Week 3 - Elmer

This week to link with our topic of Colour and Pattern, we are moving on to the story of Elmer. We will be discussing the colours and patterns we see in these stories, and will be making our own 3d Elmers and milk carton Elmers over the next 2 weeks.

In maths this week, we are consolidating our understanding and knowledge of addition and subtraction and building on the basic concepts of 2d and 3d shapes we have. In literacy this week we are focussing on using correct letter formation and making lists - today we will write lists of what we will put in to our colour potions we are making! In ICT this week, we will be using colour magic to create our own version of Elmer and in the creative area we will be exploring what happens when we mix colours to create new ones! Look out for photos on Tapestry!

In phonics this week we will be working on phase 3 digraphs and trigraphs - on Friday your child will have come home with a copy of these in their book packs - please practise these as much as you can, finding them, saying them and writing them in lots of fun ways! Thank you.

Don't forget snack money donations in to school when you can please.

Many thanks,

Miss Hatchman

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Week 2 - Rainbow Fish

We have really got stuck in to the story of Rainbow fish - lots of discussion behind the story line about sharing and being friends with each other. Today we are developing our own versions using puppets and the theatre stand.

In maths this week, we are continuing to develop our skills in subtracting numbers and in literacy this week we are having challenges of writing simple sentences by ourselves - it is lovely to see the Bears so motivated to write independently. We are also learning about 3d shapes this week, and writing about what we think of when we see different colours.

Don't forget snack money donations please and trainers and outdoor PE kits for tomorrow afternoon - thank you.

This week we will be creating our own clay rainbow fish in art so look out for some lovely creations coming home!

Enjoy your week,

Miss Hatchman

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Week 1 - Rainbow Fish

This week, we are learning how to subtract single digit numbers - we turned in to the hulk and took part in subtraction smash, squashing balls of play dough to take an amount away. We will be continuing this again tomorrow with different ways of learning to subtract.

 

In literacy this week, we are concentrating on letter formation - painting over chalked on letters and ensuring we write our names correctly.

In the creative area, we are creating some colourful and patterned rainbow fish to create a scene in our classroom - look out for lots of photos on tapestry!

 

Snack letters have been given out this week - please send in donations by 25th January.

Don't forget to send in and outdoor PE kit for your child for Tuesday afternoons - these can be added o the PE boxes and can be sent in when you want and we will keep hold of them. We will still be going outside in the cold weather to please ensure your child is wrapped up warm!

 

Enjoy your week,

Miss Hatchman

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Happy New Year!

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year - I heard lots of lovely news about what the Bears all got for from father Christmas and the fun they had on the holidays, it was lovely to see so many photos on tapestry, so thank you for adding them.

The two days back have been busy straight away - lots of writing and letter formation and number formation and addition to get us back in the swing of things. We will be starting some formal hand writing and letter formation sessions this term, so any reinforcing of this at home would really help.

We have had a change round of staff within EYFS this term. Mrs Brooker is now supporting a class in KS2 and Mrs Fenn, Mrs Smith and Miss Baker are now supporting children in Antelopes. Now working in the Bears class are my LSA's, Mrs Possee, Mrs Earle and Mrs Steele.

This half term we will have the focus of Colour and Pattern, basing our learning on Rainbow fish, Elmer, Aliens love underpants and rainbows. This topic is always lots of fun and gives the Bears a chance to explore and experiment with colours and textures and lots of fun practical learning - we can't wait!

Linking to colour and pattern, we are looking for things to add to our investigation station area - please send in any colourful or patterned things your children have found to be displayed in this area of the next few weeks.

Letters will be coming home next week asking for snack donation money - £7 for the spring term. Thank you in advance.

Enjoy your weekend and see you all on Monday!

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Week 7 - Christmas!

