Friday, 16 April 2021

19.04.21 - This coming week in Early Years

We have had a very busy first week back and the children are enjoying our new project "Minibeasts". We have spent lots of time learning all about caterpillars and butterflies. The children all made their very own caterpillar and sequenced the story in their English books. The caterpillars have been put up on display and we are planning on adding to it each week, with different minibeasts. 

On to our learning for the coming week, we will be:


  • Sharing another book by Eric Carle, this time it is all about a bad-tempered ladybird.
  • Retelling the story "The Bad-Tempered Ladybird and thinking about how the ladybird behaved and whether this was the right thing to do, sharing our ideas during Circle Time.
  • Watching a film showing the life cycle of a ladybird.
  • Labelling the different parts of a ladybird.
  • Learning about time, making different o'clock times, just like those in the story.
  • Revisiting the 4 consonant digraphs in our Phonics sessions.
  • Making ladybird pebbles to put into our garden.

It has been lovely to have so many WOWs this week and we have had lots of reasons to be proud of the children in school too. Please remember you can always contact me using earlyyears@downhallprimary.com.

Have a lovely weekend
Miss Wakefield



Sunday, 11 April 2021

12.04.21 - This coming week in Early Years

Hello everyone,

I hope you have all had a lovely Easter break. I am looking forward to seeing all the children again tomorrow to start the new term. If you have had a chance to ask your child the questions for our Minibeasts project, then I would be very grateful if you could email me their responses using earlyyears@downhallprimary.com. The information for this project can be found here.

On to our new learning for this week:




  • Sharing the story "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle.
  • Watching a film version of the story and comparing it to the book.
  • Sequencing the events in the story.
  • Learning a song to help us remember the days of the week.
  • Finding different ways to make 5 and 10 in our Mathematics sessions.
  • Creating our own repeating pattern caterpillars, printing using corks.
  • Playing a new game in Circle Time, trying to pass bells around the circle without them making a sound!
See you tomorrow!
Miss Wakefield

Friday, 26 March 2021

Happy Easter

Mrs Fincham and I have been SO proud of all the children over these last 3 weeks. They have settled back into our routine and school life SO well. 

After the holiday we will be starting a new project "Minibeasts". I have updated this section of the Early Years site with some information for you about the project and a sheet for the children to complete too. These can be found here

I would also encourage you to remember to keep using your child's sound cards and their Big Cat online library. Quick recall of our sounds is SO important in supporting the children with both their reading and writing. After the break we will be starting to read books in school more and more and these books will be the same as those you can access at home, although the children have a far wider selection to pick from online. I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to keep the phonics ticking over as this will contribute to your child's progress across the whole curriculum.

Wishing you all a lovely Easter holiday. 

Miss Wakefield

Friday, 19 March 2021

22.03.21 - This coming week in Early Years

Hello everyone,

It has been another busy week in Pearl Class. We have been enjoying celebrating the WOWs that have come in this week, please remember that we love to hear about anything that the children have done that have made you proud. Please send them in using earlyyears@downhallprimary.com

After Easter we hope to start reading with the children in school, these books will not be able to come home yet, but will match those that are in your child's Big Cat online library.

On to our new learning for this week:


  • Sharing the story "Stuck" by Oliver Jeffers.
  • Watching a film clip by Oliver Jeffers showing how to draw one of his characters, a moose, and then having a go for ourselves.
  • Comparing objects by weight, finding out which penguin is the lightest and which is the heaviest.
  • Learning the last Phase 3 tricky word in our Phonics sessions.
  • Using non-fiction books to find out some facts about penguins and then working together to try to write some of these facts.
  • Listening to the Easter story from the Bible.
  • Going on an Easter Hunt on Friday.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Take care
Miss Wakefield





Friday, 12 March 2021

15.03.21 - This coming week in Early Years

Hello everyone,

What a busy, tiring but happy week we have had in Pearl Class, which culminated in us celebrating the 100th day since the children started school! As I mentioned in my email, the children have made me SO proud this week, in so many different ways. We have spent lots of time this week getting back into our routine and it has been so lovely to see the children playing with their friends and having fun - there has been LOTS of giggling! 😀 Some of the things that were planned for last week have moved to this week as settling the children back into school life was obviously our priority.

