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Welcome to Panda Class!

 

Adults in Panda Class

 

Mrs Sheppard - I share teaching Panda class with Mrs Gleed. I will be in class on Mondays, Tuesday and every other Wednesday.

 

Mrs Gleed -  I have been a teacher at Barley Close since 2009 and although I have previously taught in KS1 and 2; the Early Years are my favourite age group. I have gained specific qualifications in Early Years and hold a Masters in Education in addition to Early Years Professional Status (EYPS).  I enjoy spending my spare time developing my creative skills and am currently attending art classes. I am very pleased to be teaching Panda Class again this year.  Please come and see me anytime if you have questions about your child or any part of school life or if you would prefer to email me, my address is:  sharon.gleed@barleyclose.org.uk

 

Mrs Lines is the HLTA (higher level teaching assistant) in Panda Class and we would be lost without her!  Mrs Lines has been at Barley Close for a very long time, as her children all also attended the school, so many of you will already know her.  Mrs Lines is a school governor and has a passion for outdoor learning, she leads our weekly forest school sessions which are always popular with the children.

 

Mrs Collins is the reading assistant in Panda Class and works with us on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.  Mrs Collins reads with many children during the year and supports them to develop their reading skills.  Mrs Collins is also a TA (teaching assistant) and she works with Mrs Lines in Panda Class when Mrs Gleed and Mrs Sheppard have their PPA time on Wednesday afternoons

 

What will my child need for school?

 

Waterproof coat

Wellies

Book bag

PE kit

 

All children need a book bag with them in school every day.

Wellies are stored on the trolley outside of the classroom, children use these regularly so they will need to keep a pair in school.

PE kit is a white or Royal blue T-shirt, dark shorts and plimsolls/trainers. Children are to wear their p.e. kit to school on the day they do p.e. When the weather is wet/cold, children can wear tracksuit trousers/joggers and a cardigan/jumper over their p.e. t-shirt. 

 

Please ensure all items of clothing (including shoes) are labelled clearly with your child's name.

 

When will my child do PE?

 

PE will be on a Thursday, starting 12th September.

 

From Term 4, P.E. will be on a Monday morning. Please wear kit to school. 

 

Swimming will be on a Friday in terms 1, 5 and 6. Please remember to bring your swimming costume and towel in a named bag.  Swimming starts on Friday 27th September. Swimming has now ended for the winter. We will advise you when swimming re-commences. 

 

Forest school will take place every Tuesday.

 

 

Seesaw learning platform

 

Today, Firday 22nd May, you will have received your log-in details for a new learning platform - Seesaw. Some of you have already been  uploading photographs of your home learning. From June 1st, we will be using this to post details of the learning we are doing in school (if we have returned) so you can follow them at home. It will be a way for us to bring together our two learning communities - those learning in school and those continuing to learn at home. You will be able to post photos of your learning at home, to which Mrs Sheppard and I will be able to respond. As we all become more familiar with this new system, I am sure we will be able to expand how we use it.

 

I will post a few activities for you to try which have been created by other people before we launch our own version of activities.

 

       

Reading Certificate

 

Congratulations to Cody for reading 200 times at home. That is an amazing achievement!  You are a Gold reading hero! yes

Apps to support literacy - reading, writing and phonics at home or on the move

 

The Government have put together a list of apps which they believe offer good educational support for young children in the development of their reading, writing and phonics skills.

 

For more information, click on the following link

 

https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/#3  

 

It is well worth having a look at this site as there is a lot of information there about helping you to decide which technology is most supportive for your child's development, lists of other educational websites that can support with your child's development in English, Maths, Physical development and vitally imoportant, their mental wellbeing. 

 

 

We know that many of our Pandas love to use technology so perhaps you might like to have a look at some of the following apps-

 

 

Recommended apps (available on a variety of media platforms)

 

 

Cbeebies storytime

 

Cbeebies Playtime Island

 

Lingumi - focusing on spoken language and grammar

 

Kaligo - a digital handwriting exercise book

 

Teach your monster to read

 

Navigo

 

Phonics Hero

 

Fonetti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panda Class are out and about - learning through exploring their local environment!

 

Challenge 6

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it's time for another challenge. Why don't you let us know how you get on.

Reading Eggs

 

Well done to everyone who has been working at improving their reading and spelling using the Reading Eggs programme.  Special congratulations goes to the following Pandas who have earnt certificates:- either bronze, silver or gold.  

 

Siyana, Teddy, Alice, Kayden and Aroush. smiley yes

 

Well done, keep going, you are doing amazingly!

Challenge 5

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It's that time again. Good Luck.

Challenge 4

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Apologies we have been experiencing some awful technical difficulties uploading our Challenge videos. But finally I can share with you Challenge 4. Why not have a go, don't be a chicken like Mrs Lines.

Monday 18th May - Last week of term 5

 

Welcome to our final week of home learning in Term 5. We hope you are all keeping well and have been able to safely enjoy the lovely sunshine we have had over the past week. 

 

We know that the Pandas are all missing each other and send their very best wishes to each other and all the Panda members of staff. We are glad that you have been finding the resources useful and have been enjoying time together despite the difficulties. 

 

#Learning Projects are continuing to provide suggestions for activities. Thank you.  This week, the focus is on people who are important and is looking at characters from stories. The activities look a bit different in presentation to the ideas that we have shared for the last 8 weeks but as always, just choose what you feel is appropriate for you and your child. Everyone is different and we want this to be helpful. Remember to have fun in what ever learning you are doing and stay safe.

 

Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins   

 

    

Home learning suggestions for week commencing 18th May 2020

Pandas are learning at home

 

 

 

 

 

Challenge 3 - Results

 

Well done to Alice for completing 140 bunny hops!! and for getting her whole family involved in the challenge too - well done Harry and Mum and Dad too!!

 

  

Challenge 3

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How did you get on bunny hopping?
I wonder what we have to do today?

Panda Class are learning at home

 

 

 

 

Monday 11th May 

 

Good morning Pandas, how are you all? I wonder if you did anything to celebrate the 75th anniverday of VE day? Whilst out walking my dog, I have seen lots of flags hanging from people's windows and doors and some people even decorated their front gardens. 

 

This week, we come to the end of our first set of themed learning weeks. Many thanks to #Learning Projects. Our learning focus this week, follows on well from the VE commemorations, and is focused on the theme of 'Celebrations.'   

 

We hope you enjoy whatever learning activities you choose to do this week. Mrs Lines will be returning on Tuesday and Thursday with two more challenges.

 

Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Gleed, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins 

 

 

Weekly Maths Activities  

 

  • Make a selection of birthday cards with numerals on the front.
  • Can your child count out birthday candles (if you have them available) or objects to match the amount?

 

  • Can they order the numerals from the smallest amount to the largest?

 

Weekly Reading Activities

● Use the Small Talk website for ideas on supporting your child’s Communication and Language development.

 

 

Weekly Phonics Activities 

 ● Watch a video of a fireworks display. Can your child explore using instruments (if available) or household objects e.g. pots and pans to make their own imitation of firework sounds.

● Learn the song ‘On Bonfire Night’ and encourage your child to make marks to represent the sounds in the song e.g. whiz, whiz could be a swirling pattern.

 

Weekly Writing Activities

● Create a card for a celebration of your choice. Can your child use their phonics knowledge to write a message for the person they would like to give it to?

● Ask your child to draw a picture of a celebration they have taken part in. Encourage them to use their phonics knowledge to write about their memory of that day.

 

 

Learning Project - to be done throughout the week

This project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to learn more about celebrations. Learning may focus and different types of celebrations that take place and who may celebrate them. It could look at how people celebrate different events differently in other parts of the world.

● Family Photographs- ○ Look over a selection of photographs of family celebrations and discuss with your child: what the celebration was about, who attended, what you did to celebrate, when it took place, whether it is an event that happens each year. Can your child remember the event taking place? What do they remember of it?

● Plan a family celebration- ○ Decide on a family celebration for the week. This could be a family indoor picnic, meal, dance etc. Ask your child to write invitations to family members who live with you to the celebration.

○ Create homemade decorations using coloured paper (If you do not have coloured paper at home, you could use old newspaper or wrapping paper) You could make paper chains or bunting ○ Plan a menu for the party and make the food together.

 

● Discover religious celebrations- ○ Watch the Let’s Celebrate video collection for Easter. Discuss the celebrations with your child. Did they celebrate Easter? Which of the events did they take part in? ○ Watch the Let’s Celebrate video collection for Eid-al-Fitr. Discuss the celebrations with your child. Did they celebrate Eid-al-Fitr? How did they celebrate? Are there any similarities and differences between the celebrations they saw in the Easter videos? ○ Look through the range of videos available on Cbeebies and watch together. Discuss who celebrates the event and any similarities and differences with celebrations your child has taken part in.

 

● Birthdays- ○ Talk to your child about when they were born. Look at photographs of the day they were born, if you have them available. Do they know the date of their birthday? Support your child to create an all about me folding book (as pictured) with their birth date, current age and anything else they think is important for people to know about them. 

Friday 8th May - Bank Holiday

 

Friday 8th May had been made a special bank holiday to commemorate (remember and mark) the 75th Anniversary of the Victory in Europe, when fighting in Europe came to an end.  Lots of events and celebrations had been planned but due to Coronavirus many of them have been cancelled. 

 

However, we can still mark this special day.

 

The British Legion have invited us to hold a 2 minute silence at 11.00 a.m. on Friday to remember all the pepole who have died during war time and times of conflict. There will be a live stream event from 11.15 a.m. and at 9.00 p.m. they are inviting us to sing together the song 'We'll meet again.' The lyrics can be found on our latest school newsletter. We had a little practise with the children attending school a fortnight ago.

 

If you are interested in finding out more, details can be found on the follwing link https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/remembrance-events/ve-day-75

 

 

Another way of remembering is to have a party at home, safely with your family. You could make bunting - little flags in red, white and blue and hang them up. 

 

    

 

 

Send us a photo of your celebrations and we can put them on our class page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

Challenge 2

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So who's ready for our second challenge? Have fun!

