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Friday Fanfare Spring 6

Hello Red Class,

On Monday, we enjoyed a trip to Worcester Cathedral. You behaved beautifully and listened well to our guide. We enjoyed dressing up and role playing important Christian events, such as attending a Christening. After lunch, we searched for animals and birds around the cathedral. You spotted a pink giraffe in the stained glass window and there were so many lions hiding everywhere.

Every day, this week, we recalled our trip using photographs and actions. We used time words and phrases to recall the order of events. We ordered photographs and wrote simple sentences to match. The children also enjoyed making books during their play and explore time.

During phonics, we found out how to scan words to find digraphs. By looking at the word first, this will help  you to use your digraphs e.g. segmenting ship as sh-i-p rather than incorrectly as s-h-i-p.  Over the last few weeks, we have used our writing skills to write lists, captions and simple sentences. Today, every child wrote a fantastic label or sentence to tell me about the animals in the cathedral. Wow! You can keep your phonics books at home.  After the half term holiday, we will send home handwriting books!

In Maths, we concentrated on ordering and comparing numbers. Fred the Frog made a few mistakes on the number line and you were able to help him to order the numbers to 20. During play and explore time, the children wanted to revisit the Polydron tiles making the most unusual 3D shapes.  I could hear lots of fantastic shape vocabulary as the children worked together.

Art sessions were filled with sticking and sewing as we explored different textiles. Some children decorated hessian tiles with stitches and some children collaged a paper plate with matching textiles. Handwriting sessions were filled with handwriting patterns and we learned how to form b, h and k.

Red Class, enjoy the half term holiday. Make sure you rest and play. I’m looking forward to seeing you all again after the half term break when we’re travelling back in time to find out about the Anglo-Saxons.

Take care,

Mrs Webb, Mrs Reid, Mrs Cain and Mrs Roberts xxx

Friday Fanfare Spring 5

Hello Red Class,

It was a bit damp at Forest School today! We arrived back at school smeared with mud with a few wet gloves and hats! However, the children enjoyed walking through the mud, stepping through puddles and making nests. Today, was our last Forest School session of the half term.

In Phonics, we recapped digraphs (ai, ee, oa, ar, sh and ch) and how to spell keywords using these digraphs. First, we say the word we’re trying to spell. Then, we say the word really slowly so that we can hear the initial, medial and final sounds. As we say the sounds, we write the letters to match.

We explored 3D shapes during Maths sessions. We found cubes, cuboids, cylinders and spheres in the environment and solved problems with 3D shapes. For example, which shapes would you use to build the tallest or widest tower? We even created 3D shapes using Polydron pieces. It was a bit tricky to clip the pieces together but we were pleased with the cubes and pyramids that we created!

We enjoyed sharing ‘Noah’s Ark’ and ‘The Creation Story’ through big books, film clips, photos of stained glass windows and paintings. We’re looking forward to visiting Worcester Cathedral on Monday where we’re hoping to spot some of the animals, from the stories, in the stained glass windows or architecture. We discussed some of the beliefs of Christians and where Christians might share Bible stories. We discovered they can be shared everywhere and anywhere!

In PE, I was very impressed with your sequence work as we linked rolls and travelling movements over benches and mats. Your work was very careful and I could see lots of stretched legs, feet and hands. You travelled like cats, caterpillars and snakes over the benches and you thought of some safe, creative ways to move from each bench to the floor.

Remember to bring a small rucksack on Monday for your drink and sandwiches. Mrs Barker will make us some delicious sandwiches. You can leave your book bag at home.

I’m off to dry my socks! See you Monday, Red Class.

Mrs Webb, Mrs Reid, Mrs Roberts and Mrs Cain xxx

Friday Fanfare Spring 4

Hello Red Class,

This morning, there were lots of tigers in my classroom waiting for a tiger tea party. We managed some phonics and number work before Green Class showed us how to dance like tigers! Then we devoured posh finger sandwiches, flapjacks and hot chocolate (we didn’t think tea would go down quite the same). We played pin the tail on the tiger, performed some tiger songs and listened to a tiger story. Then, in the afternoon, Purple Class shared their learning with us too.

