Fittleworth C. E. Village School

Fittleworth C. E. Village School

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Oak Class

Oak Class 

"From little acorns, mighty oaks grow."

 

The teachers in Oak class are:

                                                                                 

      Mrs Westbrook                           Mrs Abell 

   (Mondays to Thursdays)                     (Fridays)

    

 

The teaching assistants are:

                                                          

Mrs Reynolds               Mrs Tudgay          Mrs Allfrey

                                             (1:1 learning assistant) 

 

 Autumn Term 2020

w/b 30th November 2020

Topic: Our Tudor houses are nearly finished! We have worked hard on our designs and are just working on the finishing touches. They look fantastic already! 

Literacy: This week we will be using a text called, 'The House that Once Was', carrying on our mini topic of houses and homes. The story sees a little girl and boy in the woods and they find a stumble upon a house that is in disrepair. They begin to wonder who lived in the house? What happened in the house? Between them, they come up with several stories of make believe. We will be using this text to inspire our own story writing. 

Maths: This week are learning to tell the time. Year 1 will be sequencing events in chronological order, learning the days of the week and the month of the year. They will be learning how to tell the time to o'clock and to half past. Year 2 will be revising how to tell the time to o'clock and half past as well as learning how to read quarter past and quarter to. Use any clocks you have at home to practise telling the time. It always helps when children have some experience of what time looks like on an analogue and a digital clock. 

Christmas! You will have seen the song words for our Nativity play in your child's book bags. Please practise these as much as possible. The music can be found on YouTube if you type in, 'A Little Nativity'. If your child has chosen to read a line in our play, please help them to practise learning their words. We won't have an audience to perform to which will help with the nerves but we still need to speak loudly for the video! More information about costumes will follow at the beginning of this week. 

Phonics: This week's sounds are 'oe' in 'toe, 'au' in 'launch', 'ey' in 'key'. 

Y1 Spelling pattern (Y2 to revise): 'ea' in 'dream' and also in 'bread'

sea, dream, meat, each, scream, read, head, bread, meant, instead

Y2 CEW: after, fast, last, past

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or worries. If any family needs to self isolate or miss any school for any reason, I will be in contact to help support any home learning that may need to happen. 

 

That's all for this week!

Mrs W :) 

 

 

w/b 23rd November 2020

We have had a lovely week learning about diaries. We found out who Samuel Pepys was and why he is significant. We used the diaries we wrote last weekend to help us to imagine we were watching the Great Fire from our windows. I have been super impressed at how well the children have been able to use the past and present tense in their writing. Well done everyone!

A big thank you too to all you parents for your continued support and co-operation in helping to keep our children as safe as possible. Many children have been even more careful to remember to wash their hands, gel their hands and keep their distance from each other whenever possible. I know it is very difficult for children of this age to distance themselves from their friends (my 6 year old daughter is forever wanting to hug her friends!) but we do it to keep everyone safe so thank you. Many of us have vulnerable family members so its important we work together at this time. 

This week...

Topic: We are beginning to build our very own Tudor homes this week! We will be learning about what happened after the fire and how the houses and streets of London were re-built. By designing and making our own houses, we will get a better understanding of this historical event. Watch out for photos on Class DoJo!

Literacy: We are going to be using the traditional tale of The Three Little Pigs to link with our science learning as well as our topic learning about houses. We will be using role play to explore the sequence of events and the characters of the story. Then by the end of the week, we are going to have a go at re-telling this traditional tale using our own words. 

Maths: It's fractions week 2! We will be finding 3/4 of shapes, objects and amounts. We will be problem solving using our knowledge of fractions. Ask your child this week to explain clearly how we write a fraction and what each number means. 

Science: We will be testing materials to see how they change shape by bending, twisting, stretching and squashing this week. Take a materials walk around your house this week and see which objects you can squash, squeeze, bend and twist! 

Phonics: We are learning the sounds 'wh' (in whistle), 'ph' (in phone) and 'ew' (in new and flew) 

Spellings:

Year 1 spelling pattern (Y2 to revise): me*, she*,  we*,  be*,  he*,  see,  tree,  green,  meet,  week

*some children have had these words already so will only get 5 words this week.

