Welcome to Elm Class
Home Learning Letter
Home Learning 30.03
Home Learning 23.03
PE with Joe Wicks - every day on his Youtube Channel!
Audible are now offering free access to hundreds of audio books for children. Beatrix Potter and Winnie the Pooh are a few of my favourites!
Membership isn't required - just visit the website and you can stream the audio books straight from there.
I hope you enjoy listening!
Our New Puppet Theatre!
Miss Pearson brought something to Sharing Time this week - a puppet theatre! We had so much fun performing our own plays and creating new characters and puppets.
Spring 2 Learning
Tricky Words and High Frequency Words
You may have noticed that your child has bought two extra things home in their book bags today - a list of 'Tricky Words' and 'High Frequency Words'. During this term Elm Class has been learning to read these words by sight. Below is a little bit of information about what these words are and why it's important for your child to learn them.
Tricky Words (also known as 'red' or 'exception' words)
These are words in which the English spelling code works in an unusual way. Tricky words do not follow the common phonetic spelling rules children learn early on in their reading journey. These words will contain a sound which is usually pronounced a certain way and therefore does not seem 'right' when sounded out phonetically. In Reception, children are taught to read these words by sight.
High Frequency Words (also known as 'sight words')
These are very common words which appear in all of the texts your child reads. They make up a huge proportion of the words in the books we read, as well as what we write. High frequency words are made up of a mixture of phonetically decodable words and tricky words. By learning to read these words by sight (instead of sounding out and blending) our reading becomes much more fluent and also aids comprehension of a text.
The word lists sent home today are for the rest of the year - please don't panic about learning them all at once! At school we generally introduce one or two a week but you will need to follow your child's own learning pace.
In Elm Class we use flash cards to aid our learning. We also play games of snap or bingo as well as exploring lots of other activities. Feel free to make your own flash cards or games to keep learning fun and interesting. You can also buy flash cards - Collins High Frequency Words and Common Exception Words are good quality and moderately priced, and can be found on Amazon.
As always, please speak to me if you have any questions or worries.
Elm Class Special Friends Lunch
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our special lunch. We had parents, uncles, aunties, grandparents and even great grandparents in attendance!
Elm Class Spring 1 Learning
Elm Christmas Display
Elm class had a very messy week creating a Christmas display for Horringer Community Hall. We enjoyed experimenting with colour, texture and shape to create a beautiful collage of winter houses.
We would love for you to pop down to the Community Hall to view our display in all its glory!
Christmas Trip to Colchester Zoo
Elm class went on an adventure all the way to Colchester Zoo on Monday.
We met a very special Christmasy character who gave us each a gift. We also learnt why it would be a terrible idea to ask the penguins to help pull Father Christmas' sleigh!
We saw lots of animals including elephants, rhinos, zebras, parrots, an orangutan and sea lions. It was impossible to decide which one was our favourite.
Thank you to all the wonderful parents who volunteered to help us on the trip - we wouldn't have been able to do it without you. I'm sure we will all sleep well tonight!
Preschool Stay and Play
On Tuesday Elm class welcomed our friends from Little Teapots and Horringer Preschool for a Christmas Stay and Play.
It was a wonderful morning and we really enjoyed sharing our classroom and showing our new (and old!) friends how things are at 'big school'.
We sang Christmas songs and made some beautiful Christmas tree decorations and cards.
We can't wait for the next visit!
Elm class are very excited about our Nativity production. Your child should have brought a letter home today detailing their role in the play and the lines they need to learn. If you haven't received a letter, please let me know and I will be able to provide another one for you.
All the songs we will be singing during the production have been uploaded to our class page. The songs are quite short, and very catchy! We hope you can find a few minutes to practise these with your children.
Please let me know if you require any assistance with costumes or anything else Nativty related!
Clip Clop (Vocal).mp3
Knock, Knock, Knock (Vocal).mp3
Warming Our Toes (Vocal).mp3
An Angel Appeared In The Sky (Vocal).mp3
Three Kings Were Riding (Vocal).mp3
Baby Sleeping (Vocal).mp3
Jesus Is Born (Vocal).mp3
Christmas trip to Colchester Zoo!
Apologies for the confusing date in the original letter. To clarify - we are going on Monday 2nd December!
Please ensure you have filled in the second page and dropped it back to the office by Friday 15th November.
Elm Learning Autumn 2
Elm class had a lot of fun this week learning about and celebrating Diwali! We were particularly proud of the rangoli patterns we made using chalk. We worked so well in our groups - organising where to put the patterns, which colours to choose and when to lift off the stencil to reveal the pattern!
Most children will have brought a reading book and accompanying letter home with them today.
We are uploading the letter here just in case any got lost between the classroom and home!
Elm Class would like to say a big thank you to Stacey from Mulberry Vets who came to visit us last week. We had an excellent time learning about what happens at the vets and how to look after our animals.
Can you help us?
Elm Class would love to hear about your experiences as a vet/doctor/police officer/hairdresser/lollypop person (or anyone who helps in the community).
