Miss Parker & Miss Rhodes :Team Squirrel!
Welcome to our Squirrels class page. Here you will find information and updates about our weekly learning.
Week six (9.2.18) “We love pancakes in the forest!”
What a great end to the term… cooking pancakes out in the forest on a chilly and frosty afternoon. The children loved exploring the woods whist climbing trees and watching the fire cook their pancake. We talked about why we have ‘pancake day’ and how they celebrate it at home. The children had a choice of chocolate or strawberry sauce, sugar and lemon. They kept our tummy’s super warm and were very yummy! Mrs Wright also joined us out in the forest and had chocolate sauce on her pancake.
Also this week the children have had a big focus on dinosaurs. They have been building dens of all sizes ensuring they are suitable for all dinosaurs to live in. Miss Parker has a special dinosaur pop-up book that tells you interesting facts about the different species and how they lived. The children love to explore this book together and are very careful when handling it.
In maths we have focused on Shape, Space and Measure. We have learnt about 2D and 3D shapes, comparing and describing the different factors of each shape.
Here is what we have found out…
Leo said, “A triangle always has 3 sides. Sometimes they look different.”
Harry T said, “2D shapes are flat and 3D shapes are fat!”
Imogen said, “A cylinder looks like a can and a sphere looks like a ball.”
We have been looking at how many sides each shape has, how many faces on each 3D shape and understanding that 2D shapes are flat and 3D shapes are solid.
With Mrs Kean and Miss Rhodes the children had to get into different groups to make the shape they called out. It looked super fun!
Also we have been making repeating patterns, using playdough to make different shapes and drawing and labelling the different shapes.
There are some great songs on YouTube which support your children’s learning about 2D and 3D shapes!
In phonics we have been learning the sounds ur, ow, oi and er.
We have been writing about our friends, sharing what we love about them and why they make such a good friend. The children are becoming more independent with their writing, using the different sounds they hear in each word and writing on the lines for guidance.
After half term
We will be celebrating Chinese New Year! It is the year of the dog and we are very lucky to have Leo’s Mum join us to share how they celebrate Chinese New Year, teach us how to write different things in Chinese and share resources she has which helps her to celebrate. We will also be tasting different Chinese foods!
It will be so fantastic! It will also support our topic for Talk Talk Tuesday sharing our different celebrations and family routines.
I wish you all a restful break!
Week five (2.2.18) “We need to look after our forest”
What a transformation a week makes in the forest! There were snowdrops everywhere, even more catkins on the ground and new buds growing on the trees… The children noticed straight away the ever-changing environment, sharing everything which was growing no matter how big or small.
This week the children have took it upon themselves to clean up “their” forest. They were finding all sorts of things which did not live in the forest such as plastic, paper, balls and general rubbish. We talked about who and what it may harm such as the animals and plants, which then encouraged others to join their tidying up.
The boys were busy making “a stick display”. By collecting the dead wood, the boys pushed them into the soft ground, creating a collection of different length sticks all stood up. What was fantastic was hearing the discussions linked to measurement, height and strength.
Also in the forest, the children were busy in the mud kitchen mixing water, grass, sticks, catkins and snowdrops to create a selection of pies and smoothies. They tasted delicious!
In phonics, we are learning the sounds oo (long sound – food), oo (short sound – book), or and ar. We are using actions to help us support all our sounds as it is getting very tricky to remember them. Ask your child If they can remember what the actions are.
Miss Parker has given us a challenge this week. She has watched us thread cheerios to spaghetti without breaking the spaghetti…It is more tricky than it sounds! To support our fine motor skills and pencil grip we thread as many as we can without breaking or dropping the spaghetti!
Also linking to talk talk Tuesday, we are writing about our favourite things to do at school in speech bubbles. The children have such a great concept of what speech bubbles are and now point them out in the different books we read.
During the children’s play, it is wonderful to see the children applying their phonic knowledge for reading and writing. Such as writing and writing letters to and from friends, writing messages or labels for the classroom.
We are still focusing on addition!
We have been using numicon to make ten in different ways. Some children went up to fifteen!
Using our knowledge on number sentences we have used them and spots to find the answer to different number sentences.
Working as a team we have made our own number sentences and found out the answers… Look how proud we all are...
And finally… We have rolled two dice and turned the number into addition number sentences, then added the dots together to find out the answer.
Talk Talk Tuesday
The children are thoroughly enjoying their talk talk Tuesday and would love to continue this after half term.
The theme is ‘Family Traditions, Holidays and Celebrations’.
We would love to know your family traditions and celebrations. For example, do you celebrate any festivals such as Christmas, Chinese New Year or Diwali? If you do, we would love to know more. Please share photos or any resources you have to support our knowledge on such celebrations and festivals.
If you do not celebrate such festivals or celebrations, what about a family tradition or have you been on a holiday which you could talk about and share photos of?
Here are the dates:
20th Feb Yellow house
27th Feb Green house
6th March Blue house
13th March Red house
Any questions, please come see Miss Parker.