Year 2 CEW: cold, gold, told, hold. 

*Please keep practising these spellings with your child as we are still playing 'catch up' with so many.

And reading! It really does make such a difference when children are reading every day at home. We will only change your child's reading books on their changing days and when the diary has been signed by an adult. If your child wants to read the book again, then just make a note in the diary so I know to leave it in their bookbag. The aim is to encourage your child to develop a love of reading for pleasure! This means they will not be rushed through the colours; only moved on when I feel they are reading a new book with 95% accuracy, with no overt sounding out and with expression. When they are confident and enjoying their reading, I will introduce a book from the next colour.

Click on the link below to hear a Year 2 reader who is reading at the expected standard for their age. 

YouTube - Expected standard reading for Year 2. 

That's all for this week!

Mrs W :)

 

 

 

 

w/b 16th November 2020

We enjoyed a (virtual!) visit from a firefighter last week who answered some of our burning (!) questions! He also gave us a tour of the fire station and showed us the fire engines. We loved hearing all about the jobs he does as well as how hard he worked to become a firefighter. He is a hero, someone who helps save the lives of others and works to keep all of us safe. This helped to spark (!) a discussion about the Great Fire of London and how the fire may not have spread so quickly if there had been the fire service. We know that because of the Great Fire the fire service began so there is a lot to be thankful for! 

Topic: This week we are going to be exploring HOW we know about the Great Fire. A man named Samuel Pepys kept a diary as the events of the fire were unfolding. We will be looking at the recount in his diary and questioning how good a source of evidence it is. Click below to watch a short clip about the Great Fire and Samuel Pepys diary. 

The Great Fire of London animation - YouTube 

Literacy: Inspired by Samuel Pepys diary, we are going to learn how to write our very own diaries. Perhaps we will write about what we do in a day so that we can clearly remember what happened and how we were feeling. Our grammar focus is to be able to write in the past and in the present tense. Maybe this weekend, you could keep a diary and we could share these on Monday. Remember to write about what you are doing, what you have done and how you are feeling.

Maths: We will be using our knowledge of division from last week, to help us to learn about fractions this week. Starting with finding half of a shape, we will be cutting out our own shapes to fold in half. We will then be moving on to look at half of an object, such as a pencil, a book or a table! Then we will be relating this to finding half and a quarter of an amount. We will use whatever resources we can in the classroom to make it as easy to understand as possible. At home, why not use the items you have in your kitchen or in your bedroom to find half. When might we need to be able to find half of an amount? Click below to play this game of finding a half.  

Half or not half? Interactive game 

Science: Year 1 are going to be testing some materials this week! Which ones are waterproof and which ones are absorbent? Which material is the strongest? We will be using the story of the Three Little Pigs to help us with our investigation. Year 2 will also be using this story to discuss the suitability of different materials. Why do we use bricks to build our houses? Why do we not use sticks? Or straw? Click below to watch this video with these girls who are carrying out their own waterproof investigation. 

Is it waterproof? investigation - YouTube

Phonics: We will be moving onto the sounds 'oy' (boy), 'ir' (girl), 'ue' (glue, argue) and 'aw' (saw) this week. Click below to access PhonicsPlay for more games.

PhonicsPlay Speed Trials - Phase 3 revision 

Spellings: 

Year 1 CEW = love, come, some, school, house.

Y1 Spelling pattern (Y2 revise): roast, coach, own, snow, grow, toe, goes, no, go, so, 

Year 2 CEW = child, children, because.

Art / DT: We are going to be making a good start on our Tudor houses this week, designing them and deciding which materials we will need. These will take us a few weeks to complete but I will post photos on the DoJo so you can see how they are coming along. 

 

That's all for this week! Keep reading and keep practising your times tables!

Mrs W :) 

 

 

w/b 9th November 2020

It's been so lovely to see the children back again after half term. I have been so impressed with how enthusiastic they have been with their learning and how hard they are trying. Please do keep up reading every day at home, remembering to sign the diary so I know when their books are ready to be changed. And keep encouraging your child to practise their spellings. We are doing so much in school too so anything you can be doing at home will help your child make even better progress!

