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Curriculum Information Week Beginning 22/05/17

Literacy.  We will again be working on the book ‘You Choose’ by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart, looking closely at the text and pictures and continuing our work on choices.  We will also write another entry in our Bean Diaries.  In Phonics, we will be working to make sure the children not only know the phonemes we have learnt in isolation, but can also use them in their reading and writing.

Maths.  This week we will be learning about sharing and positional language, as well as working on adding and subtracting. We will also be doing more problem solving.

Any other curriculum information:

  • We will be doing PE on Thursday as usual.
  • We will also continue to look after the things we have already planted, which are now growing well.
  • In PSED we will be thinking about making healthy choices.
  • Show and Tell on Friday is for anyone in Ocean house.
  • In Art we will continue work on our giant leaves.

Spellings/Homework:

  • Don’t forget the Extended Learning Challenges on the Curriculum Information sheet for this term. If your child has not done one yet, why not encourage them to have a go this term?
  • This week, we will change the books in the children’s book bags on Monday and Thursday or Friday. If you would like to change them more often, please feel free to do so – and ask if you need any help. We will look at key rings on Tuesday or Wednesday. Please continue to send your child to school with their book bag everyday even if the books are not going to be changed. It is useful for taking home letters or work that the children have done.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Some of the children are still bringing small toys or cards into school. These inevitably get lost, so please do not allow your child to bring them in. The only time something like this may be brought in is for Show and Tell, when it will be kept in the cupboard. Many thanks for your help with this.
  • Thank you to all those parents who are staying to read stories with the children on Thursdays! Grandparents and other carers are also welcome! It doesn’t matter if you cannot do this every week, but please stay when/if you can on Thursdays.
  • Next week is half term! I hope you all have a good rest and enjoy some fine weather. We come back l on Monday 5th June, when we start with our whole school ‘Big Write’ day!

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 15/05/17

Literacy.  The children are really enjoying working on the book ‘You Choose’ by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart and we will continue with this, looking closely at the text and pictures and thinking about choices. We will also continue to write our Bean Diaries.  In Phonics, we will be learning to recognise, say, write and use the phonemes ‘ai’ (as in ‘rain’) and ‘aw’ (as in ‘saw’) and the tricky word ‘there’.

Maths.  This week we will be learning about capacity, as well as working on doubling and halving numbers. We will also be adding and subtracting.

Any other curriculum information:

  • Last week we enjoyed having our nine chicks in the classroom! The children all helped with them one way or another and especially enjoyed holding them. On Friday we had to say ‘Goodbye’ to them, but we all agreed we had enjoyed the experience very much!
  • We will be doing PE on Thursday. This term, we will be outside much of the time, so please make sure your child has a pair of shoes suitable for this. Trainers or plimsolls are both fine.
  • We will be doing more planting and also looking after the things we have already planted.
  • In PSED we will be thinking about exercise and sleep and the importance of both.
  • Show and Tell on Friday is for anyone in City house.
  • In Art we will begin work on our giant leaves…..!

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Don’t forget the Extended Learning Challenges on the Curriculum Information sheet for this term. If your child has not done one yet, why not encourage them to have a go this term?
  • This week, we will change the books in the children’s book bags on Monday and Thursday or Friday. If you would like to change them more often, please feel free to do so – and ask if you need any help. We will look at key rings on Tuesday or Wednesday. Please continue to send your child to school with their book bag everyday even if the books are not going to be changed. It is useful for taking home letters or work that the children have done.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 08/05/17

Literacy.  We will again be working on the book ‘You Choose’ by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart, exploring and responding to it in different ways. We will also continue to write our Bean Diaries.  In Phonics, we will be learning to recognise, say, write and use the phonemes ‘ow’ (as in ‘snow’) and ‘ow’ (as in ‘cow’).

Maths.  We will be learning more about time, as well as working on recognising and ordering numbers. We will also be adding and subtracting.

Any other curriculum information:

  • We began last week with the arrival of ten eggs in the classroom and ended it with nine chicks! The children were very excited as they watched the chicks hatch out of the eggs. We have the chicks with us in class until the end of the week.
  • We will be doing PE on Thursday. A large number of children had no PE Kit last week! This term, we will be outside much of the time, so please make sure your child has a pair of shoes suitable for this. Trainers or plimsolls are both fine.
  • We will be doing more planting and also looking after the things we have already planted.
  • In PSED we will be thinking about healthy eating and what makes a healthy meal. We will also be making and eating the salads we planned last week.
  • Show and Tell on Friday is for anyone in Meadow house.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Don’t forget the Extended Learning Challenges on the Curriculum Information sheet for this term. If your child has not done one yet, why not encourage them to have a go this term?
  • This week, we will change the books in the children’s book bags on Monday and Thursday or Friday. If you would like to change them more often, please feel free to do so – and ask if you need any help. We will look at key rings on Wednesday. Please continue to send your child to school with their book bag everyday even if the books are not going to be changed. It is useful for taking home letters or work that the children have done.
  • Thank you to all those who stayed to read stories with the children last Thursday! We will do this every Thursday. When you bring your child to school, you are welcome to stay and enjoy reading stories with your child for 15 minutes. Grandparents and other carers are also welcome! It doesn’t matter if you cannot do this every week, but please stay when/if you can on Thursdays.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 01/05/17

Literacy.  We will again be using the book ‘You Choose’ by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart, exploring and responding to it in different ways. We will be making our own choices in relation to some of the main themes in the book.  In Phonics, we will be learning to recognise, say, write and use the phoneme ‘ue’ (as in ‘clue’ and ‘glue) and doing some assessment.

