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Welcome to our class!

We are class Kandinsky. Our teachers are Mrs Rushby (Monday/Tuesday), Mrs De’Ath (Wednesday/Thursday/ Friday) and Mrs Bibi. There are 24 children in our class. We play and learn very closely with our friends in the other Reception class 'Class Monet'.

 

We are looking forward to working together to help your children to achieve their best and have an exciting year. Learning through play will continue to be an important part of the school day. Please do not hesitate to come into school and talk to a member of our team if you any questions or concerns.

 

 

Home learning links

Here are some useful website links that you can use to help your children at home. There are sections within each of these websites aimed at Early Years/Reception children and we sometimes use them in school.

 

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk (Look under phase 2)

http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/

http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=37

http://www.starfall.com

 

This Week in Class Kandinsky...

 

Week Commencing - Monday 19th June 2017

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be listening to and enjoying a selection of poems. We will be discussing the layout of a poem and thinking about the use of rhyming words. We will introduce a short poem to the children called 'Summer'.

 

Playing outside,

having fun,

picnics in the summer sun.

 

Picking daisies,

catching bees,

birds are singing in the trees.

 

As a class we will be thinking of other rhyming words to describe summer and collaboratively making up a third verse. The children will then be encouraged to become poets themselves and have a go at making up a forth verse. Homework for this weekend will be to read a selection of poems and write down their favourite to share with the class next week.

 

Maths

In maths this week we will be having a focus week on extending the children's understanding of subtraction. We will be taking part in practical activities such as setting up our own Pentland bus and taking away the number of passengers as they get off at their destination. We will also practise solving number problems by counting back using the class and individual number lines to help us. We may also do a spot of soccer subtraction! 

 

Understanding the World

The children will be learning about summer and thinking about the changes that occur at this time of year. We will also be answering the register in different languages and looking at where different countries are on the globe.

 

PE

PE is now every Thursday afternoon. Please make sure your child's PE kit is in school.

In PE we will be continuing to work with Mrs Gerrard on the story 'Sammy Squirrel and his Missing Nuts'. The children will be practising rolling, throwing, chasing and stopping a ball. Some children will even practise turning in-between.

 

Art & Design

The children will be using a variety of media to make their own representations of 'Summer'. They will be encouraged to explore different media, choose colours carefully to make their work realistic and also add detail to their artwork.

 

 

Week Commencing - Monday 8th May 2017

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be preparing for our class trip to Cannon Hall Farm on Wednesday. On Monday we will be thinking about what we already know about farms and sharing our knowledge. On Tuesday we will be thinking about things that we would like to find out about farms and working in pairs to compose and write questions to ask when we are there.

 

After the trip on Thursday and Friday, the children will be learning about how to use past tense and will be speaking in past tense and writing in past tense when writing recounts of the trip.

 

Maths

In maths this week we will be learning to solve problems that involve counting in 2's and maybe even some counting in 5's and 10's. Here are some examples:

 

The flowers cost 2p each, how much will it cost to buy 3?

There are 5 flowers in each pot. How many are there in 2 pots?

There are 10 cookies in a jar, how many are there in 4 jars?

 

The children will be using practical resources and visual aids to help them to understand this concept.

 

Understanding the World

The children will be learning about what happens on a farm. This will include learning about animals and also about farming produce and where certain things that we use come from e.g. milk, eggs, wool.

 

PE

PE is now every Thursday afternoon. Please make sure your child's PE kit is in school.

In PE we will be continuing to work with Mrs Gerrard on the story 'Sammy Squirrel and his Missing Nuts'. The children will be practising rolling, throwing, chasing and stopping a ball. Some children will even practise turning in-between.

 

Art & Design

The children will be using a variety of media to make their own representations of a variety of sea creatures. They will be encouraged to explore different media, choose colours carefully to make their work realistic and also add detail to their artwork.

 

 

Week Commencing - Monday 24th April 2017         

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be introducing our 'Under the Sea' topic by reading the book 'Billy's Bucket' by Kes Gray. The story is about a boy called Billy who gets a bucket for his birthday and imagines that there are lots of magnificent sea creatures living in it. We will be encouraging the children to make and write predictions about what might happen next as well as discussing their favourite parts of the story. We will be listening to the children read and working on individual targets as well as listening to groups of children reading during guided reading sessions. Please make sure your child brings their reading book and book bag to school everyday.

 

Maths

Our maths focus for this week is capacity. The children will be taking part in practical activities where they can fill lots of different sized buckets with water. They will be encouraged to use the terms 'full', 'empty', 'half full', 'nearly full' and 'nearly empty' to describe how much water is in each bucket. We will also be reinforcing number recognition and ordering within 20. The children will also be sorting and matching coins in our new role play area.

 

Physical Development

Please make sure that your child's PE kit is in school every day.

This week we are taking part in an exciting 'Mini mission PE' activity session with children from Savile Town school. The session is aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles and encouraging the development of key sporting skills and team work. We are really looking forward to it and have our PE kits at the ready! 

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This week the children will be thinking about our diamond rules, especially focusing on taking turns. We will also be encouraging the children to think about how they can work as a team.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

This week the children will be encouraged to paint a variety of flowers and plants to display in our role play garden centre. In the gluing and sticking workshop area the children will be combining resources to design and make their own 'Billy's Bucket'. The children will also be thinking about how they can used reclaimed materials/construction kits to make a vehicle.

 

Understanding the World

We will be finding out about what the children know about what lives 'Under the Sea' and talking about the different sea creatures featured in 'Billy's Bucket'. Our new role play garden centre 'Flowers are us' will be officially opening this week. The children will be watching some video clips of children visiting real garden centres to inspire them and encourage them to explore and take on different roles in our new role play area. The children will be learning about what plants and flowers need to grow. We will also be asking the children if they can recognise and name some common flowers and the parts of a flower.

 

Week Commencing - Monday 27th March 2017         

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be reading a non-fiction text about eggs and chickens to coincide with our real life eggs/chicks that have arrived in school. We will be learning about the features of non-fiction texts and discussing new/unfamiliar vocabulary. We will be listening to the children read and working on individual targets as well as listening to groups of children reading during guided reading sessions. Please make sure your child brings their reading book and book bag to school everyday.

 

Maths

Following on from the work we did on teaching 'doubles' last week, we will be introducing the opposite concept of 'halving' . The children will be thinking about halving objects eg fruit, chocolate and pizza as well as common 2D shapes. On Wednesday we will be introducing 'time' and the children will be making their very own clocks. What time is it Mr Wolf?!

 

Physical Development

Please make sure that your child's PE kit is in school every day.

We will be taking the children into the hall for PE sessions every Wednesday. We will be continuing to follow our PE scheme, 'Real PE'. The children are currently practising throwing and catching skills with a partner. We will be talking about the importance of a 'warm up' and 'cool down' session as well as observing the effect of exercise upon our bodies.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This week the children will be thinking about our diamond rules, especially focussing on sharing. We will also be encouraging the children to think about how they can care for the eggs and the chicks.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

This week the children will be discussing how they chose to decorate their egg for the spring egg competition and which media they used. They will be also using a 'drip painting' technique to create some symmetrical butterflies. We will be asking the children to comment  on the colours different paints make when they are mixed together.

 

Understanding the World

We will be learning about the life cycle of eggs/chickens. We will be taking the children to have a look in at the incubator and discuss what is happening. We will also continue to observe the caterpillars which are now hanging in their 'j' shaped chrysalis (cocoon). How exciting!

 

 

Week Commencing - Monday 20th March 2017         

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be reading the text 'My Mum is Fantastic' by Nick Butterworth and thinking about Mother's Day. In speaking and listening sessions, children will be talking about what makes their mum fantasatic. The children will then write their ideas, with a focus on applying phase 3 phonics and using capital letters and full stops. Towards the end of the week we will continue our learning on the life cycle of a butterfly. We will discuss non-fiction books and the children will then create their own life-cycle diagrams and label them. 

 

Maths

To begin with on Monday and Tuesday the children will be learning about symmetry. They will practise using different shapes and colours to make symmetrical butterflies. On Wednesday we will be introducing doubling and the children will learn about this for the rest of the week. Towards the end of the week, ask your child to perform the 'doubling rap' for you at home. 

 

Physical Development

Please make sure that your child's PE kit is in school every day.

We will be taking the children into the hall for PE sessions every Wednesday. We will be continuing to follow our PE scheme, 'Real PE'. We are currently following the 'Pirate' unit and are playing team games and practising skills such as balancing on one leg! Aye Aye Captain! Our main focus this week will be to encourage the children to practise their throwing and catching skills.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This week the children will be thinking and sharing their ideas about why their mum is fantastic. They will be encouraged to share their experiences and memories with the rest of the class, speaking confidently in a clear voice that can be heard by their peers. 

 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

This week the children will be making 3D cards and they will also be practising making symmetrical patterns, using different shapes and colours.  

 

Understanding the World

As part of our science week we will be learning about the life cycle of caterpillars/butterflies. We have some real caterpillars in school for the children to observe and comment upon the changes that they notice within the week. 

 

Week Commencing - Monday 13th March 2017         Science Week

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be reading Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson. The story is about a monkey who has lost his mum and a butterfly who tries to help him find her. The butterfly keeps getting confused and leading the monkey to the wrong animals because she doesn't realise that the monkey's mum looks just like the monkey as her babies (caterpillars) don't look like her at all. The children will have the opportunity to act out the story and listen to the author sing the story. Our main writing task this week will be to retell the Monkey Puzzle story. The children will also be practising learning the phase 3 sounds 'ch', 'sh' and 'th' in our outdoor challenge.

 

Maths

This week the children will be extending their addition ability by learning to put the biggest number in their head and counting on to find the total. They will be playing 'hook a duck' in the water tray and adding two numbers and 'zap' in the sand which involves pulling out 2 sticks with numbers on and finding the total. 

 

Physical Development

Please make sure that your child's PE kit is in school every day.

We will be taking the children into the hall for PE sessions every Wednesday. We will be continuing to follow our PE scheme, 'Real PE'. We are currently following the 'Pirate' unit and are playing team games and practising skills such as balancing on one leg! Aye Aye Captain! Our main focus this week will be to encourage the children to practise their throwing and catching skills.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This week, using Monkey Puzzle as a starting point, we will be discussing our families and how they are similar and different. We will also be reminding the children to use and think about our 'Diamond Rules', kind, share, help, try, polite and listen.  

 

Expressive Arts and Design

This week the children will be able to use a range of media to create representations of caterpillars. We will be encouraging the children to develop their cutting skills to cut segments for the caterpillars bodies. We will also be asking the children to add lots of details onto their caterpillars.

 

Understanding the World

As part of our science week we will be learning about the life cycle of caterpillars/butterflies. We have some real caterpillars in school for the children to observe and comment upon the changes that they notice within the week. We will also be exploring and discussing different countries in the world via the website 'Oddizzi'.

 

Week Commencing - Monday 27th February 2017

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

The children will be given the opportunity to talk about what they did in the half term break and share their holiday news homework task. This week we will be reading Mr Wolf's Pancake by Jan Fearnley. We will be discussing the traditional story characters that are featured in the book. On Thursday we will be celebrating 'World Book Day' and the children will be able to bring in a bedtime story and share it with the class. Our main writing task this week will be to write a book review of their favourite book. The children will also be fishing in the water tray for the phase 3 tricky words 'he, she, we, me, be, you, are, her, was, all, they and my'. 

 

Maths

This week the children will be learning about the days of the week as well as sequencing the activities that they do throughout the day. We will be referring to our class calendar and visual timetable. The children will also be helping to weigh out the ingredients needed to make pancake mixture. The children will be taking part in a data collection activity to find out which pancake toppings were the most and least popular. They will represent this by making a human bar graph.

 

Physical Development

Please make sure that your child's PE kit is in school every day.

We will be taking the children into the hall for PE sessions every Wednesday. We will be continuing to follow our PE scheme, 'Real PE'. We are currently following the 'Pirate' unit and are playing team games and practising skills such as balancing on one leg! Aye Aye Captain! Our main focus outdoors this week will be to encourage the children to make their own obstacle courses using a variety of equipment.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This week we will be discussing scenarios based on our story 'Mr Wolf's Pancakes'. The children will be using their feeling fans to show how they feel about the way different characters are behaving in the story. Other themes that we will be discussing will be, knowing it's ok to ask for help and thinking about how we can help others.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

This week the children will be able to use a range of media to create representations of characters from their favourite bedtime story. The children will also be able to use a variety of resources to design and make their own bookmark to celebrate 'World Book Day'.

 

Understanding the World

We will be discussing the tradition of pancake day. The children will help to prepare and make their own pancakes. They will be encouraged to use their senses to describe the changes they notices before, during and after the pancake is cooked. The children (and staff!) will be definitely be using their sense of taste as they select different toppings and eat their pancakes! Yum!

 

This Week in Class Kandinsky ...

 

Week Commencing - Monday 6th February 2017

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be reading the traditional tale 'Little Red Riding Hood'. The children will be learning Makaton signs to accompany the story and will have chance to retell and act it out using finger puppets. Our main writing task this week will be to write a get well card to Little red Riding Hood's Grandma. The children will also be able to dress up as the Wolf or Little Red Riding Hood and go on a tricky word hunt in our outdoor area. They will be finding and trying to read the words 'he, she, we, me, be, you, are, her, was, all, they and my'. 

 

Maths

This week the children will be learning about money. We will be teaching the children the value of money and how it is used to buy things. We will be setting up our very own 'Pentland Penny Shop' so that the children can pretend to be Little Red Riding Hood and 'buy' food from Grandma's shopping list. Please support your child at home by showing and talking about different coins.

 

Physical Development

Please make sure that your child's PE kit is in school every day.

We will be taking the children into the hall for PE sessions every Wednesday. We will be continuing to follow our PE scheme, 'Real PE' to teach the children hopping, skipping and side stepping skills.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This week we will be encouraging the children to think about how they can help and care for others. The children will be thinking about how Little Red Riding Hood helped to look after Grandma. We will be looking at a variety of cards and talking about why we send them and how it makes people feel.  

 

Expressive Arts and Design

This week the children will be able to use a range of media to create representations of characters from Little Red Riding Hood. They will also be encouraged to have a go at painting some flowers for Little Red Riding Hood's grandma. We will also be using black paper to explore and create shadow pictures of different characters from the story.

 

Understanding the World

This week we will continue to discuss technology use at home and at school. We will be reading the story 'Chicken Clicking' (One night Chick hops onto the farmer's house and has a browse on his computer - CLICK - soon she's shopping online for the whole farm! But when she arranges to meet up with a friend she's made online, she discovers all is not as it seems...) and talking about online safety. We will also be preparing for our online safety assembly.

 

This Week in Class Kandinsky ...

 

Week Commencing - Monday 30th January 2017

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will continue to focus on the text 'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donaldson. The children will be learning about recipes and instructions. We will be working towards making Gruffalo crumble at the end of the week. The children will be writing ingredient lists and will learn about instructions. Towards the end of the week the children will be sequencing and writing their own instructions.

 

Maths

This week the children will be learning about subtraction and we will be aiming to further their understanding of the terms ''fewer', 'less' and 'takeaway'. We will be practising counting backwards and encouraging the children to understand practical subtraction problems using marshmallows as Gruffalo teeth.

 

Physical Development

Please make sure that your child's PE kit is in school every day.

We will be taking the children into the hall for PE sessions every Wednesday. We will be continuing to follow our PE scheme, 'Real PE' to teach the children hopping, skipping and side stepping skills.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This week we will be focusing on the children's interactions when playing. We will be supporting them to invite others to join in their play and keep play going by responding to what other children are saying or doing. The children will be encouraged to introduce storylines into their play and develop narratives by offering each other cues and prompts.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

This week the children will be visiting our very own sculpture building based on-site. After discussions last week about what the children would do if they bumped into a Gruffalo, a popular answer was that they would like to try and catch it. When using the sculpture park the children will be given the brief of working in a group to make a trap for the Gruffalo. This will then follow on into the indoor creative area where the children will have the opportunity to develop and test their individual ideas using junk modelling materials.

 

Understanding the World

This week we will be having discussions to find out about what technology the children use at home and they and their friends do online. This will help us to build up a picture of what children are accessing in order to enable us to target our teaching on online safety.

 

Week Commencing - Monday 23rd January 2017

 

Chinese New Year Activity Day - Friday 27th January

 

Communication, Language and Literacy 

Our main story focus for the week will be 'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donaldson. The children will have the opportunity to listen to the story as well as sharing and writing about their favourite parts of the story. They will also be encouraged to think of describing words for the Gruffalo. The children will be given the opportunity to take part in a hot seating activity, where they will be able to dress up as the Gruffalo and answer questions asked by the other children.

 

Maths

This week the children will be learning about subtraction and we will be aiming to further their understanding of the terms ''fewer', 'less' and 'takeaway'. We will be practising counting backwards and encouraging the children to understand practical subtraction problems, eg If we have 10 sweets and Mrs De'Ath eats one, how may will we have left? We will also be teaching the children about ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd...) as we compete in outdoor races.

 

Physical Development

Please make sure that your child's PE kit is in school every day.

We will be taking the children into the hall for PE sessions every Wednesday. We will be continuing to follow our PE scheme, 'Real PE' to teach the children hopping, skipping and side stepping skills. The children will also be taking part in a variety of races in our outdoor area.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

The children will be encouraged to think about other cultures and how they celebrate different festivals, in particular, Chinese New Year. We will also be reading the story 'Cleversticks' which is about a little Chinese boy who doesn't like school because he thinks everybody else is good at doing things and he isn't, until he discovers he has a very special talent of his own.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be taking part in a variety of arts and crafts linked to our Chinese New Year activity day. They will have the opportunity to make dragons, drums, fans and lanterns. We will about be learning a Chinese new Year song. The children will also be helping to paint and collage jungle animals to display in our library area.

 

Understanding the World

We will be talking to the children about the 'Chinese Year of the Rooster' and watching a shadow puppet story that explains why each year is named after a different animal. The children will also be learning about which animal represents the year they were born in. To further the children's understanding about the Chinese culture we will be transforming our outdoor classroom role play area into our very own Chinese restaurant!

 

 

This Week in Class Kandinsky ...

 

Week Commencing - Tuesday 3rd January 2017

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Here's to 2017

 

Communication, Language and Literacy 

We will be starting the New Year by encouraging the children to think about what they would like to get better at and writing their 'New Year's Resolutions'. Our main story focus for the week will be 'The Snowman'. The children will have the opportunity to watch the short dvd and retell what happens at the beginning, middle and end of the story as well as sharing their favourite parts of the story. They will also be given the opportunity to talk about the different settings and also discuss the fact that their is no speech / narrative used in the film.

 

Maths

This week the children will be learning about the order of the months of the year and thinking about when their birthdays are. We are also going to be working on the children's recognition and formation of numbers from 10 to 20. We will be especially concentrating on the tricky teen numbers (13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19). We will be using a mixture of teaching methods including practical activities, games and interactive whiteboard activities to support and extend the children's understanding of number.

 

Physical Development

We will be taking the children into the hall for PE sessions every Wednesday. Please make sure that your child's PE kit is back in school. We will be introducing a new PE scheme called 'Real PE' to the children, this aims to improve their physical development and skills.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

The children will be encouraged to think of and share their own ideas in a group. They will be talking about the things that they are good at and the things they would like to get better at. We will be encouraging the children to think of ways that they can help others achieve their 'New Year's Resolutions'.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

There will be a winter wonderland theme in the creative area this week as the children will have opportunities to paint and make cold colour paintings and collages. The children will also be able to practise and improve their cutting skills by making snowmen and snowflakes. 

 

Understanding the World

We will be talking about Winter and asking the children to think of the changes this season brings. We will also continue to investigate freezing and melting. The children will be taught and supported to use the related vocabulary. 

 

This Week in Class Kandinsky ...

 

Week Commencing - Monday 5th December 2016

 

Communication, Language and Literacy 

This week we will be continuing our work around the story 'If the dinosaurs came back' by Bernard Most. Bernard wrote the book for his son Glen who loved dinosaurs and wished that they would come back. On each page is a new idea about what would happen if the dinosaurs came back. Last week we did a lot of work on settings and the children created their own setting illustrations in the same style as the book using black felt tip pens on white paper. We also practised reading the sentence structure 'If the dinosaurs came back'. This week the children will be generating their own ideas about what could happen if the dinosaurs came back and will be given the opportunity to revisit their original ideas and build on them. We will then practise saying our ideas and breaking the flow of speech into words ready for our writing later in the week. In our writing we will be practising hearing the initial and other sounds in words and writing the letters that represent them, forming them correctly. The children will be supported to hear as many of the sounds in a word as possible. The children will also be prompted to think about where to leave finger spaces. 

 

Maths

This week we will continue to learn about 3D shapes. We will build on last weeks learning and practise identifying the shapes and also looking for them in the environment. The children will be introduced to some of the properties of the shapes. We will be looking at which shapes roll and also counting how many faces they have. 

 

We will be focusing on the following shapes: cube, cylinder, sphere, cuboid.

 

Physical Development

We will be taking the children into the hall for PE sessions. The children will be practising getting undressed and dressed for PE independently this half term so please make sure their PE kits are in school every Wednesday. The children will be practising their balance and spacial awareness skills and learning about what happens to their body during exercise. 

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

The children will be encouraged to think of and share their own ideas in a group. We will also be focusing on helping others through circle times, story times and when working and playing in the provision. 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be building on their artwork from last week and thinking of and creating their own scenario to go along with it. We will then use these to create a class book. In the creative area, the children will be encouraged to think about the finer details that they can add to their models and paintings to make them even more realistic. 

 

Understanding the World

We will continue to look at freezing and melting and this week we will extend it by conducting our own experiments to find out whether the water will freeze if left outside overnight. We will then observe how long it takes to melt under different conditions. The children will be taught and supported to use the related vocabulary. 

 

Week Commencing - 21st November 2016

Last week finished on a high as the children and staff enjoyed taking part in our Pudsey Bear Jumpathon for Children in Need. Thank you for all your kind donations. 

 

The children loved making their own dinosaur fossils using salt dough last week and the dinosaur fun continues... 

 

Communication, Language and Literacy 

We will be reading the story 'Dinosaurs and all that Rubbish'. We will be asking the children to look at the front cover and predict what the story will be about. We will also be discussing some of the issues raised in the book including how we can care for our world and recycling. The children will be learning about speech bubbles and having a go at writing their own. 

 

Maths

This week we will extending the children's knowledge of number by using lots of practical resources, including dinosaurs, fossils and dinosaur bones, to explore the concept of addition. We will also be teaching the children how to write their own number sentences.

 

Physical Development

We will be taking the children into the hall for PE sessions. The children will be practising getting undressed and dressed for PE independently this half term so please make sure their PE kits are in school every Wednesday. We will be taking part in team games which involve finding/maintaining a space and travelling like different dinosaurs in time to music. 

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

The children will be encouraged to think about 'Our World' and suggest ideas about how we can help to look after it.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be creating rockets using recycled materials in the creative area and outdoors. Opportunities for children play imaginatively will be provided through small world play using dinosaurs in the sand area. We will be modelling and supporting the children to introduce storylines into their play and use language to act out roles and experiences. 

 

Understanding the World

We will be showing the children images our planet using Google Earth. We will also be explaining to the children about recycling and they will be giving the chance to learn about and sort recycled materials.

 

Week Commencing - 14th November 2016

 

 

After carrying out investigations into who or what could have trashed our classroom overnight, we have now received confirmation from a paleontologist that the samples that we sent off were real dinosaur fossils. We also managed to look back through some CCTV and discovered some camera footage of a dinosaur in our classroom! The children are very interested and are keen to find out more about dinosaurs and fossils. 

 

Communication, Language and Literacy 

This week we will begin by finding out what the children already know about dinosaurs. They will be asked to share their existing knowledge with their friends through talk. We will then go on to think about questions, the children will be asked to think of something that they would like to find out and will be supported to come up with a question. These questions will be used by the teachers to plan our topic work on dinosaurs. 

 

We will then be introducing the children to the non-fiction book 'Monster Stones'. We will take about the features of non-fiction books and will use this book to help us to learn about fossils and the fossilisation process. Later in the week we will be learning about what instructions are and reading them together as a class. We will then follow the instructions one step at a time to create our own dinosaur fossils using salt-dough. 

 

Maths

This week we will be focusing on number and using lots of practical resources to explore the concept of addition. We will also be continuing to practise number formation. 

 

Physical Development

We will be taking the children into the hall for PE sessions. The children will be practising getting undressed and dressed for PE independently this half term so please make sure their PE kits are in school. We will be taking part in team games which involve finding/maintaining a space and travelling like the different dinosaurs that we are learning about. The children will be encouraged to move like the different dinosaurs in time to music. 

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

The children will continue to develop their confidence skills by sharing the questions that they come up with in a familiar group. 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will use salt dough to make their own fossils by copying and applying a simple 'impression' technique. Opportunities for children play imaginatively will be provided through small world play using dinosaurs in a dinosaur swamp. We are modelling and supporting the children to introduce storylines into their play and use language to act out roles and experiences. 

 

Understanding the World

The children will use a paint programme on a computer to create their own dinosaur pictures. We will be observing the way that they use a mouse and supporting them to develop good mouse control skills. Their understanding of history and changes over time will be developed through our learning about fossils and what has happened to dinosaur remains over time.  

 

 

Week Commencing - 7th November 2016

 

Wow! What an exciting time we had last week! Our classroom was a 'Disaster Zone' but who had entered our school and created all the mess? We kept the children guessing, but after some great detective work the children realised that it was dinosaurs that had been into our school!

 

Communication, Language and Literacy 

The children will be reading 'Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs' and finding out about different types of dinosaurs. They will also be writing a letter to a paleontologist to find out more information about dinosaurs. The children will then be given the opportunity to write about their favourite dinosaur. 

 

Maths

This week we will be focusing on number and using lots of practical resources to explore the concept of one more/one less. We will also be continuing to practise number formation.

 

Physical Development

We will be taking the children into the hall for PE sessions on Wednesday. The children will be practising getting undressed and dressed for PE independently this half term so please make sure their PE kits are in school. We will be taking part in team games which involve finding/maintaining a space and travelling in different ways.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

After reading the text about Harry losing his bucketful of dinosaurs the children will be encouraged to think how they would feel if they lost something that was special to them. The children will continue to develop their confidence skills by sharing ideas in a familiar group. 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be taught to create simple representations of bonfires and fireworks using paints, pastels and a variety of creative resources. The children will also be encouraged to create a 'Poppy' using whatever media they choose.

 

Understanding the World

The children will have the opportunity to find and print images of dinosaurs on the interactive whiteboard. The children will also be watching animated footage of dinosaurs in our school! We will be teaching the children about why some people wear poppies and giving them some basic information about Remembrance Sunday.

 

Week Commencing - 10th October 2016

 

Communication, Language and Literacy 

This week we are continuing with our 'Superheroes' theme and thinking about our own special powers (things that we are good at). The children will then begin to represent their ideas through mark making. Show and Tell sessions will be every Wednesday, the children will be able to bring something in from home to draw, label and talk about to their friends.

 

Maths

In Maths we will be focusing on 2D shapes and their properties (number of sides and corners). We will be looking for 2D shapes in the classroom and also in the environment. We will also be continuing to practise number formation.

 

Physical Development

We will be taking the children into the hall for PE sessions on Wednesday. The children will be practising taking shoes and socks off initially and playing physical games linked to Superheroes which involve finding/maintaining a space and travelling in different ways.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

The children will be encouraged to think of something they are good at and also to think of something that they would like to get better at. The children will continue to develop their confidence skills by talking in front of a familiar group. 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be taught to create simple representations of their favourite characters by drawing and making marks. They will also be able to use the Lego and other construction materials to design and build a vehicle for their favourite character.

 

Understanding the World

The children will have the opportunity to play 2D shape recognition games on the interactive whiteboard.  

 

This Week in Class Kandinsky ...

 

Week Commencing - 3rd October 2016

 

Communication, Language and Literacy 

This week we will be watching the film 'Lego Movie' as a stimulus for launching our topic on 'Superheroes'. We will be learning about what characters are and linking the special powers that the characters in the film have with special powers of our own (things that we are good at). The children will practise discussing the main events in the film, think about and share which part and character they liked best and will be encouraged to give reasons for their answers. The children will then learn to represent their ideas through mark making. 

 

Maths

In Maths we will be focusing on number recognition and matching objects to the correct number. We will also be practising number formation. We listen to, sing and act out a range of different number and counting rhymes and will use props and objects to help to reinforce our understanding of number. 

 

Physical Development

We will be starting to take the children into the hall for short PE sessions on Wednesday. The children will be practising just taking shoes and socks off initially and playing physical and active games linked to Superheroes which involve finding/maintaining a space and travelling in different ways.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

The children will be encouraged to think of something positive to say about themselves in relation to their abilities and what they are good at. They will also be encouraged to think of something that they would like to get better at. The children will continue to develop their confidence skills by talking in front of a familiar group. 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be taught to create simple representations of their favourite characters by drawing and making marks.

 

Week Commencing - 26th September 2016

Autumn time is here and we have already been discussing the seasonal changes.

We would like to introduce a weekly 'show and tell' session each Wednesday where the children can bring in something from home to share.

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

Our main book focus for this week is 'What do I look like?' by Nick Sharratt. We will be learning and talking all about 'ourselves'. We are also beginning to introduce more focused daily phonic sessions.

 

Maths

In Maths we will be focusing on number recognition and matching objects to the correct number. We will also be practising number formation.

 

Physical Development

We will be starting to take the children into the hall for short PE sessions on Wednesday and Friday. The children will be practising just taking shoes and socks off initially.  

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be talking to the children about how unique they are and celebrating differences. The children will also be taking about feelings.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be looking closely at their features and drawing self portraits.

 

This Week in Class Kandinsky ...

Week Commencing - 19th September 2016

We are really pleased with how quickly the children are settling and getting used to routines in Reception and school dinnertimes. Homework will begin on Friday so look out for your child's homework book. Our Eid family picnic day is on Saturday and we hope to see you there.

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

Following on from reading the story 'My Mum and Dad Make me Laugh', we will be learning about the role of authors and illustrators. We will also be practising writing our names on a daily basis.

 

Maths

In Maths we will be continuing to learn about repeating patterns. We will be also be creating our own repeating patterns using Lego, pegs, beads and natural objects such as leaves and conkers.

 

Physical Development

We are going to develop our fine motor control by threading beads to make repeating patterns.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The children will talking about members of their family and drawing pictures of who lives in their house. We will also be looking for children using and thinking about our class 'Diamond Rules', kind, share, help, try, polite, listen...

 

This Week in Class Kandinsky ...

Week Commencing - 12th September 2016

At the moment our teachers are helping us to settle in and make new friends. They are also keeping an eye on what we do and carrying out some assessments to find out what we can already do and how we like to learn. They will then use this to plan for our next steps.

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be learning the story 'My Mum and Dad Make me Laugh' by an author named Nick Sharratt. We will be focusing on developing our listening and attention skills and also our understanding. We will also practise speaking in front of a group.

 

Maths

In Maths we will be learning about pattern and looking and sorting lots of different patterns. We will also be introduced to repeating patterns and will be continuing repeating patterns.

 

Physical Development

We are going to practise our fine motor control by threading beads to make repeating patters.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We are going to be thinking and speaking about our families. The children will be asked to think about a family member and then choose something about them that makes them laugh.


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