Topic: We are ordering the main events of the Great Fire of London this week. What happened on the day the fire was discovered? How did it spread so quickly? How many days did the fire last? And how was the fire put out? Ask your children about the Great Fire this week and see what they can remember. 

Literacy: We will be considering fire safety this week and discussing how we stay safe in school. We will be writing fire safety posters using commands to tell others what to do in case of a fire. We had a fire drill just before half term so ask your children what we had to do when the alarm was sounded. 

Maths: We are learning about division this week, sharing a number of objects into groups. You could practise this with your children at home by using fruit, or sweets, or toys... we use the language of 'sharing' when we teach division so you could ask you children to share the fruit / sweets / toys between 2 people, or 4 people. How many do they get each? Another way of learning about division is to share objects into groups. How many groups of 2 are there when we have 10 apples / sweets / toys? 

Division as sharing and grouping video - YouTube 

Phonics: We are starting phase 5 this week. Click below to find out what these new sounds are. Year 2 will recognise these sounds from last year so this is good revision for them. The children need to be able to say the sound, spell the sound and read the sound within a word. Phonics Play has a free login for parents to use at home so the games are accessible for all. It's all good practise! 

Phonicsplay website 

Remembrance Day: On Wednesday we are going to be observing a minute's silence at 11am. We are hoping to be able to Zoom call Father David at the church to join him and everyone in the village for the silence. The children have been buying their poppies to wear and we have been discussing why we wear poppies. Here is a lovely child-friendly video clip to watch with your children about what Remembrance Day is all about. 

CBeeBies 'Poppies'

That's all for now! 

Mrs W :) 

P.S. Plans for Christmas are well underway! My intention is to make it as special and as 'normal' for the children as possible this year so watch this space for more details. 

 

 

 

 

w/b 2nd November 2020

Welcome back. I hope you have all had a well deserved rest this week and your children are feeling recharged, ready for a new half term. 

Topic: This half term is all about The Great Fire of London. We started to learn a little about our capital city and now we will be travelling back in time, starting this week as we learn about Guy Fawkes, discovering exactly why it is we have fireworks every year. We will be finding out how the Great Fire started in 1666 and how London was changed forever.  Check out Purple Mash for some more activities related to our topic. 

Literacy: Our grammar focus for this half term is to be able to write expanded noun phrases (this is a posh way of saying, 'to use adjectives to add description of a thing', e.g. 'a cute, baby elephant' instead of just 'an elephant')

We will be writing our own firework poems this week as we explore adjectives. These words help us to describe something we experience around us. We will be watching videos of fireworks, describing what we can see and hear. I will be posting the final pieces of work on your child's DoJo this week so keep an eye out for those. Check out this BBC Bitesize video to explain what an expanded noun phrase is and how we might write them. 

Maths: We will be moving from addition to multiplication to this week as we explore making groups, adding groups and using a range of strategies to help us to count in groups. We will of course be using Times tables Rockstars to keep our skills sharp so any extra practise you can be doing at home will help with this too. 

Phonics: We are coming to the end of Phase 3 this week as we explore the trigraphs. These are sounds that are spelt with 3 letters. 'ear', 'air', 'ure'. Year 2 will be revising Phase 5 as well this half term in preparation for the phonics screener which I will be giving more details of in a few weeks time. For now, keep practising the sounds and words your child was given in their home pack. Also, keep reading as much as possible, finding those tricky sounds in words in books and practise your weekly spellings. 

'ear' trigraph

'air' trigraph

'ure' trigraph

Alien words for the Phonics Screening check

Art/DT: This half term, we will be designing and making our very own Tudor houses using cardboard boxes. These have all been provided for so there is no need to bring anything in from home. We will be thinking about how a Tudor house was built and discussing why we think the houses burned so quickly during the Great Fire. 

Science: Leading on nicely from our discussion about the Great Fire, we are going to be exploring Materials this half term. This week is all about how many materials we can name and if we can think about the uses of these materials. Why don't you go on a material hunt around your house to see how many different materials you can find? Why do you think these objects in your home are made form these materials? For example, a pan in the kitchen is made from metal but why? What would happen if the pan was made of cardboard? Or wood? Would the pan work as effectively? Why / why not?

