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Spring Term News

Week beginning 3rd April 2017

We have had a lovely time this week to round off the Spring Term.

We looked at and talked about the Easter story and sequenced pictures to help us understand it.

The children made some gorgeous Easter Bunny cards, which I hope you have found in their book bags, a decorated egg and basket and their chocolate nest.

We had a busy Easter Bunny number hunt and sequencing activity which the children enjoyed, especially at the end as there was a small chocolate to eat!

 

We hope you all have a lovely Easter holiday and enjoy a great time with your family and friends.

As always, thank you for your continuing support. If you have a concern or would like to talk about anything, please don't hesitate to come and find us.

Love from Mrs Wenborn and the team.

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Week beginning 27th March 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

 We hope you have all enjoyed the glorious sunshine this weekend and had a lovely relaxing day. 

The children had a super time last Thursday baking and made some delicious gingerbread hearts. I'm sure you enjoyed eating them as much as they enjoyed making them!

 

The last week of the Spring Term has arrived ~ I can't believe it!

This week we are looking at and thinking about the Easter story and talking about Spring and new life. There will also be Easter bunnies to find and sequence in Maths and Easter craft activities too.

The children have worked very hard during this half-term and achieved their '25  marbles in the jar' target so on Friday we are having a joint Treat Day with Class 14. The children can come in their own clothes and we will be having a little party to celebrate. Look out for a note in book bags on Monday.

As always, thank you for your continuing support. If you have a concern or would like to talk about anything, please don't hesitate to come and find us.

Love from Mrs Wenborn and the team.

XX

 

Week beginning 20th March 2017

Each week seems to get busier!

We had a great time at Brackenhurst! All the children enjoyed taking part in the different activities ~ listening to and acting out Jack and the Beanstalk,

planting beans in the walled garden, 

going on a plant hunt 

and making their own plant pot to plant their bean seed in.

After lunch we walked back to a small wooded area to read and act out the story of Little Red Riding Hood

then the children looked for natural objects to stick on their 'goat palattes'

before they all made a wolf's head using clay

A very busy but super day!!

 This week in Literacy the children will be writing a recount of their visit to Brackenhurst, while in Maths they will be recording addition number sentences.

They will also be finding out why we celebrate Mother's Day and making something special for the occasion! 

Don't forget it is Red Nose Day on Friday and we would like the children to come to school wearing something red.

Thank you for your continuing support. If you have a concern or would like to talk about anything, please don't hesitate to come and find us.

Love from Mrs Wenborn and the team.

XX

Week beginning 13th March 2017

It was lovely to see all of you at Parent's Evening last week and I hope you enjoyed looking at the chidren's work both in their books and around the classroom. 

It was also super to see so many of you at the disco on Friday, both children and grown-ups. I saw lots of great dancing and I'm sure you all enjoyed it.

We were busy last week with 'Jack and the Beanstalk', reading different versions and talking about the story starts and the endings and the words used to describe the 'Giant'. The children have created some super giants of their own and used great words in their sentences to describe them.

They also worked together to paint and collage our 'class giant' to be measured as part of our Maths work. 

The children worked together and used non-standard measures to find out how tall our 'giant' is. They used a variety of equipment including cubes, chain-links and the counting children and recorded their findings on long strips of paper. Some of the children also wanted to use the measuring tapes too!

The measuring tapes were also used to measure things in the classroom ~ 

We are hoping for good weather this week especially on Thursday when it is our visit to Brackenhurst. The day includes planting beans like Jack ~ I wonder if any huge beanstalks will grow?! ~ making a natural pallette and a wolf's head out of clay ~ I hope the wolf isn't hiding in the woods! ~ and having a lovely day out in the countryside.

We will be reading the story of 'Little Red Riding Hood' in Literacy and in Maths re-enforcing the concept of addition.

Look out for a letter this week about a talent show for the children on Red Nose Day.

Thank you for your continuing support. If you have a concern or would like to talk about anything, please don't hesitate to come and find us.

Love from Mrs Wenborn and the team.

XX

Week beginning 6th March 2017

Wow, last week was certainly a busy one! Pancakes to make and eat, races to run and medals to win, stories to listen to, characters to dress-up as and poems to enjoy and write with Paul Cookson!!

