In this weeks newsblog:
- ActiveKids vouchers from Sainsbury's
- FOTF - School Disco tickets
- News from the classes
ActiveKids vouchers from Sainsbury'sWe have begun collecting ActiveKids vouchers for this year so, if you or anyone ou know shops in Sainsbury's please collect the vouchers and drop them off in the School Office. Last year we collected some playground equipment and this year we're looking, with your help, to add to our PE equipment.
FOTF - School Disco tickets
There are still some tickets available for the Valentine Disco - please pop to the school office to snap these up!
News from the classesIn Hedgehog class we have been doing lots of storytelling; we used actions and props to retell the story A Little Bit of Winter. The children have also been creating story maps by drawing the events of the story, some even added their own details to make their own winter story.
The children were really engaged by the theme of hibernation in the story and wanted to find out more. We have been learning about different animals that hibernate and the children have been asking lots of interesting questions to find out more about hibernation. We have been developing our early writing skills through ‘Secret Writing’, the children have been mark making in a variety of methods and giving meaning to the marks they make.
They have also been creating different hibernation dens for animals on a small scale using sugar cubes and mini marshmallows and on a larger scale outside they decided to make a bear cave using junk modelling to adapt our willow den. The children then took their learning further and drew animal tracks in chalk that led from the classroom all the way to the bear cave.
Next week we will be having a Frozen themed week! We will be doing lots of ice investigations and developing our role play inside and outside; the children will also be doing lots of Frozen themed cooking for snacktime. In the last week of term to finish off our winter topic we will be taking part in Forest School activities led by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust; further details will be emailed out to all parents.
Owl and Squirrel ClassAnother busy couple of weeks in Reception!
Our new stage and den building area is now complete and the children can't wait to start using it in the coming week. They have really enjoyed watching Jon at work and it has inspired them with their own building projects. The children have also been working with Rachel from The Wiltshire Wildlife Trust learning how to build dens around the school, which was great fun and now they can use these skills to build their own in our new den area. If you have any old plain bed sheets you no longer need and you would like to donate them we would love them for our dens!
Don't forget we will be going over to the forest area with Rachel on Monday or Tuesday this week, so we will need warm spare clothes and extra socks as well as hats, gloves and scarfs to keep us warm while we explore.
As many of you know we have started learning challenges in Reception this term. Each week the children are asked to complete a number of independent challenges to demonstrate their learning skills. Literacy challenges are red and could be writing a list, playing a word or phonics game or retelling a story. Maths challenges are blue and could be ordering numbers, measuring objects or making patterns. We introduce the challenges on Mondays and then the children have until Friday lunchtime to complete them. If they complete the challenges then they have a special treat activity. The children are really enjoying the independent challenges and most children are managing to complete them in time! You can support your child by asking them about the challenges and which ones they have completed! Over the next term we will gradually add more challenges to continue to develop their independence over all areas of learning.
And finally, don't forget to keep sharing Magnificent Moments of your child's learning and achievements outside of school.
Fox and Badger Class
They have amazed us with their use of information texts to support their learning about animals. We introduced non-fiction books at the beginning of the term and the children have enjoyed finding them in our bookcase and sharing facts with us - the more gory the better!
The clubs have started now, and are going well with all the children enjoying them. The chefs have made marmite pinwheels amongst other things, in craft they have started making jewellery boxes and in Star Wars they have made Yoda hats and light sabres.
Next week, the children will be den-building with Rachel from the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. This will take place on the school premises so the children need no additional clothing as long as they have wellies in school. Also, we are making vehicles from junk modelling. If you have any boxes/plastic bottles/foil you need to get rid of, please bring it into school next week.