Dear Elm Class Families,
Please don't panic, we will get through this together. I am still your child's class teacher and I will still be here to help you and your child over the coming weeks (and months). They are all such wonderful little people and I know that you are all going to be fabulous at helping them with this rather unexpected part of their education.
If you are able to, please cherish this extra time that you have been given with your child, they really do grow up so quickly.
Stay safe and healthy and I'm here for you all.
Jack and the Beanstalk - talk 4 writing story map.
The children all have a copy of the story map in their reading record. Please ask your child to tell you the story, using the story map to help them. We have been working on using different voices for the different characters. There is a video of us telling the story below if your child needs a bit of help.
Over the next 2 weeks, year 1 children will be adapting the story to write their own fairy story.
We have been learning different words for big.
Massive, huge, enormous, colossal, ginormous, gigantic, elephantine, humungous.
Our new topic links nicely with the end of our last topic, building on what we know about Antarctica. We will be learning about Scott of the Antarcitc and comparing him with Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Looking at the differences in equipment and travel between Scott and Fiennes and putting Antarctica events on to a timeline.
Wanted - Ribbon / material off cuts
After half term we are going to be making some weaving wall hangings. If you have any ribbon or material off-cuts which you no longer need we would be very grateful of them.
Performance poetry - Jack Frost
We learnt the poem Jack Frost. The children thought of actions to go with the words and then performed the poem for each other.
On Monday 3rd February 3:00 – 3:30pm I will be running a session on how to help your child with their reading. We will look at how we teach the children the set 2 and 3 phonic sounds, and how to get the most out of reading with your child at home.
This session is open to anyone, please don’t worry if you have younger siblings. Feel free to bring them with you. If you are unable to make the session, please let me know and I will try to organise a second session at a later date.
This session is aimed at reception parents, but any year 1 parents are more than welcome to attend, especially if you were unable to attend last year.
Chinese New Year - The Year of the Rat
We had a Chinese banquet at school today. The children tried to pick up raisins with chop sticks, and then ate noodles, prawn crackers and fortune crackers. We learnt about lucky red and gold packets filled with money and how Chinese people celebrate Chinese New Year.
The children were so busy this afternoon in outdoor learning, looking for bugs, creepy crawlers, mini beasts and insects. They looked under logs, rocks, in the soil to find creatures and put them into a pot which they had to make like a mini beast home. The children choose to put grass, stones, bark, leaves and mud into their pots. The most common creature we found was worms, but we also found millipedes, centipedes, snails, slugs, ladybirds, ants, woodlouse and spiders.
As a special treat to finish off our Christmas Celebrations we had hot chocolate with mini marshmallows, followed by a Christmas dance. Fantastic.
We hope you all have a brilliant Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing you in 2020. I wonder what we will be learning next year?
Lots of love
Mrs Chapman and Mrs Austin
Wednesday 18th December Christmas Crafternoon!
The children have been really busy making crafts and treats to sell at our Christmas crafternoon. They have made Christmas tree decorations, clay candles holders (including a tealight ), mince pies and chocolates.
A bag with a tree decoration and clay candle holder will cost £2.
A bag of 2 mince pies and 3 chocolates will cost 50p.
You are welcome to come to school from 3:00 pm to buy crafts and enjoy a hot drink. If you are unable to make it please don't worry, you can send some money into school with your child. £2.50 will be enough to buy everything!
Well done Elm class, you performed the dance brilliantly. Thank you to everyone who came to watch. I hope you enjoyed it.
Diwali Dance Performance
I do hope you will be able to join us for the Diwali Dance performance on Monday 2nd December at 3:10 in the school hall. The children have been working really hard to re-tell the story of Rama and Sita. Don't worry if you can't make it, hopefully I will be able to video it and post it on the website.
It's A Baby
Please bring a named bag ready for the nativity costumes. If your child needs any extra clothes from home, a letter will be out by the end of the week.
Tickets are now on sale from the office - 2 per family in the first instance.
Thursday 5th December 9:30 am- Dress Rehearsal
You do not need a ticket to watch this performance.
Monday 9th December - 2pm
Tuesday 10th December 6pm
Ticket needed - No under 3's allowed at this performance.
Please return the children to school at 5:30 pm. If you are not staying to watch the performance please arrive to pick the children up at 6:50 pm.
The children have been working really hard learning the words, songs and dances. We can't wait to perform for you.
A very wet session this week. The children had a fantastic time making muddy paint to paint leaves, the clamber stack, the huts, the playground, anything they could find! We also had some spectacular puddle jumping, a broom wave machine and a drainpipe river. The children coped really well with the cold and wet. Well done everyone!
Light Up the World - Shabbat
The year 1 children listened to a talk about the Jewish special day Shabbat. The children listened to what happens at Shabbat and what objects are on the table.
Outdoor Learning - Week 1
I was so proud of all of the children during their first outdoor learning session. They made the most of all the activities on offer: potion making, small creature den building, bug hunting, mud pie mixing. Some children focused on numbers and found sets of objects (leaves, conkers, pine cones) to fit into numicon holes. Thank you to all the parents and grandparents that helped us. It makes it so much easier when we have a lot of support. If you would like to come to outdoor learning, please let me know, we'd love to have you.
Outdoor learning should take place every Thursday afternoon, so please assume it is on unless you hear otherwise. Please remember to send in the children's waterproof trousers, warm jumper, extra socks, hat and gloves on a Thursday morning.
Light Up the World
A topic about festivals and celebrations.
History - Our Family Tree
The children have really enjoyed learning about life for their parents, grandparents and great grandparents when they were children. We have been talking about prime ministers (Boris Johnson, Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill), pioneers of technology (Tim Berners Lee, Neil Armstrong) and have looked as photos of the Queen at different ages of her life.
We have hired a box of old toys from Abington Museum and the children have had great fun playing with them. I was really surprised by how they persevered to get the toys to work.
If you have any elderly relatives maybe your child could ask them what toys they played with when they were little.
Everyone should now have access to Tapestry, the online learning journal. Please activate your account so you can see the observations that we make on the children. Please remember to upload your own observations / comments on the children as it helps us to build a big picture of your childs learning and development.
If you need any help using Tapestry please do not hesitate to speak to me.
Peace At Last
The reception children did really well to re-tell the story of Peace at Last by Jill Murphy,using the text map to help them.
Well done everyone.
What a treat for our first full day at school! The reception children sat with their buddies to watch Treasure Island. Everyone enjoyed the show, especially when the pirates came to shake their hands at the end.
Well done to the year 1 children who sat so beautifully at the front.