This week, the children all got to add their fingerprint to our leveret Lenny and over the weekend I will be uploading photos of how he looks now that the whole school have helped to complete him (whilst remaining in their class bubbles). Individual photos of Pearl Class adding their prints will be added to their Learning Journey books.

On to our new learning for this week:

  • Sharing the story "The Way Back Home" by Oliver Jeffers, this another book about the Boy. We will be comparing how this book links to last week's story.
  • Watching a film clip by Oliver Jeffers showing how to draw one of his characters, a moose, and then having a go for ourselves.
  • Comparing objects by height, finding out which penguin is the smallest and which is the tallest.
  • Learning another new tricky word in our Phonics sessions.
  • Using non-fiction books to find out some facts about penguins and then working together to try to write some of these facts.
  • Finding out about some new Vocabulary Ninja words, learning their definitions and having a go at trying to spell them.
  • Wearing something red for Comic Relief on Friday! More information about this is on this week's newsletter, which can be found here.
Don't forget you can always contact me using earlyyears@downhallprimary.com.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Take care
Miss Wakefield




Friday, 5 March 2021

08.03.21 - This coming week in Early Years

We've made it...the children are returning on Monday and I am SO looking forward to seeing them all. I also just want to take this moment to say a huge thank you to all of you lovely Pearl families for the emails, photos and support throughout the lockdown. Thank you for supporting the children with their learning, you are all stars! I am very grateful and appreciative of it all and it will certainly have helped the children as they return to school. You may have seen the item about Growth Mindset in this week's newsletter and this is very much the attitude we will be taking in school. Our intention is to ease them into the routine, whilst still allowing plenty of time for talking and settling back.

Here are just a few reminders for next week:

  • The children are arriving and leaving via the Downhall Park Way entrance, Pearl Class start time is 9.15am and finish time is 2.45pm. For those children with siblings in school, they can arrive at their sibling's allotted time. We would really appreciate it if you could aim to arrive as close to these times as possible, so to minimise the number of people at the gate. Parents are asked to wear a face covering when dropping off and collecting their child. A full list of class timings can be found here.
  • The children will need to remember to bring in a water bottle everyday. The new dinner menu can be found here or alternatively they can bring in a packed lunch.
  • It might be a good idea if the children wrap up warm as school is not the warmest of places when all the windows and doors are open. They will also need to remember to bring in a coat everyday as you can never rely on the British weather!
  • Our PE day is still FRIDAY.

On to our new learning, this week we will be:


  • Settling back into our daily routine at school.
  • Spending time talking with each other about things we have been doing during Lockdown.
  • Sharing the story "How to Catch a Star" by Oliver Jeffers, this was his very first book about the Boy.
  • Watching a film clip by Oliver Jeffers showing how to draw one of his characters and then having a go for ourselves.
  • Learning about 3D shapes in our Mathematics sessions.
  • Learning a new tricky word in our Phonics sessions.
  • Reaching our 100th day in school on Friday!


On Monday the children will be bringing home their World Book Day vouchers. We are aware that these can be used in the major supermarkets. They will also be bringing home their art folders from the Autumn term and the sound cards for Phase 3. These have all been quarantined in school during this week ready for them to go home on Monday.

Don't forget you can still contact me using earlyyears@downhallprimary.com should you have any questions or queries.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday!!!!
Take care
Miss Wakefield

Saturday, 27 February 2021

01.03.21 - This coming week in Early Years

 Hello everyone!

One more week to go and then I promise I will put that iPad away and not subject you all to my films anymore. I can't wait to get the Pearlies back into school and to teach them again in person. I'm sure it will be lovely for us all to get a small bit of normality back again in our lives.

Below are some ideas for this week's home learning, these are the activities we would have been doing had we been in school.

  • Sharing the story "Up and Down" by Oliver Jeffers. This is another story about the Boy and the Penguin. You can find this story here.
  • Thinking about friendship and what makes a good friend. The Boy and the Penguin are clearly good friends, maybe you could draw a picture of and/or write something you like to do with your friends and share you ideas with me. You could use this sheet to record your ideas.
  • Continuing our latest phase in White Rose Maths - "Building 9 and 10". A link to the films for this week can be found here. On Monday they talk about the Ten in the Bed rhyme. We sing this at school using the version that you can find here
  • Continuing our Phase 3 Phonics work, learning a new tricky word and recapping some of our vowel digraphs. Monday's film is in the folder and the others will be recorded next week.
  • Starting to find out information about penguins, for example by finding out about where they live. Here are some starting points that we would have used; three episodes of Andy's Wild Adventures. There is an episode about Emperor Penguins, one about Chinstrap Penguins and one about African Penguins
There are also some activities by Oliver Jeffers for this book. They can be found in the English section of our Home Learning Folder.

