West Wick Busy Bees 2017-18
Seeing the amazing in all children
I can’t believe we have reached the end of this academic year already! What an AMAZING year we have had with lots of learning fun and great memories along the way. I would like to say a massive thank you to all the EYFS team who have worked so hard to ensure your children have had quality provision and teaching throughout the year ~ Thank you Mrs Morris, Mrs Duddington and Mrs Hall.
I would also like to thank the children who day after day have worked so very hard to be the best they can be. We have made lots of memories and had so much fun along the way. Finally a MASSIVE thank you to all the parents, carers and families who have supported the children so very well ~ we will miss you all and wish each and every one of the Busy Bees all the very best as they continue their learning journey next year in Year One.
Term 6 week 6
What a busy week we have had culminating in the amazing 150 year birthday celebrations on Thursday. The children learnt lots about what it was like to be at school 150 years ago and they particularly enjoyed playing the games that the children might have played then and exploring artefacts from the era.
It was wonderful to see so many of you on Thursday and I know the children were really proud of their art work and their museum pieces. Enterprise was an enormous success and the money raised will be for the children to spend when they move to Year One.
Also this week the children have been really focussing on their comprehension skills through our guided reading sessions and they have been reflecting back on the past year and sharing their favourite memories and learning experiences.
On Monday we will be sending home the children’s lovely art work so please send them in with a carrier bag so they can carry it all home safely.
Enjoy the weekend!
Term 6 Week 4
This week has been a bit fishy! We began the week by exploring real fish and finding rich describing words for the fish. We created a bank of lovely words to use in our writing as well as finding out lots about fish from our investigations.
As well as exploring real fish we have made lots of imaginary fish using the story of the Rainbow Fish as inspiration. The children explored the medium of ink, alongside lots of glitter, clay and they used different techniques to make the fish move.
We will be using these fish in our Busy Bee’s Art Gallery which will be open for you to view next Thursday 12th July in the afternoon. Also on that day there will be a museum celebrating 150 years of St Anne’s school and our enterprise sale will be open also. We really hope to see as many of you as possible as the children have worked incredibly hard for this fantastic event.
We look forward to seeing you all at the fair on Saturday.
Have a lovely weekend!
Term 6 Week 4
What an amazing end to our learning theme ‘can you be friends with a pirate’! This week we finished our challenge set by Captain William Whitebeard who came to school to look at our design for his new ship. The children were delighted to see their old friend again and were so proud of their ship which he loved and he was blown away by how much they had learnt about pirates and ships! While here the children also showed him their dancing and sang some sea shanties with him. It was a wonderful celebration of their learning and I think we all agreed it is okay to be friends with a pirate!
Also this week the children have been innovating the story of the Rainbow Fish and have been thinking about the characters they will be using in their stories. We had some really creative ideas from the children. For example we had a beautiful mermaid with sparkling gold scales and a Spiderman fish with sticky webs! We are looking forward to next week when we explore the setting for their stories.
In Maths the children were using 2, 3 or 4 pirate dice to make different numbers and were challenged to see what was the largest number they could make. They were also learning to find all the different combinations and to record systematically by looking for patterns.
Next week the weather forecast looks to be more lovely sunshine so please remember to bring in hats and to apply lots of all day sun cream. We will encourage the children to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Enjoy your weekend.
Term 6 Week 3
We are all extremely excited about the impending return of Captain Whitebeard next week and the children are busy creating a ship for him. They have great expectations and ideas and the ship is getting bigger and more complex by the day! I look forward to sharing the finished article with you all but do look on Twitter for snippets!
Also this week we have been learning the story of The Rainbow Fish and thinking about the key characters in the story. I love how imaginative the children are and how keen they are to write. It is wonderful to see how all the phonics learning they have been doing is being applied in their independent writing.
In Maths they have been consolidating and deepening their understanding of number and we are constantly surprised by the children’s mathematical knowledge and it has been great to use it in the building of the ship.
On Monday the children will be having a ‘multi sports’ morning with Year 1 and Year 2 so please ensure they have their sports kit in school.
Enjoy the lovely weather and have a super weekend
Term 6 Week 2
The Busy Bees have had a fantastic week working towards their boat challenge. They have been scientists and have investigated why things float while others sink. Their attitude to learning was outstanding and their questions and perseverance was exceptional as they predicted, tested and recorded their findings. Well done Busy Bees.