Panda Class is learning at home

Tuesday's Wheel of Challenge photos

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Tuesday's Challenge

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Here is the first challenge. Have fun and we would love to see the results if you would like to email them to us.

Monday 4th May

 

Hello Pandas, we hope you have had an enjoyable weekend.

 

Here is this week's suggestions for learning activities at home. Many thanks for #Learning Projects. Feel free to choose what you want to do out the following suggestions. This week, the theme is food! Remember tomorrow will be the first of our wheel of challenges, so don't forget to check back on Tuesday to find out what it is!!

 

Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins    

 

Weekly Maths Activities

 

  •  Explore weighing and measuring food on the kitchen scales. Ask, what happens as you place more on the scales?

● Look for numerals on packaging you find around the house. Can your child recognise the numerals and count out a matching amount?

 

Weekly Reading Activities

● Look at recipe books and food magazines, you can pick up store magazines for free from the supoermarkets. Encourage your child to use their phonics knowledge to decode the ingredients list. Select a recipe and make this together.

 

Encourage your child to read the labels on packaging to figure out which ingredient it is.

 

 

Weekly Phonics Activities 

● Practice the sounds your child is working on and blend words. This can be oral blending (e.g. spoken out loud c-a-t) or written if appropriate.

● Pour flour, rice or lentils into a shallow tray or plate. Show your child a letter, digraph, trigraph or tricky word and ask them to ‘write it’ in the food using their finger.

 

Weekly Writing Activities

● Using recipes from books as a guide, ask your child to create their own recipe for their dream meal. They could draw out the ingredients and label them and draw the finished meal. Some children may be able to write a few short sentences as instructions.

● Look at a range of different packages found around the kitchen. Discuss with your child what makes it stand out to a customer. Support them to design a package for a treat of their choice.

 

 

Learning Project

  • Find out about which foods are most healthy for us to eat and which food we should limit.  

  ● Discuss how exercise is an important part of staying healthy. Watch and complete a 10 minute shake up. 

 Create a collage- ○ Ask your child to draw out a number of fruits or vegetables, large enough to fill a piece of A4 paper. Provide them with a selection of colourful packaging. Can they cut out and collage on to their picture to

● Play shops- ○ Using toy food or old packaging, set up a food shop for your child to act out being the shopkeeper and customer. You could introduce coins to support their developing knowledge of money. Give them a notepad to use as a shopping list to encourage in the moment writing.

● Potato/ Vegetable Printing- ○ Using a selection of vegetables available in your kitchen, support your child to print and explore the shapes and patterns created:

● Make cornflour gloop- ○ Mix cornflour with a small amount of water in a mixing bowl. It will make a slimy, stretchy mixture. Allow your child to explore the change of texture from wet to dry and the texture of the gloop. 

New online lessons available from the Oak National Academy

 

Speaking to parents this week it is clear that you are appreciating the content of our class pages and having a variety of activities to try with your children.  Each child, family and situation is different and we want to do all we can to support you. We do not want you to feel bombarded with activities but know that each of the chidren have different interests and that different activities will maintain their interest. Variety is the key for keeping things fresh and helping to boredom and possibly frustration.  With that in mind, please find below details of some other online lessons that you can access. As with all of the material we are posting here, choose what is right for you - do some, a little, a lot. The choice is yours and you know what is best for your situation at this time. 

 

https://www.thenational.academy/

 

    

Pandas Learning at Home

 

 

 

 

 

What's in the pond?

 

Do you remember earlier we asked you what you thought Mrs Sheppard found in her pond?

 

Well, it is a newt!

 

Were you right?

 

  

 

Mrs Sheppard was very excited because she hasn't had a newt in her pond before. He is a very special visitor. Mrs Sheppard thinks he is a smooth newt. She has called him 'Percy the Pondkeeper' as he is looking after all the tadpoles in there.

 

 

Tadpole News!

 

Do you remember back at the beginning of March we had a tank of frogspawn in our class and how we watched them hatch and grow? The tadpoles grew so big that we couldn't keep them in the tank any longer and they had to go back home to the pond in Mrs Sheppard's garden. Well, she has been watching them very carefully and they have grown even more!

 

Have a look at the photo and see if you can spot any changes!

 

Also, whilst looking at the tadpoles, Mrs Sheppard found something else that was very exciting in her pond. Can you guess what it was? Come back and check on this class page at a later date and we will reveal what she found!The tadpoles were successfully returned to their pond. They have grown huge and should be soon be growing their legs. soon. 

The tadpoles were successfully returned to their pond. They have grown huge and should soon be growing their legs. Can you remember which legs they grow first? If not, maybe you could go and find out.

Art Competition

 

The Royal Fine Art Society and Bath Spa have launched an art competition called 'See what I see.' They are encouraging children and young people to design new spaces for our communities to come together, to live, work and enjoy social times together.

 

Lots of children in Panda class love to draw and create models and this competition fits in well with this week's focus on our environment. If your child could design their perfect place to live, what would it look like? What features would it have there? What would the homes look like? Will there be places to sit, eat, play together? How could we encourage more nature and wildlife in the spaces where we live?  

 

If your child is interested, please read more details, in the attachment below. It will explain how to submit your entry and where to send it. School will not be collecting entries, you have to send them directly to the organiser but we would love to see anything they create, so do send us a photo via my email address sharon.gleed@barleyclose.org.uk.        

Mindfulness Monsters

 

We understand that this is a challenging time for everyone, we have been in lockdown for six weeks and we understand that the children in Panda class are finding it hard and missing their friends. You are all doing amazingly to home educate your children, keep them occupied and as happy as possible whilst doing all the other things that you have to do. Emotions can be up and down and below are some lovely activities that you and your children can do together to help releaase postive emotions and feelings of calm through mindful activities.

 

As with all of the activities we are posting, please don't feel you have to do all of them. It is up to you how many you do. You can do as little or as much as you like. You don't have to do them all at once. Be guided by what is right for you and your family.

 

Take care and by kind to yourselves.

 

Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Gleed, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins   

Wheel of Challenge!

 

Starting next week, every Tuesday and Thursday, Mrs Lines is going to present a short challenge for your child to do at home. The aim is FUN!! and you are free to take part or not, the choice is yours!  Mrs Lines is getting very excited and is already preparing different costumes to wear each time. She will be spinning the wheel of challenge and seeing which colour it lands on. It may be a challenge from Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Collins, Mrs Lines or Mrs Gleed! 

 

Check back every Tuesday and Thursday on our class page and see what the challenge is!

 

 

Monday 27th April  

 

Hello Panda Class, all your teachers hope you are well as we start another week of learning at home. We hope you have been having fun with the Reading Eggs. I wonder how many of you started the online 'Letters and Sounds' online lesson? Don't worry if you haven't yet, there is still plenty of time.  Just do what you can manage and what fits in with everything else happening in your home at this time.      

 

This week our theme is our environment, the place we live, our neighbourhood and local community and our world and how we can take care of it. This unit of learning follows on really well from World Earth Day last Wednesday as we continue to think about what we can do to take care of our planet and take responsibility for looking after the little patch that we live in.  

 

Take care and stay safe and continue to enjoy all your learning activities with your family.

 

Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Gleed, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins

 

Many thanks once again to #Learning Projects for all the following suggestions.  

 

Weekly Maths Activities 

 

● Watch a Numberblocks clip each day at: BBC or CBeebies. 

● Play the Numberblocks add and subtract quiz. ● Practise counting up to 20. This can be done through playing hide and seek, singing number songs, chanting, board games etc.

● Write out the digits 0 - 9.

● Practise recognising amounts up to five or up to ten by playing these games. This can be done by reading a dice when playing board games, playing with cards, identifying how many food items on the plate etc.

● Listen to a number song from the CBeebies website. After listening to them, watch again and sing along if you can. Talk about the maths you can see in the video clip.

 

 

Weekly Reading Activities

 

● Read a variety of books at home. Favourites can be repeated. Hearing the patterns of language in a story will support your child’s language development.

● Reception age children: Children to read to parents daily. Visit Oxford Owl for free eBooks that link to your child’s book band. You can create a free account. Complete the linked Play activities for each book.

● With your child, look in magazines, newspapers and books for the tricky words they are currently learning. They could use a highlighter to highlight in magazines and newspapers.

 

Weekly Phonics Activities

 

● Sing Nursery Rhymes and songs together. Add in actions and change the words. Can children think of different rhyming words to add in? Repeat old favourites and learn new rhymes. 

● Daily phonics - Practice the sounds your child is working on and blend words. This can be oral blending (e.g. spoken out loud c-a-t) or written if appropriate. Interactive games.

● Sing the song, ‘Incy, Wincy Spider’ and add in the rain sounds using your rainmaker (from the learning project below).

 

Weekly Writing Activities

 

● Practice name writing. Can they write their first name? Middle name? Surname?

● Practice forming the letters of the alphabet. Follow your school’s script.

● Ask your child to write out the tricky words they are working on at the moment on pieces of paper and turn them into a pairs game.

● Take your child for a litter pick around your front and back garden. Create a poster to remind people to put rubbish in the bin.

 

 

Learning Project - to be done throughout the week

The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to learn more about the environment. Learning may focus on changes to different environments, the impact of humans on environments, climate change etc .

● Create a daily weather chart- ○ Record using pictures and written labels (where appropriate). How has the weather changed over the week? ○ If it is raining, leave a container outside to collect the rain e.g. a water bottle with the funnel cut off. Draw a line or make a mark to show where the rain came up to. Repeat overnight or the next day and compare your results.

 

● Recycling/ Exploring Materials- ○ Provide your child with a selection of packaging to sort into groups to recycle. Can they identify plastic, paper, card, metal.

 

● Create your own rain cloud- ○ Use a plastic container with a lid (e.g. a water bottle) and make small holes on one side. You could stick on cotton wool to decorate. Fill the container with water and watch as the water drips out.

