Letters, letters, letters

Greetings Platypuses,

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At the beginning of the week we received a letter from Father Christmas encouraging us to write letters to him and he included a copy of the book The Jolly Christmas Postman which we have been reading.

So we have been learning how to write letters.

How do we start a letter? (Dear…)

If we are writing a letter asking for something what do we need to say? (please, than you)

What do we need to say at the end of the letter? (‘From‘ and then your name) 

In class we have been writing letters to Santa (or someone else of our choice). Who else could you write letters to and for what reasons? (grandparents, friends, parents etc.) 

Remember the Carol Concert is this Thursday and Friday!

It will be Blue Team‘s turn for Show and Tell on Tuesday. Please only bring in toys when it is your colour team’s turn for Show and Tell as they can easily get lost 😦

Please wear your PE kit on Monday and make sure all your belongings (school uniform, PE kit, book bag etc.) have your name in/on them. 

Homework is now due on Mondays.

Have a wonderful weekend full of exploring, reading, writing, sleeping, eating, singing, dancing, playing, talking and of course don’t forget to comment on the blog! 

Love,

Miss Linsley x

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An early start on Christmas!

Greetings Platypuses, 

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I am rather a fan of Christmas so we have started our festivities a little early in Reception! 

We have been learning about the nativity story and have also listened to a fun story called Norman the Slug who Saved Christmas! 

Where was baby Jesus born? (in a stable in Bethlehem) 

Who visited baby Jesus after he was born? (the shepherds and 3 wise men) 

Who was baby Jesus the son of? (Mary and God)

What did Norman the slug use to re-wrap the presents? (his slime)

What did he make out of the wooden sign that he used to deliver the presents? (a sleigh)

Who helped him? (the snails who acted liked reindeer) 

Next week we will be learning more about doubling in maths and how to write a letter in literacy.

If you would like to attend our school Christmas Carol Concert and Nativity Tableau then the tickets go on sale on Monday. They are £1 and the shows are the week before the end of term – Thursday 13th and Friday 14th at 2pm. 

It will be Green Team‘s turn for Show and Tell on Tuesday. Please only bring in toys when it is your colour team’s turn for Show and Tell as they can easily get lost 😦

Please wear your PE kit on Monday and make sure all your belongings (school uniform, PE kit, book bag etc.) have your name in/on them. 

Homework is now due on Mondays.

Have a wonderful weekend full of exploring, reading, writing, sleeping, eating, singing, dancing, playing, talking and of course don’t forget to comment on the blog! 

Love,

Miss Linsley x

A cold week!

Greetings Platypuses,

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It has been a very cold week but we have carried on with our super learning. There has been lots of good progress in our maths and writing but this week we have been really concentrating on staying green. We have changed over from pegs to a very snazzy Good To Be Green chart with cards and by Friday we had managed a full day when nobody was on white! A fantastic achievement, let’s keep that going next week! 

This week’s book was ‘Someone Bigger‘, all about a kite that lifts people and animals off the ground…’This kite needs someone bigger!‘ In the end who was it who could keep the kite from lifting everyone off the ground? (The little boy) 

In our writing we have been learning to write instructions, such as instructions for how to make a kite and the order in which to dress a teddy bear. We have been using time sequencing words such as ‘First‘ ‘Next‘ and ‘Then‘. 

In maths we have been learning about more and less and tallying. Both are great to practise at home.

Gather two types of your favourite toys – such as cars and dolls – which one do you have more of? Which one do you have less of?

Can you make a tally chart showing different colours and then ask family members, friends or cuddly toys which their favourite is?

Which colour has the most?

Which has the least? 

It will be Yellow Team‘s turn for Show and Tell on Tuesday. Please only bring in toys when it is your colour team’s turn for Show and Tell as they can easily get lost 😦

Please wear your PE kit on Monday and make sure all your belongings (school uniform, PE kit, book bag etc.) have your name in/on them. 

Remember homework is due in on Tuesday

Have a wonderful weekend full of exploring, reading, writing, sleeping, eating, singing, dancing, playing, talking and of course don’t forget to comment on the blog! 

Love,

Miss Linsley x

Big Rain Coming + Anti-bullying Week 

Greetings Platypuses,

What an exciting week we had with storms and floods and storm shelters! 

What is a flood?

We spent time doing independent writing and challenge writing in our shelter from the rain and wrote instructions on how to get ready for wet weather and how to build a shelter. We also began to learn about the story of Noah – you can watch some different versions of it on the playlist below and sing the great counting song as well. 

This week we have been talking about bullying and what to do if someone starts to bully us or someone we know. We decorated outlines of hands and wrote the names of people we would talk to on them. 

You have the right to be protected from being hurt or mistreated, in body or mind – Article 19, Rights of a Child.

Watch the videos below and talk about them with your adults and other family members.

In maths we have been learning about capacity. What can you say about the capacity of different containers in your home? 

Thank you everyone for your contributions on Monday. 

It will be Red Team‘s turn for Show and Tell on Tuesday. Please only bring in toys when it is your colour team’s turn for Show and Tell as they can easily get lost 😦

Please wear your PE kit on Monday and make sure all your belongings (school uniform, PE kit, book bag etc.) have your name in/on them. 

Remember homework is due in on Tuesday

Have a wonderful weekend full of exploring, reading, writing, sleeping, eating, singing, dancing, playing, talking and of course don’t forget to comment on the blog! 