In Phonics, we found out about trigraphs (3 letters making 1 sound). You will find ear, air and ure in your phonics book this week. Instead of drawing pictures, please read the words underneath each trigraph. We also introduced ‘some’ and ‘come’. Remember, ‘some’ and ‘come’ are rhyming words.

Letter sounds: ear (hear), air (hair) and ure (sure)

Keywords: some and come

In Maths, we discovered how to read, make and understand 17, 18, 19 and 20. When making 20, the children could tell me that it was made with 20 1s but we could also make it using double 10. Some children wanted to move on even further and created their own complicated sums. We concentrated lots on counting back from 10 and 20 to make our counting back as strong as our counting on.

Next week, we will begin our new topic, “Christianity”. We will explore the story of creation and prepare for our trip to Worcester Cathedral.

Thank you for another super week and enjoy a good rest this weekend my little tigers!

Mrs Webb, Mrs Reid, Mrs Cain and Mrs Roberts xxx

Friday Fanfare Spring 3

Hello Red Class,

Today, we discovered how to make a fire using the fire triangle of oxygen, heat and fuel. We played a circle game to practise safety rules and then helped to prepare the fire by scrunching newspaper, stretching cotton wool and assembling sticks in the fire pit. In small groups, we toasted marshmallows and then enjoyed our tasty treat. At the end of the session, we discovered how to extinguish the fire and how to check that the fire pit was safe. Next week, instead of Forest School, we will be hosting a tiger tea party.

We’ve already started to prepare for our tiger tea party by decorating tiger tea coasters with curly caterpillar letters (c, o, a, d, g, q and s) and designing and making tiger masks. In fact, the creative table was very busy with lots of mask making this week. I’ve seen cats, vampires and all sorts of wonderful creatures. It’s been wonderful to see the children self-selecting materials and equipment, concentrating for long periods of time and making decisions about their learning. Well done Red Class!

In Phonics, we practised oi (coin), er (term) and ow (down). We used the same sound, song and action for ur and er with rolling arms and hands. We played ‘Picnic on Pluto’ and ‘Pick a Picture’ from www.phonicsplay.co.uk to learn how to read words with our focus sounds.  As well as new sounds, we also practised two new keywords: like, have. The children made super shopping lists by segmenting their letter sounds.

During Maths sessions, we learnt all about subtraction by taking away a small number of objects and we also discovered how to find the difference (between two numbers that are close together) by building and comparing cube towers. We used the ‘Beans’ song to practise counting back from different numbers. Here’s how to practise the song at home:

1.     Choose a number up to 20.

2.    Count back from that number to 0.

3.    Choose and dance like a bean e.g. runner bean (run on the spot), jumping bean (jump), baked bean (make a wide shape with your body and rock from side to side). 

Finally, in PE, we rolled!  We turned our trouser shape into a pencil roll and then changed our iron shape into a tucked, sideways roll. What a super week of learning! I think I need a rest!

Enjoy the weekend my little stars,

Mrs Webb, Mrs Reid, Mrs Cain and Mrs Roberts xxx

Fanfare Spring 2

Hello Red Class,

Another busy week in Red Class with lots of learning. During Literacy lessons, we discussed and played with new vocabulary, particularly adjectives. We explored the meaning of new words and thought carefully about word choices. We read and ordered sentences and talked about the purpose of capital letters and full stops.

On Monday, we introduced new keywords: said and so. We used the phrase “Sally Anne is Dancing” to remember said and discovered how so rhymes with no and go. The children were able to make decisions about how they wanted to learn the words i.e. rainbow writing (tracing letters with different coloured pens), making words with playdough, cups or bottle tops. We practised the song, sound and action for oo (boot), oo (book), ar (farm) and ur (turn). When reading words with ‘oo’, try both sounds and find out which one makes sense.

In Mental Maths, we played games to recall doubles and counted on and back from different numbers. We played the counting bell game where we counted forward until we heard the bell and then we counted back from that number e.g. 0,1,2,3,4 (ring) 3,2,1,0. You could try this game at home. We also used a range of equipment to make and recall number bonds to 6.

