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Friday 21 January

 

Dear Parents

 

What a busy week it's been.  Tu B'shvat was a great success and the children looked so lovely in their tree colours.  Thank you too for all the lovely fruit that was brought to school.  The children had a great time.

 

This week we are focussing on the book 'My Sister is an Alien' by Rachel Bright.  It's about a little boy called Alfie who is not very happy with his new baby sister.  She looks like an alien. She sounds like an alien. She smells like an alien. Therefore she must be an alien.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development the children with babies in the family told their friends all about having a new baby in the house.  There were some very sweet stories and a couple with just a tinge of jealousy. Most, I'm pleased to say, were very happy with new little siblings.  Many that didn’t have baby siblings told of baby cousins or friends with babies.

 

In Communication and Language the children discussed what they did as babies that they don’t do anymore and things that they can do now that they couldn't do as a baby.  Some children found it quite hard to understand the concept of then and now but with some support were able to think of many things and subsequently they felt very grown up. 

 

In Physical Development the children have been honing their building skills with the new Citiblocks in the classroom.  They have been cutting and tearing paper and sticking using glue sticks and white glue.  On Monday we had our Tu B’shevat fruit party.  Many children only ate the fruit which they knew but it was very pleasing to see some children asking about unknown fruit and then trying some.

 

In Literacy this week the children wrote about what they could do now that they couldn’t do as a baby.  We have also been reading lots of books and discussing the structure of the story. We also used lots of describing words (some children might remember the word adjective) to create our own alien.  This was lots of fun and the children really enjoyed it.

 

In Phonics this week we have split the children into three groups. We all know that children learn and develop at different rates.  Some children are ready to move onto digraphs and trigraphs, some children still need some support with sound talking and reading and writing CVC words and some children need to revise the sounds we have learnt. The homework today reflects this.  The new tricky words for this week are ‘he’, ‘we’, ‘be’ and ‘me’.  The tricky monsters are in your child’s homework folder.

 

In Maths this week the children have been doing lots of weighing using the balancing scales.  The children had various objects which they had to put on one side of the scale and then see how many unifix cubes weighed the same.  They then had to record their findings.  This was a great activity and enjoyed by all the children.  

 

In Understanding the World this week the children again used the BeeBots.  They revised the forwards, backwards, go and clear memory buttons and then they used the left turn and right turn buttons.  They were very amused when their little BeeBots turned corners and they loved discovering that if they pressed the same turn button a few times, the BeeBot would go round in circles.

 

In Expressive Arts and Design this week the children designed lovely trees for Tu B’Shevat.  They used brown paper for the trunks and branches of the trees and then cut up or tore bits of coloured paper for the leaves.  The trees all look very beautiful and will be stuck into their profile books.

 

This week in Jewish Studies we had a special treat! We started the week by talking about the birthday of the trees and how important they are to us. We spoke about which fruits come from the trees and which bracha (blessing) we make before we eat them. We spoke about how Hashem blesses us with such perfect creations that give us so much more than just fruits. We also compared ourselves to trees, with roots/legs, trunk/body and branches/ arms and fingers. We talked about ways of looking after our trees and our planet in general.

 

Moving on to this week’s parasha, Yitro, we learn that Moshe was married to Yitro’s daughter, Tzipporah and they had two sons, Gershon and Eliezer. Tzipporah and the two children lived with her father Yitro in Midian, while Moshe and Aharon were in Mitzrayim. After Bnei Israel left Egypt, they travelled through the desert and were joined by Moshe’s family, including Yitro, who had heard of all the miracles that Hashem made for us.  Yitro wanted to join the Jewish nation, and he became well known amongst Bnei Yisrael.

 

We learned that whilst in the desert, Hashem gave us a very special present, the ten commandments, from on Har Sinai. He chose this mountain because it was small and humble.  We learn from this that we should not show off about what we have or what we look like; our achievements and mitzvot are what counts the most. We also learnt a song about the ten commandments and made beautiful pictures of Mount Sinai and the ten commandments. The children created beautiful work representing the Luchot Habrit (The Ten Commandments), and some of the children thought that it would be a good idea to bring it to shul on Shabbat - what a lovely thought!

 

We continued practising our Aleph Bet. Thank you for your cooperation at home in practising the Aleph Champ with your child, and reinforcing what we learn at school.

 

 On Friday we had our lovely, happy Shabbat party, where we discussed aspects of Shabbat and we sang and danced. 

 

This week, on the Shabbat table we had:

Ima - Eliya

Aba - Ben

Ben - Raymond

Bat - Eva

 

We wish you a Shabbat Shalom

 

Reminders:

  • Please remember that Tefillah starts at 8.45.  This means that if your child is late, they will miss this important time of the day.
  • Please remember that homework folders should be returned by Tuesday with the completed homework and reading folders should be returned to school on a Wednesday in order for me to have enough time to have them ready to hand out again on Friday.

 

Wishing you a great weekend.  Stay safe and Shabbat Shalom

 

From Lindsay and the Reception Team

 

Friday14/01/22

 

Dear Parents

 

This term our topic is 'Space and Aliens'.  This half term we will focus more on the 'aliens' side of things and after the half term we will focus on the planets and our solar system. 

 

This week we have focussed on the book Beegu by Alexis Deacon.  It's about a little alien who is lost and lands on earth.  The grownups that she meets are very unfriendly but the children are very accepting.  

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional development this week the children tried to imagine how they would feel if they were alone in a strange place where no one understood them.  There was some very good 'feelings' vocabulary used.  Scared, sad, frightened, unhappy, anxious, worried, etc.  were some of the words used to describe how Beegu might be feeling.  

 

In Communication and Language the children have been discussing the story of Beegu and travelling to different places.  This resulted in a conversation about different places they had travelled to, the different countries they had been to and what they had seen. The children were very interested in what their friends had to say and were very excited when their friends had visited the same places they had been to.

 

In Physical Development the children have been riding the balance bikes.  They have learnt the rules very quickly that they cannot go on the grass, they must not ride towards people and they must not ride too fast.  The other children have also learnt that they should be aware of the bikes and stop before they cross the path in front of them. 

 

In Literacy this week the children have been practising the tricky words.  They revised the words from last week.  The new words for this week are ‘no’, ‘go’ and ‘into’.  Please remember that these are tricky words because they are not able to be sounded out.  I will be putting the tricky monsters into their homework folders.  The children also made a story mountain from the Beegu book.  We discussed the main character, the setting, the problem, the solution and the ending.  The children are getting very good at using this vocabulary and it will help them in the future when they have to write their own stories.

 

In Phonics this week the children learnt the ‘v’, ‘w’, ‘x’ and ‘y’ sounds.  The stories were about Viv the Vet, Winnie the Witch, What’s in the Box and Yimmy Yak respectively. 

 

In Maths this week the children have been doing lots of measuring.  They have been using non standard units of measurement.  They started off working in pairs using the large wooden blocks to measure different large objects in the class.  This required lots of collaboration and cooperation and they were amazing.  They measured and recorded their measurements and then reported back to the class.  They then progressed to measuring using the small plastic unifix cubes.  They are getting very good at remembering that you must measure from the beginning and go right to the end. 

 

In Understanding the World the children played with the Beebots.  They had to programme the robots to move forward and backwards and they learnt that no matter what you programme the Beebots to do, they won't move until you press go.  They also learnt that they must press the pause button in order to erase the Beebot’s memory otherwise it will keep repeating the same instruction.

 

In Expressive arts and Design the children have been rolling, pinching, moulding, poking and squashing the playdough.  They have been making their own Beegu characters and then talking about them.  This has been great for their fine motor skills.  Initially they were a bit concerned that they were not being given cutters and rollers but they soon realised that their fingers and hands were great resources for playdough and they embraced the challenge.

 

In Forest School the children did a forest walk following Beegu's trail in which Beegu left objects that are not natural and don’t belong in nature.  After that the children had the choice to make clay aliens, willow branch Beegu ears or rocket launchers.  The children were also able to go into the woods to explore independently.

 

Yesterday at Forest School it was very chilly and some of the little girls were a bit distressed because their fingers and toes hurt.  You might like to consider buying some hand warmers which they can put into their pockets to warm their hands or some foot warmers which can be worn between two pairs of socks inside their wellies.

 

In this week's Parashah, the children learnt that King Pharaoh was upset with himself for letting Bnei Yisrael go free.  Pharaoh and his army ran after Bnei Yisrael to try and bring them back to Egypt.

Bnei Yisrael reached the Yam Suf (The Red Sea) and were not able to run any further away from Pharaoh - he was getting closer to them.

The children learnt that Hashem made a very special miracle happen.  The Yam Suf opened up and Bnei Yisrael were able to walk on dry land through the sea.  As soon as Pharaoh and his army reached the Yam Suf and tried to walk through the split sea, Hashem made the sea return to normal and all the soldiers disappeared.

The children made a beautiful activity to reflect the split sea and they will be happy to show you and tell you the whole parashah story. We also acted out the sea splitting, where the children had a lot of fun. 

Meanwhile, Bnei Yisrael were SO happy to be free that they sang a special song to Hashem to thank Him for saving them.

Hashem told Moshe that Bnei Yisrael are going to go to Erez Yisrael, and in order to get there they will have to walk through the desert for a long time.  The Bnei Yisrael complained saying, “what will we eat?”

The children learnt that Hashem made another miracle.  He sent Maan - a special food that came down from the sky every morning except Shabbat.  It was always fresh and tasted of anything they would want it to taste like.

This week we also started talking about Tu B’Shevat, the birthday of the trees, and how special this festival is. We learned that on this day, the trees start a new cycle, after the winter, when they start to be fruitful again. We discussed the wonder that it is to have trees and to be blessed and able to eat from their fruits. We also spoke about the mitzvah of eating new fruits, preferably one of the seven species (the seven fruits that are representative of Eretz Israel) and to say the bracha “Shehechiyanu”. We will celebrate properly next Monday, the 15th of Shevat, the actual birthday.

In Aleph Bet we learned the letters Kaf/Khaf and our first vowel, Patach (“a”). The children have been keeping up with the Aleph-bet and they were proud to tell me how they practised it at home using their Aleph-Champ books. Well done children!  This week you will find in your child's Aleph-Bet folder a copy of the pages they need to practise in the next few weeks. You can keep them at home to use them during the week. Please continue to send back the Aleph-Champ book and the record book.

