We had a fantastic Science week last week, and as we missed out on few of the experiments due to the snow day, will will endeavour to catch up on these this week. The children were full of awe and wonder when carrying out the experiments, and their lines of thinking seemed to really change over the week. We were so impressed by the children's developing language and how they were able to make connections between the experiments. The children produced the most wonderful Science booklets which I look forward to sharing with you at parents evening.
Parents evenings are on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. I very much look forward to sharing your little person's successes with you. Please remember that meetings are 10 mins long and it's so helpful to other parents if we can keep each meeting to time.
On Thursday we go to Benenden School for the Kidenza Classical Music Concert for Kids. This will be the fourth time we have taken the whole school to these concerts, and they are so well received by the children. The theme this year is 'A recipe for a musical feast'. The children will leave on coaches soon after morning registration and will return to school at approx 11.30am.
Indian Restaurant trip: I have spoken to many of you about the purpose of this trip and how well it is received every year by the children (they often refer to it as their favourite trip of all time) The date I have booked for us to visit the Taj of Kent in Marden is Thursday 22nd March. Further details will follow as to the purpose of the trip, and there will be a cost involved. We are trying to keep costs down by possibly using the mini bus to transport half of the class so please start letting me know if you can help transport the remaning children so we can avoid coach costs.
This week the children will familiarise themselves with coins and our money. They will begin to learn the value of coins and to compare and order them according to value. They will learn their names and begin to play with money in a shop / bank / post office context. Children will also begin working on adding the value of two or more coins (to the value of under 20p) additionally supporting their understanding of teen numbers by using a 10p and 1p's.
To support this at home, allow your children to look at, touch and feel a selection of coins. Work with them to put them in order of value, emphasising that the bronze coins are of lesser value and the gold more. Go to the shop with your child to buy something of interest to them; challenge them to select the coins needed to buy it!
Phonics & Literacy
This week we begin Phase 4 letters and sounds.
When children start Phase Four of the Letters and Sounds phonics programme, they will know a grapheme for each of the 42 phonemes. They will be able to blend phonemes to read CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words and segment in order to spell them.
Children will also have begun reading straightforward two-syllable words and simple captions, as well as reading and spelling some tricky words.
In Phase 4, no new graphemes are introduced. The main aim of this phase is to consolidate the children's knowledge and to help them learn to read and spell words which have adjacent consonants, such as trap, string and milk.
During Phase 4, the following tricky words (which can't yet be decoded) are introduced:
Writing Focus: To tie in with Expressive Art & Design, the children will write a review about the Kidenza concert they went to.
Expressive Art & Design
Music: children will work in groups this week to compose their own 'recipe for a musical feast'. We will use India as our inspiration, and will engage the children's senses to help inspire their composition. I will bring in a range of Indian spices for the children to smell and in some cases taste, in order to provoke ideas for a spicy musical composition.
Children will then represent their composition as a graphic score. We may even create the score the painting with the very spices that inspired the musical creation.
Understanding the World
Leading up to our trip to the Indian Restaurant we will be looking closely at customs and cultures of other countries. We will look at India closely, but I will give the children the opportunity to tell me which countries they would like to find out a little more about. Children will work on keeping a fact file on each country as the week progresses, including the countries flag, information about the people of that country, the beliefs, the celebrations, the clothing and the food.
Dates for your Diary
6th and 7th March - Parents Evening
Thursday 8th March - Whole School to see 'Kidenza Classical Music Concert for Kids' at Benenden Prep.
Tuesday 20th - School nurse in to Hippos for standard height/weight/eye tests etc
Thursday 22nd March - Class trip to Indian Restaurant
Friday 23rd March - Yr R Cake Sale
Wednesday 28th March - Arts Festival (evening)
Thursday 29th March - Easter Service at St Marys and last day of term
As usual, more information will be sent out closer to each event where necessary