Maths.  We are learning more about time, particularly thinking about what we can fit into a day.  We will also be counting in 1s and 10s and working on number recognition.

Any other curriculum information:

  • This week we have some eggs arriving in the classroom, which will hatch probably later this week, if all goes according to plan! There is already much excitement about this!
  • We will be doing PE on Thursday. This term, we will be outside much of the time, so please make sure your child has a pair of shoes suitable for this. Trainers or plimsolls are both fine.
  • We will be doing more planting inside and outside and also continuing work on our Bean Diaries.
  • In PSED we will be thinking about how we can keep ourselves healthy and look after our bodies.
  • Show and Tell on Friday is for anyone in Beach house.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • There are some new Extended Learning Challenges on the Curriculum Information sheet for this term. If your child has not done one yet, why not encourage them to have a go this term?
  • This week, we will change the books in the children’s book bags on Tuesday and Friday.  If you would like to change them more often, please feel free to do so – and ask if you need any help!  Please continue to send your child to school with their book bag everyday even if the books are not going to be changed.  It is useful for taking home letters or work that the children have done.

Curriculum Information Weeks Beginning 17/04/17 and 24/04/17

Literacy.  We will be reading the book ‘You Choose’ by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart, exploring and responding to it in different ways. We will be thinking about all the choices we have to make during a day.  In Phonics, we will learn the phonemes ‘igh’, ‘oa’, ‘ur’ and ‘oy’, and the tricky words ‘come’ and ‘some’.

Maths.  We are learning more about time, reading ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’ by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen as a starting point.  We will also be counting in 1s and 10s and using this ability in our problem-solving activities.

Any other curriculum information:

  • We will be doing PE on Thursday. This term, we will be outside much of the time, so please make sure your child has a pair of shoes suitable for this. Trainers or plimsolls are both fine.
  • We will be planting inside and outside and also starting work on our Bean Diaries.
  • In PSED we will be thinking about what it means to be healthy and look after ourselves.

Spellings/Homework:

  • There are some new Extended Learning Challenges on the curriculum information sheet for this term.  If your child has not done one yet, why not encourage them to have a go this term?
  • This term, we will change the books in the children’s book bags on Mondays and either Thursdays or Fridays.  If you would like to change them more often, please feel free to do so, and ask if you need any help!  Please continue to send your child to school with their book bag everyday even if the books are not going to be changed.  It is useful for taking home letters or work that the children have done.

Dates/Messages/Requests.  This term, on Thursday mornings, when you bring your child to school, you are welcome to stay and enjoy reading stories with your child for 15 minutes.  Grandparents and other carers are also welcome!  It doesn’t matter if you cannot do this every week, but please stay when/if you can on Thursdays, starting 27th April.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 27/03/17

Literacy.  Our literacy work will centre around the Easter story which we will be looking at in our RE this week.  In Phonics this week, we will not be learning any new phonemes, but we will be practising using the phonemes we have already learnt in our reading and writing. We will be blending and segmenting words and writing sentences containing some of our tricky words as well as words which are phonically regular.

Maths.  In Maths, we will be learning more about time, including months of the year and days of the week. We will continue this work next term.

Any other curriculum information:

  • In RE we will be reading the Easter story and talking about what it means for Christians. We will also be doing some other Easter activities, such as making and decorating Easter biscuits and having an Easter egg hunt.
  • We will be doing PE in the hall on Thursday. Hopefully after the holiday we will do PE regularly outside. For this the children will need a pair of trainers or plimsolls, as well as their usual PE kit.
  • In Art we will be completing our blossom collages.

Spellings/Homework:

  • If there are any more Extended Learning Challenges lurking at home anywhere, please send them in this week!
  • This week, we will change the books in the children’s book bags on Monday and either Thursday or Friday.  If you would like to change them more often, please feel free to do so – and ask if you need any help! Please continue to send your child to school with their book bag everyday even if the books are not going to be changed.  It is useful for taking home letters or work that the children have done.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Don’t forget that The Big Pedal continues this week, encouraging everyone to cycle or scoot to school if they can.
  • On Friday this week, we will be going down to St Luke’s Church for our Easter service at 1.45pm. Parents are welcome to attend and all the children will be taking part.
  • We hope you have a good break over the Easter holiday and we look forward to seeing everyone again on Wednesday 19th April for the start of the Summer Term!

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 20/03/17

Literacy.  Our Literacy this week will include our reading of the story of the first Easter. We will particularly be thinking about Palm Sunday and what that means for Christians.

In Phonics, we will be learning to say, recognise, write and use the phonemes ‘or’ and ‘ie’, as well as the tricky word ‘are’.  We will also continue to make sure the children can not only recognise the phonemes we learn in isolation, but also use them effectively in their reading and writing.

Maths.  In Maths, we will be counting back from 20 (as well as forwards to 20!) and also working on recognising, reading and comparing numbers to 20. We will also carry on our work on 3D shapes.

Any other curriculum information:

  • The children seemed to really enjoy our activities in last week’s Science Week. Thank you again to Tim Sendall (Izaac’s dad in Year 1) for coming in to show us some of the equipment he uses in his lab and to do some experiments for us. We also did our own investigations and, as we didn’t get everything done that we intended, we will keep going this week!
  • In Art we will be painting trees and using collage to add blossom: we looked at trees covered in blossom last week as we went on a Spring walk. In Music we will be thinking more about high and low notes.
  • We will be doing PE on Thursday, possibly outside. Please make sure your child has their PE kit, clearly marked with their name!
  • On Friday, we will be visiting Cambridgeshire Learning Bus parked in our car park. This year’s theme is ‘Super Senses’ and in Oak we will be exploring the bus displays, using our senses to help us understand the world around us and creating some artwork to reinforce our learning and experiences on the bus.
  • Also on Friday this week we have our last ‘Show and Tell’ for this half-term. This week it is the turn of anyone who missed their turn for one reason or another to bring in something from home to talk about.
  • We will also be doing some gardening in the outside area.