 

On Friday we had our very happy Shabbat party and Israeli dance.

This week, on the Shabbat table we had:

Ima - Rachel

Aba - Jethro

Ben - Zach

Bat - Hanna

 

We wish you a Shabbat Shalom and a Happy Tu B’Shvat!

 

 

Reminders:

  • Monday is Tu B’Shvat.  Please remember to send your child to school dressed in ‘tree colours’ (green, brown, pink, etc).
  • Thank you to all the parents who have signed up to bring fruit on Monday for our class Tu B’Shvat party.  Please send this fruit in whole.  The children will be cutting up the fruit and making their own fruit salad with the fruit which is brought in.
  • Please remember that Tefillah starts at 8.45.  This means that if your child is late, they will miss this important time of the day.
  • Please remember that homework folders should be returned by Tuesday with the completed homework and reading folders should be returned to school on a Wednesday in order for me to have enough time to have them ready to hand out again on Friday.

Thank you and kind regards

 

Shabbat Shalom

 

Lindsay and the Reception team

Friday 07/01/22

 

Dear Parents

 

It was such a pleasure to welcome you and your children back yesterday after a lovely three week holiday.  I hope you have all had an amazing break.  To those of you who have not yet returned, we miss you and hope to see you very soon.  To those of you who are isolating, we will see you soon.  To those of you who are ill, I wish you a speedy recovery.  To those of you who are still travelling, I wish you safe and healthy travels.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development the children welcomed a new friend, Serena, to our class.  Serena has settled in really well thanks to all of you reaching out to her and Bianca over the holidays and arranging playdates, so thank you for that.

 

In Communication and Language, the children spoke about their holidays.  They were all very excited to share their news and it sounds like much fun was had in many parts of the world as well as at home.  Thank you to the parents who put up holiday pictures of your children on Tapestry.  It was lovely to see the children enjoying the sun. 

 

In Physical Development the children have been cutting and sticking boxes for junk modelling, building the marble run, using the hammers and nails in the tap-tap game, cracking and breaking bits of ice and generally having a great time.  

 

In Literacy the children have been practising their tricky words.  This week we read and wrote the words 'I', 'to' and 'the'.  I will be giving them these words on 'Tricky Monsters' which they can revise at home.  It would be amazing if, in the coming weeks when your child brings these words home, you could cut them out and stick them up so that the children can see them and read them on a regular basis.  

 

In Phonics this week the children learnt the 'j’ sound. The story is about Jill Jellyfish and all the objects she finds in the ocean which begin with 'j'.  I have given your child a homework sheet about the letter ‘j’.

 

In Maths the children have been doing lots of counting using the large counting frame.  We have also counted children, trying to work out how many children are absent.  They have been measuring different objects using blocks to measure and recording their findings. 

 

In Understanding the World the children have been finding ice and breaking it up into smaller bits.  They have created their own experiments around why they think the ice has melted, why the ice has not melted and which melts quicker, big pieces or small pieces of ice.  This has created much fun and very interesting independent learning.

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children have been doing junk modelling.  They have made some very exciting models and were very keen to show them to the class. They have also been using the cars and garage and the Playmobil in their small world play and have been cooking up a storm in the kitchen while looking after the babies.

 

This week in Jewish Studies we learned about Parashat Bo. We caught up with the last few weeks' parashot, where one of the most important characters of the Torah appears - Moshe Rabeinu. Moshe, who was raised as a prince in Pharaoh's palace, was chosen by Hashem to lead the Jewish people out of slavery and out of Egypt. Moshe would bring Hashem's messages to Pharaoh, and as he consistently refused to release Bnei Yisrael, the Egyptians were punished. 

The children made beautiful activities to represent the eighth and the ninth plagues, locust and darkness respectively. We learned that the plagues only affected the Egyptians, and the Israelites that lived in Egypt were spared from the plagues. The parasha ends with Pharaoh giving up and telling Moshe and Aharon (Moshe's brother who was also one of Hashem's messengers, together with Moshe) to get out of his country!

On Friday we had our lovely, happy Shabat party, where we discussed aspects of Shabbat, we sang and danced, and enjoyed the Shabbat experience. We also practised our Aleph-Bet through games and now we are ready to carry on with the next letters. 

This week on the Shabbat table we had:

Ima - Lia

Aba - Zachary

Ben - Ben

Bat - Ruby F

 

We wish you all a Shabbat Shalom and a Chodesh tov - Happy month of Shvat everyone!

 

Reminders:

  • From Monday, morning Tefillah will start at 8.45.  This means that if your child is late, they will miss this important time of the day.
  • Forest School will resume next week Thursday 13th January
  • Please remember that reading folders should be returned to school on a Wednesday in order for me to have enough time to have them ready to hand out again on Friday.

Friday 10 December

 

Dear Parents

 

What a long and busy term this has been, but how quickly it has gone by.  I cannot believe there are only two days left.

 

This week we have continued the theme of Traditional Tales and we have learnt the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’.  The children have really been enjoying this story.  

 

In PSED the children talked about different feelings in the story.  How the little pigs felt when they saw the big bad wolf.  How the pigs felt when the wolf ran away with a burnt bottom.  How the wolf felt when he discovered that the pigs had got the better of him.  The children are getting very good at identifying feelings and are showing a great deal of empathy.  We were also visited by a new member of our class, Serena, who will be joining our class from January.  The children were so welcoming and Serena felt really happy and secure.  Thank you to all the parents who have reached out to Serena and her mum and have arranged playdates. 

 

In Communication and Language the children have been showing a great deal of confidence when retelling and acting out the story of the Three Little Pigs.  They worked in groups and used the masks to act out the story.  They were given a few minutes to plan what they were going to do and then they acted out the story for the rest of the class.

 

In Physical Development the children have been focussing on pencil grip and letter formation.  They have also been cutting out masks for the different characters in the story.  Most of them are getting very good at cutting out the eyes in the masks.  This is quite tricky and they are very proud of themselves when they get it right.  There was also a great deal of junk modelling going on with lots of sticking and taping and joining together. Many children went home with 'jet packs' on their backs.

 

In PE this week the children had to have an indoor session because of the miserable, wet and rainy weather.  As you can imagine, this was not ideal as the classroom is not really big enough for large movement.  However, they managed to play a team game of ‘Find the ball’.  They then had a team game where they had to pick up objects off the floor and then did some movement to music, integrating some shape and colour knowledge.

 

In Literacy this week the children have been thinking about the structure of the story.  We have started creating ‘story mountains’.  Each time we read a story we discuss the main characters, the setting, the ‘plot’,  the solution and the ending. The children are getting used to these concepts and will use them in the future when writing their own stories.

 

In Phonics this week the children learnt two new phonemes ‘b’ and ‘f’. The Stories were about Bell Butterfly and Fin Frog. They will have a homework sheet about these sounds.  Not all children will receive the same sheet.  One sheet will have pictures and the children need to write the CVC words in the spaces provided.  The other sheet will have CVC words with the beginning sound, ‘f or ‘b’ missing.  They must say the word and then fill in the correct missing initial sound.

 

In Maths the children have been using their whiteboards to illustrate reasoning and story sums.  These sums were all related to the stories we have been learning and the children used pictures to work out the answers.  These will become trickier, requiring more reasoning skills, as the year progresses.

 

The children also got the opportunity to go with Miss Jacobs, in small groups, and discuss the colours of different fruits.  They discussed where the fruits grew and the different colours of the fruits.  They then made a rainbow out of the fruits and then they got to eat them.  They really enjoyed this activity and a big thank you goes to Miss Jacobs.

 

In Forest School the children were given the opportunity to saw mini logs.  This created much excitement and the children were really good at the safety measures which Emma had in place.  They were then given the opportunity to decorate their mini logs and drill holes in them. Most of the children made mini dreidels, which they were very excited about.  They were also given the opportunity to try their skills at walking along a slack line.  Some of them were very good at this and they were all very proud of their achievements.

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children have been cutting and colouring masks of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf.  They have also been playing with the ponies and the Happyland toys, creating dialogues with the different characters. They had music with Mr Fingerhut and were happy to be singing lots of different, old fashioned nursery rhymes. It was so lovely to hear those old songs come alive again.

This week in Jewish Studies we had so much fun! We started by learning the Parashah of the week – Vayigash.  Yehuda, Yoseph is now second in command of Egypt. His brother Yehuda pleaded with him for Binyamin’s freedom. The children remembered from last week, that Yoseph had hidden a precious cup in Binyamin’s bag so that he would be accused of theft and be kept in Egypt. This was Yoseph’s way to test if his brothers were sorry for what they had done to him in the past. And they were!

After understanding that his brothers were sorry for their actions, Yoseph told them who he was. “I am Yoseph. Is my father still alive?” The children acted this scene out and were so excited about this part of the story. We made masks, showing how Yoseph was as an Egyptian, but remembering that inside, he was still a Jewish man who listened to Hashem and kept all his mitzvot.

Towards the end of the week, we finished the parasha story, learning that Yoseph sent carriages to Yaakov to bring him and the whole family to Egypt, to live near him. Yoseph settles his family in Goshen, a separate area, where they would not be influenced by Egyptian culture. Yaakov couldn’t believe that after 22 years he would see his beloved son, the first son of his much loved wife Rachel. The children completed some work to reflect Yaakov and his family moving to Egypt.

Meanwhile, in aleph bet, we learned the ninth and the tenth letters: “tet” and “yud”. We practised them throughout the week, with crafts and activities. The children will be proud to show you what they have learned so far with their Aleph Champ book that they are bringing home for the first time this week. Please practise it with them. Next week, the children will be having a party with an aleph bet fun game!

On Friday, we had our Kabbalat Shabbat party with some Israeli dancing, which the children enjoyed very much.

This week, on the Shabbat table we had:

Ima - Eva

Aba - Yanai

Ben - Raymond

Bat - Erin

 

With special guest Serena.

 

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom.

Reminders:

Mitzvah notes: Please send in Mitzvah notes telling us the amazing mitzvot your children have been doing at home especially over the holidays. We want to be able to read your child's mitzvah note out during Tefillah and then your child will get a chance to put their leaf on the Mitzvah tree.

