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Week beginning 23rd May 2016

 

Hello there!

 

In Phonics last week we reviewed some of the sounds that the children have already learnt, in particular ee (as in steep), igh (as in starlight) and oa (as in groan). We have now started Phase 4 of Letters and Sounds (see Spelling Planning Terms 5 and 6 attached below), so the children are learning to apply the sounds they know to read and write longer words.

 

In Maths, we focused on addition, in particular learning how to add two numbers together by counting on.

 

Next week we will continue Phase 4 of Letters and Sounds, focusing on reading and writing CVCC, CCVC and polysyllabic words.  In Maths the children will be creating repeating patterns.

 

Friday morning (27th May)will be Key Stage 1's 'Sports Day' - weather permitting! You are all invited to come along and stay for lunch with your child on the field - you just need to bring your own picnic. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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

 

Yours,

 

Kate Sapoff

 

Week beginning 16th May 2016

 

Another busy week in Oak Class! In Phonics, we reviewed some of the sounds that the children have already learnt, in particular th (as in thank), ng (as in bring), and ai (as in paint). We have now started Phase 4 of Letters and Sounds (see Spelling Planning Terms 5 and 6 attached below), so the children are learning to apply the sounds they know to read and write longer words.

 

In Maths, we focused on money, in particular thinking about how many pennies are worth the same as 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p coins. We also set up a shop in the classroom, and the children thought about whether or not they had enough money to buy a particular item, for example if they had a 10p coin and wanted to buy the teddy bear which cost 7p, would they have enough and how much change would they get.  They all found this quite tricky, so lots of practice when they are out and about shopping would be a big help!

 

The children also used their phonic knowledge to have a go at re-telling the story of ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes, a story which we have been reading together over the last couple of weeks – what amazing writers we have in Oak Class!

 

Next week we will continue Phase 4 of Letters and Sounds, focusing on reading and writing CVCC, CCVC and polysyllabic words.  In Maths the children will be adding two numbers by counting on.

 

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

 

Yours,

 

Kate Sapoff

 

Week beginning 9th May 2016

 

What a wonderful day we all had on Thursday at Blaise Castle House Museum! The children really enjoyed the workshop, which was a hands-on session giving them the opportunity to explore different toys from across time. I've uploaded a few photographs below so that you can see what we got up to...

 

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

 

Kind regards,

 

Kate Sapoff

 

Week beginning 2nd May 2016

 

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…

 

In Phonics we have continued to review some of the Phase 3 sounds before we move on to Phase 4, focusing in particular on ow (as in cow), er and ur (as in hammer and burn), air (as in hair) and ear (as in beard). In Maths the children explored the properties of 3-D shapes, including cylinders and pyramids, and had a go at describing them using mathematical language such as ‘faces’.  In addition, Oak Class have continued to prepare for Sports Day, and even had a go at the relay race on Friday!

 

On Thursday afternoon the children had the opportunity to learn about fire safety and ask lots of interesting questions when a fireman – one of Oak Class’ dads – came to visit us.

 

Just a reminder that on Thursday (5th May) the class will be visiting Blaise Castle House Museum to take part in the ‘Toys’ workshop. Children will need to be at school for the usual time in the morning, and will be back by 3.30 pm at the latest. They will need to be in school uniform (with a coat depending on the weather), and bring a packed lunch. Children may also bring up to £1 spending money for the museum shop. We’re all looking forward to it!

 

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

 

Kind regards,

 

Kate Sapoff

 

Week beginning 25th April 2016

 

Many thanks to everybody who came along to the parents evenings last week, it was great to be able to talk to you about your child's learning and share some of the amazing things that they have been achieving at school this year!

 

In Phonics this week we have been reviewing some more Phase 3 sounds (in particular ee, or, igh, oa and ar), before we move on to Phase 4 of Letters and Sounds next week. In Maths, we looked at very early division and started to solve problems involving fair sharing - why don't you ask your child to show you how to share a packet of sweets so that it is fair and everybody gets the same?

