Rainbows 1 Class Teacher
Rainbows 1 Teaching Assistant
Rainbows 2 Class Teacher
Rainbows 2 Teaching Assistant
Week beginning 14th May 2018
Another sunny week which we have spent practising Sports Day and enjoying outdoor learning day. We have been talking about the Royal Wedding which promoted a lot of questioning and discussion about the meaning of marriage. Therefore, next week the children have chosen to develop a Church in our role play area and will continue the childrens’ interest in this area. We would be grateful if you could send your child to school with a photograph of a wedding they have attended or been a part of so we can share these experiences.
The children in Rainbows have had a fantastic outdoor learning day. We have been exploring our senses through sight, touch, hearing and smell by recording what we observe. The children have been getting creative with clay, making their own models and creations. We have had butterflies, portraits, family members and even furniture. The children made obstacle courses for their peers and finished off with shadow drawing. It has been a pleasure to observe their imagination and creativity! The children have been very keen to share their favourite activities of the day, lots saying ‘I enjoyed all of it!’
Please may we ask that parents and carers ensure that all children have their PE kits in school every day next week to ensure we can practice for Sports Day.
Week beginning 30th April 2018
This week our interests in other animals have developed further. We have been learning our own version of the story Dear Zoo. We’ve enjoyed imitating the story and creating our own actions to support our retelling. To follow on from this, next week the children have noted questions above different animals and their habitats they wish to find out about. Some of the questions have included ‘Why do hedgehogs have spikes?’, ‘Why are giraffes so tall?’ and ‘Do frogs live in other countries?’ As a result, we will be researching the animals we have listed being interested in and look forward to teaching each other about the fun facts the children will discover. If you have any non-fiction books or resources about animals at home you feel we may be able to use next week, we would be grateful if you could send these into school with your child.
In Maths, we have been busy exploring applying our knowledge of numbers above ten and have been practising speedily recognising teen numbers. To further our knowledge, we have been hiding numbers from the number line and working to identify missing numbers by describing them to each other. Some of us have even had a go at mastery problems where numbers have been missing from calculations!
We hope you have enjoyed reading about your child's learning by reading their observations on Tapestry. We would be grateful if you could also share your child's learning at home with us by adding your own observations of your child's achievements at home. We look forward to sharing these observations with your child at school and thank you again for your continued support.
Week beginning 23rd April
This week marked the arrival of our new class pets, Hank the goldfish and Sebastian the snail. To follow on from this interest, we were visited by a vet on Tuesday afternoon, who came in to discuss how to be responsible pet owners. We recorded questions we wanted to ask the vet and found it really interesting to learn about their roles and responsibilities caring for animals. We were able to look at the different tools used to care for animals, discuss how vets care for poorly animals and she even brought in 'Telula' the tortoise for us to observe and ask questions about. Special thanks to the staff at Rock View Vets for a fun-filled afternoon!
This helped us set up our very own vet surgery, which the children have been busy role-playing in and playing cooperatively to use the laptops and write prescriptions and receipts for treatments for example. From this interest, we have observed the children talking about other animals and how they are different from our goldfish. A small group of children thought they would like to learn about how sharks are similar and different from goldfish, so we found some non-fiction books to help us learn more. We also had our vision screening this week, which stemmed lots of discussion about other people who help us as well as vets. We made a huge list and talked about the people we’d really like to learn more about.
We’ve been so impressed with the way the children have become so proactive in suggestion possible lines of enquiry for their learning; the children have been noting questions they have and we’ve recorded their comments and suggestions for moving this learning interest forward.
May we remind parents and carers that your child’s weekly observations are being uploaded on a regular basis to Tapestry. We’d be really grateful if you could help support your child’s learning by adding your own observations and comment on the learning observations of your child to positively reinforce the process of their learning as well as the outcome. Don’t forget, each week we have a special celebration aassembly where we celebrate children’s achievements in showing perseverance, collaboration with peers, questioning and demonstrating high levels of focus and concentration. You may wish to ask your child about the characters, for example Collaborating Chloe and Persevering Peter, who help us to achieve this.
