Friday 17th November

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Posted by Mrs Frost | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 19-11-2017

This week our book focus was the Charlie and Lola book ‘I will not Ever Never eat a Tomato’.  We’ve had fun trying different fruit and vegetables and thinking of our own names for them, just like Charlie did for Lola in the book.

 

Today we talked about Children in Need and how important it is to help others who are less fortunate than we are.

In maths this week we have started looking at adding.  We have our own ‘adding machine’ which we’ll be using next week as we find out all about how to add and write number sentences.

This week our Learning Super Hero was Seren for her superb attitude to her own learning.  Well done!

Congratulations to Scarlett for getting on the Extraordinary Zone by being so resilient.

Next week our topic is Hibernation.  The week after that the children will be able to choose their own topic…I wonder what they’ll choose to learn about?

We have started learning our songs for our Nativity. Some children are narrators and some children are acting and everyone will have a part. The Nativity will take place at 2pm and 5pm on Tuesday 12th December and tickets will be on sale soon.

We also have our school fair coming up soon on Friday 8th December.

Home Learning

Each week on a Friday we send home a blue Home Learning Journal. This will contain an activity to complete at home over the weekend or in the week (please try to use a page a week), but the books must be back in school by Thursday so we can get them ready again. Please encourage where possible your child to show their independence. We share the books with the class and the children will receive a Dojo for their learning.

This week…What is your favourite food and what is the food you hate to eat?  Draw/write about them!

Friday 10th November

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Posted by Mrs Frost | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 14-11-2017

The children have had a great first week back and have really got stuck into our Superhero Challenges. They have all come back with such great attitudes, all rested and ready to learn.

This week our book focus was ‘Room on the Broom’. Some of the activities out in continuous provision this week have been; making potions in the small world area, creating magic wands with repeating patterns, re-enacting the story using props and masks in our puppet theatre, writing our own potions, labelling the characters from the story and using tweezers to find creepy crawlies in a cauldron of rice.

On Friday we all made a potion where we mixed different ingredients together and had a try!

In literacy we have shared our thoughts on whether the witch was cruel or kind in the story, answered questions based on the book and thought of own ingredients to make a potion. We then ‘powered it up’ and thought of adjectives to describe the ingredients.

Today we also held a minute silence for Remembrance Day and watched a little clip about poppies and why we wear them.

In maths this week we have been looking at repeating patterns. We have looked at patterns in the environment and then verbally followed on both coloured and object patterns. We have worked in pairs to finish off the pattern and made our own patterns using coloured pegs and boards.

This week our Learning Super Heros were Oliver and Henry for coming back to school with a great attitude towards learning.

Our attendance this week is: 95%… this is low for our first week back!

Next week our book topic is ‘I Will Ever Never Eat a Tomato!” We will be doing this book for one week and then moving onto Hibernation.

We have started learning our songs for our Nativity. Some children are narrators and some children are acting and everyone will have a part. The Nativity will take place at 2pm and 5pm on Tuesday 12th December and tickets will be on sale soon.

We also have our school fair coming up soon on Friday 8th December.

Important information

Some building work is taking place in the main building over the next few months. Please take extra care coming into and leaving the building. We have spoken to the children about how to be sensible and safe whilst this is happening.

Parents Evening – Thursday 16th November – please book a time slot with us if you haven’t already done so.

Please remember to put your child’s name on all their jumpers and coats as we have a few without names on.

 

Home Learning

Each week on a Friday we send home a blue Home Learning Journal. This will contain an activity to complete at home over the weekend or in the week (please try to use a page a week), but the books must be back in school by Thursday so we can get them ready again. Please encourage where possible your child to show their independence. We share the books with the class and the children will receive a Dojo for their learning.

This week…Can you make a witch’s potion It can be as nice or as yucky as you like! What did you use to make it? Can you draw a picture and try to write some of the words or first sounds of the words?

Friday 20th October 2017

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Posted by Mrs Frost | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 25-10-2017

This week we introduced our Superhero Challenges for Continuous Provision by having a Superhero topic. The children were gripped on Monday as they discovered some of our toys had been taken as a note and a picture had been left. They then found various clues as to who had taken them. We’re hoping we can save them next week and they’re safe and well.