 

The children have also continued to prepare for Sports’ Day, which will take place (weather permitting) on the last day of Term 5 (Friday 27th May).

 

We are planning a trip to the toy museum at Blaise Castle on Thursday 5th May (I have attached a copy of the letter below). The children will have the opportunity to take part in a hands-on session, comparing and contrasting some examples of toys across time with those they play with today.

 

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

 

Kind regards,

 

Kate Sapoff

 

Week beginning 18th April 2016

 

Our first week back got off to a fantastic start on Monday with our 'Big Bang' day. The children were so excited to be able to bring in a favourite toy from home, which they really enjoyed sharing with the rest of the class as well as with the children in Year 1 and Year 2.  A HUGE thank you to those grandparents who came into school on Monday to share some of their toys; the children really enjoyed rotating around the different grandparents to find out what toys they had brought with them.  In addition to all of this, the children also took part in a toy parade around the hall and did a toy dance to music from Toy Story! 

 

In Phonics this week we have been reviewing some Phase 3 sounds (in particular sh, ch, th, ng, and ai), before we move on to Phase 4 of Letters and Sounds in a couple of weeks. 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?

 

The children have also started to prepare for Sports’ Day, which will take place (weather permitting) on the last day of Term 5 (Friday 27th May).

 

We are planning a trip to the toy museum at Blaise Castle on Thursday 5th May (I have attached a copy of the letter below). The children will have the opportunity to take part in a hands-on session, comparing and contrasting some examples of toys across time with those they play with today.

 

Just a reminder that on Tuesday (20th April) class photos will be taken, so please ensure that everybody is looking their smartest that day – thank you!

 

Please come and find me in the playground if you have any questions or concerns, and I look forward to seeing you all at parents evenings this week!

 

Kind regards,

 

Kate Sapoff

 

Week beginning 11th April 2016

 

This term's topic is focused around the question 'What toys did your grandparents play with?', and we will be basing our learning around this theme. 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.

 

On Monday 11th April, grandparents (or other older relatives) are invited to come and show the learners some of the toys that they used to play with when they were children - this will be a drop-in session from 10:45 to 11:45. On that day the children can also bring in a special toy to share with the rest of the class (nothing nothing too valuable please just in case).

 

We are also planning a trip to the toy museum at Blaise Castle on Thursday 5th May. The children will have the opportunity to take part in a hands-on session, comparing and contrasting some examples of toys across time with those they play with today.

 

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

 

Kind regards,

 

Kate Sapoff

 

Week beginning 21st March 2016

 

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Wow, Term 4 is flying by...

 

In Phonics this week we learnt the sounds ‘ure’ (as in sure and pure) and ‘er’ (as in hammer). These are the last two sounds the children will be learning in Reception – time will now be spent reinforcing what they have already learnt, ready to continue in Year 1. We will now spend a couple of weeks reviewing all Phase 3 sounds, before moving on to Phase 4 of Letters and Sounds after Easter; this means that the children will focus on using the sounds they already know to read and write longer and more complex words.

 

In Maths, the children continued to explore capacity, ordering different containers to determine which contained more / less liquid. We also talked about language such as ‘full’, ‘empty’ and ‘half full / empty’.

 

On Monday (21st March), the class will be walking down to St Mary's Church in the morning to learn about the Easter story. I will add some photos below so that you can see what we get up to!

 

The last day of Term 4 is Thursday 24th March.

 

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

 

Yours,

 

Kate Sapoff

 

Week beginning 14th March 2016

 

First, a very big thank you to everybody who came to Oak Class’ assembly on Thursday. Unfortunately, I was not able to be there, but I have been told 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. The week began with a very exciting visit from Harold the giraffe in the Life Education Bus, and he helped the children to learn what they need to stay healthy - food, water, air, sleep and exercise.

 

In Phonics, the children learnt the new sounds ear (as in hear) and air (as in hair). Next week we will be focusing on ‘ure’ (as in sure and pure) and ‘er’ (as in hammer). 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!  

 

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’.

