Welcome to our class page! There are eight children in Nightingales and three adults in our class. Our class teacher is Miss Banks and our teaching assistant is Mrs Boussaiu-Cooke.
Our topic this autumn term is ‘Farms’. The children are learning all about farming, farm animals, how food is grown and what it takes to be a farmer! It is an exciting and interesting topic which all of the children are really enjoying engaging with.
Each week we will be updating this page with our 'Star of the Week' and 'Dojo Winner' as well as a summary about what the children have been learning in class. You can read more general information about the EYFS curriculum further down this page.
Our Christian value this term is trust.
Week commencing 13th November
Nightingales have continued to be super busy as we quickly approach the end of our first term at big school! We are making lots of progress in reading and writing and can now listen to a CVC word and mostly say the correct initial sound. We then try our best to write the word! We have been re-inacting the Little Red Hen and performed it to Year 1 and 2. We have also been making drawings of hen coops for the hen, using pictures from books to inspire our designs. In Maths we have been ordering objects according to their size and colour.; we enjoyed learning about colours so much that we all learnt how to weave coloured strips into the fence outside our classroom - we think it looks really good!
Following Friday's letter about the first round of the Eisteddfod competition, here are the sample poems suitable for Foundation.
Week commencing 16th October
This week the children have really begun to cement their understanding of the letter sounds they have been learning; in phonic lessons, their recall of sounds is becoming really quick! In Maths, the children have continued working on sequences and have been playing games online, copying patterns, as well as ordering coloured blocks and then challenging the grown ups to complete it.
Your child can play some of the games we have been playing in class by clicking on the link below. Flash player needed:
In English we have been reading 'The Little Red Hen' which children have enjoyed acting out in our construction area. We have also been singing lots of familiar songs and rhymes such as '5 Little Ducks' which we love acting out in our water tray. To help our fine motor skills we have been trying to unlock padlocks from Numicon pieces which helps not only with our finger strength, but also our number recognition. You can see the look of concentration on some of our faces in the photo below! Next week, time to relax - half term!
Week commencing 9th October
This week the children have been up to lots of activities and are absolutely exhausted! Our highlight was visiting Town Farm on Wednesday morning where we met lots of animal friends. Our favourite were the cows and 3 day old piglets! You can see some photographs of our trip further down the page. In RE we have been learning about the Jewish festival Sukkot and drew pictures of our favourite meals. In Maths, the children have been learning about sequences and patterns and have been making up their patterns ordering objects by size, colour or shape. In English, the children have learnt 3 stories off by heart (nearly): 'What the Ladybird Heard', 'The Little Red Hen' and 'Cock-a-Moo-Moo'. They love listening to stories and joining in with key words and actions. You can buy these books to enjoy at home via these links:
Week 2: 11th - 15th September 2017
This week we have been doing more writing and Maths activities, whilst learning about our story for part of this term What the Ladybird Heard. The children have been settling in really well and learning about the school routine. We have been sitting very quietly and using our listening ears to understand more about our Collective Worship topic this term, which is Thankfulness.
The children have had a really enjoyable week with Mrs Boussaid-Cooke and we look forward to another fabulous week in Nightingales!
Week 1: 6th September - 8th September
Welcome to Nightingales Class!
In Nightingales, it has been a very short, but busy week! Our new Nightingales have been settling in and getting to know our classroom neighbours - the Robins! The children, Miss Richbell and Mrs Boussaiu-Cooke and I have been spending our week engaging in writing, counting and art activities!
Alongside the change of finally going to 'big school', the children have been noticing the changes in our classroom too! It has been painted, reboarded, new displays put up, a new sink installed, and a Wendy house placed in our outdoor EYFS area. Phew! Lots to get used to, but they have handled it well and all children have enjoyed their learning this week!
It has been exciting to see all of the changes here at Bisham in the last few months and the children are also very excited to see what will happen. Their positivity about the future is infectious!
This will be a fantastic year! :)
Our new Nightingale class!
Communication, language and literacy
We will start our phonics programme, ReadWriteInc. by Ruth Miskin. Whilst some of the children know many of the letter sounds, we will be revising the sounds to ensure the children are articulating the sounds correctly (for example 's' rather than 'suh'). Vowel sounds are quite complex and we help the children to understand where the sound needs to come from - which can be very tricky!! The five main steps are described below:
When children are learning to read and spell, they go through 5 main steps, which are identified as phases.
Phase 1: Children learn to listen to sounds in words. In this phase children do not necessarily need to be exposed to print. However this phase also continues through all the other phonic phases. It is vital that sounds are pronounced correctly; for example ‘m’ is continuous, pronounced as ‘mmmmm’ rather than ‘muh’. Try not to add ‘uh’ onto sounds. This phase is when children learn the sounds of the alphabet.
Phase 2: Children learn to read and spell CVC words such as cat and sheep.
Phases 3: Children learn to read and spell words containing long vowels such as ‘ai’ in train and paint.
Phase 4: Children learn to read and spell words with blends also known as clusters. Children in this phase work to identify the second sound and penultimate sound in words. For example, the r in train, or the s in crisp.
Phase 5: Children learn to read and spell alternative long sounds such as ‘ai’ in brain and ‘ay’ in play, ‘ee’ in sleep and ‘ea’ in peach etc.
The aim is to identify where your child is within these phases and work with them on that phase.
Please note that Phase 1 is vital to support all the other phases. For example it may be that a child is in Phase 4 but will benefit from reinforcement of Phase 1).
The children will also undertake fine motor activities, paint a picture of themselves and learn to write their names, forming the letters together (if they can't already)!
In maths we will practise number recognition and number writing, depending upon the children's abilities.
Don't forget there are also lots of activities to help your child with maths activities at the following websites:
High frequency words, that will be useful for the children when they start to read, will be coming home via the children's book bags. You can cut these up and make them into flashcards or stick them on your fridge! Little and often can be hugely beneficial, especially when the words cannot always be sounded out - the children just have to memorise them.The first page denotes Autumn terms words, the second sheet is for Spring and the final page for the summer term. However, if your child is keen, let them work through them at their own pace. Two or three at a time usually works best.
If you need copies, please just let us know.
Any homework is completely optional and is intended to reinforce the work being undertaken by the children at school. At the recent Target meetings, I handed out name, number and alphabet templates that will help the children form letters and numerals correctly. Please let me know if you require further copies.
We predominantly use Read Write Inc to teach phonics. The link below has a parent section that gives examples of the pure phonic sounds required for children to read and spell successfully.
Another useful website that can reinforce learning taking place in the classroom can be found below - as they say, practice makes perfect!
Useful Websites and Information
Maths Games and Songs:
High Frequency Word Game
Jolly Phonics Song
Ruth Miskin- Phonics
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