Butterflies and Ladybirds 2018 - 2019
Butterfly Class - Miss Mackenzie, Mrs Raja, Miss Ashworth and Miss Fenn
Ladybird Class - Mrs King,Mrs Mehmood,Miss Ashworth and Miss Fenn
Mrs Ashworth has left Reedley to study to become a nurse, we wish her well and look forwards to her visiting us again to tell us all about her new job. This week we have welcomed our new apprentice, Miss Ashworth. All children have shown Miss Ashworth how well they listen and how fantastic they are at joining in. Mrs Raja will also be returning to Reedley after being off for a year to look after her baby. She is an experienced teaching assistant and is very knowledgeable after studying at university. She will join the team and will be working Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
This week children have been looking at all of the sounds they have learned so far. They have also been writing phase 2 and phase 3 words. Children have been writing their tricky words too.
Chinese New Year
Children have also been learning about how people celebrate Chinese New Year. After this, children carefully chopped up different vegetables and added these vegetables to their noodles. All children have learned about how there are lots of different celebrations happening in England and these are celebrated by different cultures. Children discussed how many ways in which the Chinese New Year is celebrated is similar such as people give each other gifts such as money and how it is different e.g. people dance through the street dressed as dragons.
For valentine's day the children also thought about what they love and why. They drew pictures of this inside a love heart and told the teachers and their friends what they have drawn.
During continuous provision time children have shown interest in our new kitchen area outside. We have been encouraging children to read for a purpose by creating different recipes for them to read such as, a recipe for a pie and a hot chocolate recipe. Some children have enjoyed role playing hairdressers. We added the till to their play and all children learned about coins and that we must pay for something if we buy it.
Children have been focusing on developing fundamental movements, (catch,running, hopping, underarm throw, overarm throw and jumping). Our physical education is linked to the book Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae. To warm up children have been moving like different animals. To develop their gymnastic skills, children have been jumping off gym tables to jump down from trees. Children have been jumping high like a giraffe. Rolling like hippos and balancing on small and large body parts.
Can you help?
It is important that children have access to the outdoor area in all weathers. Children have been enjoying playing in our new "nature kitchen" in the yeard area and have been developing their communication skills through role playing. We provide all children with waterproofs, however, we have found that some do not fit over your child's coats and some cannot fit over their wellies. Therefore if possible could your child bring their own waterproof clothing?
Our class pets.
Children have shown lots of interest in mini beasts. We have been digging up our old flowers ready to plant some vegetables. The children were amazed to find 4 caterpillars. We handled them so carefully and put them and some worms in our bug hotel. We wrote letters to Mrs Bell to ask her if we could possibly get a class pet. Mrs Bell enjoyed reading our letters and she said yes! We researched how to look after snails. We got a special package. We excitedly opened it up and it was a snail tub with a snail inside. Over the weekend Miss Mackenzie visited Lydia and brought home another snail. We all choose a name for the snails and then had a class vote to decide on the final names. The butterfly class named their snail Rocket and the ladybird class named their snail Rainbow. A few days later we discovered a new baby snail and we cannot wait for it to get as big as Rocket and Rainbow.
Exploring the great outdoors
Following children's intrests we decided to experiment building a moat in the sand pit. This involved children using their gross motor skills to dig a large hole in the sand and built on their team working skills. Children had to choose the correct tool they thought was going to work the best. Children got to watch the effect of pouring water into sand and experimented by touching, moulding and stamping into the wet sand, they then realised that when standing on it they started to sink into the sand. To further the children's learning we asked the children if they thought the same would happen if they did it in the mud. We experimented this in the mud focusing on sinking and floating. Miss Broadbent and Mrs Ashworth enjoyed getting very wet and muddy with the children too!
Monday - Reaading records will be collected by teachers in the morning.
Wednesday - Homework books will be collected by teachers in the morning. We also have our VIP visits on Wednesday morning from 9am till 10am where parents can come and see their child doing phonics.
Please ensure children bring their reading book bags into school every day.
Homework will be set on a Friday, and it would be it is important that you support your child with this as it will be collected on Wednesday.
P.E takes place every Friday Morning. Please ensure children have their P.E kits in school.
P.E kit reminder:
* Black pumps (no trainers).
* Black shorts ( girls are allowed to wear black leggings).
* Red T- shirt.
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