Hewish Busy Bees 2017-18
‘To learn and relearn with the children is our line of work. We proceed in such a way that the children are not shaped by the experience, but are the ones who give shape to it.’
‘…play is enjoyable, but it is also intellectually and emotionally challenging. …when play fades away, so does learning of the deepest kind.’
Busy Bee Class 2017/2018
Term 3 – Week 3
This week, the Busy Bees have been excited and highly motivated learners. We have continued to learn about life in a castle by finding out about the sport of jousting! The children watched video clips from Warwick Castle and then had the opportunity to take on the role of jousting knights and develop their own jousting skills!
In English, we have continued to learn our key text ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and use a story map and actions to retell the story independently.
In phonics this week, the children have learnt the digraphs /sh/ as in ship, /th/ this can be a soft or loud sound as in thin (soft) or that (loud), /ng/ as in ring, /ee/ as in see and /ai/ as in rain. We have also introduced the children to some new red words /me/ and /be/. Please practise these with your child at home as this will lead to them developing fluency in their reading and writing.
In PE, we had our second gymnastics lesson and the children absolutely loved it! They showed courage and confidence when using the apparatus. They are developing their listening skills and the ability to follow instructions accurately in order to develop their skills and stay safe.
A wonderful week of learning by the Busy Bee Crew!
Term 3 – Week 2
If you lived in a castle who would you be?
The children began the week by finding out about life in a castle using non-fiction books. They have had fun learning in our new castle role play putting on banquets, writing invitations and cooking in the castle kitchen.
On Tuesday, everyone looked fantastic in their costumes and all the children were able to talk about who they would like to be and why. When Queen Elsa arrived she asked the children for their help as she had heard that they were very good at solving problems! In order to say sorry to Princess Anna the children and Queen Elsa decided that they will put on a special banquet for her and all their special people. This has motivated the Busy Bees to learn as much as they can about life in a castle. Let the learning begin!
In PE this week, the Busy Bees had their first gymnastic lesson. It was lovely to see the children grow in confidence as they used the equipment.
In phonics, we have learnt the sounds ‘y’ as in yes, ‘z’ as in zebra, ‘zz’ as in buzz, ‘qu’ as in quiz, ‘ch’ as in chip and the red words ‘he’ and ‘she’. Please continue to read with your child as often as possible because it really does support them to make progress.
A super week of learning. Have a great weekend.
Term 3 – Week 1
Happy New Year from the EYFS Team!
Welcome back everyone.
THIS TERM’S LEARNING THEME
This term the question posed by the learning theme will be ‘If you lived in a castle who would you be?’ Therefore, on Tuesday 9th January 2018 we would like the children to come to school dressed as who they would like to be if they lived in a castle. This might be a knight of the realm, a court jester, a cook, an archer, falconer, or a minstrel. They might even want to be a medieval dancer! We will expect them to be able to say why they have chosen this role as this will support their understanding throughout the next term. There will be a surprise visitor to school to launch the start of this very exciting learning theme!
Term 2 – Week 8
We would like to say a big thank you for all the beautiful cards and gifts it is extremely kind of you.
The EYFS team would like to wish all our St. Anne’s children and their families a very merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year. See you in 2018!
Term 2 – Week 7
A Wonderful Christmas Day!
The children looked fabulous in their Christmas jumpers!
We had a fantastic day with the Busy Bees @ West Wick. The children took part in lots of different activities together including riding scooters, making hats, playing in the Christmas shop and making snowmen biscuits. They really enjoyed sharing their Christmas dinner together.
The Nativity performances were wonderful! The children were amazing at both performances. Thank you to everyone for your support.
NEXT TERM’S LEARNING THEME
Next term the question posed by the learning theme will be ‘If you lived in a castle who would you be?’ Therefore, on Tuesday 9th January 2018 we would like the children to come to school dressed as who they would like to be if they lived in a castle. This might be a knight of the realm, a court jester, a cook, an archer, falconer, or a minstrel. They might even want to be a medieval dancer! We will expect them to be able to say why they have chosen this role as this will support their understanding throughout the next term. There will be a surprise visitor to school to launch the start of this very exciting learning theme!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Term 2 – Week 6
Nativity – ‘A King Is Born’ will be performed on Tuesday 12th December 2017 at St. Andrew’s Church, Congresbury. The first performance will be at 1.30 pm and the second performance will be held at 6.00 pm.
Please bring your child back to the church for the evening performance at 5.45 pm in their costume. Many thanks.