 

Apologies that keywords were put to one side last week – with everything else that was going on we couldn’t quite fit them in! Keywords will resume again next week.

 

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

 

Yours,

 

Kate Sapoff

 

Week beginning 29th February 2016

 

Gosh, another busy week in Oak Class this week!

 

Forest school on Monday involved the children using lard and bird seed to make bird feeders for the area, and we could already hear some very appreciative birds that afternoon before we left.

 

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 next week - it will take place on Thursday 10th 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 22nd February 2016

 

What an exciting first week back we have had in Oak Class! Our new topic, ‘Rainforests’, was launched on Monday with a trip to the Explorer Dome in the hall. We had to crawl into the dome through a tunnel and then, once inside, learnt about different environments around the world, including rainforests. We found out about the animals living there as well as why it is so important to look after our environment and recycle so that the rainforests do not continue to disappear.

 

This new topic has kept us very busy in Oak Class, but somehow we have managed to fit in a bit of phonics and maths as well! In phonics, the children reviewed the Phase 3 sounds that we have already learnt. Next week we will learn 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 10th 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 15th February 2016

 

This term's topic is all about 'Rainforests' and we will be basing our learning around this theme. 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.

 

Our phonics learning continues as we learn the harder sounds - we will be reviewing the sounds we have already learnt this week before moving on to 'or' (as in 'for) and 'ur' (as in fur) the following week. We are taking a slower pace with these sounds as they are trickier to spell and recognise.

 

Finally, Oak Class' assembly will be taking place this term - on Thursday 10th March at 2.45 pm - and it would be great to see lots of you there!

 

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

 

Kind regards,

 

Kate Sapoff

 

Week beginning 1st February 2016

 

Hi all, this term is certainly flying – I can’t believe that we have only got one week left!

 

In Phonics this week we have focused on the sounds oo (as in moon and book) and ar (as in park). Next week we will be reviewing all of the Phase 3 sounds that we have learnt so far; have a look athttp://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/ if you would like to do any extra practice at home. This is a fantastic (and free) resource which complements our phonics learning at school by working through the various sounds in the same order as they are covered in class.

 

We’ve also been looking at repeating patterns in Maths.  The children had a go themselves at creating a pattern using three different colours of beads, although we also experimented with using actions or 2-D shapes to make a repeating pattern. Next week we will be looking at finding ‘one less’ than a particular number.

 

Just to let you know that on the first day back to school after half term, Monday 15th February, we are very lucky to have the Explorer Dome visiting Key Stage 1 for the morning. It is being used as an introduction to our new topic, ‘Rainforests’, and is described in the following way on the company’s website:

 

“Imagine what it would be like to go to a hot tropical rainforest, a desert or even head up the North Pole. Delight in the sights, sounds, smells and sensations of different environments, find out about the animals that live here and find out what we can do to help save the world!”

 

Letters about this visit went out in book bags on Friday, but I have also attached a copy of the letter below in case your copy has gone astray!

 

As always, come and see me if you have any questions or concerns at all.

 

Best wishes,

 

Kate Sapoff

 

Week beginning 25th January 2016

 

Hello there,

 

What a busy week we have had in Oak Class! It started off on Monday with a very crisp visit to forest school, where the children worked together in pairs to go on a twig hunt - exploring the forest school environment, they looked closely at the similarities and differences between the different twigs to see if they could find everything on their checklists.

 

In Phonics this week we have focused on the sounds igh (as in night) and oa (as in coat). Next week we will be moving on to oo (as in moon and book) and ar (as in bark). As I mentioned last week, please have a look at http://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/ if you would like to do any extra practice at home - it is a fantastic (and free) resource which complements our phonics learning at school by working through the various sounds in the same order as they are covered in class.

 

We’ve also been looking at 3-D shapes in Maths, in particular cubes, cuboids and spheres. The children were encouraged to use mathematical terms such as 'faces' to describe the different shapes; we focused on the differences between a cube and a cuboid, and sorted some boxes into those with all square-shaped faces and those with rectangular faces. Next week we will be looking at repeating patterns.

