WREN CLASS PAGE
Welcome to our Class page. We hope you find the information posted here useful and that it gives you an insight into what has been happening in Wren Class. Each week we will post a regular newsletter letting you know what we have been up to in class that week. Details will also be included of any home learning challenge.
Wrens Class- week beginning 29/1/18
This week we have read ‘Where’s My Teddy’. The children are beginning to write independently and some decided to write the whole story using pictures as prompts, fabulous work. We have also been using 1 minute timers to see what we can do in one minute. We estimated first, e.g. how many times we could the length of the playground and then timed it. The children enjoyed finding out how close their estimates were. In phonics we have covered the sounds ai, ee, igh, and long and short oo sounds. In the last couple of weeks we have started to timetable regular ‘show and tell’ sessions. These will take place weekly on a Wednesday afternoon. The sessions will we half and hour long and we will give priority each week to children who have not already brought something in.
Wrens Class – week beginning 8/1/18
This week we focused on our school. We had to use our careful observation skills to locate different parts of the school building using close-up photo shots. We also talked about our daily routines on school days. In maths we tried estimating the number of objects in groups of up to 20. The children found this quite challenging so some practice at home would be helpful. We also began looking at teen numbers and how the numeral indicates that these numbers are made up of ten and some more. In phonics we revised ch, sh and th and introduced the sounds ng and nk. We have also been focusing on tricky words and would ask if you could work on these at home with your child.
The tricky words we are focusing on are: the, to, into, I, no, go, he, she, we, me, be, you, all, are, her, was, they, my
We talked briefly about healthy living this week and what we need to think about to have a healthy lifestyle. The children had a go at designing their own healthy lunch and they used their sounds to write a shopping list of the things they wanted in a healthy packed lunch.
In Forest School we read the story of ‘Stick Man’ and the children really enjoyed making their own stick men working on the clove hitch knot and attaching sticks together.
PE will still be on a Wednesday afternoon this term.
Wrens Class – week beginning 1/1/18
Happy New Year!
We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Thank you for your thoughtful gifts and cards, they were much appreciated.
The children have returned happy and settled well into the new term. Our new topic this term is ‘Our World’ We will be looking at the local area and making comparisons between their everyday lives, homes and experiences with those of children living in different parts of the world. Attached below is an overview of what we would like to cover in each of the areas of learning for your information.
This week we have learnt 2 new sounds ‘ch and ‘sh’ . In Maths we have talked about the days of the week and have used songs to learn the order of the months of the Year. We have also talked about New Year Resolutions and the children have all made their own New Year Resolutions.
Forest School will continue to be on a Thursday morning so we would like the children to arrive in school in their Forest School clothing. Please consider the weather as it is getting colder and wetter so the children need lots of warm layers. You are welcome to send the children in with their uniform in a carrier bag to change into, although we are very happy for the children to remain in their forest school clothes for the remainder of the day. They wear waterproof trousers and a coat in the forest so their clothes tend to stay protected. If you could spare the time at the beginning of the day to help your child into their waterproof trousers then that would be very helpful.
PE days are under review and we will update on the PE day next week. For now please send in PE kits on Monday so that we have them in school ready to use when needed.
If your child is reading books, please could you help them change their book in the morning at drop off if they need to. If your child is at rainbow’s in the morning we will help them to do this.
Home Learning Challenge – Maths
This week your child has made and taken home a 2018 calendar. Please use this calendar to help with number recognition and counting on. We talked to the children about crossing out each day at the end of the day, this is a great opportunity to ask open ended maths questions e.g.
How many days have we had this month?
What is the date today? What was the date yesterday? What will the date be tomorrow?
How many more days until the 10th of the month?
How many days until the end of the month?
There are lots of opportunities for number recognition, counting on and counting back.
Are we half way through the month yet? How do we know?
How many days have we had?
What month will it be next? (Ask your child if they sing the Months of the Year song!)
Wrens Class-week beginning 4/12/17
Wrens have been focusing on the Nativity story and thinking about the meaning of some of the symbols and customs associated with Christmas. They have begun making Christmas decorations and cards and have been learning songs in preparation for the EYFS/KS1 Nativity, to be performed for parents next week (Tuesday 12th Dec).
