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9th November 2017

This week has just flown by.

We had a lovely time making poppies for our Remembrance display. We joined year 2 to watch a short simple CBeebies animation that shows war as experienced by rabbits on a WWI battlefield. We talked about the soldiers who fought including Miss Sutton’s Grandad and my great grandfather and great uncles who fought in WW1 or WW2. The children reflected in their RE books about why we wear our poppies. 

Maths: In Maths we have continued adding two numbers. We have done the addition review and will be moving on to subtraction next week.

English: The children shared their holiday news. It was lovely to hear confident, detailed accounts of what they had done during half term. We talked about targets and consistency in our writing. I want to see that the children have thought about what they want to write, have started with a capital letter, used capital letters for I, place and people names, put a full stop at the end of the sentence, used ‘sweeps and flicks’ handwriting and applied their phonic knowledge. Not much expected of our 5 and 6 year olds!

In phonics, we have started phase 4, which is applying all the phase 3 sounds into reading words. The children have impressed me with their knowledge so we might have a whistle stop tour of phase 4 before tackling phase 5. In Phase 5 we learn all the alternative spellings for each sound. In every phonic session we recap, revisit prior learning and then apply our skills.

We explored Bonfire Night when my mum was a little girl almost 70 years ago (when the world was black and white!) They could not believe my mum made a Guy that she pushed round London with her sister collecting a ‘penny for the Guy’ or that she spent the money collected on fireworks she and her sister could buy in the shops. The children were so interested and asked lots of questions. They compared Bonfire Night today with Bonfire Night 66 years ago. They were able to think of many differences, (different coins, very different safety around fireworks, low key events often held in back gardens, slightly rubbish fireworks) but they could also think of lots of similarities as well, (wrapping up warm, the excitement about the fireworks, eating jacket potatoes etc).

I have loaded some games to the Spelling Shed. I hope you all manage to log on and the children enjoy having a play with them. I will continue to add games that complement our phonics and include ‘tricky words’ they need to learn to spell. I have started simply and they will get progressively harder.

We have started looking at the Christmas play. Costume letters have been sent home, please don’t feel like you need to go out and buy something, we do have some costumes in school we can sort for you. As the weeks go by Miss Sutton’s and my enthusiasm grows and the play generally gets longer. Children who want a larger part; dancing, singing or speaking, can have them written in for them.

We are really looking forward to the run up to Christmas (lots of excited children!)

Have a super weekend.

Sara Welsh

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