RJM - Happy Hippos 2019 - 2020
Welcome to The Happy Hippo Class!
Miss Mackenzie (Teacher and EYFS Leader)
Mrs Khan (TA)
Miss Fenn (TA)
Coach Amy (P.E teacher on a Friday)
The children in The Happy Hippo Class have settled into school life at Reedley fantastically!
MONDAY- Reading books and records collected and parent comments are checked.
TUESDAY- New reading books are given out with new comments in records.
WEDNESDAY- Completed homework is collected.
THURSDAY- Snack money is collected £2 every half term.
FRIDAY- New homework is given out. Come and read with me all parents are invited to read with their children from 8:40-9am.
World Book Day 2020
Children had great fun during World Book Day. Every child took part in different activities. Children had thought about their favourite book characters and have dressed up as their favourite characters.
Children enjoyed reading new books such as Rosie’s Walk and Room on the Broom.
In Maths we have had lots of fun learning about the numbers 11, 12, 13 and 14. We made the number in a tens frames, Numicon and then recorded the parts of the number using the part-part-whole model. Children also learned about the pair structure and the five-and-a-bit structure in the tens frame. In addition children have also been subtracting two from a number
Next week we are going to be exploring old and new toys and children will be discussing questions such as, what do you know about old toys? Which toys are your favourite and why? How can you tell these toys are old or new?
We have many P.E items, hats, and jumpers in the lost property with no name, it is essential that all items are named so we can return lost property to the correct child. Please ensure each part of your child’s school uniform is labelled.
In Maths we have had lots of fun learning to create amounts on the tens frame quickly. Children were introduced to the small number frames. Children looked at a number and the children found the correct piece, then children ordered their number frames from one to ten in pairs. After this we focused on finding one more and then one less, children worked this out using their fingers and looked at jumping backwards one on the number line. We spoke about how our number gets smaller. Children looked at the number frame and looked at the next number frame piece, children then put it on top and we spoke about how we can see the extra one circle. Children also added the one piece next to their number. After this we looked at one less.
We enjoyed looking at different puppets we have at school. All children understand the difference between hand puppets and finger puppets. We decided to make hand puppets. Firstly children created a design sheet and we discussed the different material they’d need e.g. a felt body, wool for the hair etc. After children had written their list they sewed their puppet together and decorated it with the different materials.
Children have enjoyed thinking of actions to match the story Toys Galore. You can find a video of your child performing this on your Target Tracker (please speak to Mrs Iqbal at the office if you do not have this set up).
Please remind your child to bring in a toy for show and tell. They are going to take a picture of it and then write about why it’s their favourite toy.
We have noted that some children are not completing their reading homework (reading their books or going on bug club). Please speak to your class teacher if you cannot log on for any reason, there is also a handy guide attached. It is essential that you read with your child at home to ensure they progress to their full potential.
Each child has a unique homepage and can log into it by following these steps:
- Go to www.activelearnprimary.co.uk
- Enter the login details which are inside your child’s reading diary.
- Your child’s homepage will appear.
Reading a book online
Your child’s allocated books will appear in the ‘My Stuff’ area of their personal homepages.
Throughout the books there are quiz questions for your child to complete. To answer a question, just click on the bug icon. Your child does not need to finish all the quiz questions in one sitting and can come back to a book later.
When your child has finished all the quiz questions in a book, he or she will earn ‘ActiveLearn Coins’. By reading more books, your child will earn enough coins to ‘buy’ a reward in one of the many reward schemes. The answers to the quiz questions will be sent back to our teacher site so that we can see how your child is progressing.
When your child has finished a book, it will move to ‘My Library’. Children can read these books again if they want to, or they can choose new books from ‘My Stuff’.
If your child is having trouble using the pupil world, help can be found in the Help Section of ActiveLearn Primary (in the top right-hand corner of the website). There is also a trouble shooting
Please note: We strongly recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox web browsers with ActiveLearn. If you prefer to use Internet Explorer, please check you have at least IE9 in order for everything to work as it should.
Ensure that you do not have a pop-up blocker on as this will prevent the book pages from opening.
We hope that you and your child will fully engage with bugclub as we are confident it will help to instill a lifelong love for reading.
Thank you for your continued support Miss Mackenzie and Mrs King.
Home Reading books
In order for us to complete a book audit, we have collected in all home reading books. So that you can continue to read over the half term holidays please see the books that your child has been allocated on bug club.
