We have got some of our work up in Andover Library this month.
We had a great time dressing up as our favourite book characters for World Book Day. How many do you recognise?
What was your favourite book character when you were little?
We have had the most amazing time learning about London. We went on a class London bus to learn all about the famous landmarks that you can visit in our capital city and got off at different bus stops to visit London Bridge, the Tower of London, The Portrait Gallery, Buckingham Palace and The Olympic Stadium. We have done lots of building of bridges, making crowns for the Queen to keep in the Tower, designing new flags for the Palace and making portraits of the Kings and Queens of Portway! We also found out about Big Ben, The Shard and The Gherkin and made a 3D city around the River Thames. What a busy week!
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'We are learning about Cinderella and we had a lot of fun doing dancing at the Ball. We liked having fun. We are spinning and doing twizzles in our dance and we are dressing up.'
By Ava, Sasmi and Libby
We have been learning about the artist Wassily Kandinsky today. He loved to make pictures using different shapes and colours and often chose colours that matched the way that he was feeling. We talked about the way different colours make us feel and then cut concentric circles to make our own version of one of Kandinsky's famous pictures.
First we had to choose the colours we wanted for our art.
Then we carefully drew around different sized circles and cut them out, turning the paper as we cut.
Last of all we glued them down as concentric circles to match Kandinsky's picture.
Look at all of the different colours that we used.....
We used our concentric circles to make a year group magical forest. Come to Show and Share and make your own concentric circles in the style of Wassily Kandinsky and see our finished artwork.
Can you find out anything new about our artist? Which of his pictures do you like best and how do they make you feel?
This week in Circle Time we have been finding out about how our choices affect other people. When we do or say nice things to other people that makes them feel ‘warm and fuzzy’. What have you done to make someone feel ‘warm and fuzzy’?
When we do or say unkind things to other people that makes them feel ‘cold and prickly’. Has this ever happened to you? What could you do to turn a ‘cold and prickly’ into a ‘warm and fuzzy’? Saying sorry is a good way to repair a bad choice.
Can you make someone at home feel ‘warm and fuzzy’ this week? We would love to hear about your good choices on a Wow Moment to share on Friday!
This week we have started our new topic of ‘Once Upon a Time’. We had a visit from the Fairy Godmother who had lost all of the wishes from her shop. We have been creating some new wishes for her, writing the ingredients and making them ready to sell.
What did you wish for?
We had crackers, music and turkey today!! What a fantastic Christmas dinner to celebrate the end of term!
HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
We gave Hubble his first ever birthday today. We made cards and presents and decorated the classroom ready for when he came to school today.
Everyone hid so that we could shout 'surprise!' to him. We then played musical statues, had a birthday cake with 1 candle on and played musical chairs. We had lots and lots of fun!!
Hubble wanted another birthday tomorrow so we had to tell him that you only have a birthday to celebrate the day of your birth. Now he needs to wait a whole year until his next birthday!
What do you do to celebrate a birthday in your house?
This week we have been learning about 1 less. Can you find the answers to these problems?
If there were 4 bears asleep in the cave and 1 woke up and went for a walk, how many bears would be left?
If there were 10 bears having a party in the cave and 1 went home early, how many bears would be left?
Can you think of any more problems to work out?
Try using these words in your number problems….. less, take away, count back.
We went on a real Bear Hunt today. We got dressed in our coats and wellies ready to find a bear!
We're going on a bear hunt.
We're going to catch a cuddly one.
What a frosty day!
We're not scared.
Uh-uh! A gate!
Uh-uh! A playground!
Uh-uh! A forest!
One soft nose!
Two fluffy ears!
Two friendly eyes!
IT'S A BEAR!!!!
The bear is called 'Hubble' and we are going to take turns to look after him and take him home for one night. We can then bring him back to school and share the adventures that he had at our house before he stays with someone new!
We have been very busy learning about the Bear Hunt story and writing about what we might find on our way.
We collaged the different places and put ourselves in to the picture.......
.......... and used musical instruments to retell the story!
Come and see our musical film at Show and Share next Monday and go on your own Bear Hunt!
We read the story of 'Brown Bear' this week and made up our own stories using the repeated language used in the story.
We then decided to create some new characters so that we could make up a brand new story in the style of 'Brown Bear'. First we designed our character by choosing a colour and an animal. Next we painted a paper plate and added details so that our mask matched our design by cutting and sticking tissue, feathers and paper.
Here are our masks for you to see.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?
I see ...........
........... looking at me!
Yellow sound wallets have come home for the first time this week as well. Four new sounds will be put in on a Friday so that there is time to practise and learn the new sounds over the weekend ready to use and apply them during our phonic activities the following week. Homework sheets are sent home alongside the new letters to show the Jolly Phonics movements of the letters and it is important to remember to use pure sounds (a good youtube video clip to refresh your memory is ‘Articulation of Phonemes’)
What can you do with your sounds at home?.........
• Play games to recognise the shape of different letters
• Practise making the sound to match the letter
• Find the letter when you make the sound
• Write the letter shape (bubbles at bath time or shaving foam on the kitchen worktops are good fun!)
• Learn the alphabet name
• You make a word and your child blends the sounds to read it
• You say a word and your child segments the word to make it
There will also be a yellow ‘Challenge Card’ which shows a list of words that you can now sound out to make and read with the new letters, and the ‘Tricky Words’ which are the common irregular words for Year R children to use in their writing and read in their books.
All children now have a new Oxford Reading Book in their book folder. These guided reading books are changed on the same day once a week and will have been shared at school before they are sent home. As your child learns the words in their Word Wallet, they will be ready to move up through the different stages of books.
Watch out for stickers in the Homework Dairies to tell you the reading strategy to practise when moving up to a new stage!
Most children will have a discussion book without words. When sharing these books at home it is important that your child tells the story through the pictures, no story is wrong! Talk about the front cover, title, author and illustrator and practise turning the pages and finding page numbers. Encourage discussion about what is happening in the pictures to tell the story, decide what people could be saying and predict what might happen next. At the end of reading the story, you could talk about what you liked or disliked about the story and whether it reminded you of anything that has happened in your own experience. There are also ideas on the inside of the cover too!
‘Read to Me’ books or colour stickered book band books can still be changed as often as children read them at home and you record them in the Diaries. We will soon be starting Library change so there will be a book for you to share together and there may be as many as three books in the book bags at any one time! Enjoy watching your child learn to read with you!
We have had lots of fun at school exploring the autumn leaves. We have also been talking about how the clocks have changed, the days are getting longer and the weather is changing. If you get time, why not get your wellies on and go out and kick though the leaves yourselves in your garden or out on a walk! Watch out for seasonal changes as we move towards winter!