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What a busy final week of term 5!  This week we have enjoyed Bookfeast and listening to Sean Taylor (please see 'Latest News' to view our photographs). We have taken part in the annual sponsored walk (pictures below).  Thankfully the weather was kind and following a breakfast from the PTA, we all completed a lap of the old airfield and cheered on KS2 as they ran.  During Forest School we have been busy planting the pots and beds (please see our Forest school page for pictures and further information). To finish our topic of 'Journeys' we released 3 balloons and thought about where they might travel to!

 
Have a wonderful half term break - remember to read everyday and also try to write everyday. Practise your counting skills, including addition and subtraction - especially if you visit a shop.

 

 

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Week 5 - 9/5/16

 

CLL (Communication, Language and Literacy)/PD - This week we have continued to learn about healthy food by learning, playing games and making our own healthy snack.  We have also learning how to stay safe in the sun (even though we seem to have had no end of rain this week!). 

 

Phonics - We continue with our daily session of phonics; learning new sounds and using these sounds in words.  It is so lovely to see the children confidently writing phase 2 and a number of phase 3 tricky words - with your support they have worked hard to learn these words to memory.  Remember the Phonics Play is a great website which provides lots of free activities for your children to practise their developing skills (please practise the phase your child is working in), click on the link for direct access to this site: http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/index.htm

 

Maths - Our main focus this week has been money.  We have been sorting coins and paying for/making totals items using one pence and two pence coins (at the moment we tap the coin twice when counting on 2p).  Please encourage your child to sort coins into groups and count out set amounts (to build skills, keep amount relatively small 20p and under), encourage your child to make set amount in different ways. Each week we spend time revising our number formation and orientation of both single and two digit numbers and each day we begin our lesson with counting forwards and backward from a given point. 

 

PD (Physical Development) - Our Wednesday sessions continue to focus on dance.  On Friday afternoons we will continue to work with Mr Mills. 

 

During Handwriting we have been scribing over and forming our 'long ladder’ letters (i, l, t, j, u, y) - these letters begin with a downward movement.  Click on the following link for your child to view a skywriting aeroplane! http://www.ictgames.com/sky_writing.html 

 

UoW (Understanding of the World) - Our caterpillars are still tucked up in their cocoon and are in the butterfly house, maybe this week they will emerge...  To accompany our topic this term we have been thinking about different forms of Journeys (who might make a journey and how the journey might be made).  Using reclaimed materials we have continued to build our own item - have a look at our pictures, can you guess what we have made?  We finished our models today by decorating using various media.  Please click on the following link to view our Forest School learning: http://www.clifton-hampden.oxon.sch.uk/foundation-stage-key-stage-1/ 

 

EA (Expressive Art and Design) - During our Music session with Mrs Fell we practised weaving in and out of each other.  We did this at first in lines, then in a circle.  Hopefully this will help us next week when we maypole again and we won't get in a tangle!  During Art with Mrs Burnett we have begun to draw our own castle using 2D shapes, we will finish these next week.

Week 4 - 2/5/16

 

CLL (Communication, Language and Literacy)/UOW - For a short week we have packed lots!  We began by planting our final block of seeds in the garden (carrots and kale).  Green fingers crossed we will see the seeds beginning to germinate in about 10 -14 days.  Our potatoes are coming along well and we are at the stage where we need to keep recovering the shoots as they pop up (this will help towards plentiful of potatoes).  Our beans are shooting up well and are spinach is just showing signs of life.  Over the coming weeks there will be lots for the children to see and do in the garden. 

 

By Friday our caterpillars each have a cocoon and we have now put these in the butterfly house.  We now need to wait for beautiful butterflies to emerge (lets hope it isn’t over a weekend).  The caterpillars have been a great focus of conversation and if you are interested in doing this at home you can order caterpillars from Insect Lore.

 

Phonics - We continue with our daily session of phonics; learning new sounds and using these sounds in words.  It is so lovely to see the children confidently writing phase 2 and a number of phase 3 tricky words - with your support they have worked hard to learn these words to memory.  Remember the Phonics Play is a great website which provides lots of free activities for your children to practise their developing skills (please practise the phase your child is working in), click on the link for direct access to this site: http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/index.htm

 

Maths - Our main focus this week has been ‘weighing’ where we are have been learning about heavy, light, the same as to decide the weight of an item.  During the Reception year we compare many items and use the balance scales to help us understand the concept of weight.  Each week we spend time revising our number formation and orientation of both single and two digit numbers and each day we begin our lesson with counting forwards and backward from a given point. 

 

PD (Physical Development) - Our Wednesday sessions continue to focus on dance.  We are very much enjoying moving like a wizard to a piece of music and joining in with some favourite dances like musical statues/bumps has provided lots of pleasure. On Friday afternoons we will continue to work with Mr Mills. 

 

During Handwriting we have been scribing over and forming our 'long ladder’ letters (i, l, t, j, u, y) - these letters begin with a downward movement.  Click on the following link for your child to view a skywriting aeroplane! http://www.ictgames.com/sky_writing.html 

 

UoW (Understanding of the World) - To accompany our topic this term we have been thinking about different forms of Journeys (who might make a journey and how the journey might be made).  Using reclaimed materials we have continued to build our own item - have a look at our pictures, can you guess what we have made?  Please click on the following link to view our Forest School learning: http://www.clifton-hampden.oxon.sch.uk/foundation-stage-key-stage-1/ 

 

EA (Expressive Art and Design) - During our Music session with Mrs Fell we had our second experience of Maypole.  Working with a partner we moved around the maypole, starting and stopping at the right time.  During Art with Mrs Burnett we have continued making our own castle.

