St Augustine's Catholic Primary School

We try to follow Jesus by loving each other and caring for God's world

19 West End, Old Costessey, Norwich, NR8 5AG

Email: office@st-augustines.norfolk.sch.uk

Tel: 01603 743317

 

Week Commencing: 9th October 2017

 

Learning at school

In Reception we plan the learning activities and challenges around the children’s interests as we believe this motivates them! The children are showing an interest in wild animals, so next week’s challenges will be based around this theme.

In Phonics the children will start learning Phase 2 of the Letters and Sounds scheme. The children will learn to read and write s, a, t, p and i and they will learn how to read the Phase 2 tricky words I, go, to, the, no and into. Our teaching assistants, Mrs Rose, Miss Alston and Mrs Hannah will provide additional Phonics support to those children who need it to enable them to make good progress.

In Maths the children will learn how to recognise numbers and will use Numicon too. You can find out more about Numicon on the Oxford University press website.

In Religious Education the children will continue learning about the Christian story of Creation.

In Topic the children will learn about the story ‘We’re going on a Lion Hunt’ and they will come up with actions and create text maps to help them learn the story in detail.

 

Important Information

On Wednesday 11th October at 2pm we will be holding a meeting for reception parents to explain how the children learn at school. We will offer advice on how to help your child with their learning at home, explaining how our Phonics and reading system works. Thank you to those parents who have returned the reply slip confirming their attendance. Tea and coffee will be served from 2pm and the meeting with start in the hall at 2.15pm. After the meeting there will be a chance to talk to us about any questions you may have.

PE lessons started this week and lots of the children did really well at getting changed independently. We did notice that some of the children were wearing Jewellery such as necklaces and earrings. Jewellery must be removed on PE days as they pose a health and safety risk (they could get caught on the PE equipment!).

 

Learning at home

Talk about initial sounds in words. Play ‘I Spy’ with your child to encourage them to think about the letters at the start of words. We would love to see evidence of this on Tapestry.

Next week in Maths the children will learn how to recognise numbers and will practice matching numbers to quanitites of objects. The children will also use 1p coins to pay for items in our ‘Sound Shop’.

Talk about our class rules at home with your child (you can find these on Tapestry).Talk to your child about the importance of listening to the adults and other children, using kind hands and words and sharing. Yesterday we read the story ‘Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson to remind the children why it is good to share.

 

Any questions, please do ask.

Thank you, Miss Aspin, Mrs Kirby and Mrs Court.

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Week Commencing: 2nd October 2017

 

Learning at school

In Reception we plan the learning activities and challenges around the children’s interests as we believe this motivates them! We have noticed that lots of the children have been playing Grand Prix role-play games. Next week we will explore whether round or square wheels are better!

In Phonics the children will sing songs and rhymes, play some alliteration games and have a go at hearing the initial sounds in words, such as ‘s’ in the word sun and ‘a’ in the word ant.  

In Maths the children will learn about numbers that have personal significance to them and they will have a go at ordering numbers too.  

In Religious Education the children will learn about the Christian story of Creation.

 

Important Information

On Wednesday 11th October at 2pm we will be holding a meeting for reception parents to explain how the children learn at school. We will offer advice on how to help your child with their learning at home, explaining how our Phonics and reading system works. Please return the reply slip by Friday 6th October to confirm your attendance.

PE lessons will start next week. Please make sure your child has their PE kit at school and that everything has their name written in. These can be left on their peg.

Please can all children bring in a named water bottle every day. This must contain water.

 

Learning at home

Talk about alliteration at home. Can your child think of lots of things which start with the same letter; snake, sunshine, soup etc.

Next week in Maths the children will learn how to recognise some numbers of personal significance. Please could you help your child to take a photo of the number on their front door? Or they could draw a picture of their front door with the number on the front? If your house isn’t numbered perhaps encourage your child to draw a picture of another number in your home. Please bring this in by Friday 6th October for our lesson in the morning. Also chat to your child about their birthday. Do they know how old they are? How old they will be next year? Perhaps you could talk about the ages of people in your family too.

 

Week Commencing: 25th September 2017

 Hello, this week your child is welcome to start full-time, if you would rather your child stays part-time please see their teacher. If your child is staying until 3pm please make sure you either provide them with a healthy (nut and sweet free) packed lunch or you can book a hot dinner for your child via Wisepay: www.st-augustines.norfolk.sch.uk/office/wisepay If you are unsure how to use Wisepay please see a member of the office team.

