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Reception

Friday 16th February, 2024

 

Dear Parents,

 

I cannot believe this week officially marks halfway through the academic year! It has gone way too fast and time must slow down! 

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development this week the children finished discussing and completing activities for Mental Health Awareness week last week. We focused on the colour monster and discussed small, medium and big problems. We also went over what we can do when we feel these certain emotions. All of these emotions are okay and it’s important we speak to a friend, parent or school adult if we ever have a problem. Sometimes speaking about a problem instantly makes us feel better.

 

In Communication and Language this week the children presented their penguin writing booklets to the class. Each child had the opportunity of reading their sentence(s) to the class and explained their favourite fact on Antarctica. I have to say, out of the 3 continents so far, this one seems to be the most popular and it’s a shame as it’s the most difficult to visit due to its cold climate! 

 

In Physical Development this week, the children baked some delicious treats for the Chinese New year. The children were also busy in the construction building their own icebergs and glaciers. It was amazing hearing their methodology about how they were going to construct and why. They all were amazing and so creative! In PE this week, the children did a lot of different jumps. They worked on jumping over hurdles and star jumps! 

 

In Literacy and Phonics this week the children have been revising the sounds and tricky words we have already learnt. We’ve also been doing our usual weekend news and this week we finished writing our little penguin books with fun facts about Antarctica! This week for Drawing Club, we worked on ‘The Colour Monster’. The children absolutely loved this beautiful book about emotions and the various colours used to represent emotions. Our key words were : fear, calm, sadness, happiness and angry. We always use hand gestures and facial expressions to help represent our key words and we incorporate them in our drawings! 

 

In Maths this week the children used number lines to practise 1 more and 1 less than a number. Some children chose not to use the number line as they felt confident. It is great to see how many of the children are now capable of saying what is one less than a given number which at the start of the year, was super tricky! The children enjoyed making Chinese New Year biscuits, called Hup Toh Soh with Mrs Dagul. They helped to weigh and mix all the ingredients together. We discussed with the children what a fortune cookie is and attached to the cookie bag you will find a message. We hope you enjoy reading these.

 

In Understanding the World this week, we continued to travel across Antarctica! We used ice and made our own icebergs! We looked at the different wildlife and different things that grow in the world's coldest climate! We also looked at what human beings would go there to visit and why! On Tuesday, the children celebrated family day as they do in Israel! The children had the best time completing an art activity with their parents and siblings. 

 

In Expressive Arts and Design this week the children were encouraged to do some ‘free painting’. Many of the children chose to paint animals in the Antarctic. 

 

In Jewish Studies this week we looked at Parashat Terumah, in which Hashem told Moshe and Bnei Yisrael to build a Mishkan - a holy building which Bnei Yisrael came to, to feel close to Hashem. Each tribe contributed lovely things to beautify and build it: gold, silver, copper, turquoise, purple and scarlet wool. The Mishkan was filled with gold - the Aron, the Shulchan and the huge seven branched Menorah were golden and intricately decorated. There were wonderful sweet smells of freshly ground spices. and delicious cakey breads. There were trumpets… it was quite a feast for the senses! The Bet Knesset/Shul today reminds us of the Mishkan, and saying tefillot and doing mitzvot help us to come closer to Hashem now. We felt some purple and scarlet fabrics which were laced with a fruity, woody orange and bergamot scent, that helped us imagine the sights and smells of the Mishkan. The children built their own mini 3D Mishkan, complete with Kohen Gadol, Menorah and Aron. 

 

In Alef bet we looked at words that end in the letter Fay Sofit, which says ‘f’:

-off, meaning ‘chicken’.

We also looked at words that end in the letter Ayin, which is a silent letter, but takes on the sound of any vowel that is underneath it, just like in our two new words: 

-Shema, and 

-sefardeya, meaning frog. 

 

Note Please send your JS zip-folders back by Thursday each week so that Morah Cassie can put your alef-bet vocabulary cards in them and they will reach you in pristine condition. If you are missing any cards, please do let her know by emailing cdaniels@keremschool.co.uk or by putting a little note in your child’s zip folder. 

