Miss Robertson & Mrs Murrell
Welcome back everybody!
We hope that you have all had an enjoyable half term.
Our topic this half term will be ‘Eggs & Growth’, in which we will be learning about baby animals and their growth.
On the 6th of March we are expecting our own ‘living eggs’, which should hatch into baby ducks. We will look after the eggs and ducklings for two weeks. This will be a very exciting time for the children and will provide lots of fun learning opportunities across the curriculum.
Our Religious Education topics this half term are ‘Lent’ Gathering, Growing and ‘The story of Easter’.
Father Sean will also be visiting the school on the 20th February to talk about Lent in assembly.
Your child will receive their own Lent activity book, please take the time to look at this book and encourage them to enjoy the activities.
All the children will be invited to share their thoughts and ideas with others in the class.They will be encouraged to speak in full sentences and use as much interesting vocabulary as possible.
Our talk topics this half term will be:
Signs of Spring
The children will continue to take part in fun phonic activities and games everyday. We are now consolidating phase two work and working in phase three of the letters and sounds program. They are all showing a great enthusiasm for learning (and using) their sounds which is fantastic! We will be encouraging the children to blend sounds to read small consonant vowel consonant (CVC), and vowel consonant (VC) words. They may also begin attempting more complex words using their sounds if they are ready (CCVC and CVCC).
The children are becoming more confident in using their sounds, so please do encourage as much practice as possible at home! If you would like some ideas of what you may do at home with your child or more information on the letters and sounds program, please use the link at the bottom of the page.
This half term we shall be looking at big books: ‘The Meanies came to school’, ‘The Ugly Duckling and ‘Who will be my mother’.
We will also be reading lots of fact books and stories about ducks.
We shall be doing shared reading everyday from a big book and the children will begin to focus on key words in the text. The children will take part in a guided reading session once a week, as well as taking part in other high frequency word games.
All children will also be given individual reading sessions twice weekly, in which they will be encouraged to talk about the pictures, characters and sequence of events. In addition to this they shall begin to be encouraged to identify sounds and key words that are being worked on within class. Please support your child at home by reading with them daily. Please also take the opportunity to communicate with us about your child’s reading within their yellow reading diary, this helps us to support your child’s progress in reading together.
As you will know, all the children have now been given a word pack and bookmarks with key words on them to learn. Please continue to take the time to support them in practicing these words at home.
Dates for the diary:
20th February- Lent assembly Fr Sean
23rd February Image theatre company-Robin Hood
6th March: Eggs arrive
22nd March Maths workshop for parents 6.45pm -8.15pm
23rd March Sport Relief Day (children will be asked to wear sports clothes to school).
29th March Easter celebration 9.30am, last day of term school finishes 2pm
The children will be given lots of opportunities to write and draw and we shall be encouraging them to form all the letters correctly. If you would like to help your child with letter formation please refer to the pre-school booklet you were given, or ask us for further guidance.
Now that the children are becoming more confident with their phonic knowledge, we will be encouraging them to segment sounds in words in order to attempt independent spelling. We shall be encouraging the children to write sentences using finger spaces (in-between words) and to use full stops. We will also be encouraging the use of capital letters at the beginning of their sentences and discouraging the use of capital letters in the middle of words/names.
Those children who are not quite ready for writing will continue to practise fine motor control and mark making in a variety of media.
We will be doing daily problem solving, reasoning and numeracy activities. This will include encouraging the children to recognise, say and use numbers in the correct order, counting in 1’s, 2’s, and 10’s.
The children will also be making sets of different objects, discussing the methods that they have used and comparing quantities using language such as more and less, long and short, heavy and light.
We will begin to explore and talk about 3D shapes.
Please take the opportunity to reinforce recognition of numbers 0-20, practical addition, taking away, and number formation with your child at home.
In ICT the children have been doing lots of fun activities to support their literacy and numeracy skills as well as creative work. We will continue and extend this for the rest of the term. We have enrolled all the children in a scheme called Purple mash where they can access games and activities using a password at home. Please check in their reading diary on the last page for their password and login details.
