West Wick Busy Bees 2017-18
Seeing the amazing in all children
Term 3, Week 6
This week has been all about being aware of how to keep ourselves safe and we have had lots of special visits to help us.
At the beginning of the week Ian and his friend Charlie Bear came to talk to us about the work of the air ambulance. We learnt so much from them and we were super impressed with the children’s listening and amazing questions they had for Ian and Charlie.
Next we had the RNLI in with the Beach Buddies. They presented using a puppet theatre and characters who each had a role in keeping us, the beach and our seas safe and healthy. Such important messages for our children ~ I wonder what they can tell you about each character (they were in the leaflets sent home with the children)?
We also had a visit from the police who gave the children really important messages. They learnt about personal safety with the help of ‘Pantosaurus’ the pants wearing dinosaur and on e-safety week we learnt about appropriate use of the internet and how to stay safe on line. The police also shared with us a fantastic website which is designed to help us as parents keep children safe on line. Please take a look ~ they really are super websites.
Also this week North Somerset have provided us with lots of resources and ideas for keeping children safe on our roads and we had a great scooter skills session when we focussed on riding safely and with awareness of potential dangers around us.
Finally we have had the fire brigade in to teach us how to stay safe and the children were so excited to have the opportunity to meet real firefighter, ask them questions and explore a working truck.
After all the excitement of the fire service visit the children had the opportunity for a taster ‘mindfulness session’. It is so incredibly important that children are aware of how to be calm and that we look after our mental as well as physical health.
We have also continued with our phonics sessions and this week the children have learnt the sounds ‘ure’ as in pure, ‘air’ as in hair, ‘ear’ as in hear, ‘oo’ as look and sight words we, me, she, be and he. As we enjoy our week for half term please keep reading with your little ones.
Have a really lovely half term
What a busy week! On Tuesday we took the Busy Bees to Puxton Park where we met the Busy Bees from Hewish to learn about the role of birds of prey in a castle. All the children had the opportunity to hold the birds as well as learn who in the castle would have flown them. They also learnt some facts about the birds and we were extremely impressed with their questions to Damian the Falconer too! I would like to say a really big thank you to all of you who came along to help with the trip as I said before they really can’t happen without your help. Furthermore, I want to say well done to the Busy Bee’s from both campuses ~ you behaved beautifully and showed what amazing learners you are.
In phonics this week the children have learnt the sounds ‘ai’ as in rain, ‘ow’ as in cow , ‘ur’ as in fur and ‘or’ as in door, and we have been consolidating the reading of the red words ‘me’, ‘he’, ‘she’, ‘we’ and ‘be’.
In other areas of learning we have begun to innovate our Jack and the Beanstalk story, we have been nurturing our beanstalks and in maths we have been practicing addition and subtraction through story, games and activities. PE was with our gym coach and the children are making good progress with their skills in gym. However, we are still finding lots of children still without labels in their clothes and this led to a great deal of confusion with whose trousers were whose! We have one pair of unnamed trousers in our bucket and one child is still missing their trousers so if you could please check all the trousers we can hopefully return them to their rightful owner!
Most children have bought in a stick ready to make their Jester sticks but if you still haven’t would you please try and bring one in on Monday as I know the children are most excited about this activity!
Next week is safety awareness week and the children will have lots of opportunities to learn about the role of the emergency services, e safety, mindfulness and personal safety. Look out for links on the website next week for parents to support with e safety.
Learning review meetings will be held next week and I am really looking forward to sharing your child’s progress with you and sharing ways we can support them as we reach the half way point in the school year!
Have a lovely weekend
It’s been a really fun week in the Busy Bees as we have been learning how to be jesters and entertain with our tricks and tumbling which are all great skills for our physical development and essential to perform at a banquet!
As well as being jesters the children have also been serious scientists! After reading the story of Jack and the Beanstalk the children wanted to know where the beanstalk was in the bean and so we have been dissecting lots of different beans. The children had to use the scientific skills of observation, prediction, questioning and recording for this activity and it was amazing to see their sheer amazement when they discovered a perfect tiny beanstalk all ready to grow inside a bean! The children have now planted the beans and are eager to observe and record their growth over the next few weeks.
In maths this week the children have been focusing on subtraction of numbers using number stories and I have been really impressed with the way they are beginning to make the connections between addition and subtraction and their competency with talking about maths.