Here is a quick picture gallery .......

Thank you so much to the Mums, Dads and Grandparents who came to share books and stories with us this week. It was lovely to see all the children and the grown-ups having a super time!

This week in Literacy we will be reading 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. We will be re-enforcing the story structure and also thinking of words to describe the Giant ..... Fe Fi Fo Fum! The children are going to create their own giants and write sentences to describe them.

In Maths we are looking at measuring. The children will be exploring with a variety of measuring equipment and then ordering objects from the shortest to the longest.

I am looking forward to seeing you all at Parent's Evening. The children have worked very hard and I hope you will enjoy looking at all the super work they have got to show you both in their books and around the classroom.

Thank you for your continuing support. If you have a concern or would like to talk about anything, please don't hesitate to come and find us.

Love from Mrs Wenborn and the team.

XX

Week beginning 27th February 2017

A belated 'Welcome Back' after half-term. Although the children were in school for 4 days, they were very busy days!!

We started our new topic this week 'Traditional Stories' and we began by reading 'The Three Little Pigs'.

The children are really enjoying the story and have re-told it themselves using the small-world characters. We are reading different versions and looking at the story structure ~ beginning, middle and end ~ at what happens in each part.

We will be continuing with this story and the children will be working in small groups to look at the story structure and write their own version together.

Last week in Maths we looked at the language of time and used appropriate words to label the sequence of the school day. We also looked at different clocks and used them to make o'clock times to match a story.

This week we will be using ordinal numbers. We will be having some short races including 'pancake' and 'egg and spoon' and the children will have to order themselves according to the position they finish the race in.

Next week it is Shrove Tuesday, so pancakes will definitely be the order of the day! I hope there will be some left for the grown-ups! We will be finding out about why we eat pancakes on this day.

It is World Book Day on Thursday and we are looking forward to seeing lots of story characters in Class 15! Don't forget to dress-up! We also hope you will be able to come and join us to share and read stories on either Wednesday at 2.45 or Friday at 8.50. On Friday there is a special assembly with a visiting author, Paul Cookson, who will also be coming to do a workshop with FS2.

Thank you for your continuing support. If you have a concern or would like to talk about anything, please don't hesitate to come and find us.

Love from Mrs Wenborn and the team.

XX

Week beginning 13th February 2017

Thank you for all your fantastic support during the children's first half-year at Jesse Gray. It has been great to get to know your amazing children and you. 

Have a lovely and relaxing half-term holiday!

Love from Mrs Wenborn and the team.

XX

Week beginning 6th February 2017

Can you believe we are half-way through the school year at the end of this week ~

I can't!!

Last week was a super week looking at Chinese New Year. We found out why each year is named after a different animal and which year the children were born in. I'm sure if you ask them they will remember which animal they are.

The children made lanterns, red lucky money enevelopes, wrote Chinese numbers, used chop-sticks and enjoyed a 'Chinese Banquet' of vegetable stir-fry, noodles and prawn crackers!

In Numeracy this week we are continuing with subtraction. After lots of practical activities last week, the children will be writing and finding out the answers to subtraction number sentences. Phonics continues with more Phase 3 vowel digraphs and in Literacy, we will be concluding our work about 'People Who Help Us' by using information books to find out any new facts and by the completion of our paintings ~ 'When I Grow Up'. 

The 'Police Station' outside continues to be very busy .....

The children also enjoyed an informative talk by Fire Fighter Matt who showed them how the different parts of his uniform keep him protected.

Thank you for your continuing support. If you have a concern or would like to talk about anything, please don't hesitate to come and find us.

Love from Mrs Wenborn and the team.

XX

Week beginning 30th January 2017

Another week gone and a very busy one too ~  a visit to St Paul's Church, glass coaster designing and treat day! 

Our visit to St Paul's Church was great! Suzanne and Reverend Andrew were very welcoming and told us lots about their role in the community which the children listened to very carefully. We looked around the church and the beautiful stained glass windows were a great draw.

On Thursday the children became designers! After having looked at the stained glass windows they turned their creative ideas into beautiful glass coasters. 