 Important Dates

  • Just a reminder that F.O.S.A are holding a parents’ coffee morning at 9am on Tuesday 26th September in the school hall.
  • On Wednesday 11th October at 2pm we will be holding a meeting for reception parents to explain how the children learn at school. We will offer advice on how to help your child with their learning at home, explaining how our Phonics and reading system works.
  • We would love to welcome you into our classroom on Thursday 2nd November between 1.30 - 3pm or on Friday 3rd November from 9 – 10.30am for a challenge café. We will hold challenge cafes throughout the academic year to give you a taster of what the children get up to at school, giving you a chance to be involved in your child’s learning and mix with staff and other parents. We will send out more information about this nearer the time.

Home Learning

  • If your child has any ‘wow moments’ at home, please take a photo and record this on Tapestry, we would love to see this!
  • Help your child to write their name at home, talk about the letters in their name.
  • Thank you to every child who has returned their decorated ‘wow book’. Here are some examples. Please return by Monday 2nd October.

 

Week Commencing: 18th September 2017

 

Important dates and information

  • Just a reminder that the Reception day will finish at 11.45am next week. All children are welcome to start full-time the week beginning Monday 25th September.
  • If your child will be having a hot dinner at lunchtimes (week commencing 25th September) you will need to pre-book these meals at least one week before via Wisepay. If you do not pre-book a meal for your child the kitchen will assume your child is having a packed lunch and there will not be a lunch made. The office have to order in the right amount of food to prevent wastage. You should have received details about Wisepay in your welcome pack, this should include a password. Any questions, please do come and see the office team.
  • Please can all children bring a named water bottle into school every day. Thank you to everyone who has labelled their child’s clothing it is a big help for children and staff.
  • Owls will have their PE lesson on a Thursday morning and Hedgehogs will have their lesson on a Wednesday morning. PE lessons will start when the children are full-time. Children can leave their PE kit in school on their peg.
  • O.S.A are holding a welcome meeting for new parents on Tuesday 26th September from 9am-10am in the school hall. This is an opportunity to meet with other parents and ask F.O.S.A and office team.
  • If your child is in Owl class they will be taught by Mrs Court on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning and Mrs Kirby on a Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday. Mrs Kirby will also teach Hedgehog class on a Wednesday morning for their PE lessons.
  • If you haven’t already done so, please return all forms, by next week. We would love to see your child’s ‘All About Me!’ book, so please return those.
  • Please let us know if your child has any allergies or if they have an inhaler that needs to be kept in school.
  • We have started putting photos and videos of your child at school on Tapestry. If your child is new to St Augustines you should have received an email from Tapestry asking you to verify your account and create a password. Please speak to a member of the team if you are unsure.

 

Week Commencing: 11th September 2017

 

Hello, welcome to St Augustine’s. It has been lovely to meet everyone and we are really pleased at how well every child has settled in.

 

Important dates and information

  • Just a reminder that the Reception day will finish at 11.45am next week. All children are welcome to start full-time the week beginning Monday 25th September.
  • Please can all children bring a named water bottle into school every day.
  • Thank you to everyone who has labelled their child’s clothing it is a big help for children and staff.
  • Owls will have their PE lesson on a Thursday afternoon and Hedgehogs will have their lesson on a Wednesday morning. PE lessons will start when the children are full-time. Children can leave their PE kit in school on their peg.

Reminders

  • If your child is in Owl class they will be taught by Mrs Court on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning and Mrs Kirby on a Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday. Mrs Kirby will also teach Hedgehog class on a Wednesday morning for their PE lessons.
  • If you haven’t already done so, please return all forms, by next week. We would love to see your child’s ‘All About Me!’ book, so please return those.
  • Please let us know if your child has any allergies or if they have an inhaler that needs to be kept in school.
  • We have started putting photos and videos of your child at school on Tapestry. You should have all received an email from Tapestry asking you to verify your account and create a password. Please speak to a member of the team if you are unsure.

 Any questions, please do ask.

Thank you, Miss Aspin, Mrs Kirby and Mrs Court.

 

Week Commencing: Monday 10th July

        What will we be learning?

  • The children will continue learning about the story Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson. We will encourage the children to create their own version of the story and put their ideas to paper.
  • In Phonics the children will learn about conjunctions (joining words).
  • In Maths the children will have a go at solving under the sea themed number problems. The children will also practice counting forwards and backwards using a counting stick!

