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Coral Class Weekly News
Monday 12th November- Friday 16th November 2018
We have had another lovely week in Coral Class!
Earlier this week we visited the traveling Book Fair and enjoyed sharing books with our friends in the outdoor classroom.
On Wednesday we enjoyed learning about positional language and the children had a chance to work with each other to go over and demonstrate positional language using puppets. On Wednesday afternoon the children enjoyed an interactive music lesson where they used musical instruments to sing along and clap to the beat to songs such as ‘Our House’ by Madness and the ‘5 Little Ducks’.
On Thursday we prepared for Children in Need day by having a lesson that celebrated differences amongst other people. The class got together and thought about what made a good friend and some of the characteristics that we looked for in a friend such as: being kind, helpful, generous, patient, caring, loving and respectful to others. We used our class PSHE character ‘Jigsaw Jenny’ to help us understand this lesson of differences. The children then spent time decorating and writing get well soon cards for ‘Jigsaw Jenny’.
On Friday we enjoyed wearing our pyjamas in support of Children in Need. The children looked fantastic! As a special treat the children created and decorated biscuits. In the afternoon some of the children who brought in extra donations had a chance to go to the Bring and Buy Sale.
A huge thank you to everyone for your generous donations in support of Children in Need.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!
The Coral Class Team
Monday 5th November 2018 – Friday 9th November 2018
We had a very exciting week filled with lots of adventure and fun.
On Thursday we enjoyed our beach trip to Bell Wharf. We were really lucky to have such beautiful weather on the day of our trip and even were greeted by a flock of migrating birds while down at the beach. We loved observing them while carrying out our activities. Some of the activities involved repeating patterns, number recognition, shape recognition, writing ‘curly caterpillar’ letters and name writing in the sand. The children had a fantastic time and were really well behaved. We wanted to say a big thank you to all of the parents who were able to volunteer their time to help us out on our trip; we really appreciate your support!
On Friday we enjoyed a visit from an artist who works with the Royal Opera House Arts Mark scheme. We had a very special letter that arrived from a student named Billy and in this letter he invited the class to create a firework display. The artist helped us create and decorate large firework pictures. The children really enjoyed creating firework artwork and were excited about their imaginary firework party.
On Friday we also joined the rest of the school on the playground for a one minute silence to mark Remembrance Day.
We have been learning the digraphs sh, ch and th this week. The children are really keen to explain what a digraph is…so you might like to ask them over the weekend. ‘Regular Reading’ certificates for last term were also given out on Friday. Well done to everyone who achieved a Bronze, Silver or Gold!
Monday 29th October 2018 – Friday 2nd November 2018
Yet another fantastic week in Coral Class! The children have been on a space adventure during our Real PE session and learnt how to travel in different ways. We created a fabulous rocket using cardboard boxes and counted down from 20. The children have also constructed rockets using 2d magnet shapes and used torches to create a light inside. This week we have focused on our numeracy targets; some of the children created a ‘number’ rocket, ordering numbers 1-10 independently. The children have been working so hard on phonics and we are very proud of the progress that they have made.
Our class really enjoyed looking at all the wonderful half term homework. We have talked about keeping safe at our bonfire parties. Please keep reading and practicing your words as much as possible. We are very much looking forward to our beach trip next week and would be grateful for any more helpers.
Thank you for your continued support and have a lovely weekend.
Monday 15th October 2018 – Friday 19th October 2018
What an eventful week filled with lots of fun. Some of the many things we got up to this week include: den building, designing and making images out of 2D shapes, going on a shape hunt adventure walk, brick building, decorating hedgehogs and writing about them as well as designing and building pens for zoo animals.
In ICT this week the children worked hard on designing and drawing autumn trees. The children are becoming more familiar with how to use the computer and the mouse. The designs came out beautifully and we are really proud of all their efforts.
The children absolutely loved our shape adventure walk on Thursday. We walked around the school investigating and detecting different 2D shapes. Their favourite part of the shape hunt was when we visited the outdoor learning classroom. We had a lovely discussion about shapes and the properties of 2D shapes while sitting around the fire pit.
