Each day we gather together to say a morning prayer, a lunchtime prayer and an afternoon prayer.
You are with me night and day,
Bless us O Lord
As we sit together
Bless the food
We eat today
Bless the hands that make our food
Bless us O Lord
God our Father
And all the friends you give to me
Guard me in the dark of night
And in the morning send your light
We have a selection of books to read under our awning. You can spend a few quiet minutes reading with your child before the day begins to settle them before you say goodbye.
Each child has their own peg, please encourage your child to hang up their coats, jumpers and cardigans here. Build their physical skills by practising pulling clothing up and down, before and after using the toilet. Practise going to the toilet and washing and drying hands properly.
Get to school in good time so you can say a proper goodbye to your child with a reassuring hug, particularly if they are occasionally worried about coming to school. If you are late, your child may feel rushed and this may make separation difficult.
Your child has had a busy day. Greet them with a smile not your phone. Talk to them about their day, tell them about yours, get down to their level if you can. It is a long day; they have missed you.
In our individual meetings at the beginning of this term you were given WOW sheets. Please use them. We want to know about their WOW moments and love finding out about some of the positive things they have done at home; we will share them with their friends, too.
7th January 2019 - 15th Feburary
We have begun this term looking at the Epiphany, when Jesus was visited by the Wise men, who brought gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. We made crowns and presents for Jesus.
We have discussed our new topics of Opposites and The Holy Family.
Throughout Opposites we will be looking at light and dark, holes, contrasts and opposites.
Within the Holy Family we will be looking at Jesus as a small child, Jesus love for small children and the story of The Good Samaritan. Thinking how we can be compassionate and caring for others each day.
Together we looked at our environment and the changes that we are seeing around us , such as leaves falling, the different colours and change in temperature
We investigated the colours we could see, make makes using those colours and investigated what happens when we mixed them together, what other colours could we make?
We looked at bonfire night and created our own fireworks using marble paining and magnetic painting.
Together we looked at the story of the Little Red Hen. What would we do if we were the characters in the story? We looked at harvesting on farms, the different machinery and produce we might gather. We made loaves of bread just like The Little Red Hen.
We look at nocturnal animals and animals that hibernate. Looking at books like Owl babies and Don’t Hog the Hedge. We made a class book based on nocturnal animals.
This half term we were focusing on our family. Looking at who is in our family at home, at school and at church.
Throughout this half term we learnt that Mary and Joseph were both visited by Angel Gabriel to tell them that Mary would have a baby, who is God’s son and would be called Jesus. We know Joseph and Mary had a very long journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. We engaged in the Nativity story through a range of experience listening to stories, small world play and role play.
We became familiar with some Christmas carols, learning Away in a Manager for our Nativity.
This term our religious focus is God's Wonderful World. Through this topic we will be exploring God's creation of the world with a particular focus on plants, animals, knowing that God made us and understanding that God loves us and always will.
Our religious focus links in with our class topic Special Me and of our being aware that we are all unique. Through Special Me we will be looking at faces and bodies, keeping healthy, looking after ourselves, our senses and our feelings.
Week beginning 24th September 2018
This week we were focusing on the plants and fruits in God’s wonderful world and how we keep healthy.
We read Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French and Alison Bartlett, talking about where our food comes from, what plants need in order to grow and who created the plants that we get food from.
We each planted cress seeds on cotton wool and have been watching them grow through the week.
We talked about our plants, bushes and the trees in the garden. How can we help them to grow? We decided to have a compost collection bin. Each day during snack time we collect our fruit peel and cores to empty into the compost bin in our garden.
This week we used vegetables for printing and did observational drawing of plants, fruit and vegetables. We looked closely at them and used oil pastels to draw them.
We looked in our garden to see what we can find; we picked the apples growing on our tree and ate them.
We read Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. We talked about our own bones, which ones can we feel? What do they do? Our skull, protects our brain. Our ribs protect our heart and lungs. We talked about brushing our teeth to keep our mouth healthy. We practised brushing large teeth with a timer.
We made a fruit salad using bananas and oranges. We used our fine motor skills to peel the fruit and used our knives to chop the bananas.
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