Classes 2018-2019 -

Busy Bees @Hewish 2018-19

‘To learn and relearn with the children is our line of work. We proceed in such a way that the children are not shaped by the experience, but are the ones who give shape to it.’

(Malaguzzi, 1997:86)

‘…play is enjoyable, but it is also intellectually and emotionally challenging.  …when play fades away, so does learning of the deepest kind.’

(Bruce, 2001:1)

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Term 2 – Week 5

NOTICES: Our Nativity ‘Superstar’ will be on Tuesday 11th December 2018. Performances will be at 1.30 pm and 6.00 pm. Please return your slip to say whether you are collecting your child from the church or from school as usual. Many thanks.

We have had a Christmas visitor this week. Elvin the elf has come to Busy Bee classroom and is causing quite a stir! On Tuesday, he was found reading a Christmas story on the sofa. On Wednesday, he was found eating one of the gingerbread people! Today, he was fast asleep in a stocking in the Christmas shop! He is quite a character!

This week the children have learnt the sounds ‘b’ as in bat, ‘f’ as in fog, ‘l’ as in leg as well as the double consonants ‘ss’ as in hiss, ‘ff’ as in huff and ‘ll’ as in doll.  The sight word this week was ‘no’. Thank you for your continued support with phonics and reading.

Term 2 – Week 4

NOTICES: Our Nativity ‘Superstar’ will be on Tuesday 11th December 2018. Performances will be at 1.30 pm and 6.00 pm. Please can costumes be in school by Tuesday 4th December. It is going to be amazing!

This week, the Busy Bees have been enjoying practicing phonics in lots of fun games and activities.  They have learnt the new sounds ‘e’ as in egg, ‘r’ as in red, ‘u’ as in up and ‘h’ as in hat and the new sight word is ‘go’. They are beginning to read simple words and sentences and a really big thank you for supporting them at home with their reading ~ it is so very important that they get the opportunity to practice this new skill.

In art, the children created a beautiful Autumn tree using clay. They looked at the paintings by the artist John Constable and created their own tree in this style. I think you will agree it looks beautiful! Have a great weekend – might see you at the fair!

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Term 2 – Week 3

NOTICES: Our Nativity ‘Superstar’ will be on Tuesday 11th December 2018. Performances will be at 1.30 pm and 6.00 pm. A letter giving details of the day will be in your child’s book bag on Monday. It is going to be amazing!

It has been a great week of learning for the Busy Bees!

In phonics, the children have learned the sounds /o/ as in orange, /k/ as in kit, /c/ as in cot, /ck/ as in pick and /g/ as in goat. They have also learned the red word ‘the’. The children are working hard to master blending the sounds to read the words. Please continue to hear your child read as often as possible as this really does support their progress.

The rhymes for writing the letters are as follows:

/o/ ‘all around the orange’

/ g/ ‘around her face, down her hair and give her a curl’

/c/ ‘curl around the caterpillar’

‘k’ ‘down the kangaroo’s body, tail and leg’

Have a super weekend!

 

 

Term 2 – Week 2

This week the Busy Bees have been extremely busy doing lots of amazing learning!  They have learnt four new sounds and a new sight word and they are all so keen to write that we have had to extend our writing table! The sounds they have covered this week are i as in ink, n as in net; m as in mat and d as in dog and the sight word is ‘to’.  We have also sent home reading books for you to read with your child at home.  Help them to sound out each word and then blend the sounds together to read the word. When they are confident doing this they need to try reading it ‘Fred in their head’ (the children know they need to read it in their head and then say the word.  This is to increase their fluency and understanding of what they have read.  Finally,  please focus on their comprehension of the text.  You can do this be using the prompts at the beginning and end of the books. Don’t forget to write in their journal to say that they have done this so we know when to change their book.

    

 

In Maths, they have been estimating how many and checking by counting.  If you would like to support the children at home you could put small collections of objects into a jar and ask the children to estimate how many.  They can record their estimate by drawing dots to represent their number or they could write the numeral. They then check how many there are by counting the objects.

Also this week, the children have had a lovely story sent to us by Network Rail about keeping safe on the railways which prompted lots of really good discussions about staying safe.

The children looked great in their spotty clothes today, the total collected for Children in Need will be in the newsletter.  Thank you for supporting this.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend

 

Term 2 – Week 1

‘Lest we forget’

WELCOME BACK!

