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Week beginning 6th July 2015

Many thanks to all the parents who were able to come along to Sports Day on Friday morning – unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend, but Mrs Jefferies told me how exceptionally well-behaved the children were, and they were certainly all very excited to show off their medals and stickers when I saw them after lunch – well done Oak Class, you should all be very proud of yourselves!

In Maths we continued to focus on reading and writing numbers to 100, beginning to look at place value. Some of the children were able to explain what the ‘2’, for example, in ‘25’ means, and therefore how many tens there are in that number. We will continue to focus on this next week, as it is important to give the children a deeper understanding of numbers rather than just learning them by rote.

In addition, the children wrote some fantastic letters to the current Year 1 class with questions they had about what it is like to be in Year 1. They each put their letter in an envelope and then we delivered them to Elm Class, so we will be waiting for our replies next week…

Here are a few dates that may be useful to you:
  • Monday 6th July – reports going home to parents
  • Tuesday 7th July – Jump Up morning, when the children will spend the morning with Mrs Grabham in Year 1
  • Monday 13th July – watching KS2 production in the afternoon
  • Week beginning 13th July – Arts Week (theme of Islamic Art)
Please everyone think dry and sunny thoughts for our trip to Weston-Super-Mare on Monday as current weather forecasts are not looking too promising! Children will need to bring a packed lunch, bottle(s) of water, hat, sun cream and waterproofs to be prepared for whatever the weather may bring…

As always, come and find me in the playground with any questions or concerns you may have.

Yours,

Kate Sapoff

Week beginning 29th June 2015

Hello there, 

Just a reminder that any home learning is due in next week - many apologies for the date given in the children's books, I have just realised that Monday 1st July does not exist... We will be sharing the children's learning together over the next couple of weeks though, so whenever it is ready please bring it in!

I have been so impressed with everybody's number skills this week - we have been focusing on writing numbers to 20, and I can tell that all the children have really been practising their number formation... more than ready for Year 1 now, I think! Next week we will be applying that knowledge to reading and writing numbers to 100.
 
Just a few important dates coming up for your diaries:
 
  • Friday 3rd July – KS1 Sports Day in the morning (hopefully - it's looking promising at the moment!)
  • Monday 6th July – KS1 trip to Weston-Super-Mare (many thanks for all the slips that have been coming in)
  • Tuesday 7th July – ‘Jump Up’ morning when the children will spend the morning in Year 1 with their new teacher
 
Please come and find me in the playground if you have any questions or concerns.
 
Yours,
 
Kate Sapoff

Week beginning 22nd June 2015

What another busy week in Oak Class!
 
In English, the children have continued to learn the story ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ by heart, using a story map and actions to help them. They looked at different pictures from the story and thought of an appropriate caption to write underneath, incorporating some of the rich story language into their own writing. They are all pretty amazing at re-telling the story now - please ask them to show you at home!

In Number, we focused on 2-D shapes, using mathematical language such as 'sides' and 'corners' to describe and then sort the shapes into different groups. Next week we will be concentrating on reading and writing numbers to 20 and higher; the children will be challenged to think about the value of each digit in a 2-digit number, e.g. what is the value of the '1' in '18'? Is it a one or a ten?
 
Just a few important dates coming up for your diaries:
 
  • Friday 3rd July – KS1 Sports Day in the morning (hopefully!)
  • Monday 6th July – KS1 trip to Weston-Super-Mare (many thanks for all the slips that have been coming in)
  • Tuesday 7th July – ‘Jump Up’ morning when the children will spend the morning in Year 1 with their new teacher
 
Please come and find me in the playground if you have any questions or concerns.
 
Yours,
 
Kate Sapoff

Week beginning 15th June 2015
 
Hello there,
 
Last week began with a wonderful, sunny forest school session on Monday; the children were asked to predict what the most popular colour of mini-beast was, before carrying out an investigation to find out the answer. They searched carefully in the grass, under logs and on tree trunks, keeping a tally to record the colour as they found each one. The most popular colour of mini-beast according to the findings of the majority of the children was black!
 
