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Autumn 2 - Let's Celebrate!

Welcome to a new half term!


Week Nine

Book of the Week: Little Glow by Harry Woodgate

Welcome back! It has been lovely to be back with the children again this week. They have settled well into the new term. This week we have begun our new topic about Celebrations by focusing on Bonfire Night. We have found out why we celebrate Bonfire Night and talked lots about the ways to stay safe around bonfires and fireworks. Within our learning we have made firework art, shape rockets, make a small world bonfire and explored a sensory firework tray. We have also written safety rules and learnt a bonfire poem to perform with actions and instruments. It has been lots of fun! 

Thank you for your Autumn treasures. We are really enjoying looking at them each day. Keep them coming!

In Phonics, we have focused on: v w x and y. 

In Maths, we have focused on shape. We have been using the language of edges, sides, corners, 2D and shape names including triangle and circle. We enjoyed going on a shape hunt around the school grounds earlier in the week and painting shape pictures inspired by Wassily Kandinsky.

In PSHE, we talked about the word 'unique' and about how each of us are special. We made a paper chain as a class covering one piece of the chain with our name and why we are special. Every piece was unique but we worked together to make a wonderful team!

A reminder that Monday is Odd Socks Day for Anti-Bullying Week and that Thursday is our World Nursery Rhyme Day where children are invited to come in dressed as a Nursery Rhyme character.  

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Week Ten

Book of the Week: Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet & Allan Ahlberg 

What a fabulous week of World Nursery Rhyme Week celebrations! We have had so much fun singing nursery rhymes, acting them out, making up our own, adding music and dressing up as Nursery Rhyme characters. On Thursday, we loved the children's costumes and had lots of fun singing rhymes, baking jam tarts and making Hickory Hickory Dock clocks. Thank you for your support with this. Fledglings Class have amazing rhythm and musicality this year and we love exploring rhyme and rhythm together. In Choosing Time we have been singing farm rhymes in Small World, scoring jumping points as the Five Little Speckled Frogs, making rhyming soup, exploring incy windy spider guttering in the water tray, being bakers with the play dough like Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake Bakers Man, and so much more! We also had SO much fun in the wind this week during Storm Debi. We held up ribbons and watched them flap and danced like the wind.

In Phonics we have focused on: z, qu, ch and reading plural words that end in 's.'

In Maths, we have focused on deepening our understanding of the numbers 4 and 5. What do they look like? How do we write them? There are 4 seasons and 5 fingers on our hands. 4 can be made of 1 and 3 or 2 and 2. 5 on a dice is like 4 but with an extra one in the middle. We had so much fun seeing how many different models we could make with exactly 5 multi-link cubes - there were so many! 5 can look so different but still be 5!

In PSHE, we focused on it being Anti-Bullying Week. We know what bullying is, how it can make people feel and what we need to do to not bully others or to help someone who feels bullied. Our Odd Sock Day reminded us that being different is what makes us all special and unique, something to celebrate!

In RE, we began thinking about the Christmas Story and finding out about the story of the Nativity. 

Next week we will be thinking about the celebration of Diwali.


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 Week 11 

Book of the Week: The Best Diwali Ever by Sonali Shah

We have really enjoyed learning about Diwali this week. During the week, we have learned about the story of Rama and Sita, made our own Diya lamps (they are drying ready for us to paint next week), created rangoli patterns, decorated Mendhi patterns for our hands and explored lots of Hindu artefacts. Most of the children showed real care for these and knew they needed to be gentle and respectful as they were so precious. Well done Fledglings! When we colour, some of us can rush so we spent a long time together, listening to Hindu music and colouring some rangoli patterns together. We focused on staying in the lines and deciding which colours to use. We concentrated for a really long time!

Word of the Week: around

In Phonics we have learnt about sh, th, ch, ng and nk

In Maths, we have explored one more and one less up to 5 and have made our own number stories like the Hungry Caterpillar where the caterpillar ate ONE MORE piece of food each day.

Next week we will be thinking about the Scottish celebration of St. Andrew's Day. We may even have a Scottish visitor! I am out of school on Tuesday on a course. The children will have Mrs Majoor who they have met before and seen around school on a number of occasions.

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Week 12

Book of the Week: Katie Morag and the New Pier by Mairi Hedderwick 

What a bonny week it has been! Learning about St. Andrew's Day has really captured the children's interest and we have seen some of the most engaged, creative, effective and long periods of fascination and learning so far this year! Within our learning we have explored the human and physical features of Scotland, found out about St. Andrew's Day celebrations, built castles, made flags, designed family tartan, made St. Andrew's Day cards and found out about the animals that live in Scotland. On Friday, Jen Denniston came to visit us. She is a local minister who comes from Scotland and we had a fantastic time showing her our Scottish dancing, asking her our questions and listening to her talk about living in Scotland. She brought a kilt for us to try on, a chanter instrument to listen to, a sword to learn sword dancing with and some delicious shortbread to to try. Thanks Jen! 

In Phonics we have been revising plurals and the sounds we are less secure on: ch, sh, th, ng, nk. Next week is a revision and assessment week so there will be no home learning sheet. 

In Maths we have been thinking about 4-sided shapes including rectangles and squares. We also began thinking about night and day sorting linked with time.

Next week, we will be thinking about birthdays and how different people might celebrate them. It is a great time to celebrate each other and to think about age, size and number. On Friday it just so happens to be Concept Cat's birthday! He is turning 5 and we will be having a birthday party for him in class on Friday morning. Children can wear their own clothes and bring a birthday card for Concept Cat.