On Thursday it is World Book Day and had we been in school we would have been marking it in some way. SO with this is mind, I would like to challenge you all to find a favourite story and read it in an usual place! I would love to see any photos of your unusual places.

Please remember I am only ever an email or phone call away. If there is anything I can help with then please do let me know.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend, take care
Miss Wakefield

Sunday, 21 February 2021

22.02.21 - This coming week in Early Years

Welcome back everyone! I hope you have all had a lovely enjoyable half term. This half term we will be working on a new project called "Lost and Found". This project is based on books by the author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers. 

Below are some ideas for this week's home learning, these are the activities we would have been doing had we been in school.
  • Sharing the story "Lost and Found" by Oliver Jeffers. You can find this story here. We would have also discussed what being an author and illustrator means and would have watched this clip about Oliver Jeffers.
  • Drawing and/or painting pictures of the Boy and the Penguin. I have added 2 activity sheets to the English section of our Home Learning folder. Oliver Jeffers also shares how to draw a penguin like the one in his books, this step by step guide is also in the folder. 
  • Writing about the Boy or the Penguin, describing the character and saying what they looked like. I will film an example of what I would have done with the children and add it to the English folder. 
  • Making our own boats using junk modelling materials. CBeebies have a great little clip showing how to make one using a drinks bottle. You can see it here.
  • Talking about the repeating pattern on the Penguin's umbrella and then creating our own repeating patterns. We would have played this game too. 
  • Learning the last 3 sounds from Phase 3 in our Phonics sessions. These sessions will be filmed from Monday and uploaded to our Home Learning Folder as soon as they have been recorded.
  • Starting the new phase in White Rose Maths - "Building 9 and 10". A link to the films for this week can be found here. The book "Ten Black Dots" is used on Thursday, a version of this book can be found here.
Hopefully by the end of tomorrow we will all know when the children will get to return to school, I can't wait to be with them all again. In the meantime please remember I am only ever an email or phone call away.
Take care
Miss Wakefield

Saturday, 6 February 2021

08.02.21 - This coming week in Early Years

Hello everyone!

Well done for completing another week. We are now just 1 week away from half term, which also means this is our last week for our Dinosaur Project. I wonder how many of you did take part in the RSPB Birdwatch last weekend? As promised here are my results...I managed to see 11 pigeons, 4 wood pigeons, 7 sparrows and 2 blackbirds...along with my 6 chickens, who obviously don't count!! I was really impressed with how many I'd seen.

As I mentioned above, this is our last week for the Dinosaur project. It also sees the start of Chinese New Year on Friday so we would have been learning about this too. 

Below are some ideas for this week's home learning, these are the activities we would have been doing had we been in school.




We would have been:

  • Learning 3 new vowel digraphs and 1 tricky word in our Phonics sessions. There are 4 new films in the Home Learning Folder.
  • Finishing the phase "Growing 6, 7 and 8" in our White Rose Maths sessions. A link to the films for this week can be found here. The book Jasper's Beanstalk is used on Wednesday, if you do not have this book a version of it can be found here.
  • Learning about fossils, as this is where we get our information about dinosaurs from. We would have watched this film from the Natural History Museum and then talked about some of my fossils that I've found in Dorset. The film can be found here.
  • Continuing making our dinosaur book, as this would have taken place over 2 weeks, as mentioned in last week's blog. It has been lovely to see the writing and books that the children have been doing about dinosaurs.
  • Creating our own fossils using salt dough. There is a film from the Natural History Museum that shows you how to make an ammonite fossil. It can be found here, or alternatively you may decide to use some dinosaurs to create a fossil, there are some ideas here.
  • Learning about Chinese New Year. Chinese This year it is the year of the Ox as each year is named after a different animal. We would have shared this story and also watched the film clips that can be found here to find out more about the celebrations. In school we would have joined in with Dragon dancing and engaged in other creative activities linked to Chinese New Year using these ideas.
  • Continuing with our Vocabulary Ninja words, there are another 5 in the folder. (Numbers 16-20).
In school we are in the process of updating the school website. As a result I have created a new area for Early Years. I would be very grateful if you could take a look at it and be my guinea pigs, letting me know what you think and in particular, if any part of it isn't working for you. The new Early Years site can be found by clicking on this link: Early Years site. Thank you in advance for your support.

