As part of our learning about India, we held a special Hindu Day, where the children took part in two different workshops, run by visitors to our school. In the first, the children were taught how to dress in saris and turbans, as well as being treated to a performance of a traditional Indian dance. They were then given a short talk about Hindu beliefs and customs, before acting out the story of Rama and Sita. It was a fantastic morning and all the children, and adults, learnt something new.
On the last Friday of half term, we held our Sport's Day. The children took part in sprint, obstacle and egg and spoon races, before a grand finale of the sprint champion of champions race. We were very proud of how enthusiastic they were, especially on one of the hottest days of the year so far! Take a look at the gallery for our race pictures.
Reception have been working hard this week to make a special card and gift for our Mums to say thank you for all that they do for us. On Friday afternoon, we invited our Mums in to receive these gifts. Esio Trot class performed a poem for their Mum's and Giraffe class had a special photography session. We hope all our Mums, Stepmums and Grandmas have a lovely Mother's Day weekend.
This week, Reception were lucky enough to have a visit to Cheverton Farm as part of our Made on the Isle of Wight topic. Although the weather was a little wet and windy, it did not dampen our enthusiasm. We got to feed the cows, take a tractor and trailer ride up to the sheep fields, explore all the farm machinery up close and feed and hold their lambs. It was an incredible experience and the children learnt so much. Thank you to Cheverton Farm and all our adult helpers.
Reception had a very adventurous afternoon, using a fantastic new app called Google Expeditions. The children were able to explore Antarctica, the Northern Lights, the Great Wall of China and under the sea without ever leaving the classroom. There were many moments of wonder and the children are very excited to use the app again soon.
As part of our Made on the Isle of Wight topic, Reception were invited to visit Cowes Lifeboat Station, to learn all about the work of the RNLI and their volunteers. The children had a fun packed morning, seeing the lifeboat up close, trying to rescue teddy who was stranded in his boat and spotting all the dangers on the beach. We would like to say a very big thank you to all the volunteers who gave up their time to support our visit.
Last week, we also had a visit from Viv from the Wight Squirrel Project. She taught the children all about where red squirrels can be found on the Isle of Wight, as well as the foods they eat and how to look for clues of squirrel activity. The children are keen to be detectives and look out for signs of red squirrels around school and their homes.
Last week, Reception had a visit from Justin and Lisa from the police. It was a great opportunity for the children to meet their local police officers and find out all about what their jobs involve. The children were also lucky enough to learn about all the equipment police officers carry and get to try on some police uniform, as well as talk to the control room. The children really enjoyed their afternoon and we might even have some future police officers in the making.
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This is a video of some of our children modelling how to say our phase 2 sounds. The order that they run in this video is the same order that the children learn them in. You'll notice that the children learn the letter sounds rather than the letter name to begin with as this helps them to blend the sounds together when it comes to reading a word such as c, a, t. They learn the letter names at a later date when they are confident with the sound. Sometimes children add an 'uh' after the sound e.g. for 'n', they might say 'nuh', so we encourage them to take away the uh and just say n as modelled in the video. In phase 2 they also begin reading tricky words I, no, go, to and the. Tricky words are words that cannot be sounded out correctly and therefore have to be learned off by heart. We hope this video helps but if you have any questions regarding phonics, please come and speak to a member of the reception team who will be happy to help. A phase 3 video will follow soon. Happy reading!
Here are Esio Trot class doing Dough Disco to Move It, one of their favourite songs. The children love Dough Disco time and concentrate on rolling, squishing and manipulating their play dough in time to the music. The technique aims to strengthen the muscles in their hands and support them on the road to writing.
The children in Esio Trot and The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me classes will be sharing their learning through this blog.