On Thursday 14th December, I have organised a class trip to Longlands Care Farm who are running a living Nativity and animal session. You will receive information on this next week. The trip will take place during the morning so no alternative lunch plans need to be made and the only thing children will need to bring is very very very warm clothes! You will receive a detailed letter and permission slip next week. 

Please could you have a word with your children this weekend about the importance of being careful with the resources at school and how precious they are. We are seeing so many classroom resources being broken at the moment. Whilst some of this is accidental and we know these things happen, we are noticing that some of the children are being really rough with our learning resources and in some cases breaking them in anger or on purpose to stop others playing with them or because it is not time to be playing with them at that time. Keeping our classroom resources safe helps us to learn new things. 

Happy St. Andrew's Day everyone!

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Week 13

Book of the Week: Kipper's Birthday by Mick Inkpen

Happy Birthday Concept Cat! We have really enjoyed celebrating Concept Cat's 5th birthday this week and finding out about birthdays around the world. We learnt that in Canada, you might have butter rubbed on your nose for good luck on your birthday, whilst in China you might eat noodles to represent the hope that you will have a long life! The children have been really keen to write and mark-make in the classroom in the form of birthday cards which has been a fantastic opportunity to practise writing our numbers and names. In our learning, we have been having birthday parties in the Home Corner and the dolls house, making dough cakes, designing birthday cards, ordering cards with numbers on and singing birthday songs. On Friday, we celebrated Concept Cat's birthday which was great fun, joining in with birthday traditions from all over the world. Thank you for your birthday cards. He loved them!

Miss Bagnall is half-Dutch so we found out how her family celebrate Christmas on St.Niklaus Day when Sinterklaas comes. We left out our shoes and some treats for Sinterklaas and his white horse Amerigo and guess what... he came! He brought us some chocolate lollies and a letter that says he likes the same book we do - The Colour Monster! He talked about ways to keep calm that he uses back in Spain, where he lives throughout the year. One of the children told us all about his Romanian traditions too. He celebrates St. Nicholas Day as well and Nicholae came to bring him goodies in his shoes at home too! What a wonderful world full of exciting ways to celebrate!

We have also been very busy practising for our Christmas play. The children have enjoyed learning the songs and practising the actions. 

In Phonics, we have had a focus on the tricky words as the children have found these a little difficult to remember. We will be sending home a list of the tricky words for this term next week for you to practise at home. 

In Maths, we have continued to think about time including night and day and when things happen within our school day. 

Next week, we will be learning about the Jewish festival of Hannukah. We have a new child joining out class next week. She is arriving on Monday and I have told the children. Over the weekend it would be lovely if you could chat to your child about how she might feel on Monday and how they can make her feel welcome and look after her.

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Week 14

Book of the Week: Hannukah Bear by Eric. A. Kimmel

Wow! What an exciting week full of wonderful experiences and wonderful behaviour! The children in Fledglings have really matured this week and we have noticed so many amazing choices. My heart has been full of joy! We have a 'Good News Jar' now which we fill with pom poms for good choices... and it is nearly full already! There has been so much kindness and care in our class. Well done!

The children have been so kind to the new member of our class too and she has settled in so well. Thank you everyone for being such kind friends.

We have really enjoyed learning about the Jewish festival of Hanukkah and the children wowed Mrs Fisher with their knowledge in assembly on Thursday when she taught the rest of the school about this festival. We have been looking at lots of Jewish artefacts, playing the dreidel game, building the temple from the Hanukkah story, making Hannukiahs and writing Hanukkah cards for our friends. 

In Phonics we have carried on with those tricky words and in Maths we have learnt about the number zero.

We really enjoyed our Christmas Play and were wowed by how well the children did! They were all absolutely fantastic and looked like superstars on the stage. 

Our trip to Longlands was also a huge success! The children behaved beautifully and had such fun touring the farm, feeding the animals and putting on their own real-life Nativity with costumes, real animals and live band. What a treat!

Next week we will be having a focus on.... you guessed it... Christmas! 

I cannnot believe we have nearly finished our first term. We have some very tired children who should be very proud of what they have achieved this term. 

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Week 15

Book of the Week: A Christmas Story by Brian Wildsmith

Just like that, our first term is over! What a wonderful term it has been! We have enjoyed exploring all things Christmas this week in class. As part of our learning we have been exploring the Nativity story, having Christmas parties in the Home Corner, playing in the North Pole, building igloos from sugar cubes, wrapping presents, making tree decorations and Christmas cards, reading Christmas stories and singing lots of Christmas songs. 

On Monday, we had filled our 'Good News' jar and won our first dance party! It was lots of fun!

On Tuesday, we made Christingles and we went over to Church to find out how else Christians might celebrate Christmas and the children were so well behaved. Well done!

On Wednesday, we really enjoyed performing our carols for you in the playground. The children did so well.

On Thursday we had a theatre afternoon in the hall watching the CBeebies pantomine.

On Friday we enjoyed a Christmas party with Robins. What fun!

After Christmas we have a new Teaching Assistant coming to join us in Fledglings. We are looking forward to welcoming Miss Coleman to our class. Mr Wimbury is moving up to Woodpeckers Class but we will still see him at lunchtimes, in After School Club and at Forest School. 

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Fledglings Week 15