In Literacy this week children have enjoyed learning about the story Giraffes’ Can’t Dance. We acted out the story using voices and actions. We also researched different jungle animals which we wanted to know more about. Next week we will be changing the main character in the story. Can you support your child to look back at their homework and discuss which jungle animal they’d like to choose as their main character?
Children found out many jungle animals live in Africa. This prompted a discussion about our African dance we learned in P.E with Coach Amy. Children remembered watching the African dances e.g. ‘they didn’t wear shoes because it is so hot in Africa’. We then looked at how some African houses are different to the houses we live in. We researched this and drew pictures of our own houses and African houses and discussed similarities and differences.
Children learned about how others celebrate Chinese New Year. As a class we discussed how their celebrations are the same ‘they wear special clothes I do that for my birthday and Eid’. We also discussed how their celebrations are different to celebrations children have experienced e.g. ‘they have people dancing with dragons’.
In Maths children have been learning all about doubling. To begin with, we watched the episode, ‘double trouble’ where the Numberblocks go on an adventure around a temple and they have to double up to complete missions such as moving a boulder. Children all practised making doubles with our Maths equipment. Children have now experienced doubling and halving by observing how the Numberblocks 1, 2 and 4 double up to make their respective doubles, 2, 4 and 8. Children also discussed combining and partitioning into equal groups e.g. 2 ones combine to make two, and two partitions into 2 ones.
Our Learning Spring 1 2020
In Maths we have been exploring the number eight and the number nine. All children made the parts of each number using our different mathematical equipment.
Children have also been making amounts with their fingers. All children have been shown how to quickly find numbers on their hands. Children are learning they have five fingers on one hand, so if they were to show 8 they’d need to show one hand and three more instead of counting each finger separately.
In Literacy children firstly looked at the book ‘Pets’. We learned it is a non-fiction book because it is not a story. We discussed why we have a contents page and a glossary.
Children worked in groups to research pets they didn’t know a lot about such as a chipmunk and a lizard. After this children wrote a fact about their favourite pet using their phonics knowledge. This week we moved onto learning about farm animals through looking at the fiction book, ‘Six Little Chicks’. We used talk for writing actions for the beginning of the book. We stopped and asked children what do they think will happen next?
We have played lots of other games such as snap (with the animals children were unsure of), creating animals in the workshop area and describing them, playing guessing yes/no games which children pretend to be an animal.
During continuous provision time children have used animals in our role play area, sand and water area to tell stories about the different animals.
Please remind your child the only day they bring toys to school if Friday when it is show and tell. Some children are bringing toys into the classroom which can easily get lost.
Please note this week we had an incident where someone had brought in sweets and wanted to share them with friends during lesson time. All children are have access to healthy snack throughout the day as well as milk and a meal at lunch. It is important that children never share food as others may have specific dietary requirements.
Please note all parents must be out of the reception area when the bell sounds at 8.50am. Please ensure your child is in the classroom on time as we start teaching straight after our register. When children come late they miss vital learning and will need extra support to catch up.
Autumn 2 - 2019
In Literacy this week children have really enjoyed having first hand experiences speaking to people who help us. Many children have been poorly in our class and we discussed what we can do to cheer someone up if they are not well. Many children thought about making a card and we learned what we need to write on the card e.g. to/from and where it needs to be written.
We then had a visit from Dr Islam. He kindly took time out of his busy schedule to discuss his job and even brought equipment in his bag to show everyone, leaflets about the flu and stickers for our doctors role play area. Children have been reading books about doctors and others who help them such as cleaners, receptionists nurses pharmacists etc.
We also had a visit from three PCSOs from our local area. They spend all afternoon with us discussing their job, showing us their equipment and even their police car. All children discussed the importance of everyone wearing a seatbelt. We were all surprised at the siren, it was very loud and we discussed why these sirens need to be loud. Children also had the opportunity to sit inside the police car and they pressed a button to turn the flashing blue lights on! After this we printed lots of pictures from the visit and children tried hard to use new vocabulary in a sentence to write about their new learning.
In Maths children have been learning all about sorting into groups. Children enjoyed sorting themselves into groups such as colourful socks and black socks, jumper and no jumper. Children then looked around the classroom and chose what they would like to sort and discuss how they had sorted them. We then compared the two groups and discussed which group had fewer/more/the same and we introduced the word equal for this. Children represented their amounts with mathematical equipment.