         Important Information

  • The children are loving our sea themed challenges so we have decided to continue this into next week and celebrate with a fun filled ‘Pirate day’ on Friday 14th July. Please can your child come dressed a pirate for the day! Please don’t feel the need to go out of your way to buy anything, shorts and a t-shirt will be fine! Please can the children leave any swords/weapons at home (we don’t want any injuries). We have planned lots of fun pirate themed challenges for the day and hope the children really enjoy it.
  • Please can all reading books and reading records be returned by Monday 10th July so that we can pass this information on to your child’s Year 1 teacher. Keep up reading at home over the summer holidays, take trips to the library too.
  • We have started collecting in library books. If your child has lost their book please pay for a replacement. Please can all library books also be returned by Thursday 13th July.
  • We have now finished all Tapestry observations, so you will not be able to add anything new after today. We will be loading every child’s observations onto a CD for you to take home at the end of the year. You will then be able to save this onto your computer or print it out if you would like.  
  • For the next two weeks the children will join Key Stage 1 on the playground at morning break as part of their transition into Year 1.

        

        Week Commencing: Monday 3rd July

        What will we be learning?

  • The children will learn about the story Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson.
  • In Phonics the children will learn about adjectives
  • In Maths the children will continue to learn about number bonds using Numicon.

         Important Information

  • We look forward to seeing lots of you tonight at our Family Fun Evening. Your child will need to be dropped off at Nursery between 5.45-6pm so that they can put their special headbands on and get lined up and ready to come on stage for about 6.15pm. They can wear their own clothes, no need to wear school uniform. Both Nursery and Reception will sing two songs about creatures! We will take all the children back into Nursery straight after the performance, so please do not take your child off the stage. You will need to come and collect your child from us, in the Nursery, then we can tick them off the register, to ensure they are returned to you safely.
  • EYFS Sports day will take play at 9.30am on Tuesday 4th July until approximately 10.15am. You are welcome to come and watch your child participate and try out some different sports! If it is a hot day please ensure your child is wearing sun cream and is also wearing a sun hat.

                 Home Learning

  • Go to the library and look at some non-fiction books about sea creatures. What can your child find out from the books? Can they write down any facts?

 

Week Commencing: Monday 12th June 

What will we be learning?

  • The children will continue to learn about snails. We have been so impressed by the children’s creative snail artwork this week.
  • In Religious Education the children will learn about the Church.
  • In Phonics the children will use Phase 4 tricky words in their sentence writing.
  • In Maths the children will learn to add amounts together.

 Important Information

  • Thank you for returning your preferred Creature Café slot. We have sent out forms to those parents who have confirmed their place. There are still a few slots available on Monday 26th June at 1.30pm.
  • Please can all children wear sun cream, sun hats and sunglasses to school on sunny days. The children often choose to play outside during ‘free learning’ so they spend most of their day outside.

 Home learning

  • The children have been learning to tell the time over the last two weeks. Can they show you this at home? Talk to your child about time, such as ‘bed time’ and ‘dinner time’. We would love to see any evidence of this on tapestry. 

Week Commencing: Monday 12th June

What will we be learning?

  • The children will learn about snails.
  • In Religious Education the children will learn about the Hindu festival of Diwali.
  • In Phonics the children will learn about trigraphs (three letters which make one sound).
  • In Maths the children will learn to use everyday language associated with time.

Important Information

  • On Monday 26th June at 1.30pm and Tuesday 27th June at 9am we will hold our final parent cafés. Please fill out the attached form with your preferred date as soon as possible.
  • Our whole school Family Fun Evening is on Friday 30th June. The children in Nursery and Reception will perform two songs together on stage in the hall just after 6pm. More information to follow.

Home learning

  • Please check Tapestry to see your child’s next steps and support your child with this at home to help them to make good progress in these areas.

 

 Week Commencing: Monday 5th June

What will we be learning?

  • The children will hear the story of the Ugly Duckling and will discuss the moral of the story. They will also get to watch some duck eggs hatch into ducklings.
  • In Religious Education the children will learn about Pentecost.
  • In Phonics the children will learn about question marks.
  • In Maths the children will learn to use everyday language associated with time.

Important Information

  • Please make sure your child brings a named sun hat to school on sunny days.
  • On Wednesday 7th June every child will participate in a Karate taster session at school. Please make sure your child brings their PE kit in on this day.

Home learning

  • Keep up the reading over half-term and make a note of what your child read and how they did in their reading record book.
  • After our special ‘duckling week’ we will continue learning about mini-beasts because the children have really enjoyed learning about different creatures. Perhaps your child could go on a mini-beast hunt at home or at the park? They could write some words/sentence/story or draw/paint a picture of what they find. Encourage your child to create something and bring it into school by Friday 9th June so that they can share their learning with their friends.