Week 3 - 25/4/16

 

CLL (Communication, Language and Literacy)/UoW - This week we have shared the story We’re Going On A Bear Hunt.  We have very much enjoyed retelling and acting out our story.  We also thought about alternative characters which we could be hunting for.  We used our alternative character to develop our descriptive skills.  Our caterpillars are growing well and seem to be continuing to grow by the hour - let’s hope there is enough room in the pot!

 

Phonics - We continue with our daily session of phonics; learning new sounds and using these sounds in words.  It is so lovely to see the children confidently writing phase 2 and a number of phase 3 tricky words - with your support they have worked hard to learn these words to memory.  Remember the Phonics Play is a great website which provides lots of free activities for your children to practise their developing skills (please practise the phase your child is working in), click on the link for direct access to this site: http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/index.htm

 

Maths - Each week we spend time revising our number formation and orientation of both single and two digit numbers and each day we begin our lesson with counting forwards and backward from a given point.  Our main focus this week has been ‘subtraction’ where we are taking away a set amount. We also learn the accompanying language which goes with subtraction (takeaway, less, count back).  When working the children are encouraged to use counters, fingers and/or a number track to support their learning.

 

PD (Physical Development) - Our Wednesday sessions will focus on dance this term.  We will be learning to move in response to the changing tempo/dynamics of a piece of music and joining in with some favourite dances like musical statues/bumps. On Friday afternoon we will continue to work with Mr Mills. During Handwriting we have been scribing over and forming our 'zig-zag monster’ letters (v, w, x, z) - these letters all have a diagonal movement.  Click on the following link for your child to view a skywriting aeroplane! http://www.ictgames.com/sky_writing.html 

 

UoW (Understanding of the World) - To accompany our topic this term we have been thinking about different forms of Journeys (who might make a journey and how the journey might be made).  Using reclaimed materials we have begun to design and build our own item.   

Please click on the following link to view our Forest School learning: http://www.clifton-hampden.oxon.sch.uk/foundation-stage-key-stage-1/ 

 

EA (Expressive Art and Design) - During our Music session with Mrs Fell we had our first experience of May Pole.  Working with a partner we moved around the maypole, starting and stopping at the right time.  During Art with Mrs Burnett we have been making our own castle.

Week 2

 

CLL (Communication, Language and Literacy)/UoW - To mark Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday we have been finding out about her.  In particular we liked learning about her homes, crown jewels and her guards. Have a look at our new display in the classroom. We are working hard to write as much as we can; to think of what we want to say and transfer this into written text. 

 

Phonics - Your child's 'Phonics Diary' has their new sounds in for this week.  Please help your child to learn their new sounds and use in any writing they may be doing at home.  Shopping lists are always a good way of encouraging writing along with diaries and letters.  Please keep helping your child to practise their tricky words, these come up a lot when we ae writing.  Phonics Play is a great website which provides lots of free activities for your children to practise their developing skills (please practise the phase your child is working in), click on the link for direct access to this site: http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/index.htm

 

Maths - Each week we spend time revising our number formation and orientation of both single and two digit numbers and each day we begin our lesson with counting forwards and backward from a given point.  Our main focus this week has been ‘addition’ where we are counting 2 groups of items to find a total, adding a single digit to 2 digit number and learning we can add more than 2 numbers together.  When working the children are encouraged to use counters, fingers and/or a number track to support their learning.

 

PD (Physical Development) - Our Wednesday sessions will focus on dance this term.  We will be learning to move in response to the changing tempo/dynamics of a piece of music and joining in with some favourite dances like musical statues/bumps. On Friday afternoon we will continue to work with Mr Mills. During Handwriting we have been scribing over patterns/forming our 'One-armed robot' letters (r, h, n, m, b, p, k) - these letters all start from downward movement.  Click on the following link for your child to view a skywriting aeroplane! http://www.ictgames.com/sky_writing.html 

 

UoW (Understanding of the World) - Please see CLL above for our main learning this week.  We have also planted potatoes in the garden; green fingers crossed we will soon have school grown potatoes! Please click on the following link to view our Forest School learning: http://www.clifton-hampden.oxon.sch.uk/foundation-stage-key-stage-1/ 

 

EA (Expressive Art and Design) - To celebrate the Queen’s birthday we made a Royal Guard and during Art with Mrs Burnett we have been learning and making our own coat of arms.  Please have a look at new display to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday. During Music with Mrs Fell we are continuing to learn traditional and new playground chants and learning how to skip with a rope. 

Week 1

 

CLL (Communication, Language and Literacy)/UoW - We began our new topic ‘Journeys’ by sharing a very well-known story ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ written by Eric Carle.  We used this text is our base for writing and creating beautiful art work (please have a look at display).   On Friday we were pleased to accept delivery of 5 very hungry caterpillars - which are growing by the hour.  We will watch these over the coming weeks, these wonderful creatures will change from a caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly which we will the release into our wild garden.

 

Phonics - Your child's 'Phonics Diary' will be sent home next week.  We used the first few days to re-cap our sounds and skills of segmenting and blending.  I am very impressed with how these skills are developing with all the children and the ability to recall and write sounds grow stronger all the time.

