Coral Class Weekly News
Coral Class weekly news 13.7.18
We really enjoyed our special alfresco end of year picnic lunch in the playground this week. We chatted, sang and danced with our friends.
Just a reminder that we will be collecting in all reading and home-school reading record books on Monday. The local libraries run a brilliant summer reading challenge which is free to enter and the children earn rewards for the number of books they read. It is well worth taking part and helps the children continue to improve their reading skills throughout the holiday.
Look out for a holiday home work pack which will be in the children’s book bags on Monday.
We can’t believe we only have one more busy week left at school! We are looking forward to next week’s beach visit along with lots of other exciting end of term events.
Coral Class weekly news 6.7.18
We just wanted to say a big thank you to all of those who came by on Opening Evening this past Monday! We hope you enjoyed looking through your child’s Learning Journeys as well as their vibrant artwork, writing and pictures displayed around the room. We loved how excited the children got when they were showing off their work to you. Thank you for your continued support and we hope you enjoyed meeting your child’s new class teacher.
During the week the children were as busy as ever enjoying outdoor water play, building things out of Mobilo and Lego, crafting and creating a collage of characters from the Gruffalo, dressing up/roleplaying and other fun filled activities.
Coral class had the opportunity to meet with their new class teacher on Thursday and spent the morning in their new classroom; they behaved so well. The children are planning to write to the Clownfish class teachers describing themselves and telling them all about their family and interests.
If you are able to help on our end of year beach visit (Wednesday 18th) there is a sign-up sheet on the classroom window.
Have a good weekend.
Coral Class weekly news 29.6.18
Stop. Look. Listen. Think.
This week in Coral class we welcomed a visit from the road safety team. They came in and taught us about the importance of being safe when out and about near roads and traffic. We learned some really important information such as the key phrase of stop, look, listen and think when near a road. We also know at a traffic light we must always stop and wait for the green man; even when the green man appears we must check both ways first before crossing. It is safer to hold a grownups hand when crossing the road. We talked about other important things such as wearing bright and colourful clothing, crossing at appropriate places along the road (zebra crossings and crosswalks) and general safety precautions to take when out and about. The children really enjoyed the lesson and had opportunities to practice these key skills when crossing the road through role play.
Also don’t forget we have Open Evening next Monday. This is an opportunity for you to come and visit your child’s classroom.
We wish you a wonderful weekend and look forward to seeing you next week!
The Coral Class Team
Coral Class weekly news 21.6.18
This week in Coral class we have been continuing our Gruffalo theme by writing captions and stories to go with our Gruffalo paintings. The children have been working so hard and we are very proud of them!
We have continued to practise key skills such as estimating, adding and subtracting numbers up to 20, counting in 2’s, 5’s, 10’s and ordering numbers. We are getting better every day.
On Wednesday we welcomed more pre-schoolers to join us during free flow; they enjoyed a healthy nutritional snack with us and stayed for story time.
This week we have also met our new intake families. They have enjoyed their tour around the school and had a chance to pop into our classroom.
Have a wonderful long weekend – enjoy the sunshine!
See you next week.
The Coral Class
Coral Class weekly news 15.6.18
Wow! What another busy week we have had in Coral Class.
This week we have continued work related to our current topic of The Gruffalo. The children have been working on writing descriptive words about the characters and have painted some great pictures about the Gruffalo story.
Along with the writing the children have been hard at work in their phonics groups going over different digraphs, trigraphs and tricky words. We are focusing on using these spelt correctly within our writing. We are really proud of the children and can see great improvements within their work.
In Maths this week we have covered a range of topics related to numbers. We are currently revising ordering numbers to 20, saying 1 more/1 less to 20, and adding and subtracting single digit numbers up to 20.
We also welcomed another group of pre-schoolers this week. All of our children were very well behaved and did a wonderful job involving the younger children in their free flow activities; helping them to feel really comfortable and relaxed about being at a new school.
Finally we ended the week with a bang! We had a great time with Sports Day. All of the children did a superb job in all of the races today. We are really proud of the children for being so well behaved and for cheering each other on in the different activities that took place. We also wanted to say a huge thank you to all the parents, families and friends for coming to support us.
Coral Class weekly news 8.6.18
We started the week with some very exciting news that our caterpillars (that made their chrysalises a few weeks ago) have emerged into beautiful butterflies. They began to shake ferociously back and forth on the Friday before half term and ended up hatching over the break. The class teachers were able to release the kaleidoscope of butterflies at Chalkwell Park by the flower garden. We were able to document the release of the butterflies and shared loads of videos and pictures with the children.