Week Commencing: Monday 22nd May

What will we be learning?

  • The children will continue to explore the story of The Crunching Munching Caterpillar.
  • In Religious Education the children will learn about Pentecost.
  • In Phonics the children will learn about capital letters.
  • In Maths the children will have a go at creating some doubling challenges.

Important information

  • On Friday it is St Augustine’s day so there will be lots of fun events going on throughout the day and your child can wear their own clothes (no fancy dress please).
  • Please do not put juice or flavoured water in your child’s drinks bottle. Only water is allowed at school. Some children are still coming to school without their water bottles, please can you provide your child with one. Thank you.
  • Class photos will be taken on Thursday 25th Please make sure your child remembers to wear their full uniform, including their school jumper or cardigan.

Home learning

  • Write down your family’s names, remembering to only use capital letters for the first letter of each name.

 

Week Commencing: Monday 15th May

 

What will we be learning?

  • The children will learn about the life-cycle of a butterfly through the story The Crunching Munching Caterpillar.
  • In Religious Education the children will learn about the importance of sharing joy with others.
  • In Phonics the children will learn about capital letters.
  • In Maths the children will learn about doubling using Numicon.

Home learning

  • Use the language of ‘halving’ at home. Can your child halve some fruit? Maybe they could draw pictures of things cut in half. Your child might be ready to think about quarters too!
  • Read ‘finding out’ books at home or at the library to encourage your child to think about the environment. Encourage questioning. Why do you think that? What would happen next?

Week Commencing: Monday 8th May

What will we be learning?

  • The children will continue writing about Jack and the Beanstalk using the ‘Talk for Writing’ model. We have been so impressed by the children’s creativity.
  • In Religious Education the children will learn about new life.
  • In Phonics the children will continue to use their phonetic knowledge to read and write words. We will also look at how to write instructions.
  • In Maths the children will learn about halving.

 Important dates and information

  • If your child is going to be absent from school please inform the office on the first day of their absence.  

Home learning

  • Use the language of ‘sharing’ at home. Can your child share out snacks with their friends, making sure each child has ‘the same’ amount?
  • Could you encourage your child to write about Jack and the Beanstalk? They could bring their writing into school to share with their friends.
  • We would love to hear from you on Tapestry. Even just a short comment on your child’s posts will help inform us that you are aware of all the fantastic things your child has been doing at school.

 Week Commencing: Tuesday 2nd May

What will we be learning?

  • The children will continue to learn about the story of Jack and the Beanstalk using the ‘Talk for Writing’ model.
  • In Religious Education the children will learn about joy and peace.
  • In Phonics the children will continue to use their phonetic knowledge to read and write.
  • In Maths the children will learn about sharing, using the language of ‘equal’ ‘same as’ ‘fair’.

 Important dates and information

  • The school week starts on Tuesday 2nd May after bank holiday. We hope you have a lovely weekend.
  • Please can all children remember to bring their library books in to be changed each week. Last week many of the children were without them again. Owls have their slot on a Wednesday and Hedgehogs have their time on a Thursday.
  • It is not too late if you want to see the office staff about your child being in the Talent Show. It is on Friday 19th

 Home learning

  • Some little caterpillars have arrived in Reception and over the next few weeks the children are going to watch them change into butterflies. Perhaps you could spend some time outside with your child, hunting for mini-beasts?
  • We hope the children are inspired to write after our week of ‘talk for writing’. If they do any writing at home please share this with us on Tapestry.

 Week Commencing: Monday 24th April

What will we be learning?

  • The children will learn about the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and will recreate their own version of the story using the ‘Talk for Writing’ model.
  • In Religious Education the children will learn about the resurrection of Jesus.
  • In Phonics the children will continue to use their phonetic knowledge to read and write.
  • In Maths the children will continue learning about subtraction.

 

Important dates and information

  • We have put your child’s ‘next steps’ (their targets) onto Tapestry for you to see. We will be working on these targets with the children over the next half-term. Please get on board and help your child achieve their next steps too and share this with us on Tapestry.
  • Thank you for helping your child complete their Easter homework. It has been really special to hear about how each child celebrated this special holiday.
  • Please can all children remember to bring their library books in to be changed each week. Owls have their slot on a Wednesday and Hedgehogs have their time on a Thursday.
  • You may be aware that over the last term, each class, throughout the school, have been working on producing their own photographic artwork. Each child has participated and their work will displayed on Thursday 27th April at in the hall from 2.30pm until 5.30pm. Please pop in to view their work if you can!
  • The ducklings didn’t arrive this week (we hoped they would) so it looks like we will receive a delivery of eggs in May/June.

