Farthing Wood Class

This week in Farthing Wood class the children have been very creative this week. They measured out all the ingredients needed to make pancakes, mixed it together and then enjoyed them with some very delicious toppings!
In Phonics we have been learning Miss Oh No! ‘oa’ as in boat, foal, coach, along with Tricky Witch and Ghost letter high frequency words some, come and one. The children have blown me away with their phonics knowledge and ability to blend! They have also found different sentences around the classrooms, read them independently and then drawn a picture to match what it says – this is phenomenal!
In English we have continued with ‘Drawing Club’ this week and have been reading the story Peace at Last. We went on an adventure this week and the children had to use their imaginations to think of another place Mr Bear could go to try and get to sleep. The children then used their Monster Phonics knowledge and wrote the most amazing descriptive sentence explaining where Mr Bear had gone to get some much needed sleep!
In Maths we have been comparing and measuring height and length using non-standard units of measure such as paperclips or cubes. We have read Jasper’s Beanstalk by Nick Butterworth and will plant our own sunflower seeds after half term with Mrs Farrow – which we are looking forward to seeing grow! We have also found out what we can do in a minute – maybe you could have a go over half term – you might be very surprised!
In Topic we have been looking at ‘People Who Help Us’. We have talked about and explored different types of jobs such as police officers, postal workers, fire people, doctors, nurses and vets. We talked about how they help us, when we would need their help and what vehicles they drive. We talked about what job we might like to do when we get older.
Finally we answered this term’s key enquiry question – ‘What Can I Be?’. The children decided they could be anything they wanted to be. They are unique and different and that is okay – we do not all have to be the same.

We hope you all have a wonderful half term and a well deserved rest ready for the new term. We look forward to hearing all about your adventures when you come back.

Please remember that PE is on a Monday and we expect children to come into School wearing their PE kit – a letter reminding you of the correct PE kit has been sent home.
Please ensure you send wellies and waterproofs with your child to keep in their locker at school.
Please remember to send your child’s Handwriting Homework Book back on a Monday – thank you.
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.

Farthing Wood Class update

This week in Farthing Wood class the children have shown wonderful collaborative work talking to their ‘talking partners’ during carpet time. The children found this really tricky at the beginning of the year and it is wonderful to see their confidence grow to allow them to share their ideas with their peers.
In Phonics we have introduced the digraph ‘or’ as in for, fork, storm, horn.
The children have been busy using their phonics knowledge to decode words and write ‘or’ words on a phoneme frame remembering that o and r stay together for example born- written as b-or-n. We have also introduced sound buttons this week. A dot for dingle sounds and a line for digraphs – this helps children to segment and blend words.
In English we have continued with ‘Drawing Club’ this week and have been reading the story Lost and Found. The children used their Monster Phonics knowledge and wrote the most amazing descriptive writing about the boat the penguin and the boy used to go to the South Pole. They also created their own lost penguin poster and put them up around the classrooms.
In Maths we have continued our phase ‘Growing 6,7,8’. We have been matching different pictures together that represent the same number. Mrs Betts even tried to trick the children by using ladybirds but the children were just too good and could recognise that even though they all had spots they didn’t all have the same amount of spots. We also looked at odd and even numbers and that even numbers can always be shared into pairs (two’s) odd numbers can not as they always have one spare! We then used a 10 frame for the first time to combine two numbers that together are larger than 5 – we had great fun doing this!
In Topic we finished off looking at Lunar New Year Celebrations and watched the video of us performing our Dragon Dance! We have also continued to look at our village and the buildings we could remember from our trip on the minibus. The children have fantastic memories and could recall all of the buildings – the doctor’s surgery, butchers, greengrocers, post office etc. Finally we looked at who might work in the buildings and what job they do.
We continued to explore colour mixing and used red and blue to create handprint aliens – the children were so excited to paint each hand a different colour and then mix the colours together to create a new colour purple!! They then added eyes, antennas and pompoms to create their own unique Alien!

We would love the children to bring in a photo of their home so that we can have an interactive display within the Classroom. These can be emailed to me or the office. Everyone has been really excited to tell us about their homes and who belongs in them. We have learnt that all families are different and this is part of our identity and our sense of belonging – thank you to those who have already emailed them to me.

Please remember that PE is on a Monday and we expect children to come into School wearing their PE kit – a letter reminding you of the correct PE kit has been sent home.
Please ensure you send wellies and waterproofs with your child to keep in their locker at school.
Please remember to send your child’s Handwriting Homework Book back on a Monday – thank you.
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.