Click here to find out more about why we use the materials we do for objects. 

Think that's all for now. I look forward to seeing you all back in school this week and hearing about what you've been up to in your week off. 

Mrs W :) 

 

w/b 26th October 2020 - HALF TERM HOLIDAYS!

Well done everyone for making it through what has been a very long and unusual half term. We have all been working so hard with our learning and been busy getting to know the class expectations and each other. I am very proud of all the children and the resilience that they've shown. Please take this next week to relax and recharge. Enjoy some lovely books together, go for a long walk and jump in the puddles! Everyone needs a well deserved break from school work! 

 

w/b 19th October 2020

As promised, the packs of resources to help support your child with their targets for this term have been sent home this week in book bags alongside a covering letter. Any questions, please ask. 

We have had a fab week learning all about London. We have been reading 'Katie in London' to find out about the major landmarks in our capital city. We have been using capital letters when writing a name of a person or a place. And we have been drawing and labelling our own maps which were amazing! 

'Katie in London' read aloud on YouTube

Topic: This week coming we are going to be considering what London used to be like in the 19th Century. What was different about London then? How is it the same now? What has changed since the 19th Century and why? 

Pudding Lane video of London in the 19th Century

Literacy: We will be considering fire and what it means to us. What is fire? Where does it come from? What do we use fire for? We will be using adjectives to describe fire using our senses and then finding out about different sentence types to be able to describe fire. 

'Why is fire hot?' video on YouTube

Maths: It's all about money this week. This is a great area of learning as parents can support from home quite easily. Have a rummage in a purse or a wallet for some loose change and talk to your child about what they can see on each coin. Can they find the number on it? What else is on the coin? Use some paper this week to lay on top of the coins and use a wax crayon to take a rubbing of the coin. Try counting the coins and adding the different values. The children need to know the value of each coin and know equivalent values e.g. If I had 10 1p coins, I would have 10p! 

Money games 

Purple Mash: A reminder that this is a great online learning resource which children can access at home using their logins stuck inside their reading diaries. I add a few new tasks onto Purple Mash every week linked to our learning in school. I can also see when a child has completed a task and I can give feedback which the children love to see! 

Times Tables Rockstars: Another fantastic online learning resource to help practise times tables. Year 1 are being introduced to the 10 times tables at the moment but I will be adding a few more to challenge them. Year 2s should be practising their 2s, 5s and 10 times tables. After half term, we will be learning more about multiplication in maths so any practise on this, will be of great benefit to your child. Any problems, let me know.

 

That's all for now. Keep on eye on the Class DoJo for any more wonderful pictures of your child's learning. We have also been practising our Harvest video which will be uploaded very soon on the school's website so be sure to check back by the end of the week! 

 

w/b 12th October 2020

A huge thank you to all parents who I have spoken to this week over the phone. It has been a real treat to be able to share your child's progress with you and get to know you all a little better. If I haven't been able to catch up with you yet, please do let the office know when is a good time for me to call you and I will do my best to fit in with you. It is so important we share how your child has settled in this term so far and targets they can be working on. I really have been so impressed with how all the children have adapted to this strange new school year. 

This week, some of the children have been busy cooking in the kitchen with Mrs Ball, using those yummy Autumn fruits we found growing in the school field. We've been talking about Harvest and what it means to us this week and these crumbles are a great way to celebrate the goodness we have around us. Cooking continues next week too so everyone will get the chance to bring a crumble home!

Topic: This week, we are going to be learning all about London! We are going to be finding out about our capital city, famous landmarks and how London has changed over the years. We will be drawing and labelling maps and writing our own diary entries about a day out in the city. 

Literacy: We are going to be using capital letters for proper nouns this week which includes the names of places. Have you ever been to London? Where did you go? What did you see? How did you get there? 

Maths: We have been practising addition and this week, we are going to be learning about subtraction and how to 'take away'. Practise using everyday objects at home to count and 'take away'. If you have 10 sweets and eat 6 of them, how many would you have left? Try some of the games below to help with your understanding. 

