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Spring 2

Hello parents and children of blue class!

 I hope you are keeping safe and healthy inside your own homes at this time and that you are being very helpful at home with your family.  It has been lovely to speak with you on the telephone both times this week.  I will call again on Monday to ‘check in’ with you all.
 
Please click on the song and video links on this class page to find familiar songs and videos that the children in blue class enjoy. 
 
Please replicate similar work task activities which were in your activity books if you need to.  These are general number work to 10 activities, letter formation, mark making, copying simple patterns, tracing shapes, pencil control activities, word recognition and learning to write their first name independently,
 
Below is a list of alternative ‘non work book based’ activities which can be done at home.   These are to develop independence and practice real life skills and are all things which the children in blue class have experienced before in the classroom. 
 
*UNPACKING THE ’SHOPPING’ - remove some items from your fridge, fruit bowl and cupboards and place them into a carrier bag - ask your child to help you by unpacking the shopping.  Whilst doing this can they use vocabulary such as on, in, under, hot, cold, fridge, table, cupboard, big, small, colour words.  Ask them do identify the names of each objec5 and describe it,
 
*HEALTHY FOOD CHECK - sort through food items in your cupboards into healthy and unhealthy.
 
*HALAL CHECK - can your child find the halal symbol on the food packaging?
 
*UNPLUGGED PHONE - this is amazing for numeral recognition, speaking and listening and real life skills.  Allow your child to explore catalogues e.g. Argos, leaflets, take away menus, online shop website pages - role play making a telephone call to place their order.  Adult respond to the child pretending to be the employee taking the order - ask for their name, age, male or female, where do they live, would they like a big or small order, how many, how will they pay, halal or non halal etc.  Make sure they hold the phone to their ear whilst speaking and that they say, “Thank you, goodbye” at the end.
 
* GARDENING AND CLEANING - all of blue class do their own washing up and tidying each day.  They also enjoy tidying the garden area with brooms and dutpan and brushes.
 
* MATCHING SOCKS OR SHOES - unmatch and spread out all of your family socks or shoes - can they match them?
 
*OUTDOORS WRITING / DRAWING / MARK MAKING - use a broom, mop, paintbrush dipped in water and make marks outside on the wall or patio.  Can the write numerals, shapes, their name?
 
*COUNTING - everything and anything - can the count how many clothes pegs are in the basket?
 
*THREADING FOR FINE MOTOR SKILLS - use pasta tubes, cotton reels or cereal hoops and thread them onto pieces of string or onto a wooded kebab skewer (make sure the end of this has been cut and secured with tape so that it is not sharp).
 
*MAKE SOCK PUPPETS - use old socks - decorate them and bring your sock puppet to life by making it talk, count, sing, ask questions.

 

Hello Blue Class & Parents

Hello blue class and parents! Below are some YouTube links for songs the children in blue class LOVE to watch throughout every school day. These songs are important to signify the time of the day or what is coming next e.g.the days of the week song and good morning song we watch and listen to at the start of the day, the lunchtime song before we eat our lunch. I have put these on our webpage as they could help you with your children at home to add some familiarity and routine.

Good Morning Song for Kids (with lyrics) | The Singing Walrus

The Singing Walrus presents "Good Morning Song" - a fun, upbeat song that incorporates the phrases "good morning" and "how are you." Perfect for preschool an...

CBeebies: Monday Song

Sing along with the CBeebies Monday Song! Visit CBeebies at http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies to find even more fun games and videos for your pre-schooler in a s...

The 7 Days of the Week Song ♫ 7 Days of the Week ♫ Kids Songs by The Learning Station

The 7 Days of the Week Song is one of our popular songs for children by The Learning Station. It is from the CD,download, "Preschool Learning Fun" Download "...

Seasons Song

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

Wash Your Hands Song | Music for Kids | The Singing Walrus

Get the mp3 on Apple, Amazon, or Google Play! https://music.apple.com/us/album/wash-your-hands-song-single/1357902395 https://www.amazon.com/Wash-Your-Hands-...

