a huge congratulations to the children for their wonderful performance in the KS1 Nativity. They all sang beautifully and behaved brilliantly in the church, not only for the parents on Wednesday but in the dress rehearsal to siblings on the Tuesday as well. We hope that you were all able to enjoy this festive treat. We were very proud and had lots of comments about how great they all were.

 

Nearly the end of term! It has been very busy and we have managed to fit so much in. This week the focus has been on Christmas for us and for those around the world. We have made a class Christmas tree out of boxes (see Tapestry) which the children loved and as part of maths we wrapped lots of 3D shape parcels to go under the tree. We have made lists for Father Christmas using catalogues and have been writing Christmas cards to friends and family as well as lots of other festive crafts.

 

Thank you for all the lovely Journal/tapestry work on your own family Christmas traditions. It has been lovely to hear about them and think about traditions that many of us have (such as a tree and mince pies for Father Christmas) but some more unique and individual ones. Next week show and tell will continue with this:

 

Monday Johnny, Joseph, Joshua

Tuesday  Leah, Leo, Lilly

Wednesday Maggie, Marina, Monty

Thursday Ollie, Poppy, Shiloh

Friday Sidney, Tobin, William

 

On Thursday afternoon we will be having our class Christmas party. The reps are kindly going to arrange for some party food. Please can the children bring in party clothes to change into after lunch.

 

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Cheshire and Mrs Edwards

Friday 3rd December

Another busy week in Reception. The weather has been mixed but we have still managed to be outside during children's choice. We have come to the end of our topic 'Once upon a time' and this ended with the children making wonderful fairy tale puppets. They stuck to their original designs faithfully and hopefully will enjoy playing with them and creating their own fairy tales. Our work on 3D shape continued and today we made 3D shape kebabs, playdoh and building. Do have a look around your home for 3D shapes. Cereal boxes are obvious cuboids, dice, traffic cones, footballs etc. The children have learnt the terms face, edge, straight and curved and know that a 3D shape is solid and can be picked up. As always, this is on Tapestry.

 

Blending practice

As mentioned before, blending is a key skill in early reading. For the children bringing home books without words we have been spending a lot of time practising blending in school. If you have  time, use or make six flashcards (s a t p i n) and choose three that make up a word (sat, tap, pan, pit, sit etc). Lay the cards out in front of your child. See if they can point to the sounds and then blend the sounds together to read the word. If they struggle to blend, you say the sounds and then blend the word and ask your child to copy you. This only needs to take 5 or 10 minutes or so but a little bit of practise every day is very helpful. Please continue to use Oxford Owl to support your child's reading.

 

Home Journals

Please can you discuss with your child about any special customs/traditions you have as a family at Christmas (just one or two). For example, reading a special story, mince pies for Father Christmas, special lights on the house, making ginger bread house, going to Church? Talk with your child, see what they can remember and then scribe a couple of sentences in the books. We will use this as the basis of our show and tells for the next two weeks. If your children want to draw a picture or put in a photo that is fine too.

 

Show and tell:

Monday Arthur, Barnaby, Ben

Tuesday Coco, Daniil, Edie

Wednesday Emilia, Esme, Evelyn

Thursday Evie, Flora, Harry

Friday Haydn, Ines, James

 

Nativity Costumes

Please make sure a plain brightly coloured long sleeved top is in school on Monday at the very latest in a named carrier bag. Please return black PE trousers / leggings to school on Tuesday as we have a dress rehearsal.  

 

Toys in School

Please could you encourage your child to leave toys from home at home.  

 

There were a lot of children with coughs, sneezes, runny noses this week. Please remind your children to cover their mouths when they cough/sneeze and to wash their hands. Many thanks.

 

Hope to see lots of you at the Christmas fair tomorrow

Mrs Cheshire and Mrs Edwards

 

Friday 26th November

 

The children have had a busy week learning all about Cinderella. Today we thought about alternative endings for fairy stories which didn't involve a Prince coming to the rescue. We had some wonderful ideas including the princess becoming a dog walker, vet, living on a desert island, doctor and escaping the tower on a water slide! The children have wonderful imaginations. This afternoon our classroom was a hive of activity with castle building, photos will be on Tapestry. Thank you for providing lots of recycled materials at such short notice! It was great to see the children working together so well.

 

Homework

We have been practising number formation in maths. If you have time, continue to do this over the weekend.  We have been using the rhymes on the sheet attached and have got as far as 8. If your child doesn't want to do it with a pen and paper, they could practise in foam, with a stick in the mud or sand, with a paint brush or make them out of playdough. Remind them to start at the top of the number.  

 

Puppet making next week

As a finale to our "Once Upon A Time" topic we will be designing and making puppets in class and making up our own plays. The children will be able to choose any fairy tale character they wish. It might be helpful if you could have a chat your child over the weekend to see what they would like to make. They may of course change their mind by the time the get into class!

 

Oxford Owl online books

We would strongly encourage you to use this resource to support your child's reading. The books are directly matched to the sounds we have learnt in our phonics lessons and can be used to help with blending. Blending is probably the most important skill to develop in early reading and any additional support you can give your child at home is welcome. 

 

Nativity Costumes

For the nativity this year YR will need their black PE trousers or leggings and a plain brightly coloured long sleeved top. Please could the top be sent into school in a named carrier bag that can be hung on a peg by the end of next week (we can add black PE trousers to the bag after our PE lesson the Monday before the nativity). 

 

Panto / PE Monday

On Monday afternoon we have a visiting theatre company coming to perform Sleeping Beauty for KS1 so PE kits do not need to be brought into school on Monday. 

 

Show and tell:

Monday   Johnny, Joseph, Joshua

Tuesday Leah, Leo, Lilly

Wednesday Maggie, Marina, Monty

Thursday Ollie, Poppy, Shiloh

Friday Sidney, Tobin, William

 

Wrap up warm, it's going to be a chilly weekend!

Mrs Cheshire and Mrs Edwards

 

Friday 19th November

It was lovely to see so many of you on zoom for our parents' evening. We hope that you felt informed and that it was a useful time.

Today we had fun today thinking about Children in Need and looking all the colourful socks! I will upload photos to Tapestry of this.

 

Maths

In maths we have been continuing practising careful counting. We have also been exploring adding two numbers together by playing a game using number cards (1 to 6) and bricks to build a tower and add more on depending on the number we turned over. You could try this at home with number cards or a dice and a pile of lego bricks".  Today we had great fun using positional language in the story of the Three Little Pigs. We had puppets and pictures and moved them around using words such as: next to, under, beside, over, through, in, between, for example; the wolf is coming down the chimney, the pigs are outside the door. To record this the children took photos on ipads.

 

We have continued with our Once Upon a Time topic and this week have been looking at the Three Billy Goat's Gruff and Three Little Pigs. This can all be seen on Tapestry. 