 

In addition to all if this, we’ve been thinking about our topic of ‘transport’ and have looked at some photographs of 'old' and 'new' forms of transport, for example discussing which aeroplane is the modern plane and which one might have flown a long time ago.

 

Lastly, just a reminder that forest school is quite chilly at the moment, so please make sure that your child has the appropriate clothing in school.

 

As always, come and see me if you have any questions or concerns at all.

 

Best wishes,

 

Kate Sapoff

 

Week beginning 18th January 2016

 

Firstly, I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to all of you for coming along to the parents’ evenings this week. It was a great opportunity to be able to have a chat about how your child’s learning has been going over the past few months, especially now that we are coming up to half way through the academic year already!

 

In Phonics this week we have focused on the sounds ai (as in rain) and ee (as in meet). Next week we will be moving on to igh (as in night) and oa (as in boat). For extra practice at home have a look at http://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/ - it is a fantastic (and free) resource which complements our phonics learning at school by working through the various sounds in the same order as they are covered in class.

 

We’ve also been adding in Number, counting on to add one or two objects to a group. For example, in one activity we had six cars parked in the car park. Two more cars drove in to park, so we counted on 7, 8 to find out how many cars there were altogether. We then had a go at writing a corresponding number sentence: 6 + 2 = 8. Next week we will be looking at 3-D shapes.

 

In addition to all if this, we’ve been thinking about our topic of ‘transport’ and have looked at some different forms of transport around the world, such as huskies in Alaska and gondolas in Venice. Some of the children enjoyed using junk materials to make their own transport models, which included an amazing sleigh and a very colourful car!

 

Lastly, just a reminder that forest school is quite chilly at the moment, so please make sure that your child has the appropriate clothing in school.

 

As always, come and see me if you have any questions or concerns at all.

 

Best wishes,

 

Kate Sapoff

 

Week beginning 11th January 2016

 

 

Welcome back to Term 3!

 

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

 

This term's topic is all about transport and we will be basing our learning around this theme. 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.

 

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

 

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 14th December 2015

 

First, just to say many thanks for all the lamb costumes which have come in this week - the children all look fab!

 

What a busy week we have had in Oak Class getting ready for our Christmas play! The children have been doing fantastically and are now excited for you to come and see 'Born in a Barn' on either Tuesday or Wednesday next week... Just a reminder that younger siblings are welcome to come along for Tuesday's performance, but Wednesday's is for adults only.
 
In Phonics this week we continued with Phase 3 of Letters and Sounds, focusing on the new sounds ‘sh’ (as in ship), and ‘ch’ (as in chop). Next week we will be learning 'th' (as in thin) and 'ng' (as in bang). 
 
As always, please come and find me in the playground if you have any questions or concerns.
 
Yours,
 
Kate Sapoff

 

Week beginning 7th December 2015

Wow, Term 2 is certainly flying by now... Christmas will be here in no time!
 
In Phonics this week we continued with Phase 3 of Letters and Sounds, focusing on the new sounds ‘y’ (as in yoghurt), ‘z / zz’ and ‘qu’. We are now beginning to learn some of the harder sounds, which are trickier to spell and recognise, and so will slow down the pace a bit of introducing new sounds. Many of these new sounds will be 'digraphs', which means that two letters represent the one sound. Next week, for example, we will be learning 'sh' and 'ch' - we use the letter names to explain that an 's' and an 'h' next to each other make the 'sh' sound (e.g. sh-e-d).
 
In Maths, the children have been learning to order a number of items according to their height, using language such as ‘taller’ and ‘shorter’. This will move in next week to looking at 3-D shapes.
 
We have also been practising the songs for the Christmas production, and had our first full run-through with Years 1 and 2 on Friday morning!  I have to say that all the children in Reception were AMAZING! It can be quite tricky for them as it takes a while to organise lines and stage directions, but the children were incredibly patient and really did their best with the songs and actions.