Farthing Wood Class update

Another busy week in Farthing Wood class and the children have shown real resilience and curiosity whilst exploring new concepts and ideas during JONK time.
In Phonics we have introduced the digraph ‘ai’ as in pain, rain, main, aim and snail. The children have loved doing the action for this sound and we have learnt all about Angry Red A. The children have been busy using their phonics knowledge to decode words and write ‘ai’ words on a phoneme frame remembering that a and i stay together. Rain – written as r-ai-n.
In English we have started ‘Drawing Club’ – this week’s book is Mr Wolf’s Pancakes. The children were invited in small groups to ‘Drawing Club’ with Mrs Betts and had to draw Mr Wolf or another character from the story and then write about them. The children used their Monster Phonics knowledge and wrote the most amazing descriptive writing – they should be very proud of themselves!
In Maths we have begun a new phase called ‘Growing 6, 7 and 8’. We have been busy this week looking at the composition (one number can be made up from (composed from) two or more smaller numbers) of 6, 7 and 8 using dominos and ladybirds. We discovered there are lots of different ways to make 6, 7 and 8! Ask your child if they can share what they know with you at home.
In Topic we have learnt all about celebrations – New Years Eve and Lunar New Year. We looked at similarities and differences in how they are celebrated around the world. We learnt all about the Chinese Zodiac and the story of the animals crossing the river – the poor cat didn’t get a year named after them, I wonder if your child can tell you why?
We continued to explore colour mixing and used red and yellow to create shadow pictures of Chinese Dragons – the children were so excited to mix the colours together to create a new colour Orange!! They look amazing and are on display in the classroom. We havealso been busy making chinese laterns using our fine motor skills to snip into the paper.

We would love the children to bring in a photo of their home so that we can have an interactive display within the Classroom. These can be emailed to me or the office. Everyone has been really excited to tell us about their homes and who belongs in them. We have learnt that all families are different and this is part of our identity and our sense of belonging – thank you to those who have already emailed them to me.

Please remember that PE is on a Monday and we expect children to come into School wearing their PE kit – a letter reminding you of the correct PE kit has been sent home.
Please ensure you send wellies and waterproofs with your child to keep in their locker at school.
Please remember to send your child’s Handwriting Homework Book back on a Monday – thank you.
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.

Farthing Wood Class update

Another busy week in Farthing Wood class and I couldn’t be more proud of all the children. They have blown me away with their thirst for knowledge and sharing what they know with others.
We had another first this week for the children – cooking. The children had to weigh out all of the ingredients to make their very own Gingerbread Man as part of our story in English. The children then had to design their own Gingerbread man and then create it using icing and Jelly tots! We sat together and listened to the story and ate them just like the cunning, sly fox. They were delicious!
In Phonics we have introduced the digraph (two letters that make one sound) Black Cat ‘ur’ as in turn, burn, burp, urn and turnip. The children have been busy searching for hidden ‘ur’ words around the classroom and outside and writing them down on whiteboards to show an adult what super detectives they all are.
In English we have continued to explore the story of The Gingerbread Man. This week we acted out the story together as a class – it was so much fun to watch and hear the children pretending to be the different characters. The children were then challenged to come up with an alternative ending to the story. We talked about what else could happen or who/what else could help the Gingerbread man across the river. We had some wonderful ideas and the children drew a picture and came up with some amazing describing words to describe what was happening!
In Maths we have been exploring capacity – how much something holds, using key vocabulary – full, half full, half empty and empty and mass – how much something weighs using the key vocabulary heavier and lighter. We have been experimenting with balancing scales and different objects to see which is heavier and which is lighter. We have been using the key phrase ‘I predict….’ and then seeing if we are right.
In Topic we have been looking at the word identity and creating self portraits using colour mixing skills.
We would love the children to bring in a photo of their home so that we can have an interactive display within the Classroom. These can be emailed to me or the office. Everyone has been really excited to tell us about their homes and who belongs in them. We have learnt that all families are different and this is part of our identity and our sense of belonging.

Please remember that PE is on a Monday and we expect children to come into School wearing their PE kit – a letter reminding you of the correct PE kit has been sent home.
Please ensure you send wellies and waterproofs with your child to keep in their locker at school.
Please remember to send your child’s Handwriting Homework Book back on a Monday – thank you.
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.

