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Friday 27th November

Another amazing week in Picasso class. This week we have been using the glue gun (with adult support) to make our wonderful Christmas tree decorations - they look amazing! In maths we have continued ordering objects by size from the smallest to the largest. Next week children need to come into school wearing their Christmas jumpers on Tuesday for our special Christmas tree service.

Christmas Nativity 

Please can all children have a black/dark coloured outfit in a labelled bag for filming this Monday. We will be filming at various points over the next few weeks so will send them home when we have finished. A CD of the Nativity will be sent home for all Picasso parents to keep before we finish for Christmas.

 

Friday 20th November

This week we have been reading books from the jungle. We have been learning about one of the Blackrod Values - Determination. Children have been reading Giraffes Can't Dance. We made delicious fruit salad, using super cutting skills.

We have started singing songs for our Christmas play, which we will be filming this year and sending copies home for you to watch, as this year we will not be carrying out a live performance. 

Home-Learning - To read book and practise key words.

 

Have a lovely weekend

The Picasso team

 

Friday 13th November

What a busy week we have had! The children were amazing on Wednesday as we held our whole school two minute silence via Microsoft Teams. They certainly showed respect (one of our school values). This week we have been learning about Sir Tom Moore and creating our own Flanders field artwork. In maths we have looked at one more and one less than a number to ten. The phonics characters introduced this week have been: h and r. The children are developing their handwriting skills and starting to form their letters correctly, using the cursive letter formation that we use throughout school. Outside, we have been using the large play equipment, enjoying our time on the bikes and trikes.

Today children have been learning about charities and Children in Need. Thank you for the donations. As a class we raised an amazing £110.50. The children looked fantastic and they broke lots of the school rules - a fantastic fundraiser!

This week we have been introducing the children to the concept of using Microsoft Teams, in case they are off school having to isolate. As a school we have put systems in place to support children who have been asked to self-isolate and more information will be shared with you next week regarding this.

Home-Learning: To read home readers at least four times a week and to practise key words that can be found in the front of the home-school diary. We also encourage children to enjoy reading a variety of books at home with an adult.

Have a lovely weekend and thank you for your continued support. We love teaching your children!

The Picasso Team

 

Friday 6th November

The children have settled back into school really well after the half term break. This week we have been revisiting all of the Actiphons characters learnt so far. We are also focussing on letter formation, holding our pencil correctly and writing using cursive letter formation. This can be found on our class webpage under literacy.

In maths we have been developing our understanding of number, ordering numbers and matching the correct quantity to the given number. Children have completed activities linked to Bonfire Night and they have been learning how to keep themselves safe. We have introduced the children to Remembrance Day and we will be continuing with this next week.

Home Learning: Continue to read at least four times a week and to practise key words in the front of the home-school diary.

Important information: Next week children will be coming to school in their own clothes on Wednesday and Friday:

Wednesday - Remembrance Day, wear something red £1.00 donation to the British Legion, Poppy Appeal.

Friday - Children in Need, a separate letter regarding this will be sent home.

Please note there will be no Forest School next Friday as we will be carrying out activities linked to Children in Need.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Picasso Team

 

Friday 23rd October

What an amazing first half term! As teachers we could not be any prouder. The children have settled into School life extremely well and we have loved getting to know each and any every one of them. This week has been 'souper' with the children starting the week by meeting the Dingle Dangle scarecrow, as they went to collect pumpkins from the school field. Thank you for your pumpkin donations. We then continued our learning by looking at healthy eating and making pumpkin and vegetable soup. The children used the knives and were taught how to cut safely, they were amazing. As we learnt about healthy eating we discussed the importance of 5 a day and started to explore and name parts of our body, including our skeleton.

As we celebrated Harvest this week, the children sang and signed their own version of 'Autumn Days' discussing what they were thankful for. As soon as the song has been edited we will post it under the music section on the class webpage. Thank you for the lovely Harvest donations for the Brick and our local community, they were received with gratitude.

Have a lovely week off and we look forward to seeing everyone after half term.

Mrs Chadwick and Miss Sewart

 

 

Friday 16th October

This week we have been busy learning about our class artist Picasso. We have read the story Picasso’s trousers and carried out a variety of art activities. In phonics the children have been using the letters ‘s, a, t, i, p, n, c, d, g, m’  to read and make words, such as: sit, tap, in, as, tip, dig, mad. In maths we have been looking at groups of objects and comparing quantities, using the language more and less.

In the forest area we have been using the tools to hammer and screw nails into wood. Waterproof outfits have been sent home today in a black drawstring bag. Please return this bag every Monday so we can use it again the following Friday. All children need to come to school wearing a waterproof coat and trousers every Friday after half term, enabling us to go straight into the forest.

Next week we celebrate Harvest. As a school we are asking that children please bring in donations of tins (for the Brick foodbank) or flowers, chocolate or biscuits (for Year 6 children to distribute to the elderly in our  community).
Next week we will be going on a 'Pumpkin Hunt' on the school field. If you are out shopping over the weekend and are able to add a pumpkin to your trolley (any size or shape), we would appreciate having a variety of pumpkins in school that the children can then collect. We will then be making our very own pumpkin soup in class - thank you.

