Term 1 2020
Hello and welcome to Wallaby Class’ web-page. The children have really settled in very well to the school routines and lessons. This Term, we will be learning about each other in our Transdisciplinary Theme of Who We Are. We will be discussing our families and homes, and begin to think the similarities and differences between us. It would be fantastic if you could email the class page with any photos from home to help us learn about each other. So far I have some lovely holiday and family photos, and photos of pets.
We have begun to learn Phonics by starting with Phase One. We will soon begin Phase Two Phonics which includes learning the letters of the alphabet in a specific order. The following link is for the Government’s Letters and Sounds scheme which we follow.
This term, we will also begin to use Number Blocks for teaching maths. Number Blocks episodes can be found on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7APNVVdrx5M&t=120s
I have realised that many of you will not have had an opportunity to see our classroom. Here are some photos I of Wallaby Classroom. I will add more photos as we change how it looks in response to our learning.
Term 6 2020
Hello Wallabies! With two days left, here are a few activities for you. We are nearly there!
Week Commencing 18th May
Hello Wallabies! I have created a timetable of suggested activities and saved them to a PDF shown below. I hope that it includes activities that can be accessed by all at home; alternatives to printed included. I have included links to YouTube, and PDFs of resources if you would like to print.
If you would like to teach your child about keeping safe online, please go to the following website.
Here are the resources that are offered on the website:
Miss Holdaway and I have written a letter for everyone in Wallaby Class:
We had great fun making this video; check it out!
EYFS Term 5 Newsletter:
Phonics Slides – Phase 4
Here are some of the slides that we are using to learn Phase 4 Phonics.
The Department for Education (DfE) will be delivering official Letters and Sounds Phonics lessons from their You Tube channel from Monday 27th April 2020. Lessons start at 10 am for Reception.
Also, the DfE have backed an online Academy that is providing daily lessons for children from Reception up to Year 10. This can be found here:
We have been very busy on Google Classroom throughout Term 4, and it would be great to see everyone from Wallaby Class there! You can contact us on our new class email for the class code to gain access to this amazing work space. Please feel free to email us to share work, tell us things, or ask questions. It is lovely to keep in touch through these strange times. email: email@example.com
The Early Years Foundation Stage
This is Development Matters, the non-statutory guidance for reception classes to use to help teach and assess our children: https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf
Twinkl Reception Resource Pack
The lovely people at Twinkl have provided lots of resources to us to use at home. Here are a selection:
CVC Word Activity Booklet EYFS Counting and Ordering Numbers to 20 Home Learning Challenges Cardboard Tube Rocket Craft Instructions CK E U R H B Read and Race Game Comparing Numbers to 10 Transport-Themed Activit
QU CH SH TH NG Phonics Read and Race Game SATPIN Read and Race Game Tablespoon Biscuit Recipe Phonics Phase 3 Home Learning Challenges
Phase 3 Phonics at home
There are some fantastic interactive games available online to help children with their Phonics learning. For example, ICT Games have games, such as Dinosaur Eggs, that are good fun and great practise too!
Below are the two more Phase 3 Phonics slides, and PDFs that I use in school. Please start with the instructions to help explain the slide show format.
Cross-curricular learning at home
We are thinking about the topic Sharing the Planet in the virtual Wallaby Class. We have read the book Peppa Loves the Planet to begin the topic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-LR3dVU6Lo. In the story, Peppa, and her friends, find ways to help the planet. Like Peppa, I have challenged Wallabies to find ways to show how we can help the planet by making and keeping a scrapbook. I have made one for Pippa (our class bear) using an old exercise book. Like Peppa Pig, we will be exploring five different themes within the topic: recycling, thinking about how we travel; being mindful of how much electricity we use; being careful with water use; and food production.
There are some great websites to use to help us think about how we need to share the planet. Here are a few of them:
Maths at Home
I have been thinking about how you can keep developing mathematical understanding at home, and what everyday objects and activities you will already have. I have put together a PDF of things that I have at home, and ways that I would use them – I hope that they can be of use to you too!
A website that we use a lot at school is called Top Marks. I have tried this on my phone and it appears to work with Android, at least.
With thanks to Mrs Maskell for creating our newsletter:
Keep safe – stay at home 👍
Term 4 March 2020
Hello Wallabies at home!
There is a brilliant website available for free called Oxford Owl. I believe you need to register, but then you can access free ebooks as well as other resources to help your child at home. There are Oxford Reading Tree books on there for all levels, and some are read out-loud too. It is a little twitchy on phones, but worth having.
This week we would be learning CCVC words in Phonics – these are words such as ‘flag’ and ‘frog’. For maths, I would suggest looking round the house for numbers and shapes – I did a shape hunt in my house this morning! I found lots of shapes – some 2D and lots that were 3D.
We have set up a Google Classroom which is like the real Wallaby class, but online. You need a school email address to be able to access the Classroom. Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to request your child’s email address.
Here are some of the resources that are available on Google Classroom:
I have replicated our timetable in case you would like to do similar things to us at home. Please keep reading at home, if you need more book and stories, try YouTube. They have some great stories on there, and they often include the words too.
There are many organisations that are offering free resources to parents for the duration of the stay-home period.
Mr Plum has offered a live workout on his Facebook page for all children at Oaks Primary Academy, and we have been invited to join in too. It will stream live via Facebook and will take place on a Monday and Friday at 1 pm.
We are now zooming through Term 4 by continuing to explore ‘How the World Works.’ Tuesday 25th February was Shrove Tuesday. We discussed the ingredients that go into pancakes before making our own vegan pancakes. We also discussed how this day is explored in other countries, paying particular attention to Carnival in Portugal. We made animal masks, we danced and played music, whilst throwing special ‘Serpentinas’ which are coiled strips of paper.
