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Spring Term News 2016

Week beginning 21st March 2016

We have had a lovely time this week with 'The Billy Goats Gruff'. The children have enjoyed listening to different versions of the story and wrote their letter to the Troll asking him 'to smile and be kind'. They have also made some super bridges using various construction materials including Mod-Roc, Sticklebricks and K-nex. There are definitely some budding engineers in Class 15!

On Friday it was Sport Relief and the children looked great in their 'sporty clothes' and did very well running round the field. 

Next week we are going to be busy being 'crafty' ready for Easter. There will be chocolate nests to make, eggs to decorate and chicks to create!

Don't forget it is a long weekend, so you will be able to have a lovely time with your family on your Easter egg hunt!

As always, if you have any concerns about anything please don't hesitate to come and see us and thank you for your continued support.

Love from Mrs Wenborn and 'The Team'. 

XXXX

Week beginning 14 th March 2016

Another busy week!

The Gingerbread Man has come to the end of his travels! It is now time for the Billy Goats Gruff to make their appearance over the bridge. Bridge building is one of the activities we will be doing this week. I wonder if we have got some good engineersin Class 15! In Literacy, we will be writing letters to the Troll to ask him to be not quite so cross and to be kinder and smile! 

In our Maths work we will be adding sets of objects together and writing addition number sentences, remembering where the correct signs go. 

It was lovely to see you all at Parent's Evening. I hope you found the appointments beneficial and enjoyed looking at all the super hard work the children have been doing both in their books and on the displays in the classroom.

A small request. If you are listening to your child read, please could you write a short comment in their Reading Record book to let us know. Some parents already do this and it is really useful for us to see how the children are getting on with their reading at home too. Thank you.

Next Friday, 18th March, is Sport Relief day. Keep a look out to see if there is any further information coming this week.

As always, if you have any concerns about anything please don't hesitate to come and see us and thank you for your continued support.

Love from Mrs Wenborn and 'The Team'. 

XXXX

Week beginning 7th March 2016

We have had a super time this week with 'The Gingerbread Man' and World Book Day. It was great to see so many different costumes on Thursday. There are some very creative Mummies and Daddies in Class 15!

The children have loved listening to the story and joining in with the refrain. I think you have all got future contestants for 'The Great British Bake Off' because the gingerbread men the children baked were delicious! They also enjoyed weighing out the ingredients

This week we are continuing with 'The Gingerbread Man', looking at ordinal numbers in Maths and the next digraphs from Phase 3. 

It will be a busy week with Parent's Evening on Monday and Tuesday. Please bear with me on Tuesday as it is very popular with 18 sets of parents to see. I am looking forward to seeing you and will try to keep on time!

To all our super Mummies, we hope you have a lovely time on Mother's Day on Sunday. The children were very excited to bring home the gift and card they have made for you and we know you will appreciate their creative talents.

As always, if you have any concerns about anything please don't hesitate to come and see us and thank you for your continued support.

Love from Mrs Wenborn and 'The Team'. 

XXXX

 

Week beginning 29th February 2016

I hope you enjoyed the disco and had a good time dancing and playing the games!

It was a very busy four days last week!  We looked at time, including clocks and o'clock times and what the children could do in a minute. 'Storyboxes' were made to use in re-telling the story of 'Hansel and Gretel' and the 'Gingerbread Man'. The children loved the story of 'Hansel and Gretel' and did some super writing to re-tell their favourite part.

We will be looking at the 'Gingerbread Man' story this week, including making gingerbread men, which will  link to our Maths work on weighing. I hope they don't all run away!! Our Phonics work continues with the Phase 3 digraphs.

I've heard from some of the children what they will be dressing-up as on World Book Day on Thursday. They all sound very exciting!

The children have also been very busy making super creations for next weekend ...... but we are keeping those 'under wraps' until later!!

Thank you for returning your Parent's Evening slips and I look forward to seeing you all.

As always, if you have any concerns about anything please don't hesitate to come and see us and thank you for your continued support.

Love from Mrs Wenborn and 'The Team'. 

XXXX

 

Week beginning 22nd February 2016

We hope you have all had a lovely holiday and enjoyed some great times with your family and friends!

Don't forget it is an inset day on Monday but we are looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday and hearing all about the things you have been doing! It will be PE in the morning so please remember to bring your PE bags back to school. Also, please can we remind you that the children will be doing more PE outdoors, so if they can have a pair of joggers and a sweatshirt in their bags too, as well as their shorts and t-shirt, it will be really useful. Thank you.

