Owl Class 2018-2019
8th September 2018
Welcome to Owl Class
Mrs Hooper and I have really enjoyed meeting you and your families at home this week. We are looking forward to getting to know
you all better over the coming weeks. If you have any questions, concerns or worries please don't hesitate to speak to us or any other members of the Year R team. We look forward to seeing you all in class next week.
Autumn Term 1
Our topic for this term is ‘All About Me’ and as we learn more about ourselves and each other we will explore our appearance, our families, how we grow and our senses. We will investigate and celebrate the similarities and differences between ourselves and each other. In Literacy we will read and discuss a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts including ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and ‘My Five Senses’. We will also begin our phonics journey with Phase 1 of the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme, which focuses on developing the children’s listening skills with exciting activities such as sound walks. In Maths the children will begin to develop their confidence with numbers in familiar contexts such as nursery rhymes and role play. The children will learn to count and order numbers from 0 to 10 and extend their counting abilities by reliably counting objects. We will look at shape and practise using simple mathematical language to name and describe flat, 2D shapes.
Please click on the link below for more information on our curriculum this half-term.
Meet the Year R Team
Rabbit Class: Ms Ailsa Lamble (Year R Lead)
Mrs Verity Duffy (HLTA)
Squirrel Class: Miss Tori Healy (Class Teacher)
Mrs Ammy Gasson (TA)
Owl Class: Mrs Debbie McRoberts (Class Teacher)
Mrs Jackie Hooper (HLTA)
We look forward to getting to meet you all over the coming months. If you have any questions, concerns or just fancy a chat, please come and see any of the Year R team.
Owl Class 2017-2018
Communication and Language support:
This year in Havant we have the highest number of children 'at risk' of a communication and language delay EVER. Due to this we thought it would be useful for you to know where you can go for support and how. The staff at Fairfield will always be on hand to answer questions and can support you as much as we can but there is also a lot of help, guidance, tips and resources for free online. These websites are full of information! If you have any concerns please please do come and speak to us, as the earlier we can give support, the better.
Wednesday 6th June.
We had such an amazing time with the farm animals and we learnt so much about each of them. We managed to meet every animal. We met George the pig and his sister called Peppa! Farmer Ian told us what each animal was called and we looked at the features of each animal. We enjoyed pretending we had trotters like the pig! We learnt that all ducks have webbed feet which is what helps them to be such great swimmers. We got to stroke the donkeys and each held a chick. The children listened so well and had a fantastic morning. They all understood that their hands should not go near their mouths when they are touching animals until they have washed their hand otherwise they might get poorly. Thank you to Farmer Ian and the Longdown Activity Farm.
Today the children had to vote for our first class councillors. We talked about what the school council does at Fairfield and the role of our class councillors. We explained that our councillors needed to think of good ideas, listen carefully to others, be able to talk with lots of grown ups and older children, always make good choices and be responsible. I asked the children to volunteer if they were interested and then each child had the chance to vote for one girl and one boy who they thought would make a good school councillor by placing a counter on the photograph pf the person they were voting for. Well done to everyone for really thinking about their choices. The class have selected Phoebee and Diego to be our school councillors.
A Big Thank You to The Recycled Assets Company, Portsmouth:
Thank you so much to the Recycled Assets Company (TRACo) for their wonderful donations to help us improve our classroom environments. The children have loved exploring and using our new resources and it has definitely created more exciting experiences for them all.
Thank you again it is greatly appreciated by all of our children!
Visits to Havant Library
This half-term we have been visiting Havant library to find out all about the library service. We learnt that we can all get our own library card and borrow up to 30 books for free. We also found out that we can borrow audio books and dvds from the library. We had fun looking at some of the fiction and non-fiction books and completing a treasure hunt around the library. We would like to say a massive thank you to Karen, Sophie and Lyn from Havant library and to all the parents who came with us on our trips.
Welcome back after the Easter break!
16/4/18 We had a bit of a surprise today in Year R. Mr Lymath spotted something funny during the holidays, luckily it was captured on camera. A dinosaur has been in the wing! The dinosaur left a book and a letter for the children. We read the book and letter. The children wrote about the dinosaur and asked him questions.
We had a very short but exciting visit from Havant Fire Brigade today. We all had a chance to sit in the fire engine and learn about the equipment that the fire fighters use. We then got a turn at putting out a pretend fire using the hose. Unfortunately the fire fighters then got called away to an emergency so we saw how quickly the firefighters are able to get in the engine, get dressed and drive off to a call.
We had lots of fun raising money for Sport Relief today. We all took part in a carousel of activities on the playground including an obstacle course, penalty shoot-outs, egg and spoon races and tennis games. We also learnt how to hold a hockey stick dribble the ball between the cones. We found out that Mrs Hurd is a really good hockey player and used to be captain of a hockey team. Thank you to everyone who bought wrist bands or made a donation this morning.
Today in assembly we learnt about the Easter Story and why we have chocolate eggs at Easter. We sang our Easter song and signed some of the actions. We then watched the video of children signing along to "A Thousand Years" that was released for World Down Syndrome Day. Ask your child to show you how to say "I love you" in Makaton. What other Makaton signs can they remember?
We had a fantastic visit from two police officers today. Debbie and Sarah talked to us about what we need to do in an emergency. We practised saying “999” and now we should all remember the number to call if we need help in an emergency. Next we marched like police officers out onto the playground where the Police Van was waiting for us!
Debbie and Sarah talked to us about some of the equipment they use when they are working. We looked at high visibility jackets, protective clothing, helmets, riot shields and the items Police Officers carry on their belts. Some of us tried on the hats, helmets, jackets and vests. The vests were very heavy. Mrs McRoberts and Mrs Hurd had handcuffs put on them and were put in the back of the police van. After that we all sat in the van where the police officers sit and saw how the lights and siren are turned on. The children learnt lots and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. A massive massive thanks to both Sarah and Debbie for organising such a memorable experience for the children.
In class we have been enjoying the Supertato stories by Sue Hendra. The children came back from Assembly and the Evil Pea had been in the Year R Wing! The Evil Pea had stuck tape all over our things and even stuck a chair onto the table! The children wrote wanted posters and stuck them around the school. The children will be making their own Super Veggies! Please can children bring in one vegetable by Monday 26th March-the sooner the better as we will start making them this week.
9th January Music
In music this week we learnt about dynamics. We used body percussion and instruments to make loud and quiet sounds.