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Weekly Update (Week ending 19-7-19)

 

This Week.....

We had a fabulous time on our trip to Odds Farm this week! The highlights of the day were feeding the goats and sheep, having a ride on the tractor and meeting the rabbits. We were very proud of all the children for their excellent behaviour throughout the day.

 

Next Week…

We will be breaking up for the summer holidays at 11:45 on Wednesday. Children are allowed to bring in a small, quiet toy to play with on Wednesday morning. Please ensure this is not valuable, noisy or made up of many pieces that could get lost!

 

Watch this space for more information on the circus visiting MPL on 28th September!

 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Denham, Mrs Armitt and Mrs Robertson

Weekly Update (Week ending 12-7-19)

 

This Week.....

This week we have been continuing our interest of ducklings and read Farmer Duck.     We had a cuddle of the ducklings (in Leapfrogs Class) and on Friday 'Duckling Dave' brought the mummy duck to visit and then took the ducklings to begin their new lives!

 

Transition morning – I hear that the children had a wonderful time visiting their new classes and teachers. 

 

Next Week…

It is our trip to Odds Farm on WEDNESDAY. Yay!!

A few reminders:

  • Sunhat/ raincoat/ sun cream applied at home (depending on weather forecast)
  • School uniform (jumper/cardigan depending on weather) 
  • Trainers can be worn
  • A rucksack to carry items
  • Packed Lunch:   x 2 drinks (no fizzy/energy drinks)

                                 No sweets or NUT PRODUCTS (including Nutella)

                                 A balanced, healthy lunch with possibly one treat!

 

We aim to leave MPL by 9:15am and return by 3:00pm.  The nursery children will be dismissed from Hopscotch Class.

 

Sounds of the week: ‘x’: fox, box, xylophone, xray, six, mix, ox, xmas, wax

 

 Supporting Your Child at Home

  • Talk about the animals which we may see at Odds Farm

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Denham, Mrs Armitt, Mrs Robertson

Weekly Update (Week ending 05-07-19)

 

Last Week....

It was lovely to see so many of you cheering on your children on sports day.  Well done to all the children for such fantastic teamwork and enthusiasm!    We were lucky with the weather. 

 

We were invited to look at the ducklings in Leapfrogs, I think there are five ducklings now.  Tomorrow, we may have the opportunity to hold the ducklings.

 

Next Week

 

Phonic Sound of the Week: ‘ar’, ie car, star, scar, jar,


Thursday 12th July is transition morning for all the children in school.   Hopscotch staff will escort the children through to Jumping Jacks and Leapfrogs.    Hopscotch, I’m sure will be getting excited to be visiting their new class/teacher.  The staff have been spending lots of time getting to know the children, so it should be a positive experience for them all.    Drop off and pick up will from Hopscotch classroom at the same time as usual.  

 

Our topic/book focus for next week is: Farmer Duck, in preparation for our trip to Odds End Farm the following week.  Activities will be based around this story.   

 

Supporting Your Child at Home

  • Encourage children to practise writing their name
  • Write a list of animals that often live on farms
  • Write down 3 words that rhyme with: pig, cow, hen

 

  • General Information/Reminders 

 

  • Dates for your diary – Odds End Farm: Wednesday 17th July, drop off time into Hopscotch Class as normal: (8:45), children will return to class by 3pm.    All children will require a small backpack to carry their water and lunch in. Children are required to wear school uniform and depending on the weather sun cream applied and a sun hat or a waterproof jacket.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Denham, Mrs Armitt, Mrs Robertson

 

Weekly Update (Week ending 28-6-19)

 

Last Week....

We focussed on creating artwork for our display ‘Commotion in the Ocean’.   I hope you have time to look at this display on Tuesday evening, (go through doors by the main hall, display on left).  A special thankyou to Mrs Pope and Mrs Denham for organising this wonderful display!

 

Sports practise is going well.  The children are enthusiastic athletes.      Please ensure children come to school on Wednesday wearing a tee-shirt, shorts/leggings, trainers, sun cream and a hat. 

 

Summer Festival – What a fantastic event, lovely weather, entertainment and food.  I hope you all enjoyed the afternoon/evening as much as I did! 

 

Next Week…

 

Tuesday 2nd July– Celebration Evening (6:00 – 7:30).  A wonderful opportunity to visit different classes to see and celebrate the learning across the school. 

 

Wednesday 3rd July – Sports Day –

 

We will bring your children out onto the field at 10:35 ready to start their races as soon as reception and key stage 1 have finished their races.  After nursery races have finished you may collect your children from Hopscotch classroom.

