Butterflies and Ladybirds 2018 - 2019
Butterfly Class - Miss Mackenzie,Miss Broadbent, Miss Ashworth and Miss Fenn
Ladybird Class - Mrs King,Mrs Mehmood,Miss Broadbent,Miss Ashworth and Miss Fenn
Welcome back and Happy New Year! We hope you and your family have had a lovely family time off together and your children have had a good first week back at Reedley Primary School.
Children who had fantastic attendance had lots of fun today watching 'Dozy Dave.' Keep up the super attendance everyone.
In phonics children have been working extremely hard to write longer sentences and remembering to use their finger spaces. Everyone is doing fantastic, well done! Please remember we have our parent V.I.P visits that are every Wednesday morning at 9-10am. This gives you the chance to watch your child during phonics and you will be able to see the games and activities that we do so you could have a go at home.
Deconstructed Role Play
Following children's interests about football, we made a football pitch in our deconstructed role play area using recycled materials and other resources that they found in the sensory room. We used a cardboard box that Haris brought in with his birthday treats. Children discussed reusing old thing to make new things. The children then learnt the word for this was recycling. They used pipe cleaners as football nets, a screwed up piece of paper as a ball and some material for the seats. We had lots of fun playing with our 'Mini-Me' players. Children then played against each other and used a chart to record their scores. We had lots of fun!
Mrs Ashworth has left Reedley to study to become a nurse, we wish her well and look forwards to her visiting us again to tell us all about her new job. This week we have welcomed our new apprentice, Miss Ashworth. All children have shown Miss Ashworth how well they listen and how fantastic they are at joining in. Mrs Raja will also be returning to Reedley after being off for a year to look after her baby. She is an experienced teaching assistant and is very knowledgeable after studying at university. She will join the team and will be working Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
In Literacy we have read the book, Where the Wild Things Are. We created a story mountain using objects and pictures. We then labelled the story mountain using post it notes. We also used our senses to describe what Max saw, smelt, heard, felt and tasted in his adventure to the wood with the Wild Things.
Our exciting Christmas Week
Children learned the Nativity Story. Children read the story and were able to answer questions about the story. All children took part in our Nativity production. Children learned the words and actions to our songs such as, ‘Bumping up and down on a camel’ and ‘Donkey Ploding’. Children then received an email from Santa! It was a video of where he lives in the North Pole, he spoke to the children and explained that if they have been good he will come to visit Reedley Primary School and give all the superstars a present! Children then enjoyed reading the book ‘A Letter to Santa by Ned Taylor. Children have learned all about letters and why lots of children send letters to Santa before Christmas. Children excitedly wrote a letter to Santa. We discussed why we need to put the letter into an envelope and why we need a stamp. Children tried hard to fold their paper to create an envelope. After all children had written their letters, we video phoned Santa, he answered and he was in the North Pole, he said thank you for posting the letters, he can’t wait to read them and visit us soon. We are all so excited to meet Santa.
We spoke about how people celebrate Christmas. Children learned that one way people celebrate is to have a Christmas Dinner where they eat with their family and friends. Children experienced this at school. Children pulled crackers with their friends, wore party hats and tried party food.
We also learned about the four different seasons. Children used finger paint to create different representations of the seasons. We spoke about why we need to use calendars.
Our new class pets.
Children have shown lots of interest in mini beasts. We have been digging up our old flowers ready to plant some vegetables. The children were amazed to find 4 caterpillars. We handled them so carefully and put them and some worms in our bug hotel. We wrote letters to Mrs Bell to ask her if we could possibly get a class pet. Mrs Bell enjoyed reading our letters and she said yes! We researched how to look after snails. We got a special package. We excitedly opened it up and it was a snail tub with a snail inside. Over the weekend Miss Mackenzie visited Lydia and brought home another snail. We all choose a name for the snails and then had a class vote to decide on the final names. The butterfly class named their snail Rocket and the ladybird class named their snail Rainbow. A few days later we discovered a new baby snail and we cannot wait for it to get as big as Rocket and Rainbow.
Exploring the great outdoors
Following children's intrests we decided to experiment building a moat in the sand pit. This involved children using their gross motor skills to dig a large hole in the sand and built on their team working skills. Children had to choose the correct tool they thought was going to work the best. Children got to watch the effect of pouring water into sand and experimented by touching, moulding and stamping into the wet sand, they then realised that when standing on it they started to sink into the sand. To further the children's learning we asked the children if they thought the same would happen if they did it in the mud. We experimented this in the mud focusing on sinking and floating. Miss Broadbent and Mrs Ashworth enjoyed getting very wet and muddy with the children too!
Wednesday - Reading records and homework books will be collected by teachers in the morning. We also have our VIP visits on Wednesday morning from 9am till 10am where parents can come and see their child doing phonics.
Please ensure children bring their reading book bags into school every day.
Homework will be set on a Friday, and it would be it is important that you support your child with this as it will be collected on Wednesday.
P.E takes place every Friday Morning. Please ensure children have their P.E kits in school.
P.E kit reminder:
* Black pumps (no trainers).
* Black shorts ( girls are allowed to wear black leggings).
* Red T- shirt.
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