 

● Weather sounds (Rainmakers) ○ Provide your child with either a plastic container, bottle or other junk modelling item. Pour in a spoon or two of rice or lentils and secure with a bottle lid or sellotape. Decorate with stickers, glitter and sequins if you have them available. Have fun exploring making rain sounds.

 

● Ice- ○ Watch ‘Frozen- In Summer’. Discuss with your child what they think will happen to Olaf when it gets warm. Support your child to fill up ice cube trays or plastic containers, if ice cube trays are not available, and freeze. Once frozen, take them out and explore how quickly they melt: in your hands, in the fridge, on the windowsill and when blown with the hairdryer. ○ Search on Google Maps for the UK. Discuss with your child the colour of the land and sea. Scroll up to look at the Arctic. Discuss why the land looks different in the Arctic, because the land is covered in snow and ice. Discuss the differences in temperature in the UK and the Arctic. Look at a picture of an igloo on google.

Fill an ice cube tray with water and when frozen take out and support your child to create their own igloo out of the ice cubes.     

Online Phonics Lessons and Support for Reading at Home 

 

From Monday 27th April, there will a set of daily lessons to teach phonics skills, which will support and develop your child's reading. The lessons have been funded by the Department for Education and are led by the 'Letters and Sounds' phonic scheme.

 

If you click on the link, you will see an introductory video, explaining in more detail about what the lessons are going to offer. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP_FbjYUP_UtldV2K_-niWw

 

Please see the attachment below for more details.

Letter for Parents and Carers about the 'Letters and Sounds' Online Phonics Lessons

Mrs Lines sends you news of 'Forest school at home' 

 

Mrs Lines, just like the rest of the teachers in Panda Class, is really missing you all and would like to share news of the beautiful nature she has been enjoying at home. She has been looking carefully at the wildlife and nature in her garden.  Can you identify all of the things she has found? Have a look at all the lovely photographs below.

 

 

Greetings from Mrs Lines

Reading Eggs

 

Reading eggs is a 'multi award winning programme' accessed via an online site which provides activities to support the development of your child's reading skills through phonic based games and activities. In addition, there are songs, rewards and 'golden eggs' that your child can collect, which should motivate them to engage with the activities as they see their progression and what they are achieving.  The activities will be aimed towards matching your child's current level of reading skill and are delivered 'through carefully sequenced lessons.'    

 

You should be receiving specific log on details which will provide your child with access to the games.    

 

If you encounter any problems, do let us know and we will do our best to support you. 

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We know this is a difficult time for you all and that you are missing each other. We are missing you too. We hope this gives you a new activity to do and that you have lots of fun. I have already had played some of the games and I got very excited seeing my golden eggs fly into the basket! I wonder how many you will collect? Why don't you have a go?      

 

World Earth Day - Wednesday 22nd April

 

Today is World Earth Day, a day for thinking about the world and how special it is and how important it is to look after it well. 

 

Here are some activities you could do to help you mark this day.

 

  • Do on a nature hunt - collect leaves and sticks, pine cones, anything that you find on the ground  and arrange them in a pattern or make a picture with them.
  • Do some recycling at home - see if you ccan separate the plastic, metal, glass, cardboard and paper from your bin and put them out for recyling rather than going to landfill in the black bin.
  • Maybe you have got some seeds at home - you could plant them and watch them grow.

 

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Pandas Learning at Home  

 

Window Art 

 

This week's window art theme is hearts, let's spread loving kindness in what we say and do and show it with a heart on our window.

 

 

 

 

 

Martha the Giraffe

 

Martha the Giraffe is a big puppet giraffe from the musical theatre production - 'My Great Giraffe,' which was shown in 2019 at the Bristol Old Vic, (a theatre in Bristol). Martha encourages children to be brave and hold their head up high. Her creator Brook Tate, has invited us to make our own 'Marthas' and to hold them up high as a sign of hope and of good things happening again in the future. We have been invited to hang up or hold up our Martha giraffes on a Thurday evening at 8.00 p.m. when we thank our NHS workers and key workers for all they are doing and giving at this time to keep us safe and well and to provide us with the things that we need. I wonder how many giraffes we will see when we go out and show our appreciation by clapping on Thursday?

 

* Please be careful if you choose to hang up your Martha from the window, ask your grown up to do it or perhaps stand on the ground and wave her around.

 

 

For more information, see the link below

 

https://bristololdvic.org.uk/at-home/family-arts-hub/hold-your-head-up   

 

 

 

 

 

   

Monday 20th April - Start of Term 5 

 

Welcome back to the start of Term 4 after the two weeks' Easter break. It was a very different holiday from usual but we all hope that you were able to enjoy some time together and perhaps have had access to some outside space to enjoy the glorious sunshine we have been having recently.

 

Here is the next set of learning activities from #Learning Hub. Please do not feel you have to do all of them, just choose which ever activities you feel you are able to do. This week the theme is 'animals.' Perhaps you could paint, draw or make a picture of the pets who share their home with you or perhaps an animal or bird that you can see from your window. As always, we would love to see a photo of what you have been learning at home.

 

Take care and hope you can safely enjoy the sunshine.

 

Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins

 

Weekly Maths Activities 

 

● Watch a Numberblocks clip each day at: BBC or CBeebies. Use this guide here to give you ideas on what to do with your children whilst watching an episode.

● Play this counting game. Count how many of each animal you can see.

● Practise counting backwards from 20. This can be done through playing hide and seek, singing number songs, chanting, board games etc.

● Practise recognising amounts. This can also be done by reading a dice when playing board games, playing with cards, identifying how many food items on the plate etc. 

 

Weekly Reading Activities

● Read a variety of books at home. Favourites can be repeated. Hearing the patterns of language in a story will support your child’s language development.

● Reception age children: Children to read to parents daily. Visit Oxford Owl for free eBooks that link to your child’s book band. You can create a free account. Complete the linked Play activities for each book.

● With your child, look in magazines, newspapers and books for the tricky words they are currently learning. They could use a highlighter to highlight in magazines and newspapers.

 

Weekly Phonics Activities  

● Sing Nursery Rhymes and songs together. Add in actions and change the words. Can children think of different rhyming words to add in? Repeat old favourites and learn new rhymes. You can find an A-Z of Nursery Rhymes here.

● Daily phonics - Practice the sounds your child is working on and blend words. This can be oral blending (e.g. spoken out loud c-a-t) or written if appropriate. 

● Sing the song, ‘Old McDonald Had a Farm’. Instead of saying the name of the animal, make the sound. Can your child figure out which animal it is? Reception age children could write the digraphs/ trigraphs they can hear in the song e.g. ee, igh, ee, igh, oa.

 

Weekly Writing Activities 

● Draw an animal of your choice. Label the parts of the animal.

Perhaps you could create a fact file e.g. where does it live? What does it eat?

● Practice name writing. Can they write their first name? Middle name? Surname?

● Practice forming the letters of the alphabet. Follow your school’s script.

● Ask your child to write out the tricky words they are working on at the moment on pieces of paper and turn them into a pairs game.

 

 

Learning Project - to be done throughout the week

 

The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to learn more about key animals they are interested in. Learning may focus on exploring the physical aspects of an animal, their habitat, categorising animals etc.

● Read the story, ‘Dear Zoo’ or watch the online video -

○ Visit the book’s website and play the interactive games

○ Add your own animal into the story and label it e.g. So they sent me a...hedgehog, but he was too prickly....so I sent him back.

○ Choose a soft toy animal or small animal figure and create a junk modelled container for it. ● Identify the birds in your garden-

○ Use the RSPB bird identifier website

○ Draw a picture of the birds you can see.

● Play animal charades- ○ Take it in turns to act as different animals. Add in noises as a clue…

● Learn the song, ‘The Animals Went in Two by Two’ ○ Ask your child to draw out two of each animal and practice writing the numeral 2.

● Looking after your pet- ○ If you have a pet at home encourage your child to take part in their daily care. They could help feed, groom and clean up after your pet.

● Big and small animals- ○ Draw as many big animals as you can on one piece of paper and as many small animals as you can on another sheet of paper. Some children may be able to write a list as an alternative.

● Find all of the animal books in your house- ○ Ask your child to look through the books in your house and to find any with animals on the front cover. Ask them to sort the books into groups of their choice e.g. animals that can fly, swim, big, small, live on a farm/ at the zoo.

● Create an animal den- ○ Provide your child with blankets and sheets to make an animal den. Act out being an animal in the den.

 

 

Window Art 

 

This week's theme for the window art is animals

 

 

 

 

Followed by Easter themed pictures for next week.

 

 

 

 

It will be lovely to see your pictures in your windows alongside your rainbows and flowers. Have fun with paint, colouring pencils, felt tip pens, crayons or anything - coloured paper, bits of cut up ribbon.  

 

 

Religious Festivals in April 

 

Over the coming month, different faith communities will be marking  a variety of festivals.

I wonder if any of you are going to be celebrating/marking any of the following festivals? 

 

 

Hindu

 

Celebrating the birthday of Rama

Celebrating the birthday of Hanuman 

 

Christian 

 

Palm Sunday

Holy Week - Maunday Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Saturday

Easter Sunday

 

Islam

Birthday of 12th Imam

Ramadam

 

Jewish

 

Passover

Jewish Independence Day

 

Sikh

 

New Year Festival 

 

Buddist

 

Flower festival to celebrate Buddha Shakyamuni's birthday

 

 

Perhaps you would like to find out  more about these festivals. If you are celebrating/observing these occasions, we would love to hear about what you do. Please send an email or a photo and we can share it on our 'Panda's learning at home' section. 

    

Friday 3rd April

 

We are so glad that you are enjoying the activities on our class page and the stories on our youtube channel. 

 

Today is our last day of Term 4 and the staff at Barley Close are going to be having a break for two weeks.

 

Here is the next set of activties for you to do, which should provide you will lots to do over the next two weeks. The third set of our activities is linked with the theme 'Viewpoints' which is all about the things that you can see all around you. Thank you once again to #Learning Projects for all these great ideas.