Feelings Song | Songs for Children | How Are You?

Let's sing about our feelings in this fun and popular Dream English Song. Original Song by Matt. Note: I am using ASL (American Sign Language) for the action...

Phonics Song 2

It's a phonics song with a picture for each letter. This is designed to help children learn the sounds of the letters in the English alphabet. Written and pe...

The Number Rock

Using Greg and Steve music Number Rock

Shapes Song 2

A shapes song for children. If this video corrupts, please try the link below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1xvpti6h0A This song was written and performed...

The Goodbye Song for Children

This is a great song to end your class or day with your students! Dream English song by Matt R. Support Dream English: Get this song on Itunes: http://itunes...

Goodbye Song for kids | The Singing Walrus

The Singing Walrus presents: "Goodbye Song", a fun interactive song for preschoolers and kindergarteners. This song gives kids a fun way to tidy up and get r...

THE NEXT LIST OF SONGS AND VIDEOS ARE SOME OF THE CHILDRENS’ FAVOURITES IN BLUE CLASS

Wishy Washy Washer Woman ♫ Silly Dance Songs for Children ♫ Kids Camp Songs ♫ The Learning Station

"Wishy Washy Washer Woman": Sing and dance as you learn the dance moves and actions to our popular silly song for kids; dance, camp, brain break and action s...

I Like the Flowers - by Beat Boppers Children's Music

A fun animation of the song "I Like the Flowers". For a free MP3 download of this song along with downloadable teaching resources visit www.BeatBoppers.com.....

Easy Beautiful Mehndi - New Stylish Full Hand Mehndi Design Step by Step - आसान मेहँदी लगाना सीखे

Easy Beautiful Mehndi - New Stylish Full Hand Mehndi Design Step by Step - आसान मेहँदी लगाना सीखे आसान मेहँदी डिज़ाइन - फ्लावर की सुंदर अरेबिक मेहँदी डिज़ाइन F...

The Color Song: A Funny Song

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

Shake Your Sillies Out ♫ Brain Breaks Songs for Kids ♫ Kids Action Songs by The Learning Station

Shake Your Sillies Out (with lyrics) is a popular children's brain breaks, action song for kids. It is from the award-winning CD, "Kid's Country Song & Dance...

Weekly Update

Blue class have worked extremely hard to tidy their outside garden area and play house - amazing team work!

 

They also made mini muffin vegetable pizzas.

 

In our weekly speaking and listening lesson they used telephones to order food or toys from restaurant menus or catalogues such as Argos - they were FANTASTIC.  This activity is speaking and listening focussed but also practices a lot of maths skills including numeral recognition when 'dialling the telephone number' and answering measurement questions such as a large or small pizza?  how many? hot or cold?  halal or non halal?  how much money? etc.

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Holi Festival, Speaking & Listening, Music

Blue class have been learning about and celebrating the Holi Festival - they covered themselves (pictures) in bright, colourful shaving foam paint. They have loved watching videos about the Holi Festival and have enjoyed dancing to the music.

 

Blue class have also been learning to make hot chocolate and have used this experience as a focussed speaking and listening session.  DELICIOUS!

 

The children have also been expressing themselves by learning to play the keyboard and piano.  They individually performed in-front of the class audience and clapped loudly to celebrate the beautiful sounds their peers made.

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Enterprise Fair

Blue class prepared posters for this year's Enterprise Fair - they posted them around school.  The children decorated biscuits with icing and sweet toppings.  This formed part of our science lesson with a focus on colour changing.  Blue class also made popcorn cones and filled them with sweet popcorn.  Our total profit was £13.74!!!

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WOW

What a start to the Spring 2 half term. In this first week, blue class have celebrated Shrove Tuesday by making and eating pink pancakes at our pancake party. The children tasted different toppings including sweet strawberries and zesty lemons.