If you would like to practise some of the songs with you child, they can be heard through this website:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKi1n1ILwRc&list=PLbNir02CPOjxjgouLiCHwvx99oYJMb58d

Please see below for a copy of the letter about costumes – Reception children will all belambs this year, and costumes will need to be in school by 9th December ready for performances the following week. I've suggested that children wear a pair of black leggings / tights and a white T-shirt as the hall can get very, very hot during performances and many lamb costumes available to buy are thick and fleecy. Something like the picture below would be perfect!

 

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

Week beginning 30th November 2015

Hi there!
 
In Phonics this week we have started Phase 3 of Letters and Sounds, focusing on the new sounds ‘j’, ‘v’, ‘w’ and ‘x’. Why don’t you ask your child if they can teach you the action which goes with each sound? Next week we will be learning ‘y’ (as in yoghurt), ‘z / zz’ and ‘qu’.
 
In Maths, the children have been learning to order a number of items according to their length, using language such as ‘longer’ and ‘shorter’. This will move in next week to looking at height.
 
We have also been practising some of the songs for the Christmas production next month – Born in a Barn - I am sure you will have heard quite a few new songs at home by now! If you would like to practise some of the songs with you child, they can be heard through this website:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKi1n1ILwRc&list=PLbNir02CPOjxjgouLiCHwvx99oYJMb58d

Please see below for a copy of the letter about costumes – Reception children will all be lambs this year, and costumes will need to be in school by 9th December ready for performances the following week. I've suggested that children wear a pair of black leggings / tights and a white T-shirt as the hall can get very, very hot during performances and many lamb costumes available to buy are thick and fleecy. Something like the picture below would be perfect!

 

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

Week beginning 23rd November 2015

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 cannot participate on very cold days.
 
In Phonics this week we have been reviewing all of the sounds and key words the children have learnt so far. Next week we will be starting Phase 3 of Letters and Sounds, focusing on the new sounds ‘j’, ‘v’, ‘w’ and ‘x’.
 
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!
 
In Maths, the children have been learning about money and exploring different coins and their values. We talked about how the various coins have different shapes, colours and numbers on them, and also introduced the language of ‘pounds’ and ‘pence’. This is an area that you could practise at home and when out and about with your child. Can they recognise the different coins? Please let your child talk about money and handle it in practical situations as often as possible so to increase their understanding of it.
 
We have also been practising some of the songs for the Christmas production next month – Born in a Barn - I am sure you will be hearing quite a few new songs at home soon! If you would like to practise some of the songs with you child, they can be heard through this website:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKi1n1ILwRc&list=PLbNir02CPOjxjgouLiCHwvx99oYJMb58d

Please check book bags for the letter about costumes – Reception children will all be lambs this year, and costumes will need to be in school by 9th December ready for performances the following week. I've suggested that children wear a pair of black leggings / tights  and a white T-shirt as the hall can get very, very hot during performances and many lamb costumes available to buy are thick and fleecy. Something like the picture below would be perfect!


 
As always, please come and find me in the playground if you have any questions or concerns.
 
Yours,
 
Kate Sapoff
 
Week beginning 16th November 2015

This week we have continued with our topic of ‘Light’ by looking at Diwali, the Hindu ‘Festival of Light’. The children learnt about the story of ‘Rama and Sita’, and made some lovely diya lamps out of salt dough.  They then made some coloured rice with Miss Webb and used this to create their own rangoli patterns, which are used to welcome people during Diwali.

In Phonics, we focused on the new sounds 'h', ‘b’, ‘f’, ‘l’ and ‘ss’; these are the last sounds that the children will learn during Phase 2 of Letters and Sounds. Next week we will review all of the sounds and key words the children have learnt so far, before beginning Phase 3 the following week.

In Maths, the children have been thinking about the different ways in which five objects can be split into two groups; using practical activities we encouraged the children to start to use the language involved in addition.

Please have a look for your child's 'My Learning' home learning book was be put into your child’s book bag on Friday. This is a challenge 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 30th November, so that we will have time for the children to share some of this learning with the rest of the class.