In English, the children have started to learn the story ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ by heart, using a story map and actions to help them. They thought about what the greedy seagulls might be saying as they stole the poor lighthouse keeper’s lunch, and wrote some great speech bubbles. We’ll continue to practise the story next week, and I’m sure they will be able to amaze you very soon with their ability to re-tell the story! In Number, the focus was on money, in particular the value of the different coins. We role-played buying various items in our souvenir shop, with the children thinking about whether or not they had enough money to buy a particular item and if they needed any change - why don’t you try it next time you go to the shops together…
 
Next week our writing focus will be ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’, and we will have a look at the properties of 2-D shapes in Maths.
 
Just a few important dates coming up for your diaries:
 
  • Friday 3rd July – KS1 Sports Day in the morning (hopefully!)
  • Monday 6th July – KS1 trip to Weston-Super-Mare (if you would like to help us out that day please let me know)
  • Tuesday 7th July – ‘Jump Up’ morning when the children will spend the morning in Year 1 with their new teacher
 
Please come and find me in the playground if you have any questions or concerns.
 
Kind regards,
 
Kate Sapoff

Week beginning 8th June 2015

The first week back was short but great!

On Tuesday, the children did some amazing writing about what they got up to over the half term holidays  -  I am so proud of how well they can all express themselves now through their writing; we have got so many really whizzy writers in Oak Class! Later in the week they noticed what trouble I was having building sandcastles which didn’t fall down straight away, and all wrote a set of instruction explaining step-by-step how to make a good sandcastle…
 
In maths, we have been thinking about subtraction, with the children counting back along a number line to find the answer. Next week we will be learning about money, comparing different coins and thinking about how much a coin is worth and whether or not we might need some change when we buy something in a shop.

As always, please come and find me in the playground with any questions or concerns you may have.

Yours,

Kate Sapoff

Week beginning 1st June 2015
 
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Hello and welcome back to term 6! I can't believe that we are nearly through the year - just a few more weeks in Oak Class! This term’s topic is ‘The Seaside’, although as always in Reception we maintain flexibility to follow the children’s own interests and be guided by their learning.
 
Term 6 is always a busy one. Look out for reports, 'jump up' morning when the class go to their new classroom and teacher and end-of-year assessments.
 
We will also be having some extra chances for children to spend some time in Year 1's classroom and they will be able to free-flow between the two classes in order for them to get to know their new teacher and the environment.
 
Please come and see me in the playground if you have any concerns or questions.
 
Kind regards,
 
Kate Sapoff

Week beginning 11th May 2015

Another busy week in Oak Class! In phonics, we reviewed some of the sounds that the children have already learnt, in particular er (as in hammer), ur (as in hurt), oi (as in boil), air (as in hair) and ear (as in beard). In maths, we focussed on taking away, counting back to find the answer. For example, in one activity we started with 10 cheese crackers on a plate; the children showed 10 using their fingers. Somebody then ate one of the crackers, so the children put down one finger and counted back to 9.

On Thursday the children had a great time learning what voting in an election means by voting in our own school election. A polling station and ballot box were set up in Mrs Lethbridge’s office and each child placed their vote. In Key Stage 1 the election was on an issue which affected them directly – what they would like to do for a special playtime. The three options were hoops, balls and dressing up; balls received the most votes and will be enjoyed one afternoon next week! The children really seemed to enjoy placing their own vote and hopefully understood more about the general election by having their own experience.

Next week we will be starting Phase 4 of Letters and Sounds; this means that the children will be learning to use the phonic knowledge they already have to read longer words.  In maths they will be solving problems which involve sharing.

Please come and find me on the playground if you have any questions or concerns.

Yours,

Kate Sapoff
 

Week beginning 4th May 2015

My goodness, Term 5 seems to be flying by – I can’t believe we are going into Week 4 already! Hope you have all had a wonderful long bank holiday weekend, despite the rain…

We started the week last week with a very enjoyable and sunny session in the forest school; armed with their sketch books and pencils the children looked for signs of spring, before having a go at drawing their observations. Have a look below at some of the fantastic sketches the children produced of trees beginning to blossom – I was so impressed by how carefully many of them captured the details of the leaves growing on the branches.

We have also been keeping a close eye on our caterpillars, which were starting to form cocoons by Friday – let’s see what is waiting for us back in the classroom tomorrow… This has also given rise to some great writing opportunities; the children described the life cycle of a butterfly by writing captions next to pictures of the various stages, and some chose to extend their learning by using time connectives such as ‘first’, ‘then’, ‘next’ and ‘finally’.

