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Reception

Welcome to Reception

Badger Class

Badgers 

Mrs Hayes and Mrs Lewis are the class teachers and Mrs Mead is the teaching assistant in Badger class. We value play in Reception and know that children learn best when they are active and engaged.

You will see the doors to our beautiful garden are open all day as children free-flow between the inside and outside environments. We work together as a team in Badger Class, treating people and resources with respect.

Even though we are the youngest in the school, we are bright, inquisitive, independent and creative.

After the teachers have visited every child and their family at home, children will start school on a part-time basis before staying for lunch and then all staying for whole days. This allows children and staff to get to know eachother in a calm environment before all sixty Reception children are in! This term is all about settling into school and learning about the routines.

Hedgehog Class

Hedgehog

Mrs Gurnsey is the class teacher and Mrs Roach and Miss Johnson share the role of Teaching Assistant. Mrs Roach works on a Monday and Tuesday and Miss Johnson on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.In Hedgehog class we value play and know that this is how children learn best.

We love children to choose their own learning and have the freedom to get out any resources that they would like to help enhance their play. You will see that our classroom runs as a free-flow between Badger class and also the outside garden area. Whatever the weather the outside doors stay open for the children to be able to make choices of where they would like to play.In Hedgehog class we value everyone and we follow our daily routines and class rules with care.

We show respect to both the other children around us and also the adults.We are a really happy bunch and look forward to having an amazing year with your children.

Badger and Hedgehog Term 4 Information.

School value this term: Respect

Building Learning Power animal: Try Again Tortoise

 

 Try Again Tortoise

We will continue to follow children’s interests in Reception this term as they explore, play and learn in the inside and outside environments.

Literacy: We will use our core books ‘The Day The Crayons Quit’ and ‘So Much’ to plan children’s learning in Reading and Writing. Children will start to learn the second set of phonic sounds, these consist of digraphs that we expect children to apply in their reading and writing. Also, we would like to remind you that your child needs to read at home with an adult at least four times a week and a quick note to be made in the reading journal.

Maths: Children will continue to practise the concept of whole and parts of numbers, deepening their understanding of number and calculation. We will practise skills in measure, pattern and shape through children’s play.

PE lessons this term will be led by Carolyn Thompson, an experienced children’s yoga teacher. These will be on Tuesday mornings, please ensure your child’s named PE kit is always on their peg. Earrings must be taken out for PE lessons.

We will continue to invite Mystery Readers in to school, if you would like to be a Mystery Reader (or if you know someone the children might be interested to hear from) then please let Claire Weeks have your details. Remember; it’s a surprise!

We always welcome helpers in school, do speak to one of the team if you would like to help with anything from gardening to displays. This can be a one-off visit or a regular arrangement.

Thank you for your support, The Reception Team

General Reception year information

The Snail Game

Following the numerous requests from parents and carers, here is the phonics game your children have been talking about!  Here is the Snail Game and also the Help A Hedgehog.

Maths

the number blocks characters

Did you know that we advocate the CBeebies programme Numberblocks? It is a fantastic series aimed at introducing children to early number. Snappy animation and loveable characters combine with engaging storylines to gently introduce concepts of number to support early mathematical understanding. Many episodes are available on iplayer or youtube or alternatively the DVD of all episodes is available to buy.

the oxford reading tree characters

Meet the Oxford Reading tree characters 

You will soon become familiar with Biff, Kipper, Chip and Floppy as your child brings home their Reading Books for you to share at home.

Useful links

How to say the sounds your child will learn in phonics:

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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

What is our topic this term?

This term we will take on the role of historians, engineers and musicians, amongst many others. To start the term, we will be exploring fantasy stories associated with polar animals and all things to do with the Arctic and Antarctic regions. After that we will be uncovering events that happened in our parents and grandparents lives locally, with a focus on the Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory in Keynsham.

Watch this space and keep a close eye on our Facebook and Twitter page to see our learning unfold! 

English

We will be using our imaginations and exciting vocabulary to write our own giant stories, with exclamation marks! Using musical instruments, we will be performing our stories and adding percussion. In addition to this, we will be writing our own questions for a Class Polar Animals Quiz and finding out how chocolate is made.

Maths

We will be learning new mathematical concepts this term, whilst consolidating and revising previously learnt skills such as counting, comparing, addition and subtraction.

We will be exploring….

  • Adding by counting on
  • Making number bonds to 20
  • Subtracting using objects and number lines
  • Counting in tens and ones, finding totals up to 50

Key dates

World Book Day – Thursday 7th March

Otter Class Assembly – Friday 22nd March

Squirrel Class Assembly – Friday 5 July

All important dates will be communicated via Parent Mail

Routines and reminders

Please ensure that you are reading at home and signing your child’s reading record as frequently as possible. The expectation is 4 times a week or more so that your child can be celebrated as a Reading Rocketeer.

P.E days are Monday and Wednesday. On each day your child will need a full P.E kit, with small stud earrings taken out or covered with medical tape if required.

Forest school dates will be communicated via parent mail.

Otter Class

Our teachers are Mrs Seal and Mrs Evans and our teaching assistant is Mrs Stride. We are really looking forward to a successful school year.

In English we are learning how to read with understanding and write sentences forming our letters correctly. In Maths we will be doing lots of counting, estimating and ordering numbers and learning our number bonds to 10 and then 20.

We are looking forward to working with you and your child this year. It is going to be a wonderful year filled with exciting learning activities.

We are always available if you have any concerns or queries, feel free to come to the classroom door at the beginning or end of the day to arrange a suitable time to talk.