On Tuesday we thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the Gruffalo Trail where we took part in lots of different activities including hide and seek, building mouse nests and completed an obstacle course. The children had a wonderful time and were so well behaved during the trip. Thank you to all of our parent helpers who joined us on our Gruffalo Trail adventures.
On Wednesday we welcomed more pre-school children into school, showing them all the different activities they will be able to take part in when they start school next year.
On Friday we were fortunate enough to have a theatre performance of Robin Hood which the children enjoyed. We also were very busy with gymnastics in the afternoon.
What a very busy, fun-packed week! We hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
The Coral Class Team
Coral News 18th May
We have been busy bees again this week in Coral class! Our rehearsals for our assembly are in full swing and we have been practising in the hall with Starfish and Seahorse class. We hope you will be able to come and see our fantastic assembly on the 25th of May.
The sunshine was absolutely beautiful on Tuesday and we visited the travelling book company which was held in our outdoor classroom. This also gave us the opportunity to have a look at more mini-beasts in our bug hotel.
We have continued to write our caterpillar diaries. Our caterpillars are changing every day and have now made webs and formed J shapes at the top of the jar.
For snack this week we have been spreading butter on bread and tried some delicious honey.
We’ve loved wearing red, white and blue today in preparation to celebrate the Royal Wedding.
We hope that you have a fantastic weekend.
What a wonderful week in coral class this week! We have had so much fun doing a variety of things. Earlier this week we have continued to practice on doubling and halving as well as addition and subtraction; the children are coming on so well. We have also been hard at work writing diary entries for our class caterpillars. Great job everyone!
Coral class have been exploring and monitoring the progress of our class caterpillars. This week we have noticed that they not only have grown in size but our starting to make silky webs within their pot. Some of the caterpillars are making their way to the top of the lids so we don’t think it will be long before they start to hand in a J shaped , shed their exoskeletons one last time and harden into chrysalides.
We wanted to praise all of coral class for their excellent swimming this week. We have noticed a lot of our children have been moving on up in their lessons and have been receiving invitations for a badge to recognise their achievements. However everyone is doing a brilliant job in the pool so keep it up!
On Friday we had the pleasure of Mrs Brown from the upper school lead us in a bug hunt exploration. We had so much fun in the school garden exploring, searching and examining bugs. We even got the chance to have a look at our new school minibeast hotel.
We also had a great P.E. session on Friday morning exercising and building on our core strength. We even brought out some equipment to practice jumping off them. Some of us found this activity challenging but we persevered and everybody had a go.
We thank you for your hard work this week and hope you all have a brilliant weekend! See you on Monday.
The Coral class team
Coral Class News 4.5.18
We have been super busy this week in Coral class doing all sorts of fun and exciting things.
The whole class have worked extremely hard on finishing off their minibeast paintings in which they included a written caption to describe their lovely artwork. These all turned out beautifully and are proudly displayed around the classroom. The children also created 2D shaped pictures of minibeasts this week and had a lot of fun colouring those in and writing about their shaped invertebrates.
In Maths we carried on learning about doubling and halving and are becoming more confident every day. We loved all the minibeast counting activities.
In Literacy this week we have worked really hard on our tricky words and loved learning new songs to help us easily remember these words. Along with learning through music we have been hard at work with our reading and writing. We have enjoyed many books on minibeats this week and have written a lot about our individual artworks.
Amongst all the other things we have had great fun exploring the soil on the decking and have found a variety of bugs including worms, ladybirds, spiders and woodlouse.
On Friday we had a Growth Mindset day and dressed up as Star Wars characters. All the children looked fantastic! We started the day off by talking about our growth mindset and went over our learning targets and talked about how we could try different tactics to help us meet our goals and really just spent time reflecting on our learning as well as celebrated all of our achievements and growth with each other. We also had a lot of fun learning a new dance and Star Wars Yoga today.
Finally to top everything off we received special visitors in the form of caterpillars who are currently busy eating. We are excited to watch them grow and evolve over the next few weeks.
We hope you have a great bank holiday weekend in the sun and May the ‘fourth’ be with you!
The Coral Class team
Coral Class weekly news 27.4.18
This week in Coral class we have been continuing our minibeast theme by painting our favourite minibeasts. We then wrote captions to go with our paintings. We have also been learning songs about minibeasts and discussing what we know already about insects. In Maths we have continued to practise counting in 2’s and started to work on doubling and halving; we are getting better everyday. On Wednesday we welcomed several local pre-schools to join us during free flow. The pre-schoolers loved having snack and story time with our class.
Thanks for all your hard work Coral class!
See you next week.
The Coral Class
Monday 16th April 2018 - Friday 20th April 2018
Welcome back Coral Class!