In phonics we have continued to review some of the Phase 3 sounds before we move on to Phase 4, in particular igh (as in high), oa (as in boat), oo (as in moon and book), ar (as in park) and ow (as in cow). In maths the children explored capacity, ordering different containers to determine which contained more / less liquid. We also talked about language such as ‘full’, ‘empty’ and ‘half full / empty’.  In addition, Oak Class have continued to prepare for Sports Day, and even had a go at the relay race on Friday!

Next week we will finish reviewing Phase 3 of Letters and Sounds, and will be having a go at subtracting by counting back to find the answer.

Please come and find me in the playground with any questions or concerns you may have.

Kind regards,

Kate Sapoff

Week beginning 27th April 2015

A BIG thank you to those of you who joined us for our storytelling day on Monday – I know the children thoroughly enjoyed coming into school dressed as their favourite book characters, and what a selection of characters we had… The children had a go at writing the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ in the morning, before spending the afternoon working together to decorate our classroom door  with a very impressive (and hungry-looking) caterpillar. This also provided us with some wonderful additional writing opportunities, as the class made up their own version of the story, ‘The Very Hungry Children’, who ate and ate until they were transformed into Year 1 children.

After all of this excitement, we actually had five real caterpillars arrive in class on Tuesday; the children have been eagerly watching them getting bigger and fatter as the week has gone on… we will have to see what is waiting for us in the classroom on Monday morning.

In addition, we had our class photograph taken on Tuesday, and a visit from the Life Bus on Thursday. The children spent almost an hour in the Life Bus learning about their bodies and what they need to be fit and healthy: food, water, air, exercise and sleep. In phonics, we spent week reviewing some of the Phase 3 sounds that the children have already learnt (in particular, sh, ch, th, ng, ai, ee and or).  In Maths, we started to learn about doubling – why don’t you see if your child can show you ‘double 5’ using their fingers? Or ‘double 3?

Please come and find me in the playground if you have any concerns or questions!

Yours,

Kate Sapoff

Week beginning 20th April 2015

What a fantastic first week back we have had in Oak Class! The week kicked off on Monday with our exciting ‘Big Bang Popcorn Day’, which introduced this term’s topic of cinema and films. The children had the opportunity to make different flavours of popcorn before voting for their favourite, as well as constructing popcorn containers and popcorn themed photo frames. They moved between the different classrooms in Key Stage 1, working with Mrs Grabham in Year 1 and Mr Wichard in Year 2.
 
In Maths we have been focusing on adding two numbers together by counting on (instead of always starting to count from one again). For example, if we know that there are 5 cars parked in the carpark and two more enter, we can count on from 5 to find the total number of cars. We encourage the children to keep that number 5 ‘fixed in their head’ so that they don’t have to count all of the cars from one again.
 
In Phonics we learnt the sounds ‘ure’ (as in sure and pure) and ‘er’ (as in hammer). These are the last two sounds we will be learning in Reception – time will now be spent reinforcing what the children have already learnt, ready to continue in Year 1. For the next couple of weeks we will be reviewing all Phase 3 sounds, before moving on to Phase 4 of Letters and Sounds; this means that the children will focus on using the sounds they already know to read longer and more complex words.
 
Somehow we also found time to have a look at some Charlie Chaplin clips and talk about how films have changed since they were made. The children have also started to prepare for Sports’ Day, which will take place (weather permitting) on the last day of Term 5 (Friday 22nd May).
 
This Monday is Book Day at The Meadows, and children have been invited to come dressed as their favourite book character. School uniforms are to be worn as usual if children are not dressing up. Also, on Tuesday (21st April) class photos will be taken, so please ensure that everybody is looking their smartest that day – thank you!
 
As always, please come and find me in the playground if you have any questions or concerns.
 
Yours,
 
Kate Sapoff

Week beginning 13th April 2015

 

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Welcome to the start of Term 5 - I hope you have all had a lovely Easter!
 
This term's topic is called 'Lights, Camera, Action!’ and we will be basing our learning all around the theme of films and cinema. The term will kick off on Monday with a fun day investigating different popcorn flavours, creating a popcorn container and making a popcorn themed photo frame, along with the rest of Key Stage 1. As ever, in Oak Class we respond to the interests of the children so we will retain some flexibility and see how the children learn and follow their own ideas.
 