 

 

We have also been practising our phase 2 and 3 tricky words through games and writing.  In a tricky word the sound makes a different one to that learnt during phonics and this is the 'tricky 'part. Phonic Play is a great website which provides lots of free activities for your children to practise their developing skills (please practise the phase your child is working in), click on the link for direct access to this site: http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/index.htm

 

Maths - Each week we spend time revising our number formation and orientation of both single and two digit number and each day we begin our lesson with counting forwards and backward from a given point.  Our main focus this week has been ‘time’ where we have been sequencing events (see CLL), reminding ourselves of the days of the week, months of the year and seasons. We have also been learning to tell the time to o’clock and half past the hour.

 

PD (Physical Development) - Our Wednesday sessions will focus on dance this term.  We will be learning to move in response to the changing tempo/dynamics of a piece of music and joining in with some favourite dances like musical statues/bumps. On Friday afternoon we will continue to work with Mr Mills. During Handwriting we have been scribing over patterns/forming our 'Curly Caterpillar' letters ( c, o, a, g, d, q) - these letters all  start from a 'c' movement.  Click on the following link for your child to view a skywriting aeroplane! http://www.ictgames.com/sky_writing.html 

 

UoW (Understanding of the World) - Please see CLL above. Click on the following link to view our Forest School learning: http://www.clifton-hampden.oxon.sch.uk/foundation-stage-key-stage-1/ 

 

EA (Expressive Art and Design) - During Music with Mrs Fell we are starting to learn traditional and new playground chants and learning how to skip with a rope.  Please have a look at ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ display to see our fantastic artwork.

Week 4 has been such an exciting week!  Monday we were very lucky to enjoy a visit from the fire brigade.  We were shown around the fire engine and all the important bits of kit the fire crew need at their hands.  A change in routine on Tuesday due to Zoo Lab not being able to attend (we will try to re-schedule this for later in the term).  Wednesday saw the arrival of Olly the Ox (Oxford United mascot) and a huge trophy (please see latest news for info and pictures).  Thursday we were weighed and measured and enjoyed Forest School (please see Forest School page for information and pictures).  We finished the week by wearing our home clothes and donating an item to the Easter Bingo collection (Bingo at the Village Hall on 19/3/16 - please speak to Linda Stanley for more details).  What will our final week of term bring...

Week 2

 

CLL (Communication, Language and Literacy)/UoW - We have continued with our new topic ‘Growing’ by planting broad bean seeds.  The children have remembered lots from last week - we can't wait to see our seeds begin to germinate! On Thursday to celebrate World Book Day we dressed as a character from a favourite book.  Please look at 'Latest News' to see our amazing costumes.  We shared stories in mixed age groups and found out about lots of exciting books.

 

 

Phonics - Apologies for not sending home  your child's 'Phonics Diary' last week.  These have now been put into book bags.  Please check your child's diary for this weeks focus sounds.  Please continue to practise

segmenting and blending as much as possible; our reading and writing is really coming on thanks to your support.  Help your child by saying the smallest sound in words (segmenting) and ask your child to turn the sounds into a word (blending). We have also been practising our phase 2 and 3 tricky words.  In a tricky word the sound makes a different one to that learnt during phonics and this is the 'tricky 'part. Phonic Play is a great website which provides lots of free activities for your children to practise their developing skills (please practise the phase your child is working in), click on the link for direct access to this site: http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/index.htm

 

Maths - Each week we spend time revising our number formation and orientation of both single and two digit number and each day we begin our lesson with counting forwards and backward from a given point.  Our main focus have been learning how to subtract and using the relevant language (takeaway, subtract, less, least, left). Maths lessons are always very practical where we use counters and numberlines  to help solve our number sentence.

 

PD (Physical Development) - On Wednesday as the weather was so wet and cold we decided to stay indoor and take part in 'Let's Move' - we really enjoyed pretending to be the lazy sloth and the inquisitive leopard. On Friday we will be learning how to move in different ways with Mr Mills. During Handwriting we have been scribing over patterns/forming our 'Curly Caterpillar' letters ( c, o, a, g, d, q) - these letters all  start from a 'c' movement.  Click on the following link for you child to view a skywriting aeroplane! http://www.ictgames.com/sky_writing.html 

 

UoW (Understanding of the World) - This week we have been learning about 'Mothering Sunday/Mother's Day' andwhy ths is such a special day.  Please check book bags on Sunday if your child hasn't already given you something extra special and mad with lots of love! Click on the following link to view our Forest School learning: http://www.clifton-hampden.oxon.sch.uk/foundation-stage-key-stage-1/ 

 

EA (Expressive Art and Design) - During Music with Mrs Fell we have continued are learning on how to make a musical instrument using reclaimed materials and dry pulses. During Art we made something special for Mother's Day - please ask your child on Sunday in case they have forgotten to give you something special which they made at school!

Week 1

 

CLL (Communication, Language and Literacy)/UoW - We have begun our new topic ‘Growing’ by planting spinach seeds - we planted into small pots are this makes it a little easier for the children's physical skills.  Next week we will add fresh compost to the raised bed at the bottom of the garden and then plant out the spinach seeds.  During Literacy we order and wrote instructions for planting seeds.

 

Phonics - We have been revising/learning new sounds and working hard at segmenting and blending to read and write words and  short sentences.  Segmenting can be really tricky to get the hang of and needs lots of practise.   Practise with your child by saying the smallest sounds in words and ask your child to turn the sounds into a word. We have also been practising our phase 2 and 3 tricky words.  In a tricky word the sound makes a different one to that learnt during phonics and this is the 'tricky 'part.

