Fittleworth C. E. Village School

Fittleworth C. E. Village School

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OAK CLASS

Autumn Term 2018

w/b 17/9/18

It has been another busy week in Oak Class & we have all been working so hard... 

Phonics: We have started our daily phonics lessons this week. Every day we have been learning a new sound that will help us with our reading & spelling. We have practised joining our letters to make new sounds, in particular the double vowel sounds 'ai', 'ie', 'oy', 'ou' & 'ea'. We have been reading detectives & searching for these sounds in our reading books. 

Click Phonics Hangman to choose a sound.

Reading: We have been reading the story, 'This is the Bear' together in our reading groups. Y1s have been thinking about who the main characters are & labelling pictures of them in their Reading Response books. Y2s have been finding pairs of rhyming words. Ask your children to tell you what they enjoyed about the story. 

Click here to listen to the story. 

Literacy: We read Handa's Surprise last week & used it to discuss healthy food (linked to science) This week we described the fruits using adjectives & wrote captions for our favourite parts of the story. Ask your children which animal they liked best!

Try this matching pairs game using the fruits from Handa's Surprise. 

Maths: This week, Y1s have been writing their numbers in words, representing numbers to 20 using lots of different equipment & playing maths games. Y2s have been looking at 2 digit numbers to 100 & partitioning into tens & ones. They used Base 10 ('sticks & bricks') to help them to clearly see the tens & ones in each number. 

Y2 might like to try this Place Value machine game to check their place value knowledge. 

Y1 might enjoy this game to match the number to their spellings. 

Topic: We started learning about the City of London, what it looks like now compared to what it looked like 350 years ago when the Great Fire of London happened. The children quickly saw how the houses used to be so closely built together, not leaving a lot of space to walk down the cobbled streets. The houses were not built using bricks but instead many houses were built using wood. What do these two differences alone tell us about why the Great Fire spread so quickly? 

The video & short game is a fun way to experience The Great Fire of London

Spellings: A reminder that the spelling activity books went home this week so that parents can better support their children with spellings. There is no pressure to do anything with these books but I have been encouraging the children to 'have-a-go' at home. Please keep these books in the bookbags so that I can take them home with me over the weekend to stick in next week's spelling pattern. 

Next week, we will be designing our very own Tudor houses to link with our topic. Please could parents start collecting SMALL cereal packets for us to use & then we can start building as soon as possible! 

That's it for this week! Have a lovely weekend... :) 

w/b 10/9/18

This week we have been learning about ourselves. In science, Year 1 have been labelling our body parts & thinking about what we can do with our bodies. Year 2 discussed animals & their babies, then wrote about how animals change as they grow. 

Maths: We have been thinking about numbers this week & all the different ways we can represent them. We had all the equipment out on the tables & explored different ways of making numbers. 

Literacy: We have drawn a picture of our families & labelled them. We have been concentrating on using capital letters & full stops. We have also been learning how to join our handwriting using a cursive style. 

This week, the reading books have been changed twice a week for every child. Your child will be given either one or two books to read each time but please remember to be reading a range of books with your child at home. Visit the local library or use books from home. Remember to sign the reading diaries every time your child reads so that, in school, we know we need to change the books. 

Parents meeting THIS FRIDAY after school for about 15 minutes. I will be properly introducing myself & my expectations for Oak Class this year as well as answering any questions you may have! For any parents who cannot make this meeting, I will print my notes for you & pop them in your child's bookbag. I can also try to catch you another time next week if you would prefer. 

NEXT WEEK:  Our Topic this Term is The Great Fire of London. We will introduce this great event next week by looking at what London was like 400 years ago. Please ask your children what they have found out. I will be sending home spelling activity books next week in the bookbags. Each week, I will introduce a new spelling pattern with a few suggested words for your child to practise. Even though it is not compulsory to complete any homework in Key Stage 1, I would urge you to encourage your child to engage with their home learning to enable them to better access what is being taught in the class. This will be further explained at the parents meeting this Friday. 

Until next week... Mrs W :) 

w/b 3/9/18 

WELCOME BACK! I hope you have all had a lovely summer break with lots of pyjama days, maybe some fun in the sun & plenty of rest. I can't wait to hear all about your holidays...!

This term, we will start by learning all about ourselves. We will be finding out how to keep our bodies healthy with the food we eat & the exercise we do. We will be learning about pets & how to look after them. We will explore our senses & compare humans to animals. 

The autumn days are beginning to set in now. As soon as the trees start to change colour, we will be exploring our outdoor areas, collecting autumn leaves, acorns, pine cones ... & anything else we can find for our autumn display window. 

After the first few weeks back, we will be using autumn colours to create our own fire pictures. We are hoping to have a visit from the local fire service to talk to us about fire safety. This will lead us nicely into our topic, 'The Great Fire of London'. 

Over the next two weeks, we will be doing lots of reading. The reading diaries will be coming home in book bags this week so you can all get busy reading every day! 

IMPORTANT DATE FOR YOUR DIARY! Parent meeting 'Meet the Teacher' Friday 14th September, after school. Please can I encourage all parents to attend this meeting. I will be outlining the expectations for Oak Class for this year, I will explain reading & guided reading, we will discuss home learning & extra activities that could be done to support your child at home. There will be time for questions & any queries you may have. Tea & coffee will be provided for a relaxed, informal meeting! I look forward to seeing you all there. 

Mrs W :)