We used the work of Georges Braque to explore collage. We selected and sorted materials in different ways and then applied our collage skills to create a picture. Later in the topic, we will use our collage skills to decorate a tiger mask.

This week, we were also very creative in our handwriting sessions. We formed letters (c, o, a, d) in shaving foam and in a mixture of paint and handwash. I know you really enjoyed water painting too and this is something you can easily do at home with a bucket of water and a brush.

Forest School was very cold on Friday. If possible, try to pack a pair of thick socks with your hat, scarf and gloves. You could also wear extra layers underneath your Blackwell top to keep you warm. Next week, we will enjoy a campfire so we should feel nice and toasty! On Friday, 1st February we will be hosting our tiger tea party, instead of visiting Forest School. 

Enjoy the weekend little stars,

Mrs Webb, Mrs Reid, Mrs Cain and Mrs Roberts xxx

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Friday Fanfare Spring 1

Hello Red Class,

Well done for a super first week at school. It’s been a busy week! We really enjoyed “The Tiger Who Came to Tea” at Birmingham Town Hall. The children behaved beautifully and enjoyed the performance. We particularly enjoyed the tiger dance and all the wonderful songs. It was a great way to start our topic and to inspire our work towards our tiger tea party.

This week, in Phonics, we recapped previously taught digraphs, particularly focusing on spelling words with ‘ai’ and ‘oa’ and we practised keywords from the autumn term. We will move on to a new set of digraphs and keywords next week. Our keywords, for the first half of the spring term, can be found on the class newsletter.

In Write Dance, we learnt a tiger dance, including ‘round and back’ actions, to help form our first set of letters: c, o, a, d. We developed fine motor skills by turning our tiger dance into a tiger picture. The children’s fine motor skills have really improved since September. It’s wonderful to see the progress in their Write Dance pictures.

We investigated doubles in Maths using the fabacus, dominoes and egg boxes. By the end of the week, we were beginning to recall some of our doubles to 5. Great work! How could you explore doubles at home?

Finally, a note about junk. Red Class families deserve a gold star for the amount of ‘junk’ you’ve donated to our workshop area. We probably have enough junk for at least the next two weeks (and probably for the rest of the half term). However, please send in any plastic milk carton lids as we’re going to use them as a resource for spelling. Thank you, as always, for your support.

Well done to Mrs Roberts who survived her first Friday Forest School session. Mrs Roberts will be helping us on Fridays as Mrs Thompson will be working in Blue Class (in the warm). Thank you for all your help Mrs Thompson. I’m sure we’ll see you during club time.

Mrs Webb, Mrs Reid, Mrs Cain and Mrs Roberts

Christmas Fanfare 2018

Dear Red Class,

What an amazing week! You all worked incredibly hard on Tuesday to perform your play twice in one day! Your dances were dazzling with super singing and acting too. It’s not really Christmas until you’ve witnessed 3 camels marching down the aisle. After the Christmas plays, we had a few pairs of black tights without names. If you think they might be your tights, please pop into school.  

Tomorrow is party day with the pantomime in the morning and party games later on. You can leave your book bag at home. All you need is a water bottle and your party outfit! We've packed two books into your bag today for you to read during the holidays. 

On behalf of everybody in Red Class, thank you for your kind cards, gifts and best wishes. We hope that you enjoy a very Merry Christmas and enjoy the festive season. Well done for a super term at school. You’ve achieved so much my little learners and you should feel very proud of your achievements.

Lots of love,

Mrs Webb, Mrs Reid, Mrs Cain, Mrs Thompson and Mrs Roberts xxx

Friday 14th December

Hello Red Class,

Tomorrow, please wear your full uniform to school as we won't be visiting Forest School. Instead, we will be visiting the church to film our school play. Just bring your dazzling smile to school because we have everything else!

