Headteacher: Anna Moss

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Friday Fanfare 20.11.20


Hello Red Class Families,

‘Change the rules’ was a great success. From a couple of wiggling superheroes in our Zoom dance assembly to extra play time, painted nails, funny socks, tasty snacks and everything in between. I did a double take in snack time when I spotted Batman eating a doughnut. It was great fun and enjoyed by all.

I’m sorry I haven’t seen you at home time on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons this week. It should be back to normal next week (famous last words), as my little boy returns to school after a closed bubble. For Red Class, it’s been business as usual as the children have seen me every day until club time. Thank you for my lovely cards and pictures. They’ve really brightened my day.

As always, the children have been busy in the classroom filming their rainbow dance and song, learning about 3D shapes (sphere, cylinder, cube and cuboid) and recapping all phase 2 letter sounds. For those who are up to date with their phonics books, you can have a little rest from drawing pictures until we start Phase 3. If you haven’t drawn any pictures to match the sounds, please try a few pages this weekend.

In Geography, we considered the question, “Where is the best place for a holiday?” and we used some of the places from our story, “There is a Tribe of Kids”, as a starting point. We researched Antarctica and the Amazon Rainforest by finding each place on the world map and looking at videos and photographs. This helped us to ask questions and to describe and talk about each place. The Amazon Rainforest seemed the most popular choice, but one little boy thought building snowmen in Antarctica would be a lot more fun. Our learning also helped us to talk about our own experiences of lovely holidays in Cornwall, Cardiff and further afield.

We’ve also started learning Christmas dances ready for our Christmas production. This year, we’re working alongside the Nursery to bring you, ‘The Nativity’. It will be full of all the usual Early Years ‘moments’ with gifts rolling down aisles, shepherds losing their sheep, pinned tea-towels and a few musical notes out of place. As we’re filming at school, we’ve decided not to ask for tights and the children’s costumes will be provided by school. So, all you need to do is to wait for the amazing DVD!

Miss Barber has also had a busy week opening a new area in Red Class. The woodwork area proved very popular with the children. They enjoyed learning how to use the hammer and nails safely. We’ll be making tables and chairs in no time.

I’m looking forward to ‘seeing’ you all Wednesday for our Early Years Workshop through Zoom. This event is for parents only and it outlines how we teach early reading, writing and maths at school and how you can support your child’s progress. Mrs Moss will be clicking through the screens to keep me to time and I will send home a handout with the main points.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Best wishes,

Mrs Webb, Mrs Hampton, Miss Barber, Mrs Dyson and Mrs Flynn xxx