Spellings/Homework:

  • If there are any more Extended Learning Challenges lurking at home anywhere, please send them in this week! 
  • This week, we will change the books in the children’s book bags on Monday and either Thursday or Friday.  If you would like to change them more often, please feel free to do so – and ask if you need any help! Please continue to send your child to school with their book bag everyday even if the books are not going to be changed.  It is useful for taking home letters or work that the children have done.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • This Friday is Comic Relief Red Nose Day! Children may wear something red if they would like to and bring in £1. Children may also bring in a funny joke they have heard to share with the class – and the funniest one will be shared with the school in the afternoon assembly.
  • Don’t forget that The Big Pedal starts this week, encouraging everyone to cycle or scoot to school if they can.
  • Finally, if any more of the children would like to decorate a hard-boiled egg and bring it into school, these must be in by this Thursday 23rd March.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 13/03/17

Literacy/Maths.  This week our Literacy and our Maths work will be springing from our Science investigations throughout the week.

Any other curriculum:

  • This week is Science Week and the main focus of our work will be science investigations. We will begin with a story – ‘Shark in the Park!’ by Nick Sharratt – which will give us plenty of scope……! Amongst other things, we will be investigating floating and sinking, making boats, blowing bubbles, thinking about what a telescope does, driving cars down ramps, making ice lollies and pushing and pulling all manner of things!
  • On Wednesday, we also have a visit from Tim Sendall, (Isaac’s dad in Year 1). He will show us some of the equipment he uses in his lab and also do some experiments for us.
  • We will be doing PE on Thursday, possibly outside. Please make sure your child has their PE kit, clearly marked with their name!
  • This week we continue with ‘Show and Tell’ on Friday.  This gives each child an opportunity to bring something of interest from home to show the other children in the class.  They will say something about what they have brought and then answer any questions the other children may have.  This week it is the turn of the children in ocean House (Blue) to bring something, if they would like to.  Please ask if you need any more information.
  • We will also be doing some gardening in the outside area.

Spellings/Homework.  This week, we will change the books in the children’s book bags on Monday and either Thursday or Friday.  If you would like to change them more often, please feel free to do so – and ask if you need any help! Please continue to send your child to school with their book bag everyday even if the books are not going to be changed.  It is useful for taking home letters or work that the children have done.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 06/03/17

Literacy:

  • This week we are working on our new story, based on ‘Rosie’s Walk’.
  • In Phonics, we will be doing more work on the phonemes ‘ou’ and ‘ay’, as well as the tricky words ‘was’, ‘they’ and ‘all’.  We will also continue to make sure the children can not only recognise the phonemes in isolation, but also use them effectively in their reading and writing.

Maths.  In Maths, we will be doing some measuring as well as counting, adding and subtracting.

Any other curriculum:

  • We will be doing PE on Thursday as usual. Please make sure your child has shorts and a T-shirt for this, clearly marked with their name!
  • In Art, we will be model-making and in Music learning more about high and low notes. We will continue to follow the children’s interests in vehicles and journeys.
  • This week we continue with ‘Show and Tell’ on Friday.  This gives each child an opportunity to bring something of interest from home to show the other children in the class.  They will say something about what they have brought and then answer any questions the other children may have.  This week it is the turn of the children in City House (Red) to bring something, if they would like to.  Please ask if you need any more information.
  • We will also be doing some gardening in the outside area.

Spellings/Homework.  This week, we will change the books in the children’s book bags on Monday and Thursday.  If you would like to change them more often, please feel free to do so – and ask if you need any help! Please continue to send your child to school with their book bag everyday even if the books are not going to be changed.  It is useful for taking home letters or work that the children have done.

Dates/Messages/Requests.  This Friday 10th March, Oak Class will be leading the School Assembly in the hall at 9.15am.  This will last for about 15 minutes and you are invited to come and join us for this occasion if you can.  All the children will be taking part.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 27/02/17

Literacy:

  • This week is Book Week and our whole school theme this year is Traditional Tales and Myths.
  • We will also be working on our new story, based on ‘Rosie’s Walk’.  In Phonics, we will be learning to recognise, say, write and use the phonemes ‘ou’ and ‘ay’, as well as the tricky words ‘was’, ‘they’ and ‘all’.

Maths.  In Maths, we will be weighing objects and thinking about ‘heavier’ and ‘lighter’ as well as doing lots of counting and adding and working on higher and lower numbers.

Any other curriculum:

  • Tuesday this week is Shrove Tuesday or Pancake day and we will be sharing pancakes together in Oak Class.
  • We will be doing PE on Thursday as usual. Please make sure your child has shorts and a T-shirt for this, clearly marked with their name!
  • In PSED we will be thinking about ways to help ourselves and other people feel better when they are upset or just not feeling good about themselves.
  • This week, we continue with ‘Show and Tell’.  This gives each child an opportunity to bring something of interest from home to show the other children in the class.  They will say something about what they have brought and then answer any questions the other children may have.  This week, it is the turn of the children in Meadow House (Green) to bring something, if they would like to.  Please ask if you need any more information.
  • We will also be doing some gardening in the outside area.