The children have been making superhero masks and capes and using these during role play. Freeing superheroes using fine motor activities such as cracking a code using numicom and numbered locks and unthreading tied up superheroes. Creating wanted posters to help catch the villain and designing their own superhero costumes. We have been discovering various superhero powers and then looking at everyday superheroes such as the police.

This week in maths we have been discovering Numicon and have been playing lots of games in order to recognise it by sight. Numicon is multi-sensory approach to teaching maths and is used in various ways. We will use this throughout the year as a teaching aid. To find out more about Numicon follow the link… https://global.oup.com/education/content/primary/series/numicon/numicon-at-home/?region=uk

This week our Learning Super Hero went to Pippa for her super attitude to learning and always with a smile.

Our attendance this week is: 95% …good but the Rabbits got 99%! Let’s try and beat them this week.

Important information

Some building work is taking place in the main building over the next few months.  Please take extra care coming into and leaving the building.  We have spoken to the children about how to be sensible and safe whilst this is happening.

Halloween Disco

Halloween Disco is on Thursday 26th 4pm – drop off is at the main reception and pick up is at 4.45pm at your child classroom door (normal home time collection point)

Half Term

We break up for half term next Friday (27th) for 1 week and back in school on Monday 6thNovember.

Please remember to put your child’s name on all their jumpers and coats as we have a few without names on.

If you wish to leave a pair of wellies in school for your child, you are more than welcome to. (please put their names in)

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter Hedgehogs_MRPA.

We kindly ask you for a donation towards the extra snack we have available, this is payable via Parentpay. Thank you in advance for your support.

We are running very short on knickers/underpants and socks/tights so if you have any spare at home please could you kindly donate them. Thank you in advance.

Home Learning

Each week on a Friday we send home a blue Home Learning Journal. This will contain an activity to complete at home over the weekend or in the week (please try to use a page a week), but the books must be back in school by Thursday so we can get them ready again. Please encourage where possible your child to show their independence. We share the books with the class and the children will receive a Dojo for their learning.

This week… Superheroes in training… Can you help out your grown-ups at home by doing small jobs such as tidying your room or helping cook dinner. Write, draw or take a picture to share with the class.

Mrs Frost and Mrs Higginbotham

Friday 13th October

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Posted by Mrs Frost | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 14-10-2017

We continued our theme this week around the book ‘Naughty Bus’. The children have enjoyed role playing a bus station and using the till and money to buy bus tickets. They have been using their directional language from last week to move the bus around a mapped out grid.
In Spark your Speech we were trying to use full sentences to describe where the Naughty Bus was by uncovering different locations using a magic pen on our interactive boards. In literacy we also talked about the different feelings both the Naughty Bus and other characters had at various points in the story. We also thought of new places the Naughty Bus could visit.
This week in maths we have been learning about how to find one more of a number. We used bead strings to count and add one more. We had a bus that had to stop at the bus stop and let one more passenger on, could the children find out how many were now on the bus?

Next week we are learning all about Superheroes. We’ll be introducing our Challenge Cards – different learning zones will have different challenges for the children to attempt. When they have completed a challenge, they can move their name up the challenge chart. Just 5 challenges in a week will earn them a wonderful certificate and a chance to receive it in our weekly assembly with Key Stage One! It’s a great way to help encourage the children to learn and complete challenges independently.

This week our Learning Super Hero went to Stanley, for excellent effort with his reading and writing.
Our attendance this week is: 95%, we are this week’s champions!! Well done to everyone who came in.

Important information
Some building work is taking place in the main building over the next few months. Please take extra care coming into and leaving the building. We have spoken to the children about how to be sensible and safe whilst this is happening.