We are now well into Phase Three phonics and this week we have been learning the diagraphs ‘oa’ as in goat, ‘igh’ as in night, ‘ee’ as in bee, ‘ar’ as in car and ‘oo’ as in zoo. If you would like to support your child with their phonics why not make collections of objects or pictures with these sounds in them and see if they can sort them?
Finally, the children are really keen to make jester sticks and so we would like you to collect some nice tall, sturdy sticks (they need to reach from the floor to your child’s tummy) and we will provide the adornments for them)!
Have a lovely weekend
There is jousting in the castle! This week the children have learnt how to role-play a medieval tournament. They took turns to be knights and had such fun winning the ‘favour’ of the princess and living happily ever after! There was also some very dramatic dying (see the pictures below)!
This week we have also been exploring numberless maths problems with the focus on addition and representing numbers in different ways. As always your amazing children rose to the challenge and did some amazing reasoning and talking about maths.
In Literacy we have started to explore the text ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and the children have been using the Learning Street castle to act out the story. They have also been using maths language when talking about the enormous giants they had created and comparing them to see whose is the tallest.
Finally if you are able to help on our Puxton Park trip to see the birds of prey please let me know as soon as possible. It is an amazing trip and so relevant to the children’s learning.
Have a great weekend!
Our ‘Wow’ day, introducing our Learning Theme.
‘If you lived in a castle who would you be?’ Everyone looked amazing in their costumes and were able to talk about who they would want to be and why. Queen Elsa has asked the children for their help…she would like to say sorry to Princess Anna, and the children have decided to put on a special banquet for her and all their special people. The Busy Bees are keen to learn as much as they can about life in a castle….let the learning begin!
Exploring the new role play area, such imagination and creativity.
A super week of learning. Have a great weekend.
Happy New Year to you all and a massive thank you for all the wonderful gifts we received, they were all appreciated very much.
It was lovely to see the children yesterday and hear all about Christmas and together we shared our goals for the next year and it was amazing to hear their dreams and aspirations for being the best they can be ~ what amazing children we have!
Next week we will be having a sports coach for PE and so our PE session will change from Friday to a Wednesday so please ensure all kit is in school for Wednesday please.
On Tuesday we will begin our next learning theme, ‘Who would you be if you lived in a castle?’ We are really looking forward to see who the children come to school dressed as and I know they are all immensely excited.
Have a lovely week end.
Term 2 Week 7
What an amazing week we have had with our nativity performance of ‘Superstar’ being the highlight of the week. Your children were absolutely amazing and we would like to thank you for your support and kind words.
In class the children have been enjoying lots of Christmas activities and crafts and we hope you have enjoyed the things coming home in their book bags which I know the children are very proud of. Other activities we have been doing have included looking at traditional Christmas animals including the beautiful legend of the robin. We then thought of the birds and other animals we have in our school environment and made feeders to help them in this cold wintery weather. As well as lots of Christmas activities we have continued with phonics consolidating the sounds and sight words we have learnt. In maths we are combining groups of objects in lots of Christmassy ways!
Today we have enjoyed celebrating Christmas with the Busy Bees @ Hewish, all the children looked fantastic in their Christmas jumpers and have had great fun making new friends and enjoying Christmas activities together.
For your information in Term 3 the children will have PE on Wednesday afternoons.
Finally we hope you all have a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. We look forward to seeing you in 2018!
‘Christmas Day’ @ St. Anne’s
Christmas has arrived in the Busy Bees class and we have had lots of fun learning why we celebrate Christmas by sharing and role playing the Christmas story. We have also been learning that we all celebrate Christmas in our class but in each of our homes we have our own Christmas traditions. It was wonderful to hear the children talking about what happens in their homes each Christmas time and we also enjoyed the tradition of eating a mince pie for snack!
Maths has also had a Christmas theme and we have been adding together coloured baubles on a Christmas tree in a practical lesson on addition. In phonics the children are beginning to consolidate the phase two sounds and we are now focussing on reading and writing simple words and sentences using the sounds learnt to date. To support this learning at home why not ask them to write a list for Santa’s which has items like cat, dog, doll, ball etc on it.