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Welcome Back

We have a wonderful half term ahead of us.

Our topic this half term is ‘Town and Countryside’. We will be learning about both environments and comparing similarities and differences between the two. As part of this topic we will go on a trip to find each child’s house. We will also spend time exploring the countryside and go to Harpenden Town on the train.

Our story for this half term is ‘”Stand Back”, said the Elephant, “I’m Going To Sneeze”.

Blue class will continue to share and write their weekend news every Monday.  They will also have daily speaking and listening focuses throughout the day. Blue class are learning to recognize, say and write their full name.

 

Leading up to Easter we will have lots of exciting activities. We will develop our real life skills with our shopping trips and this time will focus on purchasing Easter eggs. Within this focus we will explore healthy/unhealthy foods and be searching for the halal symbol.

 

Please check our web page regularly to see all of the great things that we have been doing as I will regularly add photos.

 

Please see Blue Class’s curriculum overview for this half term. I have sent a copy home in the home-school books for you to refer to. You can also view our curriculum map below.

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Spring 1

Snakes & Ladders

Blue class had a wonderful trip to Snakes and Ladders - they practiced road safety, putting on their own seatbelt, stranger danger, using public toilets safely, public etiquette when around other children, sharing, turn-taking and playing safely.

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Fine Motor Skills and Art

Blue class have been developing their fine motor skills and art skills by applying mehndi/henna to their hands.  The children LOVED doing this. They used squeezy icing to apply their patterns to their arms / hands.  They had to sit very still to allow it to dry!

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Cookery

Blue class have been developing their baking skills - expert muffin bakers!

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Stockwood Park Discovery Center

 

Blue class had a wonderful trip to Stockwood Park Discovery Center - our aim was to practice travel safety, road safety, stranger danger and general 'public etiquette'. The children practiced putting on their own seat belts, crossing the road correctly, walking through the car park safely and keeping themselves safe by staying with the group.

 

Each child interacted with the staff at the center - they said please, thank you and were prompted to ask questions.  The children were asked which adults were 'safe' familiar adults or 'stranger danger' adults - who could they talk to?  The children were all fantastic and were also able to identify important signs such as 'toilet' / 'boys' / 'girls' / 'no running'. SUPER!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!  

Blue class have 'hit the ground running' with a fantastic beginning to their new story 'Here Come The Aliens' and to their new topic 'Art Attack'.

 

The children already love the rhyming story and love the individual alien characters.  Each child created their own alien for our display board.

 

Blue class have also received an alien of their own to look after as a pet - the children are voting on a name for the alien - at the moment there are 3 names in the final:  John, Alien Alien and Sticky.

 

This term all of the children in blue class will develop their independence and life skills even more! We started today with unpacking the Asda delivery - each child selected at least one food item, said the name of the item, whether it is healthy / unhealthy, halal / nn-halal, said where it must be kept (cupboard, fridge, freezer, shelf) and took it there to carefully put it away and store it.  They can achieve so much from this everyday activity - try it at home when unpacking your next shop!

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Hello and Happy New Year 2020! 

Welcome back to Spring term at West site in blue class.  We have a wonderful half term ahead of us which will begin with making New Year resolutions / promises (adults included!).

 

Our topic this half term is ‘Art Attack’.  Our English focus is rhyme and poetry and our lessons will be centred around the book ‘Here Comes The Aliens’.

The children will continue to visit Blue class’s snack shop every snack time.  So far this academic year, this snack shop has developed the children’s money and number skills, speaking and listening, turn taking, sharing and real life etiquette of shopping / eating in public places.    I am so impressed and proud of the children’s progress. We will now develop our understanding of food choices, balanced diet, portion size, healthy and non-healthy, origins of food, compost and recycling, identifying halal and non halal foods.

 

Please check ‘blue class page’ on the website regularly as I upload lots of photos of all of our wonderful learning.  Jacqueline ☺ 

 

Please see Blue Class’s curriculum overview for this half term. You can click to view to document or download the PDF on the link below.