We have an open classroom on Wednesday 7th February 3:15pm – 4:00pm to come and share your child’s wonderful learning journey so far.
Please could you return ALL maths games by Monday 5th February as Miss Parker and Miss Rhodes would like to sort them out to ensure there are no missing pieces ready for the new term.
Week four (26.1.18) “Anyone want their face painted?”
This week the children took it upon themselves to start a business in face painting. Using paint brushes and paint pots they went around asking “Anyone want their face painted?”. Then once they grabbed their customer they would ask, “What would you like to be?”. We had tigers, dolphins, spiders, princesses and monsters.
Miss Parker wanted to be a tiger, so Oscar said “Sure, I can do that for you.” Miss Parker felt very safe and reassured she was going to be a tiger as she could feel Oscar painting teeth by her mouth and stripes around her face. What made it even more reassuring for Miss Parker was Oscar saying, “Wow you look great!” at the end.
The shoe shop is still busy with people buying shoes and getting their feet measured. However, there is now a waiting list for getting your feet measured, so make sure you book in early with the receptionist!
In P.E we are still practicing our hockey skills but moved onto dribbling the ball to then shoot to score a goal. Also to keep the children moving and using their gross motor skills, Miss Parker made an obstacle course where they could climb, crawl and dodge.
Reading with Year 6
On Tuesday afternoons, we now read to the year 6’s in pairs and show off our tricky words knowledge. They help us if they get stuck and love to hear us read. Once we have finished reading they then read us a story.
In phonics we have learnt new sounds: ai, ee, igh and oa. The children were very excited to see a TRIGRAPH (3 letters that make one sound)! We played beat the teacher where we had to read words with the new sound in as fast as we could before Miss Parker took the card away. If we read the word on time we won and Miss Parker would lose. Unfortunately, Miss Parker lost, the children were too quick at reading!
For our writing task we are writing a mini book review on one of our reading challenge books ‘Oi Frog’. We read the book first and thought about what we liked about the story, the characters and things we may not have liked about the book. Luckily the children already knew the book well and found it really funny so did super writing!
In maths we have started using language and activities around adding. We have used our fingers to help up add, drew dots on a whiteboard, numicon and begun understanding and writing number sentences.
Archie said, “Add means the numbers get bigger at the end.”
One thing we have found tricky:
The children began to wonder if 3 + 3 = 33 or if 8 + 8 = 88. We worked together to solve this problem using counters, the children and our fingers to find out if it was true or not. See if the children can tell you the answer?
Week three (19.01.18) Road Safety week.
This week we have been exploring Road Safety. Ask your children if they can remember the different ways to keep safe by the roads. We had the zebra crossing out, along with the bikes, so the children could role play keeping safe. They took it upon themselves to make road signs, bollards for the potential hazards and be lollypop people to keep the pedestrians safe.
To continue our road safety learning, the children were using the bee bots to travel along the roads safely to different places, ensuring they watched out for bicycles and pedestrians.
Forest School: “There is no such thing as bad weather… it’s bad clothing!”
It was raining out in the woods today so we had to get suited and booted ready for a wet and muddy afternoon. Once ready, the children immediately jumped into every puddle they could find. We had some tarpaulins, string and pegs so the children decided to make a den to keep dry. Working as a team, they took one corner of the tarpaulin each and attached it to the nearby trees or branches using the pegs. The children noticed the middle of the den beginning to droop due to the rain. Miss Parker suggested finding a large stick, which had fallen from the strong winds over Christmas. The ground was very soft so the stick managed to dig down and hold the tarpaulin up. When the den was built, the children went off exploring. Some were climbing trees, others visited the the mud kitchen to cook mud pies and cakes or explored the wet environment. We found snowdrops beginning to bloom, along with many worms and slugs due to the damp, soft ground.
Miss Parker got the mallet out for the children, so they could use sticks as pegs to make the den stronger and more secure. The children worked as a team by one person holding the stick at the bottom while the other person hammered it into the ground.
Also with the mallet, the children were finding out whether the trees would fall down if they hammered it hard enough (turns out they don’t, luckily!) However, what the children did find out was, that if they hit the tree hard enough, the rain drops fall on their heads! It was very funny.
Please can you ensure your child has their waterproofs and wellies each week so they can access the forest whatever the weather.
This week we were learning the sounds ch, sh, th, ng. We now have writing scrap books where we practise writing our sounds and key words, which have the sounds in. They are working really well and the children take great pride in their books by showing off their super writing.
For a writing challenge we have learnt about speech bubbles. Using our puppets we made last week, we wrote a speech bubble to share information about that puppet.
In maths this week, we are still focussing on one more and one less. Miss Parker has asked us problem solving questions such as, ‘Are there more cardigans than jumpers?’ or ‘Are there less rulers than clipboards?’ This has made the children work as a team to find the answer by counting how many there are first, to find the answer.
Also in maths, we are working really hard on our number formation. Miss Parker has found a great PowerPoint which tells you a rhyme to remember how to write the number. It is attached to the bottom of this page if you wish to do it at home.
