This week, we have started our new topic 'Once upon a time...' which, as I am sure you can guess, is linked to traditional tales. We started the week discussing what the word 'traditional' means and then we have shared different versions of the story Little Red Riding Hood.
In Literacy, the children have been doing some lovely writing linked to a special event that is happening on Sunday, so we won't share too much information with you now and spoil the surprise! Other activities this week have included producing careful portraits in art, organising healthy food into Little Red Riding Hood's basket for grandma and choosing the best adjectives to describe the characters from the story.
In Maths, the children have been investigating repeating patterns and trying to predict what comes next in the sequence. They have also made some repeating patterns of their own using cotton buds and different paint colours.
In RE, the children have been discussing why we have hot cross buns at Easter and the significance of having a cross on the top of the buns. It was also a great opportunity to eat some too - they were delicious!
Before we took part in the planned activity in the Secret Garden, the children listened to another version of Little Red Riding Hood, which felt very exciting as we imagined we were in the forest as we listened to the story! The children then had to find hidden vocabulary and decide which character from the story it referred to. This was lots of fun and a great consolidation activity of previous learning.
We didn't have a celebration assembly this week, as we were invited to a special assembly from The Open Book people, who retold the Palm Sunday story to the children in EYFS and KS1. It was a lovely assembly and the children enjoyed seeing the story acted out, especially as they had learnt all about it in RE last week. Also, congratulations to everyone who has celebrated a birthday this week.
Well done to everyone that made and brought in an Easter bonnet. The standard was very high and the children were rightly very proud of their creations.
We would like to say a huge thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time. As we have started the topic 'Once upon a time', because of the school closure, we have quickly put together some activities in a learning pack for each child, which relates to either Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk or The Elves and the Shoemaker. The school have also updated the website with ideas for resources and activities that can help keep your children occupied during their periods of isolation. Additionally, there are some other online resources that you may wish to explore for free including Phonics Play which has some great phonics games for children (https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/). The Body Coach is also producing daily workout sessions for children, which may be a great way of releasing some energy and giving you 30 minutes of peace!! In addition, Cosmic Yoga, which can be accessed via You tube is a programme that the children enjoy. Please also remember the homework activities that were set; these can be found on the homework page of the school website. Obviously, your children still have their RWI phonics to practice and you can access the Oxford Owl website that supports the programme here; https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/. They should all have been given a new Share at Home book this week too. Obviously, anything you can do to support their learning at home will be great, but please don't panic, it is going to be a testing time for everyone!
Finally, the most important message from us, is that we hope you all stay safe and healthy in these unpredictable and unsettling times. Hopefully we will see you all very soon.
Take care and have a very happy Easter!
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