Newsletter Issue 11
Friday 22nd November 2013
You will have received the letter regarding the change to our Friday assemblies, by now. I have to say that we are all very much looking forward to the new arrangements and must stress that we would love to see more of you attending, now that the assemblies will be focused on a specific phase each time. As a reminder, the most immediate assemblies will run as follows:
Autumn 2 Reception: Friday 29th November; Key Stage 1: Friday 6th December; Year 3/ 4: Friday 13th December; Carols around the tree- Foundation/KS1- 11:30 pm- 12:00 pm; KS2- 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Friday 20th December.
BOTTLES/CANS/TINS - GOOD QUALITY UNWANTED TEDDIES - GOOD QUALITY UNWANTED GIFTS - SWEETS/CHOCOLATE. Again, we are hoping to sell some of your wonderful buns and cakes in our tuck shop so if you have the time to make (or buy) some buns could you let us know at: email@example.com
The children have written some beautiful Happy Hanukkah cards to their mums and dads and are talking about why it is a kind thing to send cards. We used our hands to make painted Menorahs and these looked beautiful. In topic they have made some beautiful stained glass Menorahs and these are now displayed on the windows in our classroom so that you can see your child’s wonderful learning. The children really enjoyed Gwynneth’s visit and learnt a lot about the Jewish faith from her. This week in numeracy the children have been playing games in the outdoor area such as ten pin bowling and have been counting and recording their scores!
Ho ho ho! It’s time to start our Christmas celebrations. In literacy and topic we will be learning about advent and what we do to prepare for Christmas. We will be talking about our favourite thing that we do to prepare for Christmas and completing a picture and caption (such as ‘I like decorating the tree because it is fun’). In topic we will be making our own advent calendar so that from the 1st of December each child will get a chance to see themself on our calendar and enjoy a chocolate treat!
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This week we have learnt all about the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. The children have loved our brand new Synagogue in the home corner and the children have engaged in some super role-play. They have played beautifully together and have taken turns to wear the Kippah on their heads. Our week was yet again finished off with a fabulous celebration and the children had an amazing time eating the Jewish food, eating our yummy biscuits and performing some wonderful Jewish dancing.
The children have written some beautiful Happy Hanukkah cards to their mums and dads and the children can now confidently tell you the format of a card. The children’s writing is really improving and they are becoming much more confident, so please keep practising writing with them as much as possible and get writing those Christmas lists to Santa! In topic they have made some beautiful stain glass Menorahs and these are now displayed on the windows in our classroom so that you can see your child’s wonderful learning. The children really enjoyed Gwynneth’s visit and learnt a lot about the Jewish faith from her, it was a highly immersive learning experience for the children. This week in numeracy the children have been like mini detectives deciding whether they need to add or subtract to solve the problems. In phonics they have learnt to read the Phase 3 sounds ch, sh, th and ng and have learnt to read the tricky words; he, she, we, me, be and was.
Ho ho ho! It’s time to start our Christmas celebrations. In literacy and topic we will be learning about advent and what we do to prepare for Christmas. We will be talking about our favourite thing that we do to prepare for Christmas and writing the sentence I like…… because… (E.g. I like decorating the tree because it is fun). In topic we will be making our own advent calendar so that from the 1st of December each child will get a chance to open one of the doors each day. In numeracy we will be learning the names of 2D and 3D shapes and we will be thinking about their properties. We will be building our very own 3D worlds and using different 2D shapes to decorate the tree. In phonics we will be learning the sounds; ch, sh, th and ng and the words of the week which the children need to be able to write are I, no, go, to, the, into.
Next Wednesday (27th November) we will be holding an open evening from 3pm to 3.30pm where you can come into the classroom and view your child’s learning profile. The profiles have observations of your child from Autumn 1. We look forward to seeing you then!
Lower Key Stage 2 Newsletter
This year’s fantastic Christmas production is called Sulky Santa and the Year 4 children will, by now, have received their lines and scripts. We would encourage all children with speaking parts to practise as much as possible so that we can begin rehearsals without scripts very soon. For children who do not have a speaking role, they will most certainly be involved in the singing and dancing that takes place throughout the show. The main characters will have been informed of their required costumes, however we do ask that everybody gets into the festive spirit and dresses up for the occasion. Therefore, all of 3/4T will be dressed as elves, 3/4B dressed as fairies or in Christmas attire (jumpers, hats, scarves, etc) and 3/4S dressed in Christmas attire or as reindeer. If you require any further details of costumes, etc. please don’t to hesitate to contact us. The production will be staged in school on Tuesday 17th December at 2:00pm and Wednesday 18th December at 6:00pm. Further details of available seats will be sent out nearer the dates.
Due to the new changes in our Friday afternoon assemblies, Year 3/4 will be holding their first celebration assembly on Friday 13th December. We look forward to welcoming parents and carers to share all of the wonderful things we have been doing this half term.
Once again, please ensure that your child comes to school with the appropriate PE kit each week.
This week in Spanish the children have been learning to spell the months of the year (enero, febrero, marzo, abril, mayo, junio, julio, agosto, septiembre, octubre, noviembre, diciembre). If you are unsure of the pronunciation, please ask your child….they are all fantastic! The children have also been introduced to the sentence starter ‘Tengo…’ (I have) and ‘No Tengo…’ (I don’t have). They have been using the words learnt last week about objects in the classroom to write sentences.
This week, the children have continued learning about forces in action. We have learnt about air resistance and how this force impacts positively and negatively in our daily lives! The children are now using excellent scientific vocabulary when explaining their findings!
During our ICT sessions, the children have been programming their robots to detect sound, touch and light using the Lego Mindstorms software. Very technical stuff!