Attached at the bottom of this page is a great Early Years Checklist made by Solent NHS. It gives you a general guide to the development of communication, physical and functional skills in children from birth to school entry. It is an interesting read.
Don't forget the importance of home learning... reading daily with your child and getting through those tricky words! Please refer to the the home learning PDF at the bottom of this page for Year R guidance.
Week two (12.1.18) What a great start to the term…
The children’s interest this week has been creating puppet shows. From this, the role play area has transformed into a puppet theatre. They have been busy making their own puppets and creating different shows for their friends to watch. At the interval, children hand out the popcorn and drinks to one another and talk about the show they just watched. Unfortunately these puppet shows do not come cheap… Some children were charging £250 for one ticket!
In P.E this week, we are learning to play hockey. As it is our first time, Miss Parker showed us how to hold the hockey stick and dribble the ball to our partner. We all showed great skill in controlling the ball, ensuring it didn’t roll away too fast.
This week in phonics, Miss Parker has been setting challenges to get the children’s brains active. The challenges were different pictures, which they had to label or attempt to write a sentence with. Other challenges included the children finding tricky words in a word search.
We have learnt some new sounds, which are, x, y, z, w, j, v, zz and qu. See if your child can think of any words which have these sounds in or find words them in books.
For a writing task, we have been writing about our favourite Christmas presents and also describing what they look like and do.
Spring reading challenges have gone home this week for you to complete before the Easter holidays! Have fun... There are some extra challenges for you to complete this time too. Good Luck!
This week we are learning and emphasising to use language such as more and less.
We are finding one more and one less than a given number. To do this, we are remembering that more means big and less means small.
To help us practise we have rolled a dice to give us a number. Then we used a number line to support our learning to find the numbers which are one more and one less. Have a go at home!
Talk Talk Tuesday
We have heard some wonderful achievements which the children are proud of and what they love doing best at school. The children who are listening to their friend talk have shown great encouragement and support towards their achievements to which is great to see.
Next week its Blue house – please refer to the presentation from the meet the teacher (4.1.18) to find out what questions to ask your child.
Just one reminder…
Please keep practising the purple tricky words which are in your child’s reading bags. It really supports them with their reading and writing.
Welcome to the Spring term... Week one (5.1.18) Happy New Year!
I am hoping you all had a restful Christmas and a very happy New Year! The children came back to school with excited faces telling Miss Parker and Miss Rhodes all about what Father Christmas had bought them. We shared what our favourite present was and what foods we loved best on our Christmas dinner. The overall favourite food was sausages wrapped in bacon (also Miss Parker’s favourite)!
Thank you to those who came for the Meet the Teacher on Thursday 4th January. We did a recap on our vision, discussed home learning and went through Spring Term's Talk Talk Tuesday.
Please see below a copy of the presentation for your information. together with the Talk Talk Tuesday question and dates to bring it in.
In phonics we will be starting phase 3, learning new digraphs and in maths we are finding one more and one less of a given number.
Have a great weekend!
Week fifteen (21.12.17) We wish you a Merry Christmas!
It has been an exciting, Christmassy but busy week for our Squirrels! All the children are wishing for Christmas day and are counting down the days. Our role play area has transformed into a home corner again with birthday banners and party accessories to celebrate Jesus’ upcoming birthday! The children have been writing Christmas cards, birthday cards and gift tags all in preparation for Christmas day.
Our ‘Hey Ewe’ nativity went off with a bang! All the teachers and parents are very proud of all the children for working so hard and continuing to put smiles (and tears) on people’s faces. So a huge thank you Team Squirrel!
On Tuesday, we had our Christmas party which was filled with dancing, sweets and games! Here is a picture of Team Squirrel by the Christmas tree…
Just a few things…
Reports have been sent home in your child's book bag.
P.E bags have been sent home with the children (please return on their first day back).
Welly boots need to be taken home for a good clean (please return on their first day back).
There will be no home learning for the Christmas holidays… Please enjoy Christmas and rest (they deserve it!)
Open Classrooms are on Wednesday 20th December, please come and celebrate your child's amazing work.
Meet the teacher is on Thursday 4th January at 2:40pm!
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and restful new year! Thank you for your continued support, the children have worked so hard and you should be very proud of them all. It has been a great term and I cannot wait to see your children fresh faced and ready to learn even more in January!
Week fourteen (15.12.17) Celebrations in the woods!
It has been a Christmassy but busy week for team squirrel! We have been painting our Christmas calendars, singing and dancing to Christmas songs and been practicing our football skills in P.E.
In P.E we have been practising to dribble the ball around cones then scoring a goal in our new football goals. The children have loved learning this skill especially when they score a goal! The children are working really hard to make sure they don’t use their hands to control the ball and just use their feet. It is a tricky skill but practise makes perfect!
In Maths, we have become Estimators! After weeks and weeks of Miss Parker teaching us how to count accurately (which we are all super at doing now) she wants us to estimate a number of different objects! To do this we used the ten frames which we learnt about last week to help us to estimate how many counters are in the ten frames.
