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Puffin Class


Class Teachers: Mrs Hafford and Mrs Hill

Nursery Nurses: Mrs Goodman and Mrs Wells


Welcome to Summer 2

Well, we have made it to our final half term of the year. I'm sure you'll agree with us that this year is flying by! This term we will be preparing the children for their transition into Year 1. We have many discussions with the teacher's in Year 1 to ensure a smooth transition for the children and the children will have an opportunity to visit their new classroom during our moving up session (a date for this will be arranged shortly). Also this term we will be lucky enough to go on a visit to William's Den (a letter regarding this will go out in the first week after the half term holiday). As some children have recently been on holiday we are taking our Talking and Thinking Floorbook time down the avenue of travel and holidays. I'm sure the children are also going to be very proud and helpful as we show our new September starter children around our classroom as part of their transition on dates throughout this term. 

Maths overview

Week beginning:

Monday 4th June - addition and subtraction, solving word problems, identifying whether to add or subtract.

Monday 11th June- ordering numbers and investigating capacity using the vocabulary of 'holds the most' and 'holds the least'. Some children will also start investigating measuring using non-standard units, for example how many yogurt pots does it take to fill a milk bottle, etc.

Monday 18th June - all children will be counting to 100, some children will extend this to reading two-digit numbers, doubling 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and then applying this to doubling 2, 3 and 4 tens and hundreds, revision of addition and subtraction of single digit numbers, extending to addition of a single digit to a number between 11 and 20.

Monday 25th June - using the direction of left and right, introducing whole and half turns, naming 3D shapes and describing them.

Monday 2nd July - money. Recognising coins and paying with 1p and 2p coins. Counting in multiples of 2. 

Monday 9th July - time, including days of the week (inclduing using the vocabulary of yesterday, today and tomorrow), months of the year and telling the time to o'clock.

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!

Summer 1

We started the term off by continuing to look at celebrations and we really enjoyed our visit to the church where Reverend Trudy baptised baby Noah Louis Puffin! We also enjoyed our visit from the planetarium. Whilst reading Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson one child noticed that the butterfly and caterpillar were part of the same family. We wanted to know more so we moved our Talking and Thinking Floorbook onto looking at 'Changes'. We have found out about the life cycle of a butterfly and a tadpole. We have even grown our own butterflies from caterpillars in our classroom! We welcomed Miss Horrell back to our school where she is completing her final teaching placement. We have really enjoyed having her back! 

Please note: 

  • The chidren will need to bring their PE kit (t-shirt, shorts and trainers) 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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