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Seahorse Class Weekly News
We have enjoyed the lovely weather this week, playing with the water, making up games with the number tiles and taking part in role play in our café. We have also visited the book fair and enjoyed some time investigating in the school garden- we found lots of mini beasts and looked at the plants that are growing. We have continued to practise counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s and 10s and carrying out sharing activities. During ICT we have been using a programme that has let us make up our own stories and we have also used ‘Now Press Play’ headphones to listen to and act out an underwater adventure.
We welcomed our pre-school visitors again this week and showed them all the fun things we do at school.
On Friday our Year 6 Reading Buddies came for a visit and we enjoyed sharing books and stories with them.
The children have been given some mini-beast themed home learning challenges which you may wish to help them with and we look forward to seeing any creations, photographs or investigations the children produce. After half term we will continue to read books by Julia Donaldson, in particular those with a mini-beast theme.
We hope you have a lovely half-term break.
The Seahorse Team
The weather has been lovely this week and we have enjoyed spending time outside. If the weather continues to be sunny, please ensure that you send your child with a sun hat and apply all day suncream. This week we have also been practising our ball skills in P.E. and some of us can throw a ball and clap our hands before catching it again! In maths we have been busy dividing and sharing items between 2, 3 or 4 groups and working out ways to record our answers. We have also been practising reading and writing all the ‘tricky’ words and digraphs we have learnt this year.
On Wednesday we had a ‘grab a bag’ picnic in our classroom which was great fun.
On Friday we visited the beach for a fun lesson. We had snack time sitting on the sea wall before beginning our activities. We then took part in a variety of activities including team games, beach art, a memory game and a whole class action game before we returned to school. Huge thanks to our lovely helpers as we couldn’t do these types of trips without you!
Have a lovely weekend.
The Seahorse Team
This week we have been thinking about the Julia Donaldson book ‘Sharing a Shell’ and have spent some time talking about what to do if we feel lonely or sad. It has also linked nicely with our maths this week where we have introduced sharing quantities equally between 2 (and more) groups.
We have also voted for two new Friendship Ambassadors for the summer term- congratulations to the two children who received the most votes, they will be kept busy helping to sort out friendship problems at lunchtime.
Our balance bikes and ramps remain popular during ‘free-flow’ and many children have shown great perseverance when tackling this activity and others have been designing and making with the construction equipment. We have also enjoyed being creative and have produced some amazing under the sea creatures which we have written labels for.
We have continued to write our magic shell stories and some children have even tried to write poems! The children’s imaginations are wonderful and their spelling of tricky words is improving week on week.
During swimming this week all the children were swimming lengths and the swimming teachers are very impressed with their progress. The children are also managing to get changed quickly and independently!
We hope that the weather is better next week as we are looking forward to our beach visit on Friday 17th May.
Have a nice weekend
Monday 29th April 2019 – Friday 3rd May 2019
We dressed up as rock stars on Monday as the ‘Rock Star’ times tables challenge was launched in classes further up the school, all the children looked great and we have continued our music theme all week with the children taking to various stages out on the decking. There has been a lot of fantastic performances.
We have also enjoyed more Julia Donaldson stories including ‘Tiddler’ and have created colourful collage jellyfish/fish. Our classroom is beginning to feel like an ‘under the sea’ wonderland! Lots of us have written imaginative stories about a magic shell and have impressed us with their independent use of phonics and their correct spelling of tricky words. During our phonics sessions we have learnt more about words containing the split digraphs, ‘o-e’ and ‘u-e’ and in our maths work we have been solving doubling problems and counting in patterns of 2, 5 and 10.
We were also lucky enough to be able to watch the Year 2 children rehearse their Maypole dances, we thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the different dances and hope to have a go dancing round the Maypole next week.
Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the bank holiday.
Love from Seahorse Team
Hope you had a super holiday, the children have returned full of enthusiasm which is lovely to see. We have very much enjoyed looking at all the home learning activities that they have done and if you still want to take part there is plenty of time.
On Tuesday we had our termly ‘Learning to Learn’ day where we focused on our key school values of ASPIRE, especially ‘Respect’. We learnt about what respect means and how we can show that we respect ourselves, others and our belongings. We were lucky enough to have a visit from a poet who explained about how to write a rhyming poem and encouraged us to think of rhyming words. He told us lots of poems that linked to our focus of respect and also told us that we can put a poem to music. He bought his guitar and we were able to join in. We have also been looking at our Learning Journeys and have written a review, thinking about what we had improved at and setting a target of something we would like to get better at.