 

Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom

 

From Lindsay and the Reception team.

 

Friday 3 December

 

Dear Parents

 

This has been a very fun filled week with the children going over to the main school on Monday and Tuesday.  Much fun was had at the Chanukah fair and the singalong on Tuesday was amazing.

 

This week we have continued to focus on Little Red Riding Hood.  

 

In PSED the children discussed how the characters in the story felt at different times in the story.  The children are beginning to show a great deal of empathy and are imagining how others might be feeling.  They looked at different scenes and thought about how the wolf might be feeling when he saw Red Riding Hood in the woods, or how Grandma might have felt when the wolf came into her home.  Some really good vocabulary was used. 

 

In Communication and Language the children have been doing what we call ‘hot seating.  A child pretends to be a character from the story and then other children have to ‘interview’ the character and ask questions.  The questions were mostly about how characters were feeling at different times and linked to the PSED.  It was the first time we had done this and I was very surprised at how well they did.

 

In Physical Development the children have been focussing on their pencil grip (those who needed it) and letter formation.  The children have also been cutting and finger painting in Jewish Studies, as well as cutting and sticking during choosing.  The large construction was being widely used in the playground, making houses, airplanes and a train.

 

There was no PE this week due to the children going over to the main school on Monday afternoon for the Chanukah fair.

 

In Literacy this week the children have been thinking about the structure of the Little Red Hen story.  We then used this story to create our own story.  It was about Little Blue Riding Hood who went to visit her grandpa who lived next to a lake.  Instead of a wolf, there was a cheetah who raced ahead of Little Blue Riding Hood to grandpa’s house and put him in the toilet.  Please read the story, a picture of which is attached in the photos.

 

In Phonics this week the children learnt two new phonemes ‘r’ and ‘h’. The Stories were about Red Robin and Harry Horse. They will have a homework sheet about these sounds.  Not all children will receive the same sheet.  One sheet will have pictures and the children need to write the CVC words in the spaces provided.  The other sheet will have CVC words with the beginning sound, ‘r’ or ‘h’ missing.  They must say the word and then fill in the correct missing initial sound.

 

In Maths the children have been very excited to have our new large abacus in the class. We have been counting in ones, twos, fives and tens.  We have used it for adding and subtracting and it was lovely to see the children accessing it independently.

 

In Understanding the World the children have been experimenting with magnets.  We have had the magnetic blocks out for free play. The children then had the opportunity to  explore the magnets independently, finding objects that were magnetic and some which were not magnetic, and independently recording the findings.  The children were very excited to find ice in the playground a couple of mornings this week.  It was quite thick and in quite large sheets.  One or two of them even tried eating it until I explained that it wasn’t quite clean enough for that.  They then used small blocks of ice to make magic potions.  

 

In Forest School the children were very excited to find frosty leaves.  They were very pretty and the children were looking at the patterns on the leaves.  They did lots of movement because it was very chilly and the children had to move to keep warm. They then had the choice to either make a jingle stick, using a stick and a pipe cleaner and a bell, or they could make fire (dragon sneezes) using flints or they could go into the woods and make a shelter for the forest friends.  

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children have been cutting and sticking, drawing, playing with the pirate ship, creating their own stories.  They had music with Mr FIngerhut, having their last practice of the Chanukkah songs for the singalong.  They were all so amazingly well behaved in the school during the singalong and I was so proud to be their teacher.

 

In Jewish Studies, the children were very excited to learn what happens next, following on from last week’s Parasha when Yoseph was sold by his brothers.  The children remembered that Yoseph’s brothers were jealous and angry about the dreams that he had. In his dreams, all his family bowed down to him. Yoseph ended up in Egypt, in prison.

 

This week, we learned that his dreams came true! When in prison, Yoseph interpreted the butler and the baker’s dreams correctly, and years later, when Pharaoh needed someone to interpret his own dreams, the butler remembered him. Pharaoh summoned Yoseph, who gave full credit to Hashem for interpreting Pharaoh’s dream and even finding a solution to them. In Pharaoh’s dream, seven fat, meaty cows were eaten by seven skinny, hungry cows. Yoseph explained that the seven fat cows meant seven very fruitful years and the seven skinny cows meant seven years of famine. We learned the importance of saving something when we have too much of it.

 

So, after 22 years of believing that Yoseph had died, his family came to Egypt to buy food, and behold! Yoseph’s brothers bow down to him, just like they had done in the dream all those years earlier.  It’s getting juicy!!!  Next week we will finally know if Yoseph forgives his brothers or not.

 

In Aleph-bet we learned the letter “chet”, which is the first letter of the word Chanukah! Speaking of Chanukah, this week we also did a lot of singing and learning about Chanukah and about the importance of this beautiful and bright festival. We learned that once again Hashem made miracles for us when Hashem saved us from Antiochus and the Greeks, and when He made a little jug of oil last for eight days!

 

We also had a beautiful Shabbat party once we had lit our Chanukah, what a great feeling to light a Chanukah with all our friends.

 

We wish you a Shabbat shalom and a very happy final few days of Chanukah.

Chanukah Sameach!


 

Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom

 

From Lindsay and the Reception team.

 

Friday 26th November

 

Dear Parents

 

Thank you everyone for the amazing effort you put into making MAD HAIR DAY such a success.  The children looked awesome and the money raised will go to a great cause.  

 

This week we have focussed on Little Red Riding Hood, a topic which has so much in it that we will continue it into next week.  

 

In PSED we have been discussing why it is important to listen to the grownup who is in charge of you.  Mums, Dads, teachers, nannies, etc. have to make rules for you to listen to and this is to keep you safe.  Little Red Riding Hood did not listen to her mummy and she nearly got eaten by the wolf.  If we don’t listen to our adult, we could get hurt, we could get lost, etc.  Most of the children seemed to focus on ‘A bad person might steal you’.  While the concept of ‘stranger danger’ is ever present, I wanted the children to understand that this was not the only danger in not listening to your adult.

 

In Communication and Language the children have been talking about what they did on the weekend.  They have been discussing ideas for shopping lists for Little Red Riding Hood to go and buy things for her grandmother. They talked about what it might be like to live in the woods and how the woods were different from living in the city.  Some great ideas came out and the children are getting very good at listening to each other.

 

In Physical Development the children have been cutting and sticking to make Little Red Riding Hood, wolves and grandma characters for our ‘In The Woods’ display.  They have moulded playdough and made lots of cookies and cupcakes for Little Red Riding Hood to take to her grandma.  They have built with the straws and the Duplo and really honed those fine motor skills.

 

In PE this week the children continued to practise their hockey skills and learnt to hold the stick whilst dribbling the ball to different coloured cones. They loved a new game and followed the coach's instruction to move like a plane, with arms outstretched; a car, pretending to turn the steering wheel and a train by forming a long line.

 

In Literacy this week the children have been writing shopping lists for Little Red Riding Hood to buy for her sick grandmother.  Some children wrote the initial sounds while others used phonetically plausible spellings to sound out the words.  My favourite this week was t-m-r to (tomato).  In choosing time, one little girl made a birthday for her cousin.  She wrote ‘Hap Boofda’ (happy birthday).  This is a perfect example of phonetically plausible spelling and should be encouraged.  

 

In Phonics this week the children learnt two new phonemes ‘e’ and ‘u’. The Stories were about Ellie Elephant and Upside Down Uncle. They will have a homework sheet about these sounds.  Not all children will receive the same sheet.  One sheet will be sounding out CVC words and matching them to the picture and then reading a sentence and drawing a picture.  The other sheet will have CVC words with the middle sound, ‘e’ or ‘u’ missing.  They must sound out the word and then fill in the correct missing sound.

 

In Maths the children have been counting objects and adding objects.  They have also learnt about taking away using apparatus.  They have been practising to count back to reinforce the concept of take away.  They have played with the Numicon, completing number bonds, and the stacking blocks, placing the blocks in size order.

 

In Understanding the World the children discussed the difference between living in the woods and living in the city.  The children came up with some lovely ideas about what is different between the woods and the city.  There are roads and traffic lights in the city and there are no roads and traffic lights in the woods.  There are lots of trees in the woods and there are not so many trees in the city.  There are more houses in the city than there are in the woods.  These were some of the ideas the children thought of, which was a great start to thinking about different environments.

 

In Forest School the children played a new game using shaking eggs.  They had to introduce themselves to the group using the eggs. They then played a game of ‘pass the egg’ and a special egg detective had to guess where the egg was.  They then had a choice between building and completing an obstacle course, making pretty window hangings using willow branches and tissue paper, or they could go into the woods and look for earthworms.

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children made characters for our display.  They made Little Red RIding Hood, the wolf and Grandma.  Our display is looking really lovely with a combination of Goldilocks and Little Red Riding Hood characters. The children also stuck and made lovely Chanukah cards which are in their homework folders.  They have been learning Chanukah songs in music with Mr Fingerhut and really enjoying them.  

 

In Jewish Studies this week, being taught remotely, we learned all about Parashat Vayeshev. We learnt that Yosef, the first son of Yaakov's beloved wife, Rachel, could interpret dreams! We discussed what dreams are and some children were happy to share what they remembered from their own dreams. 

One day, Yaacov gave a special coat to Yosef. His brothers got jealous and wanted to harm Yosef. We learned that even tzadikim (righteous people), like Yosef's brothers,  can get upset about things, but we must know that we can not harm others because of that. The children agreed that one way of controlling bad feelings is to take a breath and wait a few seconds. Yosef's brothers did not control their temper and they threw Yosef in a pit, out of jealousy. Yosef was then sold to a tribe of Ishmaelites, on their way to Egypt and was sold as a slave in the king's palace. The story becomes juicier next week and we can't wait to see what happens next!

In our Chanukah lesson, we remembered how the Greeks and their king, Antiochus, forbade us from practicing the Jewish religion. We learned that the Jewish people didn't want to give up on doing mitzvot, so they kept studying Torah, and when the Greeks approached, they pretended to be playing dreidel, this way they were left alone. This continued until the Maccabees organized a revolt, and even though they were much smaller in number than the Greek army, with Hashem on our side we were victorious and regained our religious freedom. 

