Welcome to Class 1 - Early Years
Class Teacher: Miss Nicola Kenyon
Welcome back to a new term.
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Week Beginning Monday 18th July
The time has flown so fast!! Can't believe that this is going to be our final week together as a class. The children will be continuing their learning this week by looking at 'The Crunching Munching Caterpillar' in English work and consolidating those tricky exception words so we can read and spell them more accurately. They will be looking at money work and problem solving in maths and completing some transition work in topic ready for new classes in September. We have both enjoyed every minute we have spent with our classes this year and wish them luck and success as they enter Year 1 and Year 2. Well done you have been brilliant!!!
Week Beginning Monday 11th July
This week the children will be looking at bees and the different types that we might see. We will be looking at the jobs they do and how they make honey. In English we will be continuing with some high frequency word work to read on sight and spell. In maths we will be looking at halving and doubling and applying halving work to begin to explore fractions with 2D shapes. We are hoping that the weather is kind to use this week and that we will get to complete our Sports Day on Friday 15th July at 1pm. Fingers crossed the rain stays away!!!
Week Beginning Monday 20th June
This week the children will be using the well known Eric Carle story: "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". They will be using this to help with their topic work which involves looking at the life cycle of a butterfly. We will be continuing to cover some of the trickier sounds in phonics such as 'ire' and 'ew' and how these appear in words and applying them through our spelling work. In maths we will be using butterflies to help us explore shape and symmetry work. We look forward to finding out about the life cycle and ask that if you have any other Eric Carle stories at home for the children to bring in and share to help us explore this author further too.
Week Beginning Monday 13th June
The children will be enjoying a Science Week on Worms this week. They will be looking at where worms live, what they eat, how they move and who their predators are. They will be using a non fiction book in literacy and writing fact files and reports about worms, measuring and comparing lengths of worms in maths and looking at habitats and wormaries in Science and topic work. We look forward to an exciting week of investigation and curiosity.
Week Beginning 23rd May
We hope that the children enjoyed their visit to Snettisham Farm Park last week. It was a lovely day and we were very proud of the children. This week we will be concluding our farm based topic. We will be looking at the process of making flour and the products this can be used in. We will me looking at the text for The Little Red Hen to support this. We will also be looking at how wheat can play a part in making pizza bases in "The Little Red Hen makes a Pizza". With this in mind our Maths work this week will be looking at fractions of Pizzas.
Week Beginning 16th May 2016:
This week we will be going to Snettisham Farm Park on Thursday. We will be sending out a note this week to remind you of things your child will need for their trip. In preparation for the trip during topic this week we will be looking at farm animals and looking at some farm yard tales in English. We are very proud of how well the children have coped with the introduction of big writing on a Friday. This week the children will be writing a recount of our trip. In maths we are beginning to calculate using numbers to 100 and understanding worded problems.
Week Beginning Monday 9th May 2016
This week the children will be continuing to explore our topic, Do Cows Drink Milk? They will be looking at a story all about a cow that lays an egg???? and continuing with their phonics work applying what they know to read sentences and captions. In number work they will be continuing with calculation work and looking at capacity using water to help them explore this and measuring using ml and litres. In topic they will be trying and tasting milkshakes and linking this with healthy food choices and planting fruit. The children will be starting to get ready for their trip to Snettisham Farm Park on Thursday 19th May which we are very much looking forward to.
Week Beginning Monday 18th April 16
This week we are looking forward to Piggle and Dave the pugs visiting us to share how they have grown and to see how different they are and share a story. We will be continuing to look after and care for our chicks and enjoying some more handling sessions with them, observing how they have grown and developed. We will be looking at a well known story, Chicken Licken through our literacy together with embedding our phonics work and beginning to make choices when spelling applying sounds that sound the same, for example ou and ow. In maths we will be consolidating some time work and our number bonds to 10 and our topic work will involve us in looking at animals that live on a farm and what products we are able to use them for.
Week Beginning 14th March
This week as part of our transport topic we are focussing on road safety. The week will begin with a visit from an arctic lorry. We will be going on to find out about how to keep safe on the roads and how to make ourselves seen. We are looking at money as part of our maths work and will be looking at some alternative spellings of sounds we already know as part of our phonics.