Spellings/Homework:

  • There are two new phonemes for the phonics book this week. Please encourage your child to complete the relevant pages in their book.
  • This week, we will change the books in the children’s book bags on Monday and Thursday.  If you would like to change them more often, please feel free to do so – and ask if you need any help! Please continue to send your child to school with their book bag everyday even if the books are not going to be changed.  It is useful for taking home letters or work that the children have done.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Tuesday is the last chance to buy books from the Book Fair in the Library.  Remember you can use your World Book Day tokens there!
  • As the cloakroom is rather small and the children are very settled now, we are asking parents to say goodbye to their children in the playground or in our Outside Area as a general rule, so that the children themselves have more room in the cloakroom. Thank you!

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 20/02/17

Literacy:

  • On Monday, we begin with ‘The Big Write’, when everyone in the school will create a piece of top quality writing. At the end of the day parents are welcome to come to our Big Write Prize Giving Assembly at 2.45pm.
  • In Literacy during the rest of this week, we will continue our work on ‘Rosie’s Walk’ by Pat Hutchins.  We will be working on creating a new story, based on ‘Rosie’s Walk’.  In Phonics, we will be learning to recognise, say, write and use the phonemes ‘ar’ and soft ‘c’, as well as helping the children to use what they have learned in their reading and writing.

Maths.  In Maths, we will be weighing objects and thinking about ‘heavier’ and ‘lighter’ as well as doing lots of counting and adding.

Any other curriculum:

  • In Art this week, we will be painting vehicles of different kinds.
  • We will be doing PE on Thursday as usual this week. Please make sure your child has shorts and a T-shirt for this, clearly marked with their name!
  • In PSED we will be thinking about similarities and differences and respect for one another.
  • On Thursday this week, we will be starting ‘Show and Tell’. This gives each child an opportunity to bring something of interest from home to show the other children in the class. They will say something about what they have brought and then answer any questions the other children may have. This week it is the turn of the children in Beach House (Yellow) to bring something, if they would like to. Please ask if you need any more information.

Spellings/Homework

There are two new phonemes for the phonics book this week. Please encourage your child to complete the relevant pages in their book.

This week, we will change the books in the children’s book bags on Tuesday and Friday.  If you would like to change them more often, please feel free to do so – and ask if you need any help! Please continue to send your child to school with their book bag everyday even if the books are not going to be changed.  It is useful for taking home letters or work that the children have done.

Dates/Messages/Requests

  • Don’t forget: On Monday, at the end of the day parents are welcome to come to our Big Write Prize Giving Assembly at 2.45pm.
  • A final reminder: As the cloakroom is rather small and the children are very settled now, we are asking parents to say goodbye to their children in the playground or in our Outside Area as a general rule, so that the children themselves have more room in the cloakroom!

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 06/02/17

Literacy.  In Literacy this week, we will continue our work on ‘Rosie’s Walk’ by Pat Hutchins.  We will be re-telling the story using the masks we made last week as well as thinking more about the characters and how the story works.  In Phonics, we will be consolidating our learning for this half-term, helping the children to use what they have learned in their reading and writing.

Maths.  In Maths, we will be concentrating on addition and subtraction to 10.

Any other curriculum:

  • We will be doing PE on Thursday as usual this week. Please make sure your child has shorts and a T-shirt for this, clearly marked with their name!
  • In PSED we will be thinking about ways to help other people feel better when they are uncomfortable or not feeling good about themselves.

Spellings/Homework

  • There will be no more new phonemes for the phonics book this week. Please encourage your child to complete the ones already in their book.
  • As we did last term, we will change the books in the children’s book bags on Mondays and Thursdays.  If you would like to change them more often, please feel free to do so – and ask if you need any help!  Please continue to send your child to school with their book bag every day even if the books are not going to be changed; it is useful for taking home letters or work that the children have done.

Next week is our half-term holiday! This half of the term has gone very quickly! I hope you all have a good break. We look forward to seeing you again on Monday 20th February when we begin with our ‘Big Write’ day!

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 30/01/17

Literacy.  In Literacy this week, we will continue our work on ‘Rosie’s Walk’ by Pat Hutchins. We will be re-telling the story from different points of view, as well as looking at the setting, the plot, the main characters and how the story works. In Phonics, we will learn to recognise, say, write and use the phonemes ‘o-e’ and ‘i-e’.

Maths.  The children enjoyed Maths Week last week and had a lot of fun with ‘The Great Pet Sale’. We did all sorts of work with money, which we will come back to later in the year. In Maths this week, we will be counting, adding and making repeating patterns with geometric shapes.

Any other curriculum:

  • We will still be doing PE on Thursday this week. Please make sure your child has shorts, a T-shirt and plimsolls or trainers for this, clearly marked with their name!
  • In PSED we will be thinking about how we can make ourselves feel better when we are sad, upset or scared.
  • This week is World Interfaith and Harmony Week and in Oak Class we will be joining in the school activities for this. We will be thinking especially about giving and sharing, having a lot and having a little, wealth and poverty.

Spellings/Homework:

  • There will be more new phonemes for the phonics book this week. Please encourage your child to complete their book.
  • As we did last term, we will change the books in the children’s book bags on Mondays and Thursdays.  If you would like to change them more often, please feel free to do so – and ask if you need any help!  Please continue to send your child to school with their book bag every day even if the books are not going to be changed.  It is useful for taking home letters or work that the children have done.