 

Maths - We have been revising our number formation and orientation of both single and two digit number.  We have also been adding groups together and using the relevant language (add, altogether, more) and learning how to make 10 in lots of different ways (7+3=10, 3+7=10 etc.). Our learning is using counters/objects to support our learning and understanding.

 

PD (Physical Development) - This term during PE will be learning how to use a rugby ball on a Wednesday and on Friday we will be learning how to move in different ways with Mr Mills. During Handwriting we have been scribing over patterns/forming our 'Curly Caterpillar' letters ( c, o, a, g, d, q) - these letters all  start from a 'c' movement.  Click on the following link for you child to view a skywriting aeroplane! http://www.ictgames.com/sky_writing.html 

 

UoW (Understanding of the World) - Please see CLL to view our learning for this week and click on the following link to view our Forest School learning: http://www.clifton-hampden.oxon.sch.uk/foundation-stage-key-stage-1/ 

 

EA (Expressive Art and Design) - During Music with Mrs Fell we are learning how to make a musical instrument using reclaimed materials and dry pulses. During Art with Mrs Burnett we have decorated and glazed our clay  pinch pots.  These are on display in KS1, please have a look.

Welcome back to term 3 (Spring Term).  I hope you have all had a wonderful break; enjoying the celebrations at this time special time of the year.  Our topic this term will be 'Giants' - more information to follow next week.  Please click on the link below to view an update of our timetable - we try to follow our timetable as closely as possible, however we are also led by the children's interests and fascinations.

 

We have had a very busy end to term 3.  Monday we learnt about Chinese New Year and the 13 animals which raced to be first across the finish line.  12 animals were successful in having a year named after them and this year is the year of the ‘Monkey’. Tuesday we learnt about Lent and the traditions of Shrove Tuesday, the children even suggested items which they would give up!  We made batter and fried pancake, adding sugar and lemon. Please view our Forest School page to see our Forest School learning on Thursday, where we enjoyed making smores.  By Friday we were all very tired but we enjoyed learning about the birds of prey from Wheatly Bird of Prey Centre.  We were able to learn about a barn owl, an eagle owl, peregrine falcon and a kestrel.  Please look at ‘latest news’ http://www.clifton-hampden.oxon.sch.uk/stream/news/full/1/-//  to see our photographs.

Week 5

 

CLL (Communication, Language and Literacy) - Continuing with our story  Jack and the Beanstalk, we have begun to make our own book.  We have been able to use our phonics skills to write short sentence to retell this traditional tale. Show and Tell will continue this term and bags will be sent home each week.

 

Phonics - We have been revising/learning new sounds and working hard at segmenting and blending to read and write words and  short sentences.  Segmenting can be really tricky to get the hang of and needs lots of practise.   Practise with your child by saying the smallest sounds in words and ask your child to turn the sounds into a word.

 

Maths - We have been revising our number formation and orientation of both single and two digit number.  We have also been learning about 2D  by naming sorting and building.  We have also been learning the names of 3D shapes how to recognising these in the environment.  We also made a number of fantastic structures using the 3D blocks.

 

PD (Physical Development) - This term during PE will be learning hockey skills on a Wednesday and on Friday we will be learning how to move in different ways. During Handwriting we have been scribing over patterns/forming our 'One-Armed Robot' letters ( h, n, m, r, b, p, k) - these letters all start with a downward movement.  Click on the following link for you child to view a skywriting aeroplane! http://www.ictgames.com/sky_writing.html 

 

UoW (Understanding of the World) - This term our learning has focussed on 'Materials' - during class we have been learning about the different types of materials.  Working in groups we made a house for Jack  from paper, hay, wooden bricks and lego.  Please see our Forest School page for this weeks learning and kit list: http://www.clifton-hampden.oxon.sch.uk/foundation-stage-key-stage-1/ 

 

EA (Expressive Art and Design) - During Music with Mrs Fell we have been learning how to make different rhythms using words as a base. We have also been learning how to tap out simple rhythms on a drum.  During Art with Mrs Burnett we have been using the clay to make pinch pots. 

Week 4

 

CLL (Communication, Language and Literacy) - We began the week by sharing a new story about a giant 'Jack and the Beanstalk'.  We were able to identify the main characters and sequence the events in this traditional tale.  We have been able to use our phonics skills to write simple words and labels to accompany our pictures.  Show and Tell will continue this term and bags will be sent home each week.

 

Phonics - We have been revising/learning new sounds and working hard at segmenting and blending to read and write words and  short sentences.  Segmenting can be really tricky to get the hang of and needs lots of practise.   Practise with your child by saying the smallest sounds in words and ask your child to turn the sounds into a word.  Please note your child's 'Phonics Diary' will not be sent home this week.

 

Maths - We have been revising our number formation and orientation of both single and two digit number.  We have also been learning how to estimate - this is a tricky concept to master normally in Maths we count carefully to find a total.  Estimating is a different skill where we need to make a realistic guess.  We have also been learning about position this week too.  We have been playing racing games and finding out about 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. We have also been learning about position by learning under, over, above, below, inside, forwards, backwards.