Finally, please see the message below from Mrs Hurley and it would be great if you could complete the survey. Thank you.

Dear Parents and Carers, 

We’ve all had to adapt to new ways of working recently, so I wanted to take the opportunity to say what an amazing job you’re doing supporting your child’s wellbeing and learning during this time. To help us make sure we’re providing the right level of support for you and your child, we’d like to know your thoughts on our approach to remote home learning. Please take the time to complete the survey on this link: Feedback Survey

It should take you between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. Please fill out the survey by Thursday 11th February 5pm. Your feedback is very important to us. 

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Hurley


Gosh, what a long blog post this week!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend, maybe this time we really will get the snow!

Take care

Miss Wakefield

Friday, 29 January 2021

01.02.21 - This coming week in Early Years

Hello everyone!

We've reached the end of another week, a week that bought some news about the return to school. Mrs Fincham and I are missing the Pearlies lots and I am so sad that we now know we have even longer to wait until they all return. I just wanted to say that you are all doing a great job with the home learning and I am loving the emails you are sending. Thank you for taking the time to send me pictures of the children and their work, they really do make my day!

Below are some ideas for this week's home learning, these are the activities we would have been doing had we been in school.

We would have been:


  • Sharing non-fiction texts to find out facts about different dinosaurs. As well as looking through some of my collection of books we would have also watched these 2 films. The first film is an overview of dinosaurs and gives lots of facts, the second film is a top ten of dinosaur facts. The films can be found here and here.
  • Starting to create our own dinosaur book. In school we would have spent a few weeks doing this, so giving ourselves time to find out facts and record our ideas to turn into a class book. As well as the 2 films mentioned above, I have added some fact cards to the English folder and there is also a Dinosaur ebook which you can download (should you wish to). I would have been encouraging the children to focus on one dinosaur to learn and write about. There are also some great facts on the CBeebies website. These can be found here
  • Continuing with our Maths work, the next set of films for "Growing 6, 7, 8!" can be found here. I have also uploaded the activities to our home learning folder. This week is about combining (adding) numbers together.
  • Learning the next vowel digraphs in our Phonics sessions. The films for each day will be uploaded to the Phonics folder. (Apologies about the sunlight for Monday's film...I moved halfway through to see if that helped, the other films will be uploaded next week).
There are also new Vocabulary Ninja words in the folder (11-15) should you wish to have a look at them. In school we would have also been watching and talking about the next 5 Numberblocks episodes from series 2 (starting from Just Add One). These can be found here.

This weekend it is also the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch which you might like to join in with. The information can be found here I am going to do it too and will share my results with you next week. You may even like to try to make your own fat ball for them to eat - a link showing you how to do this can be found here

Please remember I am only ever an email or phone call away. I hope you all have a lovely weekend, who knows we may even get some snow!
Take care
Miss Wakefield


Friday, 22 January 2021

25.01.21 - This coming week in Early Years

Hello Everybody!

Well done, we have reached the half way point of the term! I hope you are all ok at home, please know that Mrs Fincham and I are really missing our lovely Pearlies. It has been lovely to see some of their smiling faces in the emails that we have had this week. I would really like it if you could email me each week to keep me up to date with how you all are and if you need support in any area of your child's welfare and education. 

Below are some ideas for this week's home learning, these are the activities we would have been doing had we been in school.

We would have been:

  • Sharing the book Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus! This has rhyming words (like Dinosaur Roar!) and is again full of different dinosaurs. If you do not have this book at home, a version of the story can be found here. At the end of this story there are some ideas to try at home too. I have added those ideas to the Home Learning folder in the English section.
  • Finding out about 5 new Vocabulary Ninja words, these have been added to the folder, numbers 6-10.
  • Learning the first 4 vowel digraphs in our Phonics sessions. These new sounds will be in the Phonics folder along with the films.
  • Starting the new phase in White Rose Maths - "Growing 6, 7 and 8". This week's learning will build upon the Numberblocks episodes I blogged about last week. There are also 2 stories that go with this week, Six Dinner Sid for Monday and Kipper's Toybox for Friday. A version of these stories can be found here and here.
  • Watching the Andy story "T-Rex and Pumice". This can be found here. We would then have gone on to look at real pumice and carried out an experiment to create our own volcano. We usually make our volcano in the same way as demonstrated in this video from the Natural History Museum. Maybe you might like to try it too.


