Happy New Year!
We hope you enjoyed a rest and time with family and friends over the Christmas break and we wish you all good health and happiness for 2018.
We are having a wonderful start to this term with many children showing us they are ready for learning, reflecting on and improving their learning too!
This terms value of kindness is helping us to be thoughtful and considerate in our learning and play.
Here are some photos of learning, in the first week of this spring term.
Thank you to Louise and her colleagues for visiting our class last week.
It was so exciting and interesting to hear all about your roles as a vets and nurses as well as the roles of the receptionists too. Thank you for answering all our questions and allowing us to explore the models of animals that you brought to show us. We especially enjoyed meeting Oz and Lola ,who were very friendly and well behaved as we took turns to listen to their heartbeats using a stethoscope. Finally thank you for our magnets and the resources for the role play area. We are having lots of fun pretending to be real Vets like you. This is helping us understand the world better, look after animals and extend our language.
Welcome to Hawk class
We hope you had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to an exciting year of learning opportunities and experiences in our Reception and Year 1 class.
We would like to give a warm welcome to all the new Reception children and their families. We hope this first year of school is happy and stimulating as we work with you to help your child make good progress with their learning.
It has been lovely to welcome back last year's Reception children, as Year 1 children. We will introduce the Year 1 timetable gradually so it will be a smooth transition. Thank you for continuing to share your child's learning with us.
The assemblies, showcases and EYFS shared learning mornings will provide great opportunities to share your child's learning with you and for you to share all the wonderful things your child does out of school too. We will also keep our class pages updated with photos and information.
Our class Teaching Assistant, Mrs Jackson and myself are looking forward to this year with your child. we will do our best to ensure they are happy, cared for and make good progression in all areas of learning.
If you have any questions, please ask. Questions are best at the end of the school day if possible as we are keen to make the most of every moment within the school day.
With best wishes,
Some of our school values are love and friendship so we thought about how to do the right thing with our friends, how to make new friends and how to help others.
Quotes of what children in Hawk class said, are coming soon...
Thank you Mrs Fieldhouse for helping us cross the road safely.
Our class had a surprise visitor this week, as we used our PSHE and Guided reading lessons to learn how to keep ourselves safe near roads. In guided reading, we have been learning how to use non-fiction books and about how these books can teach us new things. This linked to our PSHE lesson where we took turns to be traffic or pedestrians, while Mrs Fieldhouse kindly helping us to cross safely. Some of the traffic was quite speedy!
We also hope to practice what we have learnt in role play and ICT, through games on the think.direct.gov.uk/primary website. You may be able to try these at home too as well as helping your child to understand some of the dangers of roads and how to keep safe both on foot and in vehicles.
Devizes Museum Educational Visit
As part of our topic, 'Old, New and Who Are You,' we are starting to explore toys from the past.
Today we had a fantastic, or as one child was quoted 'awesome' visit from Devizes museum. They brought lots of toys from the past including: Ancient times, Roman times, Victorian times as well as toys our and parents may have played with too. We we learnt how they were made, what they were made from, how they moved without batteries, who played with them and how.
One of our favourite part was trying the toys out for ourselves. We also designed our own puppets which we can use with our puppet theatre and will talk more about how toys change over time next week.
Thank you for your contributions to help us run this educational visit. Our next one will be in the Spring term.
We hope you enjoy the photos from today.
Learning with The Gingerbread Man
We have been using 'Talk for Writing' to learn the story of the Gingerbread Man then write it in our own words. Our sentences are getting better as we learn how to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops without being reminded as much.
We have also been exploring how non-fiction writing is different to fiction writing. By working together to read instructions, use tools and techniques, we created real Gingerbread people. Delicious!
Today we showed wonderful team work and programming skills. We used patience and perseverence as we took turns and learnt to programme the BeeBot so it would visit each of our homes on our map to school.
Both Reception and Year 1 children have been enjoying a range of practical maths activities.
Phonics and Writing
We follow the 'Letters and Sounds' phonics programme and are having fun as we learn the letters, letter sounds and actions.
We love stories in our class! So far this term we have been learning how to retell, act out and rewrite the stories of 'Knock Knock Who's There?' and 'The Gingerbread Man.'
This week we are looking at how recipe writing is different to story writing. Hopefully we will be able to make a surprise recipe next week.