This week the children have also been Historians and as a part of our 150 years of St Anne’s have been finding out what it was like for children when St Anne’s was first built as a school. It was great fun trying to guess what the historical objects were and they loved playing the games that the children would have played too.
Term 6 week 1
Welcome back to what we hope will be an amazing term 6! It has already begun well with the children enjoying our focus text ‘The Rainbow Fish’. They had some lovey discussions about their own ‘prized possessions’ and recorded them using pictures and words. Maybe you could talk to the children about your own prized possessions?
This term we are continuing our Captain Whitebeard challenge with our visit to Uphill Boat Yard. On Friday, we looked in great detail at boats out of the water to gain an understanding of how boats are designed and built. We made careful observational drawings and learnt lots of new vocabulary. On our return we were able to explain to Mrs Gray why vessels have different coloured lights, what different boats might be made of and some information about navigation systems!
Thank you to all our helpers who made our trip possible. We really do appreciate your time.
In maths this week we were looking at equivalence and using balances to secure our understanding. The children are really good now at talking about and explaining their thinking in maths and they are simply amazing at challenging themselves in their learning.
Finally please note that for this term PE will be football and it will be on a Tuesday.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Term 5 Week 7
It is hard to believe we have just said goodbye to the end of Term 5! It has been a long, fun filled term and after we have all had a good rest we will be returning to finish our challenge for Captain Whitebeard.
The highlight of this week was certainly Sports day. It was lovely to see so many of you there supporting the children and joining us for the family picnic. The children were absolutely amazing with everyone joining in and taking part in the events. Thank you everyone for making it such a memorable day.
On the first Friday after the mid-term break, we are visiting Uphill Boat Yard. If you are able to help for the morning, please add your name to the list in the cloakroom when we return to school. We hope you all have a wonderful half term holiday.
Term 5 week 6
This week the Busy Bees have been on treasure hunt! Using one of the great children’s books ‘We’re Going on a bear Hunt’ the children have been innovating the story to their own treasure hunt story with a friend and acting it out before writing their stories next week. It has been wonderful to hear them making connections in their learning from when we explored maps with children remembering about landmarks and using them in their stories. I can’t wait to read them next week!
In Maths the children have been counting forward and back to answer calculation questions. We have also been keeping tallies in games we have played in the garden and been jumping up and down number lines with frogs!
Sports Day practice is going well and we are really looking forward to our family picnic and to watching the children race. At the moment the forecast is for a beautiful day so please ensure the children have sun cream, hats and water bottles
Today we have been celebrating the royal wedding, thank you for your donations to ‘Mind’ the total raised will be in the next newsletter. As a class we celebrated with a mini tea party in the garden…homemade cucumber sandwiches and red, white and blue decorated biscuits.
Next week is ‘walk to school week’ and it would be lovely if we could all walk, scoot or cycle at least some part of the journey each day.
On Friday 8th June, we will be visiting Uphill Boat Yard for the morning, we would appreciate as many helpers as possible please…if you are able to help, please sign up on the sheet in the cloakroom. Thank you in advance, these valuable learning experiences would not be possible without your help!
Enjoy the sunshine this weekend
Term 5 Week 5
It has been a short week due to the bank holiday but we have certainly crammed lots of amazing learning into it!
The week started with an email from our friend Captain William Whitebeard who is currently sailing on his friend’s ship. He has been shocked to discover the state of the ocean which he explained was full of rubbish. The children were shocked to discover that the plastics we use are making their way into our seas and harming the wonderful creatures that live there. We decided we could make a difference and have decided that as well as picking up any rubbish we find we are going to ask the dairy who provide our school milk to stop sending plastic straws with our milk. The children’s messages have been extremely powerful and we already have a sizable number of straws to return to the diary. We look forward to their response!
Also this week we have continued with our challenge to design and make a new boat for Captain Whitebeard and have been finding out how to use tools safely and how to join different materials together. The children have designed simple boats to make from balsa wood and we have been amazed by the level of detail they have included and the imaginative ways they have found to make their wooden boats.
In maths the children have been subitising with a pirate and calculating using a tens frame. Why not ask your child how to subitise?
Sports day practice is now underway and we are taking our opportunities to practice while the weather is good. Please ensure the children’s daps are well fitting and that they have a full named PE kit in school everyday.