This was just one of the miracles that happened on Chanukah. The other miracle was the oil that ,instead of lasting one day, lasted eight! Just imagine your phone battery is about to die and you're expecting that important call in 20 minutes. You pray to Hashem and He hears you! Your phone lasts the whole phone call and gives you enough time to get to a charger! When the Jewish people cleaned the Beit Hamikdash and found the menorah that should be lit, there was only one drop of oil, but the oil lasted 8 whole days, after which they had managed to produce more pure olive oil. What a giant miracle!

The children said that at Chanukah, we eat doughnuts and latkes, and now they can also tell that we eat these fried treats in celebration of the oil that lasted for 8 days.

We wish you all a happy Chag Chanukah and may the lights of our Chanukiot be the background of many more miracles.

May we have the merit of seeing the great Menorah shining in the Beit Hamikdash soon!

Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom



 

Reminders:

  • This is a reminder that on Monday 29th November the children will be going to the main school for the Chanukah fair, followed by a candle lighting.  They will be collected from the main school at 3.25
  • They will also be going to the main school on Tuesday 30th November for a Chanukah singalong and will also be collected from the main school at 3.25. 

 

Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom

 

From Lindsay and the Reception team.

 

Friday 19th November

 

Dear Parents

 

What a great week we have had.  It’s been incredibly busy and there has been lots of fun and creativity happening.  Also included in this week’s blog is information about our messy fun day last week Friday.  

 

This week we have continued to focus on Goldilocks and the Three Bears, a topic which the children have really been enjoying.  

 

This week has also been anti bullying week and we have been learning that, although we are not all the same, we should celebrate our differences and respect them in others. In Personal, Social and Emotional Development the children have been discussing what makes them different.  For example, some children have blond hair while some children have dark hair.  The children came up with some really good ideas about what made them special. Thank you also for sending your child to school wearing odd socks on Monday.  

 

In Communication and Language the children got into talk partners (talking to the person who sits next to them) and had to find something that was different about them.  This was a great discussion and  we got ideas about fruit choices, hair length, different pets, even in one group, where they fitted into the sibling group within the family.  It was very interesting to hear the ideas they came up with. 

 

In Physical Development the children have been cutting and sticking to make things for our ‘In The Woods’ display.  They have rolled and pinched and cut playdough using the Three Bears cookie cutters. In the outside area they have been drawing and sticking to decorate ‘the tree house’ (the climbing frame) and building very elaborate things using the large construction.  

 

In PE this week the children learnt to hold the hockey stick with their writing hand underneath and the other hand on top.  The children loved playing a new hockey game.  They had to dribble the ball to where the coloured cones were, collect a coloured cone and dribble the ball back to where they started.

 

In Literacy this week the children have been writing sorry letters to the Three Bears.  There have been some delightful phonetically plausible spellings. This is where the children say the word and then write the sounds which they hear.  I think my favourite one this week was ‘sori’ (sorry).  This is a natural part of the ‘learning to write’ process and it is one which should be encouraged. 

 

In Phonics this week the children learnt a new phoneme ‘k’ and the first digraph ‘ck’. A digraph is two letters that make one sound. The Stories were about Kev Kangaroo and Daisy Duck. They will have a homework sheet about these sounds.  Not all children will receive the same sheet.  Some children will have a sheet with pictures and they will need to write the ‘ck’ digraph under the picture.  Other children will have a page with words and sentences which they need to sound out and read and then find the corresponding picture, which they must cut out and stick next to the sentence. 

 

In Maths the children have been ordering numbers to ten and also ordering sizes of bears and bowls and beds. They were also exploring numbers outside in the playground using the magnetic numbers and magnetic boards. They also completed an activity where they had to order the sequence of events as they happened in the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears using the vocabulary of time. (first, next, then, after that, finally, etc).


In Understanding the World the children added milk to the dry porridge which they have been playing with.  It was very interesting to see how they reacted to the texture of the porridge but they all seemed to enjoy the messiness aspect.  They used vocabulary like ‘lumpy’, ‘squishy’, etc. 

 

In Forest School the children built dens using ropes and tarpaulins.  They worked in groups, first tying the rope between two trees.  They then had to get a tarpaulin over the rope and then secure the tarpaulin with tent pegs which they hammered into the ground using mallets.  Once the dens were complete they did a mini obstacle course and had to see how long it took them to run under four tents.  The first time they did it in 63 seconds and the second time they did it they bettered their time and did it in 54 seconds.  This caused great excitement in the children.  

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children did printing to make the path through the woods to the Three Bears’ cottage.  They also made birds and flowers to decorate the woods.  I have added some pictures of the display as far as it is.  Please bear in mind that this is a work in progress and will be continued for the next two weeks as our new book topic begins.

 

Last week on messy fun Friday, we moved all the tables and laid out huge plastic sheets on the floor.  There were four big sheets of paper which the children first had to paint black using the large paint brushes.  Once we had completed this, we had our snack while we waited for the paint to dry a bit.  Then came the fun, messy part where the children had to splash and squirt paint onto the black paper in an attempt to depict fireworks on bonfire night.  Some glitter was added into the mix and a great time was had by all.  The end result was amazing.  Once it was mounted, we added some pictures of the children creating this awesome piece of work as well as suspending their rockets as part of the display.  Finally we added some speech splat stars (as opposed to speech bubbles), with what the children had to say about bonfire night.  I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures.  
 

On Friday we had our lovely Shabbat Party. This week, on the Shabbat table we had:

Ima - Sienna

Aba - Ben

Ben - Dylan

Bat - Scarlett


 

Reminders:

  • This is an advance reminder that on Monday 29th November the children will be going to the main school for the Chanukah fair, followed by a candle lighting.  They will be collected from the main school at 3.25
  • They will also be going to the main school on Tuesday 30th November for a Chanukah singalong and will also be collected from the main school at 3.25. 

 

Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom

 

From Lindsay and the Reception team.

 

Friday 12th November

 

Dear Parents

 

I cannot believe how quickly this term is going.  Two weeks have flown by and we have all been really busy in the class.  To our friends who have been away for all or part of the two weeks, we have missed you so much and we cannot wait to see you all again.

 

This week  we have been focussing on the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  It has been lots of fun and there is so much to discuss that we will continue the story next week.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development the children have been discussing how the Three Bears might have felt when they came home and found that someone had eaten their porridge, broken a chair and slept in their bed. The children were quite perceptive and some good vocabulary was used.  They related this to an incident in their lives when someone had taken something that was theirs.

 

In Communication and Language the children had a mini debate about whether Goldilocks was right to go into the Three Bears’ house. It started with a resounding ‘NO’ but then I started to throw a few curveballs, like ‘but what if she was really hungry.’ Another one was ‘if Goldilocks was very tired, surely it was safer to sleep inside than in the woods’.  This really got them thinking and they came up with some lovely ideas.  They were a bit confused that a debate did not have any right or wrong answers and that all opinions were welcome.

 

In Physical Development the children have been colouring and cutting Goldilocks and bear stick puppets and masks, colouring and cutting out poppies for Remembrance Day, sticking to make rockets for bonfire night, clicking the interstars together in the playground, all honing their fine motor skills. 

 

In PE this week the children played a game using the cones.  They had to turn the cones up for ice-cream and down for pancakes and then they had to bowl the tennis ball into the cone.  They then learnt how to hold a hockey stick and they had to walk and dribble the ball with the hockey stick.  This was a new skill which the children really enjoyed learning and they behaved very sensibly with the sticks.

 

In Literacy this week the children have been thinking very hard about the structure of the Goldilocks story.  The setting, the main characters, the plot, how it gets resolved and the ending.  Many of them are getting very good at identifying these and are willing discuss them.

 

In Phonics this week the children learnt two new phonemes, the  ‘o’ and the ‘c’.  The Stories were about Ollie Octopus and Candy Cat. They will have a homework sheet about these sounds.  Not all children will receive the same sheet.  Some children will have a sheet with pictures and they will need to write the initial sound, ‘o’ or ‘c’, under the picture.  Other children will have a page with CVC words which they need to sound out and match to the corresponding picture. 

 

In Maths the children have been doing lots of counting.  Because there were three bowls, three chairs, three beds and three bears, we explored the number 3.  What came before it and after it, how many different ways we could make 3, what is double 3, how to write 3, etc.

The children were also exploring capacity, using dry porridge to fill small, medium and large bowls using spoons and scoops.  This was huge fun.  Next week we will add warm milk to the porridge and explore the difference in texture.

 

In Understanding the World the children learnt about Remembrance Day and why we celebrate it every year. They were suitably sombre when we were discussing this and because I kept it very simple they seemed to understand.  They were very keen to make their own poppies and many of them wore them with pride, some even making poppies to take home for a family member.  

 

In Forest School the children looked at pictures of mandala patterns using natural materials.  They went to look for different materials and made their own patterns and pictures.  After that the children were given three choices.  They could either make a clay candle holder, or they could erect a tent in the forest and explore the little lights which Emma provided, or they could take the mushroom chart and go looking for/at but not touching mushrooms.  

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children have been making Goldilocks and the Three Bears masks and stick puppets.  They also made poppies on the 11th, some making a whole field of poppies to take some home for other family members.  

The children had music with Mr FIngerhut where they started learning songs to celebrate Chanuka.  

 

 

This week in Jewish Studies, we learned that in Parashat Vayetzei, Yaacov had to leave his hometown in Eretz Canaan. The children discussed why Yaacov had to leave his home. They remembered from last week’s parasha that Eisav had been very angry with Yaacov for taking his firstborn blessing. Last week, your child brought home a laminated page with a song from Tehillim (psalms), in which we ask Hashem to keep siblings united and loving towards each other. This is a beautiful short song and a wonderful value to teach our children. It is ready to be stuck on the wall! 

We also learnt that Yaacov’s parents wanted to make sure that he found a good wife from the same place that his mum, Rivka, came from, so they sent him to his uncle Lavan’s house, in Charan.  On the way, Yaacov stopped to sleep and dreamt of a ladder that reached the sky with angels going up and down on it. In this dream, Yaacov heard Hashem speaking to him, saying that He would always protect him. The children were fascinated by this, and we spoke about how Hashem always protects us, and the ways in which we can ask Him to look after us. The children created a beautiful picture of Yaacov and his dream. They will be very proud to tell you all the story. 

