- Nepal Earthquake Appeal. It was wonderful to have so much support for this very worthy cause, many thanks to all who supported our bake sale and other fund raising efforts last week. Thank you to all our volunteers.
- Jayia’s Animal Rescue and Bow Meow Coin Collection. The coin collection continues until early June when the house who collects the most coins will be awarded with a Doggy Trophy to celebrate their support. Clear your house of 1 yuan coins and support these amazing organisations who help the stray animals in the city. The funds will then be donated to JAR and Bow Meow to support them with the cost incurred through medicating, taking care of and re-housing these animals in need. 1 yuan coins only please!
- The final clothes collection for River of Hearts will begin in the week commencing 1st June. Please feel free to go through wardrobes and clean out closets, donating any unwanted items to be sent to various parts of China to support those in need.
- Please label all school uniform, including PE kit and sun hats. A surprising number of items are found to be unnamed, which causes unnecessary stress and expense for parents. Named items will be promptly returned to their owner when found.
- Sunhats can be purchased in the uniform shop, please send a named sunhat for your child’s wellbeing during outside play as the weather is now warming up. It is also useful to put suncream on before they come to school.
Learning Theme: Changes
Last week the children changed the story of the Very Busy Spider and imagined what they would do if it came to our school. Where would it make it’s web? What would you say to it? We went on spider hunts around the school and found lots of different minbeasts hiding. The children were able to make lots of observations of them. Does it have legs? How mnay wings can you see?
We had an amazing moment on Tuesday when we released the first one of our butterflies to come out of a chrysalis. The children were so excited to watch it fly off into the big, wide, world.
Our Big Question this week is: What should you do?
We want to build on the children’s fascination with the the minibeasts we have found in school so on Monday the children will share the story of ‘The Bad Tempered Ladybird’ by Eric Carle. Please click here to listen to the story.
The Bad Tempered Ladybird feels really cross and does not want to share, making some really poor choices until he realises the right way to do it. We will talk about ways that we can change our feelings when we are cross and improve our behaviour with the following prompts:
Stop, Think, Talk, Work it out
We will photograph the children roleplaying their own version of the story in our school, and they will write captions for these photographs.
ELG Listening They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions.
ELG Making Relationships Children play co-operatively, taking turns with others.
They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity.
They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.
ELG+ Children play group games with rules. They understand someone else’s point of view can be different from theirs. They resolve minor disagreements through listening to each other to come up with a fair solution. They understand what bullying is and that this is unacceptable behaviour.
Vocabulary: praying mantis, blue whale, sparrow, aphid. Feelings, behavior, choices, cross, angry, frustrated, calm, calm down,
This week the sharks will learn the trigraphs ear (beard, tear) and air (fair, pair). We will also continue to practise ai,ee,igh,oa, oo,ar,or,er,ur,ow and oi. These letters should all be in your phonics bags.
This we week we will introduce the digraph ee (see, bee) and continue to review ch sh ng th, ai supporting the children to write double letter sounds in words.
We will work on y,z,zz, – to read and write simple words. E.g yak, zip, yap, buzz, fizz. Tricky words: , go, to, into, the, me, he, we, they, she. Consolidate writing all letters learned so far - quick write.
We will review previously learnt sounds and move onto ea, key words for reading and writing are treat, steam, read, sea and least. We will also be practising spelling and reading the tricky words oh and their.
This week we will compare the size of the different characters in the story. We will remind the children about making simple measurements with non standard units and introduce a ladybird centimeter measuring stick. The children will practise measuring the animals cut outs. Then we will ask the children to look at what they have found out and estimate how long they think the others are. We will show the children how they can record this in a simple table.
Children use everyday language to talk about size… to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems.
ELG+ Children estimate, measure, weigh and compare and order objects .
Compare, order, size, length, long, short, estimate (guess), measure, record, chart, table.
Onze klas is nog steeds in gebruik als kliniek ‘De goede dokter’ waar het mevrouwtje met Rambamboelie naar toe moet omdat het hondje mauwt als een kat, kraait als een haan, sist als een slang en loeit als een koe. Gelukkig is de apotheek van de dokter voldoende uitgerust om Rambamboelie uiteindelijk te genezen. Kinderen spelen het verhaal feilloos na en gebruiken steeds uitgebreidere zinnen. Ook hebben we uitgevonden dat niet alleen mensen een skelet hebben maar ook honden, dat je het skelet kunt fotograferen met een röntgenapparaat. De kinderen hebben een röntgenfoto nagemaakt met wit krijt op zwart papier.
Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.
The Reception Team