Keep reading at home and practising your spellings. I will be sending home a little pack of resources targeted to support your child's learning so be sure to share these with your children. 

 

Subtraction grids

Monster Subtraction

 

 

w/b 5th October 2020

Thank you to all the parents who have signed up to the Class DoJo, the children (and I!) are absolutely loving this new way of sharing instantly with you the fun and learning that is going on in Oak Class. It makes me feel so proud when I see your child working hard and making progress with their learning and gives me so much joy in being able to share it with you all. Please do add any photos of work or learning going on at home. It makes such a difference to the children when they know we are sharing their progress. 

Parent Consultations

As a staff we have been busy discussing the best way to meet with parents that is in line with recent government guidance. As much as I would love to meet with you all face to face, it's looking more likely that we will have to meet over the phone instead. My intention is to catch up with you all about how you feel your child has settled back into school life as well as share with you your child's next steps for their learning. The appointment will be around 10 minutes long. Keep as eye out for a text message or an email in the next few days with more details.

Following our 'meeting', I will be sharing resources in the bookbags you can use at home to help your child with their individual targets e.g. flashcards with the phonics and tricky words your child needs to practise reading and handwriting practise. I will be explaining these to the children first so they will be better equipped to share their targets with you at home. 

Harvest!

Traditionally at Fittleworth we have had a Harvest service in the church where all the children contribute something they have been practising. It's always such a lovely way to share this festival together. However, this year will be slightly different. Oak Class have started learning the words to our class song called, 'Cauliflowers Fluffy'. Many of you may know this little catchy number already! Click below for the YouTube video to watch at home. I will do my best to print out the words and pop these into the book bags so you can help your child with the reading and learning of the words. Our song will be filmed and put together in a video for you all which I will probably upload onto the Class DoJo. A copy of it will also be available on the school website under the 'Assemblies' tab. More details to follow! 

Cauliflowers Fluffy 

Times Tables Rockstars!

Another new exciting thing we have signed up for this year is Times Tables Rockstars! This is a fantastic website where your child can be their very own rockstar. As they learn their times tables, they can earn points which they can use to 'buy' new guitars, outfits and accessories! It's a very engaging way of motivating the children to learn their times tables. To begin with, they will only be set their 2s, 5s and 10s. They can choose to 'battle' each other and even me! A real test of speed and memory for us all. I will be introducing the children to it in school this week and I will pop a letter in the bookbags with login details for you to be able to access it from home. 

Cooking!

As part of our mini topic on Autumn, next week we will be picking apples and blackberries. Mrs Ball has kindly offered to help our class do some cooking and turn these amazing fruits into a crumble! The children are excited to try these and share them with you all at home. We do have a few ramekins in school which we will be using to send home your individual crumbles but if you can spare a small round ramekin, it would be very much appreciated. You will of course get yours back, filled with crumble! 

Our Learning

We will be finding out about nocturnal animals next week, as well as animals that hibernate. Hedgehogs seem to be the favourite animal amongst the children! Watch out for lots of lovely artwork and writing on the Class DoJo. 

Keep practising your spellings at home as we have been looking at them every day for a few minutes in class too. It really does make a difference to your child's confidence when writing. Please also do continue to read as much as possible with your child, sharing the books together and encouraging your child to sound out as many words as they feel able to. 

I think that's all for this week! Sorry for the overload of information! Please do contact me via email through the school office if you need to ask any questions. It really has been so lovely to see how excited the children have been about learning and coming to school every day. 

Mrs W :) 

 

w/b 28th September 2020

We have had a really lovely week so far finding out about our pets. Thank you to all who have printed out photos and sent them in book bags. The pictures will be displayed on 'Our Pets' display. We have found out what our pets need to stay healthy and what we can do to keep healthy too. 

Class DoJo

We have introduced a new and exciting way of communicating with you called Class DoJo which is a way of instantly alerting parents when your child receives a positive reward for something in class. It could be 'Good listening', 'Teamwork', 'Showing persistance', 'Helping others', 'Being on task' or 'Working hard'. All parents should have received an email to sign up. So far, there have been 14 parents sign up which is fantastic! Once you have signed up, you will receive instant alerts for when your child is rewarded in class. I will be able to upload photos of any special moments and leave messages too so please do sign up if you haven't already and we will make a good start next week! 