The children acted out the meeting of Yaacov and Rachel – we had some amazing performances and the whole class agreed that this was a great show.

We learned that Yaacov married not only Rachel but also Leah, and that he had 12 sons.

In Aleph-Bet this week we moved on to the letter zayin and before we even started talking about the letter, both Zach and Zachary proudly recognized the first letter of their names. Well done boys!

We also started talking about Chanuka, the festival of lights. We started off by talking about the Second Beit Hamikdash and about some of the mitzvoth that Antiochus Harasha (The Mean)  forbade us to do, making the Jewish people very sad. Next week we will continue to learn more about the story of Chanuka.

On Friday we had our lovely Shabat Party. This week, on the Shabat table we had:

Ima - Ilse Bella

Aba - Raymond

Ben - Yanai

Bat - Lily 

 

We wish you all a Shabat Shalom and a Chodesh Kisslev full of miracles! 

 

Reminders:

  • Next week is Anti-Bullying week. To celebrate this we are having an ‘old sock day’ on Monday 15th November.  Please let your child come to school wearing ODD SOCKS to celebrate what makes us all unique.
  • Next week Friday, the 19th November, is REMEMBER IN RED day.  This year is the 100th anniversary of the first wreath laying by Jewish Veterans at the Cenotaph.  We will all be wearing something RED to school on Friday 19th and donate £1 to support AJEX.
  • If your child has had homework, please can you ensure they return the homework in the plastic folder on a Monday. 
  • All children are now receiving a reading folder.  All reading books will be handed out on a Friday and then please can they be returned by the following Wednesday. 
  • If you have any plastic bags lying around collecting dust at home, please can you donate them to us.  These are used for many different things including sending home wet clothing and muddy gear on a Thursday.

 

Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom

 

From Lindsay and the Reception team.

 

 

Friday 5 November

 

Dear Parents

 

I would just like to say a heartfelt thank you for all your positive messages and good wishes when you heard I was taking a week off to fly to South Africa.  My niece’s wedding was very special and my new little great niece  was a bundle of joy.  I had the best time ever but I missed the children very much and was very excited to see them on Monday. 

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development the children have been trying to understand other people’s feelings if they do something which they shouldn’t.  Some of them were very perceptive and understood that other people, including the adults in charge of them, might feel sad, anxious or upset with them if they behave in a certain way.  Some of them seemed quite interested in the fact that adults also feel emotions. 

 

In Communication and Language the children spoke about what they did over the half term holidays.  The children were all very excited to tell their news and it sounds as if there was quite a lot of sunshine enjoyed by many.  There were a few disappointed faces from children who stayed at home but this was short lived when we quickly unpicked their news and found exciting things that they had done. 

 

In Physical Development the children have been cutting and sticking. I have also been focussing on pencil grip, as some of the children are still not holding their pencils correctly.  They have been running around the playground playing catch and making an enormous pirate ship using all of the large construction blocks. They have joined the small waffle blocks together to make cubes and they have written on the paving stones with sidewalk chalk.

 

In PE this week the children were put into pairs and each child was given three different colour cones.  The children had to take it in turns to throw a tennis ball and hit one of their opponents’ cones. If they hit the cone, they won the cone.  Whoever had the most cones at the end won the game.  The children also played a traffic light game which developed their responses to instructions.  When the coach held up a green cone, they had to run.  When he held up a yellow cone they had to jog on the spot and when he held up a red cone, they had to stop.

 

In Literacy this week the children wrote their own weekend news stories.  Some of them wrote the initial sounds in some of the words, some wrote the initial sounds in all of the words and some made a very good attempt to write a sentence.  At this point the children may start using phonetically plausible spellings in their writing.  For example, someone wrote ‘I went too Gris’ (I went to Greece). This is a perfectly normal part of their writing development and a very exciting time for me as their teacher. 

 

In Phonics this week the children learnt two new phonemes, the  ‘d’ and the ‘g’.  The Stories were about Dan Dog and Gertie Goat. They will have a homework sheet about these sounds.  Not all children will receive the same sheet.  Some children will have a sheet with pictures and they will need to write the initial sound, ‘d’ or ‘g’, under the picture.  Other children will have a page with CVC words which they need to sound out and match to the corresponding picture. 

 

In Maths the children have been doing lots of counting to twenty and then back again.  As a fun class activity, I used the numberline.  The children had to close their eyes and I covered a number.  When they opened their eyes, they had to tell me which number I had hidden away. This caused great excitement in the class.  They also did ordering of numbers as a free choice activity.  We also used the number fans to find numbers and to find numbers which were one more or one less than a given number.  This was loads of fun and the children managed them very well.

 

In Understanding the World the children learnt about static.  We blew up balloons and rubbed them on our jumpers.  We then held them to our heads and made ‘sticky uppy hair’.  This caused great hilarity amongst the children. They were also amazed to discover that the balloons ‘stuck’ to their jumpers.  

 

In Forest School the children played a game called Forest Fires.  It was a game of catch where the children had to pretend to be an animal and then run away from the forest fire (Emma).  Emma then told a lovely story about fire which the children really enjoyed.  After that the children could choose between making an elder rocket using fabric strips and shiny pipe cleaners, doing firework paintings using bright paints and a stick or they could go into the woods to explore and look for mushrooms.  There was great excitement when they found different species of mushroom and they were very careful not to touch them.

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children have been using the Happyland characters to tell fantastic stories.  They have also been using the Barbies to create amazing stories.  They have been creating their own collage pictures, sticking happily onto coloured paper.

The children also had music with Mr Fingerhut.  They danced to music with different tempos and then sang songs, focussing on pitch and volume.

 

In Jewish Studies, we spoke a little bit about last weeks’ parashah – Chayey Sarah, and how

Yitzchak met Rivka, his wife. The children role played a number of scenes, including Rivka

offering water to Yitzchak, Eliezer and the camels, and Eliezer giving Rivka some gifts. The

children could tell that Rivka was a good-hearted woman. We discussed that Rivka and

Yitzchak had twins. The children were excited to share that some of their friends are also twins.

The children coloured the paper twins, expressing that even though they may look alike,

everyone is a different person.  We then moved to this weeks’ parashah – Toldot. In this parashah we spoke about the different personalities of Yaacov and Eisav. Yaacov liked to study Torah and Eisav liked to go out hunting. Yaacov had dark hair and Eisav had red hair and was very hairy. One day, Eisav came back from the fields and was very hungry. He chose to exchange his firstborn bracha with Yaacov, for a bowl of lentil soup.

The children acted out Eisav exchanging his firstborn bracha with Yaacov, for a bowl of lentil soup, after coming from a day in the fields. The children had a lot of fun and some even said they love lentil soup! Further on we learned that Yaacov did get the firstborn bracha, but had to run away from Eisav who got very angry when he realized that he wouldn’t get this important blessing.

We created paper faces of Eisav and Yaacov, which you can enjoy looking while your child tells you all about these twins.

We also carried on with our Aleph Bet, this week with the letter “Vav”. The children noticed that “vav” has the same sound as “vet”, and were interested to learn that two different letters can make the same sound.

On Friday we had our beautiful Shabbat party.

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba

Shabbat Ima

Shabbat Ben

Shabbat Bat

Important Reminder: Please remember to send a coin for tzedakah each Friday.

We would also like to keep focusing on good deeds that your children do at home, so every

“mitzvah note” will be very much appreciated.

 

We wish you all a Shabbat Shalom!

 

Reminders:

 

  • Please remember the Chanukiah making next week.  You have indicated which day you would prefer (Monday or Tuesday).  Please bring your child to school and then stay with them for this exciting activity.  
  • Because the Chanukiah making is taking place indoors, we ask that all adults please take a lateral flow test the night before and then wear a mask while in the building.
  • If your child has had homework, please can you ensure they return the homework in the plastic folder on a Monday. 
  • All children are now receiving a reading folder.  All reading books will be handed out on a Friday and then please can they be returned by the following Wednesday. 
  • On a Thursday please can you send a suitable bag for your children to bring back their muddy wellies and waterproofs.  
  • We are slowly running out of plastic carrier bags.  If you have any plastic bags lying around collecting dust at home, please can you donate them to us.  These are used for many different things including sending home wet clothing and muddy gear on a Thursday.

 

Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom

 

From Lindsay and the Reception team.

 

Dear Parents,

 

It has been a pleasure to teach your children this week. If you have received anything on Tapestry this week then it has been sent by me. Mrs Collier has been thinking of the children and sent them a video message from South Africa.

 

In PSHE this week the children all said something nice about someone else in the class, they were encouraged to think of that person and what they liked about them. We recorded what they said for our positivity garden.

 

In Communication and language we discussed what we did at the weekend. The children were encouraged to listen to each other and then I would see if they remembered what their friends had done.

 

In PE this week the children explored what they could do with a tennis ball, for example could they bounce it upwards using the palm of their hand, balance it on a bat and walk with it or bounce the ball on the bat?

 

In Literacy the new phoneme we learnt this week was 'm'. We read about Millie Mouse together, sound-talked words and brainstormed words with the initial sound being 'm'.

 

In Mathematics we looked at the number line. We had a quiz to see if we knew which number comes before or after another, for example, could we say what was 1 or 2 more or less than a given number and which numbers come between other given numbers. The children then had to see if there were any missing numbers in the number line, or if some were in the wrong place. We also compared some sizes of objects so that we could order them according to their size.

 

The children really enjoyed our science experiment for Understanding of the World: we put some (kosher) skittles on a plate and they had to predict what would happen if water was poured on them. They then watched to see.

 

For Expressive Arts and Design and Physical Development the children have been singing in English and Hebrew. They have used their imaginations to paint, create movements to music and role play in the home corner, with the dolls house, the ponies, the dinosaurs, puppets and the large construction.

 

Forest school this week started with a game, the children had to be a good friend to an owl and find all the hidden beetles, shrews, worms and mice - all different coloured pieces of wool that were hidden for them. When found they had to place them in the owl's nest.

The children heard the story 'Owl Babies' and then they chose from 3 activities :

- to make an owl out of clay using a stick as a rolling pin, leaves for a beak and other woodland items to texture the body

- to explore the woodland

- to use cheese, raisins and apples to make a food ring to hang for the birds.