Finally, it’s Walk to School Week Monday 21st to Friday 25th May. This popular event is a great way to celebrate the benefits of active travel, and also highlights how travel habits can help young people and their families lead healthy lives so please plan for participating in this great event. For the school that increases their rate of active travel across the week the most, they will receive a trophy and £100 to spend on play equipment so let’s do it!
Have a lovey weekend
Term 5 week 4
With the heavy rain we experienced earlier in the week the Busy Bees have been exploring waterproof materials! They made some amazing dens and even had the opportunity to test them for real! They also tested a range of materials and used their literacy skills to record their findings. This knowledge will feed into their challenge from Captain Whitebeard and they are all very excited about it.
In maths the children have been using tens frames to find different ways of making ten and they have been enjoying practicing this in a variety of games and activities.
In Literacy they have been consolidating their phonic knowledge and I love how many children are asking to write throughout the day and at home! We love to encourage this enjoyment of writing and hope you are as proud of them as we are!
The children are beginning to practice for Sports Day and so will need full kit in school every day including well-fitting daps as we will practice when the weather allows!
Have a wonderful long weekend!
Term 5, week 3
This week in the Busy Bee’s class we have been enjoying the book ‘would you rather’ and using it to develop the children’s oracy skills. They have enjoyed debating questions from the book and have shared their own perspective on the topics raised in the book. It is amazing how very articulate they are becoming and we are encouraging them to always speak in full sentences and explain their thinking as this is a skill which we use across the curriculum.
In literacy we have been focussing on letter formation and writing simple sentences and words. The children are incredibly keen to write and seem to be really enjoying writing to Captain Whitebeard and making up stories of pirates. We have now introduced most of the sounds the children need to learn and from next week we will be consolidating their knowledge of the sounds we have taught to date. The final sounds have been learning this week are ‘are’ as in care, ‘ire’ as in fire, and ‘ew’ as in chew.
In maths we have used the fantastic text ‘one is a snail and ten is a crab’ and have used it to calculate by counting feet! The children are now really good at understanding representation and we were amazed at the children’s use of mathematical language and reasoning!
On Monday we celebrated St George’s Day and the children learnt the traditional story of George and the dragon and they made red roses and painted pictures of dragons. They have also been learning some pirate dances ready to show Captain Whitebeard and the ‘pirate art wall’ is filling up nicely with their creative art and design.
Next week we will be starting preparations for designing our boats by exploring waterproof (or not waterproof) materials.
Have a lovely weekend.
Term 5 Week 2
At last we have some sunny weather and we have certainly made the most of it. The children have been acting out the treasure hunt in the garden and have showed great creativity in building their own pirate ship using, boxes, nets, ropes and the gazebo! They have also been talking and writing about their experiences on the beach and it is so rewarding to see what confident orators and writers they are becoming.
In phonics we have been learning the sounds ‘aw’ as in yawn, ‘ou’ as in out, ‘oi’ as in spoil and ‘ea’ as in tea. The sight words we have been focussing on are ‘you’, ‘my’, ‘are’ and ‘all’.
Maths has had a pirate theme and we have been doubling and halving our golden coins. The children are also becoming really good at reasoning in maths and it is lovely to hear them talking about their maths and using the strategies we have taught them in their play.
Please ensure the children come to school with their full PE kit every day as we will take advantage of the lovely weather to practice for school sports day.
Have a lovely weekend
This week saw the start of us beginning to answer our new learning theme question ‘Is it ok to be friends with a pirate?’ On Tuesday the children were shocked to discover the treasure in their new role play area had been stolen…by a pirate! We quickly headed to Sand Bay to retrieve the treasure which was a little bit scary but very exciting.
After digging up the treasure and having a well-deserved snack the children decided it would be a good idea to build a den to hide the treasure in, just in case there were any pirates sneaking around! They worked so well together collecting logs and sticks to make the den.
After all that hard work it was time for a pirate lunch in the wonderful Sand Bay tea Rooms. There they had fish fingers, mash and beans washed down with juice and followed by a chocolate and vanilla ice cream. A massive thank you to the staff in the tea rooms for making everyone so welcome and for ensuring the lunch was a really special part of the day.
When we returned to the beach we saw a real pirate sneaking along the beach! He had returned to collect his treasure and he wasn’t happy to find out we had dug it up! While some of the children were a little scared others were indignant ‘it’s NOT your treasure it’s our treasure’!