See you tomorrow Red Class,

Mrs Webb, Mrs Reid, Mrs Cain, Mrs Thompson and Mrs Roberts xxx

Friday Fanfare Autumn 8

Hello Red Class,

What a super end to our topic! The children enjoyed visiting each classroom, working with different members of staff and finding out about special places around the world. They created African sunset pictures, played games, created a bridge for the Chapatti Man and listened to some wonderful stories. Meanwhile, in Red Class, the older children watched and copied your Spanish song and learnt the story of "The Enormous Paella” before creating their own Picasso pictures.

Earlier in the week, Phonics sessions focused on th (teeth), ai (rain), ee (sheep) and or (fork). We’re trying hard to understand the difference between sounds, letters and words. For example, when we made the word ‘feet,’ using magnetic letters, we discovered that there were three sounds f-ee-t, but 4 letters and 1 word. Try counting sounds, letters and words at home. It will be tricky but keep trying and you will get there! We also listened carefully to letter sounds this week by playing a game called ‘Draw It!’ So, I might say f-ee-t like a robot and the children listen to the sounds, blend them together and then draw the picture. Try this game at home. Can you be the robot for your Mum or Dad?

On Monday, in Maths, we explored 15 using a range of equipment. For the rest of the week, we compared objects by weight and used a range of vocabulary e.g. heavy/light/the same as/heavier/lighter. First, we used our hands to estimate and then we used the bucket scales to test our ideas. Next week, you can use the bucket scales during play and explore time too.

On Wednesday, we visited St Catherine’s Church to explore key features of a Christian temple. We spotted the pews, pulpit, altar and font. This was also a good opportunity for the children to see where they will perform their Christmas play and we managed to sing a few songs too. Today, you will find a costume slip in your book bag to ask for a few items for your costume. Mostly, we’re asking for long sleeved tops and tights. In the past, families have worked together to buy packs of tights. If there is anything you’re struggling to find, please do not hesitate to pop into school. Please send items in a named bag. Thank you so much for helping us to prepare for the Christmas play.

Finally, if you would like your book changed, please turn the traffic light to green. Try to change your book a few times each week and try to read little and often as reading at home has a significant impact on reading progress. 

On Monday, you might spot some changes to the classroom. What do you think they will be? Enjoy the weekend Red Class and prepare for our exciting new topic…Christmas!

Mrs Webb, Mrs Reid, Mrs Thompson, Mrs Cain and Mrs Roberts xxx

Friday Fanfare Autumn 7

Hola, Red Class!

This week, we’ve been singing Spanish songs! We’re hoping to film our Spanish action song next week and then every class will watch our performance. We’ve also used Picasso’s “Bouquet of Peace” to inspire our artwork this week. Although we started off looking at the same piece, it was wonderful to see how the children interpreted his work. Their paintings are truly unique and they make a very colourful display.

During Friday, 30th November, we will be taking part in our class swap day where Red Class will teach the rest of the school about Spain and we visit the other classrooms to learn about their special places. As we will be visiting every class in the school, we will not be visiting Forest School next week.

In Phonics, we found out that 2 letters can make one sound. So, when ‘s’ and ‘h’ are together they can say ‘sh’ (ship/bush/dish). If you’re missing sh, ch or ng from your Phonics book, then please send the book into school on Monday. Literacy lessons were spent retelling, “The Enormous Paella”, sequencing story events and suggesting new events and changes to the story.

Letter sounds: sh,ch,ng

Keyword: my

In Maths, we explored teen numbers (11,12,13 and 14). We used a range of equipment to make these numbers including dienes, egg boxes, Numicon, dominoes and dice. The children enjoyed exploring how to make teen numbers in different ways. For example, one child showed me 3 dice with 5, 5 and 4 and proudly declared, “I’ve made 14!” Even better, the child could explain why it was 14! On Thursday, we sent home a pack from the Early Years Workshop. As part of this pack, you will find a sheet of Maths games. Playing Maths games, little and often, is a great way to build Maths confidence and fluency. See if you can play bunny ears, tennis or BING BONG ZONG at home or simply count forward and back in 1s up and down the stairs. I think I play this game, with my children, every night before bed…whether I want to or not!


