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Welcome to The Hurricane Class.

We are a mixed Year 1 and Year 2 class with space for 20 Year 1 and 10 Year 2 children. Our teacher is Mrs. Winter with Mrs. Deegan supporting in the mornings and Mrs. Sutherland in the afternoons. 

Class events

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Homework

Homework is useful in reinforcing what has been learned in class, helps teach responsibility and also develops positive study habits in students.  I assign homework weekly.  It will be given on Monday and is due Friday.  It is very simple, consisting of spelling and very basic maths facts.  I expect students to do their best job on homework and that homework is neat.  Please remind your child to use connective cursive.  If your child is having difficulty please let me know about it.  By working together, I am sure that we can make this a positive experience for your child.  Thank you for your support!

Guy Fawkes, broomsticks, tree cookies and lanterns 

Forest School has been a hive of activity over the last few weeks.  We started off by making a Guy for the village bonfire.  We gathered leaves and straw and spent a long time stuffing some old clothes that Mr Atkins had given us.  Those that attended the village bonfire on Friday 4th November will have seen him go up in smoke!

The children have also worked together to make besoms for Halloween...or Nimbus 2000's and Firebolts as the children liked to call them!  It took a lot of time for them to gather the right sticks and then tie them around a branch - but those that wanted to, did it!

Some of the girls made a bow with Mr Roberts this week - and then went off to practise their archery skills; they had a great time.

Meanwhile, a few children chose to use the bow saw and rotary drill to make poppy 'tree cookies' to hang with homemade lanterns on our remembrance tree.

The weeks have been whizzing by with some children making and creating whilst others have been using their imaginations and playing some fantastic games with dens made in trees!

Whittling, chopping and creating

The children have really settled into Forest School and have become very independent in choosing what they want to do.  

After using a lot of willow the previous weeks, the children can now recognise it and talk about why it is good for various jobs.  This week, some of the children whittled the willow, measured and cut it with loppers and then put it in a tin in the fire.  After a short while, we took it out and saw that it had turned into charcoal - perfect for writing and drawing!

After talking about changes in weather and seasons, some of the children chose to help make a bug hotel using straw, leaves and sticks.  We hope that the mini beasts will love snuggling up in there!  One of the children even made a sign using our homemade charcoal.

The children give us ideas of snacks that they would like to make on the fire - one of which was fish n chips!  So, this week, we cooked fish fingers and fried potatoes on the fire - and every morsel was devoured!!

Foraging, firelighting and fun!

We've had a fab couple of weeks out at Forest School with the Class 2 children really getting stuck in.  

During the first week, the children had the chance to explore and see how the site had changed since they were last there.  They played on the new slackline, went pond dipping (and met one of our resident frogs), make a range of culinary delights in the mud kitchen and - generally - had fun!

We came together around the fire to cook and eat drop scones - which we served with freshly picked blackberries.

This week, lots of the children were keen to make bows and arrows.  They learned to identify willow by the colour of the branches and the leaves, and they cut some using loppers.  There was a lot of teamwork and problem solving with this activity.

Other children chose to build a den or have a go at getting a spark using a flint and steel.  Some also made leaf prints on flags, and we saw how the wind blew them.

Cooking and eating s'mores proved hugely popular!!

Phonics

Please have look at the phonics sounds sheet on our class page. This sheet contains all the sounds the children have been learning since foundation. You can help your child by getting them to say the sounds to you and by asking them to read words containing the different sounds. During the phonics screening check children will be asked to read a combination of real and alien words (nonsense words). This is to ensure they are using their phonics to decode words. It will be really helpful if you can ask your children to read a mixture of these words at home. For example, an alien word such as "sploon" would be spilt into the sounds s-p-l-oo-n. I have included a document that is a mixture of alien and real words that you can use for this. 

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