 

You have all been doing a fantastic job with your home learning and teaching. We know it is not easy to combine all that you are trying to do in very challenging circumstances. 

 

The Panda Class team would like to wish you all the very best over the coming weeks. Stay safe, we hope you can safely enjoy the warm weather that is predicted for this coming weekend. 

 

Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins

 

 Weekly Maths Activities (Aim to do 1 per day)

 

● Watch a Numberblocks clip each day at: BBC or CBeebies. Use this guide here to give you ideas on what to do with your children whilst watching an episode.

● Practise counting up to 20. This can be done through playing hide and seek, singing number songs, chanting, board games etc.

● Listen to a number song from the CBeebies website. After listening to them, watch again and sing along if you can. Talk about the maths you can see in the video clip.

● Look out of the window and count how many houses or buildings can be seen.

 

Weekly Reading Activities (Aim to do 1 per day)

 

● Read a variety of books at home. Favourites can be repeated. Hearing the patterns of language in a story will support your child’s language development.

● Reception age children: Children to read to parents daily. Visit Oxford Owl for free eBooks that link to your child’s book band. You can create a free account at: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/ Complete the linked Play activities for each book.

● With your child, look in magazines, newspapers and books for the tricky words they are currently learning. They could use a highlighter to highlight in magazines and newspapers.

 

Weekly Phonics Activities (Aim to do 1 per day)

 

● Sing Nursery Rhymes and songs together. Add in actions and change the words. Can children think of different rhyming words to add in? Repeat old favourites and learn new rhymes. You can find an A-Z of Nursery Rhymes here: https://allnurseryrhymes.com/

● Daily phonics - Practice the sounds your child is working on and blend words. This can be oral blending (e.g. spoken out loud c-a-t) or written if appropriate. Interactive games found on link below. https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

● Play I-spy with things you can see out of the window. You could alternate between the initial sound in the word e.g. “I spy with my little eye something beginning with t”. Or with oral blending e.g. “I spy with my little eye a t-r-ee”

● Play a listening game- Gather a selection of objects that make sounds from around the house. Cover your child’s eyes with a blindfold and make sounds with the objects collected. Can they figure out what the object is without looking at it?

 

Weekly Writing Activities (Aim to do 1 per day)

 

● Practice name writing. Can they write their first name? Middle name? Surname? ● Practice forming the letters of the alphabet. Follow your school’s script.

● Ask your child to write out the tricky words they are working on at the moment on pieces of paper and turn them into a pairs game.

● Ask your child to draw or write a shopping list to help plan for the weekly shop. Encourage them to ask all family members views on what they would like to eat that week. ● Ask your child to help plan a movie night/ afternoon. Select two films from a streaming service or DVD’s you have in the house. Ask them to draw a picture to represent each film or write out the title. Ask them to speak to each member of the house to find out their view on which film they would like to watch. Ask your child to write each person’s name under their chosen film.

 

Learning Project - to be done throughout the week

The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to learn more about different viewpoints. Learning may focus on physical viewpoints in terms of what you can see outside of the window at home, what others can see looking into your home and then progress onto personal viewpoints and of others.

● What can you see out of your window?

 Ask your child to look out of a window in the house and draw what they can see. Look out of a different window (e.g. back or side of the house), draw what they can see. Look at the two pictures together and discuss what is the same in both pictures (e.g. the sky) and what is different.

● Record how many cars/ people walk past your house- ○ Set a timer for 5 minutes on your phone or tablet. Draw out a simple grid (as below) and ask your child to put a tick in the right place every time a person or car goes past. When complete, can they count up the ticks and write the matching numeral? Were there more people or cars?

● How do we differ from others?- ○ Ask your child to look in a mirror at their hair colour, eye colour, skin colour. Ask them to create a self-portrait using either felt-tips, crayons or paint. Look at some pictures in books and magazines. Does everyone look the same way as them? How do people look different?

● Imagine another world outside the window- ○ Close the curtains and ask your child to imagine that the house is in a new imagined world. What do they imagine? Is it snowy? Are there dinosaurs/ monsters in the new world? Ask them to tell you a story about it… Your child could create a story map to show what happens in their imaginary world.

● Go on a sight hunt- ○ Support your child to make a viewfinder. Cut out a square of card from an old cereal box/ cardboard. Cut a smaller square out of the centre. Take your viewfinder around the house and garden and explore what things you can see. Alternatively, you could create a pair of binoculars as pictured. ○ Your child could write a list of the things they see or draw/ paint a picture. ○ If you have a tablet or phone that could be used by your child they could do the same activity but using photographs to record.

 

 

 

  

Thursday 2nd April - Windmill Hill City Farm

 

Today we were meant to be going to visit Windmill Hill City Farm and it is sad that we are all having to stay inside so I thought I would post some farm related activities for you to do instead. 

 

  • Firstly, some of you may not have visited the farm or perhaps you were really looking forward to going today. If you follow this link, you can go and take a virtual tour around the farm. https://www.windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk/whats-here/plan-your-visit/virtual-walking-tour/

 

Thank you to all the staff who are continuing to look after the animals on the farm. 

 

 

  • Draw or paint a picture of your favourite farm animal and ask your grown up to email it to me and I can put it on our class page. We could make our own farm!
  • Visit our Barley Close YouTube channel. I have posted a farm themed story - 'What the Ladybird Heard.' 
  • Activity Village gave got fun facts and activity sheets to learn more about farm animals. Here is the link - https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/farmanimals

 

Enjoy! 

 

 

 

Panda Class is working from home

 

It is lovely to hear how you are getting on at home and to be able to celebrate the learning that is going on whilst we are all working at home. I will continue to add more photos but for now enjoy sharing what has been happening so far.

 

Practising writing numerals to twenty

Forest School Activity - Woodland Mandalas and CD Art 

 

We have been enjoying some beautiful sunny weather this last week. Mrs Lines has planned another two Forest School activities for you to do at home. Please click on the document below to find out more about Woodland Mandalas - the creative art of making circles with natural materials and how to create a frame for your flowers and leaves using CD covers . We would love to see your finished work. If possible, email a photo of  your woodland mandalas or your CD art and we can all see them. smiley

 

       

Woodland Mandalas

Friday 27th March

 

Hello Pandas! It has been lovely to hear how you are getting on. We are so happy that you are well and are doing a variety of activites at home. We will be posting photos of the things you have done at home, so if you are happy to share and have the photo uploaded here, just email them to me at sharon.gleed@barleyclose.org.uk

 

Whilst out walking my dog, I have had a huge smile seeing all the lovely rainbows on people's windows. This week's window art theme is flowers. 

 

This week's window theme is flowers.

 

I wonder what flowers you can see from your window or in your garden? I have got daffodils, hyacinths and tulips growing. I love all the different colours and the hyacinths smell lovely. Maybe you can paint some flowers and put them in your window. I wonder what colour they are going to be? I'll look for flowers in the windows as I go on my daily walk. 

 

Here is the second list for activities for you to be doing whilst you are learning at home. This week's theme is 'The Area you live in.'

Many thanks once again to #Learning Project for all their ideas.  

 

Weekly Maths Activities (Aim to do 1 per day)

 

● Watch a Numberblocks clip each day at: BBC or CBeebies. Use this guide here to give you ideas on what to do with your children whilst watching an episode.

● Play the Numberblocks adding game. ● Practise counting backwards from 20. This can be done through playing hide and seek, singing number songs, chanting, board games etc.

● Write out the digits 0 - 9.

● Use the ‘Tens Frames’ or ‘Five Frames’ on this game and practise recognising amounts. This can also be done by reading a dice when playing board games, playing with cards, identifying how many food items on the plate etc.

● Sing Number songs to practice counting, reciting numbers in order, one more, one less using number songs: Five Little Ducks, Five Little Men, Ten Green Bottles.

● Look for the numbers on the doors of houses. Do the numbers get bigger or smaller as you go up and down the street?

 

Weekly English Activities (Aim to do 1 per day) 

 

● Read a variety of books at home. Favourites can be repeated. Hearing the patterns of language in a story will support your child’s language development.

● Reception age children: Children to read to parents daily. Visit Oxford Owl for free eBooks that link to your child’s book band. You can create a free account. Complete the linked Play activities for each book.

● With your child, look in magazines, newspapers and books for the tricky words they are currently learning. They could use a highlighter to highlight in magazines and newspapers.

● Read the story Hansel and Gretel (or watch on youtube)- What makes the house appealing to the children?

● Read the story of The Three Little Pigs (or watch on youtube)- Discuss the choices the little pigs make about the materials they use to build their houses. Can children figure out the material their own house is made from?

 

Weekly Phonics Activities (Aim to do 1 per day)

 

● Sing Nursery Rhymes and songs together. Add in actions and change the words. Can children think of different rhyming words to add in? Repeat old favourites and learn new rhymes. You can find an A-Z of Nursery Rhymes here.

● Daily phonics - Practice the sounds your child is working on and blend words. This can be oral blending (e.g. spoken out loud c-a-t) or written if appropriate. Interactive games.

● Send your child on a sound hunt around the house. Can they find and record all of the items that make sounds? (e.g. hairdryer, TV, fridge, microwave, phone)

 

Weekly Writing Activities (Aim to do 1 per day)

 

● Design your dream house. What rooms would you like to have in your house? Encourage children to be as imaginative as they can (e.g. a cinema room, a chocolate room). Can they label their house using their phonics knowledge?

● Practice name writing. Can they write their first name? Middle name? Surname?

● Practice forming the letters of the alphabet. Follow your school’s script.

● Ask your child to write out the tricky words they are working on at the moment on pieces of paper and turn them into a pairs game.

 

 

Learning Project - to be done throughout the week

 

The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to learn more about the area in which they live. Learning may focus on your local area, famous people, key landmarks and links to your city.

● The rooms in my house- ○ Support your child to create a map or cross section of their home. Can they name all of the rooms? An adult could hide an object in a room and mark where it is on the child’s map. Can they use their map to find the hidden object? Label each room using phonics knowledge. ○ Gather an object from each room and challenge your child to return them to the appropriate room e.g. toothbrush from the bathroom, teddy from their bedroom. ○ Hide objects around the room and describe where it is e.g. “it’s under something red” Can your child hide an object and describe where it is for you to find?