Also, in pairs we have used a selection of objects and hid them under a towel. Next, we would show our partner really quickly what is under the towel and they have to estimate how many they think they saw. Once we have estimated we counted accurately how many there really were to see if our estimation was right.
In phonics, we are recapping all our phase two sounds. We are such experts at knowing what the sounds are and have used them to support our reading whist playing Obb and Bob. Obb and Bob is a game where the children have to segment and blend the words to find out if they are real or fake. They all love this game and ask for it every day.
Also in phonics we are reading and building sentences. Miss Parker gives the children jumbled up sentences and we have build it and make sure that it makes sense.
Carols by the forest fire
A huge thank you to the families who came to celebrate Christmas in the woods with us on Tuesday. It was a lovely afternoon and watching all the children’s happy faces was wonderful.
My biggest apologies for changing the date: the weather just was not safe for the children to be in the woods due to the wind and heavy sleet.
Open classrooms on Wednesday 20th December 3:20pm until 4:00pm! Come and share your children’s learning and achievements!
See you then!
Week thirteen (8.12.2017) Christmas is coming!
It’s been an exciting week for team squirrel! We have been practising our songs for the nativity, painting Christmas presents and Father Christmas’s and decorating the Christmas tree.
We have been busy in the Christmas post office, writing Christmas cards, buying stamps and keeping the customers happy.
In phonics, we are revisiting all the sounds from this term.
We have written our letters to Santa which Mr Hancox has sent straight to the North Pole! The children are so excited for Father Christmas’s reply (there is a copy of this in your child’s bags!)
In guided reading, the children are reading ‘The Snowman’ which they love! Miss Parker brought a funny book to school called ‘Father Christmas Needs a Wee’. The children found this story very funny! You can find the story of it on YouTube if you wanted to watch it at home. Alternatively, the children could retell the story to you.
Please ensure you are reading with your child at home daily and also going through those tricky words! It really supports your child's progress!
In Maths, we have been counting objects from a larger group. The children have really impressed Miss Parker with their counting skills. We have also been working with ten frames and making different patterns with a given number.
Forest School for the parents! Monday 11th December
Don’t forget to bring your child’s favourite mug with you so they can have some hot chocolate. You can also bring a festive hat to join the celebrations!
The children are so excited about you joining us in their woods to toast marshmallows. If you are unable to come, please feel free to invite a grandparent who would be more than welcome too!
At 1pm, please ensure you sign in at the main entrance where you will then be shown to the woods around the fire circle. There will be many activities for you to do with your child or you can just chill by the fire to keep warm.
Once the fun is over, please can you sign you and your child out with Miss Parker.
See you then!
Week twelve (1.12.17) “Look there is ice everywhere!”
What an exciting week it’s been for our Squirrels! When we went outside for our P.E lesson we found ice everywhere! The children were so excited, we spent time looking touching and melting the ice all around the garden.
Also this week, some of the children have been making kites. The children noticed it was rather windy outside and therefore thought it was a great idea to make kites. To do this they used paper, scissors, sellotape,a hole punch and string. They were working out which resource would make their kite the strongest to tackle the wind. Here is what we found out…
Mille said, “If my kite went in that puddle my kite would not fly because it would be too heavy.”
Charlie said, “My kite is the longest now because the string is super long. I am now going to make the smallest kite.”
Lyra said, “My kite is stronger now I used sellotape. Gluing it didn’t work it just fell off.”
In phonics this week, we have been very busy learning all these new sounds:
h, b, f, l, ll, ff, ss
The children are very clever now and can tell you which sounds are a digraph (two letters which make one sound) and are using them in their independent writing! Wowee!!
We have written our invitations for you which will be sent out Friday after school, so please check their bags! They are so excited to invite you into our woods for marshmallows and hot chocolate!
In guided reading, the children have been reading a book with Mrs Browning called ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers. Ask your child if they can remember what happened in the story.
In Maths, we have been learning how to count objects to 10 and beyond securely. The children now have their own maths books and have been using them to count objects and then write their recordings in them. We have also been on a hunt to find a certain amount of objects, ordering dominoes and building with just 12 bricks. The children had to carefully count out 12 bricks and ensure they had 12 bricks only. Working with a friend they checked each other’s counting skills.
In Forest School, we had children building their own fires using sticks and reinforcing the safety rules to one another which was fantastic to see. We made collages using the natural environment to make faces and pictures. We also learnt how to use hand drills to make holes in some wood.
Next week it’s all about Christmas!
We will be writing our letters to Santa (you will all get a copy of this don’t worry!) There will also be a post office for the children to continue their learning independently.
Something exciting to do at home...
Please can you find and bring in a yummy healthy recipe for us so the school can make a Langrish healthy eating cookbook... yum yum!
Please be advised that all children are offered a fruit snack every day. Therefore, no other snacks are needed from home (unless your child has a medical need or an allergy when a letter must be written to the office who should be aware of such needs.) There is also milk and water available for the children during the morning.