Welcome back to Term 2!  We hope you all had a wonderful two week break. It was really lovely to see the children again and they have settled back really well.

NOTICES:

Thank you to everyone that came along to our Phonics and Reading Meeting on Tuesday night. It was lovely to see you all and to work in partnership to support your children to learn.

There will be a second chance to come along to find out about phonics and reading on Thursday 15 November in the hall at Hewish at 2.40 pm – 3.10 pm. Please attend if you can as this is a really important part of your child’s learning and progress. There will be a free book for your child!

We started the week, by thinking about why we celebrate Bonfire Night with the children.  We then listened to and discussed the story of Guy Fawkes and the Houses of Parliament and created some lovely firework art and most importantly talked about firework safety.  The following day we looked at and compared our celebrations to another festival which often has fireworks, the festival of light ~ Diwali.  The children absolutely loved listening to the story of Sita and Rama and enjoyed making masks to retell the story with as well as getting creative with mehndi and rangoli patterns.

Phonics – This week the children have learnt the sounds /s/ as in sock, /a/  as in apple, /t/  as in tap, /p/  as in pin and /i/  as in igloo. Also the red word ‘I’. Please support them to practise the sounds and red words they learn each week. Please support your children at home by looking for objects that begin with these sounds and record them and show us what you have found on Tapestry.

To support the children with letter formation we use the Read Write Inc ditties and they are picking these up really quickly and using them in their learning.

s – ‘slither down the snake’

a – ‘round the apple and down the leaf’

t -‘ down the tower…across the tower’

p – ‘down the plait, around the pirate’s face’

i –    ‘down the body and a dot for the head’

n –  ‘down Nobby, over his net’

m – ‘Maise, mountain, mountain’

In maths, the children have been looking for the parts in numbers and have taken part in lots of practical games and activities to support this.  I wonder if they can tell you about the parts and the whole?

On Friday, we found out more about Remembrance Day and the reason we wear poppies.  As a whole school we had a  2 minute silence at 11 o’clock.   The children particularly enjoyed making clay poppies  and reflecting on the importance of friendship.

        

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

Term 1 – Week 7

Exciting news!  We will be hosting an evening for parents about how we teach phonics and maths in the Early Years on Tuesday 6th November from 4.30-6.00pm in the hall at West Wick.  There will be lots of practical ideas about how you can support your child with their learning as well as the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

It was lovely to see so many of you at our Learning Review Meetings and have a chance to celebrate the great learning the children have been doing.

Individual school photographs will be on Tuesday 6th November 2018. If you have children at different sites and would like them to have their photograph together please let Mrs Binns know.

Well done Busy Bees for completing your first term at school. You have all settled really well into school life and bonded to form a wonderful and highly motivated crew. It was very exciting to have our first class treat today! Mrs Davison, Mrs Simms, Mrs Fell and I look forward to more great learning when you come back to school after the half term break.

            

 

Term 1 -Week 6

NOTICES:

Exciting news!  We will be hosting an evening for parents about how we teach phonics and maths in the Early Years on Tuesday 6th November from 4.30-6.00pm in the hall at West Wick.  There will be lots of practical ideas about how you can support your child with their learning as well as the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

We have some lost named uniform. Please could you check your child’s uniform to make sure that they have their own jumper or cardigan.  Please don’t forget to book an appointment for our Learning Review Meetings. Please see the school newsletter for details. Many thanks.

We hope you have been enjoying reading the Tapestry observations about your child’s learning.  If you have any problems please talk to either Katie Bebb at the West Wick office or see one of us at the door and we will support you in accessing their diary.

This week, we have supported the children to develop their fine motor control.  They have been playing in the finger gym, hammering golf tees into pumpkins and having a dough disco to aid their development.  At the beginning of the week,  we took advantage of the good weather to develop  gross motor control by using the trim trail, bikes, sand tray and large chalks.

       

        

In maths this week,  the children found that a wolf had left a footprint in our classroom! We explored how we could use non-standard units to measure the footprint and then compared the length of the  footprint to our own. The children used mathematical language to compare and describe their findings. In your child’s book bag,  you will find a home learning sheet which will enable you to support them to embed and extend the learning they have been doing in school.

                      

In RE this week. we have learnt about the first part of the story of Moses.

