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Fitetips are taught by Mrs Ralph, (class teacher), supported by Miss Claridge, (Teaching assistant) and Miss Kilic, (SEN support).
Things to remember:
Library day is on a MONDAY. Please ensure children bring back in their books to change.
P.E is on a THURSDAY. Please ensure all children have appropriate clothing and footwear.
Parent consultations: Tuesday 13th November and Thursday 15th November.
Christmas production: 18th December (am).
7th December 2018- Cake shop role play, decorating our tree, Writing and delivering letters to Santa and our amazing day out at the Cathedral.
What an amazing fun filled, festive week!
We kick started the week by reading, ‘The Jolly Christmas postman,’ which got us in the festive mood to put our class tree up. The children’s faces were a delight, so full of excitement and happiness as we built the tree and decorated it. It was a real team effort, it was lovely to see everyone working together! We enjoyed learning about the Jolly Postman’s journey to post the variety of letters and parcels to the fairytale characters. This spurred the children to write their own cards during their independent learning time and send letters to Santa. As we are trying to involve Maggie wherever we can in our learning, we decided to take her along with us on our local walk to the post box. Fingers crossed we get our replies soon.
In maths we have been exploring, ‘estimation,’ where using pea pods and presents in the Jolly Postman’s sack, we made sensible guesses then counted to check if we were close to our estimates.
This week the boys decided to open up a cake shop in our creative area, using a variety of resources they made a selection of cakes and cookies and even got the rest of the class involved. It was great to see their role play progress into mark making as they made price lists and recipes. Miss Claridge and Mrs Ralph were treat to some delicious chocolate Smartie playdough cupcakes.
The end of the week we headed out on the public bus into town, for our trip to St Albans Cathedral. We had a fantastic day learning all about the Catchedral, the story of advent and how stain glass windows are made, we even got the chance to create our own versions. We would like to thank the Cathedral for providing us with this amazing opportunity, the children thouroughly enjoyed both workshops and loved their day out.
30th November- Forest school, measures and investigation.
Firetips have been super busy learning lots, inside and outside this week.
In maths we have been exploring the different ways that we measure something. Using rulers, unifix cubes and weighing scales, we looked at measuring cm's and weighing how heaving or light something was from looking at grams. Lots of language relating to size and weight came from this week's learning and the children were able to use the scales independently in their play. The children found a variety of items and compared them, discussing which item was the heaviest.
In Literacy we have been looking at the story, 'One Snowy night.' We sequenced the order of the animals, described Percy the Park keeper and took our imaginations to our forest school. During our afternoon in a rainy forest school we learnt about habitats and what animals/insects would make a home in our forest school. We even found some of the animals from our story hiding in the bushes. Next time you're walking through the park or woods, see what habitats you can find. We finished our wet, fun filled afternoon off with a yummy hot chocolate and a biscuit.
As Mrs Ralph is always learning she has recently created a new area in the classroom, an 'Investigation Station,' where the children investigate something every week. This week the children have accessed this area lots and enjoyed seeing our hyacinth grow and change and discover which things are magnetic in our room. Next week we will be investigating decaying foods, YUM!
The Polar Regions 16th November 2018
We have welcomed the children back to a new classroom environment with lots of exciting things on offer. The children have been exploring the role play, exploring in the igloo and made some amazing fact books about Polar Bears and Penguins. This week we had a whole school focus on well being week, where we have been extremely busy.
The beginning of the week we met Smartie the Penguin who told us all about being safe on the internet. We discussed who had a tablet and iPad and what sort of things we all did on the devices. As we are learning about Penguins the children really enjoyed his story and learnt the song and actions very well… “Before you tap and click, you don’t to stop and think AND TELL SOMEONE!”
We then went onto healthy eating, where we did observational paintings of fruit and vegetables, made smoothies and sorted a healthy lunch box and an unhealthy lunch box.
Mid week we focused on the importance and effect of exercise. We had a calm afternoon by taking part in some Arctic Yoga. They enjoyed exploring all the different positions and the tranquil music helped create a calming environment. The day after we saw physical activity in another light, we took part in an amazing workshop from 'KIDZ FIT.' All the children loved the Kidz Fit workshop all were fully engaged and totally engrossed. Every child had a go and there was a real focus on diet and raising your heartbeat during exercise.
We then looked at bullying. We focused on two apples, spoke about how they both looked the same. We then passed one apple round saying kind things and then passed the other apple round saying bad things. We spoke about how we felt when we were saying horrible things, lots of the children hesitated when saying the nasty things which showed that this made them feel uncomfortable. I then asked who wanted to eat the apples, all children were desperate so I cut both apples open. When I cut the apple open that we said nice things to I heard things like mmm and yummy. When I cut open the apple that we had said mean things to, (that I had previously bruised), I heard things like urgh and yuk! When I asked why the apple looked so bad inside, I got lots of suggestions and finally one child said because we hurt it. We then discussed how the apple felt and how would we feel if someone was mean to us.
Friday we looked at Equality and Diversity. Where we used two different coloured playdough to represent two people.