Our rehearsals are going well. Thank you for sending in your child’s costume we really appreciate your support. We are looking forward to seeing lots of you on the day – it is going to be lovely!
This week the children had lots of fun making and decorating gingerbread people. The classroom really smelt of Christmas. We hope they were tasty!
We have had a Christmas visitor this week. Elvin the elf has come to Busy Bee classroom and is causing quite a stir! On Tuesday, he was found reading a Christmas story on the sofa. On Wednesday he was found eating one of the gingerbread people! Today, he was fast asleep in a stocking in the Christmas shop! He is quite a character!
The Busy Bees are really loving playing and learning in the Christmas shop. This role play is supporting the children’s learning in many areas, for example, they are using maths when buying and selling items. They are developing their reading and writing skills by reading Christmas stories and writing cards and letters to Father Christmas. Many of the children have chosen to retell the Christmas story through becoming a character in the story. The children have amazed us and made us extremely proud through the way they have played so cooperatively and supported each other to learn.
Have a lovely weekend.
Term 2 – Week 5
Nativity – ‘A King Is Born’ will be performed on Tuesday 12th December 2017 at 1.30 pm and 6.00 pm at St. Andrew’s Church, Congresbury. Please return the reply slip letting us know if you are picking your child up from the church at 2.30 pm by Monday 4th December 2017.
Our Nativity rehearsals are going really well and the children sound beautiful when they sing – you will need tissues!
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.
Christmas has arrived in Busy Bee class with our new learning theme of ‘Christmas at Home’. 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!
We now have a Christmas shop and we are looking forward to doing lots of fun learning activities next week. The children have worked hard to earn their class treat and we will be making gingerbread people on Tuesday next week. Congratulations Busy Bees we are so proud of you all! Have a great weekend!
Term 2 – Week 4
Nativity Performance – 12th December 2017 at St. Andrew’s Church, Congresbury
It has been a busy week for the Busy Bees! The children have been working hard practising their Nativity play and their singing sounds wonderful! A letter will be coming home next week with information about the day.
In phonics this week, the children have been practising their reading and writing skills through a range of fun activities.
These are the ditties for the letters we have learnt this week.
e – ‘lift off the top and scoop out the egg’
u – ‘down and under, up to the top and draw the puddle’
r – ‘down the robots back and curl over his arm’
h – ‘down the head, to his hooves and over his back’
Please continue to practise the sight words and sounds we have learnt so far it really will help your child to become a fluent reader.
Sight Words – no, the, I, to, go
Sounds – s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, o, g, c, k, ck ,e, u, r, h,
Next week, we will be learning the sight word /into/ and the sounds b, f, ff, l, ll, ss.
In maths, the children have continued to learn to recognise and order numbers through number games and activities. They have also been comparing sets of objects using the mathematical language more, fewer and equivalent.
Hope to see you at the Christmas Fair! Have a lovely weekend.
Term 2 – Week 3
It has been great watching the Busy Bees using their phonic knowledge to read and write this week! Thank you all for your support with hearing your child read at home, it really does support their progress. Here are the Read Write Inc ditties for the letters we have learnt this week.
o – ‘all around the orange’
c – ‘curl around the caterpillar’
g – ‘around her face, down her hair and give her a curl’
k – ‘down the kangaroo’s body, tail and leg’
Next week, we will be learning the sight word /go/ and the phonemes (sounds) /e/ as in egg, /u/ as in umbrella, /r/ as in rug and /h/ as in horse.
We will endeavour to change reading books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It would be great if you could also keep practicing the sounds and sight words the children have already learnt as the more fluent they are with the sounds the easier reading the books will be!
Sight Words – no, the, I, to
Sounds – s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, o, g, c, k
Please note that ‘c’ and ‘k’ make the same sound. When c and k are together in a word ‘ck’ we call this a digraph and it also makes the same sound, for example, as in ‘sack’.
In RE, we read the story of ‘The Good Samaritan’ and the children acted this out to support their understanding. The children had lots of wonderful ideas about how to be a good friend.
‘Friends make people happy and hold hands.’
‘Friends give each other cuddles.’
‘Friends play together.’
Well done Busy Bees you are really good friends to everyone!
We had great fun today wearing our spotty clothes! Thank you very much for your support and for all the donations you sent in.
Have a great weekend!
Term 2 – Week 2
It has been a great week of learning with the Busy Bees!