We are really impressed with how well the children are doing in Phonics and can see a dramatic improvement in the majority of the class since the beginning of the year. The children love the Jolly Phonics programme we follow and are enjoying practicing their actions to the songs. They also refer back to these actions when writing in class. Please continue to read with your children as much as you can. Your support is invaluable!
The children have some holiday homework challenges and we look forward to seeing what they create!
Have a great half term and we will see you on Tuesday 30th of October.
The Coral Class team
Monday 8th October 2018 – Friday 12th October 2018
What a lovely week in Coral Class!
This week we have enjoyed exploring our autumn interest table and have been looking at the unusual ‘finds’ the children have been bringing in. We have used these items in our maths and phonics lessons this week. The children loved it when we laminated some of their leaves to use as a counting resource in maths. We have also created a beautiful 3D autumn board display filled with the lovely items and unusual ‘finds’ that the children brought in.
The children have been hard at work practicing on their fine motor skills and pencil skills by writing their names as well as writing some more shared stories. They also practiced on their scissor skills by cutting around different autumn images and enjoyed playing with the play dough creating different images, structures and shapes.
This week we have been thinking about sharing and being kind to others. We read a book called ‘Hands are not for hitting’ and thought about all the wonderful and kind things we use our hands for. We then created a kind hands, kind feet and kind words poster filled with all of our hand prints.
We attended the Harvest assembly earlier this week and it was lovely to see all the donations of food which will be going to the HARP charity. Thank you for your generosity.
We hope you have a beautiful weekend. See you next week!
The Coral Class Team
Monday 1st October 2018 – Friday 5th October 2018
This week the children have been hard at work learning lots of different things.
In phonics the children have been going over some of the Jolly Phonic songs, learning new sounds, blending sounds together to make words and have used their phonic knowledge to help them write ‘shared’ stories. We are so proud of all the children for their hard work and efforts in writing their ‘shared’ stories. We have had a huge variety of themes, plots and characters ranging from princesses, animals, dinosaurs and robots! They have loved reading and acting out their completed stories in front of the class at the end of the day.
On top of all that the children have worked hard in Maths and have been using the Numicon to help them count and add numbers together. The children enjoyed making shapes and pictures out of the Numicon.
We also enjoyed our census day lunch this week. The children all behaved beautifully and loved eating their special lunch on Thursday alongside their teachers.
On Friday we joined the rest of the school for our first Celebration Assembly. The children sat beautifully.
We are hoping to set up an Autumn interest table in class next week and would love the children to bring in any interesting autumnal finds (conkers, pine cones, leaves, etc.) they might discover at the weekend.
Have a great weekend and we will see you next week!
Monday 24th September – Friday 28th September 2018
We have had another eventful week in Coral class. The children have been practising our routines such as changing their sharing books and enjoying snack at our ‘snack table’. We have all been exploring the different resources and activities available during ‘free-flow’ time. The children have been painting self-portraits this week. We certainly have a talented class when it comes to Art, all of the self- portraits came out beautifully. We have also used a number program on the computers in the ICT suite; the children worked hard on their computer skills and learned how to control the computer mouse. Staying at school for lunch has been a great success and the children have coped really well.
Thank you to all of our parents and carers for your generous donations for the ‘Gold Geese’ charity.
Have a great weekend. See you all next week.
The Coral Class Team
Monday 17th September – Friday 21st September 2018
What a fantastic week we have had in Coral Class.
We have enjoyed getting to know your children throughout the week. We know we will have a supersonic year this year. Thank you to all of our parents for their help in making these transition weeks go smoothly.
This week we have been busy going over the classroom rules, routines and expectations. The children have enjoyed becoming familiar with their classroom and are already making themselves at home. All the children have worked hard this week and have been beautifully behaved!
Along with learning about our school routines we have enjoyed learning through play. We have all had a chance to play in the Active Zone, Friendship Junction and on the decking. The children enjoyed creating and constructing things out of magnets, dressed up, built a stage, formed a band and put on musical performances for each other and made lovely things in the sandpit.
A reminder that next Monday 24th September the children will be in for a longer session (8:55-1:00). Please could you help your child make their lunch choice by moving their name peg to their choice of lunch for that day (outside of coral classroom, hooked onto the fence panels).
Have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Monday.
The Coral Class Team