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Coral Class Weekly News
Coral Class have continued to enjoy learning about Traditional Tales. This week we have focused on the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and even got an opportunity to use Now Press Play to listen and act the story out. On Tuesday, we enjoyed watching the ‘ 2handers’ theatre company perform ‘Rapunzel’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. We have been stretching our imagination by writing an alternative ending to the story e.g. the Gingerbread Man being recused by an eagle or a gingerbread helicopter J . Coral Class have also been using their cooking skills to make and decorate their own gingerbread man.
Well done Coral Class, it’s been a very productive week
The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about World Book Day and dressing up as their favourite book characters. Everyone looked amazing and got an opportunity to show and tell a friend about the best part of their book or costume. In the afternoon, we really enjoyed listened to lots of traditional tales and join in with the parts we knew such as ““Then I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down!”
During our first week back we have been learning about traditional tales. The children have shared their experiences of traditional tales and discussed the features e.g. the power of 3 and good VS bad. In class we focused on the story of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, which we have enjoyed reading, sequencing, acting out and retelling.
We really enjoyed our winter walk to the beach this week. We kept ourselves warm by doing lots of physical challenges including running, balancing and team relay games. We waddled like penguins, galloped like reindeer and flew like a Snowy owl. Thank you to our lovely parent helpers for braving the cold with us. Just as we were leaving the beach we were amazed to discover a message in bottle. It was from Olaf the snowman who asked for our help in directing him home to Arendelle. We are looking forward to using our problem solving skill to get him back to his friends.
This week we continued to learn about Chinese New Year traditions. The children have worked hard to write their own Chinese inspired stories using their phonic skills. We made a class dragon head and enjoyed creating our own Chinese dragon dance in the playground complete with music, drums and ribbons. We have continued to sample Chinese food and have painted pictures with a Chinese theme.
This week we have started to learn how Chinese New Year is celebrated. We have listened to Chinese stories, watched dragon dancing, tasted some Chinese food and even had a go at using
chopsticks! The children have enjoyed playing imaginatively in our class Chinese restaurant, taking orders and preparing delicious meals. We have started to think about ideas for a shared story based on some of the Chinese zodiac animals we have learnt about. We are looking forward to learning more about these special customs and traditions next week.
Happy New Year!
Coral Class have enjoyed their first week back at school. On Monday we had a ‘Learning to Learn’ day which involved talking about our school APSIRE values. We decided to focus on two very important values independence and perseverance. All of our activities have encouraged the children to work in teams to independently solve problems and persevere when faced with a challenge.
Each child has reviewed their own Learning journal and thought carefully about what they are proud of, what they would like to get better at and how they can do this.
The children have also experienced their first P.E. lesson with the ASSA team. They listened carefully to their instructions and learnt lots of new movements and games.
In maths we have been learning about number bonds using the concept of whole and part. The children explored this concept by using 5 different objects (whole) which they parted into two groups to make a number bond such as 2 + =5.
Welcome back Coral Class!
What a term it has been! Coral class have worked hard and impressed us with their enthusiasm to learn and explore.
This week we have enjoyed having lots of Christmas fun. On Monday, AJ the Magician made us laugh and we enjoyed eating your kind donations of party food and of course having a dance. Later in the week, we joined the rest of the school for a Christmas sing song and a surprise visit from Santa. We then ended the week with a fun swimming lesson which Coral class thoroughly enjoyed.
Coral Class staff would like to say thank you for your kind Christmas wishes and generous gifts. We appreciate all your support this term and wish you and your families a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
This week we had a great time performing our special Nativity concert to some of the older children, the pre-schools, and most importantly, to our families. We were so proud of the children for behaving beautifully during the concert. We loved their wonderful singing, dancing and general enthusiasm. Thank you so much for supporting us at this very special event. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
Well done to everyone for completing the ‘Laps for Lapland’ challenge!
It has been a very busy week. Coral Class have been practising the Nativity performance with Lobster and Angelfish class. We also enjoyed decoration morning and would like to thank those who were able to join us.
In maths the children have been introduced to the concept of time and the sequence of events such as our morning routines. We’ve also learnt about the Nativity and practised writing words and sentences about the story. Coral class have also been enjoyed exploring and taking on the role of Santa’s Elves. They’ve even been trying to wrap up presents for Santa.
Coral Class have enjoyed reminiscing about our vegetable Soup afternoon. They are rightly very proud of themselves, not only for making a very delicious soup but for performing their instructions. Thank you to everyone that could make it, the children thoroughly enjoyed celebrating and sharing all that they have learnt.
The children have also enjoyed learning our nativity songs and actions. We’re look forward to our dress rehearsal. Please don’t forget to send a checked shirt in by Wednesday 4th December.
Below are a few pictures of our busy week of learning including one more and less stories, number ordering and our daily ‘Lap to Lapland’.
Coral Class have thoroughly enjoyed a week of exploring vegetables.
At the beginning of the week, we used our letter sounds to write a vegetable shopping list. Then we learnt actions to help us learn how to make vegetable soup. After a safety talk, the children peeled, chopped and assisted with the stirring of our very own vegetable soup.