 

● Go on a numeral hunt- ○ Search for numerals around the house (clocks, books, house numbers, car registrations, oven, washing machine). Can they record the numerals on paper?

 

● Find your house on google maps- ○ Explore using google maps to look at your house from above and on street view. Use the arrows to move up and down the road and around your area. Can they find key places e.g. the corner shop, their school, grandparents houses. ○ Search for a house in a different part of the world and discuss how it is similar or different to your own. You could use places children have visited on holiday or search places that are significantly different.

 

● Junk model your house- ○ Using old packaging (shoe box, cereal box etc.) support your child to make a model of your house. Can they count how many windows there are and stick on the right amount? Can they write their house number on the front? ○ Junk model your dream house. Use materials from around your house to decorate e.g. old wallpaper, fabric, wool.

 

● Go on a shape hunt- ○ Set your child a shape finding challenge around the house. Ask: Can you find a triangle/ square/ rectangle/ circle in this room? How many can you find? Can you draw all of the circles on one piece of paper, triangles on another etc.

 

● Use construction blocks to build your house- ○ Using lego, duplo, wooden blocks make a model of your house. Can they add in the rooms and doors in the right places? Write labels to match each room on pieces of paper. ○ Build your dream house out of construction blocks.

 

● Create a furniture collage- ○ Using old magazines and catalogues support your child to cut out and stick or sort objects into the room they would belong in. Support your child to use the correct scissor grip using this guide.

 

● Exploring with your senses- ○ Gather a collection of household objects e.g. fork, cup, toothbrush, teddy bear, book and show your child. Use a scarf/ material as a blindfold and pass your child one of the objects. Can they figure out what it is through touch alone? Give clues if they are struggling. Swap roles and ask your child to give you an object to figure out. ○ Explore the textures around your house. Can children find something rough, smooth, bumpy.They could take a wax rubbing of each texture (Lay a piece of paper over the top and rub over with the side of a crayon). You could continue this into the garden.

 

 

Additional learning resources

Classroom Secrets Learning Packs - These packs are split into different year groups and include activities linked to reading, writing, maths and practical ideas you can do around the home.

Twinkl - to access these resources click on the link and sign up using your own email address and creating your own password. Use the offer code UKTWINKLHELPS.

Headteacherchat - This is a blog that has links to various learning platforms. Lots of these are free to access.

 

#TheLearningProjects

 

Stay well everyone, look after yourselves and each other. Enjoy the sunshine as much as you ar able. 

 

Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Gleed, Mrs Lines and Mrs Colins 

Mother's Day - Sunday 22nd March

 

On behalf of all the children in Panda Class, we would like to wish all our Mums, Grandmothers, and all those who care for our children, a very Happy Mother's Day.

 

Thank you for all you do. 

 

 

Mothering Sunday craft

Mothering Sunday craft 1 Here's an idea if you would like to make a card.

Introducing Panda Stories

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 Panda Stories

 

Each week, I will be uploading a video of me reading a story on our youtube channel so we can still enjoy a story together.

 

Hope you enjoy them. 😃

 

Here is the quick link to our channel. Copy and paste it into your browser.

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCFNw_tYKciyX_LnxILsuL-w

 

Sharing hope

 

Panda Class were proud to join in with other members of our community in spreading hope with the symbol of a rainbow. We painted rainbows to put in our windows at home as a sign of hope. If you would like to take part - it's simple. Make a rainbow using paints, colouring pencils, felt tip pens or coloured paper and display in your window. It is a way of sharing love, showing people that we are thinking of them whilst we are apart, wishing them well and looking forward in hope to the day when we can all see each other again. 

 

Share hope and love with a rainbow. 

 

Friday 20th March - The Very Hungry Caterpillar

 

This week, we have used the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' as a starting point to learn about the life cycle of the butterfly. We have also been learning about sharing in Maths, solving a variety of problems. In Forest school we have been looking for signs of Spring and playing with the mud kitchen. 

 

We have reached the the end of this term, much earlier than anticipated and now all face uncertainty as to what is going to happen next.

 

We have had so much fun in our learning up to this point and the children have made such progress in so many different ways. You should all be incredibly proud of your children. It seems too hard to say a final goodbye to all our Pandas, especially as many were absent this week. 

 

So for now, we will just say 'cheerio' and we hope to see you all at some point in the future. We especially wish you all well, that you will stay well and will manage in the days, weeks and possibly months to come. 

 

We will continue to put activities and posts on our class page, in addition to the home learning page on our school website, so please check back in regularly, especially if you are trying to think of ways to spend the time ahead in the restricted circumstances in which we have all found ourselves. 

 

We would all like to thank you so very much for all you have done to support your children's learning during their first year at school. It really is a foundation upon which all the future learning is built. 

 

With our our very best wishes,  especially for happy and healthy days to come.

 

Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins 

 

 

 

Home Learning - Forest school activities

 

Mrs Lines, our amazing Forest school leader has suggested some Forest school activities for you to do whilst you are supporting your child's learning at home. These ideas will be regularly updated, so please check back regularly for new ideas.

 

Please find them below:- 

 

 

Forest School activities

Home Learning for Panda Class

 

Dear families, please find below some activities you can access whilst having to spend time at home. We appreciate it is an uncertain time but would like to reassure you that we will do our best to support you. We would like to wish all our families well. Stay safe and look after yourselves.

 

From Panda Team - Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins

 

 

We have got a You Tube channel for our school - Barley Close Primary. Every day there will be a greeting and the school is planning on building a series of videos for you to see.  

 

We have been set up with access to Doodle Maths, where you can explore a variety of activities. You will receive your child's log in details either in person or by email. 

 

More websites and activities are listed on our home learning page on our school website. Please look at the main menu to find it.

 

Many thanks to #The Learning Projects who have provided 7 weeks of activities covering maths, reading, phonics and writing. The aim would be to do one per day but this is a guideline and use the ideas as you feel are most appropriate for you and your child and your individual circumstances. Week 1 - My family, Week 2 - The area you live in, Week 3 - Viewpoints, Week 4 - Animals, Week 5 Environments, Week 6 - Food, Week  7 - Celebrations.

 

Here is the first week's activities. Continue to look back here for the following weeks' activities. 

 

 

 

Learning Project WEEK 1- My Family

Age Range: EYFS

Weekly Maths Tasks (Aim to do 1 per day)

Weekly Reading Tasks (Aim to do 1 per day)

  • Watch a Numberblocks clip each day at: BBC or ​      CBeebies.  Use this guide ​     here to give you ideas on what to do with your children whilst watching an episode. 
  • Working on Numbots - your child will have​   an individual login to access this. 
  • Practise counting up to 20. This can be done through playing hide and seek, singing number songs, chanting, board games etc.
  • Write out the digits 0 - 9. 
  • Practise recognising amounts up to five or up to ten by playing these games. This can be done by reading a dice when playing board games, playing with cards, identifying how many food items on the plate etc. 
  • Sing Number songs to practice counting, reciting numbers in order, one more, one less using number songs: Five Little Ducks, Five Little Men, Ten Green Bottles
  • Read a variety of books at home. Favourites can be repeated. Hearing the patterns of language in a story will support your child’s language development. 

 

  • Reception age children: Children to read to parents daily. Visit Oxford Owl for free eBooks that link to your child’s book band. You can create a free account.  Complete the linked Play activities for each book. 

 

  • With your child, look in magazines, newspapers and books for the tricky words they are currently learning. They could use a highlighter to highlight in magazines and newspapers.

Weekly Phonics Tasks (Aim to do 1 per day)

Weekly Writing Tasks (Aim to do 1 per day)

 

  • Sing Nursery Rhymes and songs together. Add in actions and change the words. Can children think of different rhyming words to add in? Repeat old favourites and learn new rhymes. You can find an A-Z of Nursery Rhymes here. 
  • Daily phonics - Practice the sounds your child is working on and blend words. This can be oral blending (e.g. spoken out loud c-a-t) or written if appropriate.

Interactive games.

  • Sing the song ‘Daddy Finger’- Can your child change their voice for each person e.g. a deep voice for Daddy finger, a squeaky voice for Baby finger. 
  • Play phonics noughts and crosses. Draw

out a grid and write a letter, digraph, trigraph or tricky word in each part of the grid. Take it in turns to name what is written in the grid. If you say it correctly you can add your nought or cross in that square.

 

  • Ask your child to draw a picture of the people who live in their house. If they share time across two houses, draw who lives in each house. Can they label their family members using their phonics knowledge? 

 

  • Practice name writing. Can they write their first name? Middle name?

Surname?

 

  • Can they write the names of their family members? Do they know Mummy and Daddy’s real name? They could copy this or use their phonics knowledge. Can they write this? Using chalks, crayons, paint, felt tips. 

 

  • Practice forming the letters of the alphabet. Follow your school’s script. 

 

  • Ask your child to write out the tricky words they are working on at the moment on pieces of paper and turn them into a pairs game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning Project - to be done throughout the week

The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to gain a better understanding of their own family. Learning may focus on what different makeup of families, what traditions your family has, stories linked to your family etc.

 

  • Look at a selection of family photographs and discuss the changes over time. 

○        Show your child a photograph of them as a baby, a 1 year old, a 2 year old. What could they do at that age? What can they do now that they couldn’t do then? 

○    Look at a picture of a family member as a baby (this could be parents, siblings). Discuss how everyone was a baby once. 

○    Are there any black and white photographs? Why are these photographs black and white? Do they show older family members when they were younger? Talk about how life was different then.

 

  • Draw a family tree- How does your family link together? Can your child draw out their family members and link them together using lines?

 

  • Do a picture survey of the people in your house. How many family members have blonde/​               brown/ black/ red hair? Can you record this with pictures? How many people have blue/ brown/ green eyes? 