Dates/Messages/Requests.  Please don’t forget that Parent Consultations are on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. The time of your appointment is on the letter that has already gone home and a list is also on the classroom window for you to check.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 23/01/17

Literacy.  In Literacy this week, we will be using ‘The Great Pet Sale’ by Mick Inkpen as a starting point for our main activities.  These will include thinking about our own pets – or those we would like to have! – making advertisements for pets, descriptive language, looking after a pet, etc!  In Phonics, we will be learning to recognise, say, write and use the phonemes ‘oo’, ‘ee’ and ‘a-e’.

Maths.  This week is Maths Week.  In Maths, we will also be using ‘The Great Pet Sale’ by Mick Inkpen as a starting point for our activities.  These will include sorting and ordering, setting up a class pet shop, money, addition, subtraction, and so on.

Any other curriculum:

  • We will still be doing PE on Thursday this week. Please make sure your child has shorts, a T-shirt and plimsolls or trainers for this, clearly marked with their name!
  • In PSED, the children will be learning more about recognising and identifying feelings in themselves and others, and talking about how feelings affect the way we behave.

Spellings/Homework:

  • There will be more new phonemes for the phonics book this week. Please encourage your child to complete their book.
  • As we did last term, we will change the books in the children’s book bags on Mondays and Thursdays.  If you would like to change them more often, please feel free to do so – and ask if you need any help!  Please continue to send your child to school with their book bag every day even if the books are not going to be changed.  It is useful for taking home letters or work that the children have done.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 16/01/17

Literacy.  In Literacy this week, we will begin our work on ‘Rosie’s Walk’ by Pat Hutchins. We will be looking at the setting, the main characters and how the story works.  In Phonics, we will be learning the phonemes ‘ng’ and ‘x’ and assessing the children on their knowledge of the phonemes we have learnt so far.

Maths.  In Maths, we will be ordering numerals, looking at and classifying 2D shapes and doing some sorting, as well as lots of practical counting, adding and taking away!

Any other curriculum:

  • We will be doing PE on Thursday this week. Please make sure your child has shorts, a T-shirt and plimsolls or trainers for this, clearly marked with their name!
  • In PSED, the children will be learning about recognising and identifying feelings in themselves and others and talking about how feelings affect the way we  behave.
  • In RE we will be learning about some of Jesus’ friends.

Spellings/Homework

There will be more new phonemes for the phonics book this week. Please encourage your child to complete their book.  As we did  last term, we will change the books in the children’s book bags on Mondays and Thursdays.  If you would like to change them more often, please feel free to do so – and ask if you need any help!  Please continue to send your child to school with their book bag every day even if the books are not going to be changed.  It is useful for taking home letters or work that the children have done.

Dates/Messages/Requests.  Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school for Thursday. There were quite a few missing this week! Many thanks!

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 09/01/17

Literacy.  In Literacy, we will be using ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’, along with other stories, as we think about different kinds of journey. The children will be talking and writing about a journey they have been on. In Phonics, we will learn the phonemes ‘y’, ‘th’ and ‘qu’ and the tricky words ‘said’ and ‘you’.

Maths.  In Maths, we will be recognising and ordering numerals, estimating and counting groups of objects, adding and using the language of more and fewer to compare two sets of objects.

Any other curriculum information:

  • We will be doing PE on Thursday this week. Please make sure your child has shorts, a T-shirt and plimsolls or trainers for this, clearly marked with their name!
  • In PSED we will begin thinking about our feelings and emotions by talking about what makes us feel happy and sad.
  • In RE we will be learning about the Trinity.
  • We will also be thinking about the New Year and what that means for us.

Spellings/Homework.  There will be more new phonemes for the phonics book this week. Please encourage your child to complete their book.  As we did  last term, we will change the books in the children’s book bags on Mondays and Thursdays.  If you would like to change them more often, please feel free to do so – and ask if you need any help!  Please continue to send your child to school with their book bag every day even if the books are not going to be changed.  It is useful for taking home letters or work that the children have done.

Dates/Messages/Requests.  Welcome back! I hope you all had a good break over the Christmas holiday and are now ready for a new term. This term our topic is “Let’s Go!” and this week we begin by thinking about journeys, travel and maps.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 12/12/16

Literacy.  This week we will be reading and talking more about the story of the first Christmas. In Phonics, we will not be learning any new phonemes, but we will be using the phonemes we have learnt in our reading and writing.

Maths.  In Maths, we will be using Numicon to do some counting and adding. We will also be using our knowledge of shapes and pattern-making as we make more decorations.

Any other curriculum information.  In Art, we will be making decorations and cards. We will again be thinking about Christmas around the world, as well as other celebrations that take place at this time of year.

Spellings/Homework.  There will be more new phonemes for the phonics book next term!

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Thursday is the Oak Class Christmas Party! This will take place in the afternoon and children should be collected at the usual time of 3.15pm. On that day, please could you send in a contribution of food with your child that can be shared? Eg fruit or vegetable sticks, crisps, sandwiches, small cakes, etc. No nuts, please! Please ask if you are not sure.
  • Thursday is also the St Luke’s Nativity play, this year performed by Years 3 and 4 (Redwood and Chestnut classes). You are welcome to come at 6.00pm to see this if you would like to.
  • Next Monday, 19th December, is the St Luke’s Carol Concert at 9.30am. Please come if you can. The children will all be taking part. Oak Class will be singing a song with Willow and Holly.
  • On Tuesday December 20th, the school Christmas service will be held at St Luke’s Church at 1.45pm.
  • School term ends on Tuesday 20th December and the children have reached the end of their first term at school!  They have settled well and all of them are making good progress.  Please have a good break over the Christmas holiday, and a rest if you can!  We look forward to seeing you all again on Thursday 5th January 2017.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 05/12/16

Literacy.  In Literacy this week, we will be reading and talking about the story of the first Christmas. In Phonics, we will be learning the phonemes ‘ch’, ‘j’ and ‘v’.  Also, on Tuesday The Rhyme Rocket (as seen on CBeebies) will be joining us for an exciting interactive literacy show. First Officer Ditty and Professor Poet will be ‘beaming down’ from Planet Rhyme for a live performance of rhyme, poetry, song and silliness. Their mission will be to collect rhymes from pupils, which they will use to power their rocket, in order to return back home to space!