Week Beginning Monday 7th March 2016
Next week we will be looking at some non fiction work on Vehicles in Literacy and will be continuing with some phonics work, looking at the sounds, ear and oi to apply in our reading and spelling work. In maths we will be looking at using clocks to make o'clock and half past times and begin to compare these with timed in our daily routine. We will also be looking at days of the week and the seasons alongside. In topic we will be looking at holidays and air and water transport. We look forward to continuing this interesting topic and maybe seeing what Miss Kenyon might pack in her suitcase for a holiday!!
Week beginning 29th February
This week we will be planning a few surprises as part of our topic this week (for a certain celebration on Sunday, but shhhh don't tell mummy). We will be continuing our work surrounding emergency vehicles we are hoping to have a visit from a real life firefighter. During our maths this week are moving on to some simple o'clock times and sequencing. In our PE we are introducing gymnastics, if your child wears earrings please either remove for PE days or provide tape to cover to ensure safety.
Fairy tale celebration
Classes 1 and 2 enjoyed their consolidation of their fairy tale topic. The children dressed up as their favourite characters and enjoyed an afternoon of fun. During the afternoon the children enjoyed a picnic with sandwiches that they had made earlier in the day. The children took part in a few party games and dancing to some iconic Disney songs. Class 2 enjoyed sharing their choreographed dance to "High Ho". The children were brilliant at a game of "who am I" with fairy tale characters. The afternoon was a truly enjoyable way to finish of a fantastic topic.
Week Beginning Monday 8th February
This week we will be recapping on all the tricky sounds we have covered so far and using these to apply to our reading and spelling. We will also be looking at how to write instructions and using these to make a sandwich for our celebration afternoon on Thursday 11th February where we will celebrate our learning on fairy tales this term. Remember that the children can bring a costume to wear on Thursday afternoon as part of this celebration. We look forward to sharing this with the children and will be writing invitations. Please make sure that we have received the slip to give permission for the children to take part in this activity if you wish them to be part of it. We break up for half term on Friday 12th February and return on Monday 22nd February. The children will receive homework to complete over the holiday which will focus on words that they need to be able to read and spell.
Week Beginning Monday 1st February
The children will be looking at another traditional tale this week, The Three Billy Goats Gruff. They will be tasting some goats cheese and goats milk when looking at goats in topic and what they do, how they help us and what they can provide us with. The children will be continuing with some phonics work - looking at all of the phase 3 sounds that they have covered this term and concentrating on applying them to their reading and spelling work. In Maths the children will be looking at calculation and positional language linking this to our story, such as the troll in UNDER the bridge, the goats are standing BESIDE one another etc..
Week Beginning Monday 25th January
The children will be continuing their topic work on fairy tales by looking at Jack and the Beanstalk. They will be planting different kinds of bean and making predictions about what they think will happen. The children will be looking at the characters in the story in more detail and beginning to describe them as well as continuing to look at trickier sounds such as, 'ar', 'or' and 'air'. They will be measuring different sized beanstalks with cubes and rulers and comparing how tall and long they are. We look forward to seeing what might happen when we try to plant jelly beans!!!
Week Beginning 18th January 2016
This week our focus is on settings and looking at Castles in particular. During maths this week we are working towards the Early Learning Goal of doubling numbers we will be doubling numbers to 10 and incorporating some of the number lines work we have been doing. During English and topic we will be looking at features of castles and drawing comparisons to how we live today. We are have invited children to bring in pictures from home to make these comparison. We will also be making some castles of our own so please bring in any junk modelling materials that you have to hand.
Week Beginning Monday 11th January 2016
This week Class 1 and 2 will be looking at `The Gingerbread Man` as part of their topic. This will involve us in making and tasting gingerbread, looking at the story and acting parts out and making puppets, weighing ingredients and reading scales. The children will be looking at some new sounds: 'ay', 'ee' and 'igh' and where these are in words, applying them when reading and spelling. We will be testing gingerbread to see what happens when it is dipped in water, making predictions and testing them out.
Week Beginning Monday 14th December
The final week of our Christmas term is here. We are so proud of what the children have achieved this term. This week we will start the week with Christmas Celebration Day where the children will rotate round different crafts and will mix with other pupils across the Academy for the day. The rest of the week will consist of consolidation of phonics and word building together with beginning to read captions and sentences applying our phonics we know. We will also be looking at 3D shape and recapping on calculation work ahead of our final day - Thursday 17th December when the children will complete their term with carols round the tree, a Holbeach Primary Academy tradition. We would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and hope you enjoy the holidays. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year when we return on Tuesday 5th January.