During phonics this week we have been learning about the split digraphs i-e (eg fine and bike) and a-e (eg late and cake). We have also enjoyed the sunshine this week, having fun outside on the bikes and with the sand and water. We have also thought about how we can stay healthy- healthy foods, keeping clean, staying safe in the sun etc.
We hope you enjoyed our Mother’s Day celebration, I am sure that you will agree that the children worked hard to learn their song and poem and performed them beautifully. Thank you for taking the time to share their Learning Journeys with them and for writing such positive comments, we are very proud of all that they have achieved so far this year.
This week we have had a busy week carrying out lots of different Easter activities including solving maths problems, cooking and art work. We have also enjoyed joining with Sandhopper Class to do some country dancing and with our Year 6 reading buddies to complete the marathon sports challenges. Both occasions were great fun and showed super team work by all children.
Friday was also our Easter hat parade and there was an amazing range of creative hats on show. Thank you for supporting your child to make a hat for this fun activity.
We hope you have a lovely Easter holiday and enjoy doing our home learning challenges.
During free flow this week we have had the opportunity to use some of the new equipment that was purchased. We have thoroughly enjoyed our new experiences although some of us definitely had to show our perseverance skills! We’ve been busy in maths, adding, subtracting and writing number sentences.
We have also been thinking about our mums this week, what they do for us and what makes them special. We have talked to our Learning Partners about all the lovely things our mums do for us. We have also had fun trying to draw them using a graphics program on the computer and we have written a caption to go with our pictures. The children’s ability to use their phonics in their writing has really progressed.
We have also been busy practising a special song and poem all about ‘mummy’ and we hope that you are able to join us on Monday afternoon to listen and share our learning Journeys with us.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Love from the Seahorse Team
We have had another busy week in Seahorse Class. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Southend Library at the Forum on Tuesday and would like to say a huge thank you to all our parent helpers who came with us, we wouldn’t be able to arrange such opportunities without your support. We had fun on the train and then were able to spend time looking at all the different types of books available in the children’s section of the library. The librarian also read us two stories and told us about how we can become members of the library for free. We also had lunch there and took part in some eye-spy and counting activities. The children were well behaved and were able to follow the instructions they were given during the day. The final walk back up to school at the end of the day was tiring but we managed to do it without much moaning!!
Have a great weekend
From Seahorse Team
This week we have continued with our topic of ‘traditional tales’. We had a problem to solve- the Gingerbread Man wanted to cross the river without getting wet or getting eaten! The children had some amazing ideas of how he could do this and used a variety of things to build bridges, rafts and even suggested making a trampoline so he could bounce over the river! We also used our ‘Now Press Play’ head-phones to listen to the story of the Gingerbread Man and we had to follow lots of instructions, do lots of different actions and become part of the story. We also retold the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and enjoyed making porridge for snack. We have painted pictures of our favourite characters and written captions or stories to go with them.
Thank you for supporting Red Nose Day- we printed our hands with red paint, to show we share and care, for a whole school art display. We are looking forward to our train trip to the library next Tuesday.
Have a lovely weekend
Another busy week in Seahorse Class. On Tuesday we were lucky enough to see Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel acted out by a local theatre company, We thoroughly enjoyed the performance and it encouraged us to think about different endings to the traditional tales we know. On Wednesday the lady who teaches us sign language visited and taught us signs to go with the stories we are reading at the moment. Photos of the signs we used are on the website so maybe your children can show you how they tell a story. On Thursday we had a Gingerbread Man ‘Bake Off, our resident ‘Pru’, our school cook, was the judge and the group with Mrs Fulcher won!! We enjoyed decorating them on Friday. Friday also saw us dress up for World Book Day and we all looked fantastic. We spent the afternoon sharing stories with our Year 6 buddies.
Monday 25th February 2019 – Friday 1st March 2019
This week we have started our topic of ‘traditional tales’. We have been looking at the story of Little Red Riding Hood. We listened to the story and discussed the story book language and talked about the characters and had fun retelling the story using masks and puppets. We have also turned our role-play area into grandma’s cottage and enjoyed acting out parts of the story. We also solved the problem of sequencing the story when the wolf muddled the pages of our storybook up!
We have been writing a shopping list that grandma might have given Little Red Riding Hood when she visited her and decorated cakes to cheer grandma up as she was not feeling well.
Next week we are looking forward to a theatre company coming to do a show for us that will be all about some of the traditional tales we will be working on. Friday 8th March is also World Book Day, remember to come in your costumes and bring your favourite book into school to share.