 

We also looked into the JS general curriculum and focussed on the brachot we say for fruits and vegetables. Before we eat or drink we say thank you! We say thank you to Hashem when we say a bracha. There are lots of different brachot for different foods. Some fruits like apples, oranges, cherries and pears grow from a perennial tree or vine (one that does not renew its stem ) and does not grow too close to the ground we say בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הָעֵץ. Some fruit like melons, bananas, pineapples and also veggies are ‘fruits of the ground’. For these we say בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הָאֲדָמָה. There is a fabulous song to help us remember all that delicious information - have a look for The Brachos Song by JKids online and have a listen. We had a go at a game Morah Cassie made online to see which bracha we say for different delicious foods.  Each of the children made a fabulous shopping trolley craft with one trolley filled with googly cute googly eyed Ha-adama produce and the other trolley filled with Ha-etz produce. The children loved sharing their thoughts on their favourite Ha-Adama and Ha-etz foods in our class discussion!

 

This week on our Shabbat table we had:

Shabbat Aba - Ollie

Shabbat Ima - Arianna

Shabbat Ben - MJ

Shabbat Bat - Carmi

 

Reminders:

  • Please can children bring in boxes, milk bottles, cardboard tubes, and straws for an art project that will begin first thing Monday 26th February. We will be junk modelling London landmarks. 
  • There will be no homework as it’s half term, but please do post pictures of activities or trips so the children can share once they come back! Please do of course, continue to read and work on the sounds and tricky words. 
  • After school club snacks should only be healthy snacks.
  • After the break, we will be beginning our next continent... Europe! 

 

Many thanks,

 

Have a wonderful half term break, safe travels and we look forward to seeing you all Monday 26th February! 

 

Mrs. Ranson, Miss Le Fort and Miss Molina

 

Friday 9th February, 2024

 

Dear Parents,

 

Another week has come and gone, but the Reception fun seems to only grow!

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development this week the children have been discussing Children’s Mental Health week. We read many stories about Mental Health and Self Esteem, one of them being ‘Ruby’s Worry’. The children then discussed what Ruby could have been worried about and what they could do if they had a worry. Most of them knew that they could speak to someone, their parents, an older sibling, a teacher, etc. We also discussed what we can do if we are upset or angry and some of the suggestions were:  ‘find a quiet place to sit until you calm down’, ‘listen to calming music’, ‘take deep breaths’, ‘count slowly to ten’ or ‘do something you enjoy’.

 

In Communication and Language this week the children have had a lot of discussions on the Chinese New Year. The children continued their paintings and they also learnt a lot of fun facts on Antarctica! Please ask your child to tell you the fun facts they’ve learnt… you will be so impressed! We also had a circle time after reading Ruby’s Worry and each child shared something they were worried about. We explained to the children that it’s okay to not have a worry at all and that’s great. This can also be linked to PSED. 

 

In Physical Development this week the children were hard at work learning about composting with Mr. Budwig in nursery. You will be able to see loads of pictures on Tapestry, please be sure to have a look! The children also completed various obstacle courses with Mr. Antony in PE on Wednesday. 

 

In Literacy and Phonics this week the children have been revising the sounds and tricky words we have already learnt. We did, however, look at two new tricky words which were ‘when and what’. We’ve also been doing our usual weekend news and this week we wrote little penguin books with fun facts about Antarctica! This week for Drawing Club, we worked on,‘The Lost Penguin’. The children absolutely loved this beautiful book about friendship. Key words that they focused on were: lonely, ignore, remember, lost, forgotten and strength. We always act out the words and the children are then given a task of drawing something related to the story. 

 

In Maths this week the children have continued to learn about the relationship between addition and subtraction. They are learning, for example, that if 5+3=8, then 3+5=8 and also that 8-3=5 and 8-5=3. They are enjoying finding out these relationships between numbers and it all seems to be making sense to them. 

 

In Understanding the World this week we travelled all the way to Antarctica! We used ice and made our own icebergs! We looked at the different wildlife and different things that grow in the world's coldest climate! We also looked at what human beings would go there to visit and why! We learnt about its climate and weather, they were shocked to hear it gets to -90 degrees! 