Please find below our curriculum map for this term.

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Autumn 2

Christmas Shopping & Poundland

Blue class went on a Christmas shopping and lunch trip to Poundland and McDonalds.  Before going, the children explored the Poundland website to see which present items they could buy for their friends in purple class (who have bought presents for blue class).

 

Blue class had a wonderful morning and throughout the trip they were asked to find specific items in the store with a PSH focus - such as 'things to keep your teeth clean', they checked food packaging for the halal symbol and discussed whether the item was healthy or unhealthy.

 

At McDonalds the children practised safe toileting in public places - checking the gender sign on the door and ensuring they closed the door.  Trips like this are fantastic for developing safety and awareness.

 

When blue class returned to school, the children wrote a Christmas card for the friend in purple class who they had bought the present for and wrapped it in Christmas paper.

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Christmas Performance!

Our wonderful class did a superb performance for the Christmas play.

They loved dressing up and were singing and dancing in the classroom beforehand.  

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Buddy Class

Blue class had a wonderful time visiting their buddy class at East site for their joint Christmas party. The children were so excited to see their old school and to see their previous teachers.

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Winter Wonderland

Blue class have had a wonderfully festive time selling their reindeer for at Winter Wonderland.  The children in blue class have also made and decorated clay Christmas decorations.

 

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Stranger Danger

We have also been developing our stranger danger - roleplay with masks and identifying strangers and familiar adults.  It is essential that the children learn and practice how to respond if a stranger approaches them.

 

Pictures Below...

 

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Money Handling Skills

Blue class have also been practicing their daily shopping and money handling at snack time - each child now takes turns to be the shopkeeper.

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Festive Activities!

Blue class have been very busy making 'Magic Reindeer Food' ready to sell at RHS Winter Wonderland!  Great teamwork!  Their Christingles are looking wonderful too.

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We went to space!

We also prepared our healthy snack and sorted the banana and raisins into two groups.

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Cookery!

We think Blue class should enter for "Young Master Chef" because their cookery skills are fantastic.  Our cookery this half term is different egg recipes...this week blue class made omelettes and they were delicious!

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Halloween

Blue class celebrated halloween and bonfire night - everyone had a spooktacular time!  The children used all of their senses to explore different materials, foods and activities -  they described each sense using WOW words (adjectives!)

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Some more photos :)

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What have we been up to?

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Please find below our curriculum map for this term.

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Autumn 1

Herring Green Farm

Blue class had a wonderful trip to Herring Green Farm to learn about different animals.  This was as part of our English story 'I Want A Pet'.  The children observed owls, birds of prey, farm animals.  They stroked guinea pigs, rabbits, a snake, a skunk and a hedgehog.  It was a wonderful day!

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Hello and welcome back to Autumn term at West site in blue class.  We have such an exciting and fun-filled half term ahead of us – with the excitement of the year 4 children exploring their new school and many different trips / celebrations.  I am the teacher (Jacqueline) and we have 4 other adults in the team:  Emily, Anne, Zubaydah and Michelle.

 

Our topic this half term is ‘What a load of junk’.  It is focused on looking at different materials that can be found and how they can be recycled.  Each week we will have an Eco monitor who will go around making sure lights are switched off and compost is emptied

 

Our book in English is a lovely book called ‘I Want a Pet’.  We will be doing lots of reading and writing work based on this book.  In speaking and listening lessons we will be making phone calls to the local vet to book our pet in for an appointment.  We will also visit the animals at ‘Pets At Home’ and a trip to Herrings Green Farm where we will observe and handle lots of different animals including guinea pigs and lizards.

 

The children will visit Blue class’s snack shop every snack time.  They have each been given given a purse / wallet with real money in – they will ‘buy’ their snack each day to develop their real life skills and independence with shopping.

 

Below is a copy of our curriculum map which shows what we will be working on across this half term.

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