Welcome to Oak Class
Miss Davies - Class Teacher
Mrs Mudd - TA
Mrs Ball - HLTA
Mrs Cann - 1:1 TA
Miss O'Brien - 1:1 TA
Our Topic - Ruby's Worry - Wonderful Me!
We have been learning about what a worry is and where we find our worries. We have talked about how we all have worries and that we cannot see anyone else's worry. We have talked about how our worries can make us feel and that worries live inside our heads and that sometimes they can travel down to our belly and make us feel a little bit sick.
The children explored different facial expressions and talked about the different feelings that worries give us. We also made our own worry pom poms.
We have used Art to really explore character and have been linking our own experiences to the text.
Our Learning - Topic - Wonderful Me!
Our class Power of Reading text 'Ruby's Worry' is leading our class topic - Wonderful Me. It also links nicely to Healthy Heart Day. We have been learning about different parts of our bodies and our senses. We have taken part in listening hunts and food tasting. We have talked about how we look and if we look similar or different to others. We have shared our likes and dislikes.
On Healthy Heart Day we learnt about where our heart is and what our heart does. We have had a real focus on learning about our feelings and emotions. We have shared things that make us feel angry and worried. We learnt some strategies that we can use to help us calm down, such as belly breathing. We listened to our heart beats and had a go at beating a drum. We talked about how our heart beat can change if we feel scared, nervous or angry! We read the book "The Colour Monster" and used our big belly breaths to help make our very own colour monsters using paint.
We also talked about different foods that we can eat that help us have a strong heart. The children wrote their own recipes and made their very own smoothies. They selected their own pieces of fruit and used the blender to blitz the ingredients. We picked apples from our own garden and blackberries from the bushes at the Forest School!
Our Learning - Writing
We are very busy learning how to write our names! Some of us can write our name without having to copy, which we could not do just two weeks ago! We are spending lots of time strengthening our muscles in our bodies, particularly our hands, so that we are strong enough and ready to write. We have enjoyed daily 'Dough Disco' sessions, as well lots of fine motor activities.
We have been busy writing smoothie recipes and writing letters to our Power of Reading character Ruby. Many of us enjoy writing within our own play too!
We have spent lots of time on learning to hear initial sounds this week.
Our Learning- Numbers
We are learning about numbers and what numbers can look like. We have been learning about numbers 1 -5 and how we can represent these numbers in different ways. Some of us have even made our own 'Number Blocks' using cubes and printed numicon. We have spent some time learning how to count objects carefully.
The Year 1 children have also been looking at representing numbers in different ways as well as investigating what happens to numbers when we count forwards and backwards.
Settling into school - Buddies
The reception children have all been buddied up with a Year 6 child. The Year 6 children come to Oak Class to play, they share stories and help the reception children on the playground at lunchtime. They help them find their friends, they show them where and how to line up and are there for them if they can't find someone to play with. They will all be signing their "Buddy Contract" which outlines their responsibilities:
They promise to:
- listen to their buddy
- be a good role model to their buddy and show them the right thing to do
- help their buddy
The children are really settling into school life! We are busy learning names, rules and expectations in the classroom. We have enjoyed playing in the new mud kitchen and have been super busy making potions, which usually involve turning Miss Davies into a FROG! We also have liked playing in the sand and water trays, scootering on the scooters and hearing some wonderful stories.
Keep your eyes peeled...photos to come soon!