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Puffin Class

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Class Teachers: Mrs Hafford and Mrs Hill

Nursery Nurses: Mrs Goodman and Mrs Wells

 

Autumn 1

We welcomed our new starters into school this term and they made a fantastic start on their school journey. They enjoyed exploring their new learning environment both inside and outside. They started to develop some strong friendship relationships, showing each other how they can share and play with each other. We have enjoyed seeing them take on roles in their play and develop their imagination. The outdoor construction area has proved a strong favourite, as has the dough and home corner.

In phonics the children have worked through phase 1 (based on developing listening skills) and phase 2 of letters and sounds. They have started to segment and blend VC and CVC words.

In maths the children have started to count to 20, recognise numbers to 10 and the value of these through 1:1 correspondence. They have also learnt some 2D and 3D shape names, we have talked about their properties and we have been on a shape hunt to find examples of these shapes in our environment.

This term we focused our Talking and Thinking Floorbook on 'All about me'. We learnt about each child, what they like doing and the people in their families. We also learnt things like what food we need to eat to be healthy. We read the story of The Little Red Hen and made some delicious bread buns. We also learnt about the festival of Diwali.

We followed the child initiated learning after a child showed an interest in reading Stickman by Julia Donaldson. We supplemented our reading by going on a stick hunt, compared the sticks we collected and then made stickmen of our own.

The children gave a fantastic first performance by singing 'Big red combine harvester' as part of our harvest worship.

Autumn 2

In phonics we have continued to recap our phase 2 sounds and we have started to learn some digraphs from phase 3. We have worked really hard segmenting and blending CVC and CVCC words. We can now read simple captions and sentences. We have learnt to use finger spaces in our writing and some of us are using full stops. We can write simple captions and some of us are writing sentences. Wow!

In maths we have practiced adding two sets of numbers, counting backwards, learning one more and one less, measuring and comparing lengths, the value of coins and the days of the week. I wonder if the children can now tell us different things that happen on different days of the week? For example, when they do PE, when Mrs Hafford is in the class, when Mrs Hill is in the class, what day they go to swimming/gymnastic lessons, etc.

We continued our learning about dark and we don't feel that the children have completed their learning about this just yet so it will continue into our Spring term. During the first full week back at school we will hold a 'Dark day' where children will be invited to bring in torches or light up devices. We will also use this week to launch our move into learning about space.

The children gave an amazing performance of 'The Nativity'. I'm sure you'll all agree that they spoke, sang and acted brilliantly and they are all a credit to their parents and us! We also enjoyed our first visit to the pantomime!

Spring 1

The children will continue their learning about the dark and then take this into learning about space. During this term the children will also learn about different celebrations and festivals including our new year and the Chinese New Year. 

In phonics, the children will continue learning the digraphs and trigraphs in phase 3 of Letters and Sounds. Please continue to support your children in learning the sounds that they bring home in their yellow sound book.

In maths, the children will continue counting and ordering numbers to 20, using ordinal numbers, addition of 1 and 2 to numbers, subtraction of single digits, desrcribing and sorting 2D shapes and creating and continuing patterns with three colours/shapes/objects. We will also be continuing work on number formation so please continue to practice this in the children's books that they bring home.

Maths

Week beginning: 

8th January - estimating numbers of objects, counting actions and ordinal numbers.

15th January - symmetry, describing 2D shapes (circles, squares, rectangles and triangles) and sorting.

22nd January - adding 1 more, adding 2 more and adding two single digit numbers.

29th January - repeating patterns using two or three different objects/actions, including a recap on 2D shape.

5th February - different ways we can make 10 using two single digit numbers, subtraction from 10. The children will be using objects to help them, number lines and their fingers!

Please note: 

  • The chidren will need to bring their PE kit (t-shirt and shorts only) into school. They will leave their PE kit in school until we send them home with it at the end of the half term. 
  • Please can we take this opportunity to ask parents to ensure all their child's clothing is labelled with their name. 
  • Please check this page and our school's Facebook page for regular updates on what we are learning about and important messages.
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