As part of our vegetable topic the children have also explored paint mixing and printing. They used a range of vegetable to create a pattern or picture of their choice. We have also had a taste testing session in which the children got an opportunity to try lots of different vegetables and choose their favourite one.
In maths, the children have created their own number stories using the terms first, then and now to apply the concept of 1 more.
On Friday, we enjoyed have family and friends visit Coral Class to demonstrate how to make vegetable soup and of course sample our hard work.
Monday 11th November 2019 – Friday 15th November 2019
Coral Class have made us very proud this week. During our autumn trip they walked sensibly, and listened carefully to our instructions. We had lots of fun searching for objects on the beach and looking for signs of autumn in the Library Garden. A big thank you to those that helped us, we appreciated your support J
The children have done a fantastic job at applying their phonics knowledge and writing skills to record what they saw during our trip. Everyone in Coral class has also had a go at verbally retelling the events of the trip in the correct order. Great work Coral Class!
We’ve also worked hard on developing our understanding of ‘more’ and ‘fewer’ by comparing non-identical objects and applying these concepts to practical problems.
On Friday we enjoyed learning about Children in Need and wearing our pyjamas to school. We worked very hard as a team to create Pudsey Bear clothes for our class Teddy.
Coral Class have enjoyed their first week back at school. The children have thoroughly enjoyed sharing their holiday news and homework with the class.
During maths we have learnt about the mathematical concept of more and fewer by comparing two groups of objects. We have also continued to practise our counting, number recognition and ordering skills.
This week in phonics we have been revisiting all the taught sounds and learning v, w, x, y, z and zz. We have practised using our phonics fingers to segment and blend c.v.c words as well as play tricky word games to help us learn our words of the week.
On Tuesday and Wednesday we also enjoyed our free flow sessions. A number of the children created train using building equipment and made warning signs to put on the train such as ‘mind the gap’.
Coral Class thoroughly enjoyed their first swimming session and were very sensible.
This week we have learnt even more Jolly Phonics sounds, songs and actions. We have been reading lots of autumn stories and learning about the Harvest festival. We have enjoyed some busy ‘free flow’ time with children challenging themselves to ride the balance bikes over the ramp and around an obstacle course. We also had some excellent crossing patrol people directing operations with the scooters and trikes. We have enjoyed exploring and being creative with a range of materials, medians and tools to create an autumn hedgehog picture. In maths we have been thinking carefully about the number five as well as counting and using Numicon to make different amounts.
We continued to think about our emotions and how we are feeling each day. We are practising ‘sharing a smile’ with our friends. On Thursday we were extremely lucky to be involved in the ‘Borrow the Moon’ project. The children were able to hold meteorites and see actual samples of moon dust and rocks. We also learnt a few facts about Neil Armstrong and the Solar system. What an amazing way to finish off the week! We hope the children tell you all about it.
Have a good weekend.
Coral Class have continued to learn the Jolly Phonics sounds, stories and songs for c, k, n, e, r and h. We’ve also being learning how to segment and blend cvc/ccvc/cvcc words such as cat, clip, hat and help.
Our Class story ‘The Rainbow Fish’ inspired some of the children to write a short story with the support of an adult. They then got the opportunity to share their story with the whole class.
During our free flow sessions the children have been developing their social skills as well as strengthening their gross motor skills by building an obstacle course to practise balancing, hopping and jumping. We have also been focusing on number recognition and encouraging the children to use the blackboard to practise their mark making.
On mental health awareness day we spoke about emotions and discuss what to do if we are sad or we spot someone who is upset. We then create a big emoji smile to go with our motto ‘Share a Smile.’
It’s been a busy week for Coral class. We have begun learning the Jolly Phonics sounds, stories and songs for s, a, t and p. We have even tried thinking of our own words that start with each of these sounds by searching the classroom for inspiration.
The children have also been learning how to use one to one correspondence to count a range of objects. Later in the week we also explored how the same number can be represented in many different ways e.g. 3 beads, 3 fingers and the 3 Numicon plate.
This week the children have also been introduced to our free flow sessions during which the children have access to a wide range of activities. They also had the opportunity to interact with the other EYFS classes.
On Thursday morning we had our first ICT lesson. The children learnt about the basic computer equipment and learnt how to use a computer mouse whilst completing a maths activity. Coral Class have also enjoyed our physical carousel which involved parachute games, co-ordination games and balancing games.
Coral Class have continued to do a fantastic job at learning the school rules and routine. They’ve enjoyed eating lunch and playing with both Seahorse and Starfish Class. In class we have been using Numicon to help us learn our numbers, drawing pictures of our families and writing our names to go with our self-portrait paintings. More importantly, we have been getting to know each other and making lots of new friends.
Have a lovely weekend.
What a fantastic start to the term!
Coral Class have had lots of fun exploring the school and getting to know each other. We have been impressed by the children’s eagerness to come into class every morning and how they have quickly started to grasp the rules and routine. Well done Coral Class!
We’re looking forward to the children staying for lunch next week.
Have a good weekend.