 

  • Have a family picnic. Lay out a blanket in the living room or garden. Can children make sure​               everyone has a plate, fork, spoon, cup? How many do we need all together? Give your child a selection of food and ask them to share it fairly between everyone? If there is one left over what could we do? 

 

  • Sort out the clean clothes. Who do they belong to? Can they deliver them to the right place​               in the house? Pair up socks. Can they match the patterns/ colours? Can they count in twos to work out how many there are all together? Peg clothes on the airer (this will support children to develop hand strength which will impact on their writing). 

 

  • Put on a show or performance- Perform a story or song to your family. Plan out costumes,

props. Children could make a show program. 

 

  • Lay the table for your family for dinner- How many people are there? How many knives,​               forks, cups do you need? Write out name cards for everyone in your family to show them where to sit. Write a menu to let them know what is for dinner that night. Roleplay as a waiter/ waitress. What would everyone like in their sandwiches for lunch? What drinks would everyone like to have with their dinner? 

 

  • Make a birthday card for the next family birthday-  How old are they going to be? Can they write the numerals to show the correct age? Write a message inside for your family member and sign it with your name. 

 

  • What jobs do the people in your family do? Talk to your child about your job and what you​               do. What would they like to be when they grow up? Can they draw a picture of themselves in the job they would like to do? 

 

  • Use play dough to make your family members- Use ready made play dough or make your​               own using this recipe: 

○    2 cups of plain flour, one cup of salt, a tablespoon of oil, a cup of water (add gradually), a couple of drops of food colouring (optional), a teaspoon of cream of tartar (optional, but will make it last longer) 

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  • Play a family board game- Play a game together. Talk about taking it in turns​     and playing fairly. Dice games will support your child’s number recognition. You could use a spinner with numerals on to help develop numeral recognition. If you don’t have a spinner you could make one using an old cereal box and a split pin.

 

  • Find out everyone’s favourite song in your family- Listen to each person’s favourite song​               and make up a dance to match. Do you like the same music? What is your favourite song?

 

 

Additional learning resources parents may wish to engage with

Classroom Secrets Learning Packs - These packs are split into different year groups and​               include activities linked to reading, writing, maths and practical ideas you can do around the home. 

Twinkl - to access these resources click on the link and sign up using your own email​      address and creating your own password. Use the offer code UKTWINKLHELPS. 

Headteacherchat - This is a blog that has links to various learning platforms. Lots of these​               are free to access. 

#TheLearningProjects

 

    

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Monday 16th March - School photographs. No p.e. lesson

 

On Monday 16th March, we have a school photographer who will be taking our class photo. We will not be having our p.e. Lesson, so please send your child to school wearing their school uniform and not their p.e. kit.

 

Thank you 

Friday 13th March - Teeny, Weeny Tadpole

 

We have continued to observe the tadpoles in our tank and this week, we have been learning more about the life cycle of the frog. We have been sequencing the cycle, drawing illustrations, creating labels and writing sentences to explain the changes. 

 

In Maths, we have been learning about one more and have also extended our knowledge about 3D shapes. The children have been learning to name and describe the properties of the cube, cuboid, sphere, cone and cyclinder.

 

Due to the bad weather, Forest school took place inside and the children created clay animals. They each made a unique piece, choosing to combine materials and decorate them.

 

Thank you to all our parents who attended the parents' meeting this week. 

 

The children had their Reception screening today. You should have received a letter with the details about it. Please check your child's book bag.  

 

Congratulations to our raffle prize winners - Freya, Javern and Gabriela. 

 

We hope all have a good weekend.

 

Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 6th March - Tadpoles! 

 

The children have been watching the tank with interest as our frogspawn have hatched and we now have a tank of tadpoles. 

 

We have continued with our story 'The Rainbow Fish' but have supplemented this by learning about other sea creatures and also carrying out a really cool science experiment where we created our very own indoor rainbow! In Maths, we have been learning to solve problems involving sharing.

 

On Thursday we took part in World Book Day, the children enjoyed talking about their favourite books and they particularly enjoyed sharing books with their Year 3 buddies. There was lots of communication and lovely reading skills. Thank you Crocodile Class. 👌😊

 

You should have all received your book voucher which can be exchanged for a special World Book Day book or used  in part payment for a more expensive book. If for any reason, you do not have one, please ask a member of the Panda team as we have a few spare. 

 

Next week, we are going to finish our focus on learning about the life cycle of the frog. 

 

Many thanks to our special helpers this week and congratulations to our raffle prize winners - Amari, Fabian and Ella.

 

We hope you all have a good weekend.

 

Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Gleed, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Book Day Thursday 5th March 2020

Bring Back the Bedtime Story”

 

To celebrate World Book Day we are asking all children to come to school dressed in their PJ’s or Onesie and bring a favourite book or story to share. During the day classes will be taking part in Buddy Reading activities to share the idea of reading stories together, especially at bedtime.

Friday 28th February - The Rainbow Fish

 

Welcome back  to the start of Term 4, we hope you all had an enjoyable break.

 

We have started the term with the book 'The Rainbow Fish' where we have been focusing on the structure of stories, looking at the events that occurred at the beginning, middle and end. In Maths, we hve focused on subtraction and have also been developing our understanding of 2D and 3D shapes. 

 

In knowledge and understanding of the world, the children have been investigating floating and sinking and have been very interested in learning about the life cycle of the frog, watching with interest our tank of frogspawn and emerging tadpoles. 

 

You should have all received a letter letter about our 'Bikeability' balance bike training, which will take place on 25th March. We do need your permission for you child to be able to participate, so please complete and return it. If for any reason, you have not received one, please speak to a member of the team as we had a few spare copies. 

 

Congratulations to to all our readers who have reached their fifty and one hundred milestones. Keep going, reading at home really supports your child's development in many areas. 👍🏻 

 

Congratulations also to our raffle winners this week - Henry, Aroush and Fabian.

 

We hope you all have a restful weekend and keep safe and warm, with another storm forecast.

 

Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins 

 

 

 

 

Friday 14th February - Goodnight Pirate 

 

We continued our pirate theme with a story called 'Goodnight Pirate.' The children discovered a message in a bottle and wrote one of their own. They engaged in buddy Maths with Year 5 and created boats using a variety of resources. It was great to see the children supporting each other and having so much fun!

 

The children have been learning how to program Bee-Bots to reach X marks the spot. 

 

We enjoyed our super-hero/princess party, a celebration of everyone's hard work and to reward all the times they have been using their learning powers. 

 

Congratulations to Gabriela our pupil of the term. Congratulations also to our raffle prize winners - Henry, George and Maisie.             .

 

We would also to congratulate our pupils who have been working incredibly hard with their reading. Thank you so much for all the support you have given them at home - Cody, Harrison, Gabriela, Alice, Henry, Siyana and Holly. 

 

We we would like to wish you all a safe and enjoyable half term break. We will return and start Term 4 with the story 'Rainbow Fish.' 

 

Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins

 

 

P.E.

From Term 4, our P.E. day will move from a Thursday to Monday morning, please continue to send your child dressed in their kit on P.E. days. Thank you. 

 

End of term party - Thursday 13th February

 

Panda Class has been working hard all term and to celebrate their achievement, the children have decided they would like a Super-hero/princess party. It will be held on the afternoon of Thursday 13th February. Please send in an outfit for your child to wear,  if they would like to dress up. Food will be provided.

Friday 7th February - The Troll

 

Following on from last week's story - The Three Billy Goats Gruff, our story this week was a twist on the story with a Troll who still asked 'who's that trip trapping over my bridge?' and ended up on an island with pirates!  

 

This week we have made a treasure map, did pirate dancing and played pirate games in P.E. In Maths, we have been counting and adding gold coins and even found some buried treasure outside! 

 

Congratulations to our raffle prize winners - Jaxon, Holly and Kayden. 

 

For our final week of term 3 we are going to continue with pirates.

 

We hope you have a good weekend.

 

Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Gleed, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins

Friday 31st January -The Three Billy Goats Gruff

 

This week, we have been using the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff as a starting point for our learning. The children have acted out the story helicopter style and have used a variety of resources to build bridges. We have described the characters and have written sentences, recalling an event from the story.

 

We have used the children's interest in maps to learn more about where we live, our local environment and the world in which we live. We created a map of our local area and then used a car to start thinking about directions. We then moved on to learning how to programme the Bee-Bot to arrive at particular destinations on the map. 

 

In Forest school, we went a walk around the school and its grounds, creating a journey stick as we gathered objects along the way and attached them to our sticks. 

 

Next week, we are going to have another story about a troll. This one likes to cook! 

 

Congratulations to our raffle prize winners - Kayden, Alice and Erik. 

 

We hope you all have an enjoyable weekend.

 

Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Gleed, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 24th January - Chinese New Year

 

This week we have been learning about how the Chinese community celebrate their New Year. The children did a Chinese Dragon dance in Forest school and Chinese ribbon dancing in P.E. The children in our cookery group made vegetable spring rolls and today we tasted noodles. It was a skill using the chopsticks! We have learnt about the story of how the Chinese zodiac was created and how each year in a twelve year cycle is named after a different animal. The children very excited to receive their lucky money envelopes. It is a wish for good luck and proesperity in the coming year. 

 

Congratulations to our raffle winners - Gabriela, Amari and Kyron-Lee. 

 

We hope you have an enjoyable weekend. 

 

Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins

 

 

 

Friday 20th January - Houses and Homes

 

This week, we have continued a focus on homes and houses. We have looked at houses in our local environment and have been learning about different features - both externally and internally. We have been created houses using a variety of resources including paint, pencils and creative materials.

 

In Forest school, we created cone hogs, hedgehogs using pine cones and we then created tepees in which they could shelter. 

 

We were delighted to welcome our parents to our 'Bring back a bedtime story' on Thursday. 

 

Our key words this week were - me, she, we,  look, like. 

 

Congratulations to our raffle prize winners - Freya, Siyana and Kyron-Lee. 

 

Next week, we will be learning about how the Chinese community celebrate their New Year. 

 

We hope you have an enjoyable weekend. 