Next Wednesday is the Nativity ‘Superstar’ production. The afternoon performance will begin at 1.30pm and you may take your own ‘superstar’ home directly after the performance if you wish to do so. The evening performance will begin at 6pm and you can drop your child back at school at 5.45pm in their costume which they will bring home with them after the afternoon performance. There will be no tickets for the nativity but we ask that only two people attend for each child (you may use your two attendances at either performance or you might have one person attending the afternoon and one the evening). We have had lots of costumes in already thank you. If you have not yet brought it in we must have it in by Monday for our dress rehearsal!
Today your child will have a letter in their book bag about our next learning theme which is very exciting! Please take a look and again if you have any problem please let us know.
Have a very merry weekend!
As Christmas draws nearer the children have been busy learning their dances for the Nativity performance of ‘Superstar’. They are doing really well and next week we will be putting our dances together with the other classes parts ready for the show on Wednesday 13th December. We are happy to take in your child’s costumes when you have them ~ just bring them to us in a named carrier bag or on a named hanger. Don’t forget if you have any questions or problems let me know in good time!
This week the children have learnt the sounds ‘b’ as in bat, ‘f’ as in fog, ‘h’ as in hot and ‘l’ as in leg as well as the sight word ‘g’. Next week we will be learning the sounds j, v, w and x as well as the sight word ‘into’. Please continue to support your child at home with learning the sounds and reading their books ~ it is essential they continue to practice so they are ready to start Phase 3 after Christmas.
In Maths the children have been learning about estimation and they have been estimating in lots of different ways. They have been estimating large objects and tiny objects and have been checking their estimation by counting the objects. This is easy to replicate at home by putting collections of their favourite toys or sweets in containers and asking them to estimate how many there are. To really challenge them ask them to record their guess in pictures or by writing the numeral. Don’t forget to record for Tapestry as it is really helpful for us to see how they are applying their learning at home.
Next week we begin our three week learning theme ‘Christmas at home’ and your child will be bringing home a ‘Christmas traditions’ letter in their book bag. Please support them with this homework challenge as they often feel left out if they are the only one who doesn’t have anything to show!
Have a festive weekend!
The Busy Bees continue to make great progress with their phonics and reading this week and together we have been learning the sounds ‘e’ as in egg, ‘r’ as in red, ‘h’ as in hot and ‘u’ as in umbrella as well the sight word ‘to’. It is lovely to see how well supported they are by you reading regularly with them at home but can I just remind everyone to please write in their journal to say that they have read and a few pointers as to how they did so we know if their book needs changing or not ~ many thanks.
In maths this week the children have been learning when one quantity is equivalent to another or when it is more or less and to do this they have been doing lots of estimating and counting. If you would like to support them at home give them sets of objects to count and compare to each other.
Finally please look in the children’s book bags for their costume requirements in the Christmas nativity. If you have any problems at all please let us know as we may be able to help!
We hope to see lots of you at our Christmas fair tonight. Have a very happy week end.
This week the children continue to be phonics champions learning the sounds ‘g’ as in goat, ‘o’ as in orange, ‘c’ as in cat and ‘k’ as in kite (please note c and k make the same sound). The have also been practicing the sight words ‘the’, ‘I’ and our new word ‘no’. Next week we will be learning the sounds ck, e, u, h and the sight word ‘to’.
The children have been so keen to share their reading with us and we would like to say a massive thank you to you all for supporting them so well and for sharing with us how they have got on in their reading journals. Please note we will endeavour to change books on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays when you feel they are fluent in reading their book and when they are showing understanding of the text they are reading. It would be great if you could also keep practicing the sounds as the more fluent they are with the sounds the easier reading the books will be!
In Maths this week the children have been exploring the words ‘equivalent’ and ‘whole’ and have been finding lots of different ways to make a number. If you would like to support your child at home please practice number recognition to 20 and order numbers 1-20 as this will be our focus next week.
A really big thank you for all your kind words about our amazing OFSTED judgement. We are incredibly proud of our school and the children who showed OFSTED what truly amazing learners they are.
Thank you for supporting Children in Need, the children looked great in their spotty and Pudsey inspired clothing. The donations will be counted and we will let you know next week. Have a lovely weekend.