This week I have found this website, it enables you to make music by clicking on the different experiments. I particularly enjoyed the Kandinsky experiment. I thought you might like to take a look at it yourselves, although I apologise in advance for the noise your children may make! The link can be found here.

Don't forget the children still have their Big Cat e-book library, it would be great if you could use this as much as possible as it will help with the children's blending. Please let me know if your child needs more books as I am able to amend their individual library. A link to login page is here. If you can't find your child's login details please do ask and I will email them to you.

As always I am here to support you and your child in any way I can, please email me using earlyyears@downhallprimary.com and I will get back to you.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Take care

Miss Wakefield

Friday, 15 January 2021

18.01.21 - This coming week in Early Years


Hello Pearl Families!
We have got to the end of the second week, well done to everyone, you are all doing a super job! Mrs Fincham and I have been missing you all and have recorded a little message for all the children. You can find the messages in our Home Learning folder.

Below are some ideas for this week's home learning, these are the activities we would have been doing had we been in school.

We would have been:


          
  • Sharing the story "Dinosaur Roar!" and discussing the rhyming words. This story can be found here. 
  • Writing a caption to go along with one of the pictures from "Dinosaur Roar!", using describing words to match the picture. (I have filmed two versions for this activity - one for parents and one for the children - these are the English folder, in our home learning folder).
  • Sharing the book "Dinosaur More!", this is a non-fiction version of "Dinosaur Roar!" and gives information about those dinosaurs. 
  • Creating a 3D box to make a habitat for a dinosaur. A film showing how to do this can be found here. (Sorry that I can't multi-task and draw and speak at the same time!!)
  • Watching the first 5 Numberblocks episodes from series 2. (The episodes introduce the numbers 6-10). These can be found here.
  • Comparing objects by their mass or capacity in our Mathematics sessions. There are 5 short videos on the White Rose website, they can be found here. There are also accompanying activities which I have added to the Mathematics folder which is here.
  • Learning our first 4 vowel digraphs in our Phonics sessions, along with 3 more Phase 3 tricky words. Films for these Phonics sessions are in the Home Learning folder.


There are some lovely Dinosaur Roar! activities on their website, along with some information posters, this website can be found here.

The Natural History Museum have started a homework club, they are starting with Dinosaurs. A link to the website can be found here.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Please remember I am only ever an email or phone call away. 

Take care and stay safe

Miss Wakefield

Friday, 8 January 2021

11.01.21 - This coming week in Early Years

Hello everyone!

Well done for getting through the first week of home schooling, you have all been amazing! I've loved getting the emails showing me what the children have been doing and I'd like to say a huge thank you for all of your lovely words and support. 

Hopefully sharing things with you all will be a little smoother this week, now that I have set up the online folder. 

I have added various things into the folder during this week:

  • There is now a film clip of me demonstrating how we write our names using the sheets I have emailed to everyone. 
  • I have made online versions of the children's sound cards and will add the relevant one each week, so the set for j v w x is already there.
  • I had an amazing camera woman in school this week and she has filmed me doing the calendar, our morning timetable and the afternoon timetable. They are just there as a bit of fun, but do show you how we do it in school.
  • A list of online resources that I hope you will find useful.
Today I will also be adding:
  • Two of the films for next week's Phonics. These will be numbered as before. If you decide to do more than one in a day please can you watch them in order as I repeat the previous learning. (The other 3 will be uploaded on Monday - apologies there has been a slight technical hitch!).
  • Two films with me demonstrating how to label one of Harry's Robots. (See below for more information). One is for you to watch first and one is for the children to watch so they know what to do.
  • The robot labelling sheets.
  • Some Vocabulary Ninja words. These are numbered, in school we would have done 1 a day.
  • Our Days of the Week song.
  • A film showing how we write our numbers in school.
  • A list of how we write our numbers in school.
This week I have updated all of the children's Big Cat e-book libraries. To find the new books simply sort your child's library by clicking on "Recently Added". As with the Lilac Books, there is a clip of how to support your child when reading these new books. To watch this you need to click on the little blue circle on the right hand side of the front cover. (As shown in the picture below).