We had our dress rehearsal to the school of our Nativity - the Bears were absolutely amazing and I could burst with pride! They sang their hearts out and were brilliant actors - I can't wait for you to see it on Thursday, A reminder it will be at 9.30 in the school hall - please queue outside and you will be let in when the children are in place. The crèche will be in a nearby classroom - a reminder that younger siblings need to be in the crèche or alternative childcare as they are not allowed in the hall due to filming and noise levels. Thank you for your support in this.

This week, amongst rehearsals and shows, we have been busy learning about addition, shape, and learning our phase 3 tricky words. Well done Bears!

It is our carol concert tomorrow at 1.45pm at St Pauls church (tickets have been issued) - we can't wait to see you there!

 

If you have not sent in your child's glass jar for making a snow globe, or a box for Christmas craft morning on Monday, please do so asap.

See you soon!

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Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who came to the Christmas Fayre tonight and bought the bird fat balls that the Bears have been busy making this week - we hope they attract lots of birds to your garden!

A reminder that it is the carol concert at St Pauls church on Wednesday at 1.45 (tickets to have been booked) and our nativity on Thursday in the school hall at 9.30 - no need to book tickets, but younger siblings are not able to attend in the hall - we have a crèche in place and welcome younger siblings in to this.

We need each child to bring in a clean and dry, and label free jar and lid to school as soon as possible as we are making snow globes next week. Many thanks.

Enjoy your weekend and see you on Monday!

Miss Hatchman 

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Week 6 - Christmas

Our class has become full of Christmas spirit over the weekend and the Bears were all very excited when they arrived this morning! Lots of excited chatter when they spotted all the tinsel, decorations, tree and our cheeky elf!

Thank you to all who sent in Christmas costumes for the nativity - rehearsals are well and truly under way and they are all doing so well already - we can't wait for you to see it next week!

This week, we will be writing letters to Father Christmas, making paper chains and snowflakes for our class and painting Christmas pictures.

Hope to see you all at our Christmas fete on Friday after school - the Bears have made fat balls to sell to help look after the birds over the cold months!

Miss Hatchman

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Costumes!

A reminder that all nativity costumes need to be in school on Monday- photos for the newspaper will be being taken this week and we do not want your child to miss out on being a celebrity in the paper!

 

This week we will not be having outdoor learning due to a nativity rehearsal and so therefore you do not need to send in clothes.

 

We will be walking to the church Wednesday afternoon for a carol concert rehearsal in preparation for the concert next week.

 

On Monday a sign will be going up outside class for you to sign up for if you require a place in the creche for younger siblings on the nativity performance. Younger siblings will not be allowed in the hall for noise and distraction reasons so please find alternative child care or sign up for a creche place. Thank you for your understanding and support on this matter.

 

Enjoy your weekend 

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Week 5 - Carnivals!

This week, we are having fun learning about Carnivals as a form of celebrations. The Bears have been very eager to tell their own experiences of going to carnivals and Fayres - lovely to hear such excitement about a topic.

Our role play this week is proving extremely popular - we have our own carnival area, complete with juggling balls, plate spinning, hoopla and hook a duck! The Bears are taking it in turns to use the till to pay for tickets and taking turns at the attractions.

In maths this week, we are learning to add together 2 single digit numbers, using a rather exciting addition machine! The Bears are learning the add and equals symbols and are enjoying getting involved in completing addition sums practically.

In literacy this week, we are using phoneme frames to write cvc words, practising our best letter formation, it is lovely to see the Bears becoming confident in writing by themselves.

If you have your child's nativity costume, please feel free to send in as soon as you are ready - all costumes must be in school by Monday 3rd December - we will be taking a photos of the two classes for the newspaper and it would be a real shame if not all the Bears were in it! If you have any questions, please ask!

Enjoy your week!

Miss Hatchman

 

 

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Outdoor Learning 27/11/18

Our outdoor learning session will be tomorrow morning and not afternoon, so please bring your child to school dressed in their Outdoor Learning clothes (and school uniform in a bag to change back in to at lunch time) so they can crack straight on with their session after assembly.