 

Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Gleed, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins

 

Friday 10th January - Happy New Year!

 

Welcome back and a Happy New Year! We hope you had an enjoyable break. 

 

This week, our story was 'The Three Little Pigs' and we have been using this traditional story as a starting point for learning about different types of houses. We have started to talk about the places where we live and to think about the types of materials that are used. 

 

In Maths, we have been using shapes to create houses and we have been developing our addition skills. 

 

The children are developing their confidence to use the apparatus in P.E. especially when using the large wall climbing frame.

 

We really enjoyed a visit from Ethan, learning about healthy eating and how to keep fit with exercise. We had so much fun doing the circuits and the robot dance was amazing!

 

This week, our keywords are we, her, your, here.

 

Congratulations to our raffle ticket winners - Advitha, Javern and Blake. You have been working hard all week!

 

We are going to continue learning about homes next week.

 

We hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

 

Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins

 

       

Friday 20th December - End of Term 2

 

We have reached the end of term 2 and what a fantastic term we have had! We went to the library and have had several visitors come to see us. We have been busy learning our phonics and keywords and developing our number and writing skills. 

 

The children gave an amazing performance on Tuesday and were fantastic hedgehogs in our Barley Close production of 'Santa's Lost Hat.' Everyone enjoyed watching the Nativity performance on Thursday afternoon. We finished off the week with a class party, rewarding the children for their hard work and for using their Emerald and Diamond learning powers.

 

Congratulations to Henry - our pupil of the term!

 

The Reception team would like to wish all our families an enjoyable break. We would like to say 'Happy Christmas' to those who are celebrating and to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and all the very best for 2020.

 

Thank you for our gifts and cards and good wishes.

 

There is an INSET day on Monday 6th January so we will see you on Tuesday 7th. We hope the children return refreshed and ready for another exciting term of learning. 

 

Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 13th December - Stickman

 

This week we have had the story of 'Stickman' and the children enjoyed making their very own Stickmen in Forest school.

 

The children enjoyed their Christmans dinner on Wednesday, complete with crackers.   

 

We have been busy rehearsing for our performances next week. On Thursday, we were pleased to welcome Geri from Debutots, who told us the story of a greedy snowman called George. The children really enjoyed using their imagination and acting it out. The dancing was also very popular.

 

Next week, we are going to to be having some winter themed stories as well as our performances. We are looking forward to our Christmas party on Friday. 

 

Only one more week to go before the holidays!

 

Congratulations to Gabriela and Fabian - our raffle winners.

 

We hope you all have a good weekend.

 

Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Gleed, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins     

 

    

Friday 6th December - The Gruffalo's Child

 

This week we continued our adventures with the Gruffalo with the sequel - The Gruffalo's Child.  

Forest school took place inside this week and the children enjoyed  making 'Gruffalo Crumble' although they were so keen on the taste!

 

The children have really enjoyed learning in our Christmas themed room, where the children have been engaging in lots of exciting activities including wrapping presents, designing cards and making snowmen out of playdough. 

 

Our rehearsals for our Christmas performance have been going well. Do remember to get a Santa's hat, which is needed as part of the costume, any colour is fine. Please bring it into school.

 

Thank you for all the contributions towards our Elf Shelf. 

 

Congratulations to all our raffle winners this week - Amari, Kayden and Blake.

 

Next week our story is going to be 'Stickman.'     

 

We hope you enjoy the weekend.

 

Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins.   

 

 

 

Friday 29th November - The Gruffalo

 

We have had an exciting week in Panda Class. We have been making homes for woodland creatures in Forest school and on Wednesday, we went on a class trip to Downend library. We enjoyed finding out about all the resources available for us to borrow and listening to some stories. The children behaved really well, demonstrating good listening skills and remembering all the things we had learnt in our road safety talk last week. Thank you to the staff at Downend library for having us. The children responded to the new challenge of using the large apparatus in P.E.

 

We really enjoyed watching the Nativity performed by the Bristol Old Vic theatre school and we are looking forward to putting on our own performance of the Nativity on 19th December.

 

Next week, we are going to using The Gruffalo's Child as a focus for our learning.

 

Congratulations to our two raffle prize winners - Alice and Advitha.

 

We hope you have an enjoyable weekend.  

 

Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Gleed Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins

 

       

Friday 22nd November - The Little Red Hen

 

This week, we have used the classic story of 'The Little Red Hen' as a focus for our learning. We have been thinking about the importance of people working together to get jobs completed and what things are fair and unfair.  We have also been learning about hibernation. The children really enjoyed making hedgehog bread rolls in Forest school and in English, the children recalled the process and organised their thoughts in words and writing.

 

In maths, we have been developing our number skills and have been learning about patterns and how quantities stay the same when objects are arranged in different patterns. 

 

Today, we have been learning about road safety with Paws and Mummy bear. We have been learning about the importance of finding a safe place to cross the road, looking and listening and holding hands with an adult. The children have a bookmark and it would be beneficial if the children could talk about what they have learnt and practise their skills when they are out and about. 

 

Our story next next week is another favourite - The Gruffalo.

 

We are going on our trip to the library on Wednesday, so please can you ensure that all replies are in by Monday. 

 

We hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

 

 

Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins

 

 

Friday 15th November  The Gingerbread Man

 

The children have really enjoyed this week's story and particularly enjoyed making and decorating Gingerbread Men. 

 

Thank you to all our parents/carers who attended our meetings this week. 

 

Thank you for all the donations to Children in Need. The children looked fantastic in their Pudsey outfits and spotty clothes! It was lots of fun doing our whole school Macarana dance! 

 

The children have all received their first set of keywords on their bookmark. Please practise these  words on a regular basis to help your child learn them. 

 

You should soon be receiving a letter about our forthcoming trip to Downend library in the afternoon of Wednesday 27th November. Please return the permission slip by 25th November at the latest. 

 

Congratulations to our two raffle prize winners this week.

 

We we hope you have a good weekend.

 

Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins

 

 

Friday 8th November - Helicopter Stories

 

Welcome back after the break, we hope you had an enjoyable rest. We have started off a new term by introducing the children to poetry. Studies indicate that knowledge of rhymes helps with the development of reading skills. Ask your child if they can share some of them with you. They really come to life with all the actions! We have also introduced 'helicopter stories.' Children create a story, which is recorded in writing by the adult and then the children act it out. They have been very enthusiastic about this and are really excited by the fact that they will have produced their very own collection of stories by the end of their time in Reception. 

 

In Maths we have been practising counting skills and developing our understanding of teen numbers. 

 

We have started to use to use apparatus in our P.E. lessons, please remember to send your child to school in their kit on Thursdays. 

 

We still have some slots available for our parent/carer meetings if you haven't signed up for a meeting with us on Tuesday or Thursday next week. 

 

Congratulations to Erik, who was our raffle prize winner this week.

 

Next Friday, we will be raising money for Children in Need. Come dressed a Pudsey - wearing yellow or brown or  spots! 

 

Enjoy the weekend.

 

Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Gleed, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins

 

Friday 25th October - Room on the Broom

 

We have reached the end of our first term and the Panda team are incredibly proud of the way in which all our Pandas have settled into Reception. They have achieved so much over the past eight weeks - they have settled into the routines, made friendships and shown a fantastic attitude to learning. 

 

They have finished the first set of single sounds in phonics, this week we were focusing on x and z. If you didn't have an opportunity to practise the phonics home learning sheets during the term, the holidays would be a perfect time to go through all the single sounds. Please continue to support your child's reading. We hope you are enjoying the Book Trust packs.

 

This week in Forest school the children had fun making potions!

 

We finished our term with a class party, which celebrated the children's attitude to learning, all their great work and for all the occasions they remembered our class agreement and showed their Sapphire powers, ignoring distractions. The children and staff had lots of fun playing musical statues and musical bumps and sleeping lions. The photo booth was very entertaining! 

 

Next term, we will begin with introducing our next learning power - Diamond, which celebrates when children have take responsibility for solving their own problems.

 

The children have really responded to our raffle ticket system, which rewards positive behaviour and attitude to learning as well as for their reading. From now on, we will be announcing weekly winners, who are drawn out from the raffle. This week, we would like to congratulate - Amari, Sonny and Maisie. Our star reading raffle award goes to Siyana.  

 

We would also like to congratulate our pupil of the term - Kayden. 

 

The Panda team would like to wish all our families a safe and enjoyable half term break. We look forward to seeing you for the start of a new term on Monday 4th November. 

 

Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins

 

Photo of our class party

Photo of our class party  1 Panda Class party - Term 1

Friday 18th October - The Cave 

 

This week, our English lessons took inspiration from the Book Trust story 'The Cave.' Each of the children were given a book pack from The Book Trust, which they can keep to help develop their love of reading. The children enjoyed the story, thinking about who lived in the cave and predicting what was going to happen next. We had lots of discussions about the story and the children are looking forward to sharing the book with you at home. 

 

In phonics, we have been learning the sounds v, y and w. We have nearly come to the end of the first set of phonics, which have focused on the single sounds. 

 

In Maths, we have had a whole week focus on shape, specifically learning about 2D shapes, with  a particular focus on triangle, rectangle, square and circle.  We have been learning how to recognise and describe what they look like and have been looking for shapes in the environment. Perhaps you can do this when you are out and about over the coming week.  

 

In Forest school, the children had a wonderful time learning how to use spades for digging and had fun exploring the mud kitchen. 

 

We had our last swimming lesson this week. The children have developed their confidence in the water and have been learning skills to support them in swimming through developing kicking and arm strokes. We will let you know when our lessons re-commence next year.

 

Next week, we will be using the story 'Room on a Broom.' We will have a shortened week next week as we have an INSET day on Friday 25th October.

 

We hope you have a good weekend.

 

Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Gleed, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins      

Friday 10th October - We're going on a bear hunt! 

 

This week, Panda Class have been looking for bears, inspired by the story 'We're going on a bear hunt!' We looked for them in Forest school and enjoyed acting out the story, adding lots of sounds effects and actions. We have drawn story maps and also enjoyed an alternative version with the familiar characters - Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy. 

