We have got some of our work up in Andover Library this month.
Today we had a visit from the police. We had a turn in the police car and in the police van.
Mrs Mundy was handcuffed and locked in the back of the police van! It was just pretend, the police officer was showing us how to use the handcuffs!
They set the sirens on so we could hear them and they put the flashing lights on.
It was the police officers birthday so we sang happy birthday to him.
Then we went to the hall and Mrs Noble and Poppy’s mummy (Mrs Harris) talked to us about the stuff on their belts and their uniform.
We got to hold some of their equipment.
We loved it!
By Gosling Class.
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!
We had a fabulous time at the ball on Thursday. We used our repeating patterns dancing from our P.E lessons to dance with our partner.
We had canapes to eat and squash to drink. When the clock struck midnight we had to return to our castle classrooms before the magic ended!
Have a look at our photos to see what fun we had.
We have been learning about a new artist in Gosling Class this week. His name is Wassily Kandinsky. Ask your child what they know about him. Can you find out anything else about him?
We found out that he loved colours and could relate colours to feelings.
We decided to be Kandinsky for the day and recreate his most famous painting "Squares with Concentric Circles. We are making our own 'Kandinsky Magical Forest'.
We chose our own colours and made circles of different sizes to cut out. Look at how much concentration we needed!
Here are the final circles!
If you would like to see the final piece of work come to Show and Share on the 5th February where you will see it displayed in the middle area of year R!
Some of the children in Goslings were so inspired by Kandinsky that they chose to do their own Kandinsky style artwork!
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.
Today we have been celebrating Hubble's first birthday! We decided to have a party for him. We all helped to decorate the classroom by making banners and cards as well as streamers. Hubble loved his party morning!
At the party we had pin the nose on Hubble bear, dancing, musical chairs and musical bumps. We all sang happy birthday to Hubble and helped him to eat his birthday cake!
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.
Today we went on our own bear hunt. We got dressed in our wellies, coats, hats and scarves and began our journey to find a bear!
We're going on a bear hunt.
We're going to catch a big one.
What a beautiful day!
We're not scared.
Uh Oh! Steps!
Up and down steps.
UP ......DOWN...UP...... DOWN....UP ......DOWN......UP ........DOWN!
Uh Oh! A Tunnel!
A windy windy tunnel!
Windy .....Windy..... Windy ........Windy!
Uh Oh! Trees!
Tall Wavy Trees!
In and Out .....In and Out.......In and Out!
Uh Oh! A Playground!
A Big Wide Playground!
Stamp Stomp.....Stamp Stomp.......Stamp Stomp!
Uh Oh! A Hill!
A steep green hill.
Pull and Climb..... Pull and Climb....... Pull and Climb!
Uh Oh! A Teepee!
A dark Gloomy Teepee!
One shiny wet nose!
Two big furry ears!
Two big goggly eyes!
IT'S A BEAR!!!!!!!!
Luckily it was a friendly bear!!
We get to take him home for 1 night each to share an adventure with him. In the morning we bring him back to school for his next adventure with another child.
He came with a diary so we can write down our adventure to share with the class the next day!
We have been busy learning about the bear hunt story and writing about the different things we may see on the way!
We Collaged the places in the story and put ourselves into the picture! Can you see us?
We also made our own musical bear hunt story. If you come to show and share on Monday you will be able to see it!!
Can you see the different instruments that we used?
We read the story of brown bear this week. We then decided to make up our own characters by choosing a new animal and a new colour! We made animal masks with our new ideas by painting the mask and cutting and sticking items on to make it look like our new animal. We are going to make our very own brown bear story by using the repeated language of the book and our masks.
Brown Bear Brown Bear what do you see?
I see a...............................
..........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!
Goslings have had great fun this week exploring the changes in our environment. We have noticed that we need to wear our jumpers and coats as it is getting colder! We have also noticed the leaves on the trees changing colour and falling to the ground.
The gorgeous goslings could not resist to take the opportunity to have some fun with all the leaves on the ground on our Wellie Walk! How many smiles can you see?
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.