We have had an eventful first week back at school.
Earlier in the week we began our ‘learning to learn’ days where we talked about growth mindset and how that can help us to solve tricky situations and problems that arise. We talked about perseverance, dedication and hard work and how having the right mindset is vital and can help us accomplish whatever we set our minds to. With this in mind we looked through our Learning Journeys and talked about the progress we had made last term. We then set ourselves new targets ranging from wanting to be better at reading, writing, counting, art, behaviour, listening skills etc. We also talked about being good friends and what to do if anyone was upsetting us, this linked with our new anti-bullying policy.
We also have been very fortunate to have had a visit from ‘Snakes Alive’. This is linked to our new topic this term which is all about minibeasts. The children have loved this topic and are enjoying all the activities set up to help them explore this area of learning even further.
On Wednesday we were very lucky enough to visit the beach and took part in three challenges that were linked to our new minibeasts topic. Thank you to all the parent helpers who came to join in the fun!
We hope you all have a wonderful weekend and look forward to seeing you next week!
Mrs Sutcliffe, Mrs Steed and the Coral Team!
Coral Class Weekly News Thursday 29th 2018
This week we have been busy doing a range of Easter activities: adding up and taking away eggs, making Easter cards and chocolate nests. Today we have enjoyed our Easter Hat Parade. All the children looked wonderful in their Easter hats. Thank you for all the hard work you have put into helping the children with their hats!
We have continued to work with our learning partners, practising addition and subtraction and writing number sentences. We finished the week with an Easter egg hunt out on the decking. The children absolutely loved this and had a great time searching for all the hidden eggs.
We hope you enjoy doing some of our Minibeast home learning challenges during the holiday.
Have a very Happy Easter break.
The Coral Class Team.
have also been hard at work reading, writing, sequencing and acting out the traditional tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. They created some beautiful paintings this week related to this tale.
We travelled on our special school charter train to Southend Library. We met the librarians and were shown around the children’s library. After lunch at The Forum we boarded our second train, travelling to Shoeburyness, where we had time for a quick snack and run-around. We then boarded our third train for the journey back to Leigh. The children were beautifully behaved throughout. We walked 3.7 miles in total and our footstep count will be added to the whole school Sports Relief total.
Coral Class News 9th March 2018
We are so glad to have you all back this week after the unexpected snow days we had last week. We hope you enjoyed playing in the snow and making memories with your family and friends.
This week in Coral Class we have been reading, writing, sequencing and acting out traditional tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs. We have thoroughly enjoyed performances of Little Red Riding Hood put on by the children in class. Job well done to all of them for their amazing acting skills!
On Thursday the children looked amazing in their World Book Day costumes, thank you for helping them take part and encouraging their love of reading. We enjoyed talking about the characters we dressed up as and shared our favourite books with each other.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Mrs Steed, Mrs Sutcliffe and Coral Class Team
Coral Class Weekly News 23.2.18
This week we have been learning about traditional tales and have really focused on the tale of the Three Little Pigs. We have ordered the story in the correct sequence, talked about the main characters, discussed their traits, and thought of alternative ways to end the story. The children have had fun creating their own versions of the pig’s houses, making pigs out of paper and painting the characters from the story.
Along with learning about the Three Little Pigs we have read the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We had a lot of fun playing in the home corner this week with the main characters from the story. We also have created some beautiful paintings of Goldilocks and the three bears and enjoyed making porridge.
We are looking forward to Book Week next week and hope you will be able to join us in class to share and enjoy books with the children.
A special thanks to Outloud Productions for their wonderful performance they put on earlier this week of Goldilocks and the Three Bears as well as the Billy Goats Gruff.
Have a great weekend!
Mrs Sutcliffe, Mrs Stead and the Coral class team.
What an amazing time we have had in Coral class this week! We have thoroughly enjoyed celebrating and learning key facts about the Chinese New Year. We listened to the Chinese story about the zodiac signs to help us understand ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.). We have enjoyed re-enacting roles in our `Chinese restaurant’ set in our home corner. During the week we have made Chinese lanterns, dragon masks and best of all, created a class Chinese dragon and danced to traditional music. Our class have been learning how to say numbers 1 to 10 in Chinese.
We hope you have a wonderful half term break!
Mrs Sutcliffe, Mrs Steed and the Coral class team.
What a ball we’ve had this week in Coral class! On Wednesday we had our fantastic Frozen ball, singing along to several classic Frozen songs and discussing the different characters in the film. The children had a go at ballroom dancing and also decorated cupcakes with blue icing and sprinkles. This week, our maths focus has been to investigate how to measure objects using multilink blocks and rulers. What a fabulous time we’ve had today for our maths day; a big thank you to all of you for coming and your ongoing support.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Mrs Sutcliffe, Mrs Steed and the Coral class team.