 

Home Journals

This week we have been thinking about where different fairy stories are set and the types of buildings that different characters live in. For homework your child might to like to draw a picture in their Home Journal of somewhere their favourite character might live, perhaps a cottage, castle, beach or tree house or under a bridge. If they prefer they could make something out of duplo, lego or playdough and upload a photo onto Tapestry.

 

Please check that everything is named and if your children has secondhand uniform to make sure their name is on the clothing. It is set to get colder next weeks so please name hats and gloves. It might be an idea to put gloves on elastic which can then go through the arms?  Please could you also go through your child's rucksack and take out anything not needed in school as it is hard to fit in trays if there's too much in them. Please do not bring in toys from home unless for show and tell.

 

Next week FS is on Wednesday afternoon. 

 

Show and tell this week:

Monday: Arthur, Barnaby, Ben

Tuesday: Coco, Daniil, Eden

Wednesday: Emilia, Esme, Evelyn

Thursday: Evie, Flora, Harry

Friday: Haydn, Ines, James

 

Thank you!

Have a super weekend.

Mrs Cheshire and Mrs Edwards

 

 

 

Friday 12th November

We have had a lovely week in Reception as you will have seen on Tapestry. The story focus has been Little Red Riding Hood, with talk of settings, characters and repeated refrains (what big eyes you have, what big teeth etc). Remembrance Day was a special occasion when the whole school came together to remember. The class made beautiful poppies and behaved so well during the church service and 2 minutes silence.

In maths we have been continuing to practise counting following these three rules:

1. Count everything once (line objects up to help). 2. Say the numbers in the right order. 3. The last number you say tells you how many there are.

 

Home Journals

Could the children find between 5 and 10 objects around the house or out on a walk and practise careful counting following the 3 rules above. If they want to record this in some way in their Home Journals then they can do or photograph and put onto Tapestry. Please bring these in by Friday next week.

 

Show and Tell 

Next week and the week after, please could children bring in something from home that starts with one of the sounds we have learnt so far this term, so that could be anything starting with, s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, e, u, r, h. Eg: an apple, clock, dog (toy!), hat. Something that fits in their bag!

Monday: Johnny, Joseph, Joshua

Tuesday: Leah, Leo, Lilly

Wednesday: Maggie, Marina, Monty

Thursday: Ollie, Poppy, Shiloh

Friday: Sidney, Tobin, William

 Please remember to use Oxford Owl to practise sounds and blending.

 

Thank you for all the help you are giving your children with daily reading and recording in their yellow books. It is great to see them engaging so well with this.

 

I have not had to put on one coat this week!!! Thank you for helping your children to do this independently. 

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Cheshire and Mrs Edwards

Friday November 5th

The children settled very well after their two week half term and have had a very busy week. We started our new topic called Once Upon a Time which is all about traditional tales. This week we have been thinking about Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We wrote sorry cards from Goldilocks to the bears as we all agreed that she was a bit naughty to have gone into their home uninvited and then caused all those problems! We also made porridge and tried different toppings including banana, raisins, honey and blueberries. Maybe you could ask your child which their favourite was. In maths we compared the sizes of the bears using the words largest, middle, smallest and did measuring with the porridge and continued with numbers to 10. As we have shown on Tapestry, the sounds we have looked at this week have been c, k and ck. The children are making great progress with their sounds. Well done! Please continue to use the Oxford Owl online books to recap the sounds and more importantly to practise blending.

 

A few things:

Thank you for your engagement with Tapestry. It is great to see comments and some of you posting activities you have done at home so we can talk about these with your child at school. Please can you ensure that you do not take any screen shots of Tapestry and share on any form of social media. 

 

Show and Tell next week

We will continue with our favourite books in Show and Tell and the children can use their Home Journals brought in last week.   

Monday – Arthur, Barnaby, Ben

Tuesday – Coco, Daniil, Edie

Wednesday - Emilia, Esme, Evelyn

Thursday – Evie, Flora, Harry

Friday – Haydn, Ines, James

 

Speech Link Assessment

Next week as part of our support for the development of Speech and Language, Mrs Durrant will be completing some routine screening of the children's speech sounds. She will feedback to parents where appropriate. Further screening of children's understanding of language will be undertaken in January. 

 

Now it is coat weather, please could you practise with your child putting their school coat on as many of the class are still unable to do this independently. Zips are hard and we will help with these but please practise these too. Thanks!

 

There have been several toileting accidents at school this week. Please ensure that your child has a change of underwear, trousers (for boys) and socks/tights in the front of their school bags at all times. If they could be in a small plastic bag that would help too. Even if your child has never had an accident before, they can get carried away with all the fun at school and get caught short!

 

Congratulations to Reception for being joint winners of the Raisin challenge! We are very proud of you. Great effort. As a reward they had extra play time today!

Have a super weekend

Mrs Cheshire and Mrs Edwards

 

 

Friday 15th October

Well we've made it to the end of term, more or less in one piece! It's hard to believe that the children have only been in school for one term. They have settled in so well, taken many different experiences in their stride, have become increasingly independent and have been an absolute pleasure to get to know them. They are no doubt very tired so we hope you all have a very relaxing half term and some quality time together!

 

Oxford Owl - online reading library
Please make use of this over the holidays. As your child starts on their journey learning to read it is important that they are able to recall the sounds we have covered in phonics and can blend the sounds to read words. Blending is an important skill for children learning to read and we practise this in class during our phonics lessons. Children learn how to do this at different rates. At this stage, a few children can blend but the majority are still learning. You can use the ebooks to help practise blending. Ask your child to sound out the word, eg c-a-t, whilst pointing to each sound and then see if they can try the word. Try to say the sounds a little quicker, or you could demonstrate this, so they can hear how the sounds blend together to make the word. If your child is finding it hard (and please remember it is early days) start small and try a couple of words in a book, make sure they are not tired and perhaps demonstrate blending at other times throughout the day maybe when you're reading a story book together (eg a-n-d    d-o-g). We have included some resources below to help with sound recognition. 
 
Home Journal
Your child has brought home a journal to be used for 'homework'. Next term our topic is "Once Upon A Time" and over the term we will aim to develop a love of stories and reading. The topic encourages children to learn, retell and act out familiar and traditional tales. Over the holiday we would like your child to use their Home Journal to tell us about their favourite book. They could draw a picture of their favourite bit of the story or perhaps a character; or you could scribe their words for them and write a couple of sentences to tell us why the like a particular book. We will use the Home Journals in Show and Tell over the first 2 weeks of term. We do not expect children to be "writing" but any pictures or attempts at mark making are lovely to see. 
 

Show and Tell week beginning Monday 1st November

Monday – Jonnie, Joseph, Joshua

Tuesday – Leo, Leah, Lilly

Wednesday - Maggie, Marina, Monty

Thursday – Ollie, Poppy, Shiloh

Friday – Sidney, Tobin, William

 
Labels
Please can you add labels to items brought in for Forest School. Please could you also make sure that children have PE socks as part of their kit. 
 
