This year we have updated our reading books in order to support your child’s learning in phonics. Early reading books will be linked to your child’s phonics phase; phase 2,3,4 or 5. This will need to be read more than once over the week. Repetition is an important tool which allows children to process and internalise sound and letter correspondences and to give them the opportunity to experience being a successful reader. Your child will bring home three books a week; a Guided Reading book which will have been read with the teacher, an Independent Reading book which they have chosen themselves from their phonics phase and a Shared Read which your child will select from the school library because they would like to share it with you!
We would appreciate your positive approach to revisiting these books throughout your week and for finding time to share the Shared Read together.
Book yourself a Mystery Reader slot. Once a week at 3 o’clock we would like to surprise the children with a visit from a familiar adult to read them your favourite story or to talk about your job or something special you have experienced or achieved. This isn’t restricted to parents; grandparents, older siblings, aunties and uncles can all be roped in too. We ask for your support in keeping the identity of the mystery reader a surprise, even from your own child! A sign up sheet will be in the office so that you can pick a date which will work for you. If you think you will need more time with the children please let us know.
It may have been a blink and you'll miss it term but we managed to pack a lot into it. We all enjoyed learning about The Great Fire of London and understanding how to stay safe around fire. The local Fire Service brought a Fire Engine on to our playground for us to explore and spoke to us about keeping ourselves safe and how they can help us if we get into trouble. All of our children were excellently behaved and displayed super manners during this visit. Well done team. We also brought in the Kindness Detectives; two children who are in charge of noticing acts of kindness as we go about our school day. Names are added to our kindness board and at the end of the week they nominate a child from the rest of the school to receive a Tavy Kindness certificate from us. Our kindness detectives are very enthusiastic and we love how the kindness is spreading in our classroom.
We have been lucky enough to take delivery of new fencing to extend our outdoor learning area. Thank you to the PTFA for funding the new panels. The children have loved being able to run and explore with more space for active learning.
All these deliveries have meant we have enjoyed an abundance of cardboard. The children set to work making London town houses from 1666, take a look at the photos to see what we did then...
Another busy month has flown by in Tavy Class. We received another letter from the Fairy Godmother who wasn't keen on the original ending of Jack and the Beanstalk. In fact, she had banned it! Our challenge was to write alternative endings for the story which would be fair for both Jack and the Giant. Tavy class proved themselves to be excellent mediators and we had endings full of compromise and sharing between Jack and the Giant. We made these into a book to display in our class exhibition at the end of term.
We also learned to identify the different parts of plants and what plants need in order to grow big and strong. We used this knowledge to plant our own beanstalks and then wrote flip book recounts about planting a bean.
In maths we have been continuing to work on place value as well as measuring using standard and non-standard measurements and exploring capacity. There has been lots of new vocabulary being used during our purposeful play which has been great to hear.
The artists in Tavy class have also been painting picture of what they imagine the Fairy Godmother to look like and printing beanstalks using a range of different materials.
I think we are ready for a little Easter Break now!