Welcome to Class 3!!
Miss Beard, Mrs Cripps & Ms Jones-Walters
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We have had another exciting week in Class 3! We have learnt all about dinosaurs and completed lots of fun activities. The children initiated their own ideas to make dinosaur masks, models using junk materials and some fantastic play dough models.
The children have learnt some interesting facts using the internet and books from the library. Try asking your child for a dinosaur fact, we think you will be impressed!! The children have learnt how to make 10 in different ways using cubes. The children now know there are 11 ways of making 10. We also completed some problem solving activities by doubling and halving numbers. We were very impressed with the children.
Please continue to learn words and hear your child read at home. It is really important that the children are practising their phonic skills at home and in a range of contexts.
***REMINDER*** Class 3 will be doing forest school on Monday afternoon. Please send wellies in a named bag.
Miss Beard, Mrs Cripps and Mrs Walters
This week we have finished off our traditional tale topic with 'Beauty and the Beast', which was the children's choice. We have talked about why the Beast was unkind at the start of the story and ways in which we are kind to one another in school.
The children have designed and made their own beast using a wide selection of resources which they selected independently. We have also made roses and mirrors using our own ideas. The children were able to evaluate their creations and say why they used certain materials and what they could do to improve them. This is an area we are focussing on with the children ensuring that their evaluative skills develop throughout the Summer term.
In Maths we have revisited time and practised drawing the hands on the clocks for o'clock and half past. It would be great if you could help your child continue to practise telling the time at home.
We have also looked at halving and completed an activity where children had to share out items fairly.
In Literacy we have written postcards, sequenced the story and written captions.
The children have really enjoyed the traditional tales topic and got lots of learning experiences from it.
Outdoor curriculum has been fantastic this week with the children exploring water, building dens, playing in the builders role play, making models, playing in the mud kitchen and much more. The weather is picking up at last and we ask that all children have a water bottle and hat in school. It is essential that sun cream is applied to your child before they come to school.
Miss Beard, Mrs Cripps and Ms Walters
Class 3 have had a very busy and exciting start to the week.
On Monday we had our first forest school session. children had great fun looking for clues from The Troll from the story of 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'. We found a message from Mr Troll asking if we could help make him a bridge. Children worked together to make bridges using sticks and were very creative when thinking of different ways to build a bridge.
On Tuesday Class 3 had a very busy day. In the morning we visited Hobbs Moat Library. We enjoyed looking around he library and exploring the children's area. The librarian showed us how to use a library card to loan books and she read us some lovely stories.
On Tuesday afternoon we had great fun learning to ride a bike. The instructors brought in balance bikes and we wore our helmets and practised cycling around the big playground. Some children then were given 1 pedal to practise cycling and others were given 2 pedals.
Our topic is 'The Three Little Pigs' this week. Children have enjoyed exploring our story sack and acting out the story using the finger puppets.
Next week our topic is 'The Gingerbread Man' and 'The Runaway Chapati'.
Mrs Cripps, Miss Beard and Ms Walters
Welcome back to our Summer Term
We have started our traditional tales topic and last week we were learning about 'Goldilocks and The Three Bears'.
This week we are learning about 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'. Children have enjoyed using different materials to build bridges to help the Three Billy Goats cross the river.
In maths we have been introducing directional language to the children - forwards, backwards, half turn, full turn and quarter turn. Children had great fun pretending to be robots and enjoyed following instructions from Miss Beard.
We have also been writing number sentences e.g. 7 + 3 = ? and have been practising working them out by counting on and/or counting back in their heads.
We are currently developing our outdoor curriculum in the foundation stage and we have begun to teach the children different areas of the curriculum outside. This week we have introduced children to our sand, junk modelling and water area. We have discussed rules for outside and how we must look after our fabulous new resources.
In phonics we have continued to recap on our phase 3 sounds and have been reading, writing and spelling words with our phase 3 sounds.
