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Intended Learning WC 25.09.17

Class R Hippos
For week beginning: 25th September 2017
Class Messages

Another lovely week in Hippos class as gone by, the children are fully immersed in the routines of the classroom and the school and are enjoying their time in class. Lunches were a great success and the children managed beautifully with this addition to their day; I'm sure you are as proud of them as we are.

This week the children are now full time with the rest of the school and should be collected from the same point as where you say goodbye in the morning. Many of you have commented on how tired the children have been up to this point, so rest assured, the afternoon sessions are fairly relaxed with a 'child initiated' slot as well as a 'creative' session. We also take time-out to have a little lie on the floor with the lights off and an audio book on. Now the children are full time, we will introduce the 'biscuit snack' in the morning (they also have fruit and milk later in the morning) with the hope that this will help fuel some additional energy.

Homework - thank you for returning some lovely art work to go on our first school display. I have added a photo to the class gallery. There is still a little room on the display if you have not yet sent yours in (but this is of course optional). Rest assured, I very rarely request homework like this...the homework is to read with your child as often as you can and to have a go at some of the suggested 'phonics' and 'maths' activities that I might suggest here on the Intended Learning should you want to.


This is another week about counting; chanting numbers in order up to 20, counting 10 items into a set, counting up to 10 items taken from a larger set, matching how many to a numeral and matching written and spoken numerals. Children will learn to count accurately using one-to-one correspondence and come to understand conservation of number. They will subitise numbers to 6 and count along a 1−10 number track.

 Support this learning at home by: using 10 plates/bowls and writing a number on a post-it and placing it in each bowl/plate (numbers 1-10) give your child a plate and ask them to find the corresponding number of objects from around the home.


The children hav now learnt the sounds: s, a, t, p, i, n, c, k and we have started to talk about how we can put some of these sounds together to make words such as 'sat'. Children identified quickly that if we replaced the sound 's' with 'p' we had a new word 'pat'. When we put sounds together to make a word we call it blending  and we use our 'phoneme fingers' to show how many sounds there are in each word - so if we were to say the word 'sat' we would say each sound and put up a finger at a time to correspond with each sound...we then repeat and speed up the process so the children can hear the sounds blend together.

This weeks sounds:

'e'     Pretend to tap an egg on the side of a pan and crack it into the pan, saying eh, eh, eh.

h      Hold hand in front of mouth panting h, h, h as if you are out of breath.

r       Pretend to be a puppy holding a rag, shaking head from side to side and say rrrrrrrrrrr.

m     Rub tummy as if seeing tasty food and say mmmmmm.

If you want to support the children's learning, do use the following link - it's good fun, the children love it, and it demonstrates how we teach the purest sound of the letter.

Suggested support at home: Why not write each letter we've learned on a post-it (one post-it per sound) and hide them around the house. Challenge your child to find the 's' sound for instance. Repeat this until all letters are found. Can you work with you child to organsie the letters into simple words such as 'sat' 'pat' 'pin' 'cat' 'hat' etc?

Expressive Art and Design

We start a unit called 'Me' this week. The children will play a range of fun games to music to get them used to pitch and tempo and will then work on learning a range of nursery style songs and actions to backing tracks.

Musical learning focus

  • Listening and responding to different styles of music
  • Embedding foundations of the interrelated dimensions of music
  • Learning to sing or sing along with nursery rhymes and action songs
  • Improvising leading to playing classroom instruments
  • Share and perform the learning that has taken place
Understanding the World

Mrs Mileham is covering our RE unit of work 'Creation'.

In session 1 the children thought about why the word “God” is so important to Christians. They did this by talking about what they already knew about God; who he is, where he is and what he does. They talking about all that God created, including jellyfish; looked at pictures of jellyfish and discussed what they knew about them and about the fact that they are dangerous and beautiful. The children compared jellyfish to jelly; eating and touching the jelly. The children listened to the Creation Story and talked about it afterwards.

In session 2 the children deepened their understanding of the creation story by putting it into drama. In groups the children rehearsed a particular scene and at the end of the session came together as a class to perform the scenes in sequence.

Communication & Language

We are already getting lots of home learning journals in. It's always lovely to see what the children are doing at home.

This week, the children are going to take the 'hot seat' (my posh chair!) and work on their communication skills. We are going to dicuss the concept of audience, volume and expression in speech and clarity of vocabularly.

Dates for your Diary

Thursday 19th October, 2pm: Hippos children, along with their Year 6 buddies are treated to a Magic show in the school hall, this is funded by the PTFA and is to celebrate the special bonds already forming between the children.

Friday 20th October: Non school uniform day (donations of chocolate for PTFA Christmas tombola)

Friday 27th October: Last day of term 1.

Thursday 2nd Nov - School Disco (Povisional Date)

Friday 3rd Nov - Non school uniform day (PTFA hook a bag donation)

Tuesday 14th and Thurs 16th Nov - Parents Evening

Saturday 25th Nov - Christmas Bazaar

Tuesday 28th Nov - Flu Vaccination

Tuesday 12th Dec - Dress Rehearsal Yr R, Yr1 and Yr2 Christmas Nativity

Wednesday 13th Dec - Children's Christmas lunch

Thursday 14th Dec - Yr R, Yr1 and Yr2 Christmas Nativity

Friday 15th Dec - Yr R, Yr1 and Yr2 Christmas Nativity

Monday 18th Dec - Whole School to Pantomime, Tonbridge

Tuesday 19th Dec - Yr R, Yr 1 and Yr 2 Christmas Party

Wednesday 20th Dec - Christmas Service at St Marys and last day of term.

Please note: more detail will be sent out closer to each date where relevant.