Squirrel Class

Our teacher is Miss Williams and we are very lucky to have Mrs Stride as our wonderful teaching assistant to help us with our learning throughout the school week.

We have golden time on Fridays and 'show and tell' also on Fridays. Our parents' reading morning is on Wednesdays.

Learning is fun in our busy classroom and we take pride when our work is displayed on the walls. We value being kind to each other and have lots of friends in the class. We often work together in groups and look forward to our practical activities. We love to learn through exploring and sometimes we are able to do this outdoors. We always enjoy reading stories together and writing them too. We also look forward to PE and working in teams. We get opportunities to make lots of interesting things during Art and D&T activities and love to use our imaginations to design and build, being Useful Unicorns. If you would like to visit our classroom, we would be very happy to see you.

Do you have any ideas for this page? Why not let Miss Williams know!

Have you seen the Kids’ Zone? Play games and visit some cool websites. You can even vote for your favourites.

Phonics

Phonics is a key part of children's reading and spelling tools. Watch and listen to the short phonics film on the correct way to pronclass making ounce sounds or phonemes.

 

More information

Phonics screening check presentation to parents and carers - 6 February (Pdf)

Useful Websites for home learning

Maths Games

http://www.ictgames.com/aztecTakeAway/index.html

http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/funkyMummy/index.html

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/116/telling-the-time

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/zqbg87h

English

http://www.ictgames.com/fallingPhonics/onlineVersion/

http://ictgames.com/highFreq/index.html

http://ictgames.com/dinosaurwordsrepeat.html

Thank you for your continued support and we are looking forward to sharing our learning adventures with you this term.

Year 1 Team

 

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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

We take pride in being the oldest pupils in the school, setting high expectations of ourselves and being role models to our younger members of the school. We believe that learning is like a tree, we need to strengthen our learning roots in order for knowledge to grow. Our aim over Year Two is to support and encourage independent learners who strive for a challenge.

We will continue to Build Our Learning Power over the coming year. Pupils will be immersed in rich learning tasks that allow them to learn, practice and master skills in core subjects and across the curriculum. During Year Two, pupils will explore many topics and will use their pupil voice to steer our learning to new and exciting places. In each topic there will be plenty of opportunity for children to showcase and share their learning to an audience, ensuring purposeful, context driven learning.

Owl Class

Miss Goebel is the Class Teacher in Owl Class. Mrs Butler, Mrs May, Mrs Bridgeman, Mrs Sears and Miss Johnson support us with our learning.

Our Owl mantra is ‘#owl family forever’.

Kingfisher Class

Miss Willington is the Teacher in Kingfisher class. Mrs Butler and Mr Trenchard support us with our learning. Mrs Richardson is our Teacher on a Friday morning too.

Our Kingfisher mantra is ‘#kingfishers fly high’.

Year 2 Term 5 Overview

What is our topic this term?

This term we will take on the role of historians, engineers and musicians, amongst many others. To start the term we will be exploring the myths and legends associated with dragons, castles and all things medieval. After that we will be uncovering events that are beyond our living memory, with a particular focus on the Great Fire of London. 

Watch this space and keep a close eye on our Facebook and Twitter page to see our learning unfold. 

This term we will take on the role of scientists, geographical explorers and creators. To start the term, we will be exploring habitats and looking into different areas of the world around us. After that, we will be learning about the animals in these different habitats and even looking a bit more closely at the different lifecycles of some.

Watch this space and keep a close eye on our Facebook and Twitter page to see our learning unfold.

English

We will be using inspiration from Kenneth Grahame’s ‘Wind in the Willows’ and create narratives with great setting descriptions. In English lessons this term, we will also design animal fact files and make information texts all to do with recycling.

Maths

We will be consolidating and revising previously learnt skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will be looking at mathematical concepts in greater depth and different forms to help us secure our knowledge, including problem solving within real life contexts.

Key dates

  • SATs week w/b 7th May
  • All important dates will be communicated via Parent mail

Routines and reminders

Please ensure that you are reading at home and signing your child’s reading record as frequently as possible. The expectation is 4 times a week or more so that your child can be celebrated as a reading rocketeer.

Homework will be given out every other Friday, providing 2 weeks to complete together at home.

P.E days are Monday and Thursday. On each day your child will need a full outdoor/indoor P.E kit, with small stud earrings taken out or covered with medical tape if required.

Forest School

We are excited to be taking part in Forest School at the Junior School forest area. During our sessions we show lots of different learning power skills including co-operation, resilience, resourcefulness and learning outside of our comfort zone. Forest school dates will be communicated via parent mail.

Phonics workshop for parents and carers

Thank you to all of the parents and carers that attended the workshop in school. If you were unable to attend, but would be interested in an early evening workshop then please come and let us know. If we have enough interest, we will hold a second session.

Please see the phonics presentation (Pdf, 1mb) we shared during the morning, with lots of great information to help you support your child with reading and writing. 

Phonics is a key part of children's reading and spelling tools. Watch and listen to the short phonics film on the correct way to pronounce sounds or phonemes.

Useful Websites for home learning

Maths Games

http://www.ictgames.com/aztecTakeAway/index.html

http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/funkyMummy/index.html

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/116/telling-the-time

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/zqbg87h

English

http://www.ictgames.com/fallingPhonics/onlineVersion/

http://ictgames.com/highFreq/index.html

http://ictgames.com/dinosaurwordsrepeat.html

 

Thank you for your continued support and we are looking forward to sharing our learning adventures with you this term. 

Year 2 Team

 

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