Farthing Wood Class update

SNOW!!! – This has been so exciting, the children have loved exploring the snow outside. They have experimented with different ways to move and transport it, made snow soup in the mud kitchen and been fascinated at watching it melt – so many different learning opportunities!

In Phonics we have learnt the new Green Froggy sound ‘ee’. The children have been busy creating different ‘ee’ words such as weep, jeep, see and feet. The children have used lots of different media to create their own flashcards such as paint, pens, chalk and crayons. We have also been reading the story of Sleeping Beauty and the children have been super detectives spotting all the ‘ee’ words in the story!
Iin English we have continued to read The Gingerbread Man, and the children created their own story maps. We have been looking at characters, the setting and the beginning, middle and end of the story. The children were challenged to come up with a different ending and draw a picture and then describe it – we have some amazing imaginations in Farthing Wood Class!
In maths we have continued to investigate how numbers to 5 are made – this week we learnt that if we know how many objects there are we can work out how many we can see and how many are hidden – if we have 5 cubes altogether and I have three in my hand how many are hiding in the bucket? This is a really fun game to play at home together!
We have begun our new Topic – People. Over this term we will be trying to answer our key enquiry question ‘What can I be?’ using the key concepts belonging – feeling like you fit in, and identity – who you are. This week we have been looking at who we are and who is in our family. The children had great fun drawing their families and their houses they live in.
In our PE lesson we continued to practise moving in different ways and listening to instructions and playing different games with our ‘sticky spot’. We had to drive around the hall using different movements, using our spot as a steering wheel. We then had to go shopping and place a beanbag on our heads and continue to walk around the hall – it was very tricky trying to balance and drive!!
We had a wonderful visit to the library this week. It was lovely to see all the different books available and have a story read to us. Some children even got to take out some library books to read at home.
Please remember that PE is on a Monday and we expect children to come into School wearing their PE kit – a letter reminding you of the correct PE kit has been sent home.
Please ensure you send wellies and waterproofs with your child to keep in their locker at school.
Please remember to send your child’s Handwriting Homework Book back on a Monday – thank you.
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.

Farthing Wood Class update

We have had a wonderful final week in Farthing Class. I cannot believe the children have been in school for a whole term. They have made such amazing progress and I am so proud of them all – I hope you are too!
The children showed off their collaborative and creative skills this week and performed in the Nativity. They were fantastic – if you came to watch it I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! We have been busy creating lots of Christmas crafts including calendars, Christmas cards and the longest paper chain I have ever seen!

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. If you do anything over the Christmas break please show us!


Finally I would like to extend a great big Thank You for all your support and making this term a successful transition for your children.
I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Looking forward to seeing you all in 2024 where new adventures await!

Farthing Wood Class update

We have had a very festive week in Farthing Wood class. As Christmas approaches we have been busy practising our singing for the Carol Concert and rehearsing for the Nativity. The children have been busy creating their own decorations to hang on the Christmas tree we made last week – they look fantastic and it’s wonderful to watch the children hang their creations on the tree.
In phonics we have introduced ‘Tricky Witch’ and her short ‘oo’ digraph as in book, look, wool and foot. The children really enjoyed hunting for the flashcards around the room and writing them down on whiteboards. We have been recapping our High Frequency Words from this term – the children have amazed me with their knowledge and sight reading.
In English we have been reading the story of ‘The Little Red Elf’ which is based on the traditional tale of ‘The Little Red Hen’. Poor Little Red Elf had to do all the work herself with no help from Reindeer, Hare or Penguin – although they did want to help open the presents under the tree! This opened up lots of discussions about helping others and always being kind to our friends.
In maths we have had a Winter Activity week. We have a different challenge everyday to consolidate our learning from this term. We had to put the correct amount of buttons on the snowman, match snowflakes, decide what clothes we would wear in summer and winter, use positional language as we walked through the snow to post a letter and then finally make sure we posted the letter in the correct house!! Phew, it’s been a really busy week!!
In Topic we have been looking at the celebrations of Christmas. We discovered how we celebrate it here and how it is celebrated across the world looking at similarities and differences. We even spotted similarities between Christmas and the Hindu festival of light, Diwali. We also read the traditional Christian story of Mary and Joseph and their trip to Bethlehem. We talked about how they met and the gifts they received.

We are looking at different types of buildings and houses. Please send in a photo of your house so we can use it in our small world – the children love to play and make up stories with familiar buildings. Please send it to the office or myself (k.betts@coastaltogether.co.uk)
Please ensure you send wellies and waterproofs with your child to keep in their locker at school.
Please remember to send your child’s Handwriting Homework Book back on a Monday – thank you.
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.