In PE we have been focusing on throwing and catching.  The children are really proud of themselves changing independently, thank you for helping them to do this.

Have a super weekend!

Term 1 – Week 5                                                                         Thank you God for the harvest!

NOTICES: We have some lost named uniform. Please could you check your child’s uniform to make sure that they have their own jumper or cardigan.  Please don’t forget to book an appointment for our Learning Review Meetings. Please see the school newsletter for details. Many thanks.

This week, the children have had fun innovating the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ with their own characters and house designs. The children were very imaginative and had great ideas, for example, ‘The Big Bad Gingerbread Man and the Three Little Mice’ and houses built of flowers, jelly and iron.

In maths, the children have continued to build their understanding of numbers and how they can be represented. They have played lots of dice games and are becoming able to ‘subitise’ this means recognising an amount without having to count. For example, when they see the pattern of dots on the dice they can quickly say the number.

     

Today in RE, the children have learnt why Harvest is a special time for Christians and in their groups wrote beautiful Harvest prayers. They have had great fun making bread, singing Harvest songs and making observational drawings of different types of pumpkins and squash.

      

        

               

A great week of learning Busy Bees!

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Term 1 – Week 4

NOTICES: The children had their photograph taken for the Mercury ‘New Reception Classes’ so do look out for it in next Thursday’s addition! Our Learning Review Meetings will be in the last week of term on Tuesday 16th October and Thursday 18th October. I am looking forward to seeing you and talking about your child and how they are settling into school.

Home Learning – The children will be bringing home on Monday  a copy of the story map for ‘The Three Little Pigs’ together with the words. Please enjoy joining in with them as they tell you the story using the story map and actions.

It has been a great week of learning!

 

          

Have a lovely weekend!

Term 1 – Week 3

 

        

NOTICES – Please could all children have a PE kit in school next week – thank you.

We have some lost named uniform. Please could you check your child’s uniform to make sure that they have their own jumper or cardigan. Many thanks.

Well done Busy Bees for completing your first full week in school. The children have been amazing and settled really well into the routines of a full day at school.

This week, we have been thinking about how we keep ourselves safe in school. The children went on safety walks around the school to find and discuss things that help keep them safe. We also collaboratively formed our class and school rules. We thought about how we respect ourselves, others and the environment and what this would look like and sound like. The children are so caring and came up with very mature and empathetic ideas – so proud of you Busy Bees. I know you are going to make our classroom and school a very happy place to learn!

In phonics, the children have been learning to orally blend and segment words. We have used ‘toy talk’ to develop this skill. For example, the would ‘cat’ in toy talk would be /c/a/t/. The children move their ‘robot arms’ to represent each sound they hear.

In maths, we have been recognising and ordering numbers to 10 and beyond. We have also been matching the correct number to a set of objects eg. 6 to a set of 6 bears. The children have been using their fingers to represent the sounds they hear or the number of frogs, buns, fish etc. Watching Numberblocks on ceebeebies is a great way of supporting the learning the children are doing in school.

Finally, we have also begun reading our key text ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and thinking about how the pigs could stay safe from the wolf.

We are so impressed and proud of the children and all they have achieved in their first full week at school.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Term 1 – Week 2     

NOTICES – Please could your child have a coat in school everyday – Many thanks.

The Busy Bees have settled well into school life. They are getting to know each other,  the classroom and school routines. They  enjoyed staying to eat their lunch and having an opportunity to meet the other children and staff in the school.

      

This week, the children have learnt through their play together and we have begun making observations of their learning. The Tapestry online learning diaries will be going live very soon. You will receive an email which will enable to you set up an account and password for your child.

We look forward to seeing the children on Monday for their first full day in school. Have a great weekend!

   

   

 

Term 1 – Week 1

Welcome  Busy Bees!

We would like to welcome the new Busy Bees and their families to St. Anne’s. We are looking forward to meeting you all and embarking on our exciting learning journey!

Best wishes from all the staff at St. Anne’s

Well Done Busy Bees!

It has been a fun packed week welcoming the Busy Bees to St. Anne’s. It was really lovely to meet so many families and children on home visits this week. Thank you for making Mrs Davison and I so welcome.

The children have enjoyed meeting their new classmates and finding out about some of the things they will be learning at school. Next week the children will be staying for lunch and going home at 1.00pm.

Have a great weekend!