Welcome to week 5 of term 2! Thank you so much for all of the postcards you have sent us using the Evidence Me app. It has been lovely to see what children have been doing at home. We had a fantastic week in school and we have proved we can be just like the ELLI animal ‘Bee’ and work as a team. We found out we work best as a team when we tidy up and learn from each other.
We all made a swarm of bees working in teams just like the ELLI Bee. Here is our ‘Busy Bee’ display inspired by ‘Bee and Me’ by Alison Jay:
We have also been working hard to learn from and support each other in our play, here are some examples of our great team work.
This week we are continuing to focus on the ELLI animal the Bee. We are going to focus on being a good team player and how we can support each other in our learning. We will also begin all our Christmas activities, making cards, calendars and design decorations for our school Christmas tree. We are all so excited for Christmas and plan to make it extra special.
Can you believe that it is December 1st on Tuesday! December is aways an exciting month in school and we are planning lots of things to make it as normal as possible despite all the COVID restrictions.
Instead of our usual Nativity Play performance we are planning a special surprise for you that we will be recording outside.
We would like the children to all wear their lovely winter coats, hats , gloves, scarves etc and look cosy and Christmassy. However the recording will be weather dependent so please look out for messages asking for these at short notice. I’m sure we can rely on the class Whatsapp groups to help spread the word!
This year we are unable to invite the children to send each other lots of Christmas cards. However, if they wish to, they could write one card to the whole class that we will open together and display in the classroom.
Our Star this week is:
Class 2 – Dolly Hinks
This weeks learning
Find the full plans here for anyone isolating at home.
We will continue our learning about being different and belonging by looking at what is the same and different about houses and homes. We will also continue our daily wellbeing activities
Communication and Language
We continue to support development in this area by talking to the children about what they are doing, encouraging them to listen and to take turns in conversation. When watching something or reading stories we will ask questions to check that the children are actively listening and understand what is happening in the program or story. We will continue to talk about the story ‘Bee and Me’ developing our own narrative to the story.
We will play games like I Spy, silly sentences ( where all the words begin with the same sound) and robot talking t( breaking the words down into individual phonemes eg r…e…d… instead of red ) to encourage your child to listen to the phonemes in words.
In PE are perfecting our one leg standing balance. I can work on simple tasks by myself. I can follow instructions and practise safely.
In dance we will continue to support children’s brain and body coordination development with Write Dance.
This week we will continue to use the story ‘Bee and Me’ by Alison Jay to talk about the Elli ‘Bee’ and how it can help us to develop our team-working skills to help us learn from each other.
This week we will be recapping all the phonemes that we learnt so far and learning the new phonemes x, y, z (zz)
We will use these phonemes to blend (read) and segment (spell) CVC words
We will also be learning the ‘Tricky’ words was and you that cannot be blended but need to be learnt by sight.
This week we will read in small groups and 1:1. We will continue to allocate them a home reading book from our online reading scheme. Please continue to talk to your children about their reading book, what do you think will happen next? What happened in the beginning, middle and end?
This week will be learning about 2D (flat) shapes and talking about their properties. How many sides have they got? How many corners? Are the edges straight or curved? We will be using 2D shapes to make patterns and pictures.
Our observation challenge this week is to send a photo and observation of a your child finding 2D shapes in the environment. . Please ask the children to tell you about the shapes that they have used and record it in the notes using their own words.
We will also continue to think about the numbers 6 – 10; recognising the numerals, counting amounts up to 10 accurately and ordering numbers to 10.
We will be exploring the different ways that we can make numbers to 10 using 10s frames and recording in Part Part Whole diagrams and number sentences.
Understanding the World
We will be learning a little more about Hanukkah (10th Dec) and listening to children’s ideas around the festive season.
We will be supporting group games and role play.
Children will be sharing what they know about seasons as the weather changes.
We will be encouraging children to use the pc and mouse as well as ipads to use age appropriate software.
We will be assessing children’s learning this term, and have a go at re-telling the Christian Nativity story
This week we will be doing lots of Christmas Arts and Crafts, making Christmas cards, calendars and decorations- we can’t wait to show them off! We will also be continuing our Nativity songs from ‘Shine Star Shine.’