Week Beginning Monday7th December
The children will be looking at the story of the Nativity this week in English and role playing in class as well as through their performance. The Early Years children will be performing their Nativity for Parents and Carers on Tuesday 8th December at 6pm and then for the Academy pupils on Wednesday 9th December. We look forward to sharing this with you and are very proud of the children. Also on Tuesday 8th December Classes 1 and 2 will be joining the rest of the Academy at UAH to share Christmas Dinner. In maths next week we will be looking at 3D shapes and linking this to presents and wrapping. We will close our week next week with Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 11th December and a visit to All Saints Church to enjoy the Christmas Service at 10:45 am and hope you are able to join us for this.
Week beginning 16/11/15
This week we will be looking at autumn and hibernation, we will be finding out what the term means and making our very own nests and dens. The children will be continuing to look at subtraction during maths and developing this to use the picture method. During phonics we will be looking at the sounds; v, w and y alongside continuing to word build and blend. You will shortly be reviving information about the upcoming nativity we would appreciate if you could practice lines and songs at home when you have them.
Week Beginning 30/11/15
This week we will be preparing for our Nativity. During phonics we will be learning 3 more sounds: qu, x, ng. As part of maths we will be looking at comparing sizes and measurements.
Week Beginning 9/11/15
this week we are celebrating Amistice Day in Classes 1 and 2. The children will be finding out some information about why we celebrate Remembrance Day and will be making their own poppies. In maths this week we will be continuing to work on addition and then moving onto some subtraction. In phonics this week we will be learning the new sounds; sh, r and j alongside word building and blending.
Week beginning 2/10/15
We hope that the children have enjoyed their half term break. This week we will be focussing on Bon fire night. We will be looking a bough the gun powder plat, and looking at some fire safety. This week we will be looking at the sounds e, l, h and continuing our word building work.
Week Beginning Monday 19th October
We can't believe how fast the first term has flown and are really pleased with how well all of the children in Class 1 and 2 have settled. They have worked hard and this week will be sharing their learning with the rest of the Academy in an Assembly on Wednesday afternoon. We will share some photos of this with you on the website and are looking forward to them performing this. The children will be starting to build, spell and read simple words and will bring home some of these to practise for the holiday. We have a Training Day for staff on Friday 23rd October so the last day for the children will be Thursday 22nd October and they return to the Academy on Monday 2nd November. Have a great half term break and we look forward to the new term.
Week Beginning Monday 12th October
This week the children will be using the Traditional Story, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and will making and tasting porridge, making decisions about a topping they could add and continuing to learn some new letter sounds, u, b and f. They will begin to build words using the sounds they know. They will be continuing to look at numbers to 10 and consolidate their formation and counting skills.
Week Beginning Monday 5th October.
This week the children will be continuing to look at new letter sounds such as 'o', 'c' and 'k' and will be looking at how to order sizes and the vocabulary attached with this in maths. In topic we will be revisiting some work we did on caring for babies and thinking through what babies need and how we can keep them safe. We will also link this with animals and their babies and compare the things they may need. Please don't forget that Thursday 8th October is photo day at the Academy.
Week Beginning 28/9/15
this week as part of our topic we are moving on to look at houses and homes. On Tuesday we will be going on our local walk to look at houses. We will then be comparing the houses that we see to our own homes. As part of our maths work this week we will be looking at 2D shapes. We will be continuing our phonic work and looking at the sounds 'n, p, g' .
Week Beginning Monday 21st September.
In Early Years this week we will be having 2 more special visits. The first will be from The Lincs Free Press on Monday morning to take our photo for the newspaper and the second will be on Tuesday afternoon from Mrs H and her dog 'Piggle' who will be helping us to find out how to take care of pets. This will help us with our topic work and the children will be encourage to share any experiences they have of pets in their homes. We will also continue to look at our letter sounds, concentrating on recapping 'm', 'a' and 's' as well as starting to look at 'd', 't' and 'i'. We will be continuing our recognition, ordering and counting work with numbers to 10 also.
Week Beginning 14/9/15
This week as part of our topic we will be finding out how we care for babies. On Monday we have a visit from a real life baby, we will encourage the children to ask his mother questions about how she cares for him. We have also asked children to bring in their own baby photos on Thursday to try and spot how they have changed since they were babies. In our phonics this week we will be learning the sounds m, a and s. During maths this week we will be looked at numbers to 10. We have stared to up load some observations on to Tapestry so log in to see what your child has been doing in the class.