Kind Regards
Mrs Edwards and Mrs Cheshire

 

Resources to help with phonics (sounds taught so far s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g)

Week ending 8th October

Dear parents,

We have had a busy week with the wonderful Harvest service on Wednesday, PE, Forest school and starting our phonics teaching. The children have done brilliantly with the start of the phonics. As you have seen on Tapestry we have done S, A, T, P and I this week. These letters allow for some early blending of words such as s - a - t (sat) and t - i - p (tip). Please do practise these sounds at home and look out for them in books. It is important that they can hear the initial sound, so if you say pat - can they hear the 'p.' The sounds are spoken like this:

s as in snake

a as in apple

t as in top

p as in pig

i as in insect

 

We have been working on composition of numbers to 5 in maths and continued with 2D shapes, doing some fun, colourful Potato Printing (which worked nicely on the day we did the P sound!)

Mrs Cheshire has introduced the Dough Disco which will happen on her days. It is a fun way to develop the gross and fine motor skills which are so important in early writing. More information will follow on Tapestry. Please do keep an eye on Tapestry so you can see what we have been up to. 

 

Today we went over the the Church for the whole school Act of Worship. The children sat so well. We awarded our first Stars of the Week and Headteacher awards. These are given out every week to children who have done something really super at school. This week well done to Esme, Haydn and Harry! 

 

Show and Tell next week

 

Week beginning Monday 11th October

Monday – Arthur, Barnaby, Ben

Tuesday – Coco, Daniil, Edie

Wednesday - Emilia, Esme, Evelyn

Thursday – Evie, Flora, Harry

Friday – Haydn, Ines, James

Have a great weekend. 1 more week to go! Well done everyone.

 

Mrs Cheshire and Mrs Edwards

 

Week ending 1st October

Firstly well done to the children for getting to the end of their first full week of full days! They were certainly very tired by the end of today but all did so well. We are very proud of them. This week we have been learning about Emergency Vehicles and the Emergency services which the children have enjoyed. We also started to look at 2D shapes including circle, square, triangle and rectangle. We talked about corners and sides. Please do practise this with the children at home, maybe have a look around the house for these shapes. They are also continuing with numbers to 10. 

 

The children coped really well with their first PE lesson and Forest School and school lunches continue to be a success. If you are able to, please practise cutting up food with a knife and fork at home which will help them with the hot meals. We do help them when needed but it's great if they can have a go.

 

Thank you to those who have activated their Tapestry accounts and who have logged in to see the pictures and observations that have been uploaded. If you have not done so please do as it is a great way to find out what we have been up to in class and if you look at it with your child they should be able to tell you about what they have done.

Please do feel free to add comments and your own uploads which we can then talk about with the children in class if they want.

 

Please ensure that any wellies, clothes, coats brought in for Forest School are named.

 

Well done to those who did Show and Tell. They all spoke confidently in front of the class and the children enjoyed listening. For this week show and tell is:

 

Week beginning Monday 4th October

Monday – Jonnie, Joseph, Joshua

Tuesday – Leo, Leah, Lilly

Wednesday - Maggie, Marina, Monty

Thursday – Ollie, Poppy, Shiloh

Friday – Sidney, Tobin, William

 

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Cheshire and Mrs Edwards

Week ending 24th September 2021

Dear Parents,

 

This week we have continued settling into school and have enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones. In maths we have been working on counting to 10, ordering numbers and counting objects carefully. If you get the opportunity over the weekend perhaps you could count conkers, lego bricks, teddies. We talked about lining up the objects and touching each one as you say the number name and not rushing. We have also been comparing the difference in sizes of our hands and feet and have been thinking about what makes a good friend. In addition, we have been practising our harvest song and have had our first French lesson with Mrs Glover. A busy week!

 

School lunches have been going well and the children have settled into the new routine happily.  By now, you should have received a notification email from Tapestry - online learning journal. If you have any problems with this please let us know. We are new to it too but hopefully all will go well and it will a valuable resource in recording your child's learning at school and home.  

 

Next week we start PE and Forest School.

 

PE with Mrs Major (and Mrs Edwards) is timetabled for Monday afternoons so all PE kits need to be in on Monday. The children will come home in their PE kits and these need to be returned by the following Monday. Please make sure absolutely everything is labelled and your child always has PE socks in their PE bag. We will of course help them to get changed but look forward to the day when they all become more independent!

Forest School with Mrs Woodhouse (and Mrs McCoy) is on a Tuesday afternoon and information relating to what is required can be found on the school website. 

 

Next week we will also introduce Show and Tell. As it can be quite time consuming to let all children have a turn every week we have set up a timetable with allocated days. For the next fortnight these are as follows:

 

Week beginning Monday 27th September

Monday – Arthur, Barnaby, Ben

Tuesday – Coco, Daniil, Edie

Wednesday - Emilia, Esme, Evelyn

Thursday – Evie, Flora, Harry

Friday – Haydn, Ines, James

 

Week beginning Monday 4th October

Monday – Jonnie, Joseph, Joshua

Tuesday – Leo, Leah, Lilly

Wednesday - Maggie, Marina, Monty

Thursday – Ollie, Poppy, Shiloh

Friday – Sidney, Tobin, William

 

The children might want to tell us about something interesting they have done at home, or something they are proud of, or perhaps show something they have found on a walk. Sometimes we will ask them to find out something related to our current topic or learning and this would be noted on our class website on Friday afternoons.

 

Please make sure all snacks and water bottles are always labelled and snacks are healthy (no biscuits or crisps). Please return reading book and yellow diaries by Monday. 

 

Thank you and have a lovely weekend

 

Mrs Edwards & Mrs Cheshire

17th September 2021

Well, we've come to the end of having half the children in for morning and afternoon sessions and are looking forward to seeing the whole class in together on Monday morning and staying for lunch. Please check the menu on the school website if you wish to talk  with your child about what is available each day. 

 

We've had another lovely week in class. We've continued getting to know each other and the YR area and resources and this week went on a tour of the school and ended up playing on the adventure playground. We also went to look at the village hall where we will be having lunch and met some of the lunchtime staff. We have also been talking about our families and who lives with us at home. 

 

On Thursday the school celebrated Roald Dahl Day and in YR we had a really fun day based on his book “The Enormous Crocodile.” Mrs Cheshire dressed up as the nasty crocodile much to the amusement of the class! The children made crocodiles, had jungle themed puzzles, colouring, stories and wild animals in the tuff tray. Some children even did a puppet show with the characters from the story. We also learnt a song about the crocodile’s disguises. We all agreed that he was a very mean crocodile but thought we wouldn’t have been tricked by him!