On Tuesday we all enjoyed performing our Nativity play for the whole school. We are so excited to show parents our play on Tuesday.
The last few tickets will be given out Friday afternoon/Monday morning.
Thank you for your continued support, Miss Mackenzie and Mrs King.
In Maths this week we have been learning about time. Children sequenced pictures from their daily routine. Teachers discussed what they children do before and after activities. Children understood they have to wash their hands before lunch and after having breakfast they brush their teeth. Children also recorded what they could do in 30 seconds and 60 seconds. Some examples include- how many beanbags could they throw into a hoop? How many times could they write their name? How many star jumps could children do? Children looked at large numbers on our 100 square and learned that the number 60 is greater than 30 and so they could do more in 60 seconds and less in 30 seconds.
In Literacy this week children enjoyed changing the main character of our current class story The Naughty Bus. Children chose different transport and took pictures of their transport just like the pictures from the book. We have orally retold the new story using talk for writing actions. We are looking forward to using our phonics next week to write all about our story with our new character.
Teachers have noticed that some children are not accessing their assigned bug club books at home. It is essential parents work with us at school to support your children develop their confidence with their reading. Please speak to your class teacher if you cannot access the bug club books as we can demonstrate how to use it correctly.
At the beginning of the week children found a small present. We read the clue ‘….’. Children then made predictions and drew these. All children have been working on writing a simple sentence e.g. ‘it is a toy motorbike.’
After this, we read the rest of the story ‘The Naughty Bus’ where we found out the bus had lots of fun exploring.
After this children worked in groups to take the bus all over the school. They used the iPad to take pictures of the adventures of the bus. Children created a large map on the floor. We are looking forward to writing our very own story about the adventures our Naught Bus has been on.
In Maths we have been learning about the number 6. Children thought about how they could make the parts of 6 with Maths equipment. Some children were able to record their number calculations. We have been playing different games to develop our subitising skills (looking at a pattern e.g. an amount of cubes and recognising how many there are without touching them to count them).
Children had lots of fun learning about different nocturnal animals. We have lots of brave children who handled a corn snake, a giant millipede, a rat, a tarantula and a giant cockroach. We have all enjoyed pretending to be the different animals and learning about what they eat and where they live. We enjoyed looking back at the pictures and writing a caption to match the picture.
This week in Maths children have been learning about addition within five. We also played the bucket game where children had to listen to how many rocks they could hear me drop into the bucket. Then I challenged children to think about how many would be in my bucket if I took 1 or added one/two or three. After children made their predictions they checked by counting out the initial amount onto their fives frame then taking or adding one. Children answered: How many objects can you feel in the bag? How many pebbles did I put in? If I add one more how many will there be? If I take one out how many will there be? How many are in the bag/bucket now? How do you know? How can we check?
Children also played a mystery bag game where children were encouraged to estimate how many there are in the bag by feeling the counters without looking. We emptied the bag and placed the counters onto a five frame and discussed the number e.g. I know we had four in the bag because there is one space. After this I put amounts in the bag and added or took away 1/2/ or 3. Children made predictions about how many were left in my bag. They used their fives frame to add or take the amount and also used their fingers.
We also the children were beginning to find one more and one less. We followed the model I do, we do, you do learning strategy. I modelled it and then the children repeated what I had done. Children were given support to answer questions such as, how many buns were there altogether? How many frogs/pennies/buns do we have now? I highlighted that there was one less bun each time, but one more penny. The children enjoyed the activity and are becoming confident with the concept.
In Literacy we created our own story innovations for our focus book, ‘Whatever Next!’ Children loved discussing their innovations with their friends. Children used what they learned last week about transport and settings to create their new story. Many children are using their phonics knowledge to write initial sounds and even some middle and end sounds- well done!
Children have also used different media and materials to create their own bonfire and firework pictures. We spoke about how to stay safe when using sparklers, watching fireworks and being near a bonfire.
Next Week- we are all looing forward to see the Nocturnal Animals on Monday 11th November. Please don’t forget to bring your donation in (£4).