Maths.  In Maths, we will be counting objects and actions, matching numerals to groups of objects and doing some addition. We will also be using our knowledge of shape as we decorate the classroom.

Any other curriculum information.  In PSED, we will be thinking about how our words and actions can affect other people. Tuesday this week is Craft Day throughout the school, usually much enjoyed by the children. We will be making decorations and cards of various kinds, almost certainly involving some glitter! We will also be thinking about Christmas around the world, as well as other celebrations that take place at this time of year. In PE this week, we will again be using the large apparatus in the hall, travelling over, under, around and through the various pieces of apparatus.

Spellings/Homework.  There will be more new phonemes for the phonics book this week. Please encourage your child to complete their book.

Dates/Messages/Requests.  Next Thursday, 15th December is the Oak Class Christmas Party. This will take place in the afternoon and children should be collected at the usual time of 3.15pm. On that day, if you are able to, please send in a contribution of food with your child that can be shared, eg fruit or vegetable sticks, crisps, sandwiches, small cakes, etc. No nuts, please! Please ask if you are not sure.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 28/11/16

Literacy: In Literacy this week, we will be carrying out reading and writing assessments. In Phonics, we will be learning the phonemes ‘sh’, ‘z’ and ‘w’ and the Tricky Words ‘he’ and ‘she’.

Maths: In Maths, we will be doing some work about money, recognising coins and comparing prices. We will also be completing maths assessments.

Any other curriculum information: In PSED, we will be learning more about being healthy.  We will also continue to learn about friendship.  In Art, we will be starting to make some Christmas decorations for the classroom.  In RE we will be thinking about Advent, leading up to Christmas.  We will be reading ‘One Snowy Night’ and thinking about visitors, in preparation for learning about all the visitors in the Christmas story.  In PE this week, we will again be using the large apparatus in the hall, travelling over, under, around and through the various pieces of apparatus.

Spellings/Homework: There will be more new phonemes for the phonics book this week. Please encourage your child to complete their book.

Dates/Requests/Reminders:

Please remember to send your child to school with their book bag every day even if the books are not going to be changed.  Please ask Mrs Blake if you need any clarity on this.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 21/11/16

Literacy: In Literacy this week we will be doing some more work on ‘Mr Wolf’s Week’ which we read last week. In Phonics, we will be learning the phoneme ‘h’ and the Tricky Words ‘go’ and ‘no’, as well as doing some assessment.

Maths: In Maths, we will be doing some more work about time, thinking about the days of the week as well as what can be achieved in one minute. We will of course be counting and calculating as usual.

Any other curriculum information: In PSED, we will be thinking more about what it means to be healthy, eating a healthy diet and doing some exercise. We will also continue to learn more about friendship. In PE this week, we will be using the large apparatus in the hall, travelling over, under, around and through the various pieces of apparatus. In Art, along with the rest of the school, we will be making decorations which will go to St Giles’ Church to decorate one of the Christmas trees there. We will also be doing some very special cooking this week!

Spellings/Homework: There will be more new phonemes for the phonics book this week. Please encourage your child to complete their book.  From now on we will change the books in the children’s book bags on Mondays and Thursdays.  If you would like to change them more often, please feel free to do so – and ask if you need any help!  Please continue to send your child to school with their book bag every day even if the books are not going to be changed.  It is useful for taking home letters of work that the children have done.

Dates/Messages/Requests

Many of the children brought in wonderful Extended Learning Challenges before half term. If your child was not able to do this before the holiday, why not encourage them to do one now? For those who have already completed one or more of the challenges, there are an extra two challenges for this half term!

Choose one (or more!) of the following:

  • Draw/paint a picture of the people in your family and say/write who they are.
  • Make an autumn collage or draw an autumn picture. Label it if you can.
  • Find a stick and either decorate it or make something out of it.

If you have done these already, try one of the following:

  • Draw a picture of when some visitors came to your home and have a go at writing their names.
  • Make a Christmas decoration for the classroom.

All due in by 9th December 2016.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 14/11/16

Literacy: In Literacy this week we will be working on the story maps for our new story, ‘My Friend’. In Phonics, we will be learning the phonemes ‘f’, ‘e’ and ‘l’ and learning the tricky word ‘into’.

Maths: In Maths, we will be measuring and comparing lengths, as well as learning about time. We will be counting and doing simple calculations as usual.

Any other curriculum information: This week is Anti-Bullying Week. In Oak Class, this is called ‘Friendship Week’ and we will be thinking about friendship, making and keeping friends and what to do when things go wrong. We will be using stories, such as ‘The Rainbow Fish’ and ‘Little Beaver and the Echo’ as a starting point for some of our activities.

In PE this week, we will be using the large apparatus in the hall, travelling over, under, around and through the various pieces of apparatus.

Spellings/Homework: There will be more new phonemes for the phonics book this week. Please encourage your child to complete their book.