 

We hope you all have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing everyone in school next week (please refer to yesterday's email for drop off and pick up arrangements). 

 

Kind Regards,

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Cheshire

 

10th September 2021

Dear All,

It has been lovely to welcome you and your children to our school this week. The children have settled in really well and it's been great to see so many smiling faces as they come in to school and skip out again. They have shown a good deal of resilience in dealing with a slightly unexpected week. We have spent our time getting to know each other, the classroom, resources, outdoor area and some of the new routines. 

 

Thank you for making sure everything is named - it makes snack time a lot easier. Please put sun cream on your child if it's going to be warm and make sure they have a named school cap in their bags.

 

Over the weekend, if you haven't already done so, please could you and your child complete the All About Me sheet that came with your welcome pack and bring it in to school. It is attached as a pdf if you have mislaid it. 

 

We have also attached a letter outlining the EYFS curriculum and a link to a  document explaining the Reception Baseline Assessment which we have to complete over the next few weeks. 

 

PE kits need to be in by Monday 27th September at the very latest. 

 

Wishing you a relaxing weekend. 

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Cheshire.

 

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1004560/2021_Information_for_parents_reception_baseline_assessment.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2N7NSOPKF3Ubtx6sm42DURpgD7fmdqIhECoxVmjlacfECcvM1jFdtSGIk

21st July 2021

 

Dear Parents, Carers and Children,

 

Well, what a year! Now we've come to the end of YR it feels like it has flown by. Your children have been an absolute pleasure to get to know and to have in our class. They have coped with an awful lot in their first year of school and have always done it with great resilience and big smiles. We wish them all the very best as they move into year 1 and we look forward to seeing them around school.

 

Thank you very much for all our lovely presents and cards. We love reading the messages and are all delighted with the gifts - we're all looking forward to a glass of wine this afternoon. We hope you have a lovely summer and look forward to seeing you in September. 

 

With our very best wishes from everyone in YR.

16.7.21

Dear Parents,

Here we are in the last week and just 3 more days to go. This week the children have really enjoyed making pizzas, painting portraits of each other, creating a ball run with guttering, decorating their salt dough initials and looking at photos and writing about their favourite memories in Reception. 

We hope you enjoyed the mini open day, looking at your children's work. The children were very excited to show you their work. 

Please could you send in a named carrier bag on Monday so that we can send home the children's books. 

If you have any reading books at home, please send them back to school as they will be sorted over the holidays. Do continue to read 'real' books at home over the holidays and do use your local libraries. If you would like to keep up with reading, please make use of Oxford Owl online library. The children have access to the ebook Library for Letters and Sounds for the sounds we have covered in phonics this year. If you would like additional material you can access any of the books in the Oxford Owl ebook Library. Don't forget to sign up for the reading challenge!

 

Thank you

Have a great weekend. 

Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards.

 

 

 

Party time.

Forest School

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Forest School

Dear Parents,

Well only a week and a half to go, we are nearly there. This week we have been recapping phonics to make sure we know the phase 3 sounds securely. We have been learning words to do with time, such as 'morning, break time, lunch time and afternoon etc'. 

We have been learning the words to songs for the end of year performance, which some of you have requested. I have attached them on our class page for the children to learn. They are actually very good at singing the songs, so they can have a practise at home too.

For the performance, the children will need a pair of plain black leggings and a plain black T-shirt. They will also need either their black plimsolls or black school shoes.Please could you send in these named items in a named carrier bag by Tuesday 13th July. Thank You.

 

We hope you have a great weekend. 

 

Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards

 

 

 

 

Forest School

2.7.21

Dear Parents,

 

This week we have been finishing off our "Big Wide World Topic". Thank you for all the postcards that have been sent into our class over the last few weeks - it's been lovely finding out where different family and friends live or visit. 

 

We have also spent time recapping Phase 4 phonics and practising independent writing. The children are really doing well.  In maths we have recapped halving and have been improving our recognition of numbers to 20. We have also been keeping fit with an obstacle course (weather permitting!) as well as seeing how far we can jump. We have been thinking about how to stay safe when crossing the road. Ask your child what they need to remember when crossing a road. 

 

The children were so excited to read to their buddy for the first time, outside as the weather allowed us to. Both classes were very excited. 

 

Next week we will start a mini topic "Moving On". This topic celebrates the children’s successes throughout their Reception year. It explores how they have grown and changed and supports them with the changes to come as they move into Year 1. It's hard to believe we have nearly come to the end of our year in Reception and the children have been spending a little bit of time in  class 1, getting to know the layout of the room. 

 

As it is Sports Day next Tuesday please send in your child wearing their PE kit / house T shirt on Tuesday and then bring in PE bags on Wednesday. Please check that PE trainers still fit and fasten. 

Have a lovely weekend.

Regards

Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards

Forest School

Dear Parents,

This week the children have enjoyed stories about different countries and their famous buildings, linked to our topic, Big Wide World. In groups children have used construction to build their own buildings including towers and domes. 

In maths, we have recapped 2D shapes and used them to create different types of transport. 

The children have enjoyed looking at aboriginal paintings and have created their own. 

 

This weekend, ask you child/ren to choose their favourite building from any country and draw it in their journals. 

Have a super weekend.

Regards

Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards.

This week- looking at buildings, painting, and more learning.

Forest School

African Drumming Workshop

18.6.21

This week as part of our Big Wide World topic we have been learning about how people live in different parts of the world. We have listened to stories from different countries, learnt an Italian board game called Mulinello Quadrupio, practised an African dance, tried food from other countries, spoken to relatives of one of the children who live in Australia and learnt a song that teaches us how to say hello in a number of different languages . See the following link if you would like to try this at home (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqAuoeAakbY)

 

Next Monday we are fortunate enough to be taking part in an African drumming workshop and are very much looking forward to this!

 

In phonics we have been putting our writing into practise and have also been learning the following tricky words:

 

All, are, they, said, have, like, so, do, some, come, were, there, little, one, when, out, what.

 

In maths we have been recapping number bonds to 10 (2+8, 3+7 etc) and sharing objects into equal groups. Please keep practising the number bonds to 10 as the children should have good recall of these facts. We have also been learning about volume and capacity, using the words full and half full.

 

In RE we have continued to learn about different faiths and this week have been learning about the Sikh faith. We listened to the story of the Milk and the Jasmine flower and thought about how we can be kind to one another in our everyday lives. 

 

Last week the children wrote about a place they would like to visit or have visited. This week, ask your child/ren to write a list of things they will need to take on their trip to their chosen place, eg binoculars, shorts, T-shirt, swimming costume, snorkel etc and draw a picture of the wildlife they might like to see.

 

Have a good weekend

 

Mrs Clare, Mrs Edwards and the Year R team

 

Forest School

Underwater Adventure with Perform Theatre Workshop

Welcome back to term 6.

