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Saturday 15th June
Thank you so much to all the parents with children in year 1. Your children have achieved some fantastic results this week!
Very proud of them all. Please keep practicing your phonics at home!
Yesterday we had some special visitors arrive, the children have all created their own name and will continue to observe their own caterpillar.
I have introduced some special badges in class at the end of the first week : Star writer, Class helper, Water monitor and Line leader.
Our 2 star writers: Jackson + Dominic. These two have been awarded with a special pencil which they can continue to share their love of writing with others.
Water monitor: George, Ivy, Brian, Daisy
Class helper: Betsy, Mia, Starla
Line leader: Adrian, Alex, Maisie, Jayden
Friday 7th June
The children have had an exciting week as we discovered our new topic is about Pirates AAAARGHH!! Today we got given a large piece of cardboard, the children have started to decorate it with adding some ladders and colours. We are hopefully going to create a large pirate ship. Our class text is “How to catch a pirate”, today we started to story mapping our non-fiction text.
Quick reminder for next week – it is the Year 1’s phonics screening check!!
Encourage your child to add their own sound buttons to the word and say what they see, practice alien (made up) and real words.
Some websites to help with Phonics:
This guide may be useful to some parents to show exactly how to help your child:
Any questions please feel free to ask myself (Miss Yarsley) or Mrs Carpenter or Mrs Bandy.
Home learning and Curriculum info for Summer 2:
Thursday 23rd May
What a lovely day it has been today! The children and adults have learnt so much and everyone was well behaved on our school trip today! Pictures are all on tapestry from our Year 1 and R trip thanks to Mrs Bandy. The children enjoyed going in the sea to cool off after eating on the beach, we even had a few swimmers. I just want to say a big thank you to all the parents that packed their child with spare clothes, lots of drink, suncream and of course a towel as a lot of them did get wet from sitting in the sea.
Today I have found out that Betsy has raised an amazing £115 from her sponsored sports challenge!! Keep the sponsor money coming in.
Please can all children keep practising their phonics over the holidays, I will send some phonics activities to have a go at completing at home.
Have a lovely holidays!
Friday 17th May
Today the children have met a Para-Olympian Sean Rose. We all have tried super hard in todays sports challenge. Amazingly today I have found out that Imogen has raised an amazing £195!!! Keep the sponsor money coming in.
Remember to wear your PE Kits all week for our Health and Wellness Week. Also a quick reminder that we are at Lynn Sport on Monday, the climbing wall is at our school on Wednesday, it is our school trip on Thursday.
Thursday 9th May 2019
Today a trip letter has been sent out to year 1 and reception children. The preschool will have an upcoming trip next term details to be confirmed nearer the time. Keep your eyes peeled!
Thursday 3rd May
What a busy week it has been. We have started our floor books this week, the children have been very creative and have been setting themselves challenges. Your children should hopefully be able to tell you about our class floor books as we delve deeper into our topic. This will be used daily over the year. Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask myself (the class teacher).
Tuesday 23rd April 2019
Welcome back, today we have had our sparkling start. We have ventured into our new topic – Rainbow Fish!
We have created our very own rainbow fish. The children loved finding the different coloured scales around our classroom and conservatory area. The children have worked together to create a big fish.
Dominic said “It special because of all the different colours and decorations and thats what makes it unique”
We have been discussing about what we look like by using the two key words ‘Different’ and ‘Same’. The children have been comparing themselves to one-another looking at similarities and differences.
Betsy said “We have the same coloured eyes”
Leighton said “We have the same jumpers”
Alfie said “We have the same coloured shoes”
Riley said “We have the same eyes, we both have blue eyes”
Harry said “We have different hair”
Saturday 20th April 2019
I have finished uploading all of our wonderful work to tapestry! I hope you can read it (apologies if the sun got in the way of your Childs work) What a glorious sunny weekend! I have changed the classroom around this holidays and I have taken away the laminated name tags on your child’s pegs. I have put a cardboard tag on instead, to make it look more natural, they are back in the same place as before to stop confusion. I have been to quite a few charity shops this holiday getting extra bits and bobs for our classroom and conservatory.
I hope you agree that natural is the way to go! If you would like to donate anything I am looking for some more wicker baskets (any size), wooden crates, cable reels. Old jewellery (preferably not ear rings please), bicycle wheels, wooden logs (for sitting on or small discs to write on).
If you have something at home which you feel may benefit our setting, please don’t hesitate asking myself (Miss Yarsley). Thank you for everyones donations so far!
Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming trips/events for this term and next term. All information should go out in due course.
Friday 5th April 2019
We made it to the last week of term, Hope you all enjoy your Easter break.
This week we’ve been writing our hot writes, I will be adding them on tapestry over the Easter break to share each child’s writing. Today we have been at our Easter Service at the church. It was a pleasure to see so many faces and it was lovely our preschoolers could come also. I hope you enjoyed our Goldilocks song performance.
We come back on Tuesday 23rd April!
Friday 15th March 2019
This week has been National Science week, in our house groups we visited different classrooms during the morning. We certainly have enjoyed ourselves!
We have explored circuits on our investigation table. The children have been drawing their circuits and explaining how they work. Slime has been made, which links to Chemistry as we learn what happens when you combine 2 or more elements together to make a new product. We have also spoken about the weather and have compared different types of materials.
Friday 8th March 2019
Today we have enjoyed celebrating World Book Day! The children have enjoyed exploring the Mad Hatter’s tea party. We have been using real tea cups and saucers and glass bottles. We have made book marks and have shared our own stories. The year 1’s even created their own story as Alice fell down the magic hole. Keep that love of reading!
This term we are looking at the story of Goldilocks and the three bears. Below is our new home learning for this term.
Friday 1st March 2019
This week has been rather exciting, as we have been rather curious in who has been to our classroom. There was a broken chair, porridge on the floor. The children are wondering if it is Goldilocks, or is it someone else?
The children will be taking on the role of the police man, Goldilocks and the three bears as we explore hot seating. Watch out Goldilocks is missing!!!
Friday 15th February 2019
The children have enjoyed watching the builders outside as they are starting to alter our garden space. They are starting to build our new conservatory, very exciting for the Cygnets Class to expand the classroom in the next few weeks. Keep your eyes peeled.
I hope you all enjoy your week off. Keep safe, I hope our class owl Cherry Hoot behaves herself over her sleepover.
Wednesday 6th February 2019
We have been celebrating Chinese New Year this week. Did you know that 2019 is the year of the pig?
The children have learnt why the colour tends to be red (for good luck) and why they like to tidy their house the day before. We have tried some Chinese food and we have watched some videos on youtube to see real up to date Chinese celebrations. Lots of children have wanted to learn how to write in Chinese.
Friday 1st February 2019
The past week have been very busy in Cygnets class. The children have enjoyed a maths day; looking at fractions, shape and measure and time. Then in the afternoon we had many parents who arrived for our maths reading cafe. We turned into Aargh pirates looking at the book ’10 Little Pirates’ story. The children made an eyepatch, a telescope and some then made a hat. We searched in the sand looking for treasure finding and recognising coin values. Mrs Hammond found a box for the children to explore they soon turned it into a boat, the pirates explored the sea! Eye-Eye Captain!
Friday 25th January 2019
This week the Cygnets have had a visit from Hoot with Me. We met Arthur the Tawny Owl (2yrs old) and Jonny the Barn Owl (1 yr old).
The Cygnets have learnt many facts.
Did you know that…
- Owls poo every 9 minutes.
- An Owl has 3 eyelids – 1 for blinking, 1 for sleeping and 1 for cleaning their eye.
- An owl can turn their head 3/4 of the way round.
- A mummy Owl can lay from 1-8 eggs which hatch at different times.
- If an owl has brown eyes they hunt at night, if they have yellow eyes they hunt during the day and if they have orange eyes they hunt in the morning and evening!
We were also told that in the Story of the Owl Babies that the Owlets are only 5 weeks old.
Spring Home Learning:
Curriculum Overview Spring Term 1:
Friday 11th January 2019
What a Gruff—crazy week we have had!
We have ended our week by baking some Gruffalo shaped bread. The children in Reception and Year 1 have all drawn a story map and have retold their story of the Gruffalo. The Pre-school children have added photos and drawings to add to our home corner. Our classroom is looking very ready for a visit from our friendly friend the Gruffalo.
All children have all enjoyed playing in our indoor woodlands.
All children will be starting Maths snack this Monday (14/1/19), this will be a daily process through to the end of our term (5 weeks). Through our snack we will be looking at Sharing and Dividing, making Patterns, More and Less, Shapes and Positional Language and Number.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Friday 4th January 2019
Hello and welcome back to the New Year,
The Cygnets Class have been very busy the past 2 days in helping to turn our classroom into a woodland themed room, as we dived into our new topic, “If you go down into the woods today…” starting off using the story of the Gruffalo’s child.
Today the children have collected lots of sticks and leaves. Some children even helped the super TA’s- Mrs Brandy and Mrs Carpenter to make a tree by scrunching paper and used the scissors carefully to make tree branches.
I am excited for next week and I know the children are as we continue to explore our new topic.
Miss Yarsley (New class teacher)
Autumn Term 2:
Home Learning Leaflet
Click the link to see a copy of the home learning leaflet. How many points will you earn?
14th December 2018
We have had a hugely successful and definitely busy week in Cygnets Class! I don’t think there was a spare moment!!
We performed our Nativity play during the whole school Christmas performance on Tuesday to a packed audience on both the afternoon and evening. The children were absolutely amazing, and in true early-years style, made some very memorable performances, many unplanned!!
The Reception and Year 1 children watched Sleeping Beauty at the Corn Exchange in King’s Lynn. It was a marvelous performance with many songs the children could sing along to.
On Friday we invited the parents into the school for our Christmas decoration morning. We had so many parents, thank you all so much for coming! The children will be bringing their decorations home next week if they don’t already have them – some needed to dry first!
We also had our Christmas dinner on Friday (nothing like packing it all in!). Mrs Toll, one of our MSAs, decorated the hall to a most incredible standard. Mrs Eves made a gift bag for all the children, too, which they took home on Friday. A huge thank you to both of you for such kind and generous gifts.
Next week is the last week of term. Thank you to all the parents who are able to provide something for the party on Monday afternoon and I can’t wait to see all the children in their party clothes!
Sadly, we say good bye to both Mrs Farthing and Mr Sellers, who are heading to King’s Oak in the new year. A huge thank you to them for all their hard work and I know the children will miss them a great deal.
Have a fantastic holiday, everyone. We look forward to seeing you all in the new year!
From Mrs Bandy, Mrs Carpenter and Mrs Hammond
Dear children, don’t forget to say thank you to your mummies and daddies (and Father Christmas, of course) for all your Christmas presents!
Mrs Amy Hammond
7th December 2018
As we get closer and closer to Christmas, we have begun to go to town on the decorations in Cygnets Class. We have made Christmas Tree decorations with salt dough, baking them in the oven until cool and they are now beautifully painted.
The children have created their own fireplace for the role play area, and we even have a sleigh to take Santa and the presents around the world!
The children are all continuing to make amazing progress with their reading and writing. This week the focus has been on writing their own versions of this half term’s Talk for Writing story “Alien’s Love Underpants”.
We have also been preparing our entrance hall for next term, with the children creating some absolutely beautiful winter scenes.
We have a very busy week next week, with our Christmas production on Tuesday afternoon and evening; the school visit to see Sleeping Beauty at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange; Christmas Decoration Day on Friday morning (please come along and join in!) and finally our school Christmas Dinner on Friday, too.
So rest up, everyone, as you’ll need lots and lots of energy for the week ahead!
Have a lovely weekend!
30th November 2018
We are having such a busy time in Cygnets Class! On Monday we had a a visit from Bethany and Benjamin who helped us learn how to be safe in the car … and make sure we always sit in our car seats and click our seat belts!
Throughout the week we have been practicing our Nativity, and by Friday we knew exactly what we are doing and even tried on our costumes! Thank you to all the children (and mums and dads) who have been learning their lines at home as this extra effort has helped the narrators become really confident. We look forward to sharing our performance with you on 11th December.
We had a very exciting end to the week with some of us finishing school early and heading to the Magdalen Village Christmas Fair! There were loads of fantastic stalls: tombola, raffle, a painting stall and cakes, and even a chance to see Father Christmas. I hope you all told him what you would like him to bring you for Christmas! A huge Thank You to the Friends of Magdalen for organising the school stalls, all of which raise money for our school.
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
22nd November 2018
This week we have been enjoying lots and lots of cold weather and making sure we wrap up warm and wear our coats! The children have had a great time exploring in the outside area, making models to represent different musical instruments, and someone even turned these into a pair of binoculars! By the end of the week the play developed even further, with the children creating their own den and washing line for clothes. We will be continuing this next week and will be making some proper camp fire food!
In the classroom, the children have been exploring numbers and continuing to work on their talk for writing story. The children have been innovating the story, and by the end of the week had rewritten their story map to include these changes. We will hopefully have these recorded and uploaded to Tapestry so you can see the children performing these online.
Have a lovely weekend, everyone!
15th November 2018
We have had another amazing week in Cygnets class! Firstly, we have been learning the story of Rama and Sita and filmed ourselves retelling the story of Diwali.
Outside, we have had lots and lots of fun making big holes in the mud! We love a bit of digging!!
In maths we have been learning to count carefully, using Numicon and other counting resources. The Year 1s have continued to practise writing number sentences and REALLY understand the link between the numbers 1 to 10. On Thursday we had a maths challenge: Do larger numbers have more number bonds?
We have continued to learn the story, Aliens Love Underpants in Talk for Writing. This week we filmed ourselves retelling the whole story using our story map to help us. Now we have begun to change parts of the story to make it our own!
Finally, today we dressed up in spots and stripes in order to raise money for Children in Need. We had a brilliant time!
As usual, we are carrying on with phonics. Some of you may wish to try a super online resource called Teach your Monster to Read – it’s brilliant!
Next week we have even more things planned, including preparing for our Christmas performance and some other paint related Christmas activities!
9th November 2018
We have been exploring lots of British festivals over the last couple of weeks. Mia and Skye’s mum and dad brought in loads and loads of pumpkins, so we had great fun playing with these, scooping out the middles and even using the seeds to practice our counting!
We made some sparkler and firework biscuits with icing and sprinkles, and, at the end of the week, we learned about Remembrance Day and the reasons why we wear poppies. We worked together to make a huge poppy which is now hanging on our washing line in the classroom.
This week children also received a paper copy of the curriculum overview for this half term. Below is a link to the same document – if you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Fathing, or Mrs Hammond.
Our new text is Aliens Live Underpants by Claire Freedman
Someone left lots of underpants in the classroom! Do you know who left them there?!
Friday 5th October 2018
So much learning and exploring has gone on this week in Cygnets class. We all had great fun in the Ice Cream Shop, making marvellous concoctions with shaving foam, sprinkles and real strawberry sauce – delicious! Our Year 1s have been making our sand sloppy and runny and even turned some of it blue with some paint; some imagined we are superheroes (Superman is their favourite as he can fly!). The Early Years children have been exploring shimmering, shiny things by making bracelets and pictures using glitter and lots and lots of colour. The play dough has been turned into some lovely pink biscuits and some children worked with Mrs Carpenter to make a big apple tree – come and see it in our covered area. We ended the week with a BANG with a visit from a Christian Puppet Show, and Mrs Bandy and Mrs Carpenter have created an amazing Space Station role play area ready for even more learning next week!
Friday 21st September 2018
This week we have held our first maths meetings. We have been learning to count to twenty and put numbers in the right order. The year ones have been sorting objects to count them – there has been some amazing 1-1 counting!
The year ones have been learning to shade using different techniques like cross hatching and stippling. You can see our drawings on display in the hallway.
Today we have been making some really big bubbles and gave a very muddy baby a wash.
We have retelling the story ‘Whatever Next’ and have drawn a story map to help us. We drew a huge rocket with chalks in our outside area and made up a story about landing back on Earth after a trip to the Moon!
Friday 14th September 2018
Cygnets Class have been very busy getting to know each other and our new teachers, Mrs Farthing and Mrs Hammond. We have all settled in very well.
We celebrated Roald Dahl Day today. Mrs Hammond dressed up as the Enormous Crocodile and shared the story with us. She also shared some food so that we could understand the words: chewy, bitter, crunchy and sweet. Most of the class dressed up as characters from our favourite Roald Dahl stories. We then had fun when some of our parents came to the afternoons reading cafe.