Maize class 2023
Your adults this year are:
Your PE days are:
Tuesday and Friday.
We may sometimes do PE on a Wednesday too so we recommend you send your child to school in PE kit on Wednesdays as well.
We use Song of Sounds to support the teaching of phonics, the song that we sing is linked below.
What we will be learning this half term
02.02.24 The Gruffalo
The three little pigs
The children have settled back into Maize class wonderfully following the Christmas break. We have been reading ‘The three little pigs’ and completing lots of fun activities linked to this text.
building a house using sticks and play dough, we can see that there is a triangle and a square.
Making a house out of bricks. We also made one out of sticks and one out of straw.
Retelling the story in our role play area.
Visiting the pigs.
We were lucky enough to visit two lovely pigs called Woody and Buzz. We learnt about what they eat, how long they live for and we got to see what they look like and sound like close up.
Discovering what can be moved by the wind.
Getting in the spirit
Maize class have been getting in the spirit and taking part in lots of festive learning activities.
We have been writing and posting Christmas cards and letters and wrapping and sending gifts in our elf workshop.
We have been marking mice pies in our mud kitchen.
Building a sleigh in our construction area.
Making patterns with sponge stamps and paint.
Breakfast with Father Christmas
Maize class loved their first ever school trip!
They had a delicious breakfast with Father Christmas at the garden centre, the food was yummy and it was so exciting meeting Father Christmas.
All of they children were beautifully behaved and we are looking forward to our next school trip.
Settling back in
The children in Maize class have settles back into school very well after their first half term break, and they were all very excited to tell us about all the fun they had during their week off.
Last week we were reading 'Room on the broom' by Julia Donaldson. We then made potions like the witch in the book, we made some indoors and some outdoors using a hollow pumpkin as our cauldron.
We were learning about shapes and we went on shape hunts around our school to find shapes in the world around us, we also printed shapes using pumpkin stamps.
This week we have been reading 'Owl Babies' by Martin Wadell and we have learnt about where owls live and made nests and owls to put in our nests. We have also learnt about where some other animals can live, and we have learnt what a habitat is.
Maize class had a special visit from the police today! We learnt lots and we even got to go in the van and try on some police uniform.
Thank you Dorset Police!
Family Learning 9.10.23
The children have shown a keen interest in gardening and the lifecycle of plants, so we decided to grow our own plants in our classroom.
We discussed what plants need to grow and checked them most days to see the changes.
Today we have had a day full of fun. We had Forest school this morning where we went on a scavenger hunt, did some climbing and found lots of interesting things.
We did taste testing this afternoon and we tried different dips and Naan bread.
Some of the flavours we enjoyed…
And some not so much…
We then voted on our favourite dips and made a graph, we spoke about how we know that Tomato Ketchup was the most popular and we counted up the votes.
We also went to the vegetable patch and did some Gardening with Mr White. We loved picking potatoes!
We have had a super busy week in Maize class and we have been working hard with all of our learning.
The threeness of three.
We have been working on the number 3, we have been counting, writing and making 3 using lots of fun activities.
We spoke about corners of shapes and what a corner is and then we identified all the shapes with 3 corners. Some of us recognised that not all shapes with 3 corners look the same, and some triangles have ‘different size’ sides.
We have been working on our number formation using the poem ‘Around the tree, around the tree, now you’ve made a number 3’.
We have also been making groups of 3 and exploring different ways to make 3.
We have also been learning our sounds, we are learning to form them and recognise them. Some of us have successfully read some 3 letter words using the sounds we have learnt!
On Thursday we took a trip to the church to have our welcome service, lots of our adults came along and we sang a nursery rhyme and met our Reverend. We blessed our painted pebbles and we are looking forward to putting them in the school ‘river’ next week.
In Maize class last week we were working on the ‘p’, ‘a’ and ‘t’ sounds. The children are learning to write and confidently recognise these letters.
We have been using short poems to help us remember how to form our letters, here are the poems for this weeks letters.
P – go down the handle, back up and around the pan.
a – Go around the apple, down and flick
t – go down the tigers back, curl round his tail and give him some arms.
If you have a chance to practice the letter formation for these at home it would really benefit their learning.
Another thing that would really benefit the children would be talking about the sounds they have learnt, and trying to think of words in which the children can hear the sound. For example ‘p, p, p what words can you think of that start with p? what about an animal that goes ‘oink’ ?’.
Last week we were learning the sounds ‘a’ ‘t’ and ‘p’ and we have been practicing forming the letters correctly.
We have also been learning how to form the number 2.
In PE we have been showing Miss McDougall our balancing skills.
Last week we spent a lot of time making ourselves familiar with our classroom and our school and getting used to the routines in school, all children are settling in nicely and are starting to show some understanding of the rules and routines in school.
Here are some pictures of us exploring our learning environment:
We have been learning a lot about the number one and have been forming the number in lots of different ways.
The children were showing a lot of interest in the wet play area and enjoyed watching the water move on the ground so we decided to make our own ‘flood’ on the play ground to observe the water. This was a really great opportunity for children to discuss the way the water moved, the speed of it and changes it made to the tarmac.
We have been reading ‘Ten in the bed’ and we are having lots of fun reciting the poem and taking turns ‘rolling’ out of the bed.