In Music, we played a guessing game where the children played a rhythm from a card and their partner guessed the rhythm. Not only did this game support our understanding of playing rhythms but it also helped turn taking and listening skills. The children were keen to play their own simple compositions by putting their cards together and some children created their own rhythm games. In PE, we learnt a dance about five happy sheep who enjoyed running, jumping, hopping and rolling. Watch out for the dance during our Christmas play! Mrs Allen helped the children to think about road safety when she turned the playground into a busy network of roads and later in the week she helped the children to explore similarities and differences between Blackwell and a Spanish village.


There have been a few ‘tall’ stories in Red Class this week so we’re going to explore stories about truth and lies next week and use this as our focus in circle time too.

I can’t wait for the other classes to find out about your super learning and I’m excited to find out what they’ve been learning about too! See you next week.

Mrs Webb, Mrs Reid, Mrs Thompson, Mrs Cain and Mrs Roberts J

Friday Fanfare Autumn 6

Dear Red Class,

Do you remember Monday? It was filled with flamenco dancing and taste testing Spanish foods. There was a mixed reaction to the homemade patatas bravas but the tapas selection was a success! Mrs Allen helped us to learn a little bit about Spain and what it might be like to live there and started to learn our story “The Enormous Paella”. Perhaps, you could show your family the actions for some of the characters (dog, cat, mouse etc.)

Letter sounds: qu, x, y and z

Keyword: and

In Maths, we used dominoes to develop our understanding of number and started work on 3D shapes. We found cylinders, spheres, cubes and cuboids in the classroom and enjoyed solving problems using these shapes. Try to spot solid 3D shapes at home.

At Forest School, we used Y shaped sticks to build houses for small animals. We also took part in a scavenger hunt to find 4 unique leaves and enjoyed a trust walk where we closed our eyes and trusted our learning partner to guide us around the forest. Some children took their partners for very exciting walks under low branches, around holly and over logs! 

Next week, we will learn some our Christmas dances. We’ve already started to learn a few Christmas songs including Away in a Manger and Little Donkey…the classics!

In your book bag, you will find your second Phonics book. You must be working very hard at school to be on your second book! Well done Red Class. Keep your first book at home.

See you next week Red Class,

Mrs Webb, Mrs Reid, Mrs Thompson, Mrs Cain and Mrs Roberts xxx

Friday Fanfare Autumn 5

Hello Red Class,

This week, we explored ‘Remembrance’. We spent the week listening to war songs, such as, “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary,” drawing poppies in Write Dance and finding out a little bit about the war in History such as how they sent messages to each other. We used the story “Five Minutes Peace” to explore the meaning of peace. We sequenced story events, asked questions about the story and sorted phrases into true or false. We used lots of reading skills.

In our number work, we explored 6 7, 8, 9 and 10 and how we can make these numbers in different ways. For example, we played a dice and egg box game where the first dice was always 5 and then the second dice determined the number (5 + 3= 8). We made the numbers in our egg boxes to check. We’ve also been working on our counting back to make it just as strong as our counting on!

During Forest School, we learnt how to tie stopper knots. The children then applied their knowledge to make dens. We also went on a scavenger hunt to find something in the forest that made a sound. The children then played their ‘instruments’ as part of a class band.

In Phonics, we learnt the sound, action and song for j, v and w. Every day, we play games to recall previously taught letter sounds and keywords. Our new keywords for this half term will be: and, my, you, her, they, all, are. Every week, we will introduce one or two new words to the children as well as practising previously taught keywords. You will find new keyword cards on the reverse of the class newsletter which was given out today.

Enjoy the weekend Red Class and get ready for our new topic, “Special Places Around the World”.  If you’ve ever visited Spain and you have any photos or artefacts, please send them into school next week.

Many thanks,

Mrs Webb, Mrs Reid, Mrs Thompson, Mrs Cain and Mrs Roberts J

Friday Fanfare Autumn 4

Hello Red Class,

Following our story, ‘Tattybogle’, we built a scarecrow in the forest today. It's nearly ready for the Blackwell Scarecrow Festival. It was a little chilly at Forest School today, however, the children were warm with their school coat, waterproofs, hats and gloves. Try to bring your own hats, gloves and scarves every Friday because, sadly, we don’t have enough spare hats and gloves for every child.