 

PD (Physical Development) - This term during PE will be learning hockey skills on a Wednesday and on Friday we will be learning how to move in different ways. During Handwriting we have been scribing over patterns/forming our 'Curly Caterpillar' letters ( c,o,a,g,d,q) - these letters all start with an anti-clockwise movement.  Click on the following link for you child to view a skywriting aeroplane! http://www.ictgames.com/sky_writing.html 

 

UoW (Understanding of the World) - This term our learning will focus on 'Materials' - during class we have been learning the different types of materials, exploring and materials into groups and beginning to learn the different characteristics  (bendy, soft, hard, shiny, dull). Using collage materials we made a coat for Jack to wear.  Each week our learning will build on the previous week.  Please see our Forest School page for this weeks learning and kit list: http://www.clifton-hampden.oxon.sch.uk/foundation-stage-key-stage-1/ 

 

EA (Expressive Art and Design) - During Music with Mrs Fell we have been learning how to make different rhythms using words as a base.  We all very much enjoyed ‘Animal Day’ and thought the School Council did a great job. Please click on the following link to view our photographs: http://www.clifton-hampden.oxon.sch.uk/stream/news/full/1/-//

 

 

Week 3:

CLL (Communication, Language and Literacy) - We began the week by listening to our story 'The Smartest Giant in Town' Click on the following link to hear the story too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S2Y-z0jzWw  (part 1) and: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0whQAknJgE (part 2). This week we changed the main character into a character of our choice.  We drew and wrote labels to accompany our character.  Show and Tell will continue this term and bags will be sent home each week.

 

Phonics - We have been revising/learning new sounds and working hard at segmenting, blending to read and write words and  short sentences.  Segmenting can be really tricky to get the hang of and needs lots of practise.   Practise with your child by saying the smallest sounds in words and ask your child to turn the sounds into a word. 

 

Maths - We have been revising our number formation and orientation of both single and two digit number.  We have also had lots of fun measuring; early in the week we ordered items by height and each other.  We then used our handprint to measure items in the classroom and outside and investigated how to record this information.

 

PD (Physical Development) - This term during PE will be learning hockey skills on a Wednesday and on Friday we will be learning and practising our football skills. During Handwriting we have been scribing over patterns/forming our 'Long ladder' letters (l,i,t,u,y,j,) - these letters all start with a downward movement. Click on the following link for you child to view a skywriting aeroplane! http://www.ictgames.com/sky_writing.html 

 

UoW (Understanding of the World) - This term our learning will focus on 'Materials' - during class we have been learning the different types of materials, exploring and materials into groups and beginning to learn the different characteristics  (bendy, soft, hard, shiny, dull). Each week our learning will build on the previous week.  Please see our Forest School page for this weeks learning and kit list: http://www.clifton-hampden.oxon.sch.uk/foundation-stage-key-stage-1/ 

 

EA (Expressive Art and Design) - We used our learning from last week to we tinted the yellow paint to make shades of orange.  We used the different shades to paint a background which we will use a sunset to add silhouettes to.

Week 2:

CLL (Communication, Language and Literacy) - We began the week by sharing the story 'The Smartest Giant in Town' written by Julia Donaldson.   We used the story as a base to sequence the story in the form of a story map (well done to Connie who also made a story map at home), we learnt about characters - the people/animals that play a part in the story.  We also had a go at describing a character of our choice.  Click on the following link to hear 'The Smartest Giant in Town' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S2Y-z0jzWw  (part 1) and: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0whQAknJgE (part 2). Show and Tell will continue this term and bags will be sent home each week.

 

Phonics - We have been revising/learning new sounds and working hard at segmenting, blending to read and write words and  short sentences.

 

Maths - We have been revising our counting skills by counting forwards and backwards and adding one/tow more to a number. We have also been learning about 'time' - we have learnt about the days of the week, months of the year and the seasons, how to sequence events in the correct order and found out how to tell the time to o'clock.

 

PD (Physical Development) - This term during PE will be learning hockey skills on a Wednesday and on Friday we will be learning and practising our football skills. During Handwriting we have been scribing over patterns/forming our 'zig-zag monster' letters (v, w, x,z) - these letters all  contain a diagonal stroke. Click on the following link for you child to view a skywriting aeroplane! http://www.ictgames.com/sky_writing.html

 

UoW (Understanding of the World) - This term our learning will focus on 'Materials' - during class we have been learning the different types of materials, exploring and materials into groups.  Each week our learning will build on the previous week.  Please see our Forest School page for this weeks learning and kit list: http://www.clifton-hampden.oxon.sch.uk/foundation-stage-key-stage-1/ 

 

EA (Expressive Art and Design) - We have been learning how to tint yellow in order to make orange.  We carefully folder our paper into 4, then in each box painted a colour, beginning with yellow and ending with orange.

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Week 1:

CLL (Communication, Language and Literacy) - We began the term by sharing news of our holiday and our exciting Christmas presents from Santa. Using our phonic skills we have also written labels. Our writing is on display in the classroom.

 

Phonics - We have been revising/learning new sounds and working hard at segmenting, blending to read and write short sentences.

 

Maths - We have been revising our counting skills by counting items, playing games and joining in with counting chants. We have also been learning how to us a number line by counting forwards and backwards.

 

PD (Physical Development) - This term during PE will be learning hockey skills on a Wednesday and on Friday we will be learning and practising our football skills. During Handwriting we have been scribing over patterns/forming our 'curly caterpillar' letters (c,o,a,d,g,q) - these letters all begin in the same place and are formed in the same way. Click on the following link for you child to view a skywriting aeroplane! http://www.ictgames.com/sky_writing.html

 

UoW (Understanding of the World) - We started the week by sharing our Christmas news and the  activities that we took part in during the holidays. Our first Forest School this term was based at school - please click on our Forest School page to view our learning.