In phonics, we have learnt the red word /no/ and the phonemes (sounds) i, n and m. The children have been blending the sounds together to read simple words such as sat, sit, tap, tip, mat, map, pin and pit. Please help your child to practise the red words and sounds they have learnt so far and to blend the sounds together to read simple words. Next week, we will be learning the sounds /d/ as in dog, /g/ as in goat, /o/ as in octopus, /c/ as in cat and the red word /to/. To support the children with letter formation we use the Read Write Inc ditties and they are picking these up really quickly and using them in their learning.
s – ‘slither down the snake’
a – ‘around the apple and down the leaf’
t -‘ down the tower…across the tower’
p – ‘down the plait back up and around the pirate’s face’
i – ‘down the body and a dot for the head’
n – ‘down Nobby and over his net’
m – ‘Maise, mountain, mountain’
The children have been really motivated to both read and write using their new phonic knowledge!
In maths this week. the children have been learning about time and money. The children made their own clocks and played ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf?’ to support their learning. They also had lots of fun playing shops and using real money. If you would like to support your child at home you might like to talk about time such as ‘It’s 8 o’clock time for breakfast.’ You could also 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 great weekend!
Term 2 – Week 1
Welcome back ~ we hope you had a lovely half term!
It has been lovely to welcome the children back and see how motivated they are to learn. In phonics, we have begun to learn our Phase Two sounds (phonemes) beginning with /s/ /a/ /t/ and /p/. We also learnt the red word /I/. Red words or ‘sight’ words are words that cannot be sounded out phonetically and need to be read by sight. Please support your child with consolidating these sounds and words over the weekend and then next week we will be learning the sounds /i/ as in igloo, /n/ as in nut, /m/ as in mouse, /d/ as in dog and /g/ as in goat. The red words will be /the/ and /no/. On Wednesday, it was lovely to meet lots of parents and carers at our phonics and maths evening – a really big thank you to all of you that came along.
In maths, we have been focussing on 2D and 3D shapes and their talking about their properties. 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!
Maths Challenge: Walk around your house. Can you see a cube, cuboid, sphere, pyramid or cylinder?
The children also developed their physical skills by cutting up our enormous pumpkin and collecting the seeds. We are hoping for a bumper crop next year!
Nativity – Next week we will begin learning our Nativity songs. Our performances will be in St. Andrew’s Church, Congresbury on Tuesday 12th December at 1.30 pm and 6.00 pm. More details to follow!
Have a great weekend!
Term 1 – Week 7 Have a great week see you on Tuesday 31st October!
This week the Busy Bees had fun finding out how the Hindu festival of Diwali is celebrated around the world. They tried on traditional Diwali costumes, created their own Rangoli patterns, designed Mehndi hands and retold the story of Rama and Sita using finger puppets.
In English, the children heard the story of ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’. They also received a letter from the goats asking for help to design and build a new bridge to enable them to return to their home. The children wasted no time in finding out about different types of bridges such as beam, bascule, suspension, swing and truss. They then used a variety of materials to create their bridges. The children then tested and evaluated their bridge designs together.
Well done Busy Bees for completing your first term at school!
Term 1 – Week6
This week, the Busy Bees have continued to explore our learning theme question ‘What would you like to be when you grown up? To support the children to express their ideas and thinking they have talked to each other, dressed up and engaged in role play and drawn and painted pictures.
On Monday, we were lucky enough to have Amy the Education Officer from Bristol Zoo come in and talk to us about the role of a zoo keeper. The children listen attentively and learnt about the many animals at the zoo and how they are cared for. They even got the chance to hold some very large cockroaches! The Busy Bees amazed us with the range of interesting questions they asked Amy about life at the zoo.
We would like to thank Amy very much for giving up her time to come and help us learn.
On Friday, the Busy Bees filled their jar and earned their class treat! Well done Busy Bees!
Have a super weekend!
Term 1 – Week 5
Reading and Mathematics Information Evening – Wednesday 1st November 2017 @ 6.00 pm in the hall at West Wick.
Today, the Busy Bees found out why Harvest Festival is an important celebration for Christians. We said a Harvest Prayer and sang harvest songs. The children thought about the many types of fruit and vegetables that are grown on the land and found out how bread is made with the help of Tractor Ted! They had fun making their own bread rolls which we hope you have enjoyed with them!
In English, the Busy Bees innovated the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ by replacing the characters in the story with their own ideas. The children came up with great ideas for new stories including, The Three Little Superheroes and the Big Bad Dragon, The Three Little Flowers and the Big Bad Jellyfish and The Three Little Ducks and the Big Bad Troll. The children drew their new characters, talked about them and then acted out their new stories in the story square.
In maths, the children have been developing ‘number sense’ this means an awareness of amounts and how numbers can be made up and represented.