Home learning

  • Encourage your child to create their own stories. They could act these stories out with their friends or siblings, draw pictures or even write their own book. Please share this with us on Tapestry.

 

Week Commencing: Tuesday 18th April

What will we be learning?

  • The children will learn about eggs and will hopefully watch some chicks hatch.
  • In Religious Education the children will continue to learn about Easter.
  • In Phonics the children will start Phase 4 of the Letters and Sounds scheme.
  • In Maths the children will be learning about subtraction.

 

Important dates and information

  • The summer term begins on Tuesday 18th April. We now expect all children to come into school independently in the mornings as part of their transition into Year 1. We have been really impressed with how confident and independent the children have become.
  • Thank you for all your generosity on ‘Christina day’.
  • Please can you make a note in your child’s yellow reading record every time you hear your child read. When they have read their book at least three times we will change it for them.

 

Home learning

  • Please help your child to write or draw pictures about what they have been up to over the Easter holidays. Please return these (clearly named) on Tuesday 18th April so the children can share this with the class.
  • Hear your child read regularly, this does not just have to be school reading books, this could be reading books from home or the library.
  • We would love to hear about any learning your child has done over the holidays via Tapestry.

 

Week Commencing: Monday 27th March

What will we be learning?

  • The children will be creating and writing in Easter cards.
  • In Religious Education the children will learn about Easter and will have a go at creating an Easter garden.
  • In Phonics the children will continue to learn about how to write sentences and questions.
  • In Maths the children will learn how to create their own repeating pattern design on an Easter egg.

 

Important dates and information

  • The children had a lovely time at Norwich Playhouse watching ‘The First Hippo on the Moon’!
  • Please can you remind your child to return their library book each week as there were lots of children who forgot their books this week!
  • The school term finishes at 1.30pm on Friday 31st March, please collect your child from the playground.
  • Please check our website and your child’s Tapestry profile to find out what your child has been learning about.

 

Home learning

  • This week the children have been learning about length. Perhaps they could measure their toys at home.
  • What is your child looking forward to most about the Easter holidays? What fun things have they got planned? Perhaps you could help your child write about this.

 

 

Week Commencing: Monday 20th March

What will we be learning?

  • The children have enjoyed coming up with actions to go with the ‘Dear Zoo’ story. As a school we are teaching the children to become creative writers through the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach. 
  • In Religious Education the children will learn about Easter.
  • In Phonics the children will be learning how to write sentences and questions.
  • In Maths we will be learning about length.

 Important dates and information

  • On Friday 24th March we will be having a special fundraising day for Christina Thomas (please see attached letter).
  • We will be going to Norwich Playhouse on Tuesday 21st March to see ‘The First Hippo on the Moon’. Your child will need to be in school uniform for this trip and they will be returned to school by 3pm. If you haven’t already paid yet, please could you do so via Wisepay (call our office team if you are unsure). You will not need to order a hot meal via Wisepay for Tuesday 21st March as the children will not be eating a hot lunch on this day.
  • A big thank you to all the parents who were able to attend our Animal Café yesterday and today. The children had a lovely time.  We will have another Café in the summer term.
  • Well done to all the children who are coming up into school independently we are delighted with how independent the children are becoming (thanks for your help with this). We will expect all children to come into school independently after the Easter holidays.

 Home learning

  • We have spent the week learning about addition so perhaps at home you could help your child to add up their toys. Maybe they could record their finding through drawing pictures or writing addition calculations. We would love to see evidence of this on Tapestry.

 

Week Commencing: Monday 13th March

What will we be learning?

  • We will be learning about animals with a focus on the story of ‘Dear Zoo’. The children will be learning about this story through the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach.
  • In Religious Education, the children will be learning about Easter and on Tuesday the fantastic ‘Ignite’ team will come to teach the children about Jesus through songs and games.
  • In Phonics, we will continue our focus on reading and writing tricky words (the words which you cannot sound out). Your child already has a Phase 2 and 3 bookmark which has all of these words listed on. If your child has lost their bookmark please ask a member of the team for a new one.
  • In Maths, we will be learning about addition using the ‘Singapore Bar Method’ (see the picture below).

 Important dates and information

  • We are still waiting on lots of reply slips and payments for our school trip to the theatre which is taking place on Tuesday 21st March. These must be paid for via Wisepay. Please can you do this ASAP (by Friday 16th at the very latest) as without payment your child will not be allowed on the trip. We also need to let our school cooks know how much food they need to order in for the packed lunches.