 

EA (Expressive Art and Design) - We have painted pictures of our beautiful Christmas presents (please see our display in the classroom).  We have also created winter pictures using oil pastels and colour wash.

Our final two weeks of term 2 have been jam packed! We had put lots of effort into learning song words and lines for our Christmas Play - Born in a Barn.  Our final rehearsal was very well attended on Monday 14/12/15 at 1.30pm and provided at extra opportunity for parents and relatives to have a preview before tomorrow night.  Our performance took place on Tuesday 15/12/15 at 6pm where the children performed wonderfully.

 

We have enjoyed Christmas art and craft, the annual pantomime trip - this year we watched Aladdin.    It was fantastic to see how professionals put on a performance and of course we had lots of giggles whilst we enjoyed the acting, singing and dancing.

 

Our Christmas Party (Thursday 17/12/15) was great fun: We played party games, enjoyed a fantastic lunch (kindly provided by our wonderful PTA) and Santa even came to visit.  Please see our latest news to view pictures of this event.

 

We finished the term with our final assembly in Church and Christmas baking!  Please all have a wonderful Christmas break and enjoy this magical time.  We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 5/1/16 (Monday is INSET ).

Week 5 - 30/11/15

 

Phonics: This week our groups have been continuing to learn new sounds during phonics/revising previously learnt sounds (please see phonics diary for this week’s sounds).  We have also been continuing to learn our five tricky words; how to read and write them and which part of the word is tricky because it does not make the regular phonics sound.  Our five tricky words are: I, no, go, to, the - please continue to practise these words.

 

CLL/UoW: This week we turn our attention to the upcoming celebration of Christmas.  We have been learning about advent and how this event is marked both at home, school and within church.  We have also started to learn about the very first Christmas and this will cumulate in our nativity play during week 7 (Dress Rehearsal will take place Monday afternoon at 1.30pm and Tuesday evening at 6pm).  All children in Foundation Stage and KS1 will have a very important part to play and are working hard to learn song words.

 

Maths: Along side our daily counting, counting patterns and number formation we have been learning about Pairs! We have been looking at what makes a pair and playing lots of games and using cinnamon playdough to explore this concept further.  Thank you to Georgia - your game of snap/matching pairs fitted in theme really well.

 

Forest School: Please view our Forest School page to see our map making skills. This week was our last Forest School for term 2.  We will continue again in term 3 - further information next term.

 

Physical Development: During Fine Motor Skills we have continued to use the playdough to help develop key muscles performing specific arm movements.  We also used the playdough to make our names (we are very proud of these).  Using playdough is great for building finger and muscles which are needed for many key skills.  Writing in particular is hard work and muscles get very tired if they are not strong enough to support our task.  During PE on Wednesday we have continued with throwing and catching.  This week we introduced kicking and dribbling a ball.  This proved a little tricky as we needed to consider how hard the ball needed to move in order to reach its target. 

Phonics: During phonics we have been busy learning/revising new sounds (please see phonics diary - these go home every Tuesday).  We have been practising our segmenting and blending skills, sorting items by the sounds we can hear and learning about tricky words (tricky words contain sounds which cannot be sounded/do not have regular sounds: I/to/no/go/the/into all contain one sound where the normal phonetic sounds do not work.

 

Maths (M): This week we have been learning about measure.  We have been comparing items by length and learning comparative language (smaller/smaller/smallest, big/bigger/biggest, short/shorter/shortest etc.) to describe the length of items.  We have sorted items (toys, each other and pictures) to help us understand this concept.  Each day we continue to practise our counting/number formation skills.

 

Physical Development (PD):  During fine motor skills we have been using the playdough to strengthen the muscles in our shoulders, arms and hands.  We have been practising scribing over patterns/letter and number formation.  During PE on Wednesday afternoon we have continued our throwing and catching skills by including a greater level of accuracy (aiming for a target and trying to hit it).  During Friday’s session (indoors) we have continued to move, balance and add a sequence of movements to our PE.

 

Understanding of the World (UOW)/PSED: As part of Road Safety Week we have been learning how to stay safe when near the road.  We listened to a short story and then discussed possible hazards.  On Wednesday, we learnt how to stay safe during the dark evenings by wearing bright colours when out and about.  Please view our Forest School page to see our learning on Thursday.  Now the weather has changed, the ground is very wet and it is colder, please ensure your child has a hat and gloves and wears old clothing for Forest School sessions.  We keep a few old spare coats at school - if your child needs to borrow an old coat for Forest School please speak to Mrs Field.

We ended this week with ‘Takeover Day’ - year 4, 5, and 6 children applied for and were interviewed for adult position across the school.  We ended the week with lots of fun but tiring activities - please click on the following link to view events from the day: http://www.clifton-hampden.oxon.sch.uk/stream/news/full/1/-//

 

 

Earlier in the week we started to explore and understand the language of more and less.  We thought of different words for more (add, greater, greatest, lots, most) and alternative words for less (takeaway, fewer, least).  We then explored what happened to quantities when we added items. 

During Physical Development we have continued to explore moving in different ways and our throwing and catching skills are really coming along.  We are practising using different types of throwing (under arm, overhead and chest pass).  During fine motor skills we have continued to practise precision movements by threading cherries onto raw spaghetti and moving and shaping playdough. During handwriting we are explore tracing patterns and/or forming letters.