 

In Jewish Studies this week we learned that in Parasha Vayera, Abraham Avinu was a great tzadik and that he used to wait for people outside his tent to welcome them and give them a place to eat and to rest. Even when Abraham wasn't very well he still made an extra effort to welcome the three guests that he saw walking by and these guests were angels sent by H'. They brought Abraham and Sarah the good news that they would have a baby the following year, which made them both very happy. The children made a lovely figure of Abraham out of pipe cleaners and created the 3D picture of Abraham next to the tree and the tent.

 

The children had the opportunity to learn the story through role play and will be able to tell you how big a mitzvah it is to welcome guests into our homes.

 

We also learned that it is a very important mitzvah to visit and care for the sick. When someone is unwell we should give them a little extra care. We spoke about the times when someone we know is not well and what things we can do to cheer them up, they then made 'get well soon' cards.

In the Aleph Bet we learnt the letter 'hey'. We saw how 'hey' only has half a leg and how he needs help from his friends.

 

On Friday we celebrated Shabbat with our amazing Shabbat party - it makes the staff very happy to see how the children participate and enjoy it.

 

Last weeks

Shabbat Imma - Liora

Shabbat Abba - Dylan

Shabbat Bat - Ruby T

Shabbat Ben - Raymond

 

This week

Shabbat Imma - Erin

Shabbat Abba - Jethro

Shabbat Banot - Eva and Rachel

 

*Reminders*

- Please return homework on a Monday

- Please return reading folders on a Friday

 

Shabbat Shalom and have a lovely half term,

 

Hayley Onona and the reception team

 

 

Friday 15 October

 

Dear Parents

 

What a busy week it’s been.  The children are remembering what it’s like to have a full week in school and although some of them struggled last week, this week they seemed to fare much better.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development the children have been learning that it’s not cool to do what your friend tells you to do if you know it’s the wrong thing.  The children discussed different actions and whether they were good to do.  Their perspectives were very interesting but they generally were able to differentiate between appropriate and inappropriate behaviour.  We used the puppets to illustrate this point and the children really enjoyed them.  

 

I have told the children that I won’t be in next week.  I asked Mrs Onona to send a picture of herself and I’ve shown it to the children.  The children were quite accepting of this and asked a lot of good questions about where I was going and why I was going there. They were very happy when I told them I would take pictures to show them when I got back. Many of the children also have connections with South Africa and contributed their knowledge to the discussion.

 

In Communication and Language the children learnt that it’s okay to say good things about yourself.  In fact, it is good to know your strengths.  Each child had the opportunity to say something they are good at.  These were all put onto a display called ‘Our Positivity Garden’.  The children were all encouraged to speak in a clear, loud voice that others could hear and to sit quietly and listen to what their friends had to say.

 

In Physical Development the children have been drawing, cutting, sticking and generally being creative.  They drew and cut out their own flowers for the positivity garden.  Their ideas of what they are good at will be stuck onto their flowers.  They have also been constructing with the slot construction in the playground. They have had loads of fun manoeuvring the large construction pieces in the playground and making awesome large constructions. 

 

In PE this week the children were honing their ball skills using footballs.  They had to throw a ball high into the air and then try to catch it.  This proved quite difficult for some of them as the footballs were quite heavy.  They also had to bounce the ball on the ground and then catch it.  Many of them found this activity much easier than throwing it up and catching it.  After that they had to kick the ball to their partner who had to then kick the ball back again.

 

In Literacy this week we wrote another collaborative story about a Unicorn who was going to a Halloween party dressed as a scary witch.  The witch wanted to use her magic wand to get to the party but said the wrong spell and ended up in Greece.  They had so much fun creating this story and it helped them to begin to understand the structure of a story. They are also learning about ‘describing’ words.  I did tell them they were called adjectives but I’m not sure many of them will remember the word.

 

In Phonics this week the children learnt the phoneme ‘n’.  The Story is about Ned Newt who finds some strange things in his pond.  Their homework for this week is to sound out some CVC words which have the ‘n’ sound and also to colour in pictures which begin with a ‘n’ sound.

 

In Maths the children have been learning about 2D shapes.  They have been learning the names of some of the common shapes as well as how many sides and corners it has.  They have been amazed at how 2 shapes can be combined to make another shape or a larger shape.  For  example, two triangles put together made a bigger triangle, but it also made a square. Two squares together made a rectangle. Etc.  We used the large 2D shapes to make a communal picture while we were sitting in a circle on the carpet.  The children then had to walk around the picture and look at it from different angles and say what they thought it looked like.  Some of them saw a rocket, a boat, an airplane and even ‘my house in another land’.  The children then used cut out 2D shapes to create pictures.

 

In Understanding the World we discussed the role of slugs, snails and earthworms in our gardens.  Some of the children were a bit astonished to hear that some animals are only there to serve as part of the food chain.  We have made a rule in the class that creatures found in the garden have to remain in the garden.  They can be collected and studied but then have to be released back where they were found.

 

In Forest School the children revised the Forest School rules.  They played the squirrel game whereby they had to follow different instructions, such as eat your nuts, bury your nuts, fox coming, etc.  They then had to go and hide a horse chestnut in the woods.  After listening to a story about Squabbling Squirrels, they had to go and see if they could find their chestnut.  Then it was time for activities and the children could choose to either use clay to mould a squirrel or to drill holes in chestnuts and thread them to make a bracelet or necklace.

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children made their Positivity Garden flowers.  There was much excitement this week when I put out the dolls with hair and the children were able to brush and style their hair.  It was like a proper little salon going on and they had so much fun, particularly when some of them learnt that they could make a ponytail with an elastic band independently. They also made exciting pictures using cut out 2D shapes.  Attached please also find the children’s collage and drawings of Noah’s ark which they made last week. The children also had music with Mr Fingerhut where they were focussing on pitch and volume. 

 

In Jewish studies this week the children learnt about this week's Parasha – Lech Lecha.  In this Parasha, H’ told Avram to leave the place where he was born and to go to another country that He would show to him. Avram didn’t doubt or question this decision, and so we should do as well. Also, in this Parasha, H’ promises the Land of Israel to Avraham’s descendants and tells him that he would have as many children as the stars in the sky and as the grains of sand. The children worked out that we are all children of Avraham Avinu!

The children made a beautiful work reflecting the promise H’ made to Avraham and you can talk about it whilst you enjoy looking at their crafts together.

The children had a lot of fun packing the right items to go on a journey to the desert and knew what was needed when travelling to a hot place.

This week’s Parasha also tells us about how extremely kind Avraham was, and how important it was to him to be at peace with everybody. We saw this when Avraham let Lot (his nephew who was travelling with him to Eretz Cnaan) choose which land he wanted first, when it was established that there was not enough grass in one place for all their cattle.  The children then related Avraham’s kindness to being kind themselves, like for example when not fighting with friends over toys, or helping the needy.

We also did a role play, where the children pretended to be Avraham, Sarah and Lot, travelling through the desert with all their possessions. They loved to be a live part of the story.

 

In Aleph Bet we moved on to letter Dalet, we had fun shaping the letter with shaving foam and with toys outdoors.

 

On Friday we had our usual Shabat party.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba 

Shabbat Ima 

Shabbat Ben 

Shabbat Bat 


 

Important Reminder: 

  • Please remember to send a coin for tzedaka. 
  • Make sure you send your Jewish Studies folder back, so we can refill it with many beautiful works of art.

 

We wish you all a Shabat Shalom !

 

  • Making Chanukiahs: Chanukah is early this year and we would like to invite you to come in to Reception to make a clay Chanukiah with your child. This will happen on Monday 8th November and Tuesday 9th November. You will bring your child in and come straight in and make their Chanukiah with them. A member of staff will ask you on Monday of next week which day you would prefer.


 

Reminders:

  • If your child has had homework, please can you ensure they return the homework in the plastic folder on a Monday. 
  • All children are now receiving a reading folder.  All reading books will be handed out on a Friday and then please can they be returned by the following Wednesday. 
  • On a Thursday please can you send a suitable bag for your children to bring back their muddy wellies and waterproofs.  
  • We are slowly running out of plastic carrier bags.  If you have any plastic bags lying around collecting dust at home, please can you donate them to us.  These are used for many different things including sending home wet clothing and muddy gear on a Thursday.

 

Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom

 

From Lindsay and the Reception team.

 

Friday 8 October

 

Dear Parents

 

This has been our first full week back at school and what a busy week it has been.  

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development the children have been given Tefillah Nursery buddies.  This means that each morning now they go to the nursery and sit next to the same nursery buddy.  This has made them feel very responsible and grown up.  They have also learnt to say ‘stop it I don’t like it’ if someone is being a bit unkind or doing or saying something they don’t like. They are beginning to learn that if someone says ‘stop it I don’t like it’ that they have to respect it.

 

In Communication and Language there has been lots of discussion and collaborative play.  I introduced the puppet theatre and puppets and there has been much fun and laughter, although some children got a bit shy when they realised I was watching them. I’m sure after a couple of weeks they will feel more comfortable with this resource and allow me to video them.

 

In Physical Development the children have been doing lots of cutting, sticking, collage and construction. They have used Interstars to construct with, as well as straws and connectors. We collaged a big Noah’s ark and a lovely rainbow for a display on the board upstairs.  I will put a picture on the blog next week when they have drawn lots of lovely animals.  We also discussed our favourite school lunches and then made a bar chart with the results. No one was surprised when half the class said they liked pasta the best.  This has also been placed on a display board in the lunch hall.  I have attached a picture of this as well as a picture of the board displaying their favourite fruits. 

 

In PE this week the children started by picking up a cone from a pile and putting the correct colour cone on the correct pile.  They then practised running from side to side, tip toeing and skipping.  After that they were given footballs and the practised throwing and catching the balls.  The children got into pairs and got to throw the ball to each other, practising underarm throwing and catching.

 

In Literacy and Phonics the children learnt the phoneme ‘i’.  The Story is about Iggy Iguana who has some strange things happen to him.  Their homework for this week might be a bit difficult for some children who still struggle with sound talking.  I have given them CVC words using ‘s’, ‘a’, ‘t’, ‘p’ and ‘i’.  They should sound out the words using sound talking and then match the word to the picture.  