As always, please come and find me in the playground if you have any questions or concerns.
 
Yours,
 
Kate Sapoff

Week beginning 23rd March 2015

What a success the plant sale was last week - thank you so much to everybody who came along! We actually sold out of plants and made a profit of more than £20 - the children will now have to decide how they would like to spend that money!

In phonics, the children learnt the new sounds ear (as in hear) and air (as in hair). Next week we will focus on recapping the sounds already learnt so far, before we cover the last two graphemes after the Easter holidays. The children are coming to the end of Phase 3 of Letters and Sounds - in Term 5 we will move on to Phase 4, which introduces no new sounds but focuses instead on decoding longer words using sounds the children already know. This will take them up to the end of Reception, when the children will start Phase 5 in Year 1! 

Our maths learning last week mainly involved creating repeating patterns, and we had some fantastic potato printing as well as beads threaded carefully in patterns onto lengths of string. Next week we will be looking at addition, in particular adding objects by counting on to find the answer. For example, if I have five 1p coins and I add 2 more, I can work out that I have 6p 7p coins altogether by counting on 2, rather than counting all of the coins again. 

Please come and find me in the playground if you have any questions or concerns.

Yours,

Kate Sapoff

Week beginning 16th March 2015

First, a very big thank you to everybody who came to Oak Class’ assembly on Thursday. I am sure you will agree that the children all did an amazing job – performing in front of such a large audience can be nerve-wracking at any age, but especially so when you are four or five-years-old!

Somehow we have also managed to fit in quite a bit of learning this week; in phonics, the children learnt the sounds ‘ow’ (as in cow) and ‘oi’ (as in coin). We will be moving on to ‘ear’ and ‘air’ next week. Our maths learning has focused on 2-D and 3-D shapes this week, with the children even writing their own song (‘The Shape Song’) which was performed to the rest of the school on Friday afternoon.

Next week, the children will be very busy re-planting our seedlings into new pots ready for the Key Stage 1 plant sale to be held on Thursday (19th March) from
3.00 pm. Everybody is invited!

Yours,

Kate Sapoff
 
Week beginning 9th March 2015

Gosh, another busy week in Oak Class this week!

We began the week with a surprisingly sunny afternoon in forest school - unfortunately, the wind and rain at the weekend had blown away all the fairies and elves' homes in forest school, so the children worked together to find the resources they would need to rebuild. Some children were sure that they had even managed to catch a glimpse of the fairies and elves whilst they were working...!

In phonics, the children have learnt the new sounds or (as in fork) and ur (as in fur). Our next two sounds will be ow (as in cow) and oi (as in coin). We are continuing to go at a slower pace with our phonics learning now that the sounds are getting trickier. In maths, the children have been exploring different ways to split 10 objects into two groups.

A reminder that Reception's class assembly is coming up this week - it will take place on Thursday 12th March at 2.45 pm and you are all invited to come along and share in your child's amazing learning. It would be great to see you there!

As always, please come and find me in the playground with any questions or concerns you may have.

Yours,

Kate Sapoff

Week beginning 2nd March 2015

First of all, a HUGE thank you to everybody who came along to Fonthill Garden Centre with us on Tuesday - the children thoroughly enjoyed being able to explore what we might need for our plant sale at the end of term, and we wouldn't have been able to do it without your support, so thank you very much!

After buying our provisions at the garden centre, the children have being busy this week re-potting the seedlings and making sure that they have got enough water and light to grow big and strong. The children will continue to take care of the plants over the next few weeks, and with any luck they will be ready to sell in a few weeks!

All this has kept us very busy in Oak Class this week, but somehow we have managed to fit in a bit of phonics and maths as well! In phonics, the children have learnt the new sounds oo (as in moon and book) and ar (as in park). Our next two sounds will be or (as in fork) and ur (as in turn). 

In maths, the children have been learning about money and language that is used to talk about money. They have looked at 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins and discussed how many pennies are worth the same as each coin - why don't you see if they can remember which one is which?

Just an advance warning that Reception's assembly is coming up soon - it will take place on Thursday 12th March at 2.45 pm and you are all invited to come along and share in your child's amazing learning. It would be great to see you there!