Thankyou!

Miss Hatchman

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Cold weather

Now the weather is turning a little chillier, please make sure you are sending your children in with warm coats, gloves and hats and please ensure these are labelled! Children do go out in all weathers in EYFS and need to be dressed appropriately for this!

Thank you!

 

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Week 4 - Weddings

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend - another busy week ahead of the Bears, this week without focus being on Weddings. We will be having lots of learning experiences and fun in our role play set as a wedding reception, complete with confetti, bubbles and wedding cake, writing invitations at the writing table, making our own confetti and adding rings to hands at funky fingers. Our story to support our learning this week is 'A scarecrows wedding' by Julia Donaldson - I can't wait to read it to my Bears!

On Monday, we will be having a special Dental Hygiene day - an assembly first thing and then a carousel of activities throughout the school that the Bears will move round to access - Make sure you check tapestry as I will try to get as many photos on of the day as quickly as possible! In the afternoon, we will be producing some work on what we have learnt. 

As part of Mrs Poskitt's teacher training, she will now be teaching the class on Wednesdays, and so will be opening the door up and seeing children out at the end of the day. I will of course be around if you have any questions and hope to use this time to be out talking to you all at the beginning and end of day!

Letters regarding your child's part in our nativity and costumes needed were handed out on Friday - the letter detail what costumes you need to provide - either shop bought or homemade. If you have any questions please ask. Costumes MUST be in by Monday 3rd December as we need to have the children dressed up and photos taken on Tuesday 4th to be sent in to the Braintree and Witham times to be a part of the Christmas photo special. Thankyou.

Enjoy your week, Miss Hatchman

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Week 3 - Birthdays

Well done to everyone for remembering to come to school in outdoor learning clothes today - Miss Brown was very impressed and I have just left the Bears making some amazing pictures with leaves...!

This week we are learning about Birthdays - it is all very exciting in class as we play party games, learn to wrap presents, make cakes and write cards to each other. Be sure to check Tapestry for some photos of your child learning and having fun with this topic.

In phonics this week, we are learning y, z, and the digraphs zz and qu. We will be using phoneme frames to write words using these sounds. In maths this week, we are learning about the concept of 'one more' - we will be using lots of practical objects to add one more, and yesterday we played a fun game of pass the parcel with a Miss Hatchman twist - choosing a number card and adding one more sweet to help us find the answer.

Information will be coming out on Friday regarding Christmas - we will be holding a nativity in school (there will be a crèche that younger children will need to go in to if they attend to ensure EYFS can be heard singing and acting!) and a carol concert at the local church - dates and information will be issued on Friday.

Don't forget it is non uniform day on Friday 16th - wear something bright for Children in Need and donate.

Enjoy your week,

Miss Hatchman

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A change to Outdoor Learning on 13/11/18

For this week only, our Outdoor learning session will be on Tuesday morning and not afternoon. To allow us to have a full session, can children please come in to school on Tuesday morning dressed in their outdoor learning clothes for our session to start asap, bringing their school uniform in a named bag to change back in to before lunch time.

If you have any questions please ask.

Miss Hatchman

 

 

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Week 2 - Diwali

This week we will be learning about Diwali - make sure you check out Tapestry to see all about the different activities we are taking part in to help us understand the story of Rama and Sita - we will be creating Rangoli patterns, Mendhi patterns and learning all about Diva lamps, making our own towards the end of the week.

This week we have started to learn our Christmas songs in preparation for our show to you on Thursday 13th December at 9.30 am. Put this date in your diary!!!!!

This week in phonics we have moved on to Phase 3, learning some more sounds and then moving on to learning more digraphs. We have started to use phoneme frames to help us to write out simple words. In maths this week we are working on teen number sand making patterns using shapes and numicon - I will be adding lots of photos to Tapestry!