Next Monday 8th May in the afternoon Class 3 have forest school for the first time All children need to wear trousers or bring a spare pair of trousers or leggings to change into and a pair of named wellingtons.
On Tuesday in the morning Class 3 will be visiting the library and we will be learning what services the library provides and the Liberian will be reading us some stories.
Next week we will be learning about 'The Three Little Pigs'.
Mrs Cripps, Miss Beard and Ms Walters
What another busy week!! A busy week to end a busy term!!
This week the children visited the church to watch year 2 perform the Easter story. The children were beautifully behaved walking to the church and during the service. Year 2 did a great job and all of class 3 enjoyed the morning.
The children have been sent home with PE bags so that they can be washed over the holidays.
Homework books and reading books should be done as normal over the holidays.
Well done to all of the children who took part in the 'Easter Bonnet' competition! They were all fantastic!!
Finally we wish you a very 'Happy Easter' and an enjoyable break.
Miss Beard, Mrs Cripps and Ms Walters
For the next two weeks we are learning about 'Easter' with some really exciting activities!! To celebrate Easter we have some chicks in school which will be visiting the class next week. Keep an eye out for the photographs!
The children who have took part in the Easter workshops with a parent are thoroughly enjoying making paper plate chicks, patterned eggs, Easter baskets and bunny cups! It is always lovely to see children sharing their learning experiences with their parents. We will upload some photos on Friday when all sessions are complete.
In phonics this week we have:
- Read and write phase 3 and 4 sentences containing tricky words such as "He is looking for rabbits but sees a fox."
- Revisited the sound 'air' (hair, fair, chair).
- Revisited the sound 'ear' (hear, tear, fear).
- Revisited the sound 'ure' (cure, lure, sure).
Please continue to practise at home as much as possible.
In maths we have looked at different coins and thought about vocabulary such as pence, pound, more expensive, least expensive, price, cheaper. We have also looked at time and are beginning to learn o'clock. We discussed vocabulary such as yesterday, tomorrow, last week, next week, later, earlier.
If possible please model the use of this vocabulary as much as you can!!
Miss Beard and Mrs Cripps
This week our new topic is 'Spring' We have talked about the signs of Spring and how the four seasons are different. Can you see any signs of Spring in the local environment?
In Maths we have counted and ordered with numbers up to 20 accurately.
In Literacy we have used non-fiction books to find information to make a season fact sheet.
We have enjoyed lots of creative activities such as observational drawings of daffodils, blossom tree collage and making and decorating Mother's day cards.
In phonics we have revisited letter names and practised reading and writing phase 3 sounds. We are still finding the sound 'igh' tricky! If possible could you continue to practise this at home! Words such as 'light' 'night' 'fright' high'.
We have noticed that when teachers write 'GR' which stands for 'Guided Read' parents are not hearing children read at home. Please try and hear children read every week and record a comment in the hear me read diary.
Miss Beard & Mrs Cripps
This week we have learnt about the stories 'The Enormous Watermelon' and 'The Enormous Turnip'. We have acted out the story using instruments to represent different parts of the story. It was great fun and got rather noisy in class 3!!
Literacy- We looked at invitations and talked about their features. Children enjoyed lots of child initiated writing in our new writing area. We also recalled the story of 'The Enormous Watermelon' and wrote the start, middle and end.
Phonics- We have revisited phase 3 sounds and practised reading and writing words that contain them. We have reviewed polysyllabic words such as treetop, freshness and starlight.
Maths- We have investigated weight using scales. The children have used the vocabulary heaviest, heavier, heavy, lightest, lighter and light to compare quantities.
PE- We continued to work on a range of ball skills and developed control when throwing, catching and rolling.
Class 3 are keeping a close on the beans we have planted. Each day different children water the plants. I wonder whose will grow the tallest?
Last week we started our new topic "growing". We had a fantastic week planting our own seeds by following a set of instructions, learning how to look after plants, using non-fiction books to find out information and lots of creative activities. In phonics we focussed on learning the letter names and matching the letters to the sounds.