Love,

Miss Linsley x

Poppies and Remembrance Day

Greetings Platypuses!

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Today in class and in assembly we talked about Remembrance Day and on Sunday it will be Remembrance Sunday

What can you tell your adult about what you have learnt about why we have Remembrance Day and why we wear poppies

Sometimes we can find it upsetting thinking about the soldiers, doctors, nurses and many others who died taking care of our country so that we could live in safety in a country that treats everyone equally; it is important to remember that we didn’t know these people so we shouldn’t get too upset but we respect their memory and all the good they did.

I think they would be happy to see what good lives most people in Britain have now, at least in part because of them.

Unfortunately as the interactive whiteboard is not working I have not been able to show you some of the lovely videos that would help you to understand more about Remembrance Day but you can watch them below. 

I hope that one day there will be peace all over the world, how can we play our part in making the world a better place? (Being kind and helpful, always solving our disagreements with sensible words not unkind hands and treating everyone equally)

Many of you made beautiful poppy artwork which you can see in the photos above. 

Remember that on Sunday there will be a two minute silence at 11 o’clock. It is of course a choice as to whether you take part in it; why not talk to your adult about what you think and feel about it?

Homework is due on Tuesdays. It is the responsibility of each Platypus to hand in their own homework as they are developing their independence (they are reminded many times though!) If phonics books are not handed in then the next week’s homework slip cannot be attached. Maths homework will soon start being sent home, just as soon as the folders arrive 🙂

Reading diaries must be in book bags withs reading books (those for practise and those they have chosen to take home) every day as the day on which groups read changes. If books are not returned then we cannot send new books home which will be detrimental to the practise that could be done. Reading regularly is best! 

Next week is Anti-bullying week and on Monday we will be raising money for the Anti-Bullying Alliance by wearing odd socks (£1 contribution please). 

On Thursday it is the children’s individual photos so you may want to make sure they look extra specially smart that day! 

It will be Blue Team‘s turn for Show and Tell on Tuesday. Please bring one toy/picture/item of choice if you would like to. Please only bring in toys when it is your colour team’s turn for Show and Tell as they can easily get lost 😦

Please wear your PE kit on Monday and make sure all your belongings (school uniform, PE kit, book bag etc.) have your name in/on them. 

I hope you have a lovely weekend full of exploring, reading, writing, sleeping, eating, singing, dancing, playing and your fabulous phonics homework!  Do comment on the blog! 

Love,

Miss Linsley x

Rama and Sita + shapes!

Greetings Platypuses!

This term our topic is Weather and Festivals and we started it this week by learning about Diwali.

Check out the CBeebies link and the playlist below to rewatch the story of Rama and Sita and to learn more about Diwali celebrations. Like many stories belonging to different religions the story of Rama and Sita celebrates good triumphing (winning) over evil. Can you think of any other stories you know where this happens? 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/lets-celebrate-diwali?collection=lets-celebrate-celebrations 

What do people do at Diwali to celebrate? 

Can you name one thing they decorate with?

Which religions celebrate Diwali? (Hindus and Sikhs

Can you retell the story of Rama and Sita

How would you feel if you had to go into the forest full of demons? What would you do to survive

In maths this week we have been learning about shapes

How many different 2D shapes can you name?

How many sides does a square have? How many sides does a rectangle have? What is the difference between them? (a square has sides all the same length but a rectangle has 2 short and 2 long sides) 

How many 3D shapes can you name?

Can you find identify some 3D shapes around the home? 

It will be Green Team‘s turn for Show and Tell on Tuesday. Please bring one toy/picture/item of choice if you would like to. Please only bring in toys when it is your colour team’s turn for Show and Tell as they can easily get lost 😦

Please wear your PE kit on Monday and make sure all your belongings (school uniform, PE kit, book bag etc.) have your name in/on them. 

I hope you have a lovely weekend full of exploring, reading, writing, sleeping, eating, singing, dancing, playing and your fabulous phonics homework!  Make sure you comment on the blog! 

Love,

Miss Linsley x

Nocturnal animals and adding!

Greetings Platypuses!

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I hope you are having a lovely half-term 🙂

Last week we learnt about nocturnal animals and shared the story Owl Babies.

What was your favourite part of the story?

What kept being repeated (said over and over again) in the story?

When do owls come out, day or night?

What do owls like to eat?

What do we call animals that come out at night? (nocturnal animals) 

What other nocturnal animals can you name? (badger, mole, fox, bat, wolf, mouse, racoon, hedgehog)

In maths we learnt about adding

What is this sign/symbol called? +

What is this sign/symbol called? =

Can you complete the number sentences below? 

2+1=

3+2=

7+3=

Is this number sentence right? Can you fix it if it isn’t? 

4=1+5

It will be Yellow Team‘s turn for Show and Tell on Tuesday. Please bring one toy/picture/item of choice if you would like to. Please only bring in toys when it is your colour team’s turn for Show and Tell as they can easily get lost 😦

Please wear your PE kit on Monday and make sure all your belongings (school uniform, PE kit, book bag etc.) have your name in/on them. 

I hope you have a wonderful holiday full of exploring, reading, writing, sleeping, eating, singing, dancing, playing and your fabulous new phonics homework!  Make sure you comment on the blog! 

Love,

Miss Linsley x