Outdoor Learning tomorrow afternoon - please send in a change of clothes for you child as I really don't want them to miss out on going out for lots of fun in the Copse!

Enjoy your week,

Miss Hatchman

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Outdoor Learning

I hope you all had a lovely half term and are feeling relaxed and ready for a busy half term on the lead up to Christmas - this is always a fun half term and I will certainly be keeping the Bears busy with lots of fun learning!

A reminder that the Bears will now have Outdoor Learning on Tuesday afternoons - a school ping was sent out before half term but as a reminder, please send in, every Tuesday morning, in a named bag a change of clothes (long sleeved and long trousers) and ensure your child is wearing a warm coat. We will be going out in all weathers, so please provide hat, gloves and scarves if you wish to do so, but please ensure everything is labelled and isn't your child's best set - they will be getting very muddy and wet! Wellies will also need to be sent in, named, and these will stay in school for the half term.

If you have any questions, please just ask.

 

Don't forget its a non-pupil day tomorrow, so I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday morning.

 

Miss Hatchman 

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Week 7

What a busy morning we have had in the Bears class!

This morning we started with a fire safety assembly - we learnt how to keep ourselves safe and the day ended with meeting Pudsey Bear for a children in need assembly - Pudsey joined us in class later - look out on the class window for a picture of us all with the real Bear himself!

 

This week, please send in a piece of fruit or veg for you child, by Wednesday 17th October - we will be turning these in to super fruit and veg following our story of Supertato!

Don't forget it is Parents Evening this week - please ensure you are on time for you meeting as we have lots to fit in in 10minutes, and if you have not yet booked an appointment, please ask!

Enjoy your last week - not long till half term now!

Miss Hatchman

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Week 6

This week we are focussing on being mini scientists and explorers, and the Bears classroom is a hub of excitement as we are making our owns lotions and potions in class, using oil, water, food colouring and different herbs and spices - make sure you check out Tapestry for some great pictures of your child and their creations!

In phonics this week we are learning h, b and f. We are continuing to work on orally blending letters and sounds together to read simple words - try to have a go at this at home as it will really support your child and their reading skills.

In maths this week, we are going on shape hunts around the class and school, and learning to name the 2d shapes and their properties - can you find any at home?!

EYFS and KS1 will be holding a Harvest Festival Assembly on Thursday 11th October at 9am in the school hall - we have been learning some songs so if you can, please join us for our celebration.

Enjoy your week,

Miss Hatchman

 

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Week 5

Our focus this week is on our bodies - we are having lots of fun using our senses to explore - making tea, smelling citrus fruits and crushing coffee beans and herbs with pestle and mortars. Make sure you check out Tapestry as I will be adding lots of lovely photos!

Our focus in phonics is e,u and r, and using these sounds to blend together simple words in preparation for reading.

In maths this week we are focussing on 2d shapes, using paint bags and cotton buds to draw our own 2d shapes, learning the names and properties of these.

Outside this week we are building our own obstacle courses, climbing up and over, under and balancing.

Enjoy your week!

Miss Hatchman

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Week 5

It's been a chilly start to the week ,but the Bears have enjoyed making the most of the sun in our outside area, rolling balls, conkers and cars down the guttering and seeing if they can catch it at the end - lots of team work and collaborative play going on to build different heights and lengths to travel objects along.

This week in phonics we are learning the sounds g, o, c and k, and using our sound buttons underneath words to practise blending these sounds together to read simple words such as got, cat and pig. The Bears have lots of fun during phonic lessons and I hope they are singing these songs to you at home!

In maths this week we are practising recognising numbers and matching numeral to quantity - your child is selecting a numbered house and adding the correct amount of windows.

A reminder to label all clothing and belongings please!

Any overdue snack money to be sent in asap please.

If you have any old newspapers, please send them in to class for our art area - many thanks.

Don't forget to log in and check Tapestry - I love seeing your photos from home so please keep adding!

Enjoy your week,

Miss Hatchman

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