The class were simply wonderful last week. They were incredibly understanding of the fact that Mrs Coleman was out and about towards the end of the week and helped me out with anything and everything. Thank you Hippos, you are wonderful. Thank you to the parents as well for being understanding of slight changes of routine here and there. Normal business is resumed this week.
On Monday we have the whole school photograph - please do your best to send your child in looking shining and groomed (although I appreciate we have the whole morning and lunchtime to get through before the actual photo; let's hope it's not spaghetti bolognaise)
This week we have a new entrant 'Stay and Play' on Tuesday morning. Hippos children have been exemplary when showing the new entrants how to behave, share and play with one another. We are all very proud of them.
On Wednesday it's the fathers day lunch; you must have signed up at the office to attend this (as per the email sent)
INSET day on Friday means the school is closed.
Take a look at the class gallery, I've uploaded a couple of new albums including a look at our fantastic fencing lesson last week!
Trips: The rare breeds centre trip is fast approaching and is on Monday 25th June - please remember that children will need a packed lunch for this trip. They will also need appropriate clothing and footwear (school uniform must be worn but wellies are fine if it's raining and trainers are fine in other weathers; it is up to you)
You should have also received an email about the buddy trip to Bedgebury on 9th July. A packed lunch will also be required for this and you will need to make arrangements for your child to get to and from bedgebury. Thank you
The first three days this week are about money. Children revise and learn all the coins from 1p to £2. They name, describe and begin to order the coins according to value. They move on to making small amounts and making the value of a coin using other coins. The final two sessions teach children to subtract by counting back. They subtract small amounts (1−3) by counting back on their fingers. They begin to recognise and write subtraction sentences.
I cannot emphasise enough the importance of allowing your child to experience and handle real money. Talk with them about price tags when you do your food shop, let them look at the value and the varying combination of coins that can be used to pay for items up to 20p.
Literacy and Phonics
Phonics: We continue to review, revise and apply Phase 4 phonics to some games that we will play this week. We will also take a little peek at Phase 5 phonics in preparation for next year.
Literacy: This week we are going to focus on communication and language. Children are going to compose a questionnaire so they can find out what the most popular mini beast is in Goudhurst and Kilndown School by asking the children from other classes. Hippos will also have the opportunity to find out other pieces of information by composing questions that interest them. We will later use the answers to the children’s questionnaires to inform some Data Handling work.
We will also attempt to do the pond dipping we had planned in for last week as for various reasons we couldn't go ahead with it.
Moving and Handling
The children get fully involved in sports day practice now and learn techniques to help them perform in the best way possible. The children will be participating in a running race, an egg and spoon race, and a bat, ball and hoop race. There is also the dreaded 'wheel relay' which really has to be seen to be believed as it is complex, but it's phenomenal how well the children pick up the idea of it.
We really focus on the 'taking part' element of sports day as well, we ensure all of the children feel comfortable racing and ensure they are doing it for the fun.
Dates for your Diary
Monday 18th June: Whole School Photograph
Friday 22nd June: INSET - school closed for staff training
Monday 25th June: Hippos to Rare Breeds Centre
Monday 9th July: Buddy trip to Bedgebury
Friday 13th July: Sports day (am) Open afternoon (pm)
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.