If you would like to help give Elm Class a real life experience of 'People Who Help Us' then please speak to Miss Pearson to arrange a time to visit!
Thank you to all the parents who have already sent in objects for our junk modelling box. We have been hard at work cutting, sticking and creating!
Our first few weeks in Elm Class
Welcome to Elm’s Class Page!
It has been a wonderful two and a half weeks at school and everyone has settled in remarkably well. We would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents and carers for making the transition to ‘Big School’ such a smooth and happy time for their children.
The first Autumn term is well under way and we hope your children are enjoying their first experience of school. The first couple of weeks at Ickworth Park have been focused on getting to know one another (children and staff!) building meaningful relationships and finding out all about each child’s interests.
So far, we have been learning all about ourselves. It has been a great opportunity to share our likes and dislikes, as well as any talents or interests we might have. Over the next couple of weeks we will be learning about and meeting the people in our community who help us and keep us safe. We have an exciting year of learning ahead!
We are also part way through completing Baseline Assessments in Elm Class. These assessments are activity based and are used to check your child’s early literacy, maths and communication skills. A parents video about the Baseline Assessment can be found on the government website: https://rba.campaign.gov.uk/
We look forward to sharing your child’s learning and experiences with you this year!
Miss Pearson, Miss Holmes, Mrs Twyford & Mrs Barwise
Preparing for our next step
EYFS Summer Term 2
This week in maths we have been practising recognising, writing and ordering our numbers to 20 and learning one more and one less than a given number. We are becoming much more secure with one less, but this is still a tricky concept for us to grasp!
In Literacy, we have been continuing on with our Talk 4 Writing by practising writing the key vocabulary we will be using when we do our final write up next week and create our own version of the story ‘Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns’. We have also been practising the Phase 3 phonemes that we were finding tricky to remember and moving on to Phase 4 consonant blends to help us with writing CVCC words.
We have loved learning more about how the Middle Eastern culture differs from our own and we have even been researching how Muslims celebrate Ramadan! We have started creating some of our own traditional Ramadan decorations, such as making a mosaic suncatcher ‘fanous’ (traditional Arabian lamp).
We absolutely loved our trip to Banham Zoo, from the excitement of going on the bus to seeing our first animal (and of course the most important part of every day out: LUNCH!). This term we have been learning about: Australia, Rain Forests and reading the story 'Dear Zoo'. Therefore, we were particularly interested in visiting the Australian Paddock, the rainforest animals and seeing how many animals from 'Dear Zoo' we could find in Banham Zoo!
Whilst at the zoo we got to see cheetahs, tigers, giraffes, kangaroos, lemurs, meerkats, monkeys, zebras, camels, sea lions, snakes, leopards, red pandas, emus and lots more! The giraffes were a firm favourite and some of the children even noticed how the giraffes don't bend their knees to drink water! We also loved getting to take a ride on the 'tiger train' around the zoo and found this very exciting.
By the end of the day, we were all very tired after a long day trying to squeeze in seeing as many animals as possible!
After learning about Australia for the last half term, we decided to have a taste of some Australian children's party cuisine of Fairy Bread and Vegemite sandwiches! At first we were very sceptical of the fairy bread "you can't eat 100s and 1000s on bread!", but after we had a nibble it soon became a firm favourite with everyone in the class - even the teachers!.
Next we tried Vegemite sandwiches and whilst a few of us thought this looked like chocolate spread, we soon realised that it definitely didn't taste like that. We were very divided about whether we liked Vegemite or not and we even did a vote to see how many of us liked it and how many of us didn't. We found out that 21 of us really enjoyed the Vegemite sandwiches, whilst 9 of us thought it tasted "very yucky!".
After trying the different Australian sandwiches, we then incorporated this week's learning of WOW words so we could have a go at describing what the sandwiches tasted like. We came up with some super describing words which were then added to our 'WOW word' display, such as: smooth, crunchy, sweet, soft, gooey, sticky, and salty to name a few.
Spring Term 1 Overview
Merry Christmas From Elm Class
Autumn Term Curriculum Overview
Elm class have really been enjoying going into the hall for lunch and trying all the yummy food Mrs Evans cooks! They are remembering to use their manners to ask for the food they would like and have enjoyed the challenge of trying to cut up their food on their own before asking for help, super job Elm Class!
The children in Elm Class have all settled into their new school really successfully. Miss Holmes and I are so proud of how well they are doing both navigating the wider school community (a very big change for such little people!) and also with forming positive relationships with both the adults and children in their class and around the school. As this is the children's first experience within such a large school setting, the first half term is primarily focused on ensuring the children are as settled within their new class as possible. The first few weeks are concentrated on us getting to know each and every child and conducting Baseline Assessments so we can gauge an understanding of the children's interests and also where to begin their learning from. When these assessments have been finalised and we know the path the learning needs to take, we will then be adding a term overview of all the things we will be covering. However, please bare in mind this is Early Years and the plans will take different courses as the children's interests change and when good learning opportunities arise, so we may not always cover everything on term overview, but we definitely will cover more than is on there!
We look forward to sharing with you all of the things your children get up to throughout the school year!