We have continued with our Chinese New Year theme this week and have tried a range of different Chinese food for snack, including spring rolls, noodles and pancakes with plum sauce. Some of us were more adventurous than others! The children have also been using their phonic skills to write lists of the ingredients we would put in our special fried rice and to write imaginative dragon stories. They have also designed and painted their own dragons and had a go at doing some Chinese writing.
We had our last PE session with ASSA this week. The children have thoroughly enjoyed the sessions, showing us that they can follow instructions, learn new skills and take part in team games. They have amazed us with their independence at changing for both PE and swimming. During swimming this week all the children swam lengths instead of widths which is very impressive.
We have continued to use Numicon to make different amounts, recording the number sentences on our whiteboards.
We hope you have a lovely half term holiday
Monday 4th February 2019 – Friday 8th February 2019
This week we have enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year and the customs involved. We have made our own red envelopes, maybe hoping they might get filled with some money!! We have also had the chance to take part in some dragon dancing and we will hopefully have another opportunity next week. We enjoyed some Chinese food at snack time and attempted to eat our special fried rice with chop sticks which some of us were very good at. Our home corner is a Chinese restaurant at the moment and we have had fun writing orders and bills as well as pretending to cook Chinese food and paying for our meals.
We have also had regular visits from a lady who is teaching us sign language and we hope you enjoy watching our videos of the songs and signs we have learnt.
This week was the last week of our Winter themed activities and we decided to use what we had found out about ice to create our own fruity ice lollies. We talked about what fruit we could use and wrote a shopping list. Then we made a class tally chart to record the most popular choices of fruit. The most popular choice was grapes. Later in the week we went shopping and then chopped, mixed and filled our ice lolly moulds. On Thursday we all enjoyed eating our ice lollies. Some of the children have also decided to make their own tally charts this week and went around asking their friends different questions. We had all sorts of categories including; ‘What’s your favourite colour?’ and ‘What’s your favourite toy?’ They then added the data to their tally charts and counted their totals.
We have also been busy writing CVC words and simple sentences and finding out how to make 10 in as many different ways as possible. We have enjoyed being outdoors in the chilly weather riding on the bikes and scooters, playing ball games and even building igloo’s during ‘free flow’. Next week we are going to start thinking about Chinese New Year. If you have any Chinese related items the children may want to bring in to show us that would be lovely.
Have a great weekend!
The Seahorse Team
The weather this week has been very chilly, which has been perfect for our Winter topic. We especially enjoyed the snow flurry on Thursday!
This week we have continued to think about countries where it is very cold. We have learnt very interesting facts about the animals that live in cold climates and have enjoyed using the paintings we created last week for our collages. We have used our phonic knowledge to write a sentence about the facts we have found out.
In maths this week we have continued to use Numicon for adding. We have worked out that there can be several ways to make the same total. We have also been ordering numbers. Our pattern sequencing has been linked to winter clothes and we have been busy making stripy scarves.
We have been practising our handwriting, this week we have concentrated on the ‘one-armed robot letters’ r, n, m, h and k.
Please can we remind you that all children now need a PE kit.
Have a lovely weekend.
This week we have continued to think about our ‘Winter’ topic. We enjoyed our walk to the beach and through the library gardens, looking for the signs of Winter that we had discussed in class: bare trees, how our faces and hands feel, what people are dressed in etc. We have also talked about migration and hibernation. Thank you to the parents who helped us on our walk.
We continue to enjoy swimming and ASSA PE. This week we all changed into our PE kits and showed that we could do most things independently!!
We have had a democratic vote to decide on our Friendship Ambassadors, who will help to introduce games to play at lunchtime. Seahorse Class ambassadors are doing a great job.
Thank you to everyone who has helped their child carry out a science investigation at home. We have all thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the many different activities that have taken place- I’m sure we have a lot of budding scientists in Seahorse Class.
We hope you enjoy using the sound mat we have sent home to help your child with their reading and writing. Have a lovely weekend- will there be snow soon?!!
Love from Seahorse Class Team
Monday 7th January – Friday 11th January 2019
Welcome back, we hope you had a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year. The children have returned full of energy, enthusiastic and ready to learn.
Each child spent some time looking at their Learning Journey, deciding what they are proud of learning so far and setting themselves some targets for this term.
This week we have been thinking about Winter and have enjoyed investigating freezing and melting with the ice. We hope you enjoy taking part in our freezing and melting investigation at home.
