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Welcome to the summer term in Dove class
Thursday 10th May 2018
We made some symmetrical patterns in the woods today.
We had a great time!
We now have 24 children in the year two class at Cheapside! We are expanding on a regular basis and both Miss Hunt and I are so very impressed with how welcoming our class are being, and how quickly our new class members are settling in.
Dove Class teaching staff:
Dove class is taught by Miss Hunt on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Mrs Aplin on Thursday and Friday. We are also very fortunate to have Mrs Hayhurst who volunteers with us on a Wednesday afternoon to hear children read.
Dove class have P.E. on Tuesday afternoon with a specialist P.E. teacher. Kits can be left in school all week, hung on your child’s peg in the corridor outside of Dove class.
In Dove class we have forest school sessions every Thursday afternoon. Just a quick reminder on appropriate clothing for the woods:
A water proof coat – could be light weight now the spring is here
A long sleeved top (multiple layers on colder days)
Suitable footwear such as trainers for dry days (different to the trainers/ shoes worn inside for the morning) or wellies or waterproof boots
Our woods are a wonderful, wild and natural environment that the children are incredibly fortunate to have access to. Although we have worked hard to create a safe outdoor space there are natural hazards that we encourage to the children to learn about and avoid where possible. There are nettles, brambles and tripping hazards such as roots and holes. The clothing suggested will minimise any nettle stings, scratches and injuries through tripping. We will go into the woods whatever the weather, so please do provide the appropriate clothing.
Currently homework comprises of maths, weekly spellings and daily reading. Occasionally there may be work or research for a different subject.
Spelling and Dictation books are to be brought to school every Friday so new spellings can be set and stuck in the books. Children will complete either a spelling test or dictation activity in these books on a Friday morning. You will be able to track your child’s progress in this way. Working on your child’s spellings with them at home will make a big difference to their learning.
Reading books and reading record books should be in school every day. Please complete your child’s reading record book when they have been listened to. These will be checked (and books changed as appropriate) on Mondays and Thursdays.
Maths homework will occasionally be set that relates to our class work.
You are welcome to make an appointment to speak to either of us after school on any day if you have any questions or queries.
Miss Hunt and Mrs Aplin
The catering crew were busy this week making hot chocolate for everyone! After a couple of cold hours in the woods a warm drink was just what we needed!
We also had a great time playing with the new mud kitchen…
Mud pie anyone?
In maths this week we have been focusing on place value, counting in 2’s, 3’s, 5’s and 10’s and sorting data. On Friday we worked in groups to analyse the frequency of different colours in packets of jelly beans and M&M’s. We organised our data into a tally chart and then a block graph.
Mrs Aplin assures us that we were doing real maths and not just playing with sweets!
January 6th 2018
Happy New Year and welcome back!
We are very excited in Dove Class this week as we are starting our new topic ‘Where in the World’. We are beginning to talk about what countries in the world either ourselves or our families have been to, and we are going to collect photos of us in different places and mark them off against a World Map. I have brought a fantastic map for the class as a Christmas gift, that allows you to scratch off each country to reveal a different colour beneath. We are very excited to see how many countries we can reveal by the end of this half term. If you have any photos at home of different countries or interesting objects from your travels that you are happy to share, please do send them in.
In English this week we have been learning about the different types of sentences. How exciting! We have been focusing on statements and exclamation. What a fun thing to do! (Can you spot which of the sentences in this paragraph are statements or exclamations?)
Taking on board the forest school motto ‘There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing’ we decided to try and have a forest school session on Thursday. Unfortunately, it was far too windy and we found ourselves ducking out of the way of falling sticks and having to shout to hear ourselves over the sound over the wind rushing through the branches! After about half an hour we decided to relocate to our classroom to finish our story work – it was much safer and warmer!
We will continue to have forest school sessions every Thursday afternoon, so please make sure your child comes in dressed ready for muddy outdoor fun! Although we provided the waterproof trousers, I would recommend everyone has wellies, gloves, hat, a warm coat that can get dirty, leggings or jogging bottoms and layers on their top half. Forest school is not fun when you are wet and cold!
You will be receiving a letter from Mrs Summers and myself about helping us out to clear an area in the woodland on Saturday 27th January. We really would appreciate your time and efforts.
In science this term we are learning about the environment and what changes we can make to help look after the planet. I explained to the children on Friday that they are our future world leaders and how important it is that they understand the little changes we can make to save energy, recycle and reuse, and care for our environment. We were very excited by this idea and thought of lots to ways we could make a difference!
Every week Dove Class take part in Forest School. We put on our warm clothes and waterproof trousers and head to the woodland! We are very lucky to have our own Forest School right here in our grounds.