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Puffin Class


Class Teachers: Mrs Hafford and Mrs Hill

Nursery Nurses: Mrs Goodman and Mrs Wells


Welcome to Summer 1

Welcome to the summer term (fingers crossed we get some sun soon - I think we deserve some after all the snow we got this year!). We will continue our learning about different celebrations this term. We will be looking particularly at weddings and christenings as this is what the children have shown the most interest in and what they have asked most questions about. Some of the children brought in some Julia Donaldson books last half term and we really enjoyed reading them so this will be another area we will focus on. Also a child created a pirate ship whilst playing in our construction area last term so we have also got out some pirate props to enhance the small world and contruction areas of our classroom. I'm sure the children will enjoy exploring these. As the weather improves, our learning will encompass plants and minibeasts in our Living and Growing topic. As a consolidation of our learning about dark and space we are going to be lucky enough for a planetarium to be visiting our school on the 26th April. More details about this will follow in a letter form when we start back after the Easter holidays. Lots to look forward to!

Maths overview

Week beginning:

Monday 16th April - days of the week, months of the year and o'clock times

Monday 23rd April

Monday 30th April 

Monday 7th May 

Monday 14th May 

Monday 21st May

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 began the term with a Dark Day which they thoroughly enjoyed. They particularly enjoyed making shadows using their torches and investigating which materials allowed light to pass through and which materials didn't. The children then moved onto exploring space. A lot of interesting questions came up through our Talking and Thinking Floorbook discussions, including 'Are aliens real?' Thank you to everyone for their efforts in designing their own aliens. There were some very interesting creations and even names for the aliens! 

We have now learnt all the sounds in the phase 3 unit of work in Letters and Sounds. Now for the difficult bit - remembering them and applying them! 

In maths, the children practiced 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 have also worked hard on practicing our number formation.

Spring 2

This term has been focused on celebrations. We have looked at the celebrations of Chinese New Year, Mother's Day and Easter. We have also started our Talking and Thinking Floorbook work by recording what we already know about celebrations and what we would like to find out. We will begin to find out answers to our questions in Summer 1. This half term we also enjoyed taking part in Take One Book week where we read The Lion Inside. We hope you enjoyed our sharing assembly which we performed this half term. It was also in this half term that we enjoyed exploring the snow!

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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