Please remember to put your child’s name on all their jumpers and coats as we have a few without names on.
If you wish to leave a pair of wellies in school for your child, you are more than welcome to. (please put their names in)
Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter Hedgehogs_MRPA.
We kindly ask you for a donation towards the extra snack we have available, this is payable via Parentpay. Thank you in advance for your support.
We are running very short on knickers and underpants and socks/tights so if you have any spare at home please could you kindly donate them. Thank you in advance.

Home Learning
Each week on a Friday we send home a blue Home Learning Journal. This will contain an activity to complete at home over the weekend or in the week (please try to use a page a week), but the books must be back in school by Thursday so we can get them ready again. Please encourage where possible your child to show their independence. We share the books with the class and the children will receive a Dojo for their learning.

This week… Continuing our theme about the book ‘Naughty Bus’, could your child describe a new place for the bus to go? They can try drawing it in their book. It’ll be a lot of fun to share the different places the bus went to!

Best wishes,

Mrs Frost and Mrs Higginbotham

Friday 6th October 2017

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Posted by Mrs Frost | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 07-10-2017

This week we started our topic book ‘The Naughty Bus’. Over the weekend we were left a present, so on Monday we passed it around and had a guess what it was. There were some great guesses. We’ve been doing observational drawings of transport, role playing using a bus and being a driver, writing our own bus tickets, creating signs and of course, singing ‘The Wheels on the Bus”.

In Spark your Speech this week we went on a bus ride… Our aim was to say who and where we would be going on our bus. In small groups we drew pictures onto double decker busses of ourselves and the person we were travelling with. We then shared it with the class modelling good sentence structure.

This week in maths we have been using positional language. We worked in pairs to give instructions to place a teddy in various spots around the classroom.

Thank you for your support with home learning. It’s fantastic to see so many reading books being changed weekly and home learning challenges being completed. Please don’t forget to sign the reading log, even if you initial it, this way we know you’ve read the book and can change it.

Some people have mentioned that they struggled to log into ActiveLearn. I have brought this up with our IT support and they have mentioned that it could be down to the security settings and allowing popups.

Just a reminder that in Early Years we do have a lot of messy and sensory play as this helps children to explore and learn. Although we provide aprons and remind the children to wear them, on occasions they may come home messy (it means they’ve had a great day). So please be mindful if you are buying any new uniform or coats. The weather is getting colder and we do head outdoors in all-weather so please ensure your child has a winter coat with them, preferably with a hood.

We are running very short on spare knickers and socks/tights so if you have any spare at home please could you kindly donate them. Thank you in advance.

This week our Learning Super Hero went to Ethan T, for being positive towards learning and trying new things with such enthusiasm.

Our attendance this week is: 91.7%. Sadly we have yet to win the Early Years Attendance Trophy. As a school we aim for 97% so we’re quite far off.

Important information

Please remember to put your childs name in all their jumpers and coats as we have started to gather a few that have no names on.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter Hedgehogs_MRPA.

We kindly ask you for a donation towards the extra snack we have available, this is payable via Parentpay.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Home Learning

Each week on a Friday we send home a blue Home Learning Journal. This will contain an activity to complete at home over the weekend or in the week (please try to use a page a week), but the books must be back in school by Thursday so we can get them ready again. Please encourage where possible your child to show their independence. We share the books with the class and the children will receive a Dojo for their learning.

This week… We have been reading a story called ‘The Naughty Bus’. Could you have a look out for different types of transports or different vehicles? You could even go for a trip on a bus or a tram. Can you spot the numbers or letters on the front? Take a picture or draw a picture of what you’ve seen.

Have a lovely weekend, see you on Monday,

Mrs Frost and Mrs Higginbotham

Friday 29th September 2017

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Posted by Mrs Frost | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 07-10-2017

Over the past two weeks in Literacy we have been reading ‘First Week of Cow School’. Today we invited in the adults to share our story using actions. Thank you to all of those who attended. This week in maths we have been doing lots of aspects of counting and matching numbers to quantities.

As we entered Autumn this week we have been looking at the changes it is bringing. We have been collecting leaves and using wax crayons to do leaf rubbings.

Next week we start our new book, ‘The Naughty Bus’.

This week our Learning Super Hero went to Abu, for super enthusiasm for his learning.