Below are some ideas for this week's home learning, these are the activities we would have been doing had we been in school.

We would have been:

  • Sharing the stories "Harry and the Dinosaurs go to School" and "Harry and the Robots". If you do not have these at home, then they can be found here and here.
  • Discussing the story "Harry and the Robots" and thinking about how Harry wanted to help his Nan get better. We would have gone on to think about ways we could help each other.
  • Using junk modelling materials to make our own robots.
  
  
  • Labelling the parts of a robot in our English session. Please check in the Home Learning folder for a film of me teaching this along with the resources you might like to use. If you do not have access to a printer then the children (or you) could draw a robot and then go on to label it.
You may have seen there is no Mathematics listed. This is because I have now found the Home Learning area for Early Years on the White Rose website. It can be found here. In class we had already done some work around zero before Christmas which is why I had moved on. However this has made us a few days ahead, which wouldn't have mattered had the children been in school, but could prove more problematic given the current situation. So please can I suggest that for this week you could look at the video clips on zero which are here or reinforce the work from last week by using the clips here. This way we will be matched up with their resources for the following week. (Week beginning 18/01/21 - Alive in 5! Week 3). Any problems please just ask, sorry if this has caused any confusion.

As always, please email me using earlyyears@downhallprimary.com with any queries, questions, to share some of your child's learning or just to say hello! You may have seen on the latest letter from school that we are asking families to check in with us at least once a week just that we know that you are all ok at home. Although school is "closed" we are all still here and are only ever a phone call or email away.

Take care and have a lovely weekend
Miss Wakefield




Monday, 4 January 2021

04.01.21 - This coming week in Early Years

Happy New Year! I hope you have all had a happy and healthy Christmas break. I know this is isn't the start of the new term that we would wish for, but please know that I am here if there is anything you need to support the children at home. Please just email using earlyyears@downhallprimary.com

Below are some ideas for home learning, these are the activities we would have been doing had we been in school.

We would have been:

  • Sharing Harry and the Dinosaurs stories. As an introduction to our new project we would have started with the story "Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs".  If you don't have this story at home a version of it can be found here
  • Discussing our favourite dinosaurs. Following on from the story, we would have discussed our favourite dinosaurs and whether they were in Harry's bucket. My favourites are Stegosaurus, Diplodocus and Triceratops. I would love to see some pictures of your favourite dinosaurs. There are also some craft activities here that you may like. 
  • Starting Phase 3 in our Phonics sessions. I will film these sessions and then add them to this folder
  • Finding different ways to make 5 in our Mathematics sessions, learning about the parts that make a whole. We would have watched this episode of Numberblocks again as an introduction. In our sessions I would have been encouraging to find all of the different ways to split 5 objects (the whole) into 2 groups (the parts). I have added the relevant slide from White Rose Maths for this week's theme which gives more ideas. It can be found in this folder. These ideas are for the week, so maybe pick one a day and try different numbers (up to 10). I always start with lower numbers so that the children understand the concepts with numbers they are secure with.
  • Sharing and reading books together. Please remember the children have a login for the Big Cat e-book library. Reading a little everyday is so important. If you are unable to find your child's login details please email me and I will send them to you. I will be updating the children's libraries to reflect the books I would have been reading with them in school.
Finally, it would be lovely to know the children's views for our new project, I would be very grateful if you could ask them these questions and email me their answers, this will help me with future plans for our project.

Take care
Miss Wakefield

Thursday, 31 December 2020

Next week in Pearl Class

Dear Parents

In response to the Government announcement made yesterday, school will only reopen for the children of Critical Workers on Monday 4th January.

If you are a Critical Worker and would like to book a place for your child, please contact us via the phase email address. 

earlyyears@downhallprimary.com


I will blog again on Monday with home learning activities that the children can complete, along with a phonics session for them.


Any further updates will be posted on the school website, blogs and our social media platforms.  


I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and thank you for your continued support.  

Stay safe.


Miss Wakefield

Friday, 18 December 2020

HAPPY CHRISTMAS PEARL CLASS!

Mrs Fincham and I just wanted to say thank you to all of you for your support throughout this term. We have had a lovely time learning lots and are looking forward to our next adventures in January. 