In Phonics, we recapped previously taught letters and sounds and learnt about double consonants where two letters make one sound. You will find some words to read in your Phonics book, but you don’t need to draw any pictures for these letters.

Letter sounds: ll (bell), ff (puff), ss (miss)

Keywords: be, me, we

In Maths, we discovered how to make 5 using pairs of numbers (number bonds). We started the week making number bonds with Numicon and then we learnt a song about Farmer Pete and his 5 sheep. Later in the week, we played a dice game in pairs to test our understanding of making 5 and our tennis games are helping us to recall number bonds to 5.

In PE, we found out how to throw a bean bag at a target. We discovered how to use an underarm throw and designed our own target games using hoops and cones. It was great to see so many different ideas! During Music, we learnt a song called “Do Anything But Throw it Away” to support our understanding of recycling and in Art, we used natural objects to create prints and designed repeating patterns using different colours.

We started Philosophy this week. Yes, Philosophy at 4 and 5! We explored the story, “The Dot” and discussed the word ‘can’t’ as the girl in the story thought she wasn’t very good at drawing. The children thought about times when they’ve used the word ‘can’t’ at home and at school and how this made them feel. We decided to swap the word ‘can’t’ for ‘we’re practising’. So, this week, in the Boot Room, we’ve been practising how to fasten our coats. By saying ‘we’re practising’ it means we’re going to keep trying even if we find a task tricky. It might take us 1 minute, 1 hour, 1 week or longer but we will get there! Try swapping ‘can’t’ for ‘practising’ at home.

See you next week for a mini week at school!

Mrs Webb, Mrs Reid, Mrs Cain, Mrs Thompson and Mrs Roberts xxx

Friday Fanfare Autumn 3

Hello Red Class,

What a windy day! Due to high winds, we were unable to visit Forest School, but we managed some outdoor learning in our outdoor area instead. This week, the children enjoyed retelling “Where the Wild Things Are” in the outdoor area and we used a photo of their role play for our showcase. Every day, we showcase the children’s learning by looking at photographs of their play. The showcase provides time for the children to understand how they learn through play and provides opportunities to develop speaking and listening skills, while also building confidence and self -esteem.

In Literacy sessions, we’ve been reading CVC words using new letter sounds and reading short phrases inspired by “Where the Wild Things Are”. At the start of every session, we retell the story using actions and repetitive story language. Our story map helps us to remember key events.

In Phonics, the children enjoyed playing buried treasure. To play the game, sound out and then blend the word on the coin and then sort it into the bin (alien word e.g. gip) or the treasure chest (real words). You should be able to find the game using the link below:


Keywords: he, she

Letter sounds: h, b, f, l

In Maths, we used counters to make numbers in different ways e.g. egg box, dice, Fabacus and Numicon. The children are starting to recall numbers quickly by looking at the ‘shape’ of the number. They can also tell me how they’re made, for example, 5 egg box or 5 dice.

The children start their day with a thinking problem. This week, the children explored familiar images, such as a plate of food, and identified 2D shapes in the picture. Now the children are so quick at their morning routine, they will start to practise writing their name in the morning too. We will show them how to write their name using the cursive script where letters start from the line (excluding capitals). In the spring term, we will teach the children how to form all letters from the line. At the moment, we use magnetic letters, letter cards and tiles to support spelling.

We practised our ball rolling skills in PE and created games in pairs. In Music, we explored the sounds of the rainforest and discovered how to play untuned instruments to suit the mood of the forest. We explored tempo and discovered that the speed of our playing changed the mood of the music.

We opened the painting shelf during play and explore time and I was pleasantly surprised! The children accessed the paints and brushes independently and they cleaned and replaced all the equipment. Well done Red Class!

If you have any spare tights or socks at home, please send them into school as our ‘spares’ section is looking a little thin on the ground.

I know it’s a long first half term, but you’re still working hard and trying your best. Keep up the good work my little stars. Rest, play and enjoy the weekend.