Congratulations to the following certificate winners:

Head Teacher Awards - Pippa T, Harry L, Ezra B, Aria T

Values Awards - Aleida C-C, Ella T, James B and Jack S

Have  a lovely weekend

The Picasso Team

 

Friday 9th October 2020

Another fantastic week! This week we have been reading words using the letters that we have introduced so far: s, a, t, i , p, n, c, m.

 

Home-School diaries have now arrived, please write a comment in the diary to say that you have read with your child at home. The expectation is that parents read four times a week, this includes practising letter sounds and tricky words, which are at the front of the diaries

 

We have loved reading the book 'Leaf Man' this week. From this children went outside and made their own animals using leaves. We have had a few visits to the forest, building homes for hibernating hedgehogs. We loved counting hedgehogs in our maths lessons and using conkers and acorns for addition facts to five.

 

Important Information:

- Please ensure that all hair is tied up at all times.

- Trainers need to be labelled, alongside jumpers. We have lots of children with no names in their  

  belongings.

- Nail varnish and jewellery is not allowed.

 

Waterproofs

With the weather changing and becoming much wetter, we want all children to arrive at School wearing a waterproof outfit for Forest School on a Friday (full waterproof suit or trousers and jacket) over the top of their school uniform. If your child attends breakfast club, please send it with them in a bag, clearly labelled. We will send your child's waterproofs home on a Friday in a special drawstring bag that they will be given for this purpose. This empty bag must be returned to School every Monday. For those of you that have not got any waterproofs for next week, we will use ones we have in School, but the expectation is that they have one for after half term. This will allow us to maximise our time and enjoyment in the Forest.

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

The Picasso Team

Friday 2nd October

 

This week we have been looking at Percy the Park Keeper and learning about woodland animals. Children have been introduced to the season of Autumn and we have been looking at the seasonal changes.

The children really enjoyed their session with Drums Aloud on Wednesday and showed lots of enthusiasm and enjoyment.

We are asking that all children go on an Autumn walk and post pictures on tapestry. Any Autumn treasure you find can be brought into school for the children to explore in provision. 

 

Certificate Winners!

 

Congratulations to our certificate winners for the past couple of weeks! 

Head Teachers: Evelyn B, Alice F, William B and Lilly G

Values Award: Lucas C, Leon L, Georgia C-G and Teddy T. 

 

Reminders

We have got a lot of School jumpers and cardigans in class that do not have any names on. Please can you ensure every item of your child's belongings, including shoes are clearly labelled. If you are missing any items we will have a bucket of the items available for you to check at the end of the day next week. 

 

Have a lovely Weekend, 

 

The Picasso Team

Friday 25th September 2020

Another fun week of learning in Picasso class. The children have continued their work on Homes, looking at different homes around the world and using Google Earth to find their own homes. Reading books were changed on Thursday and will be taken out of bags on a Monday for a three day quarantine, before we send them home again. We are still awaiting our new reading diaries, which you will be able to comment in about your child's home-learning. The children have had an amazing time using the apparatus in PE and today they enjoyed their first visit to the Forest School. In phonics we have been looking at the letters, 's,a,t,p,' using the Actiphons characters. More information on Actiphons can be found on their website via the link in the phonics section on our class page.

Next week we are continuing with our learning on Homes, looking at animal habitats, with a specific focus on woodland animals. In support of this we would love it if you could go on an autumn walk over the next few weeks with your child and look for any woodland animals and collect some autumn treasure, such as interesting leaves, acorns, conkers etc. Please post any pictures onto Tapestry and we can look at them together as a class. If you could bring any 'autumn treasure' into school for us to use in our creative and small world areas that would be fantastic.

Have a lovely weekend.

Friday 18th September 2020

The children have had a very industrious week, settling into their class routines and making new friends. It has been lovely getting to know them all and we look forward to developing a strong relationship with you and your child over the year. Please read the email sent home today as this contains lots of important information.

This week children have been introduced to Actiphons (our phonics programme). We have started looking at letters from the Phase 2 phonics programme, initially focussing on s, a, t, i, p, n. More information on Actiphons can be found under the phonics section of our class webpage.

Children have been introduced to our topic for this term 'My World, My Home' by making their own homes and learning about different types of homes and habitats.

Many thanks,

The Picasso Team

 

Friday 11th September 2020 

 

What a fantastic first week we have had! We have thoroughly enjoyed meeting our new friends in Picasso class and can't wait to begin our learning journey together next week. The children have settled in really well and are getting used to our class routines. 

 

Please remember for next week: 

 

Your child needs to have a water bottle with WATER only, school bag, coat and a pair of wellies to keep in school for outdoor activities and learning. Please return any collection authorisation forms and Tapestry consent forms as soon as possible. 

 

Have a fabulous weekend and we look forward to seeing you all at 9.05am on Monday. Picasso class finish school at 3.20pm.

 

The Picasso Team

 


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