This week in is our Art Week. Children have been learning about the artist, Andy Goldsworthy. We enjoyed looking at his inspiring artwork. All children understood Andy uses materials found outside to create artwork such as stones, shells and sticks. We all had great fun going on an Autumn walk around school. We found lots of different coloured leaves and we sorted them into colours such as yellow, red, brown, orange and green. Each teacher focused on a different skill throughout our art week. Miss Mackenzie supported children to make paintbrushes using natural materials. Children showed lots of perseverance whilst attaching their materials; they used string, pegs, tape, elastic bands and experimented with fixing the materials together. After this, we tested it out on an art easel and spoke about which materials were the best. Mrs Mehmood supported children to weave natural materials in and out of a weaving frame; children were able to weave under and over the string. Mrs King and Mrs Khan have been working outside to create large scale pieces of art using different natural materials such as sticks, stones, leaves, apples and conkers. Children are looking forward to working with parents on Friday 1st November from 2.30pm to create patterns in the style of Andy Goldsworthy and will be taking pictures of their artwork which will be displayed on our website.
In Literacy we have been learning about the story Whatever Next! We loved reading up to the point where Baby Bear doesn’t want to have a bath, he wants to travel somewhere in his box. All week we will be looking at different types of transport and predicting where Baby Bear might travel to. Children have had lots of fun using toy vehicles in the small world areas, construction areas, sand areas and water areas. We have created a vocabulary display (a large tree painted in the sensory room and in the corridor). Please look out for the new vocabulary we have been learning. Can your child use these words at home with you?
In Maths this week we are focusing on, the number of a group can be changed by adding to or taking from it, addition and subtraction of 1 and number bonds to 5. Please see the key vocabulary learned this week:
“First there was ___. Then ____. Now ___.”
e.g. “First there was a tower of five cubes. Then one cube fell into a hole. Now there is a tower of four cubes.”
We also encouraged children to describe the composition of 5 using more generalised language such as, “five is made of four and one.” “Four and one is five.” “Five subtract one is four”.
Please remember children’s learning will be sent home on the target tracker link. Please read this for further information on the activities your child has participated in this week.
Dates for your diaries
On Friday 1st November we have our second phonic workshop from 9.15-11.45am. Additionally we also have our parents’ art week on Friday 1st November from 2.30pm onwards. A letter has also been given out about our Maths workshop on 20th November. Please remember your reply slip so we can accommodate everyone.
We have been reading the story Owl Babies. We have been learning how to re tell a story by ordering pictures and acting out the story using props. We discussed how Bill felt when he thought his mummy had left him.
Wash Scrub Brush!
In Literacy we read the book Wash Scrub Brush! We carried out lots of practical activities such as, washing our hands, getting dressed by ourselves, washing babies and sequencing how to brush our teeth correctly. Children then created information books about how to keep healthy. We have noticed that many children struggled with getting changed. Please ensure you encourage your child to get dressed and undressed at home as this is an essential skill children must master when they are in Reception. Lots of children are given one to one support to get changed for P.E and it would help if you could show your children how to look after their clothes by putting them in a neat pile. We talked about the importance of keeping ourselves clean and healthy. We spoke about brushing our teeth, washing our hair and bodies. We also spoke about when and why we need to wash our hands. We used soap and made sure we rubbed it into our hand, nails, knuckles and cuticles to get rid of the germs that we cannot see. We then washed off the soap and dried our hands.
The teachers will base learning around the interests of the child, so that learning is fun and exciting. We have already learned lots about the children’s interest which include unicorns and superheroes! All staff work hard to create a challenging learning environment that provides opportunities for exploration and achievement.
We have been incredibly proud of every child! To celebrate this children move onto our silver star and then two golden superstars are chosen each day to take home a prize from our prize box.
In addition we focus on a Reedley Value each week. The values include: self-esteem, respect, responsibility, trust, kindness, curiosity, collaboration, Co-operation, resilience, perseverance, honesty, pride, self-respect, integrity, empathy, sharing, patience, caring, appreciation, positivity, confidence and friendship.
If your child receives a Value Bear certificate on Friday they will be able to take our bear home, take pictures with the bear and write in the bear’s diary. The Bear’s diary will be shared with the rest of the class. This week we have focused on being kind. We also had a vote on our favourite names for the bear; the winning name was Rainbow with eleven votes. We are excited to learn about Rainbow’s adventures.
We celebrate children's learning and behaviour daily and love to hear about learning at home. Please feel welcome to bring in any additional pieces of work that your child has completed at home - we would love to showcase their learning.
We hope that all of the children enjoy their first year in school!
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