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Kind regards, Miss Hutchinson.
25th September - Evelyn
2nd October - Noah
9th October - Ava
16th October - Emily
23rd October - Ellia
13th November - Lucas
20th November - Mila
27th November - Alex
4th December - Indie
11th December - Dakota
18th December - James
Well done to all of you! You are super Polar Bear role models!
We have adopted a polar bear from the WWF!
In Early Years, we teach our children the importance of caring for animals and our world around us!
We will receive updates and information from WWF and have received our very own 'Polo' the polar bear. Each week, our REACH star will take Polo home for the weekend to have lots of adventures with and write about them in Polo's journal. On Monday, we share all the weekend fun together!
Hello to you all,
A few updates about the upcoming Christmas weeks!
Our Christmas production is underway! It will be set up on school money to purchase for £5 on Friday the 4th December. The password will be then sent to you the week after when it is recorded and ready to view.
Regarding outfits for the production, could we please ask if your child is a narrator to bring into school in a named carrier bag by this Friday, a Christmas jumper (preferably), Christmas dress or shirt, ready for when we film the Production. I will ensure these are returned by next Friday the 11th of December . All other costumes will be provided by ourselves.
On Friday the 11th of December it is Christmas Jumper day and the children are welcome to wear something festive on this day. This could be as simple as a tinsel crown, a festive badge, a jumper or a Christmas one-sie. If you wish to and are able to, a donation for the Save the Children charity will be collected on this day.
Regarding Christmas cards, due to the current climate, we have to place them in a box for 72 hours before we can send them home. If the children wish to send cards, please could they all be in school by Friday the 11th of December so they can be distributed the next week.
Our Christmas party will be on Thursday the 17th December where we will have some party games and a Christmas boogie! The children are welcome to come into school in their party clothes and frocks. To celebrate in full Christmas style, could all children bring 2 party food treats. that can fit in their book bag. During our party, the children will collect these to enjoy. We will provide all the children a fruit shoot to keep them refreshed for more dancing and fun!
Last but not least, it is the last chance to purchase a school tile through school money before we go and purchase them! These are painted by the children and placed in the school, and when they come to leave us in year 6 (not for a long time – don’t worry!), it is returned to them as a lovely keepsake and memory for the children.
Phew! Sorry to give you lots of information in one go! Christmas is a very busy time!
Please don’t hesitate to message me with any queries or questions J
Many thanks, Miss Hutchinson.
Our learning this half term is focused around the title, 'In a land far away'. We will be looking at traditional and fairy tales including: The Gingerbread Man, The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Cinderella and then The Elves and the shoemaker.
We will focus on the skill of storytelling, following the 'Talk for Writing' initiative. It will develop their knowledge and understanding of how a story is structured (beginning, middle and end), key story language as well as learning that all stories have characters, settings and problems that may need solving
Within our maths learning, we will be developing our understanding of number and quantity in greater depth and different ways this can be represented.
We will also be carrying out the Government baseline starting from the end of week 1. This will give us a further insight of how far the children have progressed since the first few weeks and give us further targets to work from and discuss during parents evening.
Before we know it, Christmas will be here! We will be learning about the Nativity and a cheeky elf may visit our classrooms again! We will begin rehearsals for our Christmas Production which this year will be a complete original called a ‘Covid Christmas’! So please keep your eyes peeled for children to be given their parts and lines!
For the first few weeks, our main priority is to ensure all the children settle happily into school routines and make friends within the class. All the children will also be completing a range of activities which enable us to identify their current knowledge and understanding before more formal teaching commences. This will take place through our own school Baseline. The children will also be finding out about our routines and 'REACH superhero values: Respect, Enjoyment, Achievement, Challenge and Health. We will model how these look within the school environment.
We will be learning all about ourselves, our friendships and our families. We will be developing our understanding about what makes us unique from others and that's what makes us SUPER! We will share the story of 'The Colour Monster' to understand our emotions and feelings in depth and strategies to help us with some emotions.
We will additionally explore what happens when primary colours are mixed and learn how to curl paper around a pencil to create hair for our self-portraits. We will learn more about our class animals: Polar Bears and Elephants and find out their similarities and differences.
We look forward to continually getting to know your lovely children and yourselves further over the next few weeks!
Friday 4th December
Can you believe we are already on the run up to Christmas?
This week, Christmas arrived in Polar Bear class! I hope you enjoyed the video of our Christmas classroom on Dojo! The children love decorating the Christmas tree in the Gingerbread Man House and seeing who will open the door on the advent calendars. Also, the cheeky elf keeps getting to mischief and the children are enjoying spotting this and talking about their own cheeky elves at home. So far, he has made glitter angels and eat some of my chocolate! What a cheeky elf!
On Monday, the children arrived in the classroom to glitter footprints going towards our curiosity cube and lots of objects inside such as a needle, thread and tiny shoes. The children made predictions and after some discussion, we found out the footprints belong to the elves from the story ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’. This linked to the children creating some super writing about ‘What they would do if they were an elf?’ as you can see from the photos below. Together we formed a sentence, then the children worked hard to listen to all the sounds they heard in each word and then they carefully formed the letters.
We have also enjoyed class guided reading sessions using giant books! We think the Fairy Godmother from the story ‘Cinderella’ that we learned about last week, used her magic…. Bibbety bobbety boo… and made our small reading books to a giant size! We have been using our phonic skills to decode words, spotting tricky words, discussing the setting and characters, making predictions and answering lots of comprehension questions. The children have enjoyed using my character story spoons to help tell the story!