Also, please note that parents evening will take place in February with the rest of the school, and reports will be sent home at the end of this term. However, my door is always open and I am more than happy to have a chat about your child’s learning before then.

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

Yours,

Kate Sapoff

Week beginning 9th November 2015

Hi there!

This first week kicked off with discussions about bonfire night and the different ways people celebrate it. The children then used various materials such as spray and squeezy bottles, cotton reels, bits of wool and of course paint to create their own amazing fireworks – have a look at the windows facing out onto the playground if you would like to have a look at them! We also talked about fireworks safety and how the children would make sure that they stayed safe on bonfire night.
 
In phonics, we spent the week reviewing all of the sounds that we have learnt so far; next week we will be focusing on the new sounds 'h', ‘b’, ‘f’, ‘l’ and ‘ss’ - 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 your child's 'My Learning' home learning book which will be put into each child’s book bag this week. This is a challenge 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 30th November, 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 2nd November 2015

Welcome to Term 2 in Oak Class! I hope you have all had a wonderful break - very much looking to forward to hearing everybody's news on Monday...

Our topic this term will be 'Light' - Bonfire Night, Diwali and of course the lead up to Christmas - although we will retain a lot of flexibility in our learning so that we can continue to tailor it towards the interests and needs of the children. The Christmas performances will be in the last week of term, and we look forward to seeing you there.

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

Kind regards,

Kate Sapoff 

Week beginning 12th October 2015

Wow, what a busy week in Oak Class!

In Phonics this week the children have learnt the sounds ‘g’, ‘o’, ‘c’ and ‘k’; we explain to the children that the last two letters make the same sound (phoneme), but are just two different ways to write it. Next week they will also be learning 'ck', which we explain as another way of writing this sound (although not at the beginning of words). The English language can be very confusing at times! In addition, the children will be learning 'e', 'u' and 'r'. 

Hopefully you have found your child's keywords in their book bag this week. We will be assessing both sets of keywords each week (reading and writing), moving the children onto the next set of words as appropriate. Please could you keep the 'Keywords' folder in your child's book bag so that new lists of keywords can be added. Thank you! 

In Maths we have been focusing on 2-D shapes, encouraging the children to use mathematical terms such as 'sides' and 'corners' to describe them. How do you know that this shape is a triangle? What do you think are the differences between a square and a rectangle (both have four sides and four corners)? Next week the class will be looking at repeating patterns.

Just a reminder that Friday (16th October) will be Harvest Festival - please see the newsletter for details.

Unfortunately I am going to be away from school until the end of term 1 for personal reasons, but Oak Class are very lucky to have Mrs Jefferies standing in for me for the next week and a half. Mrs Jefferies has worked with the Reception class already and knows the children well, so if you have any concerns or questions please see her in the playground. I will be back on Monday 2nd November.

Kind regards,

Kate Sapoff 

Week beginning 5th October 2015

Hello there!

First I just wanted to say a big thank you for getting all the PE and forest school kits into school this week – and putting the children’s names on everything! It makes such a huge difference, especially when the children are just getting used to changing for PE and forest school and items of clothing tend to wander off around the classroom… The children did a great job getting undressed and then dressed again, although admittedly both sessions of forest school and PE were quite short! However, I know will change in no time once the children have had a bit more practice, and just getting changed for PE and forest school is a great learning opportunity in itself.

In Phonics this week the children have learnt the sounds ‘i’, ‘n’, ‘m’ and ‘d’; the formation of some of these letters is quite tricky, so any additional practice at home would be fantastic! Apologies for the keywords not coming home this week, but they will definitely be in book bags next week. The way we encourage the children to begin reading these words in school is to sound them out and then blend the sounds together; for example, children would use their phonic knowledge to sound out ‘i’ and ‘s’ and then put the sounds together to make the word ‘is’.

In Maths we have been focusing on counting up to 10 objects, making sure that the children count each object one at a time (and not count an object more than once or miss it out). Next week we’ll be looking at 2-D shapes, using mathematical language such as ‘corners’ and ‘sides’ to describe them.