As always, please come and find me in the playground with any questions or concerns you may have.

Yours,

Kate Sapoff
 
Week beginning 23rd February 2015

Welcome to the beginning of Term 4 in Oak Class - I hope you all had a fun and restful half term holiday and are ready for a new term!

Alongside Years 1 and 2, our topic this term is going to be 'The Secret Lives of Plants', starting on Tuesday morning with a short walk to Fonthill Garden Centre. We will be purchasing seedlings, soil and pots in preparation for a plant sale that Key Stage 1 will be holding later in the term. If you're available to help out please speak to me as soon as possible! As ever, in Oak Class we will respond to the interests of the children; this means that we will retain some flexibility and see how the children learn and follow their ideas.

This trip will also tie in nicely with our Maths learning this week, as we focus on money and recognising values of different coins. In phonics the children will be learning two new sounds, oo (as in moon) and ar (as in park).

Please come and find me in the playground with any questions or concerns you may have.

Yours,

Kate Sapoff
 
Week beginning 9th February 2015

Just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who was able to come into school on Wednesday for the Way Forward meetings – it was fantastic to see so many of you there and I hope you thoroughly enjoyed sharing all of your child’s amazing learning with them – I know the children certainly did! If you weren’t able to make it, please don’t worry because we have parents evenings coming up this week (11th and 12th February) and I’ll give you the report then containing photos we have taken of your child since September – and you’ll be able to share that with your child at home instead!

Last week was another busy week in Oak Class. In phonics, the children learnt two new sounds: igh (as in night) and oa (as in boat). Next week we will take some time to reinforce all of the digraphs (sounds with two letters) we have learnt so far before continuing with some more new sounds after half term.

The children have also been learning about different ways to measure weight, comparing two objects and determining which is lighter and which is heavier. Why don’t you test them at home with some things from the kitchen cupboards?

We also looked at ways to stay healthy, focusing especially on what foods are okay to eat as much as you want, and which are to be eaten only occasionally. Next week we will be thinking about Chinese New Year, ordering and sequencing daily events in Maths and all in only four days!

Please come and find me in the playground with any questions or concerns you may have, and I look forward to seeing you all at parents evening.

Yours,

Kate Sapoff

Week beginning 2nd February 2015

What a fantastic couple of weeks we have had in Oak Class – time is flying by and I can’t believe the children are almost half way through their time in Reception already!

I’m sure you have all heard lots about our day at Bristol Zoo; the children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and really developed their knowledge and understanding of polar animals in the education centre. The children had the opportunity to explore different objects such as a narwhal tusk and a wolf skin, as well as meet a real polar bear! They then had a go at all being Emperor penguins and learnt about how the daddy penguins huddle together to keep warm whilst looking after their eggs. They were all very interested to find out what happens when the mummy Emperor penguins return from fishing – why don’t you ask them how the baby penguins get their first meals!

Forest school on Monday involved the children using lard and bird seed to make bird feeders for that area, and we could already hear some very appreciative birds that afternoon before we left. In phonics we spent the week revisiting some of the trickier sounds the children have learnt recently (sh, ch, ng – as in bang, th, ai – as in paint, ee). These digraphs (sounds which are written with two letters) are more challenging for the children than the single letter sounds, and we will be learning just two new sounds a week; next week we will focus on igh (as in night) and oa (as in boat).

In maths the children have been learning ‘one more’ and ‘one less’, as well as focusing on finding the total of two groups of objects by counting all of them. Why not practise at home by counting two groups of toys – how many toys are there altogether?

This Wednesday (4th February) are Way Forward meetings, when you are welcome to come into the class and share your child’s learning with them – they will share their writing books with you and talk about their learning experiences so far in Oak Class. Everybody is invited between 9:00 and 11:30, and 13:30 and 15:00 – I hope to see lots of you then!

As always, please come and find me in the playground with any questions or concerns you may have.

Kind regards,

Kate Sapoff 

Week beginning 12th January 2015
 
Hello there!
 
We have had a fun week in Oak Class – lots of great learning and it is wonderful to see the children beginning to apply their learning in their own ways. We have had a particular focus on independent writing this week, really encouraging children to incorporate writing into their own learning. Examples of fantastic writing now go onto our ‘Wow!’ board, which we look at daily in order to choose our ‘Writer of the Day’.
 
