Rainbows 1 class teacher
Rainbows 1 Teaching Assistant
Rainbows 2 Teacher
Rainbows 2 Teaching Assistant
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.