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Busy Bees @West Wick 2018-19

“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing.”   Charles Schaefer

Term 2, Week 5

Without a doubt the highlight of our week was the amazing nativity performance of ‘The Magical Christmas Jigsaw’.  The children were absolutely fantastic! Thank you for your support with costumes, we are sure you will agree, the children all looked amazing!

Our Christmas preparations have begun in the classroom. The children have enjoyed making some Christmas crafts and have enjoyed hearing and learning about Christmas traditions through stories. The children have been sharing what they love most about Christmas. It has been so lovely to hear about all of the fantastic family traditions that take place during the festive period. They have started to think about the reason for Christmas and the nativity story.  We look forward to continuing Christmas activities next week.

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.

In Maths we have been learning about money. The children have had the opportunity to handle real coins, and talk about their value. They have been learning that a 5p coin has the same value, or is equivalent to five 1ps and variations using 2p and 1p coins. We have set up a Christmas shop in the role-play area and the children have had the opportunity to use real money in their play. They have enjoyed handling money and observing the differences in size and colour of the coins.

Have a wonderful weekend

Week 4

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.

Also this week the children have been thinking about how we stay well and healthy through a good diet and lots of exercise.  They made fruit kebabs and filled ‘healthy’ lunchboxes as well as did lots of physical exercise (when the weather allowed)!

In Maths the children have been ordering numbers and finding the parts that make the whole of a number as well as playing lots of games that support the concepts we have been learning.

We hope you have a lovely weekend and enjoy the school fair tonight!

 

Week 3

The children continue to make great progress with phonics and reading. We have been learning the sounds , g as in goat,  o as in ostrich,  c as in cat, and k as in Kangaroo this week as well as the sight word ‘I’. It is wonderful to see how well supported the children are with their phonics and reading, it makes such a difference in their reading development. We aim to change reading books on Monday, Wednesday and Friday but please send books and journal in their  book bag everyday. If we can just ask you to remember to record when they have read and any comments on their progress is particularly helpful. If you feel your child might benefit from holding on to the book another night just let us know via the journal.

In maths this week the children have been exploring different repeating  patterns and have begun to recognise, create and describe patterns.  They have been immersed in lots of hands on practice developing their own patterns using shapes, colours and even animals!

In literacy the children enjoyed the story of the ‘Leaf Man’ by Lois Herbert. This inspired the children to become very creative as they made their own leaf characters or stick men and then developed their own stories around their characters. What wonderful stories and imaginations we have in Busy Bees!

In art we learned about a fun painting technique called Pointillism developed by the artist George Seurat. After looking at some famous paintings the children made their own dot paintings using q tips.

In RE we have looked at the Jewish festival of Passover, tasting some of the different foods from the Seder plate.

  

As part of Road Safety Week, we learnt how to be safe on and near roads, we pretended to be cars and pedestrians finding safe places to cross the road.

Finally, the children have also been doing a great job practicing for the The Magical Christmas Jigsaw’ nativity ‘ which they will perform on the 6th of December. A letter regarding costumes was sent home in your child’s bag. If you have any questions please ask one of the teachers.

Have a wonderful weekend

 

Week 2

The children continue to make great progress with phonics and reading. We have been learning the sounds , g as in goat,  o as in ostrich,  c as in cat, and k as in Kangaroo this week as well as the sight word ‘I’. It is wonderful to see how well supported the children are with their phonics and reading, it makes such a difference in their reading development. We aim to change reading books on Monday, Wednesday and Friday but please send books and journal in their  book bag everyday. If we can just ask you to remember to record when they have read and any comments on their progress is particularly helpful. If you feel your child might benefit from holding on to the book another night just let us know via the journal.

In maths this week the children have been exploring different repeating  patterns and have begun to recognise, create and describe patterns.  They have been immersed in lots of hands on practice developing their own patterns using shapes, colours and even animals!

In literacy the children enjoyed the story of the ‘Leaf Man’ by Lois Herbert. This inspired the children to become very creative as they made their own leaf characters or stick men and then developed their own stories around their characters. What wonderful stories and imaginations we have in Busy Bees!

In art we learned about a fun painting technique called Pointillism developed by the artist George Seurat. After looking at some famous paintings the children made their own dot paintings using q tips.

In RE we have looked at the Jewish festival of Passover, tasting some of the different foods from the Seder plate.

As part of Road safety week, after learning how to be safe on and near roads, we pretended to be cars and pedestrians finding safe places to cross the road.

Finally, the children have also been doing a great job practicing for the The Magical Christmas Jigsaw’ nativity ‘ which they will perform on the 6th of December. A letter regarding costumes was sent home in your child’s bag. If you have any questions please ask one of the teachers.

Have a wonderful weekend

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

Week 1

Welcome back to term 2!  I 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.

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.

A really big thank you to everyone who attended our maths and phonics sessions this week.  It was lovely to see you and I hope it was useful. I understand it was a difficult time for everyone to attend so we will be holding a ‘mop up session’ on Thursday 15th November at 2.30pm ~ it really would be great if everyone could come.  As one parent with a child in Year 2 said on Tuesday ‘it was a really useful reminder’!

