Hubble's Birthday

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?

1 Less

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.

Wellie Bear Hunt

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! Leaves!

Crunch, munch! 

Crunch, munch!

Uh-uh! A gate!

Bang bang!

Bang bang!

 

Uh-uh! A playground!

Stomp stomp!

Stomp stomp!

Uh-uh! A forest!

Tiptoe!

Tiptoe!

What's that?

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're Going on a Bear Hunt!

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!

NSPCC

We have done our ‘dance-a-thon’ as our sponsored event for the NSPCC and now know some of the old favourites such as ‘Macarena’ and ‘The Superman Song’! We were exhausted!!

 

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

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!

Sound Wallets

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.

We are learning to read!!!

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!

Autumn!

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!

Keeping Healthy

We have been learning how to keep ourselves healthy by the food that we eat, the exercise that we do and the way that we keep ourselves clean.

How many fruit and vegetables do you eat every day? Do you finish your water bottle at school? Do you do lots of exercise?

See what we do at school to keep ourselves healthy.

 

WriteDance

We have been practising our pencil grip and strengthening our core muscles using WriteDance at school in readiness for writing. We used big movements to draw circles and eights in the air with rainbow scarves, matching them to the music, before drawing them down on paper.

If you would like to help at home you could strengthen hand muscles by squeezing sponges at bath time, watering the garden with spray bottles or screwing up old newspaper in to tiny balls – don’t forget to use both hands!

All of our hand control activities help to develop a good pencil grip.

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso came to visit us at school and told us about his pictures of faces with eyes and mouths in the wrong places. He loves to use different colours too! He also likes blue and white stripes.

We used scissors and glue to cut up photographs of our faces to make pictures like Picasso. Look at how funny we look!