 

In Expressive Arts and Design this week the children have created their very own penguin books! They had to create the design, work on all the cutting and glueing and then they had to write their very own sentence! 


 

In Forest School, Reception were also very excited, jumping in the puddles as soon as they arrived. It was wonderful to see their joy and carefree playfulness. Today we focussed on Lunar New Year which will be celebrated by many different people on the 10th February. We gathered together for our song, counting and name game before our first activity, which was a hunt for 12 small animals of the Chinese Zodiac. They ran around looking high and low.

 

Once they were all found, we gathered back together to hear the story: The Great Race. This is a story about how the Chinese Zodiac came to be. This year it is the year of the dragon. As the story was told, the children used the toy animals to join in.

 

For the rest of the session, some children made dragon puppets. First this involved threading leaves onto a string for the body. They then used their knot skills to tie each side of the body to sticks: one for the front and one for the back. They squashed clay on to the front stick and shaped it to create a head, adding natural materials for eyes, ears, a mouth and fire. Some took their dragons for a fly around the forest. Other children enjoyed the mud, climbing on the 'boat' and singing Row, Row, Row Your Boat' together. They enjoyed exploring and testing the depth of the different puddles with their wellies.

 

To conclude our session we gathered back together and sang our song Boom Chicka Boom, encouraging the children to find their voice. 

 

Have a great week,

Emma and Carrie

 

In Jewish Studies this week we looked at parashat Mishpatim in which Moshe went up Har Sinai to receive the whole Torah. We discussed how keeping the mitzvot of the Torah bring us closer to Hashem. Some people connect to some mitzvot more than others. Do you or your family have any favourite mitzvot? Why are they particularly meaningful to you? One of the mitzvot of the Torah is to keep milk and meat separate. This is one of the ways of keeping Kosher. We discussed our favourite meaty and milky foods and we each made a rather funky concertina meaty-milky food craft, which meant decorating, drawing and cutting foods and sorting them into meat and milk. 

 

In alef-bet this week we looked at vocabulary that ends in the letter Gimel, which says ‘g’:

-chag, meaning ‘festival’

-dag, meaning ’fish’ and

- etrog

 

We pointed out that Gimmel looks quite a bit like Nun, but the way to remember that it is Gimmel, is that it has a ‘gap’ at its base. 

 

We also looked at words that end in Chet, which says ‘ch’, as in:

-Pesach. 

 

We looked into the general JS syllabus and delved into the fascinating world of brachot. We reflected on how Hashem created the world and continues to let things grow, and that we say thank you before we eat or drink anything because we are grateful to Hashem for our food and drink. We focussed on the bracha of Hamotsi (for bread and challah) and Mezonot  (for cake, pie and biscuits). We had a heated debate over which - cake, biscuits or pie, is best and concluded that we are just so lucky that there are literally thousands of delicious things in Hashem’s world for us to taste and enjoy. We played a computer game I created, where the children had to decide which brachot went with which foods. Luckily, we played this just before lunch! Each child made their own gorgeous personalised bakery collage with all sorts of delicious baked treats categorised into Hamotsi and Mezonot as an aide memoire. Well done Reception,  your passion for such an important topic is second to none! 

 

This week on our Shabbat table we had:

Shabbat Aba - Léo M

Shabbat Ima - Rafaela

Shabbat Ben - Zac

Shabbat Bat - Arianna

 

Reminders:

  • Please post your child’s homework on Tapestry.
  • Please can you always email me to let me know if your child is going home with someone else. 
  • After school club snacks should only be healthy snacks.
  • Family day Tuesday 13th February at 2pm.
  • Library books must be returned otherwise your child will not be able to take a new one.
  • Phonics begins at 8:40am, please ensure your child is on time. We have some children that are missing several phonics lessons/ week due to being late. 
  • Please bring kitchen rolls and small plastic bottles to Morah Cassie 

 

Many thanks,

 

Shabbat Shalom and have a wonderful weekend!

 

Mrs. Ranson, Miss Le Fort and Miss Molina

 

Friday 2nd February,

 

Dear Parents,

 

And so we come to the end of another week. It has been a very happy