The final countdown…

The coming two weeks are going to be such good fun – it is the best time of year to be a teacher and it is so exciting to be surrounded by little people who have so much enthusiasm for  the coming festival.

Over the next and half, we will begin our rehearsals for the play, the children will go into the main hall, in small groups, for short bursts to practice their parts. Whilst this is happening, the Wrens in the classroom will be having a massive focus on learning to read and write their current target set of sounds. It would be really amazing if we could get at many Wrens as possible onto short ladder sounds by the end of term. If you could find a few minutes each day to practice with your child to help their progress, it would be so beneficial.

We have our Monster Maths Party next Thursday a 9am and I hope that you can join us for that. Please feel free to bring siblings with you.  The children have been practising drawing maths stories this week to show how they add.  You will see from the pictures below that they have been drawing three circles to show the concept of adding using the part/part/whole model.  We have talked a lot about using the “altogether” circle. This is how adding is taught in year one so will be very helpful for transition to Year One. Next week, the children will be doing a number trail  to practice their adding skills independently.

Have a great weekend Wren Class Families, see you all bright and early Monday for the cinema trip – we are all so excited about

it!

 

Christmas here we come…

Well, we had to start those Christmas songs at some point this term and this week seemed a good a time as any. The children have loved the catchy tunes and I have heard them singing them whilst they have been playing. It is a really lovely time of year and I love to see the excitement building in them. It is one of my favourite terms!

I have also loved learning about Diwali with the Wrens -they are so interested in learning about a different culture. Today, some of the children made a shrine with Mrs Taylor and we are hoping that next week, they will teach the rest of the Wrens how to do this and talk about all the different Diwali resources and what they are used for. We are also going to be making diva lamps from clay. We found out how to make candles from cotton wool and butter so we will be doing this in the following week.

As you are aware, we have been learning to use maths words to compare weights and heights this week. I have sent homework to you in the reading folders so that you can see how brilliant your little poppets are doing with using some really complex skills. I would love pictures via twitter (private message is fine with me). I can then print them and add them to your child’s maths learning log.

In Letters and Sounds, we have finished learning the Long Ladder Sounds and are moving swiftly on to short ladders next week Please keep going with practising at home as it really does accelerate progress.  We have been getting used to the term “non-fiction” and talking about the difference between these types of books with story books (fiction). I find it helps to begin to drip in the correct terminology now to help prepare them children for learning in Year One.

Have a lovely weekend, enjoy your photos!

 

Wrens beginning to fly…

Hi Everyone

We have had such a busy week but is has been great fun. In maths we have been “adding on one more” and beginning to add numbers together. Next week we are exploring weights and measures and we will be using the language of comparison to talk about things that are taller/shorter/longer/heavier/lighter.

In Letters and Sounds and our English work, we have been writing letters to Mr. Williams to say “Thank you” for our new garden area. The children also drew pictures of him (which made me laugh..a lot!) and I have sent those off this week,  I am sure he will be thrilled to receive them. The children have clearly been taking in lots of information because in RE with Mrs Green, when the children  were talking about people who were special them, they actually said that Mr Williams was very special because he made our garden lovely. I think that is so nice of our Wrens – what little poppets they are!

We have also been have lots of chats about “choosing respect” which is the anti-bullying theme for this year. Over the term, Wrens will be thinking about how they show respect and who shows respect to them and we will be using their ideas to make a film which we will share with the rest of the school next term.

Next week in our topic work, we are going to be using non-fiction books and technology to learn about Diwali. As we continue through the term, we will be comparing Diwali with Christmas and noting similarities and differences.

We have some great words on our Vocabulary wall so far. It would be great if you could talk to your Wren about the words and please, do let me know if you hear them use these at home – I would find that so exciting: ceremony, festival, celebration, invite, altogether (we used this in maths). Next we are adding: Diwali, rangoli, Hindu, pray, diya (or diva, as in diva lamp).

Have a lovely weekend, I look forward to catching up with you at Parents Evening on Monday or Tuesday.

Enjoy the weekend and stay safe!

 

On your marks, get set…

Hello Everyone!

I do hope you are enjoying your holiday and are finding time to rest, relax and enjoy family time.  If you went Trick or Treating last night, I do hope you had fun, I expect the Wrens were really excited about collecting lots of goodies!

We are going to be having a really busy term which will culminate in a lovely Christmas play. Our topic for the term is “Festivals and Celebrations”. We will be learning about the different ways we celebrate and compare what we do with celebrations in different cultures.

I am planning a little surprise for the Wrens for the first day back, but as it is still work in progress, I will be texting you at the weekend to let you know if we can definitely go ahead.