Important information

Please remember to put your childs name on all their jumpers and coats as we have a few without names on.

If you wish to leave a pair of wellies in school for your child, you are more than welcome to. (please put their names in)

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter Hedgehogs_MRPA.

We kindly ask you for a donation towards the extra snack we have available, this is payable via Parentpay. Thank you in advance for your support.

Home Learning

Each week on a Friday we send home a blue Home Learning Journal. This will contain an activity to complete at home over the weekend or in the week (please try to use a page a week), but the books must be back in school by Thursday so we can get them ready again. Please encourage where possible your child to show their independence. We share the books with the class and the children will receive a Dojo for their learning.

This week… In your homework books there is a personalised Activelearn log in. Can you log in online and have a read of a book? Write in your home learning what book you have read. You can draw a picture of the front cover or of your favourite bit.

Kind regards

Mrs Frost and Mrs Higginbotham

Friday 15th September

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Posted by Mrs Frost | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 07-10-2017

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What a great first full week we’ve had. The children are settling in much better this week and have really taken it in their stride. They are beginning to understand the rules and routines of the class and have formed some lovely new friendships.

This week the children have enjoyed various activities from painting, threading, playing in home corner, dough disco, outdoor messy play, water play and number matching bingo. They have also been making their own snack and washing up after themselves. We have spent a lot of time getting to know our new class friends, learning to share our resources and being independent within our Early Years unit. We have enjoyed reading lots of stories and learning new songs, especially our ‘days of the week’ song.

Next week we start a new book for our theme, ‘First Week of Cow School’. Follow us on Twitter to find out what activities we are doing.

Important information

Please remember to put your childs name on all their jumpers and coats as we have a few without names on.

If you haven’t done so already, please return your Tapestry form so we can allocate you to the account to share your child’s learning journey.

If you wish to leave a pair of wellies in school for your child, you are more than welcome to. (please put their names in)

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter Hedgehogs_MRPA.

Home Learning

Each week on a Friday we send home a blue Home Learning Journal. This will contain an activity to complete at home over the weekend or in the week (please try to use a page a week), but the books must be back in school by Thursday so we can get them ready again. Please encourage where possible your child to show their independence. We share the books with the class and the children will receive a Dojo for their learning.

Best wishes

Mrs Frost and Mrs Higginbotham

Our First Few Days

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Posted by Mrs Frost | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 09-09-2017

Welcome to the Hedgehog’s blog.  We hope you enjoy finding out all about what the children in Reception are going to be doing over the next year.

It’s only been 3 days but the children are settling in very well.  We’ve had a few tears (some of them not from the children!) but everyone’s starting to get used to the idea that school is a wonderful place to be.

Next week our main focus is to continue to support the children with getting to know one another and settling into Reception: there’s so much they need to find out.  We will be reading ‘The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes’.

We are going to start to help the children become more independent next week by asking parents to leave them at the Early Years gate.  The children can walk round to the door and there will be an adult to help them put their coat and bag on their peg.

A lot of letters have been sent out over the past few days; please make sure that you’ve received and read them all.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to see us. If your child is returning any letters, please could you make sure that you either give them to us at the gate or hand them to the children as we are unable to look through their bags to find any possible letters.  Thank you.

Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes

Mrs Frost and Mrs Higginbotham

Friday 23rd June

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Posted by Mrs Frost | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 24-06-2017

This week we have continued our theme of holiday. With all the great weather at this week we discussed how to be safe in the sun, the children then had the opportunity to create a sun safety poster to tell other children how to keep safe. Outside they enjoyed hook a duck and especially the water sprinkler to cool off. In the workshop they children created their own pictures using coloured sand. We had lots of mixing and patterns
Role play this week was an airport café and an airport check in. The children even dressed up as stewards and pilots, used metal detectors to go through security and wrote their own plane tickets.
In maths this week we recapped sharing where the children worked in groups to share various items between 2 and 3 groups. They were then powering it up and writing the number sentence to match.
There has been some fantastic independent writing this week, especially today with ‘Spark your Speech’ The children watched a clip from the film Up and wrote about where they would go on an adventure if they were in the floating house.
Next week we start the 1st of our transition into year one and on Tuesday the children will be spending some time in their new classroom.
Next week we will be looking at Celebrations within different faiths.