In class this week the children have been showing what amazing learners they are with all the children really engaging with the learning of phonics. They have learnt the sounds p, i, n m and d and the sight word I and they are beginning to read simple words made up from these letters. Tonight they will come home with a reading book for you to share with them. Please help them to sound out each letter and blend them together. They should do this several times before trying to read it ‘Fred in their head’. Please remember to use the questions from the book too as this will support them in their understanding of what they have read. Next week we will be learning the sounds g, o and c with the sight word ‘no’.
In maths this week the children have been learning about time and about money and yesterday the children had lots of fun playing shops and using real money. If you would like to support your children at home you might like to involve them in your shopping trip by letting them pay for one or two of the items or even by setting up your own shop at home!
Today the children learnt about Remembrance Day and why people choose to wear poppies.
Have a lovely weekend everyone
Welcome back ~ we hope you had a lovely half term!
This week has been really lovely with the children settling straight back in and really showing how keen they are to learn. On Tuesday we introduced our first sound marking the start of Phase Two phonics and on Wednesday we hosted phonics for parents ~ a really big thank you to all who came. The children were ready and they all enjoyed learning the letter names, sounds and graphemes for ‘s’, ‘a’ and ‘t’ and the sight word ‘the’. Please support your child with consolidating these sounds and words over the weekend and then next week we will be learning the sounds ‘p’, ‘i’, ‘n’ and ‘m’ and the sight word ‘no’.
In maths this week we have been focussing on shapes and their properties. The children particularly enjoyed a shape treasure hunt where they had the opportunity to consolidate and show what they had learnt. If you would like to support them at home why don’t you take them out on a shape hunt and see how many different shapes you can find in the local environment. Don’t forget to record what you do and send it to us on Tapestry ~ we really do love to see!
Finally, it’s never too early for a Christmas song and this week we have begun to introduce a couple of the songs for our Christmas nativity which will be on Wednesday 13th December with one performance in the afternoon and one in the evening ~ more details to follow later!
What an amazing week the last week of Term 1 has been for the Busy Bees and their parents. We have had our first Learning Review meetings of the year and I was so pleased to hear that all the children are enjoying school and it was a pleasure to share their learning with you. During the Learning Review meetings we spoke about our phonics/maths parents evening which will be held in the West Wick hall on Wednesday 1st November at 6pm. We are really looking forward to seeing you all there and working in partnership with you.
In class this week the children have been using the tool word ‘similar’ and exploring its meaning. We have done this by looking at stories with similar threads and by discovering old toys and other household objects. The children were fascinated by the typewriter and the old hairdryer and they particularly enjoyed playing with original Lego and looking at old vehicles.
Also this week the children have enjoyed the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff and used puppets to retell the story. As part of our exploring structures work we looked at bridges and built lots of different types of bridges for the Billy Goats to use. Their particular favourite was making a bridge from sweets and cocktail sticks. The children produced some amazing bridges but what was lovely to see was the way they are now working together, problem solving and using the language of learning so very well.
Yesterday was the first day of Diwali and we had enormous fun finding out how Diwali is celebrated across the world and comparing it to how we celebrate special days in our own houses. This was also a great way to promote tolerance and understanding of other cultures and faiths as well as being a fun day of learning.
I think all the children (and staff) are now ready for a rest so have a peaceful and happy half term!
This week has been a ‘happy’ week in the Busy Bee’s class and I hope you saw the drawings the children brought home of some of the things that make them happy. This was all part of Mental Health Awareness week and is something we feel very strongly about!
In class this week we have also been enjoying the changes that autumn brings and have been exploring autumn fruit and vegetables, gourds, pumpkins, conkers and pinecones. We have made clay hedgehogs and looked which bugs are best camouflaged in the leaves. We have built habitats for hedgehogs and played autumn games.
Our maths this week has focussed on repeating patterns and if you would like to support your child at home why not make some repeating patterns with them at home and take a picture to put on Tapestry!
Most of you have now managed to log into Tapestry but there are still a few parents who have not accessed their child’s journal. If you do have a problem please come into the office and we can check we have the correct email address for you. The children’s diaries are filling up nicely and it is wonderful to see the learning they are doing at school. A big thank you to those of you who are commenting on observations and adding your own ~ we really do like to see and hear about what they are doing at home.
Exciting news ~ today we are going live on Tapestry! Tapestry is a secure online Learning Journal to record photos, observations and comments, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, to build up a record of your child’s experiences during their time with us. This system allows us to work with parents and carers to share information and record the children’s play and learning in and outside of the classroom and already we have begun to make observations of your children as they settle into St Anne’s.
