Attenborough Class update

Our week has centred around oats and porridge! I am sure you can guess the Traditional tale we have been reading this week. The children have read Goldilocks and the Three Bears and have loved tasting porridge but they couldn’t decide if their ‘bowl’ of porridge belonged to Baby Bear or Mummy Bear! In Maths we have been looking at how the number 4 and 5 are made. The children have been making and subitising 4 and 5 (knowing a group of objects makes a particular number) and recognising two numbers together makes another number. In Phonics we have completed the alphabet and learnt an amazing alphabet song! Our sounds this week have been ‘y’, ‘z,’ ‘zz’ and ‘qu’. We’ve been practising these letters in handwriting too! It was lovely to see so many of you at parents’ evening and a pleasure to tell you and share all the amazing things we get up to together in Attenborough class. In Topic we have been looking at maps and we went on a virtual walk around Mundesley using Google Maps – it was great to see the children recognising so many of the buildings in and around the village! We even created our own version of the map in school. We are looking at different types of buildings and houses. If you would like to send in a photo of your house we can use it in our small world – the children love to play and make up stories with familiar buildings. We love to see what adventures your child gets up to at home – clubs they attend , baking, reading, making dens, being creative, going on nature walks. Tapestry is a wonderful place to share these with us and the class – please upload your photos and a brief description so we can share these together during circle time.

Attenborough Class update

We started this week with a visit from PC Emma Robinson. During an assembly she introduced herself and the role of the police to the children – they were all fantastic and asked lots of questions.
In Phonics we have been learning ‘j’, ‘v’, ‘w’ and ‘x’. We have found these letters really tricky to write and have been practising them in our new handwriting notebooks. If you would like letter formation sheets to practise at home please let me know.
This week we have continued to read the story of The Three Little Pigs. The children have thoroughly enjoyed joining in with the repeated refrains in the story and deciding which choices mattered to the Pigs and the Wolf. Last week the children created their own version of the story and together they acted out everybody’s story – it was wonderful to watch!
In Maths we have been looking at the composition of 3 along with circles and triangles. The children loved going on a shape hunt for them and are super confident at finding circles. We have also been learning positional language such as under, over, in, out, in front, behind and between.
In Topic we have been looking at ‘Where we live’ – the children are fascinated with google earth and we have visited lots of different villages this week. We have also been looking at maps and how useful they are especially if people want to visit our village. We talked about what we would need to put on a map and then had a go at creating one!
We love to see what adventures your child gets up to at home – clubs they attend , baking, reading, making dens, being creative, going on nature walks. Tapestry is a wonderful place to share these with us and the class – please upload your photos and a brief description so we can share these together during circle time.

Attenborough Class update

Welcome Back – Attenborough Class have had a brilliant start back after half-term and it has been lovely to see all of the exciting things you have been up to over the holidays including carving your pumpkins!
The children have ‘blown my socks off’ this week with amazing segmenting and blending of words in their phonics and are becoming increasingly confident in doing so. Our new phonemes this week have been ‘b’ and ‘h’. – I’m sure the children would love to show you the actions for the sounds.
We have started English this term and have been reading ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and learning all about the characters in the story and the sequence of important events. The children are fantastic at helping me tell the story out loud and next week they will be creating their own version.
In Maths we have been investigating the numbers 1,2 and 3. We have linked these numerals to CBeebies Numberblocks which the children have loved. The children have been learning to make the numbers in different ways and have been making collections of 1, 2 and 3. They have been introduced to subitising. Subitising is when we look at a group of objects and know how many there are without counting. The children have been practising subitising through memory games.
In Topic we have learnt how and why we celebrate Bonfire Night and how to keep safe. We looked at the story of the Gunpowder Plot and the children had lots of questions! We talked about how there were no cameras or movies from 400 years ago so we can only see what these people were like in paintings.
This Half term we will embark on more ‘Welly Walks’ – whatever the weather! Please ensure you send wellies and waterproofs with your child to keep in their locker at school.
We love to see what adventures your child gets up to at home – clubs they attend , baking, reading, making dens, being creative, going on nature walks. Tapestry is a wonderful place to share these with us and the class – please upload your photos and a brief description so we can share these together during circle time.

Attenborough Class update

This week in Monster Phonics we have been looking at the letters e, u and r. We have been practicing all our sounds we have learnt this term and the children have blown my socks off we how amazing they are at remembering them. I have had the pleasure of hearing some children read this week and I am so impressed with their segmenting and blending – they should all be very proud of themselves. This week in Monster Phonics we have been looking at the letters e, u and r. We have been practising all our sounds we have learnt this term and the children have blown my socks off with how amazing they are at remembering them. I have had the pleasure of hearing some children read this week and I am so impressed with their segmenting and blending – they should all be very proud of themselves.
In Maths this week we have been consolidating our learning. We have looked at sharing, comparing and sorting using size, colour and shape. We have also been exploring repeating patterns and the children have collaboratively made an amazing repeating pattern octopus!
In Topic this week we have been discovering the season ‘Autumn’ and the amazing things that happen during the season as well as some of the events we celebrate. On Tuesday afternoon we went for an Autumnal Welly Walk around the school grounds and had a wonderful time spotting different coloured leaves, berries, mushrooms, acorns and chestnuts. We even looked for a squirrel but with no luck! We played in the leaves and discovered ‘Helicopter’ seeds. We had so much fun throwing them in the air and watching them fall back down!
After half term we will embark on more ‘Welly Walks’ – whatever the weather! Please ensure you send wellies and waterproofs with your child to keep in their locker at school.
Finally, have a wonderful half term – maybe you could go on a welly walk or carve a pumpkin together. If you do please send us some photos, we would love to see what the children are exploring over the holidays. There is an amazing app called ‘50 things to do’ (https://norfolk.50thingstodo.org/app/os#!50thingstodobefore5/welcome) that is free to download and has lots of great ideas for you to try. Please upload your photos to your child’s Tapestry account. Have a good half term break and see you all again on Monday 31 October.