Week beginning 16th April
What a lovely sunny week it has been this week! This has meant we have been able to enjoy lots of our child-initiated play at the secret garden! Rainbows 1 particularly enjoyed creating art mandalas on the floor using natural objects. We enjoyed snack in sunshine as well as creating our own obstacle course game using the different sized pieces of wood. We also observed the children showing interest and teaching each other how to take a photo of themselves on the Ipods. This was really interesting and it was fantastic to see the children teaching each other how to use technology accurately and independently. We followed this interest by encouraging the children to photograph their work to show an adult or peer.
We’ve also been very busy this week preparing for the arrival of our new class pets; our giant African land snail and our gold fish. We created a tally chart of favourite names for our class pets and also wrote lists of the things we’ll need to buy form the pet shop in preparation for looking after them. To follow on from this interest, we have arranged for a vet to come in next week to further advise us on how to be responsible pet owners. We look forward to helping Miss Jane and Miss Oliver set up their new homes and can’t wait
The children have been engaged in lots of conversation about how to keep safe in the sun which has been really valuable. Please may we remind parents to send your child to school with a labelled sun hat and sun cream. We hope you have a lovely weekend!
Week beginning 5th March 2018
The children looked absolutely fantastic for World Book Day. We had so much fun hearing about all the children’s favourite stories and the characters they had dressed up as. Today we teamed up with Pelicans class to share our favourite stories and read together.
This week we have continued learning about different plants and why they are important following our trip to the Eden Project. The children have been thinking about what we need to plant a seed and have been having ago at doing some planting of their own. We have seen a particular interest in our stage outside this week, the children have loved making up their own performances for their friends and working together to create shows.
On Thursday we joined in with the 7 minute fitness circuit led by Robert Mitchell, a Commonwealth high jumper. The children had fun joining in and this led to lots of discussion on why it is important to exercise and how we can keep our bodies healthy.
Lots of children have been having ago at writing their own stories this week. As part of our story scribing approach, the children get to make up their own stories and then later on in the day this is performed to the class when we transform our classroom into a theatre. Next week we are going to start having daily story tellers, to make sure every child gets an opportunity to share their stories.
Don’t forget, in each child’s home learning book is a log in to the website Education City. This website can be used at any time and has lots of games which will help the children with their maths and phonics learning.
Have a lovely weekend!
Week beginning 5th March 2018
This week it’s Science Week!
We kicked of the week with an investigation, the children have predicted what will happen when we put food colouring into the water of a plant. We have had lots of fantastic predictions such as ‘it isn’t good for the plant and it will die’ and ‘it will make the flower change colour’. We are going to observe the plant for the next couple of weeks to see how it changes.
This week the children have been doing lots of measuring, we have been using rulers to measure the sizes of different plants and we have been comparing the weight of different containers using our scales. We have been continuing to learn about plants and what the plants will need to stay alive. We have been learning this song to help us remember.
There has been lots of talk about birthdays this week. The children have been comparing their ages and talking about how many months they have until their birthday. Luckily, next week is Super Sophie and Tidy Heidi’s birthday. So we will be writing invites and birthday cards and counting how many things we will need to throw them a birthday party.
Don’t forget we have parent consultations next week, your child has brought home a letter explaining how to book.
Week beginning 26th February 2018
We had an amazing day on Tuesday on our trip to the Eden Project. We learnt about the colours of the rainbow and how a rainbow is made, we learnt about why bees are important and how they help to spread seeds. We also learnt about what happens during pollination. After learning the order of the colours of the Rainbow, the children returned to school keen to have ago at making their own colours by mixing paints.
This week the children have been thinking about growing and plants in busy learning, we have been thinking about what a plant needs to stay alive and how it changes. We have also continued thinking about our visit from the dinosaurs and the children have been writing their own instructions on ‘How to catch a Dinosaur’.