Since Wednesday 26th February, we have been counting the days until Easter Sunday (Lent). We have coloured in a countdown calendar that shows numbers from one to forty to count the days. On March 2nd, we celebrated Baba Marta day (March 1st) which is a Bulgarian celebration. We all made red and white bracelets, made rose celebration cards, and joined in a special Baba Marta song. Baba Marta translates to Grandmother March in English.
This week, we have been visited by some birds – owls on Monday, and chicken on Wednesday. [Photos to follow]
Phonics in Term 4
This term, we are revising all the previously learnt phonemes and tricky words. Additionally, we will start to learn Phase Four Phonics. To begin, we are beginning to look at more complex words such as ‘tent’, ‘frog’ and ‘desktop.’ There will begin to learn more tricky words too, such as ‘said’ and ‘so.’ This website offers guidance and resources for all of the phonics phases:
Mathematics in Term 4
We are developing our understanding of the value of numbers of objects up to 10, and written numbers up to 20 (recognition, naming, and ordering 1 – 20).
Welcome to Wallaby Class’ page!
Term 3 January 2020
Welcome back after the Winter break. This term we will be focusing on the theme of ‘How the World Works.’ We will be visiting Domino’s to make pizza – hopefully this will happen without any more hiccups! The walk to Domino’s is long, but very interesting. We will see other schools, woodlands, shops, cafes and restaurants on our way, and hopefully have more conversations like the one where we discussed why there were no dinosaurs in Mangravet Woods.
We have postponed Forest School due to the high winds, and also maintenance work in our woodlands site. We will recommence our sessions as soon as possible.
This term, we have continued with Phonics Phase Three. Phase Three introduces more digraphs (two letters that make one sound), and some trigraphs (three letters that make one sound). We will also be learning new tricky words: he she we me be you was they all are her my.
The phonemes and tricky words will be taught as follows:
Week commencing: 20th January sh ch th ng she he
Week commencing: 27th January ai ee igh oa we me be
Week commencing: 13th January oo oo ar or was my
Week commencing: 3rd February ow oi ear you they
Week commencing: 10th February air ure er her all
Our other main focus from now will be on Handwriting. We follow the Penpals scheme that separates the letters of the alphabet into four types: Curly Caterpillar Letters, Long Ladder Letters, One-Armed Robot Letters, and Zig-Zag Monster Letters. The different letter types follow rules that help with children’s progression through the school when they will begin to use joined (cursive) handwriting. You can find advice by Googling ‘Penpals handwriting letter types’. The two main rules that we promote are:
- Start at the top – or ‘in the air’. There are no letters that start near the line.
- Curly Caterpillar letters are made using an anti-clockwise movement.
If you would like any information, please ask me.
Term 2 November 2019
Welcome back after a well-earned break. This term, we will begin to learn Phase 2 phonemes (sounds). The order in which we learn them is:
- Set 1: s, a, t, p.
- Set 2: i, n, m, d.
- Set 3: g, o, c, k.
- Set 4: ck, e, u, r.
- Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss.
In addition to these letters and sounds (graphemes and phonemes), and words that can be made using them, we will be learning ‘Tricky Words’ that are harder to read with the limited sounds that we know. The Tricky Words that we will learn this term are: I, no, go, into , to and the.
We will be using Jolly Phonics videos and songs to help, and the signs used in ‘Cued Articulation’ to demonstrate where and how the phonemes (sounds) are made in the mouth.
For maths, we will continue to learn numbers skills up to 20 using Number Blocks videos and resources. As well as numbers, we will explore shape, pattern and comparison to help develop mathematical understanding.
Term 1 September 2019
I am really pleased to say that everyone in Wallaby Class has settled well after their graduated entrance to full time at school. In Term One, we are following the children’s interests within the All About Me theme. So far, we have learned about the children’s pets, and would love any photos to be sent in to class to support our discussions and displays.
We have begun Phase One Phonics within the Letters and Sounds scheme, which focuses on the development of listening skills. This scheme is available to view by the following link:
This year we have begun our maths teaching and learning by using a mixture of number songs and rhymes, and guidance from the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) in conjunction with episodes of Number Blocks. Episodes of Number Blocks are freely available on YouTube.
Wallaby Class has two friends that we intend to send home with all the children: Jasper the travelling Bear and Pippa.
Pippa is new to Wallaby Class and she loves to learn about the world around her. She is particularly keen to learn the languages and customs of the people she meets. Pippa wants to be a pilot when she grows up so she can travel the world.
Term 6 2019
I cannot believe it is term 6; where did the time go. In fact, time and change will be at the centre of our inquiry-based learning for the final term with the theme of ‘Where we are in Place and Time’. We will be looking back at our journey through the children’s first year in school, and gradually begin to look at what happens next. We will also explore what else changes through time in the world around us. We have begun the term by watching and learning about butterflies as they emerge from their chrysalises. Later in the term, we will visit the Rare Breeds Centre – please remember to bring in your child’s permission slip and payment.
This is Gerald from Golding Homes reading a story to Wallabies and Kangaroos.
We have begun our programme of Phonics, beginning with listening skills and hearing the variety of different sounds in words and all around us. Soon, we will begin to teach the sounds (phonemes) that the letters of the alphabet make. We follow the government designed ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme, and use the ‘Jolly Phonics’ songs and visuals (see the links below).
Please stop and ask if you have any questions, we are happy help in any way we can.