Back in like old hands!
The children came back in after half term like old hands, remembering our routines and carrying out their responsibilities in class as though they'd been here for 12 weeks, not 6! We've started our new topic, Percy the Park Keeper, and the children have really enjoyed setting up the role play as Percy's shed. We've used their ideas to furnish it with hard hats, paint stuff, a roof, plant pots and tools. We've been sharing lots of Percy stories and language associated with the 'After the Storm' story such as creak, groan, damage, wreckage, etc.
In maths, we were looking at different representations of the numbers 1 and 2 this past week. For example, we looked in a picture for twos and found two penguins, two pieces of toast, two eggs, etc. However, when we looked more closely, we saw the number 2 on a clock, two pairs of eyes on each penguin making four eyes altogether, two different types of fruit in the cereal bowl. We noticed that if we drank one of the three drinks there would be two drinks left, or that Mummy penguin had a tea and an orange juice making two drinks for Mummy penguin. The children came up with some great ideas that I hadn't even spotted! We're looking forward to extending this work next week with numbers 3 and 4 as well as building on our doubling, halving, 1 more and 1 less skills.
In phonics, we have now taught the following letters: m, a, s, d, t, i, n, p, g, o, c, k, u, b, f, e and l. Great words to practise with these letters include, in, it, at, up, pat, get, kit, cup, tin, got, big, lid, mad, sit, leg.
Thank you to everyone who has added photos and notes to Tapestry, it really does help us build a strong picture of your child's achievements and abilities. If you haven't had a go yet, try downloading the Tapestry app or login online and upload an observation. There are notes at the bottom of this page to help you if you get stuck and if you're still struggling, come in and see us, we'll be more than happy to help. Thanks!
Happy half term
The children have now completed their first half term of school! We are so proud of how they have settled and of the progress that they are alreay making with their learning. We have covered all of the following sounds in phonics, so please keep practising them at home: m, a, s, d, t, i, n, p, g, o, c, k, u, b The children are also using these letters to make short words such as: it, in, mat, pig, dog, cap, tin - and so on - a fantastic achievement!
In maths, we have now introduced the numbers 0-5 and we will be looking at these six numbers in depth to ensure that they have mastered the numbers and associated concepts, e.g. doubles and halves (where appropriate), 1 more / 1 less, ordering, ordinal numbers (e.g. 1st, 2nd, 3rd), different represenations and, in particular, securing number bonds for these numbers.
Of course, it hasn't been all work and no play-based learning here in Butterflies! We've had a lovely time making bread inspired by The Little Red Hen story, colour mixing to create autumnal colours, trying our hand at some leaf printing, creating feathered hens, using dance to strengthen our writing muscles in Funky Fingers and Write Dance and so much more. We've celebrated Harvest Festival with lots of songs and especially enjoyed a video of a combine harvester and an apple harvester shaking an apple tree!
We hope that you have a fantastic half term break and that those of you with that chesty cough manage to shake it off with a little rest and TLC. Remember that Monday 29th October is an INSET day so we'll see you on Tuesday 30th October.
Happy half term!
Week 5 already!
Time is whizzing by in Butterflies as we begin the fifth week of schooling for our Year Rs. We’ve enjoyed having family members in over the past 2 weeks, sharing their interests, skills and their professions but, most importantly, generously sharing their time. Thank you to everyone who has been in, the children have really benefited from your kindness and support.
The children continue to build their repertoire of sounds including, m a s d t p i n g and o. They are using magnetic letters in school to blend some of these sounds together into words like: it, in, pig, sat, dad, etc. in Word Time. I’ve been so impressed by the number of children practising their phonics at home with their families - fantastic! I’ve said it before but it takes children, on average, 55 views of a sound to recall it swiftly and accurately, so any help you can give at home to help bump up the number of times they are exposed to their sounds is great. Next week we will learn c and k and continue to consolidate all the sounds learnt to date. We also began Write Dance and Funky Fingers this week to help all children build up the muscles, balance, coordination and motor skills required to become a writer. It’s been a lot of fun!
Thank you to those who have volunteered to help with the bread-making on Wednesday morning. We still have space for another helper or two, so if you would like to help out, please catch one of the team in the morning or after school.
Welcome back to our second week in Butterflies! The children did so well last week, settling into the new routines, coming in sensibly and showing us where they are in their learning. It has been lovely starting to get to know them all, we have such a super class of Butterflies
This week we will be teaching and recapping the sounds: m, a, s, d, t. We teach the children the sound, practise orally blending and writing the letters we have learnt. On average, it takes a child viewing a sound 55 times for them to recall it swiftly for reading. Recapping these sounds at home will help your child's recall and fluency. If you would like more information about how we teach phonics in school, be sure to come along to the parents' workshop on Wednesday 26th September, 7-9pm. Help with the pronunciation of 'pure sounds' can be found using the link at the bottom of this page.
Mrs Wort + Mrs Davey
It was fantastic to meet you all on home visits last week and we are very excited to support you on your first week of school! We want you to feel welcome in Butterflies so we have put your family pictures up and have also created an interests board in the classroom based on the things that you told us were exciting and fun for you. Have a look and see if you can find some of the things you enjoy!
We know that the start of school can be exciting and sometimes bewildering. If you are feeling uncertain at all, please ask an adult to help as we are here to support you and want to make sure you feel happy and safe in school.
Hope you have a fantastic first week!