We have had another fantastic half term in Parrots and Penguins with all of the children continuing to make great progress.
We would particularly like to thank all of the parents who have taken part in our Reading Club on a Friday morning. The children have really enjoyed the opportunity to share books and stories with different grown ups.
What we are interested in…
The children have continued their interest in building and we have introduced ‘I have made’ sheets to increase the level of challenge when building. These sheets encourage children to write labels and descriptive sentences about their creations. The children were then encouraged to take pictures of their creations so that they could be used as challenges for their friends. They used their bear words and segmenting for spelling skills to help them to write their labels.
The children have also been finding out all about Dinosaurs, we used non fiction books to do our investigations looking at the pictures and talking about what we could see, where possible we used our blending skills to read the sentences. Here are some of the facts that we have found out:
- Some dinosaurs were herbivores which means they ate leaves and plants. These dinosaurs included Brachiosauruses and Triceratops.
- Some dinosaurs were carnivores which meant that they ate other dinosaurs. These dinosaurs included the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
- Most dinosaurs lived on the land but some like the Pterodactyl could fly.
- Dinosaurs lived in nests made of sticks and laid eggs like birds.
- Like birds some dinosaurs had feathers and beaks.
One week we had our very own dinosaur nest complete with eggs, the children spent a long time trying to melt the frozen eggs so that they could see which dinosaur was inside. This involved a lot of team work and problem solving.
One day a thief stole our dinosaur eggs and we made posters to help us to find them. Here are some examples of the fantastic work the children did.
What we are learning.
This half term we have been consolidating a lot of our learning by doing independent challenges within provision. In Foundation Stage we think that it is really important that children have the opportunity to repeat activities, problem solve and work together to perform tasks independently of adults. This independent learning is really valuable and supports the development of persistence, resilience, friendships and self esteem.
Most children have now received a challenge passport, this little book contains challenges linked to our direct teach activities and children’s interests. Children are asked to complete a challenge within provision each morning and afternoon. All challenges are colour coded to match the children’s challenge passports and children press a button to give them their instructions. The system of colour coding enables all children to be successful at a challenge which is appropriate for them, once a challenge is completed children are encouraged to try the next level of difficulty.
Children also set themselves individual challenges which shows that they are aware of their next steps in learning, 1 challenge was for a child to put on their own coat and shoes another was to correctly form the a when writing. The challenges are as varied as the children, it is a really fantastic opportunity to support the children to become involved in directing their own learning.
Here are some examples of children completing challenges from their challenge passports.
Ellie was investigating ways to make 10, Mia was measuring and Priyanka was matching pictures to their initial phonemes.
How you can help us at home.
The most important thing you can do to help us at this stage is to share books with your child and listen to them read if they have a reading book. At the end of last term we sent home some questions to ask your child as you read with them, this will help to develop their understanding of what is happening in their book and to infer meaning from the words they have read.
Reading is a really important skill to develop and a life long love of reading will help our children to develop imagination, find out information and prepare for them for the rest of their lives.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”
Thank you again to the parents who have been coming to our Reading Club, the club runs every Friday morning from 9am, all family members welcome and after half term we will be providing tea and cake for the parents/ carers that come and read with us.
We would also like to thank the parents who have come to our celebration assembly on a Friday morning. Every Friday each class celebrates the achievements of their children in a Key Stage assembly, children receive certificates for P.E, writing and each week one pupil is chosen because of a skill they have demonstrated. If your child has been chosen to receive a certificate you will be invited to come to the assembly to see them accept it and have their photograph taken. We are very proud of our children and are so pleased that you can now join us to celebrate their achievements at school.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs Connors, Miss Kemp and all of the Parrots and Penguins.