We have now completed our work introducing the children to all the initial letter sounds. Between now and the end of term we shall be focusing on tricky words .
Despite the wet weather, the children have had a great session in Forest School this week, where we made some Christmas Tree decorations. There are some lovely observations on Tapestry as well. Despite the wet weather the children really enjoyed our morning and there was some fabulous den making happening as well! Well done Wrens!
Home Learning Challenge
Write some cvc words. Sound out cvc words together and build them using the letter cards in your child’s reading wallet. Once the words are built, use the cards to support your child in forming the letters correctly. Here are some words to get you started:
mat, net, sat, fun, hut, lip, wet, zip
These words all start with an initial sound that can be stretched, making segmenting and blending easier, e.g. ‘mmmaaat’.
Photograph the work and post it on Tapestry, or bring it into school for us to display.
Wrens Class – week beginning 20/11/17
This week we have focused on stories about Percy the Park Keeper. The children have drawn pictures and written labels or captions about the story. They enjoyed using small world pictures and props to act out little stories. They have also enjoyed using the role play area. Towards the end of the week we learnt about one of the animals from the story – the hedgehog. We learnt some useful facts about hedgehogs and found out that they hibernate in winter. In forest school we made some hedgehogs out of clay and we also made them a little home to hibernate in. We have also read the story ‘Leaf Man’ and created our own leaf creatures. You can see some of our fabulous pieces of work on the display board in Wrens cloakroom, there are also some pictures on tapestry of the fabulous hedgehogs.
In phonics we have been working on the sounds h, b and f. We are continuing to really work on blending sounds to read simple words and on letter formation. In maths we have been looking at 2D shape. We have been naming and describing rectangles, squares, circles and triangles. The children have enjoyed printing with shapes and using them to make pictures.
Home Learning Challenge
Go on a shape hunt around your house, can you find examples of the 4 basic shapes in your house? Could you take a pictures of some objects in your home that have that shape and post them on tapestry? Tell an adult all about the shape you have spotted!
Wrens Class-week beginning 13/11/17
This week we focused on the story ‘Owl Babies’. The children loved watching an animated version of the story and thought up words to describe the owls. They made adorable baby owl collage pictures and learnt some key facts about owls.
In phonics we have learnt the letter sounds e, u and r. We also continued practicing sounding out and blending cvc (consonant-vowel-consonant) words and have been reading simple phonic captions. The children are working on their pencil grip and letter formation using the instructions on their letter sound cards.
In maths we have been securing recognition of numerals up to 10 and 20, ordering numbers and forming numerals correctly.
In music we have been learning simple songs including nursery rhymes and practicing clapping in time to the beat of a song.
Home Learning Challenge
Practice letter and numeral formation. You could use pencil, pens or chalk; paint, squeezy bottles of water on the patio, a shallow tray of sand, or cornflour gloop. Add your work to Tapestry so we can see how amazing you are.
Wrens Class- week beginning 6/11/17
This week we have focused on bonfire night. The children shared their experiences and we watched an exciting fireworks video to help us think of words to describe the fireworks. The children then produced some firework art.
Phonics- we have focused on the letters- c k and ck
Maths- we have covered length and capacity. We used mathematical vocabulary when comparing the length, height or capacity of an object.
Home learning Challenge
This week encourage your child to compare the length, height or capacity of objects at home. You could help your child to find objects that are taller or shorter than him/her. You could compare the capacity of different containers in the kitchen. Here are some of the words we have used in class when talking about length and capacity:
tall; taller; tallest; long; longer; longest; short; shorter; shortest; length; height; compare; full; empty; half full; capacity; more; less; greater than; container
Forest School – week beginning 6/11/17
Wrens have been thinking about Remembrance and the significance of the poppy in forest school. They have made a poppy by joining together 2 twigs using a square lashing. It was really tricky but we were amazed by their perseverance, well done Wrens!
Forest School – week beginning 30/10/17
Wrens have had a great time in the Forest this week. We have had an autumn theme and we have looked at what we can create using autumn leaves and seeds. The children enjoyed conker paint rolling, making leaf catchers and conker creatures.