In phonics this week the children have been busy reading simple words with the sounds they have learnt this week.  These are: ‘s’ as in sun; ‘a’ as in apple; ‘t’ as in tap and ‘p’ as in pat.  This week’s sight word is ‘the’.  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.

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 minutes silence at 11 o’clock.   The children enjoyed making and drawing their own poppies and reflecting on being thankful.

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

Term 1,  Week 6

In class this week the Busy Bees have been very busy thinking about what they want to be when they grow up!  They have been listening to stories, dressing up and learning about what different jobs involve! The children have had some wonderful ideas that have ranged from being superheros to mums (I would argue that is the same job!) and from astronauts to zoo keepers.

We have been really working with the children on their fine motor control and the children have been playing in the finger gym, hammering golf tees into pumpkins and doing a dough disco to aid their development.  They have also used the few days of sunshine we had at the beginning of the week to work on their gross motor control by using the scooters, balls, golf equipment and big playground chalk.  We are really seeing the impact of this in the children’s mark making which they are all enjoying very much.

In maths this week we have been focusing on non standard measurement and as well as measuring lots of objects they also measured some wolves footprints as part of a challenge from the three little pigs! Please check your child’s bag as there is a homework sheet for you to continue the learning at home.

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.

We hope you have been enjoying reading the Tapestry observations about your child’s learning.  If you have not logged in yet or if you have any problems please talk to either Katie in the office or see one of us at the door and we will support you in accessing their diary.

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.

   

Have a lovely weekend.

 

Week 5

This week the Busy Bees have been making up their own stories using the structure of ‘the three little pigs’ tale.  They have had some amazing ideas for characters including three little ninja’s and the big bad Pokémon, the three little dogs and the big bad butterfly and the three little diplodocuses and the big bad tyrannosaurus rex! They also explored houses around the world and looked at materials for building houses other than the traditional straw, sticks and bricks and next week we are going to be building with some of their more unusual ideas!

In maths this week we have been doing lots of counting and the children are beginning to record their maths pictorially in lots of ways including on whiteboards, with playground chalk and even in the sand.  They are enjoying playing maths games and making number puzzles with their friends and we have been working on them talking about their maths and explaining their reasoning in maths.

This week the children attended our beautiful Harvest worship where they enjoyed singing harvest songs and finding out about how we can support our community.  They also made their own harvest bread, we hope they enjoyed ( and maybe even shared!) the bread they  made and brought home today.

Have a wonderful weekend

Week 4

This week has been all about the ‘Three Little Pigs’!  The Children have had fun listening to and retelling the story with some beautiful puppets.  They have built houses big and houses small; houses out of Lego and houses made from real bricks. They have been architects, designers and builders and we have been so impressed by their creativity and imaginations.

The late September sunshine has provided us with some lovely opportunities to develop our core strength as we have played in the garden on the scooters and bikes.  We also have explored a range of small equipment such as stilts, launchers, discs and balls as well as played in the water tray and created wonderful worlds for our dinosaurs.

We continue to learn to toy talk ready for reading and are tuning into sounds by playing some fun games and activities.  We have also been playing with numbers and have been focusing on ordering them and recognising them out of sequence.

Have a lovely week end!

          

 

Week 3

Our first full week of school has been fantastic with all the Busy Bees settling really well and enjoying their learning at St Anne’s.

This week we have been doing lots of early phonics in the form of ‘toy talk’ and it is great to see how well the children are tuning into sounds.

The children have also been thinking about staying safe in school and we have been meeting the people and things that keep us safe in school.  We have also been learning our school rules and thinking about how the two things link.  Our school rules are:

  • Respect yourself
  • Respect others
  • Respect the environment

We have been unpicking these rules with the children and it has been lovely to see how they are really applying them in their learning and in their play.

In Maths this week we have been counting collections of objects, looking at recognition of number and ordering numbers in their play.  We have also been playing lots of listening games and enjoying the garden and the Learning Street where they have been role playing with their new friends.

Today the children had their first PE lesson where they fully changed into their PE kits, please ensure all clothes are fully named.

Have a great weekend.

Week 2

This week the children have stayed for lunch and been out to play in the playground and they have been absolutely superb. They have shown good manners; they have played together beautifully and we have been really proud of their attitude to learning.  What a great start to school Busy Bees.

In school this week the children have been practicing writing their names using the correct letter formation and they have been making ice creams to sell in the garden.  They have also been counting collections of objects accurately and they have been using lots of numbers in their play.  For example they were building a wall for Humpty Dumpty in the construction area and they had to build it using 20 bricks.

Next week all the children will be in full time and we are looking forward to introducing our key text ‘The Three Little Pigs’. Please remember the children will need a coat in school every day as the weather is changeable but we will be outside! We will also need PE kit in school next week.

Thank you for all your support in helping us to make the children’s start in the Busy Bees so positive and happy.  Remember if you are ever worried please speak to one of us as we are here to help and we want happy children and parents!

Have a lovely weekend!

 

 

Week 1

Welcome to all our new Busy Bee children and families, it has been lovely getting to know you this week.  Thank you for making us so welcome on the home visits.

The children have settled really well on their first two days, it is lovely to see them already starting to come in independently and confidently.  They have enjoyed exploring and playing in the classroom and the garden, starting to build friendships and getting to know new faces.

We look forward to next week, have a lovely weekend.