 

9.05am – 10.30am

Key Stage 1 and Reception

(children will all then return to class)

10.40am – 11.10am

Nursery

(Nursery children will then return to class and you may collect your children)

11.20am - 1.15pm             

Key Stage 2

 

 

Phonic Sound of the Week: ‘ee’, feet, bee, sweep, cheese, cheek, sleep, sheep

 

In Maths we will focus on Selecting the correct numeral to represent 1 to 5, then 1 to 10 objects’’ and will practise number formation.

 

Our topic/book focus for next week is: ‘Rainbow Fish’ by Marcus Pfister.  The most beautiful fish in the ocean is asked to share one of his shining scales with the little blue fish and to which he refuses.  All the other fish in the sea leave him alone and he wonders why.  He goes to the octopus for advice, and she tells him to give away his scales.  Rainbow fish reluctantly does so, except for one.  In the end he is less beautiful than he was before, but he now has new friends and is now the happiest fish in the sea.

 

Supporting Your Child at Home

  • Encourage children to practise writing their name
  • Use books or the internet to find out 2 facts about a creature that lives under the sea.  The children can then share these facts with their class
  • Draw a fish with 6 spots, colour 3 spots in your favourite colour.  How many spots are left?  Choose a different colour for these spots.
  • The Rainbow Fish has learnt to be a good friend. Talk to your children about the different ways to be a good friend.

 

  • General Information/Reminders 

 

  • PE Kit- Please ensure that your child has tee-shirt, shorts / leggings and trainers for sport day practise (Wednesdays) 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Denham, Mrs Armitt, Mrs Robertson

 

Weekly Update (Week ending 21-6-19)

 

Last Week.....

We focussed on ‘People who help us’ and read ‘Meg and the Vee Ee Tee’.   The children spoke about their pets and experiences of the vets.    In phonics we have continued our focus on oral blending and segmenting. In maths we have been recapping 2d shapes and introduce 3d shapes. 

 

For our creative work, the children have been busy creating fish tanks We hope to display these in the school corridor for celebration evening. On our craft table the children have been busy constructing split pin/moving pets.   

 

Next Week…

 

Phonic Sound of the Week: ‘SH’ for shoe, shape, ship, shirt, shell, fish (sh phoneme at end of word).

 

In Maths we will continue our focus on 2d and 3d shape as well as recap number recognition and number formation. 

 

Our topic/book focus for next week is: Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae.   The children will be learning to make concertina fish.

 

For our literacy we will focus on: Describing main story settings and listening for rhymes in stories

 

Supporting Your Child at Home

  • Look at some empty packages and boxes.  What shapes are they?  Can you find a cube, a cylinder or a cuboid shape?  Bring in some 3d shape boxes to show the class.
  • Use some empty cardboard boxes and packaging to make a model house, a car, a castle or a robot.  Talk to the adult about the different shapes you use.

 

  • General Information/Reminders 
  • Summer Festival- Friday 28th June, Early Years are in charge of running the 'Hook a Duck' stall so please could we have some parents (with children) to help run this on the evening. Various slots are available to sign up to outside the Reception classrooms on the flip chart. If you can give up some of your time to help that would be great!

 

  • PE Kit- Please ensure that your child has tee-shirt, shorts / leggings and trainers for sport day practise (Wednesdays)

 

PE is on:

  • Hopscotch - Wednesday 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Denham, Mrs Armitt, Mrs Robertson

Weekly Update (Week ending 14-6-19)

 

Apologies for late posting of class page!

 

This week we have been focusing on people who help us around the school. We have explored the role of a vet and set up a vet role play.   In phonics we have been learning about ‘blending and segmenting’.   To practise oral blending, the teacher could say some sounds, such as /c/-/u/-/p/ and see whether the children can pick out a cup from a group of objects. For segmenting practise, the teacher could hold up an object such as a sock and ask the children which sounds, they can hear in the word sock.  We will continue this next week

 

Next Week…

Phonics Sound of the week: ‘ng’: ring, sing, string, wing, long (i.e. giraffe neck), hang (clothes on hanger), king.  Please feel free to print off a picture if that is easier.  Good Luck!

 

Our text is: Meg and the V.E.T.  It’s a story about a cat (Meg), who doesn’t like going to the vet.  But when she hurts her paw, she needs to make a visit.   So, Meg makes sure everyone knows how unhappy she is to be there.  

 

In maths we will continue to focus on recapping 2D shapes.

 

Next Friday is the Pupil Council Movie Day! There will be squash and popcorn provided so if for any reason you do not wish for your child to have either of these things, please let your class teacher know. The children may come to school in non-uniform and bring a small cuddly toy to watch the film with them if they wish. The Pupil Council are asking for donations of £3 to be brought in on the day. Thank you.

