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This Week...(18/12/17-22/12/17)

Merry Christmas to all of the Gruffalo's and their families.

I hope you all have the best Christmas break. You have all worked so hard and deserve a holiday. I am so proud of how you have all persevered this term with our phonics, maths and through our continuous provision. This last week of term has been so much fun, having a special visitor, our super Christmas party, baking crispy cakes and having our Christmas buddy craft! Phew...such a busy, fun filled week. 

Time to relax and get lots of sleep ready for January...Have the best holiday and I will see you all on the 8th of January. 





This Week...(11/12/17-15/12/17)

Thank you so much for coming to watch us in our Christmas play-The Sleepy Shepard. We hope you loved it as much as we loved performing, singing and dancing it. 



This week has been packed full of Christmas joy. We have been playing in the snow, singing Christmas songs to our hearts content...(every single day) and enjoying lots of different Christmas choosing activities, for example, creating our own christmas jumpers, writing letters to Santa, creating christmas pictures out of different shapes and pretending to be elves, making toys in Santas workshop. 





This Week...(4/12/17-8/12/17)

This week we have had a special visitor staying with us in the Gruffalos' class. 


Twinkl turned up at school on Monday morning on Miss Wheatleys' chair, ready to kick start Christmas in the Gruffalos'. He has been up to lots of fun whilst we were sleeping. 

On Tuesday we found him swinging from our ceiling...


On Wednesday he had been playing in our construction area...



On Thursday he was being very silly playing games with the Dionsaurs...


And on Friday he was trying to decorate our Christmas tree...


In Phonics/Literacy this week we have learnt the diagraph 'll' and learnt and wrote all about  'The Christmas Story'. In Maths we have been looking at weight. Weighing christmas presents, discussing that even though a present maybe big, it doesn't mean its the heaviest. 


We have been so busy practicing our Nativity, 'The Sleepy Shephard', and we can not wait to perform it to everybody on Tuesday and Wednesday. See you all there! 

This Week...(27/11/17-1/1/17) 

WOW! What a super busy week!

We have been very busy Gruffalo's this week. We haven't stopped. We have been to Forest Schools where we have been jumping in muddy puddles, making small animal houses and transporting water, natural objects and ourselves in lots of different ways.  We have been learning about subtraction in Maths using 10 frames, understanding that our answer will get smaller when we takeaway. In Phonics we have been learning a new diagraph (ff ) and sound (l), and reading real and nonsense words. 


Have a look below at our crazy week...



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This Week... (20/11/17-25/11/17)

This weeks celebration is Christenings, we have had lots of conversations and looked a pictures of christenings. We have discussed why we have them, what happens at them and who has them. 


We have also had our first session of FOREST SCHOOL, with the first half of our class. We had so much fun exploring our Forest School, learning all the rules, spreading magic and making potions. We got muddy and wet but had so much fun. Have a look at what we got up to...




In phonics we have been learning the sounds 'b' and 'f'. The rhymes for these two sounds are: 




We have been also looking at initial sounds. We have put together jigsaws, matching the sound, to the pictures. 




In maths we have been using language related to time to discuss rountines such as a daily routine and a school day. We have looked at days of the week and months of the year, and we have also discussed different times of the day which are significant to us, and what 'o'clock' means. 




This Week ...(13/11/17-17/11/17)

BIRTHDAYS! (Miss Wheatley's Birthday!) 

This week we have been learning all about birthdays. Writing birthday cards, making party invitations and having parties in our role play area. We have thought  and learnt about what happens at birthday parties and on our birthdays. We have also looked at photos of ourselves on our birthdays and talked as a class about what happened at our own  birthday parties. 


As it is birthday week we have made some birthday cookies, we first thought about the recipe and then made them as a class taking it in turns to be involved with the baking of the cookies. 


In phonics we have been learning the sounds 'r' and 'h'. The rhymes for these two sounds are:






In maths this week we have been looking at length and height. We have ordered objects by height, measured the size of our hands using non standard measurement, and ordered children by height, using language such as shortest, tallest, big, small, long, short, shorter, longer, bigger and smaller. 




As a school and class we have supported children in need. Thank you all for coming to school looking so amazing in your spotty outfits and raising lots of money! We have carried out lots of children in need activities and thought about the reasons why we support and raise money for children in need. 


Thank you!!! 


This Week...(6/11/17-17/11/17)

Bonfire Night Week!

All week we have been learning about bonfire night, fireworks and fire safety. We have had a fire station in our role-play this week, this has led us to pretending to put out fire's, pretending to call 999, and act out the roles and responsibilities of fire-fighters. We have be looking at different types of fireworks, looking at their different names and what they look like when they explode. We have tired to create, make and draw our own fireworks, by splatter painting, marble rolling, junk box modelling and dancing. We spoke about  different foods that we may eat at a bonfire night, this led to us making chocolate/sprinkle covered marshmallows (pretending to melt them on a fire). 