A system for learning ‘key words’ is now established and we will be aiming to assess children weekly to see if they need to continue practising their current set or need a new set. Thank you for your support in this – please see me if you have any questions. As always, any practice that you can do at home is really valuable.
 
In our Maths we have been having a go at estimating how many objects there are, and using language such as ‘more’ and fewer’ to describe two groups of objects. Why not have a go at home too… how many apples do you think there are in the fruit bowl? Do you think there are more apples than oranges or fewer?
 
Next week we are going to find out more about the North and South Poles (in class and at the zoo)!
 
Please come and see me in the playground with any questions or concerns you may have.
 
Kind regards,

Kate Sapoff
 
Week beginning 5th January 2015


Welcome back to Term 3!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year.

This term's topic is called 'Frozen Planet’ and we will be basing our learning all around this theme – including our trip to Bristol Zoo next week. As ever, in Oak Class we respond to the interests of the children so we will retain some flexibility and see how the children learn and follow their own ideas.

Please look out for Key Words which were issued to children again last week. These are common, high-frequency words (such as 'the', 'it', 'when') which children need to be able to recognise speedily when they are reading. Please cut them out, play games with them, stick them around the house or whatever suits you! We regularly assess how confident children are with the set of words that they have been given and move them onto a new set when they are ready.

Our phonics learning continues as we learn the harder sounds - we have recently covered ch and sh, and will be focusing on th and ng (as in king) next week.  We are taking a slower pace with these sounds as they are trickier to spell and recognise.

The children have also started learning the story of ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ off by heart – this is accomplished by the use of actions for key phrases and a ‘story map’, which is a flowchart of events in the story. Ask your child to tell you part and see what they remember… you may well be surprised! This will also give us a focus for writing tasks.

Finally, I would like to say a huge thank you for all of the cards and presents I received at the end of last term – so very kind and thoughtful!

Please come and find me in the playground if you have any questions or concerns.

Kind regards,

Kate Sapoff

Week beginning 24th November 2014

Please look out for Key Words which will be issued to children this week. These are common, high-frequency words (such as 'the', 'it', 'when') which children need to be able to recognise speedily when they are reading. We will send home a set with every child for you to practise reading with them. Please cut them out, play games with them, stick them around the house or whatever suits you! We regularly assess how confident children are with the set of words that they have been given and move them onto a new set when they are ready.

We have also started to do more guided writing in Oak Class recently.  Up until now, a lot of the children's writing has been either done by the adult (with the child forming the sentence) or with the child copying the adult. However, now our focus shifts so that the children are forming their own sentences and telling the adult what it says. The process goes like this:
1. The child thinks of the sentence.
2. The child says the sentence aloud (to a friend or adult).
3. The child sounds out the word they want to write on their fingers - we have been practising this a lot in phonics.
4. The child writes the sounds, hopefully in the right order!

At this stage, children have not learnt all of the sounds and rely heavily on the phonics that they know, so a word such as 'beautiful' may be written as 'byooteful'. This is a good sign - it shows a real confidence with the phonics that they have experienced and they will pick up trickier spelling patterns as they move up the school. Similarly, although children are aware of full stops and capital letters, this is not a primary focus for us yet. The aim of the game at this stage is to get them writing, and to enjoy writing!

If you would like to practise some of the songs from our Christmas production at home, they can be heard through this website:
http://www.starshine.co.uk/little-angel-gets-her-wings

Please come and find me in the playground if you have any questions or concerns.

Yours,

Kate Sapoff
 
Week beginning 17th November 2014

Just a reminder that forest school will be getting chilly soon, so children will need a thick pair of socks to wear under wellies, as well as warm trousers or leggings and a fleecy top to wear under waterproofs. They also need to have hats and gloves – this could be the ones they wear for playtime rather than a separate set (but they may get muddy). If your child does not have adequate clothing this may mean they can not participate on very cold days.

The class spent the whole of Monday afternoon in forest school, thinking about how to make a comfortable 'home' for the various plastic animals we had brought out with us! In phonics, we talked about sounds at the ends of words which are represented by two letters, such as 'ss', 'ff' ans 'll'. We have also been practising some of the songs for the Christmas production next month - I am sure you will be hearing quite a few new songs at home soon!

