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Chiddingstone Church of England School

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

Reception

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

How to make a swing

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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

SWING!

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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

 

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! 

 

​Thank 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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