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Coral Class Weekly News
Monday 7th January – Friday 11th January 2019
Happy New Year!
What an eventful filled first week back we have had in Coral Class!
We began the new term with two ‘Learning to Learn’ days. We talked about two words from ASPIRE; ‘Independence’ and ‘Perseverance’, and how these skills can help us learn. We also had the opportunity to look back through our Learning Journeys and thought about what we were proud of learning to do. The children then set themselves a target of something they wanted to get better at this term. We had all sorts of ideas from improving at reading, writing, numeracy, getting better at swimming, learning to use the scissors properly as well as learning to be more creative!
We have started working with the ASSA sports coaches in our P.E. session and enjoyed playing games and following instructions in the hall. Swimming also started on Thursday. We were impressed by the children’s confidence getting into the pool and their independence when changing in and out of their kit. Thank you to the parent helpers who joined us at the pool. Your help is invaluable.
We have introduced our new theme of Winter and ‘Frozen’ by exploring ice in class and during free-flow. The children had great fun predicting what was frozen in the ice and how long it would take to melt. The children also enjoyed making igloos and ice palaces out of different 2D and 3D shapes. The children will be bringing home an ice-related home-learning activity this weekend – look out for it in their book-bags. We will also be going on a winter walk next Wednesday to continue our wintery theme.
Well done to everyone for achieving a bronze, silver or gold ‘Regular Reader’ certificate for reading so much at home last term.
Have a great weekend.
The Coral Team
Monday 10th December – Friday 14th December 2018
Coral Class Weekly News
Christmas is well on its way here in Coral Class. Earlier this week we enjoyed a Christmas lunch together where we shared funny jokes, pulled Christmas crackers and wore party hats. There was lots of smiles and laughter shared by all.
On Wednesday we all enjoyed a ‘grab a bag’ lunch in our classroom. Wednesday afternoon we had our first Christmas Nativity performance. I am sure you all will agree with me in saying the children did a wonderful job and sang beautifully. We then had our second Nativity performance on Thursday morning and again the children did a superb job! We are so proud of all our children for their hard work leading up to our nativity, for behaving beautifully during the performances and for knowing all the words and actions to the songs. Thank you to everyone who attended the performances and for those who donated to Havens Hospice; we really appreciate your support!
On Friday we celebrated ‘Christmas Jumper Day’ in support of Save the Children. We wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who donated! We were also very lucky to have a visit from AJ the Entertainer! The children enjoyed watching the magic, joined in with singing and dancing while being sprayed with ‘snow’ (foam).
The Christmas magic is very much alive in our classroom and the children continue to love coming in everyday to see what Rainbow the elf gets up to! Through their excitement they continue to write to Father Christmas explaining to him the adventures his elf gets up to. Rainbow has had an eventful week here in Coral class. He started the week by greeting the children as they came in, sat on the screen and joined in on some of our lessons, was taped to the wall by the dinosaurs (they wouldn’t let him go until he sang a Christmas carol), built a snowman out of toilet roll and made a Christmas jumper for ‘Christmas Jumper Day’.
We are looking forward to more Christmas fun next week at our Christmas party on Tuesday. This is a non-uniform day. Donations of party food (nut free) would be very welcome.
The Coral Team
This week has been filled with lots of fun, laughter, glitter, glue and all things Christmas. We thoroughly enjoyed Christmas decorations morning on Monday and wanted to say a huge thank you to all of our parents, grandparents and carers who attended! The children had so much fun working with you all and created some beautiful decorations. Our classroom sure does look very festive!
On Tuesday afternoon we had a successful rehearsal of our Nativity and are excited for our performances next week. On Wednesday we had a very special visitor from the North Pole. Father Christmas sent us an elf to help out in the classroom and to keep an eye on what we get up to. The children got together to brainstorm names for our elf and after a class vote we decided to call him “Rainbow”. Rainbow has created a wonderful buzz within the classroom and has even promoted a new love for letter writing amongst the children. They really love writing to Father Christmas to tell him what cheeky things Rainbow gets up to.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!
The Coral Class Team
This week Christmas began in earnest and we have been busy practising our Christmas songs and rehearsing for our Christmas concert. We have enjoyed listening to the nativity story and retelling the story.
We continued writing shared stories and practised using our phonics knowledge to write simple words. During handwriting sessions we have been practising our long ladder letters (i, l, t).
We have also been hard at work creating a Christmas Grotto in our classroom. The children worked well together as a team to build and construct a fireplace out of cardboard as well as back drop for the fireplace. They used a variety of different materials to get the fireplace to look as realistic as possible.
We are looking forward to seeing you on Monday (9:15-10:30) for our Christmas decorations morning.
Have a good weekend!
The Coral Team
As the weather has been rather chilly this week, the children have been practising zipping up their coats and had hot chocolate to keep warm! We have set up a fruit and vegetable stall in our class! The children have used their phonics knowledge to write shopping lists. They have also developed their communication skills by taking on the role of being greengrocers and customers. Using our numeracy skills, the children ‘bought’ two items from the stall and found a total. We have been working so hard on phonics and practising the digraphs: oa (boat) and ie (pie) and ai (snail). Please keep reading and practising the word sheets as much as possible. Don’t forget you can continue to support your child at home, just search for ‘Jolly phonics songs’ on the internet. Please also take a look at ‘EYFS tricky words songs’. Thank you for your continued support and have a lovely weekend.
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