We know this has been a very strange start to school life for our lovely Pearlies, but we have worked hard to make it as "normal" as possible for them. We are incredibly proud of how well they have all settled into school. We are also very thankful for all of your support.

Unfortunately we were unable to perform a Nativity for you all...however we have still created one for you to enjoy. (It's amazing how you can create a little production in a corridor!!) 
The children all chose the part they wanted to be and every child joined in to help with the narration, we even learnt two little songs! Click here to see it. Our Nativity
A huge thanks to Mrs Balkwill who worked her magic and put it all together for us. 

After Christmas we will start our new project "Dinosaurs". A new project letter has been added to our class page on the school website which will give you a little more information. There is also a sheet for the children to complete, to give us their ideas for this project. We would be very grateful if you would complete this with your child and email their ideas to earlyyears@downhallprimary.com
We use the children's ideas to inform our future planning. A copy of these letters can be found on our class page on the school website, under project letters, or by clicking on the links below. 

Finally, we would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 4th January 2021.

Miss Wakefield and Mrs Fincham

Sunday, 13 December 2020

14.12.20 - This coming week in Early Years

Thank you for all your patience last week during the parent/teacher consultations, thankfully it all worked out in the end. It was so lovely to have the chance to speak to you all.

I can't quite belief that we only have 1 week left of term. Mrs Fincham and I are so incredibly proud of Pearl Class and all their amazing achievements this term, but in particular with regards to Phonics. Thank you all for all the support you are giving the children at home, they are all growing in confidence and using their phonic knowledge to support their reading.

The school office have asked me to remind you all again about a couple of forms that need completing. The first is the parent consent form. The form can be found by clicking the link: Parental Consent Form

There is also a Home/School agreement. This sets our everyone's responsibilities and expectations. This can be found by clicking the link: Home School Agreement 

Many of you have completed one of these forms but not both. I would be very grateful if you could complete them and send them to office@downhall.essex.sch.uk.

In Pearl Class we have a student working with us. Miss Mortimer is in the second year of her degree and comes into class on a weekly basis. She asked me to share the following Google form with you, which is a short questionnaire along with a consent form for the research she is carrying out as part of her degree. I would be very grateful if you could take the time to support her with her degree. If you have any queries, please do ask. The Google form can be found hereGoogle Form or alternatively pdf versions can be found here and here. Many thanks to those of you who have already completed this, it is much appreciated.

On to our new learning, this week we will be:

  • Creating our own version of the Christmas story by dressing up as the different parts we have chosen.
  • Recording some special things to share with our families.
  • Finishing our Christmas cards by writing them to our families.
  • Playing Phonics games and trying to beat our best time for "Tricky Word Trucks".
  • Watching an online Pantomime on Wednesday.
  • Creating our own Fairy Light patterns and completing some Christmas counting activities in our Mathematics sessions.
Finally, as always, please feel free to email anything to earlyyears@downhallprimary.com.

Miss Wakefield

Friday, 4 December 2020

07.12.20 - This coming week in Early Years

This week we have finished learning all of the sounds and tricky words that are in Phase 2. We will be starting Phase 3 straight after Christmas, so that the children have the next few weeks for consolidation. Most of the children will have brought home the final sounds for this phase today. We can really see how the children are becoming so confident with their Phonics and are very grateful for all the support you are giving at home.  

I have updated the Phonics page on our class page on the school website. It now contains the sounds from Set 5. Please click on this link to find the clips: Phonics page.

In Pearl Class we have a student working with us. Miss Mortimer is in the second year of her degree and comes into class on a weekly basis. She asked me to share the following Google form with you, which is a short questionnaire along with a consent form for the research she is carrying out as part of her degree. I would be very grateful if you could take the time to support her with her degree. If you have any queries, please do ask. The Google form can be found here: Google Form or alternatively pdf versions can be found here and here

On to our new learning, this week we will be:

  • Listening to the Christmas story from the Bible.
  • Making our own Christmas cards and calendars for our families.
  • Updating our name display in the classroom.
  • Creating Christmas pictures using 2D shapes in our Mathematics sessions.
  • Wearing our Christmas jumpers for Christmas Jumper day on Friday. (Christmas jumper to be worn with PE kit please).
  • Eating our Christmas party lunch on Friday.