This week we are learning about "Jasper's Beanstalk. We have sequenced the story and written sentences to match each part of the story.
We are keeping a close eye on the seeds we planted last week! I wonder who's seed will start to grow first?!!
In PE we practised throwing and catching using balls. We did a great job!
On Thursday in Maths we will be adding and subtracting using number tracks and hundred squares. On Friday we will be learning about the artist "Monet" and using water colour paints to create our own painting. Keep a look out in the corridor for our paintings!!
Independently, we have measured beanstalks using rulers, decorated plant pots with repeated patterns, made Jasper the cat using play dough and tools, Jasper the cat mask and lots more exciting activities!
In phonics we have revised the phase 3 sounds sh, ch, th, ng, ai ,ee, igh, oa, ur, ear, air, ure, er and read lots of words containing these sounds. We are also practising forming the letters g, q, and o.
Class 3 were very excited to welcome back Miss Beard this week it is so lovely to have her back.
Our topic this week is people that help us and children were brilliant at thinking of different types of people in our community that help us. We have been doing lots of exciting activities in class including; exploring mixing colours, blow painting, making things for someone that helps us using junk modelling and using bee bot (a programmable toy).
On Monday in PE we continued to practise balancing on the balls of our feet and we enjoyed throwing and catching and balancing across a beam. We were pretending to be tightrope walkers and we had lots of fun.
In phonics we have been continuing to learn our letter names (ABC).
We have had handwriting practise and children have been practising to form a, c and d correctly.
In maths we have been writing number sentences involving addition and have been working them out using a number track and objects. We have also enjoyed playing shape detectives and describing 2D and 3D shapes. We introduced the vocabulary of 'closer' and 'further' to children when talking about distance. We raced cars across the floor and talked about the car that had travelled the furthest.
Please can you make sure that your child brings their book bag to school everyday with their reading book and yellow hear me read booklet and also make sure that homework books are given in on a Wednesday. Many Thanks.
We hope that you have a fabulous half term and we look forward to seeing you on Monday 27th February.
Mrs Cripps, Miss Beard and Mrs Walters
Our topic this week is recycling. We have enjoyed learning about how and why we recycle and we loved the story 'Litterbug Dug'.
In PE we have continued to practise balancing on the balls of our feet and this week we have been throwing and catching beanbags and balls whilst standing on the balls of our feet. Children tried very hard not to wobble over!
In phonics we have been learning our letter names (ABC) and we have been recognising the tricky words 'do', 'when', 'what' and 'out'. We have also been learning how to spell the tricky words 'my' and 'her'.
In maths we have been weighing some of our recycling in our balance scales. We have been using the vocabulary 'heavier', 'heaviest', 'lighter' and 'lightest' to compare the weight of two objects.
On Tuesday we learnt how to stay safe whilst on the internet and Smartie the penguin helped us to learn ways to stay safe. We discovered how important it is to tell a grown up if something appears on the screen that makes us feel uncomfortable.
We hope you have a lovely weekend
Mrs Cripps, Mrs Pelosi and Mrs Jones-Walters
A big hello to everyone from Mrs Cripps who has returned from maternity leave this week. It has been lovely getting to know Class 3 and seeing all their super work. They are such a lovely caring class who have helped me settle in quickly. Thank you to you parents/carers too for being patient while I dismiss the children and get to know you.
On Monday we enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year and we made some lovely Chinese dragons. We loved watching a video about Chinese New Year and then discussing all the things that we could see.
We have also been learning about road safety and talking about how to cross the road safely.
This week is national story telling week so it has been so nice to have parents in to read stories. The children have really enjoyed listening to your favourite stories and we even had one story read in Urdu and learnt Urdu for go and car. A big thank you to the parents that did come and read we really appreciate you giving up your time to come into school.
In PE this week we have been practising balancing on the balls of our feet.
In maths this week we have been learning about time and reading o'clock.