Home learning

  • You could help your children with their ‘next steps’ (their personal targets) which are on Tapestry. Please post any evidence of this on Tapestry for us to see. 

 

Week Commencing: Monday 6th March

What will we be learning?

  • We will be learning about our bodies with a focus on observational drawing and portraits. We will also be talking about the importance of brushing our teeth.
  • In Religious Education, the children will be learning about the meaning of lent and they will be making a Lenten promise.
  • In Phonics, we will continue to revise all of the sounds and tricky words that we have learnt this term and build words with those sounds. The more children practise at home the more confident they will become.
  • In Maths, we will be learning about number, focusing on counting back and subtraction problems.

Important dates and information

  • Thank you to all parents who have signed up to come to our Animal Café on either the 16th or 17th of March.  We still have spaces on Thursday 16th at 1.30 if you wish to come.
  • If you haven’t already done so please could you return your slip to say your child will be attending our class visit to the theatre on 21st March.  This must be paid for via wisepay.

Home learning

  • We use the word ‘challenge’ every day in reception, encouraging the children to try something new or make up their own activities, that they may find tricky.  Perhaps you could ask your child to challenge themselves at home.  It is always good to hear young children use the word challenge!
  • We had great fun this week, making books about our World Book Day character. The children were really inspired by this, so maybe they could make some little books at home.

 Week Commencing: Monday 20th February

What will we be learning?

  • We will be learning about doctors and nurses and focusing on the importance of keeping our bodies healthy.  
  • In Religious Education the children will continue to learn about the importance of forgiveness.
  • In Phonics we will be revising all of the sounds and tricky words that we have learnt this term. The more children practise at home the more confident they will become.
  • In Maths we will be learning about number, focusing on one more than and one less than using 1p and 2p coins.

Important dates and information

  • It is World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March so your child is welcome to dress up as their favourite book character. Please do not let your child bring in any swords/wands etc as these may get lost or damaged.
  • Following on from your positive comments regarding our Christmas café we are going to be having another café, this time with an animal theme on Thursday 16th March at 1.30pm and Friday 17th March at 9am. Please see the attached letter for more information.
  • As lots of the children in Reception speak more than one language we were wondering if you had any books or magazines, you no longer need, which contain print in both English and your child’s first language? We could add these to our current book selection for the children to enjoy!

Home learning

  • Encourage your child to challenge themselves and to keep persisting when things get difficult (zipping up coats, cutting up food with a knife and fork, recognising numbers, writing, playing sports etc) to help them to develop an ‘I can’ attitude.
  • Help your child to practise all of the Phase 2 and 3 sounds and tricky words learnt to date. They could write letters, birthday cards, invitations and shopping lists.
  • Playing board games at home such as snakes and ladders is an ideal way to help children with 1 more than and 1 less than.
  • Please check our website as we update it regularly with photos and information.

 

Week Commencing: Monday 20th February

What will we be learning?

  • We will learning about how to look after ourselves and keep healthy.
  • In Religious Education we will be learning about the importance of saying sorry and being kind to others.
  • In Phonics we will learn the ‘ure’ sound in the words sure, cure and pure. The children will be practising to read and write tricky words too.
  • In Maths we will be learning about number, focusing on one more than and one less than.

Important dates and information

  • We have introduced the special 'gold challenge' lollipop stick where the children are encouraged to create their own challenge, specifically something they find difficult to do. This might be zipping up their coat, listening, cutting up their dinner independently or it might be an extra number, reading, writing or physical challenge.
  • We appreciate that the change in ordering school meals has caused some inconvenience, thank you to those who have been ordering meals through Wise Pay. Please can all meals be ordered by the Sunday before the school week starts. You will not be able to change orders once they have been made.
  • Just a reminder that book look is on Friday 24th February from 3-4pm. You are welcome to pop into the classroom after school to look at our displays and look through your child’s ‘wow book’. All other evidence of the children’s learning can be found on Tapestry.
  • Parents evening will be on Monday 27th February and Wednesday 1st March from 3pm – 5.40pm. You will receive a letter after half-term asking you for your time and date preference. We offer these slots on a first come, first serve basis.

Home learning

  • Attached to this letter is a Phase 2 and 3 sound sheet, over the holidays you could help your child read these letter sounds. Your child might even be ready to write down some of these words. We would love to see evidence of this on Tapestry.
  • Help your child to make healthy choices over the holidays, this might be walking to the shops rather than driving or maybe swapping a cake for some fruit. Again please share this with us on Tapestry.