Next week, the book fair will be in school - Oak Class will be making a visit on Tuesday during the day, although the fair is open to parents after school on Monday and Tuesday.

Please come and find me in the playground if you have any questions or concerns.

Yours,

Kate Sapoff

Week beginning 10th November 2014

Wow - I can't believe how quickly the first term has gone. A sixth of the year has already passed!

We are already thinking about Christmas in Key Stage 1 and you may well hear your child singing some of the lyrics to our Christmas play 'Little Angel'. You will be pleased to hear that the class are going to be stars - look out for a letter in book bags about costumes. Please be aware that only one of the dates of the play is for younger children to attend; this is to give adults who would rather have a 'quieter' viewing a chance.

This first week kicked off with the children using paint and spray bottles to create their own fireworks with Mrs Lethbridge. In phonics, we have learnt the new sounds 'h' and 'b' - see if your child can show you the action that goes with each sound! In maths, the children have been thinking about what is 'one more' than a given number.

Please keep out an eye for our 'My Learning' home learning. This is a selection of activities linked to our learning in class which you can try with your child at home. We always look forward to seeing what the children produce; please bring in home learning by the 1st December, so that we will have time for the children to share some of this learning with the rest of the class.

Please see me if you would like to find out more!

Kate Sapoff

Week beginning 20th October 2014

First of all I just wanted to say a big thank you to everybody who came along to the parents evenings this week - it was great to see you all again and have a chance to talk about how the children are settling into school.

What a fun week we have had! The children are really starting to jell as a group and  I am sure you are hearing bits and bobs from them, but just in case, here is what we have been up to!

We had a successful forest session this week. We tend to start with a focused activity and then the children have some free time. This week we were learning about acorns - we talked about what they will grow into and looked for them around the oak trees. After all, we are Oak Class!

We have also started doing some writing in books with the children. They are drawing pictures about their weekends (which sound very busy!) and we are writing a sentence which they have dictated to us. This starts to let children think about forming sentences and means that we can start to relate their thoughts and speech to written content. 

This week we have taken a rest from the phonics sheets to consolidate the sounds we have learnt so far (s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k). We have been learning to read and write them in consonant-vowel-consonant words (such as gap, kit, dad, dot and so on). This involves really thinking about the sounds in a word and blending the sounds together to read them, or segmenting the sounds in spoken words to write them. Next week we will be covering these sounds: ck, e, u and r.

On the parents evenings I mentioned to several people a CD which we use in class to teach the various sounds, and suggested it might help to have a copy a home for a bit more practice. The CD is called 'Jolly Songs (Jolly Phonics)' and is available from Amazon. The songs can also be viewed for free on YouTube, 

Yours,

Kate Sapoff

Week beginning 13th October 2014

Phew! The first full week is over - and I hope everybody has a restful weekend! School is hard work when you are 4.

This week we all explored the forest area. We got to know how to stay safe there and children learned about hazards such as nettles, thorns, sticks, berries and mushrooms. Children then had some time to explore the area - forest school time is a favourite activity and I am sure that it will be a highlight of the week for most of them as they get used to the rules there.

Much of the rest of the week has been spent getting to know the other half of the class. It is amazing how quickly new relationships form and I am sure that you will be hearing some new names at home.

Parents meetings are next week (week beginning 13th October). You will need to go to the hall to register and you will be brought to the classroom. Please be aware that there are 10 minutes per child. Have a think if there are any particular queries that you have. You will be given a sheet summarising your child's time at school so far.

A letter will also be going out next week asking for parent volunteers - please do let me know if you are interested (this extends to other family members such as grandparents too). It would be great to have some support in class, hearing readers or doing cooking.

As always, please come and find me in the playground if you have any questions or concerns.

Yours,

Kate Sapoff

Week beginning 6th October 2014

Well, we've made it to Week 6 and the children are now ready to start full-time from Monday (6th October) - I have been so impressed with how well they have all been settling into school over the last few weeks, learning lots of the new routines and beginning to develop some lovely friendships...

We'll be starting forest school on Monday and P.E. on Tuesday, so please could all children have their forest school kit and P.E. kit in school.

Also, just a reminder that there will be a meeting for all parents of Reception children on Thursday 9th October from 3.30 - 4.30; it will be an opportunity for us to explain in a bit more detail how things work in Early Years, as well as an opportunity for you to raise any questions or concerns you may have at this stage. I look forward to seeing lots of you there!