Our creative area is always very busy, this week the children have been particularly interested in building and constructing with junk modelling. If you have any spare cereal boxes and cardboard packaging at home, we are always grateful for any donations.
We hope you have all enjoyed your time in the snow, we look forward to hearing about all the snow men that have been made and all the snowflakes that have been caught. We would like to wish everyone a fantastic weekend.
Week beginning 19th February 2018
We have had a busy first week back after half term. The children loved sharing their half term news and telling their friends what they had done. Following on from the previous planning meeting, we used the children’s ideas to learn about dinosaurs. On Tuesday we discovered dinosaur footprints around the school. The children recorded their findings and we brainstormed ideas on how we could catch a dinosaur. Using the children’s ideas we have started learning instructions on ‘How to catch a dinosaur’.
Our small world area has been full of imaginative play using the dinosaurs, we have been learning the names of the dinosaurs. The children were especially interested in finding out which dinosaurs were carnivores and which dinosaurs were herbivores.
This week the children have enjoyed making up their own board games. We have observed a variety different ways of playing games by taking in turns rolling the dice and moving the counters.
As the weather brightens up, we have been observing the plants and daffodils growing in our sensory garden. Thank you to everyone who donated!
Our creative area is always very busy, this week the children have been particularly interested in building and constructing with junk modelling. If you have any spare cereal boxes and cardboard packaging at home, we are always grateful for any donations.
Your child will have this half terms home learning grid in their home learning books. The grid includes weekly activities to complete with your child. Please note these activities have been individualised. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask!
Next week we are looking forward to our trip to the Eden Project. Rainbows 1 will be visiting in the morning and Rainbows 2 will visit in the afternoon. Please remember your child will need to be wearing school uniform and have a warm coat. Your child will also need pack lunch if you haven’t ordered one.
Week beginning 5th February 2018
This week in Rainbows we have begun our planning meetings, where children meet with their key person to discuss what they have enjoyed learning, what they have been particularly interested in and what they would like to learn about next. This was extremely successful and we were really impressed with the questions the children formulated as a result of their reflection.
Mixing colours has been a predominant theme this week. The children have used a range of tools to mix gloop and different coloured paints to explore what happens as a result. We have also noted that a lot of the children have been interested in small world play with the dinosaurs. Some children have even taught their peers the names of the different dinosaurs! We decided to lead the children in these emerging interests, so enjoyed some guided art sessions on Friday morning. The children used watercolours to create their own interpretations of different types of dinosaurs.
We had the idea of writing letters to Goldilocks this week, after talking in depth about the feelings of the bears. It was great to see children using the ‘Help! I’m stuck!’ board to access finger spaces and sound charts independently to support their writing.
We hope you enjoy a wonderful half term.
Week beginning 29th January 2018
Another busy week in Rainbows! We decided to have a teddy bear’s picnic this week, so got busy writing invitations to our favourite toys by carefully sounding out words. On Thursday, we organised the picnic and invited our toys to enjoy some healthy snacks with us.
We’ve also really enjoyed transient art this week, using loose parts to create images of different things. It has been wonderful to see the children thinking so creatively and sharing their ideas about what to create and how with their peers.
You may wish to ask your child about ‘Rainbows Challenges’, which we introduced on Monday. Across the course of a week, your child will be set six challenges which they are encouraged to complete by Friday. Each challenge links to their next steps or a particular area of their learning. For example, this week’s purple challenge was to use a camera to take a picture of their model they had created in the construction corner. One each challenge has been achieved, they are awarded with a lollipop stick of the corresponding colour. By Friday, if your child has collected a rainbow stick of each colour, they will be awarded with a certificate on Friday!
Many thanks to the parents and carers who have very kindly volunteered to accompany us on our trip to the Eden Project on Tuesday 27th February. More information will follow regarding this.