 

In Maths we made a bar chart of our favourite school lunches.  The children then thought about and answered questions like: ‘How many people like pasta?’ ‘How many people like burgers and chicken together?’ ‘Which foods were liked the least?’  ‘How many more people liked burgers than salmon?’ Etc.  The children also practised their ordering of numbers by making a human numberline.

 

In Understanding the World there has been a lot of excitement about collecting snails, slugs and earthworms in the playground.  I know many of you are resigned to getting these as a heartfelt gift at the end of the day.  The children are really enjoying them and I am trying my hardest to keep this activity as humane as possible.

 

In Forest School the children revised the Forest School rules.  Emma then read them a story called ‘Leaf Man’ by Lois Ehlert.  This was a delightful story about a person made from leaves who goes wherever the wind takes him and all the lovely leafy things he sees, like a leaf squirrel, a leaf mouse, etc.  The children were then divided into two groups and had to make a person using leaves, twigs, sticks, etc. First one child from each group had to lie down on the paper and Emma drew around them.  The children then had to go and collect their resources and make that person.  There was much discussion about this, particularly about the amount of hair each person should have.  At one point a nose was placed in the middle of a tummy, much to the delight of everyone.  The children had great fun doing this activity.  

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children have been collaging Noah’s ark and a big rainbow.  They have also been drawing, painting, cutting, sticking and tearing.  They have played with Noah’s ark and the animals, insects and magnifying glasses, Happyland characters and Interstars.  In music the children are starting to learn the song ‘Puff the Magic Dragon’.  

 

In Jewish Studies this week, we learnt about this week's Parashah of Noach.

 On Monday we started learning that Noach was a good man but the people who lived around him were not good. This made Hashem very sad. Hashem told Noach to build a very big boat, an ark - or Teivah as the children now can say - and to put his whole family and a pair of each animals into it. Hashem then brought a Mabul, (the children will be able to tell you that this means flood), for forty days and forty nights. Only Noach and his family, and all the animals in the ark were saved.  The children started constructing their own ‘teivah’, albeit from paper rather than wood.

 

On Tuesday we spoke about Rosh Chodesh and how the Jewish people’s calendar is ruled by the moon. We also continued talking about the parashah and that when it was time to leave the ark, Noach  saw a beautiful rainbow in the sky - a sign from Hashem that He would never ever bring another flood over the whole world again. The children formed their own rainbows by cutting and pasting each colour. We also spoke about the brachah that we say when we see a rainbow, to acknowledge the fact that Hashem is showing us that He is keeping His promise. 

 

On Wednesday we carried on with our Aleph Bet, this week learning the letter “gimmel”. The children are very excited to be learning their Hebrew letters and are now able to recognize the first four letters. They loved listening to the story “Eliezer ve’ha-Gezer”, which relates to the letter Gimmel. 

 

On Thursday we spoke about how Noach was saved, and what happened to the world around him. We did a practical experiment, and the children threw plastic animals and flowers in the water and saw how everything sank, except for the boat, which represented Noach’s teivah. We also finished building our paper arks. 

 

On Friday we practised our aleph bet through games and we also had our special Shabbat party.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba - Zachary

Shabbat Ima - Scarlett

Shabbat Ben - Ben

Shabbat Bat - Lia (with an extra guest Lily who was today's birthday girl)

 

We wish you all a Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov (a good month of Cheshvan)!

 

Reminders:

  • If your child has had homework, please can you ensure they return the homework in the plastic folder. 
  • On a Thursday please can you send a suitable bag for your children to bring back their muddy wellies and waterproofs.  
  • We are slowly running out of plastic carrier bags.  If you have any plastic bags lying around collecting dust at home, please can you donate them to us.  These are used for many different things including sending home wet clothing and muddy gear on a Thursday.

 

Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom

 

From Lindsay and the Reception team.

 

 

Friday 24 September

 

Dear Parents

 

I cannot believe that we have reached October already.  I feel as if we have hardly been in school and September has flown by.  The children are settling well and there are now very few tears in the morning.  

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development the children have been amazing with the little nursery children.  They have been playing in the nursery playground and sharing the resources.  They are very mindful that the nursery children are still little and are very careful.  They have been sharing their Siddurim during Tefillah and being very sensible around the little ones.  I am very impressed with them.  

 

In Communication and Language the children have been sharing ideas and listening to each other.  We did some group activities with the children, working collaboratively with each other.  They had to listen to their friends’ opinions and give their ideas.  It was a very interesting task and one which the children really enjoyed.

 

In Physical Development the children have been cutting, sticking, and painting using the sponge paints.  We also discussed different kinds of fruit and vegetables and the children were asked what their favourite fruit was.  This has been placed on a display in the dining hall where they have lunch.  Also in the display are their fruit creations which they made to decorate the Sukkah.

 

In Literacy and Phonics the children created their own story together.  They worked as a class, deciding on the main character, the setting, the plot and the ending of the story.  The Story was about a Blue Owl called Flower.  

In Phonics the children learnt the phoneme ‘p’.  The Story is about Pete Penguin who likes eating lots of different things beginning with ‘p’.  

Their homework for this week might be a bit difficult for some children.  I have given them CVC words using ‘s’, ‘a’, ‘t’ and ‘p’.  They should sound out the words using sound talking and then match the word to the picture.  

 

In Maths the children have been building the number puzzle, reinforcing the ordering of numbers to twenty.  They have also been using the linking camels to copy and create patterns.  

 

In Understanding the World we have been conducting a bread experiment.  We have placed normal brown bread and challah in plastic bags, in paper bags and open on a tray.  They are on the windowsill where they can get maximum sunshine and heat.  The children are keen to see what the end results are going to be.  Both the bread and the challah which are in the paper bags and in the open have gone stale and hard.  However, while the brown bread in the plastic bag has gone mouldy, the challah in the plastic bag is still remarkably soft and fresh.  

 

In Forest School the children revised the Forest School rules.  Emma had put up a tarpaulin from the trees to create a shelter and the children were very keen to know how she had got it up so high.  This led to them learning about different woodland creatures which are found in London.  They were then tasked to use natural materials to make shelters for the forest friends.  

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children have been singing and dancing, using the sponge paints and having fun with the small world resources like the pirate ship, the castle, the barbies, the trolls, Duplo and wooden blocks.  There has been a lot of story lines in their play and a lot of collaboration and sharing. 


On Monday in preparation for simchat torah the children had so much fun  learning about how we celebrate. Joshua, Jethro and Zachary got to wear tallitot and be our chatan torahs. All the children held torahs and danced around.  It was so much fun!

 

In Jewish studies this week the children learnt about the Parasha of the week – Bereishit,

and that Hashem created our beautiful world in 6 days and He rested on the 7th day -

Shabbat.  

The children learnt that:

On day number 1 Hashem created the night and the day  

On day number 2 Hashem created the sky and the sea

On day number 3 Hashem created the flowers, trees and grass

On day number 4 Hashem created the sun, moon and stars

On day number 5 Hashem created the birds and the fish

On day number 6 Hashem created all the animals and Adam and Eve

 And on the 7th day - Shabbat - Hashem rested.  We too rest on the 7th day each week.

The children also enjoyed learning about the way that Adam and Eve did not listen to

Hashem but listened to the snake, who told them to eat the forbidden fruit. They especially

loved the puppet show and listened carefully to the whole story.

The children enjoyed completing their parashah craft, which you can enjoy watching

together. They coloured the days and made a booklet for the whole 7 days of creation.

On Friday we carried on with learning our Aleph-Bet and had our special Shabbat Party.

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba - Yanai

Shabbat Ima - Ruby F

Shabbat Ben - Jethro

Shabbat Bat - Sienna

 

We wish you all a Shabbat Shalom!

 

Other Information:

  • Please can you make sure you return your child’s Jewish Studies folder each week.
  • Please try to send in Tzedaka (some coins for charity) each Friday. It is important that the children understand the importance of giving and that there are people less fortunate than ourselves.

 

Reminders:

  • If your child has had homework, please can you ensure they return the homework in the plastic folder. A couple of plastic folders have already gone missing.

 

 

 

Friday 24 September

Dear Parents

We have had an amazing third week with the children playing very nicely in the nursery playground and having Tefillah and Bensching in the nursery class with the nursery children.  This has made them feel very grown up and they have enjoyed sharing their Siddurs with the little nursery children.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development the children have continued with the settling in process.  I know some children are struggling to say goodbye in the morning and I think some of them are struggling to settle because of the disrupted weeks.  However I am confident that once we get to October and they are in for full weeks, they will settle better.  Please rest assured that if your child is very unsettled during the day, I will give you a call and let you know.  They have also been playing very nicely together, both inside and in the playground and there has been a lot of collaborative play and sharing of resources.

 

In Communication and Language, the children have been listening to stories and discussing them in a large group.  They are recognising the main character and the setting and many of them are able to predict what might happen next or answer questions like: ‘what would happen if…?’ , or ‘what else could have happened?’ 

 

In Physical Development the children have been making lots of lovely paper chains for the Sukkah.  They were very pleased to see their flowers and chains hanging in there when they went in to have their dessert on Thursday and their snack on Friday.  The children have also been clicking the waffle blocks together to make shapes and have been using these in their play.

 

In Literacy and Phonics, the children learnt the next phoneme ‘t’.  The story was about ‘Tim Tortoise’’ and all the things he managed to climb onto which began with a ‘t’ sound.  For homework I would love for your child to practise writing the ‘t’ sound. They should then look at the pictures on the page and colour in all the pictures which begin with ‘t’.  Please return your child’s homework next week, in the plastic folder, so that we can look at it and celebrate your child’s work together.

 

In Maths the children continued to do lots of counting.  They have also been doing lots of capacity play in the water tray.  They have been counting how many small pots of water it takes to fill a large bottle, how many small bottles of water fit into the large bottles, and most importantly of all, whether two differently shaped bottles could possibly hold the same amount of water.  

 

In understanding the world, the children have been discussing Sukkot and many of them have told us about meals shared with their families in the Sukkah.  They have also been noticing the leaves which have suddenly started falling from the trees.  They have learnt that this season is called autumn and that in America, autumn is called fall.  