Week eleven (24.11.17) Out in the Antarctic…
What an exciting week it has been for our squirrels! We have been learning all about the Antarctic. Looking at the globe and google maps we explored where we live and where the Antarctic is. Looking at the globe we noticed there were green, blue and white parts. The children knew that the green represented land, the blue represented the sea and the white represented the snow...
“Antarctic is white because it’s cold there and always snowing.” Alfie said.
“There is more sea than land on the planet” Georgia said.
“America is a big place, bigger than us.” Harrison said.
“Antarctic is in the South Pole. That is far away from us.” Frances said.
We have been busy hiding and reading books all about the polar animals in the tent, building igloos, making penguins and polar bears and getting messy in shaving foam and gloop (to pretend it was snow).
We have been learning the sounds ck, e, u, r. We have learnt that the sound ‘ck’ is two letters which make one sound (this is called a digraph). We have been working really hard to remember the ‘ck’ sound is usually at the end of a word (duck, sick, neck, sock) therefore when we write it we know we need to use the digraph rather than the single sounds.
Also in phonics we have been labelling the animals from the Antarctic. Come and look at all our wonderful writing in our classroom on Friday!
In Maths, we have been counting objects and actions, which cannot be moved. Miss Parker has been doing star jumps, clapping her hands and jumping on the spot for the children to count. We have also been on a hunt around the classroom to count how many windows and doors there are and tapped a beat on the musical instrument to count how many times our partner taps it. While you are out and about at the weekend, maybe you could ask your child to count the amount of ducks in the pond or how many cars parked in the car park?
Mrs Wright joined us for a warm fire with toasted marshmallows on Friday afternoon. The children were super safe, remembered the safety rules and supported Miss Parker to build the fire up.
Well done everyone!
We will still be exploring the Antarctic. We will be writing postcards, collaging gigantic polar bears and penguins and taking part in some science experiments (and of course thinking about getting ready for Christmas!)
In phonics, the sounds we will be learning are h, b, f and ff , l, ll, ss (ff, ll and ss are long sounds). You could be ahead of the game and begin exploring these sounds and finding words which have these sounds in!
Have a great weekend!
Week ten (17.11.17) Anti –Bullying week
It has been a powerful and meaningful week for Squirrels. We have been talking about the word ‘bullying’. The children came up with some great ways to help and support someone they think is being bullied. From this we talked about how we are all the same but different. We looked at each other’s features and shared what is the same but different about one another. This led us on to share why each of us are special.
Miss Parker said she was special because she has an insulin pump to help her stay healthy and alive.
Oliver said he was special because he helps people who are sad.
Charlie said he was special because he is a big brother and rocks his baby sister to sleep, to help Mummy out.
Lyra said she was special because she is really good at colouring.
Miss Rhodes said she is special because she is kind.
Linked to anti-bullying week we talked about our rights. Miss Parker shared some photos of how people live in different countries which empowered the children to think about how lucky we are. We drew pictures of the differnet rights to make a poster which is now hanging in the ICT suite for everybody to see. Here is what some of the children said...
Harry E "We are very lucky because we have clean water everyday and healthy foods."
Alfie "We have a tap where our water comes from, other people don't. They have to go to a muddy puddle. It is not nice"
Sophie "We have a right to play. I love playing with my friends."
Emilie "We have a right to live with our Mummy's and Daddy's. In a warm safe house."
In phonics this week, we have been learning the sounds g, o, c, k. We are getting really good with our sounds now! Miss Parker puts on a 2 minute timer to see how fast we can say the different sounds and tricky words. We are very good at it and super quick… it’s exhausting!
We have had fun using the Duplo blocks to build words and make up our own silly words. The children loved this as once they made their own words they could segment and blend it together to see if it was a real word or a silly pretend word.
Also in phonics we have been finding the missing letter in CVC words like c_t (cat) ba_ (bag). This has encouraged the children to segment and blend independently and write the missing letter with confidence.
You could try doing this at home!
In maths we have focused on the question… ‘How do we count and how do we know what the total is?’
We have also been exploring the symbol ‘+’ and understand what it means. We learnt that it means 'to add' or 'plus' and that the total will be a bigger number because by adding numbers together makes the total bigger.
To support our learning we have used threading beads to count to 12, and also played skittles in the garden. With the skittles game we had to record how many we knocked down and how many were still standing.
New to squirrel Class this week...
We now have a Ice Cream Parlour in the sand area. The children have been serving up different flavour ice creams to each other. They are super yummy but come at a high price!
There is a construction area in our outdoor space where the children have been building huge landscape buildings such as sky scrappers. There is great team work whist building and also great planning before the building begins. Using graph paper the children plan what they want their sky scrappers to look like and use their drawings to keep track on how the build is going.
Also new to Squirrel class is a petrol station where the children can fill up their bikes with petrol or diesel ready for their big journeys ahead of them.
In forest school this week, we learnt how to whittle sticks using potato peelers. We were able to control the potato peeler to peel the bark and stick which made it smooth and sharp at the end. Once we have finished whittling we will keep our sticks and use them for our first forest fire next week. They will be perfect for toasting marshmallows!
