Ruby Class is our Early Years Foundation Stage class and is taught by Mrs Greenwood and Mrs Death.
Our EYFS curriculum is strongly influenced by our curriculum drivers: community, communication, opportunities and possibilities and initiative, where the outcome is a cohort of happy, independent, confident and determined learners who are able to communicate effectively, have the ability to think critically, enjoy sharing their thoughts and ideas with others and believe that anything is achievable. The children within our early years provision learn through a range of child initiated play-based opportunities as well as child-led, adult led and independent learning opportunities.
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Welcome to a new academic year in EYFS at Hintlesham and Chattisham CofE Primary School. We cannot wait to share all of our learning and adventures with you...
Autumn Term 2-Celebrations and Festivals-A world of Colour
Happy birthday Maths Monkey! This week we have enjoyed celebrating Maths Monkey's 5th birthday and finding out about birthday celebrations and our different family traditions. We read 'Kipper's Birthday' and discussed the concept of yesterday, today and tomorrow. We practiced our cutting skills whilst making Maths Monkey a special birthday cake and used our phonic knowledge to write a list of party food he might want to eat at his party. We also had a go at painting with frosting and spatulas-we really liked the texture!
In Maths we have been finding out about the numbers 4 and 5 and how bigger numbers are made up of smaller numbers. We have begun our Christmas production rehearsals and are exploring why Christians perform nativity plays at Christmas in our RE sessions.
Modern Foreign Language afternoon...we had lots of fun moving around the classes with our buddies to learn about the countries Ukraine, China, Benin and Italy.
This week we have LOVED joining in with 'Nursery Rhyme Week'. We have enjoyed singing The Big Ship Sails, 12345 Once I Caught a Fish Alive, 5 Little Speckled Frogs, BINGO and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and completing various activities and challenges.
We have now learned 25 sounds (including the special friends ck) and are all working hard to read and write words independently. Some of us really enjoy being the teacher and helping our friends spot the new sound in the pack.
This week in maths we have been using positional language to describe how items are positioned in relation to other items. Can you tell your grown up where Fred Frog is hiding in the photos?
On Friday, we made a donation to Children in Need to wear our own clothes to school. We also really enjoyed H's 'follow me Friday' activity where we found out about different construction vehicles and what they are used for. We worked together to create a construction site using the Bob the Builder toys and created a picture of a dump truck-it even moved like a real dump truck!
This week we have continued with our learning about Autumn and have had some reflective time thinking about Remembrance Day. We enjoyed an autumn walk together whilst thinking about all of all of our senses and had a lovely discussion about what we can see, hear, smell and touch. We also enjoyed some process art where we rolled conkers through the paint to create colours and patterns.
In maths, we have been finding out about circles and triangles. We looked at different types of circles and triangles and discussed their properties. We then looked at some artwork by Kandinsky and had a go at creating some pictures in the same style. We have also been using a part whole model to explore the different compositions of 3.
We passed a poppy around our quiet reflection circle and thought about what it means to us. Some of the children were able to say that lots of people were wearing them at the moment and that they were something to do with remembering. We talked about Remembrance Day, who we remember and why poppies have become such a special symbol.
The children then created their own poppy by scrunching the tissue paper or layering tissue paper circles. They carefully placed their poppy on the newspaper and had a moment of quiet reflection. Some of the children chose to
make poppies in other ways too.
We used the children’s artwork to create a display that is now hanging on the school fence. Well done Ruby Class-“we will remember them”.
Our 'follow me Friday' session was led by A who loves flowers and has learned how to make paper roses. A told us why she loves flowers and we talked about why they are important to bees and other insects. She then enjoyed teaching us all how to make her paper roses. The children really loved turning their flat 2d circles into 3d cones to make the petals. Everyone stayed very focused and created some beautiful roses to take home. Thank you for a lovely session A!
During our Pen Disco session we listened to 'Firework' by Katy Perry and used a magic pencil to create a firework picture by making different marks.
This week we have learned all about the celebrations of Diwali and Bonfire Night. We listened to the story of Rama and Sita and made our own diva lamps out of clay.
We have also found out about Guy Fawkes and his gunpowder plot. We talked about our own experiences of bonfires and fireworks and worked together to create a super firework picture We thought about the sounds we might hear at a firework display and used our phonic knowledge to write some down. We also talked alot about safety-how to stay safe around a bonfire and how to hold a sparkler safely.