Literacy: Next week we will be learning about Autumn as part of our Topic sessions. We will be reading poems and describing what we can find on an Autumn walk. This week, start looking for signs of Autumn all around you. We've noticed that the acorns have fallen very early this year!

Maths: Year 1: We will be using our number bonds to 10 and to 20 next week to help us with adding and taking away. We will be revising our pairs of numbers to ten first and using these to help us with our work. At home, ask your child to tell you how many more you will need if you already have 6 and you need 10.... or you have 10 but you lose 2, how many do you have left? 

Year 2: We will be problem solving using bar models and part whole models. Ask your child to explain to you how to use these! We will be using number bonds to 10 to help us recognise number bonds to 100. So if 4 + 3 = 7 then 40 + 30 = 70. 

That's all for now!

Mrs Westbrook :) 

 

Communications Policy at Fittleworth School 

I am always happy to speak to parents who may have any questions or concerns regarding their children's learning, behaviour or general well being. However, in the mornings, my main priority is to get the children into school safely, calmly and ready to learn which means I cannot always give parents my full attention. I will be focused on the children coming in and won't be able to discuss anything at length with parents at this time, many apologies for this.

If you do need to speak to me, just ring the office to make an appointment to see me any day after school, and we will have more space and time to talk! 

 

Many thanks for your understanding.

Mrs Westbrook :)

 

w/b 21st September 2020

What a fantastic week we have had in the classroom! The children have really impressed me with their learning and their determination to do their best. We started the week by writing party invitations and had our very own tea party to introduce the story of 'The Tiger who Came To Tea'. We have used Book Talk to engage with the text and ask questions. We have recounted the story in our own words and written shopping lists for Sophie's mummy. We ended the week by decorating our own stripey tigers to go on display! In science we found out about healthy foods and what we can do to live a healthy life. Ask your children what they can do to be healthy this week. 

This week, our focus will be pets! Do you have any pets at home? Ask your child to bring in a photo or some information about their pets to share with the class. 

Literacy: We will be using the story of 'Bruno and Titch' by Sheena Dempsey to hook our learning onto this week. This is a lovely text all about how a boy looks after his new pet guinea pig. He has to think carefully about what his pet needs before he builds the most amazing home for him. We will be writing instructions for how to care for a pet this week, so be sure to ask your child what they have learnt. 

Science: We will be learning about the basic needs of animals including humans. We will be designing our own pet homes remembering to include all the things our pet will need. What do your pets at home need?

Maths: We will be counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10 this week. Year 1 will be practising counting in these steps by using repeated addition. Year 2 will be beginning to relate the multiplication and division facts. 

Purple Mash: We will be using Purple Mash as our main e-learning platform, in school and at home. This week, I will be sending home the logins and passwords, stuck on the inside of the reading diary cover. The children will be using their logins at school, learning how to access their tasks set by me and they will be encouraged to use Purple Mash at home too. Every week I will be adding fun learning tasks, sometimes games, linked to the learning in school. Just Google search Purple Mash and the children will be able to login safely from the home screen. Be sure to ask them to show you this next week. 

I think that's all for this week. Keep reading and stay healthy! 

Love Mrs Westbrook :)

 

 

Monday 14th September 2020

Today your child will be coming home with their own spelling book in their book bag. Please see the note attached to the inside of the front cover, explaining how best to make use of these books. I will be discussing these with the children on Monday so if you have any questions, ask your child about what they need to do!

It is vital that you support your child with the learning of their spellings for a few minutes after school every day. Encourage a good pencil grip and correct letter formation where possible.

We are living in strange times with many children having missed a huge amount of their schooling due to Covid. The government guidance states that we must 'catch up' and in order to do this effectively, we will need to work together to support your child with their learning this year. We will be practising spellings every day in school but it is essential that they are supported at home as well. We can discuss your child's progress in spelling at our parent consultation meetings at the end of September. 