We’ve had another super week in Coral class! This week our class have completed our artic mono print and collage scenes. We think you’ll agree – they look absolutely amazing! We have been exercising every day using activate in our classroom and practising star and pencil shapes in our ASSA session. Coral class has been working very hard on our sounds and tricky words every day. We set up a Pizza delivery role play and took pizza orders using words based on our sounds of the week.
We apologise about postponing our beach trip and look forward to re-scheduling this trip within the next couple of weeks.
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Sutcliffe, Mrs Steed and the Coral class team.
It’s been another fantastic week in Coral class! Continuing our Frozen theme we have been researching and writing key words to describe animals that live in the artic. This week our class have discussed and predicted what happens to tubs of ice when they are left in three different conditions. Coral class carried out a fair test and we discovered that the tubs of ice left in the classroom melted first, then the tub left outside. Finally, the tub of ice left in the freezer remained frozen. On Wednesday we had a fantastic time creating our artic mono prints and cold colour collages. Coral class has been working very hard on our sounds and tricky words every day. In numeracy we set up a Waitrose shop and found out how to add and subtract two numbers when doing our shopping! We have also explored 3D shapes and trying to remember the names for each one.
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Steed and the Coral class team.
Monday 8th January - Friday 12th January 2018
What a wonderful week in Coral class! As part of our Frozen theme we have been learning about many animals that live in the artic. On Monday, Coral class investigated what happens to a block of ice when it is left to defrost. As a class we have discussed and made a prediction of what we think will happen to ice when left in different conditions; our ice experiment will be carried out next week. Every day Coral class have been practising doing their zips up independently, just in time for this rather chilly weather!
We have been mixing cold colour paints in preparation for some artic mono printing next week.
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Steed and the Coral class team.
Happy New Year!
We have enjoyed looking at the children’s Winter homework. They have obviously worked very hard. Don’t worry if you haven’t had the chance to complete the activities we will be happy to see the creations next week.
Coral News 15th December 2017
Thank you to all who came our Christmas concerts this week, the children did very well! We also enjoyed our Christmas lunch which turned out to be very popular!
Friday was Christmas Jumper Day. Everyone looked fabulous! Thanks for dressing up and a big thank you for giving so generously to raise money for “Save the Children”.
We are finishing the week with a visit from AJ the Magician; it’s so exciting… magic, singing and dancing all before lunch! Please ask you child who AJ was!
Finally, on Friday, Coral class had their final ‘Long Story Friday’ with a difference. Every Friday afternoon, Mr Addley reads a long story without pictures to the children in front of the fire (A video on the screen!) The children love this opportunity to lie down and imagine the characters from the story. However, on the final day, Mr Addley lit a real fire in the outdoor classroom where we all enjoyed a story followed by hot chocolate with marshmallows and popcorn!
Have a great weekend!
Monday 4th - Friday 8th December 2017
Thank you to all the parents who came to help on Christmas Decoration Morning! We had a lot of fun but Mr Addley is glad to get his classroom back in order!
Our Nativity concert will be held in the Lower School Hall Wednesday 13th December. Tickets have already gone out so if you haven’t got yours yet, please see Mr Addley or speak to the office.
We apologise for there being no swimming this week but as you may have heard, due to a child who was taken ill, the pool had to be closed. Our final swimming session of the year will be next Thursday 14th December.
That’s all for now!
Monday 27th November – Friday 1st December 2017
This week, we have continued to write our shopping lists to help us decide which vegetables to buy for our soup. Two lucky children were then specially chosen to visit the local greengrocers to buy the vegetables and then on Thursday, we all helped to chop the vegetables before eating it! Almost all the children asked for a second helping so we are pleased with that!
We are continuing to rehearse for our Christmas concert and have been doing some great singing. We hope you will be able to join us next Monday morning for our Christmas decorations making.
Have a lovely weekend.
This week, we have been learning about vegetables. We created a greengrocer role play and the children have been busy writing and buying the vegetables using money. This will lend itself to writing our ‘shopping lists’ which we will use next week to buy some vegetables from the real shop in order to make vegetable soup. We’re looking forward to this!
As the weather is turning colder, we have also been learning to zip up our coats independently. Some of the children have become ‘zip helpers’ for those children who need help which has been very nice to see.
We also had some great new resources delivered this week, including a huge pile of foam bricks. This led to lots of great co-operative construction and building work taking place out on the decking.