Don’t forget – if you wish to share your children’s learning and achievements at home with us, you can use Tapestry to share observations. This is a really great way of allowing us to celebrate your child’s learning with them!
Week beginning 22nd January
What a fun-filled and busy week we have had in Rainbows class. Following on from immersing into the story of the Three Little Pigs, we have been busy exploring the names and properties of different materials. We chose to design a new house suitable for the little pigs. We carefully and creatively designed our houses and some of us attempted to label the materials used to create the different parts of our houses. Miss Jane and Miss Oliver were really impressed by the discussions we had amongst our peers about which materials we chose and why.
We used this opportunity to think about using language related to money. Once we had decided which tools and materials we needed to make our creations, we had to use real coins to buy the resources we needed before setting off to make our houses. It was interesting to look at the differences between the coins and thinking carefully about which coins we would need to use in order to make different amounts.
Just a reminder that Rainbows do PE on either a Monday or Tuesday afternoon and it is really important to ensure your child has their PE kit in school during the week for them to participate in the appropriate kit. We are very excited that some of our PE sessions this term are going to be led by Plymouth Argyle coaches!
Week beginning 15th January 2018
Yet another busy week in Rainbows. We have been continuing to make healthy fruit salad and discussing the importance of hygiene and using a knife carefully. We discussed the colours and textures of the fruits and really enjoyed taking our delicious fruit salad home to share with our families.
We’ve showed particular interest in storytelling this week, using a range of small world resources to create our own stories. We’ve shown enjoyment in sharing these stories with our peers and some of us have even had a go at writing them down! Others used whiteboards and pens to create their own story mountains.
We’ve continued to learn the story of the Three Little Pigs. Particularly the girls have enjoyed performing this story independently and challenging ourselves to retell a friend the story without using pictures or props to prompt us!
We decided it would be a good idea to stop the big, bad wolf from trying to blow the houses of the pigs down. We talked about the materials the little pigs could have used to prevent this and had a go at making some signs to display around the classroom to encourage the wolf to think twice about being so unkind!
Next week, we are following our interest in materials and homes, so will be making our own houses suitable for the pigs to live in. We would be really grateful if you could donate some recyclable materials such as yoghurt pots and cereal boxes. These will be handy to create our models and can be passed to either Miss Jane or Miss Oliver.
Have a fantastic weekend!
Week beginning 8th January 2018
What an exciting week it has been in Rainbows class!On Tuesday, Rainbows had their topic launch day. Across the next term, we will be exploring the question 'What makes a fairytale special?' The children came to school dressed as a character from their favourite traditional tale and we also shared our best fairytales too.
The children designed traps for the big, bad wolf, created a prop for their favourite fairytale character and had to solve the mysterious finding of a building site of bricks, sticks and straw. The children worked as a team to solve what had happened and recorded this on clipboards as inspectors. Many thanks to parents and carers who made such a fantastic effort with costumes and a special mention to Mrs Dodd, who came in and shared her favourite story with the class.
We have also been busy writing WANTED posters to help find the big, bad wolf this week. We have been working hard to use our fred fingers to sound out words and have impressed Miss Jane and Miss Oliver with how we have attempted to independently use resources around us, such as our tricky red word wall to support our writing.
In addition, we have enjoyed playing imaginatively in the cottage of the three little pigs, have created stories using the knights and castles in the small world corner and have been busy designing and making large vehicles in the outdoor area.
Week beginning 11th December 2017
The children in Rainbows were fantastic in their Christmas show ‘The Wriggly Nativity’. Both performances were a huge success and everyone was amazing. Many thanks to the wonderful support of the parents and carers this year in supporting the nativity with costumes and helping children learn their lines at home.
This week we have been enjoying watching everyone else’s nativity performances. We also enjoyed making our Christingles for the Christingle service on Wednesday. The children have been writing letters to Santa, making words in the reindeer food, designing our own toys in Santa’s workshop and using our Christmas role play area. The children have had the opportunity to audition for BB’s got talent and we have loved watching everyone’s performances.