 

w/b 14th September 2020

What a lovely first week back we have had! I have been so impressed at how well the children have adjusted to this new normal. They have been busy with their learning as well as familiarising themselves with the classroom. It's been so lovely to see all our friends again and learning the new expectations of our class. We wrote our new rules together:

- We are a team and we are all special.

- We will help each other and we will work together. 

- We will do our best and take PRIDE in our work. 

- We will have kind hands, feet and words. 

-  We will listen when others are speaking to us. 

- We will move safely around the school, remembering to wash our hands and keep our distance from others. 

By now, you should have two new reading books in the bookbag for your child to enjoy. Please also see the letter included to explain how we change the books and listen to your child read. Remember to comment in the books when your child has finished their book to show us when it needs changing. If you think the books are too easy or too tricky for your child, please indicate this in the diary to bring it to my attention and we can adjust the books accordingly. I will discuss your child's reading progress during our parent consultation meetings at the end of September. Please try to hear your child read every day for a few minutes. By all means read the book together if your child needs more support but try to allow your child the opportunity to read for themselves, using their sounds and the pictures to help them. 

Literacy: We will be starting the week by reading the story of 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea.' We are going to have our very own tea party on Monday afternoon whilst we listen to the story. The children will be given a mini muffin and a small cup of milk or water. (You should have received a text message about this but please do let the office know if you have any concerns about your child participating in this activity.) 

We will be writing about our favourite part of the story as well as thinking about what would happen if a tiger really did come for tea! We will also be learning how to write lists. You could help your child by encouraging them to make shopping lists for when you go shopping. Or perhaps they could write a list of food they can find in the kitchen. 

Maths: Year 1 have been busy sorting and counting objects this week. Next week, we will be looking at how numbers can be represented using a range of resources including Numicon, beadstrings and number lines. Year 2 have been practising their numbers to 50 and next week, we will be comparing and ordering numbers to check our place value knowledge. 

Phonics: We have a daily phonics lesson and we have been recapping the alphabet this week. Next week we will starting to learn a new sound every day. You can support your child by asking them which sound they have learned today. Can they tell you something that begins with that sound? Or a word that has that sound in it? Here are some phonics games you can play with your child. 

PhonicsPlay - Dragon's Den

PhonicsPlay - Tricky Word Trucks

Science: This week we will be focusing on healthy eating and our senses. Discuss with your child what foods they eat every day and how we stay healthy. How do we use our senses to help us explore the world around us? Name some things your child can see, hear and smell on their way to school. 

Topic: We will still be learning more about ourselves this week as well as thinking about the changes in the seasons. As Autumn closes in on us, we will be taking a nature walk around the field to see what changes we can find. What can you see around where you live? Some brown leaves? Acorns? Apples and blackberries? 

Forest Schools: A reminder for YEAR 1 parents that Forest Schools starts again on FRIDAY 18th SEPTEMBER. A text message will be sent out as an extra reminder. Please ensure YEAR 1 come to school appropriately dressed to school in old, warm clothes with wellies (if you haven't already got them in school) and a waterproof coat and waterproof trousers as the weather looks like its on the turn! We will go to the forest no matter the weather! 

Show & Tell: A few children have been desperate to bring in things from home but unfortunately, we won't be doing Show & Tell this half term to limit to risk of spreading any germs. The children will of course be given time throughout the week to share any news they may have from home instead. 

That's all for now. If you do need to speak to me about a concern you may have about your child's learning or well being, please ask the office to make an appointment for one day after school. 

Mrs Westbrook :)

 

 

 

 

A note from Mrs Westbrook:

Welcome back! I do hope you have had a well rested summer break. It has been a very strange and at times challenging few months but here we are, about to start a new school year. I hope your child is just as excited as I am to return to school on Monday 7th September. Things may be different for a while yet but I intend to make this learning journey as fun and as exciting for the children as possible.

Please do not hesitate to contact me via email to ask me any questions or raise any anxieties that you or your child may be experiencing. The first few weeks back to school will be tiring for us all as we adjust once again to routines and school life. A good bedtime routine with healthy meals at home should help with this. I hope we can work together to support your child's learning throughout their time in Oak class. 