Date/Messages/Requests: Finally, as the cloakroom is rather small and the children are much more settled now, we are asking parents to say goodbye to their children in the playground or in our Outside Area as a general rule, so that the children themselves have more room in the cloakroom!

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 07/11/16

Literacy.  This week we will be thinking about a new story based on ‘My Brother’ by Antony Browne. We will then start to make story maps for our new story. In Phonics, we will be learning the phonemes ‘u’, ‘r’ and ‘b’ and the tricky word ‘here’.

Maths.  On the Big Maths day last Monday, some ‘top quality’ work was produced by the children in Oak Class. We begin this week doing some measuring, comparing lengths and also comparing numbers.

Any other curriculum information:

  • After Oak Class’s visit to the Life Education Centre last week, we will be thinking more about what it means to be healthy and to look after our bodies.
  • PE this week is on Thursday. Please make sure the children have their PE kit in school for this.
  • We will also be going on an autumn colour walk.

Spellings/Homework.  There will be more new phonemes for the phonics book this week. Please encourage your child to complete their book.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Please don’t forget the Maths evening this Monday 7th November at 5.30pm (or 5.15 pm onwards for a cup of tea!) We hope you can come!
  • On Friday 11th November, we have a Storytelling Day and Oak/Willow/Holly Classes will all be involved.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 31/10/16

Literacy.  In Literacy this week, we continue with our work on ‘My Brother’ by Antony Browne. In Phonics, we will be learning the phonemes ‘c’, ‘k’ and ‘ck’.

Maths.  In Maths, we begin on Monday with our ‘Big Maths Day’, when the whole school with be involved in ‘Pirate maths’ for the day! There will be a prize-giving assembly at 2.45pm to which all parents are invited. During the week we will be counting and adding and using positional language.

Any other curriculum information.  This week, we have the Life Education Centre bus at school and during the week all classes will be visiting it.  On Thursday, Oak class will have a session called ‘All About Me’.  We will also be talking again about making friends and making people feel welcome in our class and school.  We will as usual be singing and making music as well as doing PE.  Please make sure your child has their kit in school for this and that this, as with everything else your child has at school, is clearly marked with your child’s name!  We will also be putting in some plants and brightening up our outside area.

Spellings/Homework. The children’s books will not be changed until Tuesday this week, so that we can concentrate on Pirate Maths for the day on Monday! There will be new phonemes for the phonics book this week. Please encourage your child to complete their book. If you want any more information about this, then please ask Mrs Blake.

Dates/Messages/Requests

Many of the children brought in wonderful Extended Learning Challenges before half term. If your child was not able to do this before the holiday, why not encourage them to do one now? For those who have already completed one or more of the challenges, there are an extra two challenges for this half term!

Choose one (or more!) of the following: 1. Draw/paint a picture of the people in your family and say/write who they are. 2. Make an autumn collage or draw an autumn picture. Label it if you can. 3. Find a stick and either decorate it or make something out of it! If you have done these already, try one of the following: 1. Draw a picture of when some visitors came to your home and have a go at writing their names. 2. Make a Christmas decoration for the classroom. All due in by 7th December 2016.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 17/10/16

Literacy.  In Literacy this week, we will continue working on the story of ‘My Brother’ by Antony Browne. In Phonics, we will be doing some assessment to see how the children are getting on with learning the phonemes, as well as blending and segmenting them.

Maths.  In Maths, we will be counting, adding and subtracting, as well as doing some last work on patterns.  We will also be assessing the children’s counting and number recognition skills.

Any other curriculum information

In PSED, we will be thinking about our class rules.

PE continues with ‘Let’s Move’ in the hall, which the children are very much enjoying.

In Art, we will be making collages of a suitable jumper for ‘My Brother’ in Anthony Browne’s story.

We will also be making pizza, learning about using the Beebots and planting some bulbs in our outside area ready for the spring.

Spellings/Homework

Some of the children have brought in wonderful Extended Learning Challenges already. If your child has not able to do this yet, why not encourage them to do one at half-term? Choose one (or more!) of the following:

  • Draw/paint a picture of the people in your family and say/write who they are.
  • Make an autumn collage or draw an autumn picture. Label it if you can.
  • Find a stick and either decorate it or make something out of it! There will be more after half-term!

Dates/Requests/Messages:

  • Thursday is our Harvest Festival at St Luke’s Church, which you are welcome to attend.  Thank you in advance for all your contributions!
  • Next week (24th to 28th October) is our half-term holiday.  Have a good break!  We look forward to seeing you again on Monday 31st October for our Big Maths day.  More details to follow….

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 10/10/16

Literacy.  This week, we will continue looking at ‘My Brother’ by Antony Browne, thinking about the characters and re-telling the story amongst other things. In Phonics, we will be learning the phonemes ‘p’, ‘g’ and ‘o’ and the tricky word ‘to’.

Maths.  We will be completing our work with patterns and shapes, as well as counting and adding, saying the next number and reading simple number sentences.

Any other curriculum information

In PSED, we will be learning about why it is important to think about and respect other people. This week, we will choose our first ‘Special Person’ of the week! We have been talking about how we are all special and how we celebrate that in Oak Class. For your information, we choose at random a child whose special qualities are then celebrated and who has certain privileges and responsibilities during the week. All children will be celebrated during the year.

PE continues on Thursday as usual. In Art, we will be designing a suitable jumper for ‘My Brother’ in Anthony Browne’s story. We will also be practising our song for the Harvest assembly with Year 1 and 2.