In phonics we have been learning to recognise the tricky words little, one, there and were and practising to spell they, all and are.
Our topic next week is recycling. We hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Cripps, Mrs Pelosi and Mrs Walters
In class 3 this week, our topic has been all about school. We went for a little walk around our school, to see where year 1 and year 2 are based, we took a peek in the printer room and we cast our eyes in office where the office staff were hard at work!
We talked about the roles of different members of staff in the school and we talked about what our school looks like. We then spent the week producing lots of work based on the topic of school; we draw our own map of the classroom and lablelled it, we painted portrtaits of ourselves, we ordered school items from chespest to most expensive and we mixed colours to produce our own school lunchbox. As usual, we have worked super hard and produced some lovely work.
In phonics, we have been learning how to sound out, blend and write CVCC words like: flag, creep, flat, drop and spin. We have also learnt how to read and write the following tricky words: said and come. Please continue to hear your child read, a little bit every day is better than trying to hear them read for a longer period of time, all in one go. Homwork is sent out on a Friday, and needs to be returned to school by the following Wednesday please. If you have any queries or concerns, we are always happy to speak to you at the end of the day once the children have been dismissed.
Mrs. Cripps returns from her maternty leave on Monday 30th Januray. She will be with the class from Monday through to Wednesday, Mrs. Pelosi will move to Year 2 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but will continue to be the Class 3 teacher on Thursdays and Fridays until Miss Beard is fit and well enough to reurn to work. I have truly enjoyed working with such a lovely bunch of children!
Wishing you all a fabulous week/weekend!
Mrs. Pelosi, Miss Beard and Miss Walters.
We have had another super busy week in class 3! We have been learning all about our local community. We have discussed which shops are in our local area and we have also talked about people in our local area who help us, like policemen and lolly-pop people.
On Tuesday we received a letter addressed to class 3! We were so excited!! It was from a girl called Kirsty who lives in Australia and she told us what it's like where she lives. We then wrote back to her and told her about what it's like in our community. We all tried so hard with our hand-writing, Mrs Pelosi was very proud of us all!!
We really enjoyed ordering random house numbers to 20 and we particularly enjoyed building our own community and labelling it. Also this week, we have completed various sorting activities and we have written a list of the shops hat we can find in our local area.
In phonics this week, we are still learning phase 4 words. We have been learning how to sound out and blend words that start with two consonants:, like frog, stop, ,milk and skip. Please keep practising sounds and tricky words at home. We have also learnt how to read, write and spell tricky words said and so. Please remember that books get changed weekly. Please could you make sure hat your child always has their diary and reading book in their school bag. Thank you! Photo's to follow shortly.. There is a technical issue with the camera..!
Have a lovely week!
Mrs Pelosi and Miss Walters
Welcome back everyone! Happy New Year to you all! This week, we have been learning about Kipper's Toybox. We have made a moving picture, ordered sequence of events and designed a lost poster for 'Sock Thing!'. Also, this week, we had great fun investigating what happens to chocolate when we heat it up and cool it down.
In phonics this week, we have learnt the oi, ow, ear and er sounds. We have learnt to read and write words containing these sounds and we have learnt the following tricky words: they and my and we have been learning to write and spell them.
What a super first full term at school we have had in class 3 !
We would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! See you all in 2017!!
We have had a fantastic week in class 3! We have learnt all about the Christmas story. We have made donkey masks, camels with concertina legs, a stable scene and glittering stars. We have also sequenced the story thinking about the correct order and using language such as beginning, middle and end.
The children put on two performances of "A Little Nativity" this week and did a fantastic job!! The teachers were so proud of all of the children. We hope you enjoyed watching the performances as much as we did!!
Next week is our last week in school before the Christmas holiday. We have a fun filled festive week planned where the topic will be Christmas!!
