Week beginning 13th October 2017
Please can we remind parents that if your child hasn’t already got one, book bags can be purchased from reception.
We have had a fantastic week in Rainbows. The children have loved finding out about minibeasts and thinking about the places the insects live. We are going to continue with this question next week and the children will be helping to build our own bug hotel.
Outdoor learning day was lots of fun. The morning was spent up in the secret garden where children had ago at making autumn poetry and looking for natural treasures to make a crown. The children also went on another bug hunt, again looking closely at the features of the insects. We even found a stick insect! We discussed how it is our job to look after animals and thought carefully about where we can put the minibeasts after we had looked at them to keep them safe. The afternoon was spent creating obstacle courses, practicing our ball skills and den building.
You will have been given a home learning pack this week which includes phonics activities, a reading record and a home learning book. Please try and complete these activities for a short amount of time, three times a week.
We have also sent home a tapestry agreement for your child’s learning journeys. When we have received these back we will be able to link you to tapestry and you will receive an email with an activation link.
Week beginning 6th October 2017
Our launch day was a huge success! The children loved meeting all the animals from Marks Ark and listened carefully as Mark talked about the animals habitats. Next we went exploring in the secret garden to discover what you might find in an enchanted forest. The children used magnifying glasses to go on a bug hunt and loved discovering more natural treasures. We were very impressed at what the children already knew about what lives in an enchanted forest and the children thought about what they would like to learn from the topic. Each week we will have a topic focus question which will be based around the children's ideas.
Next Thursday we are taking part in an outside learning day which means we will be taking the classroom outside for the whole day. We will be sending out a letter shortly to make sure everyone comes prepared. Children will need waterproofs and wellies.
Next week we will be linking parents to our tapestry learning journals, keep an eye on your emails as you will all be sent activation links.
Week beginning 25th September 2017
This week the children have become story tellers! We have introduced story scribing in rainbows, the process where children have the opportunity to create their own stories, which are then recorded by an adult. The children have loved telling us their stories and it is a fantastic way for us to model writing to the children as they learn their sounds.
The children have been fascinated with lots of natural objects, bringing in conkers, acorns and flowers to show their friends. We have been looking closer at these items on our discovery table which leads nicely into our topic launch next week ‘what lives in an enchanted forest?’
We have also started daily maths. The children have again impressed us with their focus and eagerness to learn. We have been exploring counting in different ways and starting to recognise numbers.
We would like to say thank you to all the parents who have connected with us on class dojo, the children have responded well to their new characters and love receiving points throughout the day.
Week beginning 18th September 2017
Rainbows 1 and 2 have had a flying start with their phonics, we are really impressed at their eagerness to learn and perseverance with practicing their sounds. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the sounds we have covered as we will be sending packs home next week!
This week the children have enjoyed using our new stage, creating dances and exploring the musical instruments. We have even had a band playing their air guitars! Our sensory garden is starting to grow as we have been planting the donations we have been given. We would like to say a huge thank you for all that we have received so far. With a few more plants our garden will be ready for mini beasts to move in ready for the start of our new topic.
The children had brilliant fun taking part in the ‘Zumbathon’ on Friday to raise funds for St Johns School in Tanzania. We would like to say a really big thank you for all the donations we received!
Week beginning 11th September 2017
Another brilliant week!
Rainbows 1 and 2 have continued to show us how well they are settling in and getting used to being in for full days. We have been teaching our class animals Super Sophie and Tidy Heidi how to keep our classroom tidy and what to expect throughout the day. We have really enjoyed listening to the children tell us about their ‘all about me bags’ and hearing about the people who are important to them. The children particularly enjoyed sharing these with their friends and having the other children ask them questions about what was in their bags.
Next week we are going to be starting phonics; we will be sending home the sounds we learn so that the children can practice recognising these at home.
All the children have been busy learning the new routines and making positive relationships with both peers and adults. We are looking forward to our positive transition continuing into next week as the children come in for full days.
Just to remind parents to make sure jumpers, coats and book bags are labelled to avoid confusion. Also can we ask that all children bring in their book bag each day as these are checked and filled with any important information. If your child requires a book bag they are available to purchase in reception for £5.
We would like to thank everyone for your support which has enabled a positive start to the school year.