They have now gone in the kiln to be fired but the final results wont be revealed until a later date!! 

This week we are going to be finding out about Chinese New Year, which this year is the Year of the Rooster.

We will be looking at the story of how the years were named, doing some craft activities and finishing with a little Chinese banquet!

In Maths it is subtraction, where we will be taking away different amounts and learning how to write subtraction number sentences using the correct signs. Phonics continues with more of the Phase 3 digraphs and using them to blend and segment words.

Thank you for your continuing support. If you have a concern or would like to talk about anything, please don't hesitate to come and find us.

Love from Mrs Wenborn and the team.

XX

 

Week beginning 23rd January 2017

It has been a chilly weekend but I hope you have all had fun with your family and friends! 

Despite the cold weather last week, we were busy with more 'People Who Help Us' and our 'Car Wash' was particularly hectic!

You could even fill-up with petrol!

The Post Office was a hive of activity too!

Thank you for returning your completed questionnaires. It was lovely for the children to hear what you wanted to do when you were little and they loved sharing them with each other. If you have a job that involves helping others and would like to come and talk to the children about it, please let us know.

The children also enjoyed interviewing 'People Who Help Us' at school and finding out lots of information about what is involved in their jobs.

Another busy and exciting week ahead with our visit to St. Paul's Church on Tuesday and our creative glass activity on Thursday.

We are also looking at shape in Numeracy and continuing with the Phase 3 digraphs in Phonics.

Thank you for your continuing support. If you have a concern or would like to talk about anything, please don't hesitate to come and find us.

Love from Mrs Wenborn and the team.

XX

 

Week beginning 16th January 2017 

We always seem to be very busy!

Last week there were reading books to change, Oxford Reading Tree characters to paint, letters to write for your questionnaires, numbers to sequence and number paper chains to make,

as well as patients to be examined in the 'Medical Centre'! 

As part of our 'People Who Help Us' work, we hope you enjoyed helping your child to fill in the questionnaire they brought home on Friday about the work you do, thank you for your time. This week we are going to be focusing on 'People Who Help Up At School'. The children are going to be working in small groups to interview different people at school to find out all about their job and then write their findings. I'm sure they will be super reporters!!

In Numeracy, we are going to be talking about positional language and following instructions to put objects and pictures in the correct places.This will also link to our apparatus work in PE. Phonics is continuing with the introduction of more of the Phase 3 phonemes and using them to blend and segment new words.

If you haven't yet returned the permission slip for our visit to St. Paul's Church next Tuesday, we would be very grateful if you could do so this week please. Thank you.

Thank you for your continuing support. If you have a concern or would like to talk about anything, please don't hesitate to come and find us.

Love from Mrs Wenborn and the team.

XX

Week beginning 9th January 2017  

It was lovely hearing about all the super activities you got up to during the Christmas Holiday and sharing your 'Christmas Holiday Snapshots'. You all did lots of exciting things and the children wrote about them beautifully in their Writing books. 

All the children brought home a reading book last week to share with you. They were very excited and looking forward to learning lots of new skills. This week we will be focusing on the characters from the Oxford Reading Tree books, learning to recognise them and their names and some children will be painting them too.

              This week we will be introducing our new topic which is 'People Who Help Us'. We are starting by talking about 'People who help us at Home', so look out for a questionnaire at the end of the week about your jobs and which we would like you to help your child fill in, thank you.

          In Numeracy, we are continuing with recognising and sequencing numbers. 

On Friday, we had our first apparatus session and the children loved climbing,       balancing, stretching and jumping. Have a look .......

            

            

      

     

     

Thank you for your continuing support. If you have a concern or would like to talk about anything, please don't hesitate to come and find us.

Love from Mrs Wenborn and the team.

XX

Week beginning 2nd January 2017

We hope you have all had a super holiday and a great start to the new year! It will be lovely to see you all back at school tomorrow with happy smiling faces.

Thank you so much for the gorgeous presents and cards that you gave me. You are very generous and they were greatly appreciated.