I will be updating this page once a week (usually a Wednesday afternoon) to keep you informed of the learning that is going on within our class. I will be posting ideas for you to do to engage with your child's learning at home. Above all, enjoy reading together every day with your child and record this in their reading diary. Your child will be given 3 books at the start of the week in their bookbags to read throughout the week. These books will be returned to school by the end of the week and be cleaned over the weekend in line with recent Covid guidance. Enjoy these books as well as any books you may have at home. We will be hearing your child read daily in school through guided reading and whole class reading. 

- Here is a copy of our weekly timetable: (subject to change) CLICK HERE

- Here is the Expectations letter for parents and children to read together: CLICK HERE

- Here is a useful guide to the National Curriculum for Year 1 parents: CLICK HERE

- Here is a useful guide to the National Curriculum for Year 2 parents: CLICK HERE

Children will need to bring their bookbag with reading books and reading diary, a water bottle with fresh water, a coat and a packed lunch (if they are not having school dinners) EVERY DAY! Wellies can be kept in school all year, as well as a small raincoat if you prefer. We hope to be outside for playtimes whatever the weather!

PE kits will be worn to school on Mondays and Wednesdays. This may include black or navy jogging bottoms if it's chilly, with sensible trainers and a school jumper.  

Encourage your child to get themselves dressed every morning and carry their own bags to school. They will need to be as independent as possible for their age and responsible for their own belongings.

Our topic for this new term will be Time Travellers, as we travel into the past to learn all about The Great Fire of London. We will spend the first 3 weeks getting to know each other first with lots of fun activities focused around our science learning all about our own basic needs, our bodies, health, hygiene, exercise, pets and families. There will be lots of 'catching up' to do as we spend time reading, learning our phonics, maths and writing. Our topic will be used to deliver all other areas of the curriculum. 

- Here is a copy of our Topic Web for this term: CLICK HERE

 

PHONICS SCREENER FOR YEAR 2:

In line with the recent government guidance, I will be assessing all year 2 on their phonic knowledge in the first term. Ordinarily under normal circumstances, the children complete this assessment in the summer term of year 1. I will be sending home any sounds your child needs to practise with you so keep an eye out for these in bookbags. 

- Here is a link to the Phonics Play website for fun games you can encourage your child to play at home as good practise: CLICK HERE

 

w/b Monday 7th September 2020

This is the first week back for all of us together. How are you all feeling? Perhaps you are like me; excited but a little nervous about the change. It's OK to feel different things but remember, together we will be fine. We will be exploring our feelings this week and finding out about the feelings of others. 

Literacy: This week we will be writing about our summer. What did you do? We will be reading a few books to help us think about our amazing bodies! We will be labelling pictures of ourselves and writing short captions to describe what we can do. 

- 'Giraffes can't dance!' by Giles Andreae

- 'Flying Lemurs!' - by Zehra Hicks 

- 'The Colour Monster' by Anna Llenas

Phonics: We will be revising the sounds we know this week and playing games to assess which sounds you need to learn and practise. 

- Flashcards Speed Trials - Phases 2& 3

- Tricky word trucks - Phase 2 

- Grab a giggling grapheme - Phase 2

- Buried Treasure - Phase 2 

Maths: For the first 3 weeks, we will be revising our place value knowledge. This week, we are counting forwards and backwards (to 10 and then to 20 for year 1, to 50 then to 100 for year 2) and partitioning numbers. I will also be introducing you to Times Tables Rockstars, a website you can use to practise your times tables. When you have your own password, you can access it from home too. You will be able to 'battle' against each other in our class, against me and against other teachers! It's a fantastic way to brush up on your quick mental recall of your times tables. 

- Underwater counting 

- Helicopter Rescue

Science / Art: We will be drawing pictures of our bodies and sketching our self portraits this week. Year 2 will be making a timeline to show how they have grown and changed since being born. 

Topic: We won't be starting our main topic for a few weeks yet as we settle in and get to know each other better. This week our focus is 'Ourselves', closely linked to our science curriculum.