Information from First Steps
This week in First Steps, we have been concentrating on building our fine motor skills. We have been enjoying activities such as: threading pasta onto straws, building structures with play dough and using tweezers to sort the pom pom balls into their colour groups. We also enjoyed a trip to Richmond Park for Woodland School where we made stick men and searched for mini-beasts. Our teachers were very pleased with how we walked sensibly to and from school.
Information from Second Steps
Second Steps have had a very busy week producing some excellent work! We have been focusing much of our learning on The Ugly Duckling story which linked nicely to our letter sound ‘u.’ The children enjoyed listening and talking about the moral of the story. This inspired many children to make nests using junk modelling and in cooking making chocolate nests with shredded wheat. Yummy!
In Maths, we looked at selecting the correct numeral to represent the quantity of ducks.
In Literacy, the children have been practising their letter formation.
Within our challenge area the children participated in activities handling tools such as tweezers, chop sticks, pegs, toothbrushes and paint brushes to develop their pencil grip and control.
Information from Reception
Reception have had a great week this week full of Science and physical activities. We have looked at what has changed in our outside environment and discussed how and why they might be changing. We spoke about seasons, creating our own beautiful season pictures and wrote about them during our Literacy session. In sports this week we started to learn hockey. The children found it great fun, starting off with ball skills and moving on to using the hockey sticks which we loved! We even played a relay game to see which team to get the most points by controlling our ball and taking it to our team mates.
Information from Year 1
In Art, we are learning about colour theory and how to combine and mix colours. We have learnt about; neutral, warm and cool colours, shades, tints, primary and secondary colours. This week we were inspired by the abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky and created art using concentric circles using oil pastels. We listened to Jazz just as Kandinsky would when he painted and thought carefully about how each colour made us feel. Did you know that Kandinsky believed that colours had a soul!
In Literacy, our focus book has been 'Where the Wild things are' and we have throughly enjoyed acting out the story, writing our own monster adventure story as well as designing and labelling our own scary wild thing!
In Maths, we explored data and how to organise information using tally charts and bar graphs.
Impressive … another busy week in Year 1!
Information from Year 2 and Year 3
In Mathematics this week we have been revisiting fractions and moving onto fractions of numbers using practical methods of counters and even smarties to help work out their sums.
In Literacy, we have moved on from poetry and started our unit of Non-Chronological reports using their current topics as inspiration. The children are learning about changing the style of their writing to suit the non-fiction genre of writing.
Year 2 thoroughly enjoyed their Museum of London trip, looking at how the great fire of London started and the effects on London as a whole. We found it particularly interesting that St. Paul’s Cathedral was originally gothic in design before it was destroyed in the fire. All the children braved the three hundred and eleven steps of the spiral staircase and most made it to the very top of 'The Monument' to see the grand views of London from above.
Year 3 had an enjoyable trip to the museum this week as well. The children thoroughly enjoyed looking and Roman Britain and how the Romans influenced our great city.
A special thank you to Fred’s Mum, Alex’s Mum and Robert’s Mum for their help making the trip such a success!
This week, Year 2 and Year 3 began coding on the iPads. Using Espresso, the children began writing simple codes to move objects around the screen, and make objects disappear and reappear. They also learnt all about algorithms - a set of steps to solve a problem. They throughly enjoyed this and can't wait to try it all again.
In addition, the children began to use 'Swift Playgrounds', the Apple coding app, which the class used to move the character 'byte' around the screen. Year 2 and Year 3 hope to be able to share more of their coding with you in the weeks to come.
For more information please follow this link; why not try it for yourselves?
Drop off and Collection Arrangements
The side gate is open each day from 8.00am-8.05am for early bird drop off. It will then be opened again from 8.15am-8.30am for drop off, and 3.30pm - 3.40pm for collection. Early bird drop off is for children only and you should leave your children with the member of staff on duty.
If you are running late, please inform Mrs Blower so we can make the necessary arrangements.
You are welcome to bring your children to breakfast club which opens its doors at 7.30am. £5 per session to be paid on the day.
Please help us maintain the very best relationships with our neighbours by not blocking or parking in their drives when dropping off or collecting your children.
Please do not park on the yellow chevrons directly in front of the school for the safety of all of our children.
Could I ask that you ensure that waterproof trousers and coats are brought into school on the relevant day (regardless of the forecast) so that we maximise our use of Richmond Park.
Don't forget, this weekend…
Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers - Collection box by the side gate.
Half term starts on Thursday 9th February - school is closed on Friday 10th and reopens on Monday 20th February.