We are looking forward to sharing your 'Christmas Holiday Snapshots' with you and finding out about all the activites you have been doing during the holiday. In Literacy, you will be drawing and writing about your favourite present or activity and in Numeracy, you will be recognising and sequencing the numbers from 0-20. Our Phonic work will include re-enforcing all the Phase 2 phonemes and using them to blend and segment words and also recognising the 'tricky' words.  

We have PE tomorrow with Mr Smith, so please remember your PE bags.

Thank you for your continuing support. If you have a concern or would like to talk about anything, please don't hesitate to come and find us.

Love from Mrs Wenborn and the team.

XX

Week beginning 19th December 2016

What a busy week we had last week!

All the children enjoyed performing in 'Starlight' and we thought they were amazing! They sang beautifully and spoke their lines clearly, I'm sure you all agree! There are some lovely photos in the gallery on the website. Here are a few I took.

We also had a great time at White Post Farm ~ meeting Father Christmas in his grotto, feeding the animals, handling a selection of small animals and then watching the Nativity, where lots of the children had the opportunity to take part. 

 

 

It was lovely to see some of you at the carol service at St Paul's church on Thursday evening. Once again the singing was beautiful and it made us realise that Christmas really is nearly here, thank you.

A super thank you too for the Christmas presents that the children brought to Santa's Grotto on Friday, your contributions were very much appreciated. 

It is Christmas party day on Monday!! So remember to come to school wearing your party clothes for fun and games!

On Tuesday it is Christmas jumper day ~ so no school uniform again!

On behalf of the Class 15 team, I would to say a great big thank you to the children for a fantastic first term at Jesse Gray and to you for all your support during this term too.

I would also like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Super New Year!!

Love from Mrs Wenborn and the team.

XX

 

Week beginning 12th December 2016

The children have reached the last full week of their first term at Jesse Gray and it is going to be another busy week!!

We have three performances of our Nativity play 'Starlight', one to school and two to all  our super grown-ups. The children have worked very hard to learn the songs, words and actions. We hope you all enjoy it. 

We are continuing with our work on 'The Christmas Story' and are waiting for the visit of the shepherds to see Baby Jesus. We also have our Christmas cards to finish including writing them very carefully. In Numeracy, we will be practising our counting and writing the correct numbers. 

On Thursday it is our visit to White Post Farm, where we will be visiting Father Christmas and taking part in a Nativity performance with real animals.

It was lovely to see lots of you at Christmas Fair on Friday evening. I hope you all enjoyed the stalls and activities.

I wonder if you have got your Christmas tree up now? I have mine ready in it's stand waiting for my grandchildren to come and help me decorate it. It definitely makes me feel Christmas is just around the corner!!

Thank you for returning all the Story Sacks so successfully. I would also like to say a great big thank you to the group of parents who have worked every week to keep the Story Sacks up and running.

Thank you for your continuing support. If you have a concern or would like to talk about anything, please don't hesitate to come and find us.

Love from Mrs Wenborn and the team.

XX

Week beginning 5th December 2016

I have missed your smiling happy faces and I am looking forward to seeing you all back at school tomorrow!

I hope you have enjoyed some lovely time with your grown-ups during the few days you couldn't come to school.

We are going to be busy with lots of Christmas activities during the next two weeks to make sure we have everything finished before Christmas arrives. We will be reading the Christmas story for you to re-tell and also doing some Christmas crafts so you can make some lovely items to take home.

Please try and remember your Story  Sack tomorrow as we will be collecting them in this week and not issuing a new one until after the Christmas holiday. Thank you.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during the past week and your continuing support. If you have a concern or would like to talk about anything, please don't hesitate to come and find us.

Love from Mrs Wenborn and the team.

XX

Thursday 1st December 2016

Hello Classes 15 and 14!!

We have missed you at school but are sure you have been making the most of your time with your grown-ups. We should be very busy with our Christmas activities but as we are not in school could you try some of these Christmas ideas at home.

Have you put your Christmas tree up yet? Please could you draw a lovely picture of a Christmas tree including 10 coloured baubles, 9 stars, 8 candy canes, 7 presents under the tree, 6 robins on the end of the branches, 5 crackers, 4 stockings hanging up, 3 pieces of tinsel, 2 mince pies on a plate next to the tree and 1 Father Christmas looking jolly!

