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Seahorse Class Weekly News
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