Next week our topic is Antarctica. We will become explorers to find out what is out there! We will learn about the animals and how they and the people live. Also talk about the extreme weather conditions and what we might need to be able to live out there.
Please may you collect kitchen roll tubes as we want to be creative and make penguins out of them.
Thank you in advance!
Week 9 (10.11.17) The importance of Remembrance... "Why are we buying Poppies?"
It has been a great week for team squirrel this week. We have been talking about our experiences with fireworks over the weekend and how we kept safe from danger (Article 19 from the UNCRC). From this we made our own fireworks by using oil pastels on black paper. They looked fantastic!
In P.E this week we watched a firework display using the internet. We then created our own fireworks using all of our body movements. To make the sounds of the fireworks, we used our hands and feet. Also in P.E we went on the playground and made an obstacle course. Here is a video of us exercising...
In phonics this week we have learnt the sounds i, n, m and d. We have also begun learning the tricky words (words that are not phonetic) the, I, no and go. During the lesson, we are applying the sounds we already know along with the new sounds to make CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words such as map, sat, an and tip.
An important part of children's development is their fine motor skills to support their writing. We did 'dough disco' where we all have some playdough and copy the disco moves to help us build strength in our hands. Here is a video of us doing it...
In maths we have been exploring the question ‘Can we recognise the numbers 1,2,3,4,5?’ We have been looking at how to represent each number, find the total of each number and add and take away using our fingers and objects.
Squirrel class had a great discussion about remembrance and why we are buying poppies. During our play we made a wreath and made our own medals.
Miss Parker asked the children to talk to their parents and grandparents so they can share stories about the war.
Forest Friday - tool work using saws
In forest school we learnt how to use saws. We were told about the different parts of the saw, how to hold it, how to use it and how to ensure we use it correctly and for purpose.
"It's really hard work..." Harrison said.
"I did it! I did it!" Sophie said proudly.
Week 8 (4.11.17) “Dem bones, dem bones, dem bones”
Welcome back! We hope you all had a restful but fun half term!
This week we have been exploring the book ‘Funnybones’. In our role play area we have a doctors surgery where the children are having a great time being doctors, receptionists, helpers, nurses and patients. Miss Parker and Miss Rhodes have been very clumsy and keep falling over, breaking bones or in need of an injection to stay healthy. Fortunately, with the help of Dr Pelling, Dr Gifford and Dr Langley-Smith (just to name a few) they have ensured both Miss Parker and Miss Rhodes are back up on their feet, fighting fit (with just a few bandages on their legs and arms).
Here is some of the wonderful things the children have said…
A conversation between Miss Parker, Harry E and Harry T:
Harry E “Hello, can I help you? Do you need an appointment today?”
Miss Parker “Yes please, I keep getting headaches, can I book an appointment to see the doctor?”
Harry T “I am the head doctor, you can see me if you like?”
Harry E “I will just book you in (attempts to write ‘Miss Parker’, ‘headache’, ‘Harry T’) Is 5 o’clock ok?
Miss Parker “5 o’clock is perfect, thank you. See you later”.
Lola G “I’m a helper, do you know where to go for your appointment?”
Yasmin “I need to wear this mask on my face because it helps me to breath better, oxygen goes in there.”
Kayden “I just need to check your blood pressure.”
Emilia “Oh no you are really sick, your temperature is 100 degrees!”
Also this week…
In phonics we have been learning the sounds s, a, t, p. We have been hearing the initial sounds of words such as sun, apple, train and pig. Squirrel class have been super clever and have also been thinking of words with the different sounds in other words such as dinosaur, map, letter, happy.
For guided reading the children have been reading Funnybones. They are beginning to have a good understanding of the story, follow the repeated sentences and talk about how naughty those skeletons are trying to scare everyone.
In Maths, we have been finding numbers all around the school. There are so many! There were numbers found on clocks, computer keyboards, posters and on the floor outside. We wrote down every number we could find on our clipboards.
Also we have talked about numerals for a personal significance. First, we talked about our birthdays, finding out how old we all are now, how old we were on a last birthday and how old we will be on our next birthdays.
Here at Langrish Primary School we are proud of what each child achieves in and out of school. We want you to use these proud clouds to write the great things your child does at home or at a club. We ask you then to bring in your child’s proud cloud so we can put them in their learning journeys, to share each others great achievements!
You can find the proud clouds at the bottom of this page.
Talk Talk Tuesdays!
Squirrel class are starting Talk Talk Tuesdays (fancy name for show and tell). Each half term we will give you a topic to do at home.
The topic this term is ICT (Information, Communication, Technology). We want you to take a picture of your child using all things ICT. This could be a remote control, computer, Ipad, telephone or CD player. Then when it is your child’s turn for Talk Talk Tuesdays, they can share all the things they do at home linked to ICT. We will then put this in their learning journey's!
Talk Talk Tuesday dates:
Tuesday 7th November: RED HOUSE
Tuesday 14th November: YELLOW HOUSE
Tuesday 21st November: GREEN HOUSE
Tuesday 28th November: BLUE HOUSE
Week 7 (20.10.17) - Soup glorious soup!
