Welcome to RBs' class page!
This is our class teacher Mrs Ball and our Teaching Assistant Mrs Pritchard
We have all settled very well into school and are working on our independence and looking after belongings; coming into the classroom independently now, completing our self-registration independently and putting our book bags in our draws. Then it is time to get busy, before we welcome everybody at circle time and practise the days of the week and look at the weather, it is now the Spring term so we will be introducing the date, month and Year.
During free-flow time we are very eager to explore the different areas of our learning environment. The messy room with paint, play dough, water, messy play and a creative station. The busy room with small world, discovery area, construction and a light box. Our outside area, which has two sections, the top with climbing frame, sandpit and mud kitchen and the bottom with the water, construction and piano!
Then we have our classroom, the quiet room, with a reading garden, story shelves, small world, funky fingers, phonics den and role play area.
During our school year so far we have celebrated Grandparents day, where our grandparents had the chance to come and visit our classrooms and eat cakes we had decorated for them! We have performed our class Nativity to our families. We held a Christmas craft afternoon for our Parents to help us make some Christmas treats and we have had our Bedtime story event, where we returned to school in our pyjamas and listened to stories with Mrs Ball, whilst we drank milk and ate biscuits!
As well as these lovely events we have also been very busy learning to write our names independently with the correct formation, beginning to use our phonic knowledge to write words and short captions/ sentences through using our segmenting and blending skills and we have been practising our numbers, writing the numerals and recognising them in/ out of order.
The Spring term our focus has been around Fairy tales; the gingerbread man, goldilocks and the 3 bears, the elves and the shoe maker, the three little pigs, billy goats gruff, Jack and the beanstalk and Little Red Riding hood. We have also been learning about Chinese New Year which began on Saturday 28th January. Within phonics for the first half-term we began phase 3 learning j, v, w, x, y, z, sh, ng, qu, ch, th, ai, ee & igh. Maths had also been very busy with learning how to make different amounts, ordering numerals, recognising numerals and discussing one more/ one less.
At the beginning of the second part of the Spring term we split our classes into groups for both Maths and Phonics, this has been to push the capabilities of all pupils within these groups giving more focus on the personal skills they need to learn. Pupils within my Phonics group have now completed phase 3 phonics; oo, oo, oa, are, or, ur, ow, oi, er, ear, air and ure.
Incorporated within this half term we have been looking at growing, keeping safe, Mother's Day and we will be learning about Easter. The children have particularly enjoyed exploring Spring through planting our own beans and observing the frogspawn!
We have also been lucky to celebrate Pancake day at school, we made our own batter and we watched as Mrs Ball and Mrs Pritchard cooked the pancakes before we put on our own yummy toppings!
The Police have also been to visit us. They told us what their job is, how they help people, they let us try on parts of their uniform and we got to see the police car- testing out the sirens and blue lights!
Last week we also made a trip to Hereford Library. We travelled by coach and were very sensible walking into the library, very respectful of the public and keeping our voices quiet. We were greeted by a librarian who showed us where the children's books are kept and then she read us a poem written by Julia Donaldson. We then explored the books and read with our friends, before the librarian finished with 3 stories!
We are looking forward to the rest of this term learning about Red Nose Day and the Easter story!
Please keep looking at our page, it will have all the exciting things we are achieving!
Mrs Ball and Mrs Pritchard.