Please click on the following link to view our learning at Forest School - we all really appreciated the puddles and mud! http://www.clifton-hampden.oxon.sch.uk/foundation-stage-key-stage-1/

We finished week 2 by raising money for Children In Need - please click on the following link to view news of the day’s events: http://www.clifton-hampden.oxon.sch.uk/stream/news/full/1/-// 

 

CLL/UOW: We have been learning about Remembrance Day (which took place on Sunday 8/11/15) and we also joined in with the whole school to share 2 minutes silence on Wednesday.  Please be very proud of your child; they were very mature to complete such a task.  We have also been learning about the Hindu celebration of Diwalhi.  We listened, watched and re-told the story of Rama and Sita. 

 

Maths: This week we have been continuing our counting chants and enjoying shape and pattern; using various resources to make patterns and 3D shapes.

 

PD: During fine motor skills we continued our finger and arm exercises to develop and strengthen our muscles which support writing.  We have been using marbles to balance on golf tees - we needed a steady hand for this!  During PE on Wednesday we have continued throwing and catching using beanbags and balls and Friday sessions we have continued with gymnastics.

 

Please click on the following link to view our Forest School learning: http://www.clifton-hampden.oxon.sch.uk/foundation-stage-key-stage-1/ 

 

Welcome back!  I hope you all had a wonderful break and are ready for term 2!  This term looks like it will be a busy and exciting term beginning with stories from the past and ending with the story of the first Christmas - of course we have lots planned for the middle too.

 

CLL: This week began with us sharing our holiday news; allowing us to practise our speaking and listening skills.  We then moved on to learning about ‘The Gunpowder Plot’ - we listened, sequenced, and re-told this famous story.  We made masks and used the large hollow blocks and waffle blocks to make the Houses of Parliament.  We added detail by drawing fireworks on the tarmac using chalk.

 

Maths: We begin each session with counting patterns - counting forwards and backwards from 0-20.  We have been practising counting sets of items accurately and adding items together.

 

Physical Development: During fine motor skills we have been busy completing finger, wrist and arm exercises - this helps the development of muscles needed for handwriting.  We then used the playdough to make various firework shapes.  During PE on a Wednesday we have continued with our throwing and catching skills - which are improving all the time. Friday PE sessions now take place in the village hall, this term we are using our bodies to move in various ways, along with stretching and balancing.  Handwriting has seen us begun to trace patterns and/or form our first set of long ladder letters (l/i/t/u/j/y) - these all begin in the same way; starting at the top with a downwards action.

Our final week of term 1 commenced with a trip to Bookfeast to listen to Kristina Stephenson share her story Molly Maybe’s Monsters.  After taking the bus from school to the Northwall in Summertown we were able to enjoy her new book.  We had a fabulous morning out and really enjoyed our first trip.  Please click on the following link to view more information and photographs: http://www.clifton-hampden.oxon.sch.uk/stream/news/full/1/-//

 

Wednesday had a very exciting start with school photographs being taken.  Each child was photographed on their own and with their sibling.  We all had our very best smile and look forward to the proofs coming back after the holidays. 

 

During Forest School on Thursday we had our first experience of making and using fire whilst at school.  Please click on the following link to view our learning: http://www.clifton-hampden.oxon.sch.uk/foundation-stage-key-stage-1/ 

 

Please enjoy the half-term break; homework and reading books were sent home in book bags on Thursday and phonics will resume again nest term.

Week 6 has been a very exciting week.  Early in the week we visited Clifton Hampden church.  We were able to look around the church and familiarise ourselves with the environment prior to Harvest Festival on Thursday.  On Wednesday we made jelly - yummy!  We learnt how to unwrap, separate and dissolve our jelly before adding more water and leaving to set for Thursday.  On Thursday we took part in our annual Harvest Festival celebrations click on the following link to view details and pictures of the day: http://www.clifton-hampden.oxon.sch.uk/stream/news/full/1/-// 

 

We have also been learning about ‘germs’ this week and how these can make us poorly.  We used glitter to represent our germs and then touched other people to pass our 'germs' on,  enabling the children to see how they are spread.  We learnt about washing our hands carefully with soap to help keep us healthy. 

 

During Phonics we have been focussing of words which rhyme; we have been listening carefully to the sounds at the ends of words and identifying the rhyming partner.  Rhyming can be a tricky concept for some children, if your child is finding it particular tricky do not worry. Instead continue to enjoy nursery rhymes and stories which contain rhyme.  You could maybe encourage your child to finish the rhyming sentence of familiar stories and rhymes.

 

By Friday we were very tired but managed to enjoy ‘The Scarecrow Hat’ and we each made our own beautiful scarecrow. 

 

Remember our trip to see Kristian Stephenson takes place on Monday (we will be back at school for lunch), click on the following link to visit her website: http://www.sircharliestinkysocks.co.uk/  Thursday is Forest School and Friday is closed for training. 

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Week 5 (5/10/15) has been another busy week.  The week began with lots of rain which produced a puddle, two of the children then decided to make a lake using the tuff spots.  By the end of the second day all the children had contributed to our ‘lake’, adding a bridge, wildlife (all plastic) and boats. They are hoping for more rain to refill the water butts as both are now empty! 