The pirate introduced himself as Captain William Whitebeard and he explained that his ship had sunk and he needed some treasure to buy a new one. The children explained that he couldn’t just take other peoples things but offered to share their treasure with him. Captain Whitebeard was overwhelmed by their kindness and there was much singing and dancing and game playing.
Finally Captain Whitebeard challenged the children to design and make a prototype ship so that he could go to Bristol and have one built with his donated treasure!
This challenge will inform our learning over the next term when we look at ships and boats both real and in model form. We will explore waterproof materials, look at joining materials and explore why some things float and other sink.
We had an extremely memorable day at the beach and it could not have happened without the hard work of all the St Anne’s staff and the support of our amazing parents ~ many, many thanks.
Other learning this week has focussed on Maps and directional language. In phonics we introduced the diagraphs ‘ir’ as in first, ‘ay’ as in play, ‘oy’ as in toy and ‘ow’ as in snow. Finally in Maths we have been measuring the distances mini pirate ships travel in non-standard measures.
Have a great weekend
Term 4, Week 6
This week your amazing children shared with you their end of learning theme performance in the shape of a medieval banquet. Each and every child had a part and performed confidently in front of over 150 guests. We were so incredibly proud of them and hope it gave you a taste of just some of the incredible learning opportunities the children have had during these two terms. We would also like to thank you all for coming and supporting them ~ it really makes a difference to them and to us, to know you are supporting them.
As if the banquet was not enough we also hatched 17 chicks and 32 caterpillars transformed into pupas! We hope to give each child a chrysalis to take home over the holidays and would like you to observe any changes with the children and support them to record in words and pictures the butterfly emerging before you release it back into the wild!
Finally we hope you have a really lovely Easter break and see you again on Monday 9th April. Please remember Tuesday 10th will be our surprise introduction to our final learning theme and we would like the children to come to school dressed as a pirate but with warm coats, jumpers, hats, scarves and gloves as well as a bucket and spade.
We have had some very tiny, very hungry caterpillars arrive in the Busy Bee class this week and the children have had enormous fun finding out about the life cycle of the butterfly and watching them almost double in size over the week! The children are keeping a diary which will show the process of change and their independent writing skills have been amazing.
In class we have also been exploring subtraction and all the children have impressed us with their ability to talk about and explain their thinking in maths. They have made up their own subtraction stories and have been recording their calculations. If you would like to support the children at home why not practice writing numerals 0-9 in a fun way. Maybe they could use big chalk in the garden or paint the numbers and decorate them with glitter or even (if the weather forecast is to be believed) write them in the snow!
We have also been learning about symmetry and creating our own symmetrical patterns.
In R.E. we have looked at the reason why we celebrate Easter, the children created some beautiful pictures and gardens retelling the different events of the Easter week.
Next week is our end of learning theme presentation banquet. The Busy Bees from Hewish will be coming over on Monday for a dress rehearsal and the performance will be on Tuesday at 1.30pm. We really look forward to welcoming you all and I know the children are very excited.
Have a lovely weekend.
This week has seen the Busy Bees thinking about keeping healthy. They have been thinking about healthy food and drink and sampling different fruits. They have also been thinking about the impact of exercise on their bodies and they have been having some rigorous work outs in the garden! As well as looking at keeping their bodies well they have also been learning to be mindful and have been learning relaxation and self-control exercises and the importance of a good night’s sleep.
On Wednesday it was World maths Day and to mark 150 years of St Anne’s the children undertook the enormous task of making 150 biscuits and piping the numbers 1-150 on each biscuit! They also had enormous fun playing lots of maths games and doing lots of maths activities in the garden. The sponsored number quiz was a great success ~ thank you for supporting your child with this.
Thursday was World Book Day (carried over from last week) and the children had great fun dressed up in their favourite book characters. On the hour every hour we ‘stopped, dropped and read’ our books and we had lots of stories and reading activities throughout the day. We also marked St Anne’s 150 by looking at and learning nursery rhymes which were 150 years old!
WHAT A BRILLIANT WEEK!
What an exciting start to Term 4….we started the week searching for dragons and finished with a visit from a real life archer!
We learnt more about what it would have been like to live in a castle, and then had the opportunity to wear a real knights amour and archers bow and arrow. We discovered more about the role of the archer, and then had a go ourselves.
We made careful observational drawings of the real armour and had a go at making our own bow and arrow using willow. We finished the exciting day by testing them in the playground.
Have a lovely weekend.
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!