During anti-bullying week, Coral Class decided to work on ways to be kind and how we can help others. Jigsaw Jenny (a puppet) visited us and told us how she was hurt on the playground. We explored feelings, both physical and emotional, and ways to care for others who are hurt. Some of the children even made cards for Jigsaw Jenny. Feel free to ask your child all about Jenny!
The Book Fair visited the school this week and we had the opportunity to spend a little time exploring the books.
Finally, on Friday, we took part in Children in Need activities which included biscuit decorating and creating some coin art in the playground (thank you for all the donations you sent)!
This week we have been discussing firework celebrations and the children have been talking about the events they visited over the Guy Fawkes weekend. We have also been busy making firework pictures using various materials including printing, cutting, sticking and so forth. We also used a graphics program in the ICT suite to create firework effects on our pictures. We then printed the pictures for our Learning Journeys.
We went on a 2d shape hunt around the school (a delayed activity from last week) and enjoyed finding out about shapes in our environment. Finally, on Friday we listened to war time poetry from the year 6 children and took part in the 2 minute silence to commemorate Armistice Day.
This week, the children began their swimming lessons. This was a lot of fun and the children coped very well with getting undressed and dressed. The children are managing their personal belongings very well! Thank you to those parents who helped and if you would like to help next Thursday, are DBS checked and are available from 13:10-14:45 then please let us know!
Pudsey the Bear visited the classroom this week and gave a hug to the children. We also had our photo taken with him!
Reminder: Parent consultations will be on Monday. If you are unsure of your time, then simply check your child’s home-link book!
Monday 16th October - Friday 20th October 2017
This week we had an exciting adventure to the Leigh Library Gardens. We walked to the gardens and had a few parent helpers to assist us. Thank you very much! Whilst in the gardens, we searched for signs of autumn with the help of a pictorial check-list. Thankfully, no one decided to put the squirrel in the bag!
A bundle of autumn related activities were sent home this week to keep the children (and parents!) busy over the holiday. We hope you enjoy these!
Thank you very much for a great first half to the autumn term, have a relaxing but enjoyable time at home with your children and we’ll see you again on Tuesday 31st October to begin the countdown until Christmas!!!
Monday 9th October - Friday 13th October 2017
This week we have been exploring capacity, floating and sinking at the water table outside. We have also had a lot of fun in PE where we have been practising our balls skills with throwing and catching. Thank you to those of you that came to our phonics workshop, we hope you found it beneficial. You can find the PowerPoint presentation on the school website: >about us>curriculum>reception. There are also some useful links for supporting phonics and reading at home at the end of the PowerPoint. Finally, on Friday we celebrated ‘Leigh in Pink’. Mr Addley dug out his old pink trousers from the bottom of his wardrobe and the classroom became so pink it made the sun wink! Thank you for all the donations you sent.
Almost half-term, one week to go!
Monday 2nd October – Friday 6th October 2017
This week, the children have been busy making characters out of leaves and other natural items to inspire some story making. We have been inventing our own stories about leaf men, among other characters! We’ve also been leaf printing too!
On Friday, we participated in our first assembly in the school hall. This went remarkably well. We are very impressed with the listening skills of the children and their ability to follow instructions!
Many parents donated to the harvest festival. Thank you very much.
On Tuesday 10th October, we will be holding a phonics workshop in the school hall. Please do try to come along to find out how we teach phonics in school and hopefully gain some tips for helping your child at home!
We hope you have a good weekend!
Monday 25th September – Friday 29th September 2017
The children have settled in to the full school day very well and we have been doing lots of fun things!
This week, we have been discussing the change of season (autumn) and have been investigating nature’s treasures on out autumn table. Thank you to you all who contributed! If you would like to bring in more autumn treasures next week then you are most welcome!
We have enjoyed painting self-portraits this week and these will be on display soon!
On Friday, the children will be bringing home their first word-sheet. Please practise these words at home. You are also invited to a phonics workshop on 10th October to find out more about how your child will learn to read!
Monday 18th September – Friday 22nd September 2017
This week, we have been busy painting self-portraits, writing about our families and we discovered the ICT suite. We have also enjoyed having lunch in school and learning the lunch time routine. The children are becoming more and more independent, especially at taking care of their personal belongings which we actively encourage.
Next week, we plan to set up an autumn interest table with conkers, leaves, pine cones etc. We would love to add any autumn ‘finds’ you may come across at the weekend.
We have had a fantastic few days at school getting to know one another and exploring both the classroom and outside areas. The children have settled in well and we have been learning the classroom rules. Mr Addley has even made progress at recognising the parents!
Please remember to check your child’s book bag as they brought home a book to read this week along with their reading record. There are also some letters and some art work to be found!
Have a great weekend, see you next week!