Superhero Day!

On Wednesday the Owlet children did not come to school...instead a whole team of superheroes turned up to save the day! We did lots of working as a team to solve problems in our play and built superhero obstacle courses to challenge ourselves outside. We were lucky enough to be trained to be real ninjas in the morning and we impressed the trainers with our excellent listening and great martial arts skills!

 

World Book Day (take two!)

What a great day we had yesterday celebrating our love of books! We had characters from all different stories, from little red riding hood to horrid Henry to Harry Potter! The children had a wonderful time talking about their stories and reenacting their favourite parts. We love stories at Portway!

 

Police Visit

On Tuesday we were visited by 3 police officers who came to talk to us all about being a real-life superhero.

They showed us their car and van and we got to climb inside for a closer look!

Sergeant Noble then showed us the sirens on the car and talked to us about his job.

After meeting Sergeant Noble we went into the hall and meet PC Harris and PC Noble who showed us the equipment they kept on their belt. The handcuffs were so heavy!

We loved meeting the police officers and found out so much about their job. Some of the Owlet children would very much like to be in the police when they are older!

 

Year R Goes to London!

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!

Cinderella Ball!

What a fantastic time we had at our Cinderella Ball this morning! We dressed up in our best clothes and invited our partners to join us for the first dance. We used our dance moves we had learned in PE and enjoyed spinning each other around! After a lot of dancing it was time for canapes and drinks. Before we knew it the clock had chimed midnight and it was time to return to our castle. Did anyone see Cinderella? What happened to her when the clock struck twelve?

 

Wassily Kandinsky

We have been learning about the famous artist Wassily Kandinsky. he loved different shapes and colours and used them in his work. We have been talking about how different colours make us feel and choosing colours that match our mood for our art work. We then made 'Kandinsky circles' of different sizes and colours to put on our display.

 

'Cold and Pricklies' and 'Warm and Fuzzies'

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.

Welcome to the Wishing Factory!

The Fairy Godmother's Wishing Factory is open for business! We had a visit from the wizard who works in the shop who gave us the chance to write our own wishes. We wished for all sorts of things! Once we had finished writing the Fairy Godmother herself came to help us make the magic potions. What an exciting week we have had!

 

We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Owlet Class! We very much enjoyed our Christmas dinner on Tuesday. We pulled crackers, told jokes and listened to Christmas music while we ate. We are all very excited for the big day!

A big thank you from all of us in Owlet Class for all of your support this term. We are delighted with how settled and happy the children are at school and we are very excited to continue in the New Year! We wish you all a very merry, peaceful Christmas.

Mr Mee and Miss Rose

Hubble's Birthday Party

We have been learning about birthdays in Owlet Class this week! We have talked about how different people celebrate their birthday and looked at pictures of us when we were babies. We discovered that Hubble had never had a birthday party before! We planned a surprise party for him with handmade decorations, games, dancing and blowing out candles on the cake. We think Hubble enjoyed himself, we certainly did!

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?

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If there were 10 bears having a party in the cave and 1 went home early, how many bears would be left?

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Can you think of any more problems to work out?

Try using these words in your number problems….. less, take away, count back.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt!

What an exciting day we have had in Year R! Today we came into school all dressed up ready to go on our very own Bear Hunt. We wrapped up warm in coats, gloves and scarves and set off into the school grounds.

 

We're going on a Bear Hunt, we're going to catch a big one, what a beautiful (cold!) day! We're not scared. Uh oh...trees! Tall, bendy trees!

 Stumble...trip! Stumble...trip! Stumble...trip!

Stumble...trip! Stumble...trip! Stumble...trip!

Uh-oh! A playground!

 Clip clop, clip clop, clip clop

Clip clop, clip clop, clip clop

Uh-oh! A forest with crunchy leaves!

 Crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch

Crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch

At the end of the Bear Hunt we found our very own bear called Hubble! He will come home with a different child each night for one night only. Please fill in his diary with what he has been up to and we will share his adventures with the whole class every day at story time. We look forward to hearing all about his visits!

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

We have been reading the story 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear' by Bill Martin Jr. in Owlet Class this week. We decided to make new characters for our very own versions of the story! We worked hard on our designs then carefully painted and created our own masks using our collage skills.

We then used our masks to tell our new stories! So, altogether now...

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see? I see...

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!

 

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 Wellie Walk

We love Autumn in Owlet Class! On Wednesday we went on our first ever Wellie Walk to look for signs of Autumn. We explored the school grounds and talked about all the different colours we could see. We then had lots of fun playing in the Autumn leaves that we found!

 

Keeping Healthy!

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.

 

Write Dance!

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.