It will be the assembly for Hedgehogs.  Parents are invited to join us in the main hall at 9am and afterwards in the classroom.
Other news
Our Happy Hedgehog this week went to Travis for super sentence work in his independent writing.

Parent Pay – The school has calculated a loss of nearly £20,000 over this academic year, this is due to non-payment for trips and other activities. If you haven’t got access to ParentPay or require some help then please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs Dean in the office. Thank you for your support in this matter.
We also kindly ask for a donation towards our snack that is available for the children each day. This is in addition to the fruit and milk we receive. Payable via ParentPay. Thank you in advance.
Home Learning
Next week in maths we will be looking at time, this weekend can you look around your home and the environment to see where time is displayed and how, it might be watches, clocks, or displayed on the TV. Can you write, draw or take pictures.
As we are fast approaching the transition into year 1 we are encouraging the children to be more independent in their writing. You can support this at home by taking any opportunities that may arise where they show interest in something or have done an activity (for example; Today I went to the park with my mum and sister and had a picnic) Remind them to hold the sentence in their head first, use their finger spaces and sound out each word using Fred fingers.
Bring the sentences into school and we will celebrate them with the class in the morning and award Dojo’s. We are aiming for independent sentences, so don’t worry too much about spellings. We are celebrating that they have written a sentence all on their own.
Home reading books are changed on  Thursday,  Please make sure you have signed the reading log so we know your child has read their book.
Dates to remember
Inset day – Friday 28th July – Children are now due to finish school on Thursday 27th July

Friday 19th May

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Posted by Mrs Frost | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 22-05-2017

This week we have been looking at weight in maths and using everyday language related to weight. The children have enjoyed using the scales and experimenting with various objects to find things that were heavy and light.

At the beginning of the week we had a lot of rain, the children went outside and used powder paints to paint the floor and trays with wheels, sticks and rollers. They thoroughly enjoyed getting messy!

On Friday we went to Droylsden library where we had a little story and a discussion about what things the library can offer by one of the librarians there. The children were then able to explore the library and read some of the books. Thank you to those helpers who gave up some of their morning to walk up there with us. We have library forms if you wish to become a member.

We also said goodbye to our chicks on Friday. Over the last 2 weeks the children have thoroughly enjoyed this learning experience and have learnt lots on how to look after animals as well as learning about where our food comes from and the life cycle.

This week Thomas T received our Happy Hedgehog award for his super communication skills, even talking in a meeting to lots of other teachers!

Other news

Ryan’s mum has very kindly offered to give up part of her Wednesday mornings and read with the children. Please could type children have their books in for Wednesday so that they can be listened to

We’re having a real issue at the moment with missing jumpers and cardigans. Please ensure that your child’s name is clearly marked on their jumper or cardigan. This way, if they take it off during lunch time outside and leave it there it should work its way back to us. We are encouraging children to be independent, which means taking responsibility and looking after their own belongings.

You are welcome to leave a PE kit on your child’s peg (named and in a bag) ideally black shorts, white top and black pumps.

BOOK SWAP SHOP

Every Thursday we will be running a ‘Book Swap Shop’ after school in our classroom. For every book you bring in you will receive a token to swap your books with others.

Home Learning

Please ensure your child’s Home Learning Journal is in school by Friday each week ready for the home learning task to be stuck into.

This weeks home learning challenge is; If you were to go for a 5 minute walk around where you live what would you see? What buildings and community space would you see? Can you draw or write about it? Can you access Google Earth and look at where you live.

Dates for the Diary

Half term – Friday 26th May, back to school on Monday 12th June.

Friday 16th June – Rabbits class assembly – junior hall 9am

Monday 19th June – Bring a Parent to school afternoon

Best wishes

Mrs Frost, Mrs Higginbotham and Mrs Hobin