 

In Phonics, we have been learning the sounds l, h, r and j. In Maths, we have been developing our number skills and have been learning about estimation. 

 

In swimming we are working on developing our confidence in the water. It will be our last swimming lesson next week on Friday 18th, before the pool is closed for the winter.

 

On 17th October, the children, who have had parental/carer consent will be receiving their flu vaccine. Information is on our latest newsletter. 

 

We hope you enjoy the weekend despite all the heavy rain that is forecast.

 

Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins 

 

 

 

 

Friday 4th October - Whatever Next! 

 

This week, we set off to space in a cardboard box, a pair of space boots (wellies) and a space helmet (colander) all inspired by the book 'Whatever Next!' The children recalled their favourite part and have been introduced to story maps, a way of recalling story events in picture form. 

 

The children enjoyed Forest school, they played games and have started a tally of the things they observe in the environment.

 

In phonics, we have been learning the sounds - u, b, f, e. 

 

The children showed good listening skills in swimming and are developing their confidence in the water. 

 

We we hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

 

Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Gleed, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins

Learning powers in Reception 

 

We are going to introduce the first of our learning powers the week commencing 30th September. Please find below information about the learning powers. The children will receive a sticker when they have demonstrated these learning powers and will collect a gem. When the children have collected a jar of gems, they will be rewarded with a class party at the end of the term.

 

The first learning power we are going to focus on is Sapphire. The children are going to be encouraged and praised to ignore distractions. This complements the work we have been doing on developing the children's listening and attention skills. We have been praising the children when they listen to the person who is talking, think about what is being said and use their 'magnet eyes' to focus on the person who is talking.   

 

There are superhero characters to accompany each of the learning powers, which support the children's interest in superheros.

 

If you have any questions, please speak to a member of staff.          

 

 

 

Dear Parents/ Carers,

We are the Learning Detectives at Barley Close and we would like to tell you about some of the work we have been doing on learning behaviours.

You may have heard your child talk about Purple Learning and learning gems/powers but do you know what this means? We hope this information sheet will help explain,,,

What is Purple Learning?

 

Purple Learning means that learning is the right level of challenge - it’s not too easy and not too hard. Working on this has taught us that it is important to be challenged so that we become more resilient and are the best learners we can be.

 

 

 

What are learning gems/ powers?

Learning gems /powers help us become purple learners. We focus on four of these...

  • Diamond power helps us develop our independence and ability to try to solve problems.
  • Ruby power helps us to support each other. This creates a climate where we are pleased for our peers when they experience success and supportive when they not successful. As a result we work well together and feel safe to ‘have a go’ when learning feels tricky.
  • Emerald power is having the ability to stay calm and positive when we are feeling challenged or if we make a mistake. When we have Emerald power we can bounce back and keep trying.
  • Sapphire power means being able to stay focused and ignore/ manage distractions. We know that in life there are lots of distractions and that to be the best learner we can be we need to develop strategies to manage these.

Purple Learning and learning gems are discussed throughout learning experiences and children are praised and rewarded when they demonstrate these. Teachers also have some new stickers they will be giving out to reward these behaviours; if your child comes home with one please ask them to tell you about it.

Yours faithfully,

The Learning Detectives at Barley Close Primary School

Panda Class Learning Powers

Panda Class Learning Powers 1

Friday 27th September - Goldilocks and the three bears

 

This week, we introduced a focus story using the traditional tale - Goldilocks and the three bears. We talked about setting, characters and described the main story events. Our phonics this week focused on the sounds - g, o, c, k. 

 

The bad weather put a stop to Forest school this week, so fingers crossed, we will be able to get out next week. 

 

In Maths, we have been practising our counting skills and forming the numerals from 1 - 10.

 

On Friday, we had our first swimming lesson. Our swimming teacher has been assessing the children's skills and confidence in the water. Please can you support your child by practising getting changed independently and help us by labelling all your child's belongings. It is very difficult to get the correct item to the child, if they are un-named. 

 

Next week, our story will be 'Whatever next!'. We are going to be making junk model rockets on Friday, so please you send in any cardboard boxes/tubes and cartons etc. Thank you.

 

We hope you have a good weekend and the children have a chance to rest. 

 

Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Gleed, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins

Friday 20th September 

 

This week, we have been introducing the children to aspects of fiction through a range of stories,  for example the setting, characters and the structure of stories using the vocabulary beginning, middle and end. Next week, we will introduce our focus story of the week, through which we will develop the children's literacy and speaking skills. Our first story will be one of the classics - 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears.'

 

This week in phonics we have been learning the sounds for the letters - t, i, n, p. Please can you practise these sounds with your child through their home learning sheets. It really does make a difference to their development in reading and writing when they are secure in their sounds. The Read, Write, Inc approach that we use highlights the importance of producing the sounds without adding an 'uh' sound at the end. For example it is ss sss not suh and b b b  (short, bouncy sounds) not buh and d d d (short bouncy sounds) not duh.    If you have any questions about our phonics programme or how to pronounce any of the sounds, please just speak to a member of staff.         

 

On Tuesday, the children were introduced to the Forest school and the rules for safe learning in the area. They are looking forward to their first proper session next week.   

 

A reminder that it is P.E. on Thursdays, your children can come to school wearing their kit and stay in it the whole day. Also please can you ensure that all items belonging to your child are labelled. 

 

We are planning on starting our swimming lessons on Friday 27th September but we require one more volunteer. Please let us know if you are able to help. Thank you.

 

We hope you all have a super weekend. Enjoy the sunshine.

 

Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins   

 

 

Friday 13th September - End of the second week

 

The children have done very well during their first full time week at school. 😀

 

We have started learning the sounds of the first first four letters in our Read, Write, Inc programme - m, a, s, d. We have sent home a sheet for your child to practise. See if they can tell you the sounds, actions and rhymes for each letter. 

 

In maths, we have been focusing on number, the children have engaged in number exploration in a variety of activities, including number songs and a number of the day.

 

They enjoyed their first p.e. lesson Thursday when we played more getting to know you games and also did 'Write Dance' - a programme of music, movement and stories which support the development of muscles  used in writing. 

 

The reading books have been sent home, please remember to complete your reading records. Thank you for your support.

 

We hope you enjoy the weekend and the children e joy a well deserved rest, ready for a new week of learning.

 

 

Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Gleed, Mrs Lines and Mrs Collins.

 

 

 

Reading in Reception

 

Starting next week w.c. 9th September, we will be sending home a book for you to share with your child. These books are the first level in our Oxford Reading scheme. It will introduce your children to the main characters they will see in lots of the books in the scheme - Mum, Dad, Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy the dog.  You will also receive a laminated sheet with the book characters on and it would be useful if you can talk to your child about the characters, so they become familiar with the characters' names.  The books do not have any words so they will provide your child with the opportunity to describe what is happening in the pictures and to create a story.

 

Along with the book, they will also receive a reading record book. This will be used for the school to write comments about your child's progress in reading and also for you to record when your child reads at home. 

 

We strongly encourage the children to be read with at home three times a week. Your support is really valuable as it will help your child to progress with their reading and to practise skills they are learning in school. 

 

Please can you ensure your child has a book bag to keep the book flat and dry.  It is important that your child brings their book bag, containing their reading book and reading record.

 

Each key group has their book changed on a different day - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Chip and Friday - Floppy. 

 

If you have any questions about reading with your child, please speak to a member of staff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 6th September - First week at school

 

 

The children have spent the first few days of school getting to know each other, exploring the school and learning some of the school routines. They managed their first lunch and lunch time play on the field really well on Thursday. We are really proud of how they are settling and we are looking forward to an exciting and happy year of learning.

 

As explained in the parent/carer meeting today, the children will be full time as from Monday 9th September.  Remember you can speak to any member of the Reception staff if you have any questions or if you want to speak to us about how your child is getting on.

 

 

We hope you enjoy your weekend

 

Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines  and Mrs Collins 

 

 

Curriculum in Reception 

 

In Reception, we learn through play through a combination of adult led and child initiated learning. We plan activities informed by children's interests across the seven areas of learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage. We cover the three prime areas - personal, social and emotional development, physical development and communication and language. The four specific areas are literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design. 

 

Interests often include pirates, dinosaurs, mini-beasts, superheroes. 

Keywords

 

We thought it would be useful to share with you the keywords we will be working on in school. These are the words the children will frequently come across in their reading and will begin to use in their writing. Some of the words can be sounded out, others cannot. It is important for the children to recognise these words. 

 

To support the children learning these keywords in school, we will have a keyword of the day and also play games with the keywords so the children become familiar with them. Short and frequent repetition of these keywords will enable the children to build their confidence and recognition of them.

 

We will send home bookmarks with the keywords printed on them, as we introduce them to the children. 

 

You can support their learning by playing games at home for example writing the words on pieces of paper and playing snap or a treasure hunt with them or children really enjoy splat, where they have to splat the word. You could ask your child to touch the word with a wooden spoon as quickly as they can or maybe you could write them on big paper and the children could jump on them. They could practice writing the words with water in the garden or spelling the words with foam letters in the bath. These are a few suggestions. We're sure you can think of lots more ideas!

 

If you want to ask any questions about keywords, please ask any member of the Panda team.

 

Please see the list of keywords below:-

 

I, the, you, your, said, Mum, was, want, are, of, do, my, her, no, be, go, Mum, Dad, and, A, can, cat, it, at, dog, on, is, in.

 

He, me, she, we, like, look, by, saw, come, for, they, what, to, day, see, yes, get, big, am.

 

All, away, play, going, school, over, down, how, watch, who, there, where, this.

 

Induction Information

We Need Your Help!

 

We are always looking for people to help in Panda class.  If you could help us with swimming, or come in to listen to readers, please come and see me and we can put the arrangements in place.

Early Years Vision


  • Barley Close Community Primary School
  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
  • United Kingdom, BS16 9DL
  • Tel: 01454 867090
  • Email: enquiries@barleyclose.org.uk
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