 

Week Commencing: Monday 6th February

What will we be learning?

  • We will continue our space themed learning right up until half-term.
  • In Religious Education we will be learning about how to be kind to people.
  • In Phonics we will learn the sounds er, ear, air and ar. Please encourage your child to write at home.
  • In Maths we will be learning about number, focusing on ordering numbers and writing numbers too!

Important dates and information

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a named water bottle every day. 
  • Thank you again for encouraging your child to come into school independently, independence is an important part of their early development. Can you encourage your child to zip up their coat independently too as this is something we are encouraging the children to do.
  • On Friday 24th February it is ‘book look’ from 3pm – 4pm. The children do not have work books as most of their learning is done through practical, hands on activities. However we do put some of their written work in their ‘wow book’ which you are more than welcome to come and view on that day. All other evidence of the children’s learning is documented on Tapestry.
  • On the afternoon of Tuesday 21st March we will be taking the children to Norwich Playhouse to watch David Walliams’ The First Hippo on the Moon. We are still waiting on pricing information, we hope to have this next week! We have just one adult helper space left for a parent of a child in the Hedgehog class, please speak to Miss Aspin if you are interested. This adult will be responsible for a small group of children on the day. Please note that this adult will have to pay to attend. Thank you. J

Home learning

  • Talk about number at home. Can you spot numbers as you are out and about? Can you play number games at home? We would love to see evidence of this on Tapestry.

 

Week Commencing: Monday 30th January

What will we be learning?

  • Today something exciting happened! The children found some blue slime in our outside area and were very curious as to what this might be. They decided it must be alien slime, from friendly aliens of course. Next week we will be investigating this further. The children decided that we need to celebrate the alien’s arrival by throwing a special space party on Friday.
  • In Religious Education we will be learning about special celebrations such as weddings.  
  • In Phonics we will learn the sounds oi, ur, igh and ow.
  • In Maths we will be learning about capacity.

Important dates and information

  • You may have noticed that we now have a new member of the Reception team, this is the lovely Mrs Hannah!
  • Thank you so much for your co-operation in helping your children to become more independent in the mornings. Lots of the children are now coming up the stairs independently and it has been so sweet to watch how pleased the children are of their achievement. We have also been amazed at how many children are now zipping up their own coat, please encourage this at home.  
  • On the afternoon of Tuesday 21st March we will be taking the children to Norwich Playhouse to watch David Walliams’ The First Hippo on the Moon. The children have loved learning about space so we think they will really enjoy this special treat. We have three adult helper spaces available on a first come first serve basis. These adults will be responsible for a small group of children on the day. Please note that these adults will have to pay to attend and to make it fair these helpers must be those who didn’t help out on our pantomime trip. We will send out more information next week. Thank you. J

Home learning

  • Talk about capacity at home when making drinks, soups or running the bath. Talk about whether containers are full, empty of half-full.  
  • It has been wonderful to see so many children choose to write stories this week. They have loved making their own special books and we now have a place for them in our reading boxes so they can share their stories with others.

 

Week Commencing: Monday 23rd January

What will we be learning?

  • This week in Topic we will be continuing to learn about space and the children will be doing some special baking.
  • In Religious Education we will be learning about Jesus.
  • In Phonics we will learn the sounds oa, the long ‘oo’ sound (moon, spoon etc) and the short ‘oo’ sound (book, cook, look).
  • In Maths we will be learning lots about weight.

Important dates and information

  • As we are now in the Spring term and the children have settled well into school we would really like your child to try to come into school independently. We would like you to say goodbye to your child on the playground when the class teacher and assistants come to collect them. One member of staff will wait on the playground to ensure all children have come into school safely. If you feel that your child is having an unsettled morning then please feel free to accompany them into cloakroom area and say goodbye there. After the Easter holidays, we will expect all children to come up into school completely independently in preparation for Year 1. If there is something you need to speak to your child’s class teacher about please speak to us on the playground before or after school. Or if you would like a more formal chat please contact the office for a meeting and we would be more than happy to arrange something. We will also be holding another parent café after February half-term (more details to follow). J
  • Please can you stop your children from bringing in any toys/ jewellery to school these will be confiscated and returned to your child at the end of the day. We feel strongly about this as over the years many items from home have been broken or lost which is very upsetting for the children.
  • We have lots of reasons to say thank you! Firstly thanks to everyone who remembered that we have swapped library days. Owls will have library on a Wednesday morning and Hedgehogs will have library on a Thursday morning.  Secondly thank you to those parents who have donated spare clothes, this is so helpful. Finally a big thank you for helping your child with their fabulous space creations, we will display these in our classroom for the children to look at.

