This week we have been busy creating firework pictures. We used pastels and created individual firework pictures and then later in the week we worked collaboratively to make a whole class firework display. We added glitter to give the fireworks a real sparkle!
This week our number of the week has been ‘8’ and we had great fun playing the ‘grab 8’ estimating game. In this activity you have to put your hand in a bag of small objects and try and grab 8. You then record how many objects you actually grabbed. A few of us grabbed eight exactly!
Finally, we created a secret writers club. Here we had fun writing in the dark using torches, lights and UV pens.
This week we have been looking at the story ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ by Julia Donaldson. We made our own salt dough ladybirds and painted them.
We also made our own small world farm by creating our own animals. We used pegs as legs and these helped the animals to stand. We had great fun acting using these to act out the story.
This week Cherwell class have been very busy inside and out. We have been looking at numbers 1-10 and drawing and playing hopscotch. The children were very interested in drawing their own hopscotch boards.
We have been exploring the story ‘Funny bones’ this week, and we have made our own scenes using the characters from the story. We then created our own speech bubble ideas.
To finish off the week we decorated gingerbread men in the style of skeletons.
This week we have been developing our team work skills. As a class we decided to have a go at making a giant marble run. We started by thinking about what we could use as tubes. Ziggy brought over some boxes, tape and some large paper. We then rolled up the paper and to make it even bigger we used some guttering from the shed. We tried to roll cars down but we all agreed marbles travelled down quicker!
We have also been thinking about our feelings. We made different feeling monsters and then described why they felt that way. This is Henry’s and “He is angry because of his hair because it’ spikey.”
This week our topic has been ‘Harvest’ we have been looking closely at different vegetables and completed observational drawings. We used a writing pencil to draw the outline and looked closely at the details. We then thought about what colours we needed when colouring in.
We also tried printing with the vegetables, we thought that rolling the corn on the cob worked the best.
This week Cherwell class have been very busy making our own puppet theatres. We painted two large boxes outside, one using rollers and one using paint brushes. Once they were dry it was time to put on a performance! Everyone wanted a go using our ‘mini me’ puppets that we have made of ourselves.
To challenge every child to be the best ‘writer’ they can be, we have introduced the World Writing Championship. This week we have crowned our first champion…Khloe! She has demonstrated fantastic independent writing applying her phonics, well done.
We have had a fantastic time making our own ‘haunted house’ out of the wooden blocks. We were able to adapt our work by adding loose parts to our creation. Once we had made our project, Mr Gidlow encouraged us to draw our designs.
Have a great weekend everyone and see you all again next week.
This week we have been looking at the story of Noah and we had a go at making our own arks out of the wooden blocks and Duplo. We also enjoyed acting out the story using small world props in the water tray.
We also continued our ‘Here We Are’ and this week we looked at the importance of being us. We drew around an outline of one of our class members and labelled all the parts or the body we thought were important.
We also took part in our weekly Jigsaw Jenie PSED session. We thought about our feelings and what we do when we feel happy, sad, excited, worried and angry. We have also introduced a classroom feelings display for children to share how they are feeling.
Here are some photos of the fun that we've had this week.
Here’s to another successful week in Cherwell class. This week we have be playing some speaking and listening games in phonics, including an initial ‘m’ sound Kim’s game. This is preparing us for our journey into Read Write Inc Set 1.
In maths we have been looking at the ‘oneness of one’ by collecting different items that interest us. We were only allowed to collect one of each!
We have been using some large boxes in the outside area and over the week the boxes have been transformed into a hospital, vet, cars, trains and part of large ‘ramp house’.
Our topic work has been to look at the story ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers. We discussed the planet that we live on is called Earth and learnt that it was a sphere shape, like a huge ball. Then we used Google Earth to have a closer look at Appleton Primary school and the village of Appleton. We were surprised how many swimming pools there are in Appleton! Here is our ongoing display with questions and answers linked to the book so far.
We are looking forward to another great week next week. Have a wonderful weekend.
We have flown through another busy week in Foundation. This week we have focused on learning the days of the week in Maths and the children have been great at learning a song to help them to remember. We also did a calendar about the week to help them to remember what happens each day.
We thought about the different jobs that grown ups do in our Jigsaw work this week. Most of the children could tell me what the people in their family did and we also acted out doing a few different jobs as a class. I saw some fab mechanics and fire fighters during this time.
Literacy focused on what the characters in the story were doing. We thought about the different actions that Harry and his dinosaurs were doing and talked about how we could describe them.
We have had a big focus on reading this week as the children have had a lot of exposure to phonics and really need to be practising reading everyday to apply these phonics skills to help them to retain the sounds they have learned. With this in mind I have set the children a reading passport challenge at home to encourage them to practise frequently. This is in their book bags and explains what they need to do.
Finally 3 things to ask your child this week:-
- Can they tell you the days of the week?
- Do they know what job you do?
- Can they name 2 phonics sounds they have learned this week?
Hope you all have a lovely weekend,
We have come to the end of another busy week in Foundation. We focused on writing this week and have been putting together all of the skills we have been practising to produce some writing about "Harry and his bucketful of Dinosaurs go to school" by Ian Wybrow. The children have all written part of the story themselves and I have been astounded by how much they have learned and remembered. I know how hard the children have been working but it is lovely to see all of their effort coming together to produce some lovely writing.
PE has continued to think about journeys and navigating a space safely. The children are really responding to this and are enjoying exploring how to move.
We have been continuing work on adding numbers to 10 in maths and the children have been exploring Numicon equipment to do this. They have enjoyed the challenge of writing some of their own sums.
Finally three things to ask your child this week:-
- Can they think of any numbers that add together to make 10?
- Can they tell you how Harry got to school in their stories?
- Can they name a carnivore and a herbivore?
Have a great weekend,
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