We are currently having new equipment fitted in the garden area and I wanted to do a “Garden Opening” celebration to kick start our topic. We plan to set the area up and invite parents to stay and play for half an hour (with tea and biscuits provided).  As the workmen are still, it will be a case of “Watch this Space” but I feel very excited! If we go ahead, I will ask you all to take the children to the top playground and wait  for us to come and get you so we can all go into the area together. It will be lovely and I cannot wait to see their little faces!

Here are some photos, I will be in touch!

Only five more get-ups!

Here we are, fast approaching the final week of term. I think our little chickens have done brilliantly. Although I can see they are tired, they have coped admirably with full time school. They have learnt lots of new rules, met lots of new people and made lots of new friends. I am sure they will be ready for a rest by the end of next week and will be full of beans again by the start of term two.

This week in Literacy, we have been reading and writing curly c sounds and beginning to blend two and three sounds together, You could try this out on your Wren by sounding out words for them to hear, so you could say, “Go and clean your t   ee   th” , can they hear the word teeth?

In Maths we have been counting and comparing numbers using numicon (this is a resource that shows numbers in the form a tile with holes in). We have been saying which numbers are bigger/smaller/more/less. We also had a go at writing numbers using a video by Jack Hartmann – have a look, it is good fun!

Wrens had a brilliant trip to Sainsburys, they were all so well behaved and very excited. I was very proud of them all. A massive thank you to the parents who came to help us, without your help, the trip could not have gone ahead. The children enjoyed exploring the fruit and vegetables and comparing weights and sizes.

Finally, next Thursday at 9.15 am we will be having a nursery rhyme show. We will hold it in the hall so the children can perform on stage. It would be lovely if you could join us for this, it will probably last around half an hour or so.  I will send a text to confirm this for you.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Hands Up if you are feeling tired!

Hello Wren Class Families!

I think we had lots of tired little bunnies today but the children still managed to work hard and try their best even though they were flagging. Next week I have planned lots of small group work to help tick over the seventh week of the term.

This week has been lovely and we have really enjoyed spending time with the children making Jam sandwiches (which was part of our work on instruction texts). My goodness – they really did hoover them up, I loved their appetites!

In maths we have been using language of measurement to compare objects. I have put some home-learning in the reading folders if you feel you would like to see you Wren in action and measuring. Please don’t feel obliged though – there is no pressure if you are busy doing family things, it is optional. We used bananas to measure a Wren this week and have used cubes to measure slippers. The main aim is to get the children using language like: longer,shorter, taller, tallest, tall, short etc. They can find things bigger/smaller then the stick or measure how many sticks long/big/tall something is. It is lovely to have your voice in the learning logs so if you could make a comment on your child’s learning, I would appreciate it.

Also, another request for parent helpers, if you do have any time to come and support our little poppets, all help would be gratefully received – even if it is just an hour!

Finally, I have now followed you all on Twitter so you can now private message me any photos or information on learning. Please be aware though that any issues regarding your child must still be communicated via the home/school diary and phone calls as there may be times i don’t pick messages up especially if is a weekend.

Here are your long awaited photos, have a wonderful, bluster weekend!

Hello World – Wrens have arrived!

Hello Wren Class Family!

The Wrens have had the most incredible start to school life. I am so thrilled with how they have all settled and have managed to overcome most little wobbles (especially in the mornings).

The children have really enjoyed being together as a whole class and are beginning to remember lots of names and make new friends. They are embracing our school values and starting to use the words “independent, respect, collaboration and responsibility” in their own conversations and especially when putting gems in the pot. Although their are still some values  to learn, and some rules to get to grips with, I couldn’t be happier with the level of confidence I see within the classroom from all of the children.

Today, we sat in our “Learning Lines” for the first time and did a more formal and short teaching session. We recapped on writing the curly c that we learnt yesterday and listened for words beginning with “C”. We also went on a shape hunt and we have drawn family portraits!

Next week, in maths, we are going to be recognising dot patterns on a dice, practising accurate counting, and partitioning six in different ways. In our English learning, we are going to be sequencing “The Little Red Hen” story, making up a new ending and beginning to learn to read and write sounds a, o, s.  In our topic work, we are going to learn all about Harvest, paint harvest pictures and explore vegetables and how they grow.  It is going to a busy week.

I do hope your Wren is enjoying practising circles with their swirlers, please keep this going for the next week or so if you can as it really does help with developing the muscles the children need to support writing. I have also sent home some shape homework for you to do with your Wren. They all really loved the activity in school and I am sure you will be blown away at just how many shapes they are  seeing in the world around them.

Have a great weekend and I will see you all on Monday for our first full week.

P.S – please send in a small piece of fruit for your Wren to have in afternoon play. If possible, no plastic bags please – just write your child’s name on the snack. For raisins or grapes (WHICH MUST BE SLICED),   a small plastic pot will be fine.