Half term has arrived

Half term has arrived, a time to recharge batteries, practise skills learnt so far and return fighting fit for the seven weeks that lead up to Christmas.

Following on from our autumn activities last week, some of the children used their woodland collections to make faces in the style of an artist called Arcimboldo.

This week we have celebrated National Apple Week by looking at and tasting different types of apples. We found out that the saying ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ could well be true as apples are very beneficial to many aspects of our health. A good job that so many of the children eat them at snack time! We printed with windfall apples and made apple tree pictures.

In literacy we followed the story of Little Mouse and the Big Red Apple with Little Apple Goat and then The Three Billy Goats Gruff. The children made their stick puppets in school and acted out the story. This led onto bridge building and making troll masks to do yet more acting!

In maths we have been using our apples to practise taking away. Once again good number recognition and accurate counting are necessary to get the correct answers.

If you have not brought in a shoe box please bring one in on the first Monday after half term as we will be making our adding machines.

On Friday we ended a hectic week by looking at pumpkins and read some stories. We carved out a pumpkin lantern and made paper pumpkins to take home for Halloween.

It was really good to see you all at parents evening to discuss how your child has settled and share the progress that has been made in relatively few weeks.

For the parents of children moving on to class 1/R, thank you all for supporting your child so well and we wish them all the best in their future learning at William Ransom.

For the majority of you whose child is staying in class R, please spend some time over the half term holiday to practise the word bags, play the picture word matching game if you have one and read your books. See how many of the 26 letters of the alphabet your child can write when you say the sound and practise some number writing.

We  look forward to seeing you on Monday 2nd November and wish you all an exciting week spending time with your family.