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A warm welcome….

What an exciting start to the new half term! We all enjoyed our visit from our local fire fighters! The children and teachers had lots of fun with Blue Watch from St. Albans fire station.

 

 

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This week we have been practising identifying digraphs within words and our digit formation.  We have also been ordering non-consecutive numbers as part of securing basic number skills. The children are trying hard to keep their letters and digits the right way round too!!

 

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The children have been busy making emergency vehicles… many are still works in progress! They enjoyed their visit from the police this half term and will be welcomed back with a visit from the fire brigade! The children wrote some fantastic sentences about search and rescue dogs. They are continuing to remember to use capital letters, finger spaces and fullstops. We are encouraging them to use their ‘sound mats’ and trying to spell words independently. We have also been revising number work daily with activities that have allowed us to practise; counting, reading, writing and ordering numbers to 20, pattern, shape and measure.

 

 

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Book Week!

This week the children enjoyed sharing their favourite books in class and during Family Group time. Each class also learnt a poem that they performed in our whole school assembly this morning. Apple class’ poem was about the fire brigade and Lime’s poem was about policewomen. During Maths the children watched a video of some traffic and helped the police make a tally of the different types of transport that passed by. In Literacy we are continuing to practise writing sentences, encouraging the independent application of their phonics.

 

STOP….it’s the police!

The children started the week with an exciting visit from the police. The policemen were called off to a car chase just as they were getting ready to leave! In Literacy they have written about the police. In Maths the children have now been counting back on a number line to solve subtraction.

 

Tricky and high frequency words; no, go, I, the, to , he, she, we, me, be, was, is, it, in, at, and, my, you, they, her, all, are

 

Over the next two weeks we are going to be introducing the following tricky words: said, have, like, so, do, some, come, were, there

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Reading Buddies!

We started the week by spending time with our reading buddies in Year One. The older children read stories to us from their book corner. We will be having reading time with Year One, every other Monday alternating with Family Group time. The children completed some tricky weaving that was inspired by emergency vehicles in Art. In Maths the children have been using different methods to solve addition and in Literacy we have been writing about fire fighters.

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We are currently looking at non-fiction books about the emergency services.

 

In phonics we are revising all of our sounds and tricky words.

 

Please now focus on the following digraphs; qu, sh, th, ch, ng, ai, ee, or, ar (car), ie (tie), oa (goat), oo/oo (foot/moon), ou (ouch), oi (coin), ue (rescue), er (mixer), ow (town), ur (fur), or (fork). Our trigraphs; ear (hear), air (hair), igh (light), ure (manure!)

 

Tricky and high frequency words; no, go, I, the, to , he, she, we, me, be, was, is, it, in, at, and, my, you, they, her, all, are

 

 

999 Emergency!

The children have had fun in their new Police and Fire Stations. Each child chose an emergency vehicle to draw and write about in Literacy. In Maths we have been using positional and directional language, for example; on/off, in/out, next to, beside, in front of, behind, under, below, above etc. This tied in nicely with some of the activities they have been doing in their PE sessions, in which they used the language to direct each other and also discussed how we can help each other.

Bonjour!

The children really enjoyed their first French lesson this week. They have also really enjoyed hearing about our new topic; 999, Emergency! They have been writing lists and finding one more or less in Maths. Keep up the fantastic reading at home too! The children love to share their skills in class! 🙂

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Merry Christmas!

What a festive week… The children were very well behaved at the pantomime and really enjoyed it too!

Thank you for all of our gifts, we are touched by your kind words and generosity!

Enjoy your break!

 

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What a performance!

We are very proud of the children in Reception! Their ‘Sleepy Shepherd’ performance went really well. Thank you to all of you that came. The children completed some writing about their Nativity play. We are encouraging them to use finger spaces and correct letter formation! During Maths we have been exploring subtraction. The children are using quantities to help solve the subtraction.

Our sounds so far: s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d,o,g,c,k,ck,e,u,r,h,b,f/ff,l/ll,ss,j,v,w,x,y,z/zz,q/qu, ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, oa, igh, oo, ar, or, ur, oi, ow,

 

Tricky words: the, to, no, go, I, he, she, we, me, be, was, you , they, are, all , my, her

 

Please encourage the children to hold their pencils correctly at home. When writing at home, support the children with letter formation and use the sound mats that were handed out during the phonic talks! 🙂

 

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Summing it all up….

In Maths the children have been solving addition, by adding quantities and using number lines. In Literacy the children continue to wow us by the progress they are making with their writing. They have been thinking of different character descriptions and putting them into sentences, from our story this week; The Gingerbread Man. They also really enjoyed the ‘Eco Fashion Show,’ as part of ‘Sustainable Week.’

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Our sounds so far: s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d,o,g,c,k,ck,e,u,r,h,b,f/ff,l/ll,ss,j,v,w,x,y,z/zz,q/qu, ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, oa, igh, oo, ar, or, ur

 

Tricky words: the, to, no, go, I, he, she, we, me, be, was, you , they, are, all , my, her

 

Story next week: We are going to be writing about our Nativity play; The Sleepy Shepherd