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Welcome to Buccaneers!

In our class we have 20 children in Foundation Stage. Our teacher is Mrs Johnson; Miss Hill is our teaching assistant everyday with Mrs Mulcahy joining us on a Wednesday afternoon. On Monday afternoons we have Forest School with Mrs Rae.

In the Buccaneers we love to learn! We have created a a learning environment that encourages the children to practice new skills, play with friends, explore and develop ideas and most importantly have fun. We have a fabulous garden which we use as much as we can. The children have a mud kitchen which they use to make wonderful creations, leaf soup, mud chilli and my favourite hot chocolate! We also have a great tyre sand pit, water area, bikes and gardening area which the children enjoy planting seeds, bulbs and watching their plants grow.

Children's social, emotional, physical and communication skills are are supported in conjunction with the teaching of  reading, writing and maths. Our curriculum ensures that children's individual needs are met and they are given the best opportunity to develop and grow in a safe and inspiring environment. We support the children in developing the skills they need to build firm foundations that will help them as they progress on their learning journey.

Class events

Fri 24 Sep

Harvest Festival in church

Tue 9 Nov

Flu immunisation

Thu 11 Nov

Remembrance ceremony

Fri 10 Dec

Buccaneers Nativity

Tue 14 Dec

Christmas dinner

Tue 14 Dec

Carol service in church

Fri 17 Dec

Final assembly with parent celebration assembly

See the full diary...

And now my tummy is starting to rumble...Class 1's favourite food is Grufflo crumble!

Class 1 enjoyed their Grufflo crumble served with the three flavours of ice-cream we made last week.  As well as making delicious desserts we have been busy exploring the story of The Grufflo and The Gruffalo's Child.  Children have been using story props to act out and retell the story and today have begun creating their own cave drawings in our Grufflo cave, inspired by the tales.  We have also been sharing other books by Julia Donaldson, clearly a favourite at home with many of the children who are familiar with lots of the books and have been joining in with refrains and spotting the rhymes.

Class 1 Update, week 5

This week we have begun our phonics sessions and children have responded well to learning initial sounds, with some choosing to practice their letter formation independently.  You can help at home by sharing the sounds taught to date (in green word books), recognising letters in the environment and supporting children to practice writing their name using the correct letter formation (please ask if you need more name tracing sheets).

Earlier on in the week we visited St Britius church in preparation for the harvest festival on Thursday.  Children enjoyed exploring the church.  Tilly told us all about Nancy's christening and we found Jonty's name on the baptism list.

We have begun recognising and ordering numbers.  Children have been fishing for numbers in the water tray and trying to catch corresponding numbers of fish.  Some children have been counting to 10, some to 20 and some beyond!

On Friday we made ice-cream.  Everyone had a turn using the electric hand whisk.  We are looking forward to tasting our ice-cream with our Grufflo crumble next week!

Phonics 

Please find attached the phonics letter following the parent workshop session and the letter formation guidance for parents.  

Here are links to articulation and pronunciation sites as well as further explanation of synthetic phonics and the Read Write Inc phonics scheme developed by Ruth Miskin.

Web sites to support pronunciation of pure sounds and explain synthetic phonics

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqhXUW_v-1s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J2Ddf_0Om8&feature=related 

http://phonicbooks.wordpress.com/2011/03/13/how-to-say-the-sounds-of-letters-in-synthetic-phonics/  

Fruit kebabs

This week we have been thinking about patterns; we have been printing patterns in paint, making peg board patterns, threading repeating patterns on bead strings, making shape patterns and today we alternated different fruits to make fruit kebabs.  All the children enjoyed eating their kebabs.

Cheers!

It was another wet day at Forest School - but it didn't stop the children from having fun!  They made a rope swing, they made LOTS of mud cakes and some went bug hunting.  When the rain came down, we went into our shelter and relaxed with a hot chocolate and a biscuit!

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