 

This week as part of our Big Wide World topic we have been looking at maps and globes and thinking about where we live and where we might like to live (for some reason the Sahara Desert is quite a popular choice!).

 

In phonics were are continuing with Phase 4 of letters and sounds and have been practising writing and reading two syllable words such as sandwich, lunchbox, shampoo. The children's independent writing is really coming along and we are delighted with the high standard of work they are producing.

 

In maths we have been practising subtraction by playing games and supporting this with 10s frames, number lines and writing subtraction number sentences. We have also been enjoying investigating volume and capacity with water. 

 

In RE we have continued to learn about different faiths and this week have been learning about the Muslim faith and we read the Islamic story of the Prophet and the Ants and thought about how we can look after different animals and minibeasts. 

 

In the journals this week can the children write one or two sentences, giving a little information about a country or place they would like to visit, or have visited. It could be somewhere in the UK or abroad. Please let them sound out words themselves. Just remind them to use a capital letter at the beginning and a full stop at the end. Eg, I went to London and went on the London Eye. I could see all the buildings for miles!

 

Please could you ensure that your child has a Chiddingstone School sun hat in their bags every day and comes to school with sun cream already applied. 

Have a great weekend

Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards.

 

Celebrating our work.

Forest School

21.5.21

Dear Parents,

This week we have been continuing with Phase 4 phonics. In maths we have been learning about sharing amongst equal groups. Please find opportunities to practise this at home. For example, if your child has some sweets, how could they share them with family members, teddies or friends. We have talked about how to share fairly so everyone has the same amount. We have also used shapes to find their symmetrical line, either vertically or horizontally. We used mirrors to look at the whole shape when we folded it in half. 
 
Our topic next term is Big Wide World. This topic teaches children about the global community to which they belong and explores how living things, communities and climates differ around the world. Over the holidays please could your child tell us about a journey they have made (it could be going on holiday, a day trip to Hever Castle, to visit Grandparents or the supermarket). How did you get there? Tell us about the different forms of transport you used. Take photographs of the children during their journey. When you return, use the photographs to make a picture map with the children to show where they have been.
 
  • What was your favourite way of travelling on your journey?
  • What did you see along the way?
  • How many different vehicles did you use?
  • Where did we you go first?
Please record this is the home journals or use a piece of paper to stick in. 
 
Oxford Owl - thank you to those who responded to the Oxford Owl survey. Overall, the responses were very positive. We will add some books to the website for you to use over the holidays. 

14.5.21

Dear Parents

 

In phonics this week we have started Phase 4 of the Letters and Sounds Programme. There are no new sounds to learn in Phase 4 and the phonics is all about consolidating and improving the children's knowledge while introducing trickier words with increased vocabulary. 

 

In maths we have been working on doubling and have had lots of fun with dice games alongside writing number sentences to support this eg:  2 + 2 = 4     5 + 5 = 10.  We are also focusing on writing numbers the correct way round.

 

For homework this week please could you choose one or more of the following doubling activities:

  • play snap or matching pairs with number or dot cards and encourage your child to say the double as they make them. The person with the most doubles or pairs at the end of the game is the winner. 
  • Make towers or rows using bricks and ask your child to double the height or length of the towers.
  • Thread beads on a string. Can your child thread double the number of beads? How many do they have altogether? Do careful counting to check. 
  • Make a ladybird or butterfly template. Make doubles by adding the same number of pom poms / stickers / dots /paint splodges to each side. How many different doubles can they make? Can they make one which is not a double and tell  you why?

 

As part of our topic we have been finding out about bees. We made hives out of hexagons and talked about how strong a hive is when made out of this structure. We learnt the word "tessellation" (an arrangement of shapes closely fitted together without gaps or overlapping). We also found out how bees travel from flower to flower collecting and distributing pollen so new seeds are produced and we learnt another new word "pollination". 

 

We have also been looking at shadows and reflections from our sub-topic. If we are lucky enough to get some sunshine this weekend, ask the children to notice what happens to their shadow at different times of the day.

 

Your child has brought home their sunflower seedling. Please could you help them to nurture this and at the end of next term we will see who's has grown the tallest!

 

Thank you to everyone who has responded to our survey about the Oxford Owl online library. If you haven't yet replied, we would be very grateful if you could do so.

 

Regards

Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards

 

Learning about shadows

Forest School

A lunchtime visitor to our mud kitchen!

7.5.21

Dear Parents,

This week the children have been busy planting, making leaf prints in clay tiles, writing about their favourite mini beast and measuring play dough caterpillars. We also looked at summer poems and the children had a go at writing their own poems. 

This week we have covered sounds 'ure' and 'er'. We have come to the end of phase 3 phonics and we will continue with phase 4. 

 

In maths we have been looking at coins up to £2. Because of lockdown the children have not been able to experience spending pocket money and finding the value of coins. In their journals please let them draw around the coins and write the value on them. We have already done coin rubbings at school, so please do not repeat this. You could also set up a shop at home and play shops. They will love to use coins to 'buy' toys, or tins etc. 

 

For next week, please could you send your child in with a named pebble, large enough to paint a mini  beast on. 

 

Thank you.

Have a great weekend

Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards.

Forest School

Chicks! Mrs Vicary brought 7 baby chicks into the classroom. They are 4 days old.

30.4.21

Dear Parents

This week in maths we have continued with odd and even numbers and have also been practisiting addition using a number line (counting on). A good way to practise this at home is to play games such as snakes and ladders. Please continue to look for numbers when you are out and about and if your child writes down a number, for whatever reason, please help them to write them correctly. 

 

In phonics we have reviewed "ow", "oi", "ear" and "air" as well as working on reading and spelling tricky words. Please make use of the Oxford Owl online books to help with this. You can always read the books to your child and ask them to find the relevant sounds if they don't want to read the whole book. The children have been putting their phonic knowledge into practise in their new writing journal and are making great progress with independent writing. 

 

In RE we have started to think about people of different faiths and over the coming weeks we will be looking at stories from the Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh faiths.

 

As part of our topic "Sunshine and Sunflowers" we have been weeding and preparing the school beds near the Chiding Stone. We have also planted sunflower seeds in pots so we can have a competition to see who can grow the tallest sunflower. 

 

Now that all of us have had time off from home schooling, we are starting to send home the children's journals. This weekend please make time at the end of the day for the children to take a family member on a tour around the garden area. Create a book or display with the children to show how their garden is planed out. As the children take their family member around the garden area, encourage them to name the different plants, explain how they are caring for them, talk about the different plants and animals, and show how they have decorated the garden. The children could draw a plan of their garden in their journal. 

Prompts, questions and challenge
  • What did we plant in the garden?
  • How have we looked after the different plants?
  • What animals live in the garden?
  • How do the animals that live in the garden help the plants?