Home learning

  • Talk about weight at home, perhaps by doing some baking. Talk about the importance of following instructions too. It would be great to see this on Tapestry.
  • Please hear your child read regularly at home, at least twice a week. Can you always write a comment in their yellow reading record book when you have heard your child read.

 

 

Week Commencing: Monday 9th January 2017

 

What will we be learning?

  • This week in Topic we will explore the question ‘What can we find beyond the sky?’ in response to the children’s interests.
  • In Religious Education we will be learning about Jesus.
  • In Phonics we will learn the sounds ch, sh, th and ng.
  • In Maths we will be learning about shapes and their properties.

Important dates and information

  • Please can all PE kits be in school on Monday. Children will not be able to participate in PE without their kits. If your child has their ears pierced please could you remove these on their PE day. Hedgehogs have PE on a Wednesday and Owls have their session on a Thursday.
  • All hot meals for your child must be ordered via Wisepay by Sunday evening of each week (you can order for a whole half-term). If these meals are not ordered the kitchen will assume your child is having a packed lunch and there will not be a meal provided. You can access Wisepay via our school website and by clicking on ‘parents’ and then ‘office’ and then ‘check out’. As your child is in Reception your child’s meals will be free. Every parent received a personal letter containing a passcode before Christmas and a reminder letter was sent out yesterday. Any problems please speak to the office staff.

Home learning

  • We would like your child to make something that they might find in space. This can be real or imaginary and made from anything you have at home. If it can’t be brought into school perhaps take a photo as we would love to hang their creations in the classroom (so please make sure the creations are light!). Please can they be brought into school by January 20th. Thank you.

 

Any questions, please do ask.

Thank you, Miss Aspin, Mrs Court and Mrs Kirby J

 

Week Commencing: 12th December 2016

We can’t believe that this is the last week of term! We are so impressed with how well the children have settled this year!

 What will we be learning?

  • The children will be learning about the real meaning of Christmas and acting

out the story in the role-play area.

  • This week the children will be making Christmas decorations and cards to take home.

Important dates and information

  • We will be collecting library books in on Tuesday so please make sure this is returned to school.
  • As it is such a busy week, we will not be able to hear all the children read, but we will make sure that they all have a new book.
  • Thursday 15th December will be party day. The children will be allowed to wear non-school uniform. We watch a performance by a theatre group, have our Christmas lunch and play games.
  • School will finish for the Christmas holidays at 1.30pm on

Friday 16th December, please collect your child from the playground.

  • PE kits will be returned home for the holidays, but PLEASE make sure

they are returned at the beginning of next term. It would also be helpful if you could check that names are in every piece of clothing.

 Learning at home

  • Talk about the real meaning of Christmas. What does your child remember from the story?
  • Can your child count all the Christmas decorations on the tree?
  • Write a thank you letter to Father Christmas.

We wish you all a very merry Christmas.

Thank you, Miss Aspin, Mrs Kirby and Mrs Court

 

 

Week Commencing: 5th December 2016

 

What will we be learning?

  • This week the children will be learning ‘qu’ and will practice reading and writing words.
  • In Maths the children will be playing lots of fun Christmas Maths games.
  • The children will be making a lovely Christmas decoration of baby Jesus.
  • In RE we will be talking about the birth of Jesus.

Important dates and information

  • Thank you to everyone who was able to come to the Christmas café. It was lovely to see so many of you and we felt that the children had a great time. We plan to run some more cafes in 2017.
  • We hope you are as excited as us to see your child perform in our nativity ‘Christmas Counts’ on Tuesday and Wednesday at 2pm. Your children will be dismissed at the normal time of 3pm so please wait for them in the playground as usual after the performance.
  • Just a reminder that the children are going to the Gorleston Pavilion on Thursday 8th December to watch the pantomime. They will need to come in full school uniform. We will be providing your child with a packed lunch of ham/cheese sandwiches, fruit, desert and drink. If you think it would be best to provide your child with their own packed lunch please just bring this in on the day. They can bring a small snack to eat during the pantomime and this will need to be in a disposable bag which can be thrown away at the theatre. Please do not bring rucksacks and book bags as these will not be needed.

 

Thank you, Miss Aspin, Mrs Kirby and Mrs Court

 

Week Commencing: 28th November 2016

What will we be learning?