Mrs Webb, Mrs Reid, Mrs Thompson, Mrs Cain and Mrs Roberts xxx

Friday Fanfare Autumn 2

Hello Red Class,

This week, we started our ‘Planet Earth’ topic. Our project is to create a poster about a very special and local part of Planet Earth…Forest School. Today, we created a leaf map to find out about the trees around the site and we found out how to look after the forest by going on a ‘litter pick’. While hunting for litter, we found a ‘geocache’ treasure pot! A very exciting discovery! Perhaps, we could make our very own special treasure pots at Forest School and hide them for our friends to find!

This week, you received your first reading book with words. Here are some top tips for reading at home:

1)    Ask your grown up to read your book. Find a quiet place and enjoy finding out about Kipper. You’ll know a lot about him by the end of the year! Listening to your grown up is very important because it will help you to become familiar with the book and some of the keywords and it will help to support your understanding of pace, fluency and expression.

2)   Stop and talk about unfamiliar words.

3)   Remember to talk about the pictures. Who can you see? What is happening? Where are they going? 

4)   Try to read one or two words and, as you become more confident, take turns to read sentences.

5)   Always put your finger under the words as you read.

6)   Read ‘little and often’.

7)   Later in the term, we will invite Red Class families to a reading, writing and maths workshop where we will explain how we teach basic skills at school and how you can help at home.

In class, this week, we’ve shared “Where the Wild Things Are” by ordering the story events and creating story maps. We’ve practised new letter sounds and keywords and continued to read and spell CVC (consonant/vowel/consonant) words e.g. red and run.

Letter sounds: ck (duck), e, u, r

Keywords: no, go, I

Please make sure your phonics book is in your book bag every Thursday, so we can add your new letters.

In Maths, we’ve been finding, describing, making and singing about 2d shapes (Robbie Rectangle, Selena Circle, Susan Square and Timmy Triangle). We used pegboards and loom bands to create 2d shapes and looked for shapes in the environment. Try finding a square, rectangle, circle and triangle at home.

During Art sessions, we’ve been finding out about printing. We used newspaper and made string tiles to create unique prints. We’re using our skills to make something very special…but we can’t tell you yet!

During our circle time sessions, we’ve been playing games to develop co-operation i.e. passing a wave, handshake or a gentle squeeze around the circle and finding out about people who help us. The children were asked to rank police officers, firefighters, doctors and cleaners according to who they thought were the most ‘helpful’. It was good to see that we all had different opinions and we had different reasons for our answers. At school, we’re encouraging the children to say ‘because’ to give reasons for their answers. Try giving reasons for your answers at home by extending your sentences with ‘because’.

Enjoy a lovely weekend Red Class,

Mrs Webb, Mrs Reid, Mrs Cain, Mrs Thompson and Mrs Roberts xxx

Where the Wild Things Are

Well done for a super school trip today. Thank you to all the grown ups who helped the children to learn and to stay safe and thank you children for behaving beautifully and for representing your school so well.

First, we shared “Where the Wild Things Are” and used picture cards to sequence the story. Next, we ventured into the forest to take part in a treasure hunt. We searched for picture cards and ordered them in small groups of 3. You worked well together and enjoyed hunting for the cards.

Then, we played rhythms on sticks and danced in the willow tunnels.  Just before lunch, we made our own wild things from clay and natural materials. We will display your clay wild things at school and send them home later in the term.

After Mrs Barker’s delicious sandwiches, we enjoyed a forest school session. We created boats from ropes and sheets, searched for minibeasts and newts and made ‘delicious’ dishes in the mud kitchen. It was a busy, sunny and enjoyable day. 

You should all sleep well tonight…including the grown ups!

Mrs Webb, Mrs Reid, Mrs Thompson, Mrs Cain and Mrs Roberts xxx

Red Class Trip

Hello Red Class,

Tomorrow, we're off on our school trip to Bishop's Wood. Wear your usual Forest School clothes (jogging bottoms, trainers and your Blackwell top). You will need a snack and a water bottle but you don't need your book bag. We will keep your phonic books in school until Monday. 