Encourage the children to use their phonic knowledge to write about their garden, using the robot action to sound out words.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards

 

Forest School

Wk beginning 19.4.21

Dear Parents,

 

This week in phonics we have recapped the sounds oo, or, ur and ar. If you haven't already done so, please use the Oxford Owl online books to help with this. The books for these sounds are available until the end of Sunday. 

 

In maths we have been learning about odd and even numbers and how you can tell if a number is odd or even. When you are out and about this weekend see if you child can spot numbers and say if they are odd or even. If they are unsure, gather a few objects to help - if you see the number 7, find 7 stones and see if they can be evenly shared between 2 or if there is an odd one out.

 

We have made a great start with our new topic and the children have sketched flowers using pastels, rebuilt our bug hotel and drawn a diagram of a plant, labelling the different parts.

 

Now that the weather is improving and getting warmer, please make sure you put sun cream on your child before school as they will be learning and playing outside more frequently. Please could you also make sure your child has a red school cap to shield them from the sun, clearly named. These can be bought from the school office. 

Have a great weekend

 

Thank you

Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards

 

Forest School

Happy Easter!

The start of this term seems like such a long time ago - home schooling and cold weather seems like a distant memory! It was lovely to get to the end of term with everyone in school, beautiful weather, party games in the classroom, amazing singing from the children as part of the Easter service and a lovely display of wonderfully creative bonnets and boots. 

 

Over the holidays please make use of the the Oxford Owl online library. We have set up some books from the Letters and Sounds section that match our recent phonics teaching. If you want any additional reading you could also make use of the other library books where you can choose books for your child to read. If you have any additional spare time, a little bit of handwriting practise would also be useful, using the precursive style we use in school and maybe practising just a few of the letters at a time that your child finds tricky. 

 

We hope you have a lovely Easter break and are able to make the most of meeting up with family and friends. We look forward to seeing the children back in school in a couple of weeks.

 

With our very best wishes,

The YR team. 

 

 

26.3.21

Dear Parents,

Just three days until the Easter break. The children have enjoyed the Dangerous Dinosaur topic and they have worked very hard making junk models, ammonite pictures, creating their own play dough dinos and using their phonics for writing. Please continue to point out the phase three digraphs and trigraphs when reading at home. Next term we will be focusing on more writing and if the children are confident with the sounds, it makes it all the more easy for them to use them in their writing. 

Next term, in the Sunshine and Sunflowers project your child will explore their local environment and see how it has changed throughout the year. They will grow flowers, fruit and vegetables in the garden area. They will learn how to care for plants and animals, identifying some different types. They will take part in outdoor learning activities and find out how to stay safe in the sun.

To support your child's learning during this topic you could;

  • Grow some quick growing plants together, such as salad leaves, radishes or cress.
  • Plan and go on a picnic.
  • Go on a local walk and talk about the changes that have happened to living things throughout the year.

 

On another note, during the holidays please check the labels on all uniform as we have noticed that some items of clothing are not named. help your child practise fastening and unfastening zips and buttons. This really helps them when changing for PE.

In the meantime have a fabulous weekend. 

From the YR team

 

Measuring dinosaurs using metre rulers and trundle wheel.

Forest School

Dear Parents,

It has been a very busy week and the children have been enjoying the dinosaur topic. Please do look at Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures on CBeebies. It’s a great way to learn about our topic. 

Next week the children will be making their own dinosaurs out of junk. Please could you send in SMALL boxes and kitchen roll tubes with your child/ren.

We hope you have a good weekend. 

Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards

 

 

Week beginning 15.3.21 Back in school and lots of learning and fun.

reception@chiddingstone.kent.sch.uk

Forest School

12.3.21

Dear Parents,

It is so lovely to see the children coming into school smiling and enjoying playing and chatting with their friends and the staff. They are really settling quickly into the routine once more. This week they have had lots of children's choice to help them to settle and they have started the new topic about dinosaurs, which they are really enthusiastic about. 

We have also been learning a new dance to the song called 'Jerusalema' and the children love it. There is a tutorial to go with it. We thought we would share it so they could have a go at home.

https://youtu.be/YtuVWAQzGtE

 

All the staff in Reception class would like to say a huge thank you for the lovely gifts you gave us. We really appreciate the kindness you have shown. We would also like to say a big thank you to the parents for all your help teaching and supporting your children over lockdown. You did a grand job!

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend, enjoy Mothering Sunday. You will be pleased to know there is no homework!

Regards

Mrs Edwards and Mrs clare

Friday 5th March 2021

 

Well done for getting to the end of Home Schooling! We have been delighted and impressed with the way the children (and parents, grandparents and other carers!) have risen to the challenge of learning from home and engaged with lessons on Zoom. Many adults find Zoom a challenging way to communicate with others and the children have adapted fantastically; engaging well, waiting patiently for their turn and always doing so with a smile. We have very much enjoyed looking at the photos that have been sent in of work completed and have been amazed by the creativity and commitment demonstrated. 

 

We are all very much looking forward to seeing the children on Monday morning and below are a few reminders:

 

  • Please bring a morning snack and water bottle.
  • Please bring in PE kits on Monday - we will be incorporating more physical activity into our timetable and so PE kits are needed all week. Please check trainers fit and fasten properly. 
  • Forest School will continue to take place on Thursday afternoons starting the first week back. 
  • On Monday, please send in reading diaries and any school reading books you have at home. As far as possible please tick off books your child has read in the reading diaries.
  • Please keep school work completed over the last few weeks at home until the week beginning 15th March. You can then send in any phonics, writing, maths work in a folder but topic work, art work can be kept at home. 
  • Please remind your children of how to wash hands carefully, especially after going to the toilet and of good hygiene relating to coughing and sneezing, nose wiping, etc. 

 

We do appreciate that returning to school on Monday will be exciting for many but also daunting and unsettling. The emphasis will very much be on the children's well being, getting to know each other again, school routines, how to share resources, being kind to each other, good listening etc.  We also look forward to starting our new topic "Dangerous Dinosaurs". 

 

With our very warmest wishes from everyone in YR. 

December 17th 2020

 

We have finally reached the end of a very busy but very lovely term. The children have worked really hard over the last few weeks and have made fantastic progress in so many different ways. The have become much more independent at looking after themselves and can now get changed for PE in record time; their work in phonics has been impressive and their handwriting has improved hugely; and to top it all, everyone in our class was in school today to join in the school nativity, performing "Little Donkey" which such enthusiasm and confidence in rather unusual circumstances. We hope you enjoy the video and photos. 

 

Next term our topic is "Starry Night" and we will be exploring the differences in the world at night compared to during the day. We will learn about the importance of a good night’s sleep, and discover what is happening in the world while we are sleeping, including finding out about nocturnal animals. Alongside this we will be finding out about the changes that happen during winter, including the types of weather associated with winter.  We will explore places that have snow all year round and the types of animals that live there. Hopefully, we may have some snow of our own!

