Welcome to week 1 of Mrs Maguire's Magical Story Time. Each week I will be sharing a new text for a family story time session. The texts will be suitable for all children in school to listen to and there will also be opportunity for family discussion of some key questions too. The text for this week is 'The Lion Inside' by Rachel Bright. I hope you enjoy!
The Oak National Academy is the online school portal set up in March to provide learning opportunities for children during the period of school closure. This is a resource that is free to use and still has lots of ideas being updated now. A recent initiative is a collaboration with the Literacy Trust to provide a 'school online library'. The site will publish an 'author of the week' and children will be able to access a story, some information on the author and some follow up activities to complete if they so wish. I would stress that this is a resource for both Primary and Secondary students so please ensure you check the story is suitable for your child's age range before they access it. However, this weeks story is a Tracey Beaker novel by Jaqueline Wilson which I am sure will interest some of our KS2 children.
The link for the website is https://library.thenational.academy and I would encourage you to check in each week and see if it is an author your child would be interested in.
We have had a lovely week in school with lots of lovely Christmas activities. We really enjoyed the whole school Nativity assembly via zoom, our Christmas parties and of course our Christmas dinner. We have also been busy writing some very important letters for Santa which postman Dave collected for us.
The staff in Reception would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!! See you in 2021.
The children in Seahorse class had a lovely Christmas enrichment day. This is the song we learnt to sing for our families and friends (in a well ventilated room) to wish you all a very merry Christmas!
Jellyfish Class would like to share with you a poem they have been learning about a little snowman.
We would like to say a Merry Christmas to all Jellyfish parents and families.
This week has only been short but as always we have managed to pack in a lot of learning. Our focus text this week was a lovely story called The Very Helpful Hedgehog. The hedgehog in the story helped the donkey by feeding him apples and we talked about how we can be helpful at school and at home. We then wrote letters to the hedgehog, printed hedgehogs using paint and forks and made cvc words on hedgehogs.
We have also been learning about pattern and the children have been using lots of different things to make simple repeating patterns.
The most exciting thing this week happened on Wednesday when the children watched the pantomime ‘The Wizard of Oz’. It was really good and the children thoroughly enjoyed it. They did so well to sit and watch for almost an hour. Back in the classrooms we have been listening to and singing along to the songs ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ and ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road.’
Next week we will be learning our number bonds to 5 and revisiting the correct formation of the letters we have been learning to write during our phonics lessons each day.
This week Reception have been looking at the story Pumpkin Soup. We decided to make our own vegetable soup. The children enjoyed chopping up the vegetables, watching it cook and of course... tasting it. The children said their soup was "tasty", "fantastic", "delicious", "great" and "yummy".
In Maths, we have been looking at weight and which vegetables are 'lighter' and 'heavier'. We have also been learning about Diwali and making diva lamps which we will decorate next week.
Next week we will be looking at addition to 5 and ways to make 5 as well as making/writing CVC words using the sounds we have learnt. E.g. cat, dog, sit etc.
The Reception staff want to say a huge well done to all of our new starters this year. Starfish, Sealions, Jellyfish & Seahorses have all done so well on their very first half term of school. The children have been learning lots of new school expectations and routines, making new friends and having lots of fun together. Well done Reception! Have a well earned half term!