This week our 'Follow me Friday' session was led by F who loves dinosaurs. He taught us lots of interesting facts and trained us all to be super dino hunters. We all enjoyed learning new information, being part of a dinosaur dig like a real paeleontologist, making our own dinosaur fossils and going for a hunt with our expert dino hunter in the Wild Woods. Thanks for a super session F!
Autumn Term 1-All About Me, My Wishes and Dreams
Thursday 20th October 2022
This week has been all about the 'Dingle Dangle Scarecrow', ready for our first performance in church at our Harvest Festival. We have practiced lots and are excited to perform for the rest of the school and our parents.
In maths we have been continuing and creating our own repeating patterns.
In computing with Mrs Rouse, we had super fun programming Mrs Death the robot to follow our algorithm to make a ham sandwich. We then had a go at following the algorithm to make our own sandwiches. Thank you for teaching us computing Mrs Rouse, we are going to miss you very much!
Friday 14th October 2022
'Handa's Surprise' has been our book focus this week. We really enjoyed listening to and acting out the story. We also talked about the word 'surprise' and thought about a time when we have had a good surprise. We learned how to weave paper to make our own basket and practiced our scissor skills by cutting out fruit to add to our basket.
We have all really enjoyed taking part in our 'Maths through Movies' sessions this week. We used the movie 'A Bug's Life' to inspire our maths learning-we practiced and developed our subitising, counting, sorting and comparing skills.
Our 'Follow me Friday' session was led by A who is curious about the solar system and rockets. We learned some information about the planets and had lots of fun launching our own rocket.
Friday 7th October 2022
This week we have continued with our learning about 'past and present' by looking at how we have changed since we were babies and enjoyed talking about our personal history. It was fun to try and guess which baby was who-we noticed that some bit of us have changed but some have stayed the same. We also talked about all the different things we can do now we are big!
This week, our 'Follow Me Friday' session was led by I who loves to bake! She enjoyed teaching us how to bake delicious chocolate chip cookies.
Friday 30th September 2022
This week we have looked at the book 'Peepo' to help us with our understanding of history-past and present. We enjoyed looking at the pictures and comparing them to what our houses look like today. We talked about the similarities and differences and had a go at recording some of our ideas.
In maths, we have been learning how to sort objects by following a rule.
We enjoyed supporting the BIG MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING at the village hall by working together to make a Maltesar fridge cake.
Friday 23rd September 2022
This week we based our learning on 'Elmer' by David McKee. We have talked about our similarities and differences and how fantastic it is that we are all unique like Elmer.
In maths we have been thinking about how things are 'exactly the same' and how they are 'different'. We explored this by playing animal snap, finding matching bears, building matching towers and sorting Elmer's socks into matching pairs. We have also been practicing our careful counting and talking about the names and properties of 2D shapes by making shape pictures.
We read 'The Colour Monster' by Anna Llevas to help us think about and understand some of our feelings. The children enjoyed painting a picture of the colour monster and talking about things that make us feel happy, sad, angry, scared, calm and loved. We are going to use the monsters to help us check in with our feelings each day and learn how to manage some of the more tricky feelings we have sometimes. We have made a promise to help each other feel calm and happy at school.
This week our 'Follow me Friday' activity was led by L, who is curious about science experiments and colours. We enjoyed using tubes and pipettes to mix coloured water to create rainbow potions.
This week we have been finding out more about each other and making friends. We have talked about our likes and dislikes and our hobbies and interests.
We enjoyed looking at ourselves in the mirror and painting a self-portrait. We noticed that we have some things the same and some things that are different-we will be exploring this more next week.
We have also been practicing writing our names.
We were all excited to begin our phonics adventure with Fred Frog and have learned the sounds m,a,s,d and t!
Our 'Follow me Friday' session was led by Mrs Death who is curious about colours. She wanted to paint a rainbow but only had red, yellow and blue paint! How could she make all the colours of the rainbow? L explained to her friends that red, yellow and blue are primary colours and that we have to mix them together to make the other colours. Wow L-what super knowledge! We enjoyed exploring this by painting our hands 2 different colours and then rubbing them together. We were all amazed when another colour appeared. We also tried changing our colours by adding small amounts of white and black.
Friday 9th September 2022
We have had a super first week in Ruby Class and the children have settled incredibly well. We have enjoyed exploring and developing our new learning environment and making new friends. We are all very excited about the year ahead.
Ruby Class remember and thank Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II for her love and service to her country. She was a truly incredible lady. All of our thoughts are with our new King Charles III and all of the Royal Family.
Summer Term 2-Oh I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside
Wow Ruby Class-what a year! We can't believe this was our final week together. We are so proud of everything you have acheived in EYFS and wish you all the best in Year 1.