We try to cook once a week, mostly on Fridays and would appreciate a weekly contribution of 20p to go towards covering the cost of ingredients. This can be placed in 'the world' money box on the windowsill next to the book corner. We hope you are enjoying the original recipes at the bottom of the page.
The children are provided with a piece of fresh fruit as a midmorning snack. Please help us to encourage them to eat this. Also we like children to have constant access to water. On their first day at school your child was given a water bottle to keep in class, please refill this daily and make sure they remember to bring it to school.
This half term we love parents/friends helpers in school. Please see a member of staff if you are interested. If you have already done this please let us know when you are free to come in and help. There are also many jobs that can be done at home if you are unavailable during the school day, we always appreciate your help.
You are welcome to pop in after school or ring to arrange an appointment if you have any questions or issues you wish to discuss with us. Please do not worry about things at home....come in and have a chat!
Every Friday we cook in class. A group of children cook for everyone in Oak class.
We have made:
- Mix 5 cups of flour, 2.5 cups of salt, 10 dessert spoons of oil, 2 dessert spoons of cream of tartar and then gradually add up to 4 cups of water (you may need less). Knead until ready and play for a while to make sure it lasts. Store in a sealed plastic bag to ensure it does not dry out.
Jack and Jill Biscuits
- We decorated a ginger bread biscuit with icing to make either a Jack or a Jill.
Rice Krispie Cakes
- Melt chocolate then add a little golden syrup and stir in Rice Krispies. Spoon a little of the mixture into a cake case and leave somewhere cool to set.
- Cream together 225g of butter and 225g of sugar. Beat 4 eggs and add a little at a time to the mixture, beating as you add. Add 225g of self raising flour and mix together. Put a spoon into cake cases and add a small spoon of jam in the middle. Bake for 15 minutes.
- 8oz of flour mixed with 2tsp of baking powder, rub in 2oz of butter to make it like breadcrumbs. Mix in 4oz of cheese and 1/4 pint of milk. Bind together, roll out and cut with a cutter. Bake for 15 minutes.
- Melt 8oz of butter with 8 tblsp of syrup, then add 4oz of sugar and 16oz of rolled oats. Mix together, turn into a tray and spread evenly. Cook for 20-30 minutes.
- Mix 8oz of flour and 2tsp baking powder with 2oz butter by rubbing together with your fingers to make it like breadcrumbs.
- Blend in 4oz of grated cheese and 1/4 pint of milk.
- Turn out onto a flour surface and roll out to 1cm thick. Cut with a cutter and bake in a medium oven for 15 minutes.
- Melt 4oz butter and 4tblsp golden syrup together.
- Add 2oz sugar, 8oz rolled oats and if you like them 4oz of raisins
- Mix and then spread evenly in a baking tray. Cook in a medium oven for 20-30 minutes. Cut into squares while warm.
Mud Puddles (Chocolate Milkshake)
We have read a book in school all about The Meanies. They are not very nice and like to drink muddy puddles. We thought we would like to drink mud puddles in Oak class. The teachers pretended we mixed mud powder with milk and we loved it. They told us later they had tricked us and it was actually chocolate powder. Muddy puddles would not taste as nice!
Muffins - courgette and cheese / chocolate and banana
We made savoury and sweet muffins.
For the courgette and cheese:
We mixed 10oz of self raising flour with 1 tbsp of sugar and a pinch of salt and pepper. We added 2 grated courgettes and 4oz of grated cheese. In a jug we mixed 2 eggs, 6floz milk and 3oz of melted butter. We poured this into the flour mixture and combined together. The mixture was divided between 12 cases and cooked for 20 minutes at 190 'c
For the chocolate and banana:
We mixed 10oz of self raising flour with 4oz of sugar. We mashed 2 bananas with a fork. In a jug we mixed 1 egg, 8floz milk and 3oz of melted butter plus the mashed banana. We poured this into the flour mixture and combined together. Lastly we stired in 6oz of chocolate chips. The mixture was divided between 12 cases and cooked for 15 minutes at 190 'c
We all had 1 savoury muffin and 1 sweet muffin. We did a tally chart to see which was the most popular muffin. We were surprised by the result.
Savoury: 20 votes
Sweet: 21 votes
Lots more children liked the savoury muffins than we thought.