The children became brilliant storytellers to retell the story of ‘Cinderella’ using talk for writing. They are getting more and more confident with the structure, the characters and the settings and they completed some super writing about their favourite part from the story.
In maths, the children have been focussing on quantity and finding the same, one more and one less using a range of different pictures. They are really impressing me with their number work and some children are now using number lines confidently.
All the children did a fantastic job finishing their Diwali lamps as you can see from the pictures below. They carefully thought about the shape they were creating and decorated them beautifully. Please see the ‘Diwali Celebrations video’ showcasing all the learning created across the school, under the ‘Children tab’ and then ‘Dovedale videos’.
The Christmas production has been underway this week! The children are doing a fantastic job waiting for their part and listening to others. We are certainly enjoying the music and dancing included. Thank you to everyone for supporting your child to learn their lines as it really supports us with the success of the production. We are hoping to start filming next week so it won’t be long until you get to share it together!
I hope you enjoy looking at the photos below together and have a lovely weekend
Many thanks, Miss Hutchinson.
Sunday 22nd November
What a busy but fantastic two weeks we have had!
Every Monday, the children have gone into our classroom and explored our Curiosity cube to think about what story we may be learning about next. They have answered lots of questions such as; Who do you think it belongs to?, Why do you think this?, Where do you see this?, which has really deepened their thinking and I am very impressed with their articulate answers! I wonder what will appear tomorrow?
We have learned the stories, 'The Gingerbread Man', 'The Three Little Pigs' and 'Goldilocks and the three Bears' using our 'Talk for Writing' approach which as you saw from the videos on Dojo, the children did a fantastic job of becoming storytellers. They have learned about the structure of the stories and the purpose of each part, about the characters and the settings. Well done to all our Polar Bear Storytellers!
We thoroughly enjoyed going on our Welly walk to build 'houses' like the three little pigs. We thought carefully about what materials would be best and worked together in teams to build them. We also became very fast Gingerbread men running as fast as we could! The children had big smiles on their faces through the whole afternoon and we all had great fun! (I think myself and Mrs Homer had too much fun!).
The children did a fantastic job of creating poppies for the giant poppy displayed outside our school (thank you for sending plastic bottles for this) and we also created finger print poppies in red to remember the soldiers and purple to remember the animals that died in the War. The children showed so much compassion with this and wanted to create super poppies to show this. Please have a look at our window during home-time to see the fantastic job the children did!
Of course, we all thoroughly enjoyed dressing up for Children in Need! Thank you for all your donations and as you saw from the photo posted on Dojo, all the children looked super! All week we took part in Joe Wicks PE challenge for Children in Need and learned each day about Five to Thrive to support our wellbeing.
Last week, we learned about Diwali and are currently making our Diya lamps which very soon the children will be able to bring home and share with yourselves. I am very impressed with how the children have carefully shaped the salt dough and some children have thought carefully about shaping it into a raindrop shape!
As always, the children have been exploring our learning provisions in great depth which has included the children creating Mehndi patterns, practising their letter formation and applying their sounds to write words, constructing houses and wonderful places for the Three Little Pigs to live, retelling the stories in our small world, representing number and using our ICT teddy game to find how many cupcakes the teddy bear has eaten! Plus much more! I am particularly impressed how many of the children have applied their understanding of representing number and one more/one less from our maths lessons and applied it into the maths provision.
Our Government Baselines in Maths and Literacy are now finished and I was so impressed how the children listened carefully to each question and applied their learning from the last few weeks to answer the questions!
Also, it was wonderful speaking to you all for our parents meeting and talking to you about your wonderful children. Thank you again for all your support and so much positive feedback. Again, please don't hesitate to message me on Dojo if you have any further questions or queries or need any support with the next learning steps for your children that I gave you.
This week, myself and Mrs Norton are finalising our brand new and uniquely made 'Christmas play'
and we will be casting the parts this week. So please look out for the children's lines being sent home this week.
Thank you to everyone for doing lots of fantastic reading with the children at home. I can really see the children who are continually practising at home and applying their phonics skills independently. A polite reminder to please sign the children's diaries every time the children read to you so they will get their stamp and sticker for reading three times or more each week.
Thank you again for all your support and I look forward to seeing all our wonderful polar bears again tomorrow :)
Many thanks, Miss Hutchinson.
Wednesday 4th November
I know I updated you on Dojo at the end of Autumn 1 but I just wanted to share some of the fantastic learning I captured of the children exploring our learning provision at the end of last term. The children created super monsters which was inspired by the story 'The Colour Monster', used conkers to show quantity, created some super pumpkins that you may have seen on our window, used a new curling skill to create faces and explored 'Tap it' to create their own masterpieces.
I am very proud of all our wonderful Polar Bears and look forward to sharing more super learning very soon!
You will shortly receive a text message /email about joining 'School Money'. This is our system on paying for things in school as we do not handle cash. This will include things like school milk, trips wrap-around club etc. Any questions please Dojo, email or ring the school office.
While the children are 4 years old, they will receive milk for free. Once your child turns 5 years old, unfortunately they will no longer receive it. If you wish for your child to continue to have milk at school, please visit: .
To celebrate this special day, the birthday boy or girl can come dressed in their own clothes for the school day. If their birthday is on the weekend, they are welcome to pick the closest day to come in non-uniform!