Half term has arrived!

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

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!

As we finished off our topic about the farm we recalled what we knew about goats, found out some new facts and tried out some goat’s milk and goat’s cheese. This followed on from the fictional story of the Little Apple Goat and onto several versions of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. You can see some photographs of the children acting out the story.

In maths we have been using our apples to pratise taking away. Once again good number recognition and accurate counting are necessary to get the correct answers. We also practised counting on along a number line and sent it home to encourage you to continue this at home with your child. With Christmas coming up a board game which encourages this skill such as Snakes and ladders would be beneficial to future learning and also teaches children the life skills of winning and losing. It also encourages extended concentration.

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 I thank you all for supporting your child so well and wish them all the best in their future learning at William Ransom. For the majority of you whose child is staying in class R, I look forward to working with you to extend and support your child. I hope that you all have a good half term holiday.