Welcome back to nursery. This term we have welcomed 12 new starters into our sessions who are settling in well.
Over the next couple of weeks nursery will be taking advantage of the cold weather and exploring the cold.
Good afternoon all,
You just know it is going to be a bad day when a dead rodent falls into your bowl while you’re pouring yourself some Kellog’s Crunchy Nut cereal during a dark, winter morning. It turns out that Year 6 ‘have my back’ as they wasted no time in sitting down to write a formal and powerful letter of complaint about Kellog’s Quality Control standards. Please ask Year 6 pupils for examples of formal language and how to structure an effective, formal letter of complaint.
As our theme is Overcoming Challenge this half term, we have been inspired by the challenges faced by millions of people across the world during World War One. In class we have been particularly focussed on the questions of ‘How did the First World War change peoples’ lives?’ and ‘What was life like during the war for families and children on the Home Front?’
Amazingly, we have discovered that many women until 1914, were not in employment. However, due to the numbers of men that had to go and fight, there was no option but to ask the women to do the traditionally men’s jobs. These were roles such as factory workers, bus drivers and nurses both at home and on the front. We also used our researching skills to discover more about the women the world remembers and what they did during this time that was so important – ask us about Eva Haverfield, Elsie Inglis and Edith Cavell. There’s still more learning to do however and we’re looking forward to investigating the roles children had during this time and how their lives were affected by the war. We have also produced some lovely silhouette artwork as part of our creative Remembrance and are looking forward to sharing this with you during our landing on 7th December.
Class Simmonds have been really enjoying getting stuck into our WW1 enquiry and are really looking forward to presenting our learning to parents on Friday 14th December at 9:15am. We have been learning about what schools, food and homes were like back then and how they compare to our experiences now.
All children have now had an opportunity to experience a practice phonics screening test which has helped us re-group the children and ensure they are now in groups which best meet their reading needs. We are hosting a reading evening on Tuesday 4th December at 5pm, where children come in pyjamas; have hot chocolate and a story whilst parents find out more about our reading programme at the school. Class Simmonds are now lucky enough to have four parent reading helpers in school for which we are most grateful.
In Numeracy we have been focussing our attention on number and place value. Children have been learning their two times tables and developing their knowledge of number bonds to ten. It would be fantastic if children were continuing to practise their multiplication tables at home.