It has been really lovely to hear the children talking about their Christmas traditions, many thanks to everyone for taking the time to talk about this at home. For the next few weeks I won't be adding any home learning suggestions as I appreciate it is a busy time of year. However please do remember the Big Cat ebook Library and of course our sound cards. Sharing a book or going through the children's sounds for just short regular bursts of time is great for helping to embed learning. 

As always, please feel free to email anything to earlyyears@downhallprimary.com. I look forward to seeing you all, albeit virtually, for the upcoming parents meetings.

Have a lovely weekend!
Miss Wakefield

Friday, 27 November 2020

30.11.20 - This coming week in Early Years

Another fantastic week in Pearl Class. We have now clocked up 40 days in school! This week we learnt our first 2 tricky words and found out what a digraph is. We also created another new display in class, drawing pictures of our families. 

I have updated the Phonics page on our class page on the school website. It now contains the sounds from Set 4. (Including the very exciting digraph!) Please click on this link to find the clips: Phonics page.


The school office have asked me to remind you about a couple of forms that need completing. The first is the parent consent form. The form can be found by clicking the link: Parental Consent Form

There is also a Home/School agreement. This sets our everyone's responsibilities and expectations. This can be found by clicking the link: Home School Agreement

Further information can be found in this week's newsletter. Please could any completed forms by emailed to office@downhall.essex.sch.uk, many thanks.


On to our new learning, this week we will be:

  • Remembering the 3 golden rules for counting that we learnt with the Numberblocks and using them to help us become "careful counters" in our Mathematics sessions.
  • Learning the last of our Phase 2 sounds and 3 more tricky words in our Phonics sessions.
  • Learning how to use the shapes and fill tool when drawing on our interactive board.
  • Talking about the start of Advent and our Advent calendar.
  • Learning about different Christmas customs from around the world with our interactive Advent calendar.
  • Decorating our classroom and putting up our Christmas tree.


Home Learning Ideas:

This week it would be lovely to know about things the Pearl families do at Christmas time. We have already had a few discussions about Christmas trees and whether they are up yet. Perhaps you and your child could spend a few minutes talking about things you do at home, maybe you have special decorations or always get new pyjamas on Christmas Eve. We would love to know about the different traditions our families have. We will be talking about this from next week. 

As always, please feel free to email anything - WOW moments, pictures, drawings etc to me using earlyyears@downhallprimary.com.

Have a lovely weekend!
Miss Wakefield

Friday, 20 November 2020

23.11.20 - This coming week in Early Years

We have had another busy week in Pearl Class this week. This week we have been learning the definitions of words and trying to spell them in our aim to all become a Vocabulary Ninja!!

I have updated the Phonics page on our class page on the school website. It now contains the sounds from Set 3. Please click on this link to find the clips: Phonics page.

Today the children have also come home with their Big Cat ebook Library login card. The parents guide for this new resource can be found here. In addition to this guide there is also a short film clip which suggests ways in which you can support your child when reading. This can be accessed by clicking on the little blue circle at the top right hand corner of the front cover of some of the books. (As shown in the photo below).

  
Each book also has a "Before Reading" page at the beginning and a "After Reading" page at the end. These are here to support you and your child when reading and will help develop the children's reading skills. As an introduction to this resource all of the children have the same set of books, this is so I can link to it in class too. Over time, the books that each child can see will be matched to their individual needs.
 

On to our new learning, this week we will be:
  • Reading the story "Each Peach Pear Plum" and trying to identify all the different nursery rhyme and story book characters.
  • Identifying the rhyming words in our story and making a list of rhyming words.
  • Trying to learn the rhyme in the book, working on our memory skills!
  • Learning how to use our lightboxes to help us write our names during our Start-Bee sessions.
  • Using positional language to describe where an object is and using these words to describe where the characters are hiding in the story.
  • Working on our scissor skills by cutting out the different characters and then creating our own version of the final picture in the story.

Home Learning Ideas:

This week it would be really great if all the children could login to our new Big Cat ebook Library. I have asked all the children to ask their grown ups to help them do this. Please could you and your child read "Humpty Dumpty" as this is one of the books that has the guide for parents. (This means you have homework too as it would be great if you could watch the guide). If you and your child encounter any problems with this new resource, please email me using earlyyears@downhallprimary.com.

Have a lovely weekend!
Miss Wakefield