Have a wonderful weekend
Miss Beard & Ms Walters
Next week's topic (28/11/16) is continuing with our theme of weather. We will be looking at snow and ice. The children will be completing lots of activities! In phonics' we will be revisiting the sounds 'ch', 'sh', 'th', 'ng' and learning the new sounds 'ee', 'ai', 'igh' and 'oa'.
We are also practising our Christmas play! Please remember costumes are due in on Monday 28th November !! If your child has lines to learn please help them at practise them at home.
This week our topic is 'Autumn' and 'Percy the Park Keeper'! We are learning about woodlands animals and the signs of Autumn. We will be going on a Autumn walk around school and collecting leaves, fir cones and sticks to use for art work. We will be playing in the new role play area 'Percy's hut' in our classroom.
Just a reminder......next week the phonics workshops are taking place every morning from 9.00-9.45am. Please make sure you only attend the session that teachers have given to you.
Just a little reminder!!
Can we please ask that reading books are in bags EVERYDAY to ensure that reading books are changed and your child is heard to read. We do not hear readers on the same day every week.
Homework books are to be returned EVERY WEDNESDAY with completed homework. It will be marked and a new task stuck in ready for Friday. It would be helpful if you used no more than two pages for each task.
Can we also ask that reading books and homework books are kept in the plastic folder you received them in. It helps to keep them neat and tidy. Homework books should be presented well and to the best of their ability. Children are encouraged in school to present work as beautifully as possible.
Miss Beard, Mrs Pelosi and Ms Jones-Walters
We would like to say welcome back to you all! We are really excited about this term. Thank you to all the children who completed their homework. We have marked it today and books will be sent home Friday with another task in it.
Here is a reminder of the topics we are learning about each week......
W/C 31/10/16- Bonfire Night/Diwali
W/C- 7/11/16- Autumn- Percy the Park Keeper (The Rescue Party/After the storm)
W/C- 14/11/16- Autumn- Percy the Park Keeper (One Snowy Night)
W/C- 21/11/16- Weather- Wind/Rain/Thunder
W/C- 28/11/16- Weather- Snow/Ice
W/C- 5/12/16- Christmas
W/C- 12/12/16- Christmas
Some parents have asked for some ideas to support phonics. I have uploaded some suggested songs and games to help the children at home. Enjoy learning together!!
Jolly Phonics Songs (Phase 2 Sounds)
Tricky Word Song (Phase 2 Words)
Games to support Phase 2
This week we are learning about 'Harvest'. The children in Reception having completed lots of beautiful work for the display outside the office. We have made scarecrows, tractors, vegetables and learnt how bread is made! We also talked about where vegetables come from.
We have had a super first term at school!! We would like to wish you all a very happy half term for next week.
The children have had a fabulous week learning about their five senses. They have enjoyed exploring different textures and been on an imaginary train ride looking at the surroundings and listening for lots of sounds. The children were able to tell us about their favourite tastes......chocolate was a clear favourite!!!!
We also talked about our families and pets and completed lots of independent activities.
We would like to thank all parents that attended the maths workshops this week. The children had a great time showing you how clever they are! We hope it has given you an insight into the practical problem solving activities and vocabulary that we are currently teaching in class. We hope you enjoyed the experience!
Next week is our Maths Workshops beginning Monday 3rd October running everyday until Friday 7th October.
The sessions are 9.00-9.45 and you will have received a reply slip providing you with your specified time!
Unfortunately we cannot have younger siblings at the sessions due to health and safety regulations.
We look forward to seeing you!!!
The week beginning 26th September we are learning about healthy and unhealthy practices!
We are learning about healthy foods, exercise and personal hygiene such as washing our hands and brushing our teeth properly!
Here is a challenge for at home.........
Find all the healthy food in your fridge and cupboards and draw a picture!!
The week beginning 12th September our topic is 'Rainbow Fish'. We will be learning the importance of sharing! We will be counting and matching numbers and objects. The children can practise their counting skills a home too!
We will also be introducing the letter sounds s, a, t and how to write them correctly.
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