In Phonics this week we have been learning the sounds 'e' and 'u'. The rhymes for these two sounds are:




These rhymes are how we form each letter. Please read each rhyme and encourage your child to say the rhyme as they write each sound. (Soon you'll be saying them in your sleep).



In Maths this week we have been learning all about positional language. We have had lots of fun outside, listening to instructions about standing next to an object, standing on top of an object, standing behind, standing underneath and standing in front of an object. We have listened to and given positional language instructions to our partners, and we have began to look at  our left and right. 


Thank you for reading this weeks page. Keep your eyes peeled for next weeks post about our topic 'birthdays'. 


This Week...(30/10/17 - 3/11/17)

Wow! What a busy week we have had after half term. This week we have been learning all about Autumn. We have read lots of different Autumn stories, learning about hibernation, Autumn nature, what we do in Autumn and Autumn vegetables.


We have had so much fun with pumpkins this week. We made and ate pumpkin soup, we helped scoop out pumpkins, we explored how pumpkins feel on both the inside and outside, and we counted how many seeds inside a pumpkin. It took us AGES to count out all the seeds, but we got there...394 SEEDS! phew!

Take a look at all of our pumpkin activities below: 




In Phonics this week we have been learning all about the sounds 'c' 'k' and the diagraph 'ck'. A diagraph is two letters that make one sound. The Rhymes for each sound this week are:

c: Curl around the caterpillar.                         

k: Down the kangaroo's body, tail and leg.



In Maths this week we have been learning about finding the total of two groups of objects by adding. Using adding mats to help us. 





This Week: 16/10/17-20/10/17

This week in the Gruffalos, we have been learning all about how to keep our bodies healthy. We have thought about each meal of the day, exercise and the importance of sleep and good hygiene. We have had so much fun making healthy fruit kebabs. They were so yummy!



How do I stay healthy? Fruit Kebabs


In Phonics we have been learning the sounds 'g' and 'o'. The rhymes for these two sounds are:

g: Round her face, down her hair, give her a curl.

o: All around the orange. 



In maths we have been looking at  'one more and one less'. We have used cubes, counters, fruit and ourselves to order, count and find the numbers that are one more and one less than any given number, from 1-10. 


This Week: 9/10/17-13/10/17

In the Gruffalo's class this week we have been learning all about our bodies. We have thought about and laballed different parts of our bodies, in PE we have practised moving in different ways, on different parts of our bodies and looked at skeletons after reading the story 'Funny Bones'. 




We have had so much fun playing in our new doctors surgery, thinking about what happens at the doctors, who works at or may visit the doctors and why?



In phonics this week we have been learning the sounds 'm' and 'd'. Remembering the rhymes:

m: Down Maisie, over the mountain, over the mountain and flick.

d: Round the dinosaurs bottom, up his tall neck, down to his feet and flick. 

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This week in Maths, we have continued our focus on 2d shapes, and being able to label each shapes properties. We have also enjoyed splatting the correct 2d shape and drawing and creating pictures using 2d shapes. 



Thank you for reading this weeks page. 

This Week: 2/10/17-6/10/17

This week in the Gruffalos, we have been very busy learning through play and within our adult led groups. Our topic this term is 'Marvellous Me', and this weeks focus has been 'feelings and emotions'. Within our class discussions and continuous provision we have explored many feelings and emotions, thinking about  how we are feeling and why.  We have had lots of fun thinking about what makes us happy and how to make other people happy when they are sad. 



In PE we have explored our school hall, discussing rules and how to stay safe within PE lessons. We have played listening and instructions games and next week we will getting changed into our full PE kit.  Please make sure your child has their PE kit with them for next weeks lesson on Monday. 



In Maths we have been learning about 2d shapes. We have learnt the shapes circle, triangle, rectangle and square and can begin to describe each shape and their properties. We have talked about how many sides and corners they all have. 




In our Phonics lessons we have learnt  two new sounds, 'i' and 'n'. We know how to write these letters by learning a rhyme from the Read, Write, Inc scheme:


i: Down the insects body, flick the tail and dot the head.

n: Down Nobby's body, over the net and kick the ball. 


We now know the sounds, s, a, t, p, i, and n. 


The youtube link below is a video of all the sounds that we have to learn to be able to read and write. This video provides the correct pronunciation for each sound.


Thank you for reading our class page this week, we look forward to letting you know what the Gruffalos have been up to next week.