Attenborough Class update

Firstly, it was lovely to see so many of you this morning at our Reading café for Macmillan Coffee Morning. It’s always lovely to welcome you into class to experience how your children learn within the continuous provision. Don’t worry of you couldn’t make it – there are plenty more opportunities planned through out the year.  In Phonics this week we have looked at the letters d, m and g and the children have been very excited to share their first Monster Phonics reading books with you at home. They are becoming super confident in segmenting and blending. I hope you found the video I shared last week useful for practicing their sounds and actions.  In Maths we have been ‘Comparing’ this week. We have investigated big and small, little and large, taller and shorter. We built towers and had to see if we could build one taller and then build one shorter. The children were amazing and use a variety of resources to do this – drawing, buttons, our families and blocks.  In Topic we are continuing the story of ‘The Everywhere Bear’. We created lost posters and thought about who we would want to help us if we lost something. We decided our friends would be perfect for this and looked at ‘how we could be a good friend to others’. We talked about how it felt to be a good friend and how we feel when our friends help us.  Can you please remember to send the children in with wellies and waterproofs . We will go outside regardless of the weather and we are hoping to start ‘Welly Walks’ around the school grounds. Can you also remember to send you child in with a full water bottle everyday. Thank you to those of you that have sent in photos of your families, it’s been lovely to see them and have them up in class. The children have really enjoyed talking about their families with their peers and adults. Don’t worry if you haven’t you are still able to send them to myself (k.betts@coastaltogether.co.uk) or the school office.

Attenborough Class update

We have continued on our Monster Phonics journey, introducing the children to i and n. We have also begun to blend from left to right. The children have begun to identify the initial sound in the words we have been blending. We have also been looking at handwriting beginning with developing our gross motor skills, we have slithered like snakes, waddled like penguins and galloped like horses! Check out this link for information on speech sounds and letter formation : https://vimeo.com/473463203

In Topic we have read the story ‘The Colour Monster’ and have been exploring different feelings that we might have and how we can recognise these. We have also started reading ‘Everywhere Bear’ where we have been looking at rhyming words. It would be great if you could practise noticing rhyming words at home.
In Maths we have been exploring the vocabulary, sort, match, odd one out, pair, same and different. The children have been so good at spotting the odd ones out and matching pairs – they have been extremely helpful matching the socks in my laundry basket!

Reading Books will be changed on a Thursday. Please ensure your child has their Reading Wallet in their book bag. Please record when you read with your child in the Reading Record. You may have noticed your child does not currently have a Library Book – this is so not to overwhelm you with too many books to remember!
Can you please remember to send the children in with wellies and waterproofs . We will go outside regardless of the weather and we are hoping to start ‘Welly Walks’ around the school grounds.

Thank you to those of you that have sent in photos of your families, it’s been lovely to see them and have them up in class. The children have really enjoyed talking about their families with their peers and adults. Don’t worry if you haven’t you are still able to send them to myself (k.betts@coastaltogether.co.uk) or the school office.

Attenborough Class update

The children have been absolute superstars this week – we have begun our Monster Phonics journey! The children have been introduced to the Monsters and have learnt the sounds for the Black Cat letters s,a, t and p. They have been absolutely amazing at recognising the initial sounds in words. In our ‘All About Me’ Topic we have found out about our school rules and JONK, which is The Joy of Not Knowing. We have explored how it is great to not know things because the more we think and do, the more our brains will grow. The children have also learnt about the JONK animals and their characteristics who help with our learning behaviours; curious cats, resilient sharks, resourceful octopus, collaborative bees, creative spiders and reflective monkeys.

Library Books will be changed on a Monday and we will issue more library books when children return their previous ones. Your child will be sent home with a Reading Book next week along with a reading wallet and reading record in their book bag. Please record when you read with your child in the Reading Record.

Can you please remember to send the children in with appropriate weather clothing – sunhat, wellies and waterproofs . We will go outside regardless of the weather.
Next week in Topic we are going to be looking at families – we would love a photo of your child’s family to display in our Home Corner, a picture to spark a conversation and remind your child of home. (You can email these to me or the school office and we will print them off).


NB: Please remember we always encourage our children to be independent therefore please send them to school in shoes that they can put on, and take off, themselves.

Attenborough Class update

What a fabulous start to David Attenborough Class all the children have made! This week was the first day of your child’s school life and it was a big day for them, you and us too! I want you to know what a privilege it is teach your child. Childen are all different, unique and precious and it is a huge resposibility to become their first teacher. We are incredilbly proud of all the children and how well they have setlled into their new class and getting use to being part of our school community.
They have been very busy exploring and investigating both our indoor and outdoor spaces. We want to make our classroom a place of laughter and learning and we have definetly seen both this week. All the children have enjoyed listening to stories, playing in the home corner, sand pit, water tray and creating their own Birthday crown – ready to wear on their special day at school.
Next week the children will receive their Reading Wallet which includes a book for you to read together along with a Reading Record for you to write down when you have read together. These Wallets should be sent into School everyday. We will use the Reading Record to let you know when we read with your child. Books will be changed on a Monday – please make sure you child brings it in with them.
As the weather becomes more unpredictable please make sure your child has slippers, raincoat, a sunhat and a water bottle. We hope your child has enjoyed school as much as we have enjoyed meeting and getting to know them. If you have any concerns please do come and speak to us at pick up or drop off or via email/telephone and we will do our very best to help.