Just a reminder that Friday (9th October) the children will have individual school photographs taken, so please come dressed smartly to school!

As always please come and find me in the playground if you have any questions or concerns about anything at all.

Yours,

Kate Sapoff

Week beginning 28th September 2015

Wow, how brilliantly the children have done with our first week of Letters and Sounds in Phonics this week! They have already learnt the sounds 's', 'a', 't' and 'p'... why don't you ask your child to show you the action which goes with each sound? Please also have a look at your child's Phonics folder in their book bag; the children add to this folder daily and it will let you know which sound we have been learning that day.

On class we use the 'Jolly Phonics' songs to help the children learn each of the new sounds. Any additional support at home would be invaluable; a CD containing all of the songs can be purchased at www.jollylearning.co.uk, or alternatively the songs can be viewed online by searching for 'Jolly Phonics songs'.

Additionally, there is a copy of the ‘spelling planning’ in your child’s book bag (in the Keywords folder), that explains which sounds and keywords will be learnt and when. There is also a complete list of all the keywords the children will be have to read and write by the time they finish Reception. Please look out for keywords which will be starting this week! A copy of these documents has been attached below, along with some guidance on handwriting. This just makes sure that everyone is forming their letters in line with the PENPALS handwriting scheme which we use at school.

Finally, just to let you know that we'll be starting forest school on Monday (28thSeptember) and P.E. on the Tuesday (29th September), so please could all children have their forest school kit and P.E. kit in school for then.

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

Yours,

Kate Sapoff

Week beginning 21st September 2015

Another busy week in Oak Class! Many thanks to those of you who were able to come to the welcome meeting on Monday after school - if you weren’t able to make it, I’ve attached the presentation I used below for you to have a look at. Come and find me in the playground or give the office a ring if you have any questions about anything at all!

Well, I have been so impressed with how well the children have all been settling into school over the last couple weeks, learning lots of the new routines and beginning to develop some lovely friendships...

This week we will be starting Phase 2 of Letters and Sounds in Phonics, which means that the children will be learning how to read and write four new sounds every week. Please look out for a copy of the ‘spelling planning’ in your child’s book bag, which will explain which sounds and keywords will be learnt and when. In addition, I will be sending home a complete list of all the keywords the children will be have to read and write by the time they finish Reception. I’ll also attach a copy of these documents below, along with some guidance on handwriting. This just makes sure that everyone is forming their letters in line with the PENPALS handwriting scheme which we use at school.

Finally, just to let you know that we'll be starting forest school on Monday next week (28th September) and P.E. on the Tuesday (29th September), so please could all children have their forest school kit and P.E. kit in school for then.

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

Yours,

Kate Sapoff

Week beginning 14th September 2015

What a busy and exciting first week we have had in Oak Class! 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 a reminder that all children in Key Stage 1 are entitled to free school meals, although your child may also bring a packed lunch if you prefer. 

If your child will be bringing a packed lunch, 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.

We will not be starting P.E. or Forest School for a couple of weeks, although children are welcome to hang kits on pegs before then.

Every Tuesday afternoon Mrs Pearce will be taking Oak Class as I will be out of class for preparation, planning and assessment time. Please look out for Mrs Pearce at the end of the day as she may need a bit of help to start with recognising adults in the playground!

Also, don't forget that on Monday (the 14th) is the Reception parents meeting.  All parents are invited to attend after school at 3.45 pm for approximately 45 minutes, where we will talk all about how things work in Reception as well as curriculum expectations.

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

Yours,

Kate Sapoff

Week beginning 7th September 2015

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 Reception children will be starting on Monday 7thSeptember. 

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

All children in Key Stage 1 are entitled to free school meals, although your child may also bring a packed lunch if you prefer. 

If your child will be bringing a packed lunch, 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.

We will not be starting P.E. or Forest School for a couple of weeks, although children are welcome to hang kits on pegs before then.

Please give me a ring at the school if you have any questions or concerns.

Yours,

Kate Sapoff
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