The children have made super progress this term and it was lovely to meet with so many of you at our recent Parent's Evenings. It was also great to see so many of you at our "Reading through Phonics" workshop and I know the children really enjoyed having you with them during their activities.
Power of Reading: No Dinner!
We were able to link a vast amount of learning to the story of No Dinner. This included learning about India, comparing different habitats, many drama activities and, of course, lots of Literacy. Have a look at the photographs of some of our class displays and also our Indian Feast, at which we were able to taste and describe different foods as well as have a go at some Bangra Dancing!
Books to complement our Power of Reading Texts
Books linked to our autumn learning:
Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Three Billy Goats Gruff
Little Red Riding Hood
Jamil's Clever Cat by Fiona French
Monkey: A Trickster Tale by Gerald McDermott.
Stick Man by Julia Donaldson
Not a Stick and Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
As you know, we use Jolly Phonics to support teaching of sounds. Please take the time to read the sound cards issued to your child with them and talk about the sound, the action and the song they have learned for each. We use songs from Jolly Phonics which are a fun and active way to learn the sounds. Copy the link below into your browser for the songs in the order we teach them. Alternately download the Jolly Phonics app.
Learning in the moment
In Hazel class our children do much of their learning through play. Our practitioners find fun and interesting ways to enable your child to make progress across the EYFS curriculum as they are playing. Some examples from last year were making plans to build and assemble a helicopter, writing instructions for and making different models of our favourite creatures, designing and resourcing a role play fruit and vegetable shop in the classroom and enhancing our music area to incorporate a stage!
We are inspired by the philosophy of Anna Ephgrave who believes that:
"Children learn best when they follow their own interests. They have a natural desire to explore, communicate, create and learn"
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The children have each made a lovely snow globe themed Christmas Decoration and were very proud to place them on our school Christmas Tree. They attracted many lovely comments and compliments and we will take them down at the end of term so that they can be placed on your tree at home. They have also decorated a pine cone to be added to the village Christmas Tree.
Reading with your child
Please continue reading regularly with your child. There really is no better way to build their confidence in reading and writing. Please find below some tips on how to support your child with reading as provided in your Hazel Class Learning Leaflet.