Farthing Wood Class update

Wow, what another busy week we have had in Farthing Wood class. It’s nearly Christmas and we have been busy practising our singing and rehearsing for the Nativity. The children have been busy creating our own Christmas tree and next week we will make our own decorations to hang on it. We have also had a special guest join us – Sugarplum the mischievous Elf – he has been very cheeky this week!
In phonics we have introduced ‘Tricky Witch’ and her ‘ar’ grapheme as in car, jar, farmyard, market. The children really enjoyed hunting for the flashcards around the room and writing them down on whiteboards. We have been recapping our High Frequency Words from this term – the children have amazed me with their knowledge and sight reading.
In English we have been performing the children’s own versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. It makes me so proud to see them act out each other’s stories and it really is a joy to watch.
In maths we have looked at four sided shapes. We have learnt that rectangles can have two short and two long sides but special rectangles that have four equal sides can be called squares. The children were brilliant at spotting rectangles and special rectangles in the school environment. We have also looked at sequencing and time; things we do at certain times of the day.
In Topic we have been looking at maps and where we are on a map. We know our school is in Mundesley and discovered Mundesley in Norfolk and right on the coast near the sea. We then discovered Norfolk is part of England and England is part of Great Britain. We then looked at a map of the world and discovered Great Britain is really tiny compared to the rest of the countries in the world. We also sang the 7 Continents song – my favourite!! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6DSMZ8b3LE)
It was lovely to see so many of you at our Christmas craft afternoon. We hope you all had a wonderful time – we did!
We are looking at different types of buildings and houses. Please send in a photo of your house so we can use it in our small world – the children love to play and make up stories with familiar buildings. Please send it to the office or myself (k.betts@coastaltogether.co.uk)
Please ensure you send wellies and waterproofs with your child to keep in their locker at school.
Please remember to send your child’s Handwriting Homework Book back on a Monday – thank you.
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.

Farthing Wood Class update

We had the most wonderful time on our minibus trip around the village on Monday trying to spot familiar buildings. All the children were so well behaved and enjoyed their first time on the school minibus!
In phonics we have been introduced to ‘Cool Blue’ and his ‘oo’ grapheme – as o=in zoom, cool, food, boom. The children have been on a Cool Blue word hunt around the classroom and even made their own flashcards. We have been recapping our High Frequency Words from this term – the children have amazed me with their knowledge and sight reading. We’ve been practising our letters c and o in handwriting too and been trying really hard with our letter formation.
In English the children have continued to read our traditional tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have looked at the characters in the story, the setting and the beginning, middle and end of the story ready to write our own for next week. It was lovely to hear them chatting to their peers using the language learnt from the story.
In Maths we have been recapping how the number 4 and 5 are made (composition). 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 using double sided counters and a 5 frame! We have also been singing the song 10 green bottles and recognising it is 1 less each time.
In Topic not only did we go on a trip around the village but we went on a virtual walk around Mundesley using Google Maps to help us recap the buildings we saw. We found Mundesley on a map of Norfolk and realised Norfolk is part of Great Britain. So we discovered where Norfolk is on the map of Great Britain. We extended this further by finding Great Britain on a map of the world!
We are looking at different types of buildings and houses. Please send in a photo of your house so we can use it in our small world – the children love to play and make up stories with familiar buildings. Please send it to the office or myself (k.betts@coastaltogether.co.uk)
Please ensure you send wellies and waterproofs with your child to keep in their locker at school.
Please remember to send your child’s Handwriting Homework Book back on a Monday – thank you.
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.

Farthing Wood 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.


In English the children have read Goldilocks and the Three Bears and have loved tasting porridge but they couldn’t decide if their porridge was too lumpy, too sweet or just right. It was lovely to hear them chatting to their peers using the language learnt from the story.


In Phonics we have been learning the digraphs (two letters, one sound) ch, sh, th(v), th and ng. It can be really tricky to remember these and spot them in words but the children have fantastic looking eyes and spotted them straight away! We’ve been practising our letters in handwriting too and been trying really hard with our letter formation.
In Maths we have been looking at how the number 4 and 5 are made (composition). 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!


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 Farthing Wood 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.


Please ensure you send wellies and waterproofs with your child to keep in their locker at school.


Please remember to send your child’s Handwriting Homework Book back on a Monday – thank you.


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.