The website address is https://eylj.org/ and here you can change your settings so that an email is then automatically generated informing you when an observation has been added so that you can have a look and add any comments of your own. When you access Tapestry through mobile phone or tablet, please set a unique PIN when you log in for the first time. This will be required whenever you return to the application or after the screen has locked and will keep your account secure.
To change settings on your computer look for your name in the top right hand corner. Selecting this will give you the option to ‘Edit Preferences’, choose this option and you will be presented with a screen giving you the option to change your email address and password.
You also have the option to receive an email whenever a new observation is added to your child’s Learning Journal – just tick or untick the relevant box if you would like to change this setting. I know many of you will already be familiar with this process but if you have any problems firstly look at the information you were given on your home visit or ask at school and we will do our best to help you.
In class this week the children have been innovating the story of the ‘three little pigs’ and I must say some of their ideas were amazing! We have had everything from three little octopus’ and the big bad shark to the three little trains and the big, bad, very evil controller! In phonics the children have also been practising blending sounds together ready for reading and segmenting sounds ready for writing. For your information we have now set a date for our promised Maths and Phonics information evening. It will be held on Wednesday 1st November in the West Wick hall at 6pm and will last approximately an hour. This is an adult only evening and we would really like as many parents to attend as possible. The evening is designed to give you lots of practical ideas as to how you can support your child with reading, writing and maths at home and to support you in understanding how we teach your children these extremely valuable skills.
Having fun and learning this week.
What a busy week our Busy Bees have had! We began the week by introducing this term’s key text ‘The Three Little Pigs’. Inspired by the story the children began constructing houses made from real bricks in the garden in our ‘builder’s yard’. They also used our gorgeous pig puppets to tell the story in their own words and there was much huffing and puffing to be seen in the classroom! All of this story telling is so very important in developing our children’s early language skills so why don’t you tell the story together at home ~ you might even want to act it out as a family. It really is great fun, especially when you get to be the wolf!
In Maths this week we have been doing lots and lots of counting. We have counted small and large collections of objects carefully and accurately; we have counted objects that move around; objects that don’t move at all and we have even counted sounds! To support this valuable skill please provide opportunities for your child to count with you at home. It really doesn’t matter what they count ~ it could be toys back into the toy box as they tidy up, groceries into the cupboard, sweets into a bowl or even stairs as they walk up and count back as they walk down!
We had our first experience of changing for PE today! Please help your child by encouraging them to change independently (including buttons) and ensuring everything is named. Thank you
During PE the children were able to feel how their heart rate got quicker after they had been moving and running around. It has been a really busy week and we know the children are very tired so have a happy and ‘restful’ weekend!
Well done Busy Bees for completing your first full week at school! The children have had a fantastic week, exploring and learning, making new friends and learning the school routines.
Have a happy and restful weekend.
Although the children have only been at St Anne’s for a very short time they are already learning the routines, renewing old friendships and making new ones. It has been really lovely getting to know them all.
Already the children have begun daily phonics lessons which include lots of games and activities that help them to tune into sounds ready for reading and spelling. We have also enjoyed lots of stories and singing and the children have particularly enjoyed our Bob the Builder wake up, shake up. In Maths this week we have been focussing on careful counting and maths talk.
Next week we will all be in together and the cloakroom will be much fuller in the mornings. Please try to encourage your child to leave you at the door and come in independently as it is overwhelming for children to have lots of adults in the cloakroom as well as 16 more children! We will be there to welcome them and help them if needed. Could you also please make sure your child has their named PE kit in school, if you haven’t done so already. Thank you for your support.
Firstly a really big thank you to every one of you for making us feel so very welcome on our home visits. It was so valuable to meet you and to begin to get to know you and the children in your homes and it has certainly helped the children settle into school.
The first couple of days have been about us getting to know each other and the children getting to know their beautiful new environment. We have been observing the children to see what they are interested in and supporting friendships to grow. We truly look forward to playing and learning together and to forming great partnerships with families as we begin our St Anne’s journey.
The Busy Bee Crew @ West Wick are looking forward to welcoming the new Busy Bees and their families to St Anne’s.
Let our adventure begin!