This week we have been super busy making pumpkin and squash soup. The children worked really hard to cut, blend and cook the ingredients. While we were waiting for the soup to cook, we ordered the recipe by cutting and sticking the pictures in the correct order. The soup was super yummy and kept our tummies warm from this autumn wind.
Numbers with Miss Rhodes
The children worked super hard to write their numbers in the correct order. Firstly, Miss Rhodes wrote numbers 1-10 on whiteboards with some numbers missing. The children had to find out the missing number then write it down. Next she asked the children to write numbers 1-10 all by themselves! It was a tricky task, but with some support from Miss Rhodes they managed to complete it! Here is some of our work, which the children are very proud of…
Reading with Mrs Browning
In the mornings we are very lucky to have Mrs Browning with us. She took a group at a time to read a special story sack to them. The children had to listen really well as Mrs Browning asked them questions about the story and the characters at the end. One of the stories was ‘The Three Little Pigs’.
Here are some of the questions Mrs Browning asked the children.
What is the story about?
Is the story fiction or non-fiction?
Where is the setting of the story?
What characters are in the story?
Can you retell the story to me?
Ask your child which story was read to them and what they remember from the story…
PE Diwali dancing
This week we have been learning all about the festival Diwali. We read the story and talked about why it is celebrated and who celebrates it. Here is a video of us dancing in PE…
Week 6 (13.10.17) – It’s beginning to look a lot like autumn…
This week we have been exploring the wonderful outdoors! A huge thank you to everyone who found something interesting for our investigation table. It has been great fun using our senses to explore what you found. Here is what some of the children said:
Lucus said, “The pinecones feel spikey.”
Emilie said, “The sunflower feels bumpy and soft at the same time.”
Saffy said, “This pumpkin feels squidgy and smells strange.”
Siddhant said, “This leaf is red and black, it is so pretty.”
Also this week the children have been busy finding numbers hidden around the school! They were everywhere! What made it trickier was a secret number detective called Harry T kept finding the numbers then re-hiding them in different places. He found it very funny… Miss Parker was left confused and finding numbers in all sorts of places!
The children have been so excited to go into the woods and explore the great outdoors. We made forest crowns using the natural things we found on the ground. Also, we played hide and seek with Mr Hedgehog who keeps disappearing up trees or under the leaves.
Miss Parker told us how to keep safe in the woods. When we go to the woods, we all sit on big logs around the fire circle. Here are the rules we must follow:
- Do not leave the woods.
- When you hear Miss Parker shout, “3,2,1 comeback everyone!” we must go back to the fire circle and sit on the logs. This could mean Miss Parker wants to talk to us, there is an emergency, snack time, or it is time to go back to the classroom.
- Children must not enter the fire circle unless the child asks Miss Parker to enter safely. This is to maintain the continuous boundaries, regardless of there being a fire or not.
Thank you to all the parents and Grandparents that came to see their child’s learning journey so far. There was a positive feel in the room and large sense of pride for all of the wonderful children!
We will be making pumpkin soup and butternut squash soup! There will also be a shape hunt for your children to investigate and don’t forget it’s Langrish's first film club on Thursday afterschool with Miss Parker and Miss Jones.
Week 5 (6.10.17) - Feelings Tree, Letter hunts and reminders
It is week five and Squirrel Class are in full swing of the school routine with the realisation that we have to be in school for five days a week..! From the moment the children enter the classroom they are super busy with different tasks to investigate. This could be practising their letter and number formation, team building activities, fine motor work such as threading or use of tweezers or practising their name. It is great to see the children thriving with the tasks and supporting one another for the duration of the activity.
Our Feelings Tree
Squirrel Class now have a feelings tree. Throughout the day the children share how they are feeling, we then discuss why they feel the way they do and if there is something which can change this feeling if they were feeling sad, tired or angry. The feelings tree has become an important part of our day and a good reflective tool for the children.
The children were set a challenge this week, which was to find all the letters that were hidden around the environment. Children were given a clipboard and either had to match the letters to the ones they found or write the letters. The children searched high and low, in teams and individually to make sure they found all the letters of the alphabet!
Reminders for next week…
The children have been very interested in the ever changing great outdoors. A huge thank you to Oscar’s mummy who brought in their sunflower head and pumpkin, which they had grown at home. If you are out exploring or walking outside over the weekend please bring in the wonderful ‘autumn’ things you find to add to our investigation table. It could be colourful leaves, conkers or something interesting... Let us investigate this beautiful season!
On Friday 13th October Squirrel Class will have their first Forest School session. Please can you ensure your child has their welly boots and waterproofs (trousers and coat) in school. To make it easier, children could have a small forest school bag for their waterproofs, which can be kept on their pegs so there is no confusion with their P.E kits.
Looking forward to seeing you all at our open classroom on Wednesday 11th October from 3.15 p.m.-4.00p.m!
Week 4 (29.9.17) - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!