We would like to wish everyone an amazing Christmas holiday and we look forward to hearing all about it in the New Year.
Week beginning 4th December 2017
The Christmas countdown has begun!
We have had a busy week practising our nativity, the children are really excited to share it their parents and loved performing for the rest of the school. We are really proud at how hard Rainbows and Nursery have been working to learn the songs and the actions.
This week the children have loved using our new Christmas role play area, they have been decorating the tree, writing Christmas card lists, making Christmas cards and wrapping presents. The children have especially loved using our Christmas themed fancy dress and pretending to be Santa delivering the presents. The children have been mixing and making reindeer food and we have even had snow on our train set!
Next week we are looking forward to our performance and starting lots of Christmas craft ready for the holidays.
Week beginning 20th November 2017
We are looking forward to our day at Wheal Martyn next Tuesday. Don’t forget your child will need waterproof clothing and wellies! Also if you could spare a plant pot to contribute to our bug hotel we would be very grateful.
Everyone has been working really hard to learn the words to the songs in our nativity. We have also started putting the whole thing together and learning what we will need to do during the performance.
This week we have been busy writing shopping lists and the children chose to write recipes for sand cakes. We then decorated the cakes using pompoms! The children are still loving using our school role play corner and have been taking in turns teaching each other sounds and practicing segmenting and blending simple words.
The children love our brand new mud kitchen and reading corner outside! We have been making vegetable soup and birthday cakes. The children have also been taking clip boards to the reading corner to have ago at writing their own stories.
Next Wednesday we will be taking part in the fun run organised to raise money for Shelter Box so each child will need their P.E kit on that day.
Week beginning 13th November 2017
This week we have been immersed in our new story of the Gruffalo. The children have been making log piles houses, learning the story with actions, making story maps and having ago at Gruffalo themed problem solving. For topic this week we have been thinking about why plants are important. Thank you for all the bottle donations we have received, the children enjoyed making rain shakers and wind instruments. The children decided to use some of the bottles in the water tray and others decided to make fairy houses.
On Fridays we are going to be taking some children up to the forest school whilst others have ago at cooking. We will rotate the groups each week so that all children get a turn. At the moment our recipe is Gruffalo crumble. The children really enjoyed mixing the oats and the butter and we had fantastic discussion about ingredients.
We have linked all parents to tapestry, please let us know if you are struggling to activate your account.
We are looking forward to our trip to Wheal Martyn for a day of forest school. As our topic outcome we are going to be making a big insect hotel in the secret garden. Please could each child bring a plant pot on the day of the trip. We will fill these on the day and then use them to contribute to our bug hotel back at school.
Week beginning 20th October 2017
As we come to our first half term of the year we would like to reflect on how well Rainbows have settled in. This week we have carried on with our topic question 'what mini beasts live in the enchanted forest?' and we now have our own bug hotel which the children will be helping to fill.
Please can we remind parents that if your child hasn't already got one, book bags can be purchased from reception.
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 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 1st December 2017
What an incredible week!
A fun-filled day was had by the children in Rainbows class this week on our Badger Forest School day at Wheal Martyn. We created homes for mini beasts, made a bug hotel and learnt how to create a fire safely. The children particularly enjoyed toasting marshmallows on the fire too! We were really impressed with the children's engagement; they were a credit to the school in how they showed enthusiasm, curiosity and the skill of applying the knowledge and understanding they've gained through our woodland animals and habitats topic. A huge thank you to the parents who accompanied us on the day too!
On Wednesday we took part in the fun run organised by Peacocks, Phoenix and Pelicans for the charity Shelter Box. The race was amazing, the children ran as fast as they could and loved having hot chocolates whilst we learnt about the charity.
Then to finish off the week rainbows thoroughly enjoyed watching Cinderella as our Christmas treat.