 

So, from all the YR team, we wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.  We are very grateful for all the cards, gifts and kind messages we have received and looking forward to seeing the children in 2021.

 

From Mrs Edwards, Mrs Clare, Mrs Scott, Mrs Vicary and Mrs McCoy

Dear Parents,

Nearly there!!

This week the children have enjoyed lots of Christmas and light festival activities to do with our topic Sparkle and Shine. They have painted their Diwali lamps (find them in their bags), they have made lanterns with clear cups and tissue paper and they have looked at Christmas around the world. 

We have sent home the 'Home Journals'. There is no homework this week, so keep them at home until after the holiday, so that you can add anything you like to the journals, photos, children's crafts/drawings etc. Or perhaps letting us know what the children have enjoyed over the holidays. 

For next week, please send in a named carrier bag so that we can send home the crafts that the children have made. 

 

 

Thank you all very much for your kind gifts and the bottle of Presecco. I wonder what the staff are doing tonight!!?

Have a super weekend.

Mrs Clare, Mrs Edwards and all the staff. 

Forest School

Christmas Jumpers

Dear Parents,

We hope you enjoy the video below. We were very impressed with all the windows, they look amazing. 

This week we have covered sounds 'i, n, m & d' and the words 'I, the, to, no, go, into, to & can'. 

In maths we have continued with positional language and some weighing. 

The children have enjoyed different activities in the 'Early Birds' session. Each group makes and creates a different craft everyday. This week they have enjoyed making angels from pine cones, attempting wrapping boxes and tying a bow, cutting snowflakes, making cards and writing letters and threading beads to make repeated patterns. 

For homework this week, please could you help your child to find out a fact about how Christmas is celebrated in a different country.

The children are very tired now and Christmas is on its way! A week and a half to go and they will need the rest for sure. 

 

Sparkle & Shine

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This term the children in YR have been learning about the celebrations that take place during the autumn and winter seasons. They have each created an illuminated window with the focus being on the significance and symbolism of light at this time of year. Their individuality shines through! A big thank you to Ed Miles for putting them all together.

Forest School

Term 3 Forest School rota

Dear Parents,

This week in phonics we have recapped 's, a, t & p' and having a go at writing words and practising the formation of the letters in their busy books.  We have also learnt words such as 'the, to, I, no & go'. Please go over them and see if they can be spotted in story books. 

In shape, space and measures we have been using words such as 'below, above, between, next to, left, right. on top, & under'. The children were very good at this and understood positional language well. 

 

In class we have made magic potions and puppets. The children have used their wooden spoon puppets to make up a story in small groups. Each group performed their stories to the rest of the class. 

 

We are very impressed with the window displays that you have all created. They look amazing! Please email them in by Monday if you have not already done so. 

 

For homework in their journals- Could the children to bring in pictures of themselves celebrating special events in their lives. Explain that a celebration is a way of remembering a special event or day. Encourage them to talk about their pictures, including the name of the celebration, why it was a special time and how they celebrated. Support them to ask and answer questions about what they have heard and compare their celebrations with each other.

 

Have a great weekend

Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards

 

 

Once Upon A Time Puppets

Forest School

Whittling

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Dear Parents,

This week in class our work has focused on the story of Cinderella. We have discussed the characters and whether or not we enjoyed the story and we have thought about different roles for fairy tale princesses, rather than waiting to be rescued by a prince. The children decided they could be train drivers or dentists, fight their own dragons or just relax on the sofa and watch a bit of tv!

In phonics we have continued learning new sounds and this week we have covered w, x, y, z and zz. Next week, after learning qu, we will start recapping the sounds we have learnt so far, practising forming the letters, writing words and learning some ‘tricky’ words (words that we can’t sound out). In maths we have started on positional language and have continued with careful counting and adding and taking away using dice and counters. In French the children have been learning the words for different colours. In PE they have practised throwing and catching and in RE we read the start of the Christmas story.

For homework please could you and your child continue with decorating a window for our Sparkle and Shine topic (see last week’s web page below for more details). Please could you email a photo of your illuminated window to the office by Friday 27th November so we can put together a photo gallery ready for the start of the following week.

Please also talk to your children about ordinal numbers, 1st,2nd, 3rd 4th etc. Line up toys facing one way and then the other, does their position change?

We hope you have a lovely, and slightly drier, weekend.

Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards

Forest School

Elf home

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Dear Parents, 

Thank for you joining us for consultations this week. We look forward to catching up with others on Tuesday next week. 

 

This week in class our work has focused on The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Three Little Pigs. We've thought about how the story might have turned out if the troll had been kind and friendly and how to build a house that a wolf was unable to blow down.  

 

In phonics we have continued learning new sounds and this week we have covered l, ll, ss, j, v. In maths we have been learning more about 3D shapes and have also been practising careful counting. We also used number cards to pick an amount of bricks to build a tower and worked out how many we had if we added another number. In French the children have been counting to 10, learning how to greet others and singing Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Feet. In RE we have continued to think about why we act out a nativity at Christmas and made birthday crowns. 

 

Heads Up - Sparkle and Shine Topic
Towards the second half of this term our topic will change to Sparkle and Shine. This project teaches children about the celebrations that take place during the autumn and winter seasons, and focuses on the significance and symbolism of light at this time of year. As part of this topic we had hoped to get involved in the Wonderlights project https://wonderlights.info/#ideas Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions this is no longer going ahead in November. However, we would like to carry out our own version of this and thought it might be a lovely project for families to do over the next few weeks. Have a look at the website for ideas, although your children will probably have their own! Please send a photo of your illuminated window display by the end of the month and we will put together a class photo gallery we can share on our school website. 
 

Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

 

Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards

Forest School

Dear Parents

 

We hope you've all had a lovely break and are ready for the new term. The children seem to have grown over the half term holiday!

 

For the first half of this term our topic is "Once Upon A Time" and we will be doing lots of activities relating to traditional tales. This week we have looked at Goldilocks and Little Red Riding Hood and have had lots of fun in class acting out the stories. For homework, please could your child let us know who their favourite character is from a story (it doesn't need to be a traditional tale). What is it they like about the character? What words would they use to describe them? They could draw a picture in their Home Journals and then use this for Show and Tell next week. 

 

In phonics we have continued learning new sounds and this week we have covered r, h, b, f, ff. In maths we have been learning more about 3D shapes and have also been practising counting and remembering that the last number you say when counting tells you how many there are. With your child, count aloud up to 10 items into a pot and then cover the pot. Do they still know how many are in the pot? Emphasise that if 6 was the last number we counted then there are 6 items in the pot. 

 

Please could you make sure that your child has their yellow reading diary and school reading book in their school bag every day even if they haven't yet read the book (it will be returned at the end of the day). This is to enable staff to read with your child in school when possible. 
 