This half-term we are going to be reading some of the 'Traditonal Tales' and will be starting  this week with 'Hansel and Gretel'.

I wonder if you have thought about which character you will be dressing-up as on 'World Book Day' on 3rd March!

In Phonics, we will be continuing with the Phase 3 phonemes and in Maths this week, we are looking at time, including parts of the day and matching the o'clock times.

As always, if you have any concerns about anything please don't hesitate to come and see us and thank you for your continued support.

Love from Mrs Wenborn and 'The Team'. 

XXXX

 

Week beginning 8th February 2016

Another half-term nearly over! I know they say time goes quickly as you get older!!

We all had a great time last week! 

 The visit to school by the Fire Fighters and the fire engine was brilliant! They came to school instead because it is better for them should they be called out on an important job. The children were fantastic, listening carefully and thinking of and asking super questions. The Fire Fighters of Blue Watch were very patient and answered the questions fully and told us interesting information. The children all had a turn at trying on a helmet and sitting in the cab of the fire engine and were very excited when the blue lights flashed and the siren sounded! 

We did some great problem solving on finding out the best material for a Fire Fighters jacket. The children had to predict which material they thought would work and then investigate by testing them on the 'Happyland Fire Fighters'.  

We also had a super but very windy Maths session in the Wild Area. The children had to find an egg shape, recognise the number inside and then sequence themselves in the right order according to their number. We then sorted the odd and even numbers befor finding natural objects to make into symmetrical patterns.

The 'Glass Workshop' finished our week. Anni explained how she works with glass and showed some examples of her own work. The children then thought about their design, remembering the stained glass windows they had seen, and then made their own beautiful piece of original work. You will have to wait a little while to see the gorgeous results of the children's ideas and hard work!

This week appears to be nearly as busy!

We are going to be looking at the celebration of Chinese New Year, which this year is the Year of the Monkey. We will be reading the story, making 'Lucky Red Money Envelopes' and attempting to use chopsticks to pick up various small objects.

It is Shrove Tuesday, so we will be discussing the significance of this day and Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent in the Christian calendar. This will include making pancakes and tasting them. I just hope there will be one left for me!

We are still continuing with the Phase 3 digraphs and using them in both our reading and writing. In Maths we will are learning to write subtraction number sentences and remembering to put the right signs in the correct places. 

The children have achieved their target of '25 marbles in the jar' and so will be choosing their treat for later in the week. 

As before, if you have any concerns about anything please don't hesitate to come and see us and thank you for your continued support.

We would like to wish you all a 'Happy Half-Term Holiday' and enjoy some fantastic family time together!

Love from Mrs Wenborn and 'The Team'. 

XXXX

Week beginning 1st February 2016 

Each week seems to get busier!!

We had a lovely visit last Monday to St Paul's Church where Chris and Suzanne made us feel very welcome. They told us all about their jobs and their role in the community and the children listened really well, showing an interest in both what they heard and what they saw. On our return to school, the children drew and wrote about their favourite part of the morning as well as creating stained glass windows.

To continue the stained glass theme this week, each of the children will be taking part in a 'Glass Workshop' where they will be creating their own item out of glass. I'm not going into too much detail as we would like to keep it a super surprise!

We also have another visit this week to West Bridgford Fire Station. We will be meeting the Fire Fighters and looking around a fire engine as well as having a talk about fire safety in the home. Thank you to the grown-ups who have have been able to volunteer to accompany us. I'm sure it will be a lively morning.

I hope we don't get too wet from the hoses!!

We are continuing with the Phase 3 digraphs and will be using them to help us write Thank You letters  after our visit. In Maths we will be looking at subtraction and learning to write subtraction number sentences.

As usual, can the children come to school in a warm waterproof coat as we are visiting the school's Wild Area on Monday afternoon.

As before, if you have any concerns about anything please don't hesitate to come and see us.

Love from Mrs Wenborn and 'The Team'. 

 

Week beginning 25th January 2016

It was another busy time in Class 15 last week! 

Thank you for all the completed and returned questionnaires about your jobs. The children have loved sharing them and we have been able to add more jobs to our 'People Who Help Us' information chart. 

