Green Fingered Kids is a home-grown initiative, now in its 14th year, which seeks to encourage children within the local area to pick up their gardening gloves and step outside! This initiative works through a voucher scheme, that runs during the Spring, in which customers can collect vouchers from their in-store purchases (25p for every £10 spent) and donate these to local schools and youth groups who are signed up to the Green Fingered Kids initiative. These vouchers are then claimed back and can be spent in-store on products which benefits the children’s gardening experience.
Woodcote Garden Centre are proud to run this scheme as not only does it encourage children to step outside and begin gardening but schools, and youth groups, have used the money to help create interactive lessons to teach kids about the importance of the environment, healthy eating and the natural life cycle. Please give the vouchers to your child’s teacher. Happy collecting!
This week in phonics we continued learning phase 4 adjacent consonants. Adjacent consonants are two sounds that are both consonants next to each other in a word. We refer to them as ‘best friends’. We practised blending and segmenting words containing the adjacent consonants ‘nk’, ‘xt’, ‘tr’, and ‘dr’. These adjacent consonants are found in words, such as ‘thank’, ‘text’, ‘trust’ and ‘drop’. We also played a game of ‘Tricky Word Splat’, to help us read the tricky words ‘have’ ‘some’, ‘come’ and ‘like’.
In maths, we practised using a number line to help us answer a range of word problems and we learnt that when taking away, we move down the number line and up the number line when adding.
In topic, we continued with our theme ‘Minibeasts’. To begin the week, we read the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. We answered questions and discussed the different parts of the story (beginning, middle and end). The children then used story language and adjectives to write their own version of the story. We have also enjoyed observing how the caterpillars have changed. They are almost at their ‘chrysalis’ stage. Towards the end of the week, the children had fun exploring the Beebots and they were excited to learn how to program them following a sequence of instructions.
On Friday, the children were proud to complete the Toddle Waddle, in support of the charity Barnardo’s. They were able to complete 5 laps of our school field and all children were very pleased to cross the finish line. At the end, the children enjoyed a snack with their class. Well done to Reception!
On Friday 21st June, the children and teachers will be walking 5 times around the main school field. Water will be available at all times. The PTA will also be providing refreshments for your child. Depending on the weather, please ensure that your child is wearing a sun hat.
On this day the children can come to school dressed in their own clothing for a contribution of £1. This year the charity’s theme is animals, so if your child would like to come in wearing an animal mask or costume that would be fantastic! Please ask if you would like another sponsorship form. If you have a completed sponsorship form, please ensure that this is handed to your child’s teacher no later than Monday 24th June.
In phonics, we began learning about adjacent consonants. Adjacent consonants are two sounds that are both consonants next to each other in a word. We refer to them as ‘best friends’. We used a range of activities to help us practise blending and segmenting words containing the adjacent consonants ‘nt’, ‘st’, ‘nd’, and ‘mp’. We also enjoyed playing tricky word splat to help us learn the tricky words ‘said’ and ‘so’. Tricky words are words that cannot be sounded out, we just learn to remember them!
This week in maths we recapped addition and subtraction. We started the week with addition and played a dice game. We had to roll a dice (1-6) and count out that number of objects before rolling another dice (6-12), counting that number of objects. We then counted how many there were altogether. We then moved onto subtraction and we played a game of pass the parcel. We learnt that when subtracting, the number we are taking away has to be smaller than the number we start with.
In topic, we read the story ‘Superworm’ by Julia Donaldson. We enjoyed listening to the story and answering questions it. We also discussed the rhyming words in the story, before helping ‘Superworm’ to solve a range of problems. We also discussed our trip to Beddington Park and wrote a recount of our day. At the beginning of our sentence, we used words such as, first, then, next and finally.
On Wednesday we had our wonderful hook day. We really enjoyed dressing up as different minibeasts. To celebrate the day, we had a minibeast parade, where we shared our costumes with all of the children in Reception. We also researched a chosen minibeast using Kiddle (a search engine for children). To bring the day to a close, we made minibeast jars by finger painting and we danced to the ‘Ugly Bug Ball’. At the end of the week, we looked at different habitats and had a go at designing our own. We were excited to see that some real caterpillars were delivered to us. We look forward to watching how they change over the next week.
On Thursday and Friday, we went on a trip to our local tennis club. The tennis coach showed us how to play a range of simple tennis games and we look forward to practising some of these next week at school.
Next week in phonics we will continue to explore the phase 4 sounds. We will practise blending and segmenting words containing the adjacent consonants ‘nk’, ‘xt’, ‘tr’, ‘dr’, ‘gr’ and ‘cr’ through a range of practical activities. We will also practise reading the tricky words ‘have’, ‘like’, ‘some’ and ‘come’.
In maths, we will continue to consolidate our knowledge and understanding of addition and subtraction up to 20. Instead of doing this practically, we will listen to a range of word problems and then use a number line to help us add and subtract.
In topic, we will read the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Carl Ericson and we will have a go at writing our own version of the story using adjectives. We will also discuss what a life cycle is and explore the life cycle of a butterfly. We will also be learning how to use Bee-bots. We will investigate what they can do and program them to find different animals on our grid. To end the week, we will discuss feelings, thinking about what we can do to make others feel happy and how we can help to solve their problems.