By now your child should have brought home a school reading book without words. Please refer back to the letter we sent home last week about questions you may like to ask your child when reading the book with them. The idea of these books is to develop their understanding of stories and story structure. 
 
We will aim to change reading books on Mondays, Wednesday and Friday. If your child hasn't finished their book and you would like to keep the book for longer please make a note in the reading dairy. We would be very grateful if you could let us know in the diary how your child gets on with the books and any other observations. 

 

Please remember that snacks should be healthy and crisps are not allowed. If you send in an apple or similar fruit please make sure it is in a sandwich bag with your child’s name on it. There have been a couple of packets of snacks un-named and the children are unsure if it is theirs or not. Also, please ensure that all items are named (including socks and tights).

 

Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards

 

 

Forest School

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Parents Guide to Phonics in YR

Dear Parents,

The children have had a fantastic first term, however we are all ready for a break! 

Please keep going over the sounds we have learnt so far; s,a,t,p,i, n,m,d,g,o,c,k,e & u. Using their collaged letters that they have brought  home, make CVC words eg cat, dog, sit, sat etc so that they can segment the word using their robot action and blend the sounds to make the word. 

In their bags you will find their home journal ( with a note of explanation inside the front cover), where you can add some photos or a sentence about a lovely day out or something they have enjoyed over half term. They can use this for their show and tell next term (we are now discouraging bringing in toys and moving on to something of a different interest).Next term the topic will be 'Once Upon a Time' and also 'Sparkle and Shine'. For the latter topic, please add a photo in the learning journal of your child celebrating an event, eg, Christmas, birthday, Easter, christening or wedding (in the past) that they can talk about. It could be celebrating Xmas in another country, for example in Sweden they open their presents on Xmas eve. 

We hope you have a restful holiday, ready for term 2!

See you next term

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

Forest School

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Dear Parents,

This week, in maths the children have had a super time learning about weighing objects on the balance scales. Please talk to them using language such as light, lighter, lightest, heavy, heavier and heaviest. They have also been sorting sticks colours and order of length and using words such as long, longer, longest, short, shorter, shortest. 

In phonics so far we have learnt the sounds 's,a,t,p,i,n, m, d, g & o'. The children have been bringing home their collaged letters which they should be using at home to help them spell simple CVC (consonant vowel consonant)  word such as cat, dog, pat &  pot. Say the word for them and ask them to robot the word, then find the letter sounds that they need for that word, putting them in the correct order. The sounds could be kept in a box for the children to use. 

The children have been enjoying their show and tell, so please encourage them to bring in something interesting on their show and tell day. 

Finally, if anyone has any wooden crates for our outdoor area, please contact the office. 

Thank you

Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare

 

Forest School

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Forest School

Forest School Rota Term 2

Dear Parents,

 

This week the children have enjoyed French on Tuesday, PE on Wednesday and Forest School on Thursday. We have also started our daily phonics lessons and have so far covered s, a, t, p, i. Encourage your child to think of words starting with these sounds - perhaps by playing I Spy. Please remember to use the sound the letter makes and not the letter name. You could also make up a card for each sound and then use them to make three letter words eg t - a - p   tap. Sound out the word and then blend the sounds together to read the word. See the link below to help with sound pronunciation. 

 

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=letters+and+sounds+correct+pronunciation&&view=detail&mid=05B4FB74A52B1B4911CD05B4FB74A52B1B4911CD&rvsmid=E6B97686F1CF37A94425E6B97686F1CF37A94425&FORM=VDRVRV‚Äč

 

Please could you check that your child has the correct PE kit and it is all labelled, including socks and returned to school on Monday. Written initials on the bottom of PE socks is fine. Once they misplace their socks it is impossible for us to find the correct owner.  On a positive note, as a class, they did very well at getting changed independently! 

 

‚ÄčThank you
Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards. 

Forest School

25.9.20

Dear Parents,

 

This week we have continued settling into school and have enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones now we are a class of 30. In maths we have been working with on 2D shapes and looking at the number 2. We have also been practising our harvest song and thinking about the changes that occur in Autumn. If you go for a walk at the weekend, please collect the following; conkers, different length slim sticks (but no longer than 30cms please), 5 different leaves of different colours and sizes and cones. Please send them into school on Monday.

 

Next week the children can start doing Show and Tell. Their day will be as follows:

 

Monday – Alfie, Alice, Anna, Arabella, Artie, Bodie

Tuesday – Charlotte, Emily, Freddie, Freddie, Georgiana, Henry

Wednesday - Jack, Jacob, Josephine, Kitty, Lilly, Lyla

Thursday – Matilda, Mia, Molayo, Noah, Oscar, Raphael

Friday – Sahara, Seb, Teddie, Theo, Theo, Victoria

 

The children might want to tell us about something interesting they have done at home, or something they are proud of, or show something they have found on a walk. Sometimes we will ask them to find out something related to our current topic or learning and this would be noted on our class website on Friday afternoons. 

 

Please encourage your child/children to practise cutting with children's scissors and let them do lots of colouring to encourage good pencil grip. 

 

Do make sure your child knows where to find their name on their garments and do write their names on packets of snacks and banana skins. The helpers of the day (the children) give out the snacks and if they are not named, it takes twice as long. This is a good exercise for the children to recognise their own name as well as their peers. 

 

Have a great weekend

Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents,

We have had another super week in Reception Class. The children are settling in very well and are very happy to be coming in to school. Don't forget next week all the children will be coming in the morning and staying for lunch. Pick-up time will be from 1.15pm-1.30pm. In the morning children can join the drop and go system if they are confident and happy enough to do so. However, at home time please continue to pick-up on foot and park in the castle. When the children are here full time, they will be able to be picked up

by car as there will be more staff on duty from 3pm-3.30pm.

To help your child's fine motor skills, please help your child to use scissors and let your child do lots of colouring to help with their pencil grip, (the tripod grip). 

 

Have a super weekend. See you all next week.

 

Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards.

 

Dear Parents,

The children have settled in really well and are having a super time at school with their friends. It's lovely to see so many smiling faces as they come in to school and skip out again. We have really enjoyed the first week. The children have been learning to sit beautifully on the carpet and listen to instructions. We have also talked them through the fire drill and where we have to go to our safe place in case of an emergency. They were all superstars at the practice!

We have noticed that some uniform, snack boxes and water bottles are unnamed and it would really be helpful if all items could be named. If the children bring in fruit for snack could this also be placed in a named snack box or bag. Please bring a snack in for afternoon sessions as well as morning sessions next week (afternoon snack not required once children are in full time).

 

Please put sun cream on your child if it's going to be warm and make sure they always have a red school cap in their bags (named).

 

PE kits need to be in school week beginning 28th September. 

 

Thank you so much for your help.

Have a super week end.

Mrs Clare and Mrs Edwards.

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