Last week the children thought of questions to ask the staff at school and then went in their groups to find out the information. They really enjoyed visiting different places in school and then reporting back to the rest of the class. They have also been busy creating collage figures to display with their writing. I hope you can recognise who they are!

Tomorrow we have our visit to St Paul's Church where we will be finding out about the work Reverend Hodder and Suzanne do in the community, as well as looking around the church building and at the stained glass windows. 

Please look in the children's book bags this week for a letter about another upcoming visit. Next week we will be going to West Bridgford Fire Station and having a morning finding out about Fire Fighters, fire engines and fire safety. Please fill in the permission slip and return to school as as possible. if you would like to accompany us, please tick the box!

Phonics is continuing with the Phase 3 phonemes, which the children will be using to blend and segment words when writing reports about our visits. In Maths we are looking at shape and using 2D shapes to create 'stained glass windows'.

It would be very useful if the children could have their Reading Record Books with them in their book bags everyday so that if their are extra reading opportunities we can record them. Thank you.

As before, if you have any concerns about anything please don't hesitate to come and see us.

Love from Mrs Wenborn and 'The Team'. 

 

Week beginning 18th January 2016

I hope you weren't too cold over the weekend and enjoyed the snow on Sunday morning. I wonder if anyone managed to go sledging?!!

Thank you for taking the time to help your child fill in last week's questionnaire. They were beautifully written and the children were very proud when they read them out to the whole class. They are part of our work about 'People Who Help Us' and the children will be putting them in their Topic Books. If you haven't mananged to return yours yet, we would love to see them this week.  

We are now finding out about all the different 'People Who Help Us' at school. The children will be going in their groups to interview different members of staff to ask about their jobs and write about what they found out.

In phonics we are continuing with the Phase 3 phonemes and will be introducing digraphs, e.g. sh, ch, th. These are when two letters make one sound. It is great to see some of the children becoming more confident when using the phonemes to blend and segment words in their writing.

 In Maths, we are focusing on positional language.

We have celebrated three birthdays since our return to schoo,l Oliver W., Alice and Adam and this week it is Roman and Skye who will be 5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Next Monday , the 25th January, we are visiting St. Paul's church. If you could please return the permission slip this week we would be very grateful.

As before, if you have any concerns about anything please don't hesitate to come and see us.

Love from Mrs Wenborn and 'The Team'. 

 

Week beginning 11th January 2016

It was lovely to see everybody back last week!

We have really enjoyed looking at the 'Christmas Holiday Snapshots' and hearing about all the different activities, places and people you have visited and seen. Everyone had a great time!!

One of the new activities we will be starting this week is our 'Memory Box'. The children will take it in turns to bring the 'Memory Box' home for a few days to allow them to fill it with about six items which are important to them. They will then talk to the whole class explaining why they have included these items. An explanation card is included in the box.

In Literacy this week, the children are going to think of some questions to include on a questionnaire about the jobs their grown-ups do.  We would be very grateful if you could help them fill this in when they bring it home later in the week and return it to school as it will be part of our work on 'People Who Help Us'.

The children are working hard with the recognition of the Phase 3 phonemes and then using them to blend and segment new words in their reading books. Some of the children have painted super pictures of the characters from the Oxford Reading Tree books which will be up in the classroom soon. In Maths, we are continuing with the recognition and sequencing of the numbers 0-20+.

The Spring Term information pamphlet, which includes areas of the curriculum we are covering this term and important dates, will be in your child's book bag during the week.

Have a good week!!

Love from Mrs Wenborn and 'The Team'.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

We hope you all had a super Christmas and New Year and spent lots of time togehter with your family and friends enjoying the festivities.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all of you for the lovely and most generous gifts  and thoughts that you gave us as we finished for Christmas.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone, I'm sure you will all have grown!

We are going to spend this week settling back into school life, including sharing your 'Christmas Holiday Snapshots' and hearing about all the super things you have been doing.

Our new topic this term is 'People Who Help Us', where we will be finding out about people who help us at home, at school and in the wider community. In Literacy, we will be meeting the characters from the Oxford Reading Tree books, as well as re-capping  the Phase 2 phonemes and introducing the Phase 3 ones. In our Maths work, we will be re-enforcing our recognition and sequencing of the numbers 0-20+.

As we start back on Tuesday, it will be PE first in the morning, so if you could bring your PE bag it will be very useful!!

As before, if you have any concerns about anything please don't hesitate to come and see us.

Love from Mrs Wenborn and 'The Team'.