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Week ending 11th January

This week we have been busy continuing our learning about traditional stories. We revisited Jack and the Beanstalk as well as exploring other versions of this story, we received a letter from a giant and learnt how to grow a beanstalk from a cat called Jasper.  We were inspired to plant our own beans and we are now looking after them and hoping they will grow.  In maths we continued the theme with measuring beanstalks and caterpillars and we made a tricky obstacle course for a giant in the woods.

Our phonic focus this week has been ‘ai ‘ ‘ ee’ ‘ igh’

Headteacher award- Abbigail

Sport award- Taylor

Nature Detectives!
 
The woods are great fun on a Tuesday afternoon!
 
Thank you to all of the volunteers who have already signed up to help, we have 3 helpers for the first week back but there are plenty of spaces for the other weeks.  We need 3 additional adults to enable us to go to the woods each week. Please do sign up to help out on the list outside the Puffin classroom.
2019
 
Welcome back to our busy spring term.  This half term we are focusing on traditional tales before thinking about celebrations around Chinese New Year.
 
Week beginning 7th January
 
We have begun our learning this week thinking about the story Jack and the Beanstalk.  We have been busy making story maps, writing about our favourite part, labelling pictures, counting golden coins, colour mixing on leaves, role playing in our fairy tale castle and completing orienteering challenges to name a few things.
 
Our phonics focus this week has been 'th' 'sh' 'ng' 'ch' - ask us about these digraphs.
 
Headteacher award- Bobby
Sport award- Oscar
Writer of the week- Ralph

Weeks ending 14th and 19th December

What a busy time we have had in the build up to Christmas.

We have had a trip to our local church to see the Meldreth Christmas Tree festival.  We have amazed our families with our singing and performances for our own Nativity; celebrating Christmas around the world.  We have enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner and we were lucky to be able to watch a magical show by Widdershins.

In Literacy we have read Christmas themed stories and practised our writing skills with Christmas cards and crafts and a challenge to write a Christmas wish. In Phonics we have been revisiting our phonic sounds learnt so far and applying them with lots of fun phonic games including buried treasure and our favourite phonic bingo.

In Maths we have explored capacity using different sized Christmas stockings and explored the names of 3D shapes as we put some presents under our class Christmas tree.

We also said a sad goodbye to our TA Mrs Jameson, we wish her lots of happiness as she embarks on some travel in the new year. We welcome Miss Jackson who already works in our classroom as our new TA.

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas!

Week ending 30th November
 
This week has been our final week on our topic 'Tell me a Story'.  
We explored rhyming words and writing thank you notes with The Snail and the Whale. We then finished our topic with a final book called A squash and a squeeze which linked very nicely to our Maths learning on subtraction. 
We have really enjoyed reading so many books written by Julia Donaldson and we look forward to our next topic for the final part of this term.
 
In phonics we have been learning some new sounds and actions including x and y and our first digraph qu.
We have enjoyed playing lots of phonic games including buried treasure and tricky word bingo.
 
Headteacher award- Caia
Sports award- Sebastian
 
 
 
 
Week ending 23rd November
 
This week our focus has been The Gruffalo.  We have really enjoyed acting our the story, thinking about different characters and inventing our own terrible creatures. 
Our mud kitchen is back up and running in our new outdoor classroom and the children have been very creative in what they have produced linked to the stories we have read.
 
We have our very own Deep dark wood in the classroom for a great space to sit and read different Julia Donaldson books and to act out the stories.  We also used our Melwood visit during Nature Detectives to create Guffalo dens.
 
In maths we have continued thinking about addition, how to find the total of two groups and what a number sentence is.  Our phonics this week has been a fun filled week practising all the different phonemes and graphemes we have covered and applying our blending and segmenting skills.  We even used a pass the parcel game which was great fun.
 
Headteacher award- Mckenzie
Sports award- Sebastian
Puffin class have had a busy start to the this half term.  We have been exploring books by Julia Donaldson for our new topic 'Tell me a story'.  Our learning has covered Room on a Broom (including having a spell shop in Puffin Class!), Stickman (with some fantastic stickman creations in Melwood), The Scarecrow's Wedding (using saws to make wooden scarecrow faces), What the Ladybird Heard (creating traps for the robbers) and The Gruffalo (making all sorts of fantastic Gruffalo food in the mud kitchen)
 
Our reading skills are developing brilliantly and we have enjoyed lots of different phonic games on the smartboard, in the outside classroom and as part of our daily challenges. We have been concentrating on our name writing and segmenting words to help with our writing.  You would be amazed how brilliant we are already.
 