Can you work out how many Christmas items you have drawn and write down the number?

As we have started our Nativity production of 'Starlight' please could you draw a picture of the stable scene with as many characters as you can remember. Could you label each character with their name.

If you are out and about enjoying other activities, have a great time!!

See you all soon!

Love from 

The Foundation Stage 2 Team

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Week beginning 28th November 2016

I hope you are having a super long weekend and enjoying the lovely sunshine we have had today.

Another busy week has flown past! We looked at different sources of light and drew and labelled them, used the balance scales to weigh objects to find out which were heavier and which were lighter and continued with our phonics work, recognising the graphemes and matching small case and capital letters. 

We have also got a gorgeous 'parliament' of owls nesting on our wall above our 'Dark and Light' display. 

This week is the start of Advent so we will be adding some sparkle and Christmas cheer to the classroom.

We will be beginning to read the Christmas story and the children will start to make their own Christmas book, as well as continuing singing the songs and practising 'Starlight'. Thank you very much for hearing the children say their words. In Numeracy, we are having a first look at money and recognising the coins.

Another big thank you for all the amazing contributions for our 'Red Hamper', it is brilliant!  

If you haven't yet returned the permission slip for our trip to White Post Farm, we would be very grateful if you could do so, as your child is not allowed to go without your signed permission. Thank you.

Thank you for your continuing support. If you have a concern or would like to talk about anything, please don't hesitate to come and find us.

Love from Mrs Wenborn and the team.

XX

Week beginning 21st November 2016

Thank you for your donations for Children in Need, the school total was nearly £600!

The children looked great in their 'spotty' outfits and enjoyed decorating 'spotty' biscuits!

Last week the children enjoyed using different outdoor areas around school to re-tell the story of 'Owl Babies' using the owl puppets.

It was intersesting to see who became very quiet when the action started to be filmed!! There was also a lot of addition involving owls and writing number sentences.

This week we are continuing with our 'Dark and Light' topic, including looking at different sources of light and making a simple electric circuit to make a bulb light up.

In Numeracy, we are looking at weighing and using the balance scales with a variety of objects. 

We are learning more songs for our Nativity production of 'Starlight'. Some of the children will be bringing home their speaking words to practise, so if you have time please can you give them a helping hand and listen to them, thank you. There will also be a costume letter request if your child has chosen to be a star or a narrator. Once again, thank you for your help.

Thank you for your contributions to our 'Red Hamper', they are all lovely. There is still room for more if you would like to send in a contribution. 

Please don't forget it is an Inset Day on Friday, so enjoy your lie in and have a lovely day and long weekend!

Thank you for your continuing support. If you have a concern or would like to talk about anything, please don't hesitate to come and find us.

Love from Mrs Wenborn and the team.

XX

 

Week beginning 14th November 2016

It was lovely to see you all at Parent's Evening, I hope you found it informative and thank you for coming.

We had a super time last week reading 'The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark'. It was a great introduction to our work on 'Light and Dark', which we will be continuing with by drawing pictures to represent 'Day and Night'.

In Literacy we will be reading 'Owl Babies' and the children will be re-telling the story by using puppets and also making their own paper collage owls.

Our Numeracy work will continue with addition, both more practical activities and writing and answering addition number sentences. We were very busy last week making our own addtion number sentences both indoors and outdoors!

Last week the children listened carefully and were interested to hear about why we wear poppies and they sat really quietly during the 2 minute silence on Friday. 

They have had a great time playing in the campsite role-play area, whether it's been in the camp-shop, cooking over the camp-fire or sorting out the tent.

I hope we manage to get all our jobs finished by Friday when it is 'Children in Need' day because we will be busy doing Pudsey activities. I wonder who will come to school wearing the most spots?! I don't think it will be me! We would be very grateful if the children could bring a donation in for being 'so spotty'. Thank you.

Thank you for your continuing support. If you have a concern or would like to talk about anything, please don't hesitate to come and find us.

Love from Mrs Wenborn and the team.

XX

Week beginning 7th November 2016

Gosh what a busy first week back we had!!

We found out about 'Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot', toasted marshmallows outside,