Weekly Round-up

It is hard to believe that we are at the end of term 1 already! It has been a busy term, settling in, getting used to new routines and teachers! The children have settled well and it was good to have those conversations with you this week for Parents Evening.  

In Maths a big part of our learning is reasoning and problem solving; this gives children the opportunity to apply the concepts they have been taught. We encourage the children to use sentences like: ‘I know that because…’ ‘It can’t be…because…’ ‘I think…’ We continue to do this as part of our daily Maths lessons. This week we have continued to look at fact families in Year 2 and reasoning.

In English we have continued to look at sentence structure; what a sentence is and how it can be improved with good word choices. We have looked at using different conjunctions to develop their sentence structure. The children have been writing their drafts for their non-chronological report and published them (written them in ‘best’).

Keep up with the Oxford Owl reading, as well as reading other texts. We have just finished reading our Class text ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine De Saint-Exupery and look forward to starting our next text. Please remember to write in your child’s reading diary when you hear them read.

Please continue revisiting Phase 5 texts as well as reading a variety of other texts.

During art this week we painted our animal sculptures. We found out how fragile the clay can be and also the importance of joining materials carefully.

As part of our Science topic on animals and habitats we looked at ‘Microhabitats’ and created our own using potatoes! We chose places around the school grounds that we thought would be good to create our own microhabitat. We left the potatoes and then went back to see if we could see any signs of life! 

HANDWRITING

We will leave this information here each week for easy access.

Please remember to reinforce the correct pencil grip at home; the correct letter and number formation.

This video shows how the children are taught in Foundation using the Read Write Inc scheme but please note that we use a ‘curly’ k and the ‘f’ has a longer tail that carries on below the line.

Letter formation video

REMINDERS

Term 2 begins on TUESDAY 3rd NOVEMBER

Please can we remind you about the importance of earrings either being covered with micropore tape (or similar) or being removed on PE days (Class 1- Monday and Tuesdays, Class 2-Tuesdays and Thursdays). Long hair should be tied back and children should be in an appropriate PE kit, which includes the school PE t-shirt and appropriate bottoms.

Year 2 homework should be returned on a Wednesday.

BOOKBAGS-Please check your child’s bookbag daily and only leave in there what needs to be in there-their reading books, homework on days it needs to be returned and any letters/documents that need to be returned.

Thank you for your support this term. We hope that you have a relaxing half term and look forward to seeing you for the start of term 2.

Mrs Cotter, Miss Batram and Miss Castle

Weekly round-up

It has been a busy week which began with the fabulous Cross-country event on Tuesday. The children participated well and at the end of the day all came together (socially distanced) to see Mr Davis presented with the ‘Mr Pearson Positive Contribution’ award. Well done.

In Maths we have all been looking at comparing numbers using the ‘greater than, less than’ and ‘equals to’ signs (> < =); ordering numbers and developing our mathematical vocabulary. We have also been looking at ‘Fact families’ using addition and subtraction.

In English we have continued to look at sentence structure; what a sentence is and how it can be improved with good word choices. We have also looked at how we can use bullet points to make notes and have created a plan for their non-chronological reports that they will be writing next week.

Keep up with the Oxford Owl reading, as well as reading other texts. We have just finished reading our Class text ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine De Saint-Exupery and look forward to starting our next text. Please remember to write in your child’s reading diary when you hear them read.

Year 2, please continue revisiting Phase 5 texts.

During art this week we made our animal sculptures. We had to think carefully about how the clay was joined and we are keeping our fingers crossed that they are still in one piece when they dry out!

Yesterday, during morning break the children were so excited to see the rainbow that appeared. It led to lots of interesting discussions about unicorns, pots of gold and ‘pink isn’t in the rainbow’.

HANDWRITING

We will leave this information here each week for easy access.

Please remember to reinforce the correct pencil grip at home; the correct letter and number formation.

This video shows how the children are taught in Foundation using the Read Write Inc scheme but please note that we use a ‘curly’ k and the ‘f’ has a longer tail that carries on below the line.

Letter formation video

Street Tag

Mrs MacIntyre has spoken to the children about ‘Street Tag’ set up by Oxfordshire Schools Games- ‘For communities, Street Tag is exceptional at bringing together families, neighbours, and communities to get out more, by turning streets and green spaces into a virtual playground, to increase families’ outdoor experience in walking, running, and cycling more to earn rewards.’ More information to follow.  

HEALTHY SNACKS-These should be a piece of fruit, vegetables or a cereal bar that is nut-free. A healthy snack (fruits/vegetables) is provided by the school for the children in Year 1 and 2

REMINDERS

TUESDAY 20th October: Individual photos. It is our PE day so the children need to wear their school sweatshirts/cardigans and white tops but with their PE kit on the bottom half.

Please can we remind you about the importance of earrings either being covered with micropore tape (or similar) or being removed on PE days (Class 1- Mondays and Tuesdays, Class 2- Tuesdays and Thursdays). Long hair should be tied back and children should be in an appropriate PE kit, which includes the school PE t-shirt and appropriate bottoms.

Homework should be returned on a Wednesday.

BOOKBAGS-Please check your child’s bookbag daily and only leave in there what needs to be in there-their reading books, homework on days it needs to be returned and any letters/documents that need to be returned.

We hope that you have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you next week.

Mrs Cotter, Miss Batram and Miss Castle

Weekly Round-up

Apologies for you being unable to see the last two post but I have had some technical difficulties- hopefully it is resolved now.

We hope that you enjoy the Harvest films that we have put together-you should receive a link today to enable you to watch these.
In Maths we have all been looking at comparing numbers using the ‘greater than, less than’ and ‘equals to’ signs (> < =). We continue to encourage the children to use the correct language and ‘reason’ their answers, which the some of the children have demonstrated really well this week.


In English we have continued to look at sentence structure; what a sentence is and how it can be improved with good word choices. We have looked at how we can expand our sentences to include more detail. We have also started to look at non-fiction texts, identifying the key features ready for our non-chronological report writing.
It has been very promising to see the number of people accessing Oxford Owl Reading ‘Phonics’. The texts on here are a great resource. As part of our whole class guided reading sessions we used extracts from ‘Tale of a singing zebra.’ If you would like to look at this further please click on this link.

Please continue revisiting Phase 5 texts.

During our art session this week we got very dirty experimenting with clay. We looked at different clay techniques in preparation for making clay animal sculptures.

HANDWRITING
Please remember to reinforce the correct pencil grip at home; the correct letter and number formation.
This video shows how the children are taught in Foundation using the Read Write Inc scheme but please note that we use a ‘curly’ k and the ‘f’ has a longer tail that carries on below the line.

Letter formation video

REMINDERS
Please can we remind you about the importance of earrings either being covered with micropore tape (or similar) or being removed on PE days (Monday and Tuesdays – Class 1. Tuesdays and Thursdays- Class 2). Long hair should be tied back and children should be in an appropriate PE kit, which includes the school PE t-shirt and appropriate bottoms.
School Cross-Country Event-TUESDAY 13th OCTOBER
After school club with Mr Davis-TUESDAY 13th OCTOBER- Class 2. Please remember to let us know if your child is NOT staying.
Homework should be returned on a Wednesday.
BOOKBAGS-Please check your child’s bookbag daily and only leave in there what needs to be in there-their reading books, homework on days it needs to be returned and any letters/documents that need to be returned.
We hope that you have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you next week.

Mrs Cotter, Miss Batram and Miss Castle

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