We have also enjoyed our first indoor PE session with ASSA, we were able to listen carefully and follow the instructions we were given to move in different ways and make different body shapes.
We also proved how good we were at listening during our first swimming lesson. We tried hard to be independent when changing and had great fun in the pool. All our teachers were very proud of us.
Monday 17th December – Thursday 20th December 2018
We have had a very enjoyable but busy term in Seahorse Class.
On Tuesday morning we met up with our Year 6 Reading Buddies and shared lots of story books. Both classes thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we are looking forward to meeting them again next term. On Tuesday afternoon we had a Christmas sing-a-long in the hall and an exciting visit from Santa. We returned to class to have a party and play some party games. Thank you for all your party food donations.
We finished the week with a lively pantomime (Jack and the Beanstalk) on Thursday afternoon.
We really appreciate your support this term and look forward to continuing to work alongside you next year.
Once again we would like to say a huge thank you for our beautiful cards and wonderful gifts. We feel very spoilt!
The Seahorse team would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Christmas in Seahorse class!
The fun started with our first Nativity performance on Tuesday morning followed by us all enjoying a festive Christmas lunch. Our second concert was on Thursday afternoon. We were so proud of the children for showing such confidence and enthusiasm when taking part in the production, they behaved beautifully and knew all the songs and actions.
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the performances and we really hope you enjoyed them as much as we did.
Wednesday lunch was a ‘grab a bag’ picnic lunch which we ate in class. We finished the week with Christmas Jumper Day in support of Save the Children, thank you for donating to this worthy cause.
We were delighted to have a visit from AJ the entertainer on Friday morning. We had great fun dancing, singing and watching the magic!
We are looking forward to more Christmas fun next week at our Christmas party on Tuesday, we hope to have a visit from a very special person! This is a non-uniform day. Donations of party food would be very welcome (remember- no nuts).
Have a lovely weekend and see you next week…
The Seahorse Team
We thoroughly enjoyed our decorations morning this week and we would like to say a huge thank you to all of the adults who came to help us. Our classroom is looking very festive now!
We have had a special visitor to our room this week and he seems to be getting into all sorts of pickles! We have enjoyed writing shared stories about him.
This week we have had a dress rehearsal of our Christmas concert to which we welcomed all our feeder pre-school children. We are looking forward to performing for you next week.
During continuous provision this week we have enjoyed making music and building with our construction equipment. Lots of children made a ‘metal detector’ and others enjoyed seeing how high they could build their rods- there was lots of lovely measurement vocabulary.
Have a lovely weekend
This week Christmas began in earnest and we have been busy practising our Christmas songs and rehearsing our Christmas concert. We have enjoyed listening to the Nativity Story and retelling it.
We have continued to write shared stories and have been using our phonics knowledge to write simple words. During handwriting sessions we have been practising our long ladder letters (i, l, t).
We have had the opportunity to experiment with the scales and investigate weighing.
We are looking forward to seeing you on Monday (9:15-10:30) for our Christmas decorations morning.
Well the weather has definitely turned colder this week! We enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate for snack one day to help us warm up and those of us who had been practising our coat challenge were able to show our friends how we can do our coats up to keep warm. Please note that we do tend to go outside in most weathers so please make sure your child has appropriate clothing as the weather turns.
This week we have also been working with our learning partners, practising our word building and identifying missing sounds, using Numicon to make totals and setting each other challenges to find numbers 1 more/less than given numbers.
It was lovely to meet so many parents at Parent Conferences this week, all your children are working so hard.
Have a lovely weekend.
The Seahorse Team
Monday 12th November- Friday 16th November 2018
This week we have enjoyed visiting the Book Fair to look at the books available to buy. Thank you to those of you who have supported the school and bought books. We took part in Children in Need day, wearing pyjamas, Pudsey tops and spots. We decorated biscuits to make them look spotty – they were a delicious treat on Friday afternoon. During ICT this week we designed our own Pudsey bear. This week Jigsaw Jenny (who lives in our classroom) had an accident and bumped her head. We had a discussion about what she should do and how we could make her better. We designed get well cards for her and wrote her special messages.
We are busy practising our Xmas songs- yes Christmas is arriving in school!
Have a lovely weekend, see you all on Monday. Love from the Seahorse Team.
Monday 5th November 2018 – Friday 9th November 2018
This week we have enjoyed thinking about fireworks, rockets and space. We worked together to build rockets inside the classroom and outside during ‘freeflow’. We also had a very special visitor on Friday from a lady who works with the Royal Opera House Arts Mark scheme. She came to our classroom and helped us make large firework pictures. We also enjoyed taking part in our Real PE session this week, imagining we travelled in a rocket to a planet where the only way you could move was by jumping. We practised jumping forwards, backwards and side to side.