The Busy Bees are settling really well into school life. They are demonstrating a very motivated and enthusiastic approach to learning! When we achieve challenges as a crew with put marbles in our jar. When our jar is full we will have a class treat. Our jar is almost full and we are hoping to have our class treat next week!
Well done for a super week of learning Busy Bees. Have a great weekend!
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.
Term 1 – Week 4
This week, the Busy Bees have continued to learn the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ using a story map and actions. They are enthusiastic and expressive storytellers! Please check your child’s book bag on Monday for a copy of the story map and words.
The children learnt cooperatively in groups to design and build a house using a variety of materials such as straw, sticks, sand, wood and bricks. They found out about the role of an architect in designing a building and looked closely at some authentic architectural plans.
In phonics, the children have continued to break down simple words using ‘toy talk’. This means that the children use their ‘robot arms’ to segment (break down) words such as cat or dog into single sounds, for example, c/a/t and d/o/g. They have also been tuning into and identifying different sounds, identifying objects that begin with the same initial sound and playing with rhyming words.
Many of the Busy Bees have told us that they would like to be artists when they grow up. We found out about the artist Vincent Van Gogh and looked at some of his famous pictures including his sunflower paintings. The children then painted sunflowers to develop their skills in using fine paint brushes. Many of them became completely absorbed in this activity.
In RE, the Busy Bees thought about why some times are special. They talked about and drew a special time they remembered.
We had our seond PE lesson this week (please could all children have a PE kit in school). The children changed into their PE kits and then had fun playing games in the playground. Please continue to support your child to become as independent as possible when getting dressed and undressed especially with putting on tights and doing up buttons. It really helps us if their uniform is fully named. Many thanks for your support.
A great week of learning Busy Bees!
Term 1 – Week 3
Well done Busy Bees for completing your first full-time week of school!
It has been a fun-packed week of learning for the Busy Bees! In English, we have begun to learn our ‘talk for writing’ text ‘The Three Little Pigs’. To support the children to learn the story really well they have acted it out with their friends, drawn the events of the story thinking about putting them in the right order and taken part in ‘hot seating’ the characters to find out how they felt about the events in the story. The children will soon be bringing a story map home to retell the story to you all using words and actions. We hope you will join in with them!
In phonics, the children have continued to break down simple words using ‘toy talk’. This means that the children use their ‘robot arms’ to segment (break down) words such as cat or dog into single sounds, for example, c/a/t and d/o/g. They have also been tuning into and identifying different sounds and listening out for rhyming words.
In maths, the children have been learning all about the numbers 1 – 5. They have been thinking about all the different ways these numbers can be represented, for example, using objects, pictures, symbols and words. The children have also watched ‘Numberblocks’ to support their understanding. Please see the school website for more information about ‘mastery maths’ and how mathematics is taught at St. Anne’s.
We had our first PE lesson this week. The children just changed their socks and shoes and enjoyed exploring moving around the hall in different ways. Please continue to support your child to become as independent as possible when getting dressed and undressed. It really helps us if their uniform is fully named. Many thanks.
The children are continuing to build friendships within their own crew and with other adults and children around the school. They have also amazed us with their creativity when designing and building homes for the three little pigs!
As we are a ‘Healthy School’ please can we ask that children only have water in their water bottle. They can bring juice or squash to have with their lunch. Thank you for your support.
We look forward to seeing the children on Monday. Have a super weekend!
Term 1 – Week 2
The Busy Bees have settled well into school life. They are getting to know each other and the classroom and school routines. They enjoyed staying to eat their lunch and having an opportunity to meet the other children and staff in the school.
This week, the children have learnt through their play together and we have begun making observations of their learning. The Tapestry online learning diaries will be going live very soon. You will receive an email which will enable to you set up an account and password for your child.
The children have told us how much they are enjoying their first reading books! It have been lovely to read your comments in their partnership books. Thank you for your support.
We look forward to seeing the children on Monday for their first full day in school. Have a great weekend!
Term 1 – Week 1
Welcome Busy Bees!
We would like to welcome the new Busy Bees and their families to St. Anne’s. We are looking forward to meeting you all and embarking on our exciting learning journey!
Best wishes from all the staff at St. Anne’s
Well Done Busy Bees!
It has been a fun packed week welcoming the Busy Bees to St. Anne’s. It was really lovely to meet so many families and children on home visits this week. Thank you for making Mrs Davison and I so welcome.
The children have enjoyed meeting their new classmates and finding out about some of the things they will be learning at school. Next week the children will be staying for lunch and going home at 1.15pm.
Have a great weekend!