What an exciting week Squirrel Class have had. Mrs Thompson who is an LSA in school and also Harry’s Mummy, brought in a special book for Miss Parker to read. It was a magnificent pop up book of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. The children were so excited for Miss Parker to read it. Some of the children already knew the story from their parents reading it to them at bedtime. Once we finished the book as a class, the children were independently re-telling the story to each other, sharing their favourite parts of the book and talking about which characters they liked best. Here are some of the things the children said:
Harry said, “My favourite character is Mike Tevee because he always watches television. When he walks out of the chocolate factory he is taller than his Dad because they stretched him.”
Yasmin said, “The Oompa Loompa’s are really funny, I love the songs they sing when the children get into trouble.”
Frances said, “It is so funny when Violet turns into a big blueberry.”
From this, the classroom got transformed into a chocolate factory. The children created their own chocolate bars, which were then used for the chocolate shop. There was chocolate play dough, golden tickets for the children to find and puppets to support the children’s imagination and role-play to re-enact the book. It has been so much fun!
E-safety class charter
Now the children have begun ICT lessons each Friday morning, Squirrel class had a big talk about e-safety. We talked about the importance of keeping safe and how we can do it well. We made a class charter to ensure we understand and remember. A copy of the e-safety class charter is in the front of the children’s reading record and also at the bottom of this page. Miss Parker and the children have so far signed it and we now need all parents to sign it to support us to keep safe on the computers/Ipad.
Week 3 (22.9.17)
What a fun and messy week it has been! The children have been exploring healthy eating linked to the Rights Respecting Schools "World's Largest Lesson." There was a big focus on food and nutrition. Squirrel Class have been busy looking at what foods are healthy and not healthy, learning to use knives safely and to use their senses to explore different fruits and vegetables.
Here are some of the things the children said:
Harry E said, whist in a group discussion, "We need to be happy and make other people happy. Even just to say hello to somebody."
Lucas said ,whist exploring the play dough and fruits, "I'm making stawberry tart, which is healthy becuase it has strawberries on it."
Saffy said, whist exploring the fruit and vegetables, "I love eating fruit and vegetables. I can really smell the lemon and bananas."
Also this week, linking to the Rights and Respecting Schools, we made our own Class Charter by looking at the children's rights from the United Nations Rights of the Child. We discussed how we can keep safe, how to look after each other and how to respect our toys. Please see attached a copy of our Class Charter at the bottom on the page.
To be a successful life long learner at Langrish School...
On Friday morning (22.9.17) there was a meeting on how to be a successful learner in Reception Class at Langrish. We discussed how, and what it takes, to be a successful learner. Also, we talked about how Miss Parker and the parents can support and guide the children to be life long learners in Reception Class.
It was a great turn out, so thank you to those who came, we really appriciate your support. If you were unable to attend the meeting please find a copy of the outcomes at the bottom of the page.
Home learning starts today! Hoorayyy!
As from Friday 22nd September, parents can collect their child at 3pm to choose a maths game together to take home for the week! Please play these games as an when you want to! To change the game, bring them back the following Friday at 3pm.
On Monday 25th September, children will have two reading books to take home. Please read with them as much as you can (remember to use the Oxford Owl website to access more of these books).
Tricky words will be sent home for you to continue at home. Tricky words are not phonetic so the children just have to know them. Please play games and test your child to see which tricky words they know.
School Library books will be changed every Friday morning with Miss Rhodes. So, if your child wishes to change it, please bring them back each Friday to be swapped.
Autumn reading challenge! When you child has read a book, please let us know on the Autumn Reading Challenge sheet. Once it is all filled in, please bring it in and show Miss Parker!
Hello Team Squirrel, (15.9.17)
It has been a fantastic first week for Team Squirrel! The children have settled well into their new classroom and are taking the school routine in their stride. We have also been sharing their summer holiday boxes, with their cheeky bears, with the whole class... the children are showing a great sense of pride when talking about these.
We have been so busy making new friends, enjoying our super fun P.E lessons and accessing all areas of the classroom and outdoor space. Here are some pictures of our learning:
We've got plenty of exciting things planned for the coming year so keep watching our weekly website updates to see what we've been up to.
Tuesday: (In the hall) for which the children will only need a T-shirt and shorts.
Wednesday: (Outdoors if weather permits, otherwise in the hall) for which children will need a T-Shirt, shorts and outdoor trainers. They will also need dark coloured jogging bottoms and a hoodie as the weather gets colder.
Meet the teacher - Home learning expectations
On Friday 15th September there was a meeting with Miss Parker to discuss the home learning expectations for Reception Class. Miss Parker also discussed the learning which is taking place now and throughout the year. For now, the children are establishing the school routine, making positive relationships with their peers and adults and exploring the classroom and outdoor space. The Early Years Foundation Stage has three Prime Areas. They are Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language and Physical Development. Without these prime areas met, children may struggle to access the other areas of the curriculum which are Maths, Literacy, Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the World. However, throughout their play, there are provisions in place to access such areas of development freely and independently.
If you were unable to attend the meeting, please find an attachment of the presentation at the bottom of this page. Copies of the hand out will be put in your child's bag on Monday 18th September.