Wow, what a great week which began with the most wonderful class trip to the Rare Breeds Centre on Monday. Despite the sweltering heat, the children behaved impeccably and really made the most of a brilliant day. Photos will be uploaded to the gallery asap (if not already there!) Thank you to our parent helpers, Mrs Barstow, Mrs Cunningham and Mrs Rose. And to our regular volunteer Mrs Russell.
The Rare Breeds trip also inspired some really fantastic writing from the children, so a huge well done to them for all their focus during a very very hot week indeed.
You should have received a letter about the Buddy trip to Bedgebury - we haven't had many consent slips returned, please ensure this is done as soon as possible. Thank you.
Moving and Handling
As sports day approaches we continue to practice our disciplines; the running race, the egg and spoon race, the hoop, bat and ball race and the eagerly anticpated wheel relay.
You will get information about sports day, but here's a little to get you enticed.
Sports day happens in the morning on the school field, and starts with the 'infant' races and then is followed by the 'junior' races. The children are racing on behalf of their 'house', Bedgebury, Finchcocks, Pattenden, Glassenbury and Scotney and gain points if they place 3rd, 2nd or 3rd in each race. The children will be wearing a 'house' coloured t-shirt (green, red, purple, yellow or blue) which will sort out for them in advance. Whilst there is an element of competitiveness, this is mostly in the older part of the school. Our emphasis with Hippos children is of course all about the taking part.
After all of the sporting events have finished, you are invited to stay on the field and have lunch (which is provided for the children) with your child. Please invite any of your children's friends to join you if their family are unable to attend. After lunch, the children attend classes as usual and parents will be invited to come in to school for an open afternoon.
Children partition five, six and ten objects into two groups in order to find all the pairs of numbers with totals of 5, 6 and 10. The matching additions are recorded and read. Children count on 1, 2, 3 or 4 from any number to give totals up to 20, and begin to count back 1, 2 or 3 from numbers up to 20.
Literacy and Phonics
Phonics: We will look at phase 5 alternative pronunciations for 'ea' making the 'ee' sound as in 'seat', 'oy' as in 'boy' and tricky words 'Mr', 'Mrs', 'looked', 'asked' and 'called'.
Literacy focus: This week the children are going to write an imaginative story about mini beasts. It can be as vivid as they like and we will focus on using all of our phonics strategies learnt this year, as well as looking at the features of story writing. I will use the story 'The Snail and the Whale' by Julia Donaldson as stimulus.
Expressive Art & Design
We will become illustrators this week. We will create a number of illustrations to go with different parts of our own mini-beast story. We will use a variety of techniques for this; some sketching, water colours, chalk, and crayon work. The end result will be a beautiful hand written and hand drawn story book showcasing all of the writing skills learnt this year.
We will continue with our Djembe sessions with Ben Jackson. The children are doing brilliantly, learning about rhythm, pitch and composition. Ben will be showcasing the children's learning during our open afternoon on Sportsday 13th July so it's be a great opportunity for you to come and see your child's learning. The good news is that all going to plan, the children will continue their djembe lessons for a term in year 1 and a term in year 2.
Dates for the diary
Monday 9th July: Buddy trip to Bedgebury
Friday 13th July: Sports day (am) Open afternoon (pm)
Tuesday 17th July - Bastille day (the country not the band!) Children dress in red/white/blue (TBC!)
Friday 20th July: Last day (finish time TBC)
Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th July - INSET, school closed
As always, please look over the school calendar as much as you can.