As always, please come and find me in the playground if you have any questions or concerns.

Yours,

Kate Sapoff

Week beginning 29th September 2014

I can't believe that we are going into the last week of our transition phase in Oak Class - how quickly the last few weeks have flown!

This week (beginning 29th September) the younger half of the cohort will be doing the morning sessions and staying for lunch (9.00 - 1.00). The older half will be joining us for lunch and then staying for the afternoon sessions (12.00 - 3.30). All children in Key Stage 1 are now entitled to free school meals, although your child may also bring a packed lunch if you prefer. As all children will be having lunch at school this week, this will provide them with the perfect opportunity to meet each other before starting full-time from 6th October!

If your child will be bringing a packed lunch this week, please note the following:
  • Please put the food in a sealed container clearly marked with their name.
  • Drinks can be included (please ensure they are well sealed).
  • Due to allergies, so please avoid products containing nuts.
  • We ask that packed lunches provide a healthy balance of food-types.
Children will need to bring a coat (depending on weather), a water bottle and book bag. Those attending the morning session may also like to bring a healthy snack, such as a piece of fruit, for play-time.

We will not be starting P.E. or Forest School until the children are full-time from 6th October, although they are welcome to hang kits on pegs before then.

Please come and find me in the playground if you have any questions or concerns.

Yours,

Kate Sapoff
 
Week beginning 22nd September 2014

What a busy and exciting couple of weeks we have had in Oak Class so far! All the children seem to be settling into the class very well, even though school can be especially tiring when you are 4-years-old...

Just to remind you that this week (beginning 22nd September) the older half of the cohort will be doing the morning sessions and staying for lunch (9.00 - 1.00). All children in Key Stage 1 are now entitled to free school meals, although your child may also bring a packed lunch if you prefer. The younger half will be doing the afternoon sessions (1.15 - 3.30).

If your child will be bringing a packed lunch this week, please note the following:
  • Please put the food in a sealed container clearly marked with their name.
  • Drinks can be included (please ensure they are well sealed).
  • Due to allergies, so please avoid products containing nuts.
  • We ask that packed lunches provide a healthy balance of food-types.
Children will need to bring a coat (depending on weather), a water bottle and book bag. Those attending the morning session may also like to bring a healthy snack, such as a piece of fruit, for play-time.

We will not be starting P.E. or Forest School until the children are full-time from 6th October, although they are welcome to hang kits on pegs before then.

Please come and find me in the playground if you have any questions or concerns.

Yours,

Kate Sapoff

Week beginning 15th September 2014

What a fantastic first week the children have had - Mrs Harding and Mrs Lethbridge have both commented to me that they can't believe this is only Oak Class' first week, they are all doing so so well!

Just to remind you that this week (beginning 15th September) the younger half of the cohort will be doing the morning sessions (9.00 - 12.00) and the older half will be doing the afternoon sessions (1.15 - 3.30).

Children will need to bring a coat (depending on weather), a water bottle and book bag. Those attending the morning session may also like to bring a healthy snack, such as a piece of fruit, for play-time.

We will not be starting P.E. or Forest School until the children are full-time from 6th October, although they are welcome to hang kits on pegs before then.

Every Tuesday Mrs Lethbridge will be taking Oak Class as I am out of class all day for preparation, planning and assessment time. Please look out for Mrs Lethbridge in the playground on Tuesdays as she will be bringing the children into class.

As always, please come and find me in the playground if you have any questions or concerns.

Yours,

Kate Sapoff

Week beginning 8th September 2014

I hope you have all had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to an exciting year in Oak Class! 

Just to remind you that this week (beginning 8th September) the older half of the cohort will be doing the morning sessions (9.00 - 12.00) and the younger half will be doing the afternoon sessions (1.15 - 3.30).

Children will need to bring a coat (depending on weather), a water bottle and book bag. Those attending the morning session may also like to bring a healthy snack, such as a piece of fruit, for play-time.

We will not be starting P.E. or Forest School until the children are full-time from 6th October, although they are welcome to hang kits on pegs before then.

Please come and find me in the playground if you have any questions or concerns.

Yours,

Kate Sapoff
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