Farthing Wood Class update

We were so excited to welcome the children back this term. It has been lovely to hear about the wonderful things they have been doing over Easter especially the nature scavenger hunt – I hope you all enjoyed it!
In phonics we have introduced the children to CVCC words (Consonant, Vowel, Consonant, Consonant) such as limp, pond, soft, hand. The children have been amazing at recognising the vowels and consonants in each word. We then had a go at creating CVCC flashcard families. Children had to take a word, sink for example and think of words that rhyme with it and create new flashcards by changing the initial (first) sound – sink – pink – link – wink – rink. Although they found it a challenge at first they were really resilient and came up with the most amazing CVCC families.
In English we have been writing our own independent sentences. The children have blown me away with their letter formation and using their sounds correctly. They even remembered a capital letter at the beginning, finger spaces and a full stop! I am so proud of the progress they have made – I hope you are too!
In Maths we have started a new phase called ‘To 20 and Beyond’. We have been exploring how numbers 11 to 20 are made. We use the sentence one whole ten and ? more to allow the children to fully understand the concept of numbers bigger than ten. For example 11 is 1 whole ten and 1 more, 15 is 1 whole ten and 5 more, 19 is 1 whole ten and 9 more. The children have really excelled with this and we have had great fun playing Bingo recognising those numbers.

This week we have started a new Topic – ‘All Creatures Great and Small’. Our Key Enquiry Question this term is ‘Are all communities the same?’ and our Key Concepts are ‘community’ and ‘consequences’. We have discovered lots of different environments such as desert, arctic, woodlands, swamps, ocean, fields, ponds, rivers and flowers. The children were absolutely amazing at naming animals that would live in those types of environments. Next we looked at habitats and what these are. A habitat is a place where something lives. The children have spent time outside looking at different habitats that are around school and discovering lots of different animals who live there.

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 last week in Farthing Wood Class. It was lovely to see so many of you at our parent event ‘Easter Eggstravaganza’. We hope you all enjoyed making the wonderful easter crafts with you children – we certainly did!
In phonics we have introduced two new Tricky Witch trigraphs – ‘ear’ as in hear, beard, fear, dear and ‘ure’ (you have to say it in a posh voice!) as in sure, lure, manure, furniture. We have been super detectives and looked for the hidden flashcards both inside and out and then sorted them into the correct sound group.

In English we have continued with ‘Drawing Club’ this week and have been reading the Traditional Tale – Jack and the Beanstalk. The children really liked the setting of the castle at the top of the beanstalk and drew some amazing pictures of what they thought it might look like. We used our creative thinking brains to come up with ideas on how the police could catch Jack, what new treasure the Giant might have and what Jack might buy with all his treasure. The children have the most fantastic imagination and used their Monster Phonics knowledge and wrote the most wonderful descriptive sentences explaining what they have drawn!
In Maths we are still consolidating our learning and have been busy combining two groups and finding out how many we have altogether, matching numerals to pictures, working out who has more and using bead strings to continue to imbed number bonds to 10.
In Topic we answer our key enquiry question for this term – ‘Does the past have an impact on our future’. The children realised that what happens in the past means we can have a better future. Toys are better, phones are better, even hoovers!! There are lots of opportunities for us to try new and exciting things because of what has happened in the past – like exploring space! We remembered we are all unique and we all have different likes and dislikes and this may impact on our future and what job we may have. We decided it would be a good idea to try every new opportunity given to us even if it is a little scary.
We learnt all about the Hindu Festival of Colour called Holi. Then children loved watching a video of the festival and were amazed at the different colours and music. They especially liked the part where they throw colourful paint at each other! We created our own Festival of Colour and danced to music with colourful ribbons – it was fantastic! We have also been learning about the Christian Faith and their celebrations, especially Easter. We learnt all about the story of Jesus and why Christains celebrate this special story. We made easter bonnets, easter baskets and easter nests!

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.
Finally we hope you all have an amazing Easter Holidays and we cannot wait to see you all for the summer term.