See you in the morning,

Mrs Webb, Mrs Reid, Mrs Thompson, Mrs Cain and Mrs Roberts xxx

Friday Fanfare Autumn 1

Hello Red Class,

Well done for completing your first full week at school. You’ve settled very well into your afternoon clubs and Mrs Roberts, Mrs Reid and Mrs Thompson have really enjoyed their club time with you. I know lots of you are walking into school independently and you've started to buy snacks from the tuck shop in the morning. You have learnt so much in such a short space of time. We feel very proud of you all. 

Today was your first Forest School session. We played games to learn Forest School rules and then shared a story “Leaf Man” before making faces in the forest. You were then given time to explore the forest and many of you wanted to climb a tree with Mr Breden or to play on the log seesaw. We finished our session with a warm drink and a snack. Next week, we will be visiting Bishop’s Wood to find out about some wild things! Our trip will be just like a Forest School session so come dressed to school in your usual Forest School clothes. Bring a hat and gloves if it’s cold and a pair of thick socks. Mrs Barker will make us some delicious sandwiches. You will just need a snack and a water bottle. For this trip, we will pack boxes with bottles and snacks so you don’t need a bag.

This week, we have learnt the sound and action for i, m, n and d. You will find these in your phonic books. Thank you for drawing such wonderful pictures for s, a, t and p. We’ve started to read words with 2 or 3 sounds and we’ve used magnetic letters to make words too. What a great start to your early reading and spelling! In Maths, we’ve been making numbers using different equipment including a ‘Fabacus’ and making numbers in different ways. For example, finding out that 4 can be made with 2 and 2, 3 and 1 and 4 and 0.

In Art, we  enjoyed finding out how to find and draw lines and how to use different media (felt tips, charcoal, pencils, chalks) to create different lines. We used ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams for our dough dance, learning to squeeze, roll and pat the dough. We created volcano pictures with different media too and even had a show and tell about a volcano! Show and tell is a celebration of learning. The children may bring one item to school for show and tell on Fridays. Please keep toys (including teddies) safe at home.

Play, rest and enjoy time with your family this wekend.  I wonder, how many times can you fasten your coat without a grown up? 

Mrs Webb, Mrs Reid, Mrs Cain, Mrs Thompson and Mrs Roberts xxx

Day 8 in Red Class

Hello Red Class,

You’ve made such a fantastic start to school. I can’t believe how much you’ve learnt in just two weeks. Today, we even started to blend sounds together to read words. You moved your robot arms for each letter sound and then swiped your hand across to blend the sounds. We read at, sat and tap. Super reading! I will help your grown ups with their robot arms during our reading workshop so don’t worry if they’re not sure what to do yet.

Over the weekend, practise your letter sounds with your grown ups and draw some pictures in your special book. Return your book to school when you’re finished. I will add a new set of sounds every Friday.

Next week, we will send home a letter about keywords and how we learn keywords in school. A list of games to play at home will be included in the letter. Once the keywords are introduced and we’ve learnt a few more sounds, we will send home reading books with words.

In Maths, we played a game where we matched a piece of Numicon to the number of objects in your egg box. Your learning partner skills, including sharing and turn taking,  are improving all the time. I’ve enjoyed finding out about your counting skills this week and I think Miss Townsend (subject leader for Maths) will be amazed at the level of effort you’re putting into your counting.

Next week, the school day will be fully operational! The end of the school day is 3.10pm if the children are staying for clubs. We have a range of wonderful clubs including film, singing, playground games and art. The children will work in two smaller groups with their Reception friends. The children will work with grown ups who they already know from the classroom including Mrs Reid, Mrs Thompson and Mrs Roberts.

Now the children are ‘full time’, this will be the last daily blog, however, I will post a weekly Friday Fanfare to tell you about our learning and any important updates. Enjoy a lovely rest Red Class because you’ve worked very hard this week. You’ve listened well, answered lots of questions, made new friends, developed your independence skills and followed lots of new routines. You’re all shining stars…well done!

Mrs Webb, Mrs Reid, Mrs Thompson, Mrs Cain and Mrs Roberts xxx