We also enjoyed our trip to the beach where we carried out activities involving repeating patterns, number recognition, shape recognition and writing curly caterpillar letters in the sand. We were very well behaved and when we returned to school we observed a minutes silence in respect of those who died in war.
Thank you to those parents who helped us on the beach visit.
Now the weather is turning colder please can the children practise putting on their coast and doing them up independently!
Have a lovely weekend.
Monday 29th October 2018 – Friday 2nd November 2018
Welcome back! The children have returned after their week off healthy, happy and enthusiastic to learn. We have been thinking about autumn leaves and have had fun leaf printing with autumn colours and drawing hedgehogs on the computer. Thank you to everyone who has sent in work relating to our half term learning challenge, we have all really enjoyed looking at the variety of work. This week we have focused on our numeracy targets, we have been using the Numicon to make numbers and have tried hard to record our work using the + and = signs. The children have been working so hard on phonics and we are very proud of the progress that they have made. We have been practising our letter formation (c, o, a) and have enjoyed sharing on our holiday news in ‘shared writing’. Please keep reading and practicing your words as much as possible. We are very much looking forward to our beach trip next week. Thank you for your continued support and have a lovely weekend.
Monday 15th October 2018 – Friday 19th October 2018
This week we have enjoyed looking at shapes and being shape detectives. We have been on the hunt for shapes around the school and have made shape pictures describing the shapes we have used. We have also been thinking about positional language and have played lots of games to encourage our use of positional vocabulary.
The children have worked really hard this half term and made amazing progress, we can’t believe how quick the time has gone! We hope you have a lovely holiday, don’t forget to keep reading and practising your words and we hope you enjoy doing some of the activities from our Autumn Home Learning Challenge.
Thank you for your continued support
Monday 8th October 2018 – Friday 12th October 2018
This week we joined the rest of the school to celebrate harvest. We were lucky enough to receive a donation of fresh bread to show in assembly and then to enjoy in class- it was delicious and we all enjoyed it. We also learnt a very catchy conkers song.
As the weather has been so lovely this week, we have enjoyed a lot of time outside building with the construction equipment and using the PE equipment and Active Zone apparatus. The children showed their extensive imaginations in their constructions of rockets, trains and obstacle courses.
We have continued to develop our phonics skills, identifying the sounds in words and using our phonics knowledge to build words. Our enthusiasm with numbers is amazing. We count the dinner numbers every day, use the Numicon tiles to make the numbers and show how fast our fingers are in number recognition! This week we have also found partners using the Numicon and the worked out some simple addition.
This week we have also produced hand prints to make a poster for our classroom about kind hands, feet and words.
Thank you to all those parents who sent in harvest donations, it was very much appreciated.
Have a lovely weekend
The Seahorse Team
Monday 1st October 2018 – Friday 5th October 2018
Wow what a busy week we have had! We have been writing ‘shared’ stories and have had great fun performing them to the rest of the class. We have had a huge variety of themes and plots and characters ranging from dinosaurs to princesses and cats!
We also used our measuring skills to make frames for our portraits and the pictures look really colourful on the wall in our classroom. We enjoyed ICT again this week and our mouse skills are progressing well. The children enjoyed eating their special lunch on Thursday alongside their teachers. We also joined the rest of the school for our first Celebration Assembly. The children sat beautifully.
We are hoping to set up an ‘Autumn’ 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.
See you next week!
Monday 24th September – Friday 28th September 2018
We have had a fantastic week in Seahorse Class. The children are really settled and seem to be enjoying school life. They are coping brilliantly with lunch times, making new friends and meeting up with old ones.
We have had fun exploring the decking area and sandpits, painting portraits of our faces, playing games with the parachute and PE equipment and we have even had some time in the computer suite.
Have a lovely weekend
The Seahorse Team
Monday 17th September – Friday 21st September 2018
We have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the children in Seahorse Class this week. We have been very impressed by the way the children have managed to come into class with such confidence in the mornings. The children have spent their mornings busily exploring the classroom and making new friends. They have also been learning about our classroom rules and finding out about our classroom routines.
We have all had a chance to play in the Active Zone, Friendship Junction and on the pirate ship and Astro. We have enjoyed a range of activities including riding the bikes and scooters, cutting and sticking, role play and parachute games to name just a few!
Have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Monday.
The Seahorse Class Team