Spellings/Homework.  All the children have books in their book bags for you to look at together.  Please remember to send back your child’s books in their book bag when they have finished with them, so that we can send home some more for you to enjoy together.

You should have received your appointment time for Parent Consultations on Tuesday or Wednesday this week. Please ask if you are not sure how this works, or if you are uncertain of your time slot. I look forward to seeing you then.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 03/10/16

Literacy.  In Literacy this week, we will be reading ‘My Brother’ by Antony Browne and using this as a starting point for our speaking, reading and writing activities. In Phonics, having learnt the phonemes ‘m’, ‘a’, ‘s’ and ‘d’, we will be learning ‘t’, ‘n’ and ‘i’. Please do encourage your children to complete their phonics books at home. Feel free to help and encourage them, but do not do it for them!

Maths.  In Maths, we will be counting as usual, as well as doing more work with 2D shapes and using them to make repeating patterns.

Any other curriculum.  This week, we will continue to talk about making friends and making people feel welcome in our class and school. Using the story ‘My name is Yoon’, we will think about different ways to be friendly.  We will be doing PE again on Thursday.  Please make sure your child has a pair of shorts and a short-sleeved T-shirt in their PE kit.  These are much safer when we are using the apparatus than joggers/leggings and long sleeves.  We will also be exploring all kinds of vegetables and using them in our art activities.

Spellings/Homework.  All the children have books in their book bags for you to look at together. Please remember to send back your child’s books in their book bag when they have finished with them, so that we can send home some more for you to enjoy together. Please also encourage your child to complete their phonics book. If you want any more information about this, then please ask Mrs Blake.

Last week, the children completed their first full week at school! Well done! School is tiring, so please make sure the children get plenty of sleep and rest in between times.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 26/09/16

Literacy. The children were very excited to start their phonics sessions last week! This will now be a daily fixture! We will be working on our ‘About Me’ profiles again this week and using what we say for some of our literacy activities. We will continue to get to know one another and find out some of the things that make us different and special, as well as those things which are the same. We will be reading and talking about stories and doing more writing.

Maths. In Maths, we will be counting as usual, as well as thinking about 2D shapes (rectangle, square, circle, triangle and hexagon) and using positional language.

Any other curriculum information.  This week we will be talking about making friends and making people feel welcome in our class and school.  We will as usual be singing and making music as well as thinking about where our food comes from and learning about what a harvest is.  We will be doing PE again on Thursday.  Many children have now got PE kit in school – thank you!  All that is needed at this stage is a pair of shorts and a short-sleeved T-shirt.  Please make sure that this, as with everything else your child has at school, is clearly marked with your child’s name.   The lost property is mounting up in the classroom!

Spellings/Homework.  All the children have books in their book bags for you to look at together. Please remember to send back your child’s books in their book bag when they have finished with them, so that we can send home some more for you to enjoy together. Please also encourage your child to complete their phonics book. If you want any more information about this, then please ask Mrs Blake.

Last week, the children seemed to really enjoy having lunch together and getting to know some of the Year 6 lunch partners! This week, the children will be having lunch at school and then staying for the afternoon, finishing school at 3.15pm. Some of our children will not be doing all the afternoons. Please speak to Mrs Blake about this if you have not already done so or if you have any questions about this.

Finally, you may have seen the article in the Cambridge Evening News last week entitled ‘Birthday celebrations for miracle triplets’. Two of the triplets, Patrick and Sara are in Oak Class and a copy of the article is up in the classroom. Instead of birthday presents the family asked for donations to be made to the neonatal intensive care unit at the Rosie via Addenbrookes Charitable Trust as a thank you to the staff who helped them in the early stages of the triplets’ life. If anyone would like to make a donation and add to the money already raised, please visit justgiving.com/fundraising/TheMaguireTriplets.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 19/09/16

Literacy. We will be working on our ‘About Me’ profiles this week and using what we say for some of our literacy activities. We will continue to get to know one another and find out some of the things that make us different and special, as well as those things which are the same. We will be reading and talking about stories and doing more writing.

Maths. We will be counting and sorting, recognising numbers and as usual doing some practical problem solving.

Any other curriculum information.  This week we will be printing with fruit and vegetables, singing and making music, and thinking about where our food comes from.  We will be doing PE again on Thursday.  Many children have now got PE kit in school – thank you!  All that is needed at this stage is a pair of shorts and a short-sleeved T-shirt.  Please make sure that this, as with everything else your child has at school, is clearly marked with your child’s name!  The lost property is beginning to collect in the classroom!

Spellings/Homework. All the children have books in their book bags for you to look at together.

This week, the children will be having lunch at school and then staying for lunchtime play, finishing at 1.15pm. Please speak to Mrs Blake if you have any questions about this. Have a good week!

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 12/09/16

Welcome To St Luke’s and to Oak Class! This week we finish each day at 12.00 noon. Week beginning 19th September, the children will be having lunch at school and staying until 1.15pm. Please ask if you need any more information about lunches. Have a good week!

Literacy. This week, as last week, we will be getting to know one another and finding out some of the things that make us different and special, as well as those things which are the same. We will be talking about likes and dislikes in just about every area! We will be reading and talking about stories and doing some writing.

Maths. We will be counting and sorting all sorts of things, as well as doing some practical problem solving.

Any other curriculum information. This week we will be painting, singing and making music – to mention just a few of our activities! We will be doing PE on Thursday for which children will need PE kit. Please ask Mrs Blake if you need any more information about this. Please make sure that this, as with everything else your child has at school, is clearly marked with your child’s name!

Spellings/Homework. All the children have books in their book bags for you to look at together.