Farthing Wood Class update

We’ve had another wonderful week in Farthing Wood Class. This week I have had the pleasure of hearing all the children read and I am blown away by how amazing they all are. Thank you for reading with your child at home. It makes such a difference to your child’s progress.
In Phonics we have introduced the Tricky Witch digraph ‘oi’ as in oil, foil, coin, tinfoil, poison and toilet! The children have learnt how to write these words using a phoneme frame and segmenting each word to write them in their own box – foil = f-oi-l.
The children have been using their phonics knowledge to create their own flashcards and hide them around the room for others to find!
In English we have continued with ‘Drawing Club’ this week and have been reading the story ‘Penguin’ by Polly Dunbar. The children really liked the character of the Penguin. We have drawn where the Lion might live, Thought about what else the Lion could eat and how we could rescue the Penguin from the Lion’s tummy! The children have the most fantastic imagination and used their Monster Phonics knowledge and wrote the most wonderful descriptive sentences explaining what they have drawn!
In Maths we are consolidating our learning. We have been playing lots of maths games this week – hopscotch, snap and the bean bag throwing game. The children had to take it in turns to throw 6 bean bags at a hoop and record using a tally chart how many they got inside the hoop. They then compared their result with their friends to find out who was the winner – it was very competitive! We have also been recapping our number bonds to 10 and the children are doing brilliantly at remembering the numbers which go together – 8 and 2, 10 and 0, 9 and 1 etc.
In Topic we have been exploring one of the children’s interests from last week. We have been exploring ‘Space’. We have learnt all about Astronauts and who the first person in space was. We have created our very own Rockets to blast us into space. We have looked at all the planets in the solar system and then created our own planet that we would like to visit – we used the amazing technique of ink marbling and the planets look magical.
It was lovely to see so many of you at parents’ evening. It really is a pleasure to share with you all the fantastic progress your child has made so far. It is a privilege to teach such a wonderful group of children.

Please remember that PE is Tuesday 26th March next week instead of the normal Monday. Please send your child into School wearing their PE kit.
Please ensure you send wellies and waterproofs with your child to keep in their locker at school. Children need to have a pair of shoes/trainers to wear whilst at school – wellies are not suitable to wear all day.
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 hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day and loved your cards as much as the children loved making them. Painting with watercolour can be quite tricky but I’m sure you’ll agree that they did a splendid job.
It was wonderful to see so many of you at our ’Create & Collaborate’ parent event. We hope you all had a wonderful time designing and creating biscuits and enjoyed looking at your child’s ‘I Can’ book – I know they really enjoyed sharing them with you!
In Phonics we have introduced the Tricky Witch trigraph (three letters that make one sound) ‘air’ as in air, fair, chair, stairs, hair, airport. The children have learnt how to write these words using a phoneme frame and segmenting each word to write them in their own box – fair = f – air, airport = air – p – or – t.
In English we have continued with ‘Drawing Club’ this week and have been watching a short clip from ‘Wacky Races’. The children loved Dastardly and Muttley. We have drawn our own wacky racing cars, our own mascots and our own baddies! The children have the most fantastic imagination and used their Monster Phonics knowledge and wrote the most wonderful descriptive sentences explaining what they have drawn!
In Maths we are continuing with our phase ‘Building 9 and 10’. We have been looking at 3D shapes – cuboid, sphere, cone, cylinder and what makes them unique. I then went on a shape hunt around my home and made groups of objects and the children had to guess what shape they were. They got it correct every time! The children then went on a shape hunt around school and found some brilliant examples of 3D shapes.
Can they find any at home to show you?
We have also been looking at repeating patterns. We started by looking at ABAB patterns (red, green, red, green) and then progressed to tricker repeating patterns such as ABBABB (red, green, green, red, green, green) or ABCABC (red, green, blue, red, green, blue).
In Topic we have been looking at ‘Likes and Dislikes’. We looked at various things such as chocolate, books, rainbows, thunder etc and the children had to decide if they liked or disliked them. We also looked at hobbies and interests and we talked about the importance of them choosing if they liked or disliked it and giving an explanation as to why, not just copying their peers. We then compare what we liked and disliked to those of our Grandparents – thank you to those who filled in the survey! We then talked about similarities and differences between us in the present and our Grandparents in the past. It has been such an interesting topic to discuss.

