Welcome back! What a busy first week we have had. The children have settled back into school life quickly and have come back full of beans!
This week we have read a story about Jack Frost and enjoyed creating our own icy cold pictures. The children enjoyed exploring ice and we learnt what ice is made from, and explored ways to make it melt and ways to keep it frozen.
The Construction Area has been very popular this week, as the children have built igloos and all sorts of wonderful creations from large wooden blocks.
The children have been going on lots of adventures in the Arctic Role-play area. They’ve made winter soup (very tasty!), have kept themselves warm with blankets, and have loved pulling each other around in sledges.
In Maths we have been looking at measuring and developing our estimating skills. Did you know someone’s shoe can fit cubes in?!
Next week we are continuing looking at Winter, but are focusing on animals who live in the Polar regions.
Maths Challenge Books
This term we are introducing ‘Maths Challenge Books’. These books will be sent out each Friday and will contain a new maths challenge each week. These are fun, simple challenges that will support and reinforce a variety of mathematical concepts. We ask that you make the time each week (about 5-10 mins) to complete the challenge as it will really support your child’s learning. Please ask us if you have any questions.
This week you might like to make ice at home. I wonder if you can remember what ice is made from? You might like to read winter stories, go for a walk and look for signs of winter, or look for patterns in your house. If you’re feeling clever, why not make up your own pattern!
Don’t forget your handwriting and maths challenges too.
We hope you are enjoying reading the new books at home. Don’t forget to keep them in your book bag, so we can change them on your day! Unfortunately, if you don’t bring your book back we can’t give you new ones.
Stay and Play
From next week we would like to invite parents (or another family member if you’re busy) to come to our weekly Stay and Play session running on a Friday afternoon from 2.30pm. This will be a chance for you to play alongside your child and share what they like doing at school. It will also be an opportunity for you to look through your child’s Learning Journey and talk about it with your child.
As you will understand it is not possible to have everyone together, so we are asking that you sign up to attend one session this half-term. The list is situated outside our classroom. We look forward to seeing you!
Have a lovely weekend!