We have spent time exploring woodland animals and dance moves to tell their hibernation story, learnt all about Diwali and firework safety.  We had a great visit from a Policeman to learn about road safety and we even got to go in the police car and hear the siren.  We are now beginning our nativity rehearsals.  We can't wait to show everyone what we can do for that.
 
Week beginning 15th October
We read Tasty Poems to start our week and also looked at Pumpkin Soup.  We spent time getting ready for our Parents café as a celebration of the end of our Yummy Scrummy topic.  We really enjoyed sharing our phonic skills and learning journals with our parents.  
 
In phonics we practised our blending skills in lots of games- playing I Spy treasure hunts, pass the parcel and musical statue phonics.  
In maths we practised our number recognition, number writing and also ordering numbers up to 10 and beyond.
 
We were sad to say goodbye to Miss Haigh as she gets ready to welcome her baby.  Mrs Franks popped in to meet us and say hello.  She will be teaching in Puffin on Mondays and Tuesdays.
 
Happy half term.
Week beginning October 8th 2018
 
We read and enjoyed the stories Oliver's Fruit Salad and Handa's Surprise. In the classroom we enjoyed exploring fruit and juicing it. We wrote the initial sound for our favourite fruit.
 
In phonics, we learned to read the word and, we practised blending and we learned the sounds g, o, c  and k. We really love our phonics sessions. Please continue to help us practise at home.
 
In maths, we recognised, ordered and compared numbers. We also practised counting objects accurately to match the numeral. In the woods we made crowns and made Autumn potions, they smelled lovely!
 
We enjoyed celebrating the Harvest Festival with the rest of the school.
 
 
 
 
 
Week Beginning 1st October
 
This week we explored vegetables. There were vegetables all over the classroom for us to explore and investigate. We read 'Supertato' and 'The Enormous Turnip' and participated in lots of activities related to this theme. We acted out the story and made our own class version called 'The Enormous Courgette'.
 
In maths, we practised counting and number recognition. We also weighed objects that we found in the classroom using balance scales and used vocabulary like heavier, lighter, more and less.
 
In phonics we learned the phonemes i, n, m, d. Every phoneme has a caption and an action! We practised blending words using these phonemes, including the fairy (high frequency) words it, at, as, in. 
 
We had our first Nature Detectives session in the woods and it was brilliant!
 
We are looking forward to welcoming you to our Cafe on Monday 15th October at 2.30pm in Puffin classroom.
 
Headteachers Award: Isobel

Sports Award: Gregory

Week beginning 24th September

This week we started our Yummy Scrummy topic. We read, enjoyed and explored the story of The Little Red Hen and The Little Red Hen Makes Pizza. We even made our own flatbreads.

In maths, we recognised different 2D shapes (rectangle, square, circle, triangle, etc) and we practised our counting skills and finding the matching numeral.

Our phonics journey has started. We love the Storytime Phonics Fairy. Last week she introduced us to the sounds s, a, t and p. Please ask us to show you the actions, we would be delighted to. Thank you to everybody who joined us for our Reading and Phonics information session.

On Friday we went to our first celebration assembly. Congratulations to the following children who received an award.

Headteacher award - Toby

Sport award - Curtis

Writer of the week - Emily

Don’t forget that Nature Detectives starts on Tuesday 2nd October.

Week beginning 17th September

What a busy week we had. We are still getting to know new routines, school rules and the names of the other children in Puffin Class. We have enjoyed using different resources in the classroom and staying for school lunches and playtime with the whole school. Well done to all of the children who come into the classroom independently in the morning.

We have enjoyed looking at different patterns and creating our own. We read and enjoyed Pants and My Mum and Dad make me laugh. On Friday, we had a lovely tea party with Swift and Wren class. We enjoyed tasting the goodies that they made for us! Next week we will be starting phonics and our new topic.

Our first week
 
What a busy time we have had during our first few days at school! We have been busy getting to know each other and finding our way around our new classroom, school and playground.
 
Elmer has helped us think about patterns and colours in our busy learning.  Do come and have a look at our classroom displays.  We have also played rhyming games and taken part in our first PE.