 

Next Thursday (15/10/15) is our annual harvest festival celebration in church (please join us if you can).  We have been busy learning two poems to share with you and begun making pictures to accompany our poems.  During Phonics we have been learning how to blend sounds in words and practising this skill.  We call this robot talk and move an arm as the robot says a sound.  We have played lots of matching games, listening games and action games to help us practise this skill.  Blending sounds supports both reading and writing and can be tricky to master, but like all new skills the more we practise…the easier it becomes.

 

Maths has seen us focussing on more, less and the same as.  We needed to count carefully to decide if our groups of items had more/less or the same.

Remember to click on the link: http://www.clifton-hampden.oxon.sch.uk/foundation-stage-key-stage-1/ to see information and pictures regarding our Forest School learning.

We began week 4 (28/9/15) by sharing all the wonderful items the children found over the weekend.  Each child was able to share their enchanting Autumnal items. Have a look at the pictures below and I think you will agree the children were captivated by all the different ‘treasure’ found.  We have made a collection of items on the Forest School table in the back entrance.  Please do continue to add to our display.  Show and Tell has now begun on a Monday afternoon and the children will take it in turns to bring home a ‘Show and Tell bag’ (on Friday ready to return for Monday’s Show and Tell).  we have been tuning into sound.  We have been learning about sounds in the environment.  We noticed the sounds produced indoors were very different to those produced outside.  We then learnt how to make and change sounds using musical instruments and how we could put different movements to sound and played lots of sound games - Grandma’s footsteps was particularly popular and the children had to move in response to the tempo of the music. 

 

During PE we have been practising our throwing and catching and continue to practise coordinating our bodies enabling us to move in various ways.  During Fine Motor Skills we have been painting using cotton buds! 

 

Maths has seen us focussing on repeating patterns; we replicated patterns and made our own patterns using compare bears, ICT and natural resources.  We have continued to practise our number formation and counting accurately when counting a group of items. 

 

Remember to click on the link: http://www.clifton-hampden.oxon.sch.uk/foundation-stage-key-stage-1/ to see information and pictures regarding our Forest School learning.

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On Friday we were visited by ‘Merlin the Magician’ - we met Merlin’s cat Wiggles.  Unfortunately Wiggles the cat managed to get himself lost,  so we helped Merlin to find him.  We had to search the woods, but be very careful not to let the dragon see us!  It was really good fun and all the children were captivated by our journey.  Each child has a certificate in their book bag and further details about the drama group which runs at after school club. 

Week 3: 21/9/15

 

It is hard to believe we have come to the end of week 3 already!   This week we have been practising counting forwards and backwards during maths, counting set amounts out and matching to numbers.  We have been learning rhymes to help us when we are forming our numbers - trying really hard to remember all numbers start at the top. 

 

We have begun learning about some of the things that take place during the Autumn.  We have also been making Autumnal leaves using a variety of media (rice and paint) - have a look at our autumn tree in the corridor and our Forest School table is growing with interesting items.  Remember to look at our Forest School page http://www.clifton-hampden.oxon.sch.uk/foundation-stage-key-stage-1/ where you will find details and pictures of our learning. 

 

During PE we are working hard with our throwing and catching and how to co-ordinate our body when we are moving.  Fine motor skills has seen us doing lots of twisting and turning to develop our hand, wrist and shoulder strength.  We made 'moon sand'   which is really good fun to mould, shape and mark make in.  If making at home use 8 cups of plain flour + one cup of hair conditioner. Mix together in a baking tray/lasagne dish or similar item with high sides.  Use outside and you won't need to worry about spillage! On Friday we all took part in a Drama Workshop - see above for more details.

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The Reception class are led by Mrs Field and follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.  The curriculum is split into seven areas (an abbreviation for each area is given in brackets): Communication and Language (CL), Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED), Physical Development (PD), Literacy (L), Mathematics (M), Understanding of the World (UoW) and Expressive Arts & Design (EA).  

 

How do we learn?

Each area has equal weighting and children are given opportunities to develop skills and knowledge in all of these areas through a wide range of activities and play - both adult and child led. Through careful observation and assessment staff are able to support and move children on in their learning.  We will also encourage children to participate in identifying their next steps of learning. 

 

Click on the following link for additional information: http://www.clifton-hampden.oxon.sch.uk/new-national-curriculum-2014/

 

 

 

Home/School routines

Monday

Show and Tell is important for developing speaking and listening skills. Show & Tell will begin in week 3.

Tuesday

New sounds are sent home today in your child's Phonics Diary.  Please help your child to learn these sounds at home.  Please return your child's Phonics Diary on Monday for new sounds to be entered.  Phonics Diaries will be sent home in week 4.

Wednesday

PE today - you can bring PE kits in on a Monday.  We will send kits home on a Friday.

Thursday

Forest School today - please send your child to school with old, warm clothing and wellington boots.  We will change after lunch ready for Forest School in the afternoon.

Homework is set on a Thursday.  It is usually English, Mathematic or Topic based.  Please return homework on Monday morning.

 

 

Friday

PE today - we will send kits home at the end of the day.

Everyday

When your child starts learning to read they will bring home a new reading book everyday.  Please listen to your child read then write a comment in their Reading Record (for further guidance on supporting your child will be sent separately).

For your child to enjoy reading they need to develop a love of reading.  Encourage your child to spend some quiet time each day looking at picture books, reading favourite stories, sharing comics etc.

 

 

This website holds lots of useful information - Please check the website regularly.

The documents below will give you an outline of how we will teach your child and what we will teach your child over the coming weeks. 

New Parents' Welcome Meeting 16/6/15