We passed around both pieces, describing how they felt, how they looked and how they smelt. The children quickly came to establish similarities and differences.. They both felt ‘soft and squishy,’ both smelt abit different and one was bigger than the other. I asked if they both could be played with, to which all children replied, “yes.” I then explained like just like the playdough we are all different but may have some things the same, (hair colour, eye colour etc), and that is a real great thing, because if were all the same it would be boring and just like the playdough we all can play and no-one should be left out.
AND FINALLY 'Children In Need.' A great success by all children getting involved meant that we contributed really well towards the schools fundraising for this amazing charity. We watched clips of the children our money helps, how others fund raise and spoke about how lucky we are.
Week 8 - Road safety and share & learn.
On Tuesday we had a road safety officer come in and teach us all about keeping safe, when crossing the road and in the car. We watched a video and learnt a song, take a look here.. https://www.think.gov.uk/education-resources/explore-education-resources/?age%5B0%5D=3-to-6&resource_type%5B%5D=film. We then got to have a go ourselves at crossing the road in class. We had to look, listen and think before we crossed the road to make sure it was safe to do so.
On Wednesday we had a great morning with our adults in class, exploring all the different activities and sharing our learning. Thank you to all the adults who came and made it special for the children.
We will spend the rest of our week revising phonics that we learnt this term, re-capping maths and a well earned film on Friday afternoon, with a biscuit and some popcorn.
A big well done to all the children who are a credit to you all and have worked so hard in their first term. I'm looking forward to all the exciting things we will get up to next term. Have a wonderful half term.
Mrs Ralph & Miss Claridge
W.C 15th October 2018
Week 7 and Firetips are working as hard as ever!
Another great week of learning, we are seeing lots of independence in Phonics now where children are blending and segmenting three letter words which they are becoming able to spell. Alphablocks is a great programme to use at home, for hearing and identifying sounds if the children have any spare time to fill.
In Literacy this week we have based all our work around a short Pixar animation called, 'La Luna,' which means moon. The children demonstrated their imagination by sharing predictions at different parts of the animation and discussing who the characters could be. Lots of great vocabulary was produced, which is great for our communication and language skills.
In maths we have been exploring addition, remembering that our answer always gets bigger when we add numbers together. This was a great opportunity to use our addition machine and play lots of games to enhance vocab and understanding of addition.
We have been very fortunate to be able to buy brand new reading books from a strong scheme, please continue to share these at home whilst taking good care of them. I would like to thank the parents and congratulate the children and who have reached their first 'give me 10' milestone. I look forward to giving the children who are close to reading 25 times, their book very soon.
W.C 8th October 2018 - Space facts, capacity and forest school
This week we have been exploring non fiction in Literacy by looking at facts about space. Using our creative skills we have created a 'Space facts book,' which includes pictures and key vocabulary. Some children did an amazing job at using their phonics and understanding of 'tricky words,' to help them write their first ever sentence, which has been amazing to witness.
In maths we have been exploring capacity by using water and various measuring equipment including cups and jugs. We have also been using objects and images to measure height and length, using the vocab, smallest, shortest, tallest, biggest and longest. Maybe you could try looking at capacity when next in the bath with any objects lying around?
We had our first trip to our forest school on Wednesday, which was great fun. During our session we explored change by finding dead and alive leaves. We discussed why the leaves change colour and why they fall onto the floor, we finished our session with a story in our outdoor story area.
Aliens love underpants! 05/10/2018
This week we have been reading, 'Aliens love underpants,' where the children have been busy designing their own pants, using collage and fabric pens and creating UFOs, using a variety of materials.
In literacy we have been designing our own Aliens out of playdough and wrote about our alien. On Wednesday our pants that we had designed, went missing, so the children came up with a great idea to create missing posters and maps.
In maths we have been exploring 2D shapes in a variety of ways, naming, recognising properties and creating rocket shape pictures. The children have really enjoyed using our interactive whiteboard this week to explore various maths games. The website we use is,
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting and can be used on any laptop or tablet, maybe you could have some fun too and have a go at home?
Alien Invasion!! 28th September 2018
This week we had a special visitor in Firetips, 'Nig the Alien.' The children found him in our outdoor area and discovered a spaceship when we looked back on CCTV. We even took a visit to the office to see if Mrs Abbot had seen the spaceship.
The children have cared and looked after Nig so kindly, and we spoke about what made a good friend in our PSED circle time.
We have written postcards and drew pictures of Nig in Literacy and been focusing on our number bonds to 10 in maths.
In P.E we used equipment to create an obstacle course through space.
We sadly discovered this morning that Nig has now gone back home, however we can't wait to see what adventures we have in store for us next week.
Firetip's have had a great couple of weeks settling in, exploring our spaceship, building rockets, performing on our new outdoor stage and choosing their learning in all the exciting areas.
All children have done fantastic with their first couple of 'full' days at school, and we are extremely impressed with their responsibility at lunch times.
We have now started our phonics, following the 'Jolly Phonics programme, where we use actions and songs to learn our new sounds and in maths we have been ordering and recognising numbers 1-10.
'Whatever Next!,' is our focus in Literacy, this week. It's a story about Baby Bear who visits the moon and has a picnic, with his friend Owl. We are very much hoping for good weather for our very own picnic, on Friday afternoon.
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