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Term 2

Welcome to Term 2!

This term our topic is FESTIVALS!

Week 7

So here it is........Merry Christmas!!! We have had a fun filled week so far!  The children have been busy taking part in various different Christmas craft activities which i'm sure you will see by the end of the week!  Tuesday saw the exciting event that was the Christmas lunch.  The children enjoyed dining on beautifully decorated tables including helium balloons, as well as festive music!  This afternoon (weds) is the KS1 Christmas party.  All the children are very excited and looking forward to putting their party clothes on!  Mrs Grabham is disappointed not to be here to join in the fun!

Alongside all the festive activities, the children have been busy learning all about halving in their numeracy and as always our phonics learning has continued.

We are sad to say that this week is Miss Sanders and Miss Catlin's last week with us.  We have all very much enjoyed having them with us in Elm class and will miss them!  We wish them both lots of luck for their future as techers!

Finally, Mrs Grabham and Mr Day would like to wish you ALL a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  We look forward to hearing all about Father Christmas and whether he paid you a visit or not!!!!

Week 6

So the Christmas play came and went - we hope you all enjoyed it!  This week the children have been very busy becoming experts at doubling numbers in their maths learning, we have been very impressed with how well they have been getting on.


In literacy we have been writing letters to baby bear (following reading the Jolly Christmas Postman) to tell baby bear how we felt when we performed the Christmas play.  Mrs Harding happened to pop in during this session and was VERY impressed with the children's writing!

We have also been learning about the Christian festival of CHRISTMAS!!! We listened to The Christmas Story and enjoyed acting it out too!  The children then completed feelings bubbles based on how Mary and Joseph might have felt having been told there was nowhere to stay in Bethlehem.

Week 5

A really BIG well done to all the angels and townspeople for putting on such a fantastic show at the Christmas production.  So far this week they have performed to key stage 2 children on Monday, followed by the first show to parents and grandparents etc. on Tuesday.  Both shows went really well and lots of people have commented on how much they enjoyed it and how well the children did.  There is one more to go......this afternoon! We won't know what to do with ourselves once it's over!! 


In between 'Hey Ewe' rehearsals and performances the children have been producing their own story maps for 'Hey Ewe'.  They should now be able to tell you the story off by heart - ask them to tell you!  In numeracy the children have been practising their number bonds to 10 and even 20.  A great week so far! 

Week 4

Well this week has been pretty much taken over by 'Hey Ewe!' our KS1 Christmas production.  The children have now almost perfected their dances and singing, with only a few tweaks needed here and there!  Thank you very much for all the costumes that have come into school. We tried them on for the first time on Friday afternoon for our techincal rehearsal. Bar a few itchy halos, bashing other people in the face with wings and working out where to sensibly keep your shepherd's crook, all went well.

We have of course been busy with our phonics learning each day as well as managing to squeeze some literacy learning in!  The children had great fun with Miss Catlin and Miss Sanders pretending that they were the curious sheep from 'Hey Ewe', writing postcards to their sheep friends. What fantastic writing this produced!

In our Maths learning we have been learning to use the + - = symbols accurately to record calculations as well as practising number bonds to 10. Why not try out the Number Balance and Digit Workout games on Crickweb:

Sadly we had to say goodbye to one of our class members as they move house. We will miss them and wish them all the best in their new house and school.

How exciting December begins on Sunday. Enjoy all those Advent calendars.

Week 3

From the beginning of this week, up until Christmas, we are very lucky to have two student teachers joining us from UWE.  They will be in school everyday helping us with our learning. A big welcome to them both!

Picture 1 Miss Catlin
Picture 2 Miss Sanders

What an exciting day Monday was when we all came to school in our pyjamas! The Pudsey raffle was also drawn in assembly.  Thank you to all those whi bought tickets for the raffle and sent a donation in for the pyjama day - see this week's newsletter for the total amount of money raised.  Monday morning saw the first 'proper' rehearsal for our Christmas production.  The children all did brilliantly and the singing is coming on well.  This week your child has come home with the words for all of the songs.  It would be great if you could help them to practise! Thank you!  We have also started learning our angels and townsperson dances, so it's all go, go, go!

In literacy we have began to get to know the story of 'Hey Ewe' very well, using lots of the repetitive story language. The children did a fantastic job at acting out the story in small groups.

In our maths learning we have been focussing on 1 more and 1 less than any given number, as well as finding 10 more and 10 less than a multiple of 10.  I have been very impressed with this learning - I think we definitely have some up and coming mathematicians on our hands! 

The role play area in the classroom has been transformed into a 'Let's Party' area in line with our topic, Festivals.  The children were very excited to see this! The children will have the chance to role play different parties, as well as writing their own invitations, cards and thank you notes.

Week 2

What a lovely week we have had so far! We kicked off the week learning all about how and why we celebrate different festivals, in particular, we learnt about the Indian festival of Diwali.  We enjoyed listening to the story of Rama and Sita and now fully understand why Diwali is celebrated.  To help us to celebrate Diwali, we all designed and made diva lamps out of clay, followed by evaluating the process.  Later in the week we painted them and embellished them with sequins.

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In music this week, we continued on the Indian theme and learnt to sing Ring-of-Roses in Hindi.  We had great fun doing this and were able to sing it in a round!  You will have to ask your child for a rendition! 

Later in the week we based our learning around patterns. We followed shape patterns and tried to work out which shape would come next. We also looked at number sequences. In the forest school area we made patterns out of Autumn leaves and have started building mobiles using natural materials.
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We also learned that during Diwali, Hindus might make large patterns called Rangoli out of coloured chalk or rice. We coloured in some rangoli patterns and used pastels to draw our own.
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We finished the week by finding out how two digit numbers work. We tried to say 4 things about a two digit number:

1. What it is called.
2. How many 10s it has.
3. How many 1s it has.
4. What you can split it into.

Have a go at this game: