Our first week and a half back was lots of fun! We shared all of our Christmas plans, learnt some new sounds and got stuck into our new topic – Amazing Animals!

During our first few weeks we have been exploring the ice and why we get frozen icy water in the morning after a very cold night. We discussed the temperature and did our own experiment of filling up one of our tuff trays to see what would happen! Miss Stanyer put some of our Arctic animals in there as well, so we had to rescue them by chipping away at the thick, frozen ice.

We have been learning lots of new sounds and are becoming experts when it comes to digraphs. We even learnt what a trigraph is and have applied this to our new sound ‘igh’. The children have been focussed in phonics and have been using whiteboards to start to independently write our new sounds and to write and spell words that have our focus sound in. Their handwriting is beautiful and you can see how the fine motor activities have been strengthening that very important pencil grip.

We have been exploring representation of number and looking at our school CPA (concrete, pictorial and abstract) approach. We have also started to look at the composition of 1-5 and started to understand the part whole model. If my whole is 5, one part is 2 and another part is 3.

Miss Stanyer came to Forest School this week and LOVED seeing the children in their element, making their clay hedgehogs! Lots of fun, Mrs Tuffley and Mrs Chisholm are true experts, and we are very lucky!

We made an obstacle course outside, which challenged our gross motor skills and we have been playing a variety of team games in PE.

It has been a great couple of weeks – well done Year R! You are all superstars.

Miss S 🙂

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