 

Supporting Your Child at Home

  • Play ‘Guess the Shape’ with a friend or family member. Describe a shape, remembering to say how many sides and corners it has and to be specific, e.g. “It has 4 sides. It has 4 corners. It has 4 equal sides.” See who can guess the most shapes correctly.
  • What places, animals or objects can you draw using only 2D shapes? Can you make a train using rectangles, circles and squares? Can you make a rocket using rectangles, triangles and circles? What else can you make?

 

General Information/Reminders 

  • P.E is on Wednesdays and the children will need: shorts, tee-shirt, jogging bottoms and trainers.  Thank you. 

 

PE is on:

  • Hopscotch - Wednesday 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Denham, Mrs Armitt, Mrs Robertson

 

Weekly Update (Week ending 7-6-19)

 

This week we have continued with our topic on mini-beasts. We have created ‘air dough’ caterpillars, finished painting our clay ladybirds and listened to stories including: The Quiet Cricket and The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.    There was great excitement this morning when the children noticed that one of our caterpillars has developed into a butterfly.  Let’s hope the other butterflies appear next week.  

 

In our phonics sessions we have been focussing on Phase 1 Aspect 6 -Voice Sounds.   The aim is to distinguish between different vocal sounds and to begin oral blending and segmenting. Activities include Metal Mike, where children feed pictures of objects into a toy robot's mouth and the teacher sounds out the name of the object in a robot voice - /c/-/u/-/p/ cup, with the children joining in.   http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-1.html

 

On Wednesday we  practiced our sport day races, including egg and spoon race, bean bag and hoop races.  Most children choose to warm up with a jog around the junior field (beating me of course!).

 

Thank you all for a fantastic turnout for the Year 6 enterprise morning.  It was lovely to see both nursery children and year 6 children interacting with their activities.   

 

Dates for your diary

 

Tuesday 11th June – Parent drop in.  This is an opportunity for you and your children to look at the learning journals.   

 

Friday 14th June – Bottle/Chocolate Tombola Donations for the Summer Festival Tombola. There will be PTA volunteers on all three gates to collect your donations. Thank you for your generosity as always.

 

Friday 14th June - Father’s Day Surprises Room – If you wish for your child to buy a gift/gifts for their dads please could you slip the money into a named envelope. Thank you.

 

Next Week

Phonic sound of the week: Z for: zoo, zig zag, zip, zebra, zap, zero etc

We will start our new topic ‘People who help us’, staring with the vets.    In maths we will recap 2d shapes before introducing 3d shapes.   

 

In our phonics activities next week, we will be looking at Oral blending and Segmenting.   To practise oral blending, the teacher could say some sounds, such as /c/-/u/-/p/ and see whether the children can pick out a cup from a group of objects. For segmenting practise, the teacher could hold up an object such as a sock and ask the children which sounds, they can hear in the word sock.  http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-1.html

 

Supporting Your Child at Home

  • Listen carefully as you sound out these words: pin, sat, tap, net.  How many letter sounds are in each word? Try counting on your fingers i.e. ‘c-a-t’, 1-2-3
  • Play a listening game about a visit to a farm i.e.., ‘I went to the farm and I saw ……’  Instead of saying the animal name, split the words up into its 3 letter sounds i.e.., ‘I went to the farm and I saw a ‘c-a-t’.  Can the children guess the animal?   Try these words: ‘pig, hen, pen, cow and dog’

 

General Information/Reminders 

  • With any luck the warm weather will continue so please ensure your child has had sun cream applied, has a sun hat for outside and brings in a water bottle

 

  • PE is on Wednesday,

Please could you encourage your children to bring or arrive in trainers.  Also please ensure they have a spare tee-shirt, leggings or shorts to change into for our sports practice, thank you

 

Have a great weekend

 

Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Denham, Mrs Armitt and Mrs Robertson

 

 

 

Weekly Update (Week ending 24.5.19)

 

This week in maths we have been practising writing numbers and separating a group of three or four objects in different ways, beginning to recognise that the total is still the same.

 

We have been watching Ben and Holly, helping reinforce the life cycle of a butterfly.    The children have been fascinated by the caterpillars in class and we look forward to seeing them change into butterflies.

 

....After half term we will continue our topic ‘Mini-beasts’ and continue with our book focus: What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson

 

Phonics Sound of the Week: j   for: juice, jar, jay, jumper, jellyfish etc.   (your children are welcome to bring in printed photos of objects if that’s easier.