 

In Forest School the children learnt the rules.  They are as follows:  ‘No pick! No lick!’.  ‘Remember how to carry a stick’, and most importantly of all, ‘Respect the woodland plants, trees and creatures’. The children then discussed leaves and that the season was called autumn.  They then collected leaves and made faces with them.  The children then had choices to make a house in the forest, drill holes in elder beads or thread leaves.  They all had great fun and Emma was very impressed by how well behaved and sensible they were.

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children have been playing really nicely with the large construction.  They have made all sorts of things from a Sukkah to an airplane.  They have also been playing very nicely in the nursery playground with the little nursery children and teaching them how to play.

 

In Jewish Studies, with Ms Tabach, the children enjoyed decorating their paper Sukkah on Monday, and having some of their snacks in the Sukkah after Yom Tov. 

We went over the key reasons why we sit in a Sukkah and some children remembered, from last week’s lesson, that the Sukkah represents the clouds that protected Bnei Yisrael in the desert, before they entered Eretz Yisrael.  

 

They also enjoyed talking with their friends about their experience in their own Sukkah. Some children told us that they shook the lulav and we talked about the importance of being a united people, that, like the Arbaah Minim (the 4 species - etrog, lulav, hadass and arava), we are all different and unique, but need one another for completing a mitzvah.

 

We moved on to the next letter in the Hebrew alphabet, “Vet”, which is similar to “Bet”, but without the dot in the middle (that we called a belly button).

 

We started to learn about Simchat Torah, which is on the last day of Sukkot - a time when we rejoice in Shul as we have completed reading the whole Torah over the year and are ready to start again with Bereishit. The children completed making their special flags which they decorated themselves, and are ready to be waved in Shul, during Hakafot (dancing with the Torah).

 

On Friday we had our very special Kabbalat Shabbat party. 

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba - Zach T

Shabbat Ima  - Hannah

Shabbat Ben  - Joshua

Shabbat Bat  - Bella

 

Other Information:

  • Please can you make sure you return your child’s Jewish Studies folder each week.
  • Please try to send in Tzedaka (some coins for charity) each Friday. It is important that the children understand the importance of giving and that there are people less fortunate than ourselves.

 

Reminders:

  • If you have not already done so, please could you bring a change of clothes to school for your child to keep on their peg in case of accidents or emergencies.  If your child has come home with a bag of wet clothes and is wearing their spare clothes, please replace the spare clothing.
  • If your child has had homework, please can you ensure they return the homework in the plastic folder. A couple of plastic folders have already gone missing.

Friday 17 September

 

Dear Parents

 

We have reached the end of our second week in school.  They might not have been full weeks but that does not mean we haven’t done lots of learning.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development the children have continued to settle into the routines in the reception class.  They have spent lots of time playing with their friends and learning the rules of the classroom.  They have shared the resources and negotiated with their friends about whose turn it is.  There has been lots of collaborative play and it has been wonderful to see them speaking and listening to each other.

 

In Communication and Language the children have been putting their hands up on the carpet in a large group and giving their opinions and answering questions.  The others are learning to listen to their friends and respect their views.  They are learning that not all people think the same as them and that this is what makes them unique and special. 

 

In Physical Development the children have been threading beads, some children making an amazing pattern with the bead colours.  They then went on to colouring in and threading around fruit to decorate the sukkah, which will be in the reception playground. The usual jumping, balancing and running skills were very much in action in the playground.

 

The children had their first PE lesson on Monday.  They had four different colour cones in different corners of the playground.  They were in the middle of the playground doing different movements according to instructions, e.g. walk, run, skip, walk slowly, etc, and when the PE teacher called out a fruit name, the children had to run to the appropriate colour cones.  

 

In Literacy and Phonics, the children learnt the second phoneme ‘a’.  The story was about ‘Ali Ant’ and all the things he saw which began with an ‘a’ sound.  For homework I would love for your child to practise writing the ‘a’ sound. They should find as many things as they can in their home that begin with an ‘a’ sound and ask an adult to write down what they have found.  When you return the sheets on Monday we will compare and see who has found the most things beginning with ‘a’.

 

In Maths the children continued to do lots of counting.  We counted forwards and backwards to the date number.  We then said what number came before and what number came after. The children then had to work out what was one more, one less, two more and two less than the date number.  They are finding this loads of fun and it is so great to see many of them counting on their fingers as they try to work it out.

 

In Understanding the World the children explored the garden, finding snails and bugs.  Many of the children were delighted with the little mud tray which we put out.  Many little creatures found their way into it.  Please don’t be surprised if your child comes home with a snail or earthworm in their pocket.  

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children have been learning songs.  They are learning the ‘Seasons of the year’ song and the months of the year song.  Children have also been introducing storylines into their play in the large construction and with the garage outside and with the trolls and in the home corner inside.  

 

In Jewish Studies with Ms Tabach, the children learnt about Yom Kippur - a very important day in the Jewish calendar, when we ask HaShem to forgive us for all the things that we have done which were not so good, and to give us another chance to do better. Some children already knew the word “Slicha” (“sorry” in Hebrew) and that we have to say it to our friends for anything we might have done to upset them. The children learnt about the story of Yonah and the big fish, which is read on Yom Kippur in Shul.  The children enjoyed making their own Yonah sitting inside the tummy of the big fish. They were able to draw, cut and stick by themselves.

 

The children were able to visualize on the weighing scales the way HaShem judges us. Once they learnt that the good must outweigh the bad, they were able to show it on their own worksheet, by separating actions on different sides of the scale. 

 

The children learned that HaShem is always ready to forgive us.

 

We also started to learn about the Chag of Sukkot.  The children found out that during Sukkot it is a Mitzvah to eat in a Sukkah - a temporary home built outdoors. We will learn more about Sukkot next week.

 

We also continued to practise the morning Tefillot and the Birkat Hamazon. (bensching).

 

On Tuesday, we moved on to our second letter in the Hebrew alphabet, letter “Bet”. The children did some fun activities, including letter tracing, colouring the “bet” and writing the letter on a shaving foam mountain! We had a splashing time!

 

The children ended the week with Kabbalat Shabbat where they enjoyed grape juice and challah. Each week different children will be on the Shabbat table (Shabbat Ima, Abba, Ben and Bat) and everyone will get a turn.

 

This week the Shabbat children were:  Shabbat Ima was Lily, Shabbat Abba was Ben and the guests were Zachary W and Ilse Bella.

 

Reminders:

  • If you have not already done so, please could you bring a change of clothes to school for your child to keep on their peg in case of accidents or emergencies.  If your child has come home with a bag of wet clothes and is wearing their spare clothes, please replace the spare clothing.

 

  • Forest school will be on a Thursday, starting next week on the 23rd September.  You must decide if your child needs wellies and waterproofs on the day.  When appropriate, please bring  your child to school wearing their Forest School clothes and have their shoes in a spare bag to change into when we get back to school.

 

  • Next week Monday, the 20th September, and the following week Monday the 27th September when the main school closes at 2pm, the EYU will close at 1.30pm.  

Friday 10 September

 

Dear Parents

 

Finally the first day of reception arrived and WOW! What an awesome day it was.  There was great excitement with a tiny bit of trepidation and a few nerves but those were soon gone.  

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development, the children spent lots of time renewing friendship groups and just having fun with each other.  Barbies and ponies were the favourites with the little girls and they spent ages dressing and undressing the dolls.  The boys loved the Happyland characters and treehouse and building the Fireman Sam jigsaw puzzle.  Outside much fun was had with the medieval castle and the water tray amongst other exciting things.  The children, on the whole, remembered how to share and much fun was had by all.

 

In Communication and Language, the children were using their listening skills when chatting with their friends as well as on the carpet.  They needed a lot of reminding to put up their hand when they wanted to say something and this is a skill we will be working on.  They heard the story of ‘Dave’, the enormous cat who got so fat he got stuck in his cat flap.  Using this story they began learning the structure of a story by knowing the main character, the setting, the problem and how the problem got solved.  The story helped to develop their understanding and their speaking skills.

 

In Physical Development the children used their fine motor skills to thread, cut and stick amazing collages, dress and undress the Barbies,  and to colour in some pictures. They developed their gross motor skills by jumping, swinging, balancing and running in the playground. 

 

In Literacy and Phonics, they learnt the first phoneme ‘s’.  The story was about ‘Spud Spider’ and all the things he saw which began with a ‘s’ sound.  For homework I would love for your child to practise writing the ‘s’ sound and to find something at home that begins with a ‘s’ sound and draw it.

 

In Maths the children did lots of counting as well as looking at the date.  They counted to 10 on the 10th.  They counted objects to 10.  We discussed what comes before and after the number 10.  Some were able to tell me what 2 more and 2 less than 10 were and a couple of children were even able to double 10 and give me the answer 20.

 

In Understanding the World the children explored the garden, finding snails and bugs.  We also discussed the seasons and that we are now in autumn, even though it is still very warm.

 

In Jewish Studies with Ms Tabach the children started learning the Aleph-Bet, the Hebrew alphabet.

  • The children learnt the first letter – Aleph. Some of the children spotted it straight away and even knew it already! Soon we will be sending home the Aleph Champ, the book where the children practice their Hebrew reading. We will give more details nearer the time.

The children also continued practicing their brachot for their snacks and the Birkat Hamazon (davening after lunch). 

 

On Friday the children had their first Shabbat party. They sang songs and waited nicely for the challah and grape juice.

Thank you to our Shabat Ima, Eliya and our Shabat Aba, Raymond, who were wonderful hosts.

Next week they will continue learning the importance of giving Tzedakah. We would appreciate it if your children could bring a coin or two!


 

Reminders:

  • If you have not already done so, please could you bring a change of clothes to school for your child to keep on their peg in case of accidents or emergencies.
  • Although the main school is closed on Wednesday 15th September, the Early years will be open as normal, but the children will go home at 12.30.
  • Forest school will be on a Thursday, starting on the 23rd September.  You must decide if your child needs wellies and waterproofs on the day.  Please bring  your child to school wearing their Forest School clothes and have their shoes in a spare bag to change into when we get back to school.

 

 

Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom and have a great weekend

 

Lindsay and the Reception Team

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