Please remember that PE is on a Monday and we expect children to come into School wearing their PE kit. The week commencing 25th march PE will be on Tuesday 26th March instead of the normal Monday.
Please ensure you send wellies and waterproofs with your child to keep in their locker at school. Children need to have a pair of shoes/trainers to wear whilst at school – wellies are not suitable to wear all day.
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! It was amazing to see all the children in their wonderful World Book Day costumes on Thursday and it was a pleasure to share the morning with you doing lots of different activities – I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
In Phonics we have introduced the Yellow I trigraph (3 letters 1 sound) ‘igh’ as in light, fight, might, sigh, high. The children have loved doing the action for this sound and we have learnt all about Yellow I and her job as a lighthouse keeper and a secret spy!
The children have been busy using their phonics knowledge to write igh words in their phoneme frame making sure each sound is in its own box.
In English we have continued with ‘Drawing Club’ this week and have been reading the traditional tale The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We have drawn the troll, the bridge, how we would rescue the troll from the river and drawn new animals that might dare try and cross the troll’s bridge! The children have the most fantastic imagination and used their Monster Phonics knowledge and wrote the most wonderful descriptive sentences explaining what they have drawn!
In Maths we are continuing with our phase ‘Building 9 and 10’. We have been busy this week singing the song ‘there was one in the bed’ and collaboratively ordering numbers from 10 to 1. The children were much better at it than me! We discovered there are lots of different ways to make10 and have been learning all about number bonds (recalling numbers which together make 10 – 8 and 2, 6 and 4 ect) and we have been picking a number by rolling a dice and using a number track looking at numbers that are more or fewer than our chosen number.
In Topic we have been looking at ‘Spring and Grandparents’. We talked about the early signs of spring and talked about what we had already seen – buds on the trees, snowdrops, blossoms on the trees and even planting bulbs at home. We then talked about our grandparents and looked at what their favourite toys were when they were 4 and 5. We also looked at the electronics they may have used and talked about the similarities and differences to the ones we use now.
A questionnaire has been shared with you regarding the children’s grandparents’ likes and dislikes. We would really appreciate it if you could fill it in over the weekend – Thank you!

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

It’s been wonderful to see all the children back again after half-term. They have had an amazing week of learning and have planted our sunflower seeds ready to watch them grow – I wonder who’s will be the tallest?!
We have been recapping our School Rules along with our JONK characters and the Colour Monster. The children love our JONK characters and know that each one of them will help with their learning when they experience the Joy of Not Knowing (JONK). The learning skills they help us with are; resilience, collaboration, resourcefulness, creative, reflective and curious. Our Colour Monsters support us with our emotions, the children know that it’s ok to experience all the ‘big’ emotions but it is what we do with those emotions that is important.
In Phonics we have recapped all our sounds learnt so far – phew there are so many!! We have introduced the Tricky Witch digraph ‘er’ as in boxer, summer, better, fitter and hammer. The children have loved doing the action for this sound and we have learnt all about Tricky Witch as well as her Black Cats!
In English we have continued with ‘Drawing Club’ this week and have been reading the story Room on a Broom. We have drawn the Dragon, the swamp, a super fast broomstick for the witch and animals we would like to take on our own broomstick. The children have the most fantastic imagination and used their Monster Phonics knowledge and wrote the most wonderful descriptive sentences explaining what they have drawn!
In Maths we have begun a new phase called ‘Building 9 and 10’. 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 9 and 10 using 10 frames, strawberries and black dots! We discovered there are lots of different ways to make 9 and 10. Ask your child if they can share what they know with you at home.
We have begun our new Topic – Past & Present. Over this term we will be trying to answer our key enquiry question ‘Does the past have an impact on our future?’ using the key concepts – opportunities and happiness.
We recapped people in our families and what makes us unique. We have learnt our new vocabulary for this topic – ‘happiness’ and ‘opportunities’. We have looked at significant events in the children’s lives – being born, walking, first birthday and going to school and have put them in chronological order. We have begun to look at our favourite toys and what electronics we have in our homes and how they help us.

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

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.