 

In maths we will be focussing on subtraction

 

We will continue to focus on using non-fiction books and the internet to find information about minibeasts and their habitats. The children will be making minibeast sock puppets so please bring in an adult sized, plain coloured sock if you haven't already done so.

  

Supporting Your Child at Home

  • Do some research together online about a minibeast (e.g. butterfly, ladybird, cockroach, spider)
  • Go on a minibeast hunt in your garden or at the local park. What creatures can you find? Where do they live? How many legs do they have? Maybe your child could draw a picture or write a sentence or two about what they find

 

Have a wonderful half term

 

Thank you.

 

PE

Hopscotch: Wednesday

***Please could your children either wear or bring in trainers on Wednesdays as we are having sports practise outdoors. 

 

We hope you all have a lovely weekend,

Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Denham, Mrs Armitt, Mrs Robertson

Weekly Update (Week ending 17.5.19)

 

This week in maths, we have been comparing and ordering the days of the week (linked to The Hungry Caterpillar story).  Our literacy activities focussed on sequencing events in the story: What day does the caterpillar pop out of the egg? What day comes next? What does the caterpillar do next? What day is this? How many days of the week are there?

 

We have discussed and created a wall collage of the life cycle of a butterfly.  The children have been practising the song: There’s a tiny caterpillar on a leave. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI2Wo2rRWqM  

 

Next week........

Our book of the week is: What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson

 

Phonics Sound of the Week: V for: violet, violin, vest, vehicle, vase, vole, van, vulture, vacuum (your children are welcome to bring in printed photos of objects if that’s easier.

 

In maths we will be focussing on number formation and matching numeral and quantity correctly.

 

We will be using non-fiction books and the internet to find information about minibeasts and their habitats. The children will be making minibeast sock puppets so please bring in an adult sized, plain coloured sock if you haven't already done so.

  

Supporting Your Child at Home

  • Do some research together online about a minibeast (e.g. butterfly, ladybird, cockroach, spider)
  • Go on a minibeast hunt in your garden or at the local park. What creatures can you find? Where do they live? How many legs do they have? Maybe your child could draw a picture or write a sentence or two about what they find

 

Next week we will be making mini beast sock puppets. It would be very helpful if all the children could bring in a plain coloured, adult size sock please. 

 

If anyone is having a clear out of play food (wooden or fabric) we would be very grateful for any donations.

 

Thank you.

 

PE

Hopscotch: Wednesday

***Please could your children either wear or bring in trainers on Wednesdays as we are having sports practise outdoors. 

 

We hope you all have a lovely weekend,

Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Denham, Mrs Armitt, Mrs Robertson

Weekly Update (Week ending 10.5.19)

 

This week in we read the story, Super worm by Julia Donaldson and Supertato Run Vegies Run by Sue Hendra.  

 

In maths we have been estimating how many objects we can see in a pot and checking by counting them all.   We talked about making sensible guesses.  

 

In phonics we continue to encourage the children to listen for the rhyming words in stories and played rhyming word matching games.

 

Next week........

Our key text will be ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle.  We will be sequencing the days of the week, thinking about the different food eaten by the hungry caterpillar and tasting some of the delicious fruits.   

 

In maths we will focus on ‘selecting the correct numeral to represent 1 to 5, then 1 to 10 objects.  Also, the children will carry out a survey of their favourite fruit, learning to ‘record using marks the children can interpret’.

 

Phonic Sound of the Week: ‘sh’ for: shoe, shape, shine, shingle, ship, shell, shark, shirt etc

 

Supporting Your Child at Home

  • Look out for rhyming words in stories.
  • Talk about the days of the week.  What day is it today? Tomorrow?  What do we do at the weekend?
  • Order numbers to 10 (20 challenge).   Match objects to the numeral; i.e.> place two biscuits by the numeral 2, three biscuits by the numeral 3.  

 

Before half term, we will be making mini beast sock puppets. It would be very helpful if all the children could bring in a plain coloured, adult size sock please.  Thank you.

 

PE

Hopscotch: Wednesday

 

We hope you all have a lovely weekend,

Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Denham, Mrs Armitt and Mrs Robertson

 

Phonics 'Sound/Letter of the week' : W for watch, worm, wood, watercress, wand etc

Weekly Update (Week ending 3.5.19)

 

This week in Maths, we have continued to focus on ‘Finding the total number of items in two groups by counting all of them.’  

 

We started our superhero topic by watching ‘Super Hero School’,   where ‘Noodle Boy’ a superhero with noodle-making superpower saves the day. 

 

The children have enjoyed dressing up as superheroes outside and acting out their own superhero adventures.

 

The children have also enjoyed exploring the new activities outdoors including: the digging area, construction area, mud kitchen and small role play areas.

 

Next week........

This week we will read ‘Super worm’ by Julia Donaldson and Supertato by Sue Hendra.   The children will be making their own Superworm by wrapping wool around a template to develop their fine motor skills!  As well as designing their own Super Veg and keeping a look out for The Evil Pea!

 

We will focus on: Describing the main characters and events in the story, making suggestions as to how the story might end and continuing to develop an awareness of how stories are structured.

 

In maths we will be: Estimating how many objects (peas) they can see in a jar and checking by counting them’ and ‘Say the number that is one more than a given number’

 

Supporting Your Child at Home

  • Practise estimating a number of objects in a jar/pot/box and then checking by counting them all.
  • Read some Superhero texts to your child at bedtime.

 

PE

Hopscotch: Wednesday

 

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend, 

 

Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Denham, Mrs Armitt, Mrs Robertson

Weekly Update (Week ending 26.4.19)

 

Welcome back after a lovely Easter break. The children have settled back into their learning really well.

 

This week in Maths, we have been focusing on ‘finding the total number of items in two groups by counting all of them.’   We used two lily pads and ten frogs.  The children decided how many frogs to place on each lily pad.  We counted the frogs on the first lily pad, then then second lily pad and finally worked out how many ‘altogether’.  

 

In Phonics we have been playing with a ‘rhyming matching’ game.    The children were shown four pictures: i.e. frog, log, dog, hen and were challenged to see if they could spot the ‘odd one out’, remembering that rhyming words have the same sound.

 

Home Learning: Help your child to hear the rhyming words in nursery rhymes. 

 

Our ‘speaking and listening’ activity focussed on recounts of our holiday news.

 

Next week........

 

Sound of the week: ‘L’ for: lemon, light, ladybird, lace, lard, lemur etc.

 

We will be continuing our number work on addition and our phonics work on rhyming words.

 

Our text will be 'Superworm' written by Julia Donaldson, focusing around Superheroes and generating ideas about other superheroes that we may know. 

 

Supporting Your Child at Home

 

To support our work on addition.  Place some fruit on two different plates.   How many pieces of fruit on the 1st plate?  How many pieces of fruit on the 2nd plate?  How many pieces of fruit altogether?   Keep the total number of pieces of fruit to 10 initially.   

 

Spare clothes request for spare socks if you or anyone you know have any children’s socks, they no longer need, we would be grateful, thank you!

 

PE

Hopscotch: Wednesday

 

Have a lovely weekend, 

 

Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Denham, Mrs Armitt and Mrs Robertson

 

Weekly Update (Week ending 05.04.19)

 

This week in Hopscotch Class, we have been focussing on Easter activities.  The children have been busy making Easter nests and creating their own cards. 

 

For our Literacy – writing - The children have been encouraged to find their name cards and practice writing their names. Please practise name writing at home.

 

In our maths activities the children have focussed on creating 3D shapes using connecting straws, creating repeated patterns using the elephant links and estimating the number of marbles that various containers can hold.

 

We hope your bean plants continue to flourish, please send us in some photos when the plants produce some beans.  

 

The learning journal photos have been emailed to you, we hope you enjoy sharing the photos with your family. Please take some photos of your Easter Holiday activities and the children can share these with their class. 

 

Next term........

We will be starting the summer term with a superhero topic. Our stories will be: Superworm and Supertato.   We hope the children will enjoy talking and mark making (pre writing) about their favourite superheroes. They will also be thinking about their own superpowers and other people who help us e.g. doctors, nurses, police officers, school crossing patrol.

 

Supporting your child at home….

  1. Draw a picture of your favourite superhero (can be a relative).
  2. Read a superhero story with an adult.  What did you like best about the superhero?

Name Writing

  • Please encourage and support your children to write their names.  Children love to practise writing their names in: flour, icing sugar, salt etc. in a small tray.  

 

Maths Mastery

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/home-early-years/home-early-years-home-learning

We are learning how to compare two groups of objects and noticing when they have the same number in each

Challenge:     

  • Ask the children to find as many pairs of shoes belonging to them and put them in a pile.
  • Find as many pairs of adult shoes as you can and add these to the pile
  • Sort the shoes into two groups (children’s and adults)
  • Are there the same number of shoes? How can we find out?
  • Who has the most shoes? How has the fewest?
  • Are there the same number of each?

 

PE - Wednesday

 

Sound of the week: ‘e’ for: elephant, egg, envelope, elm, emerald

 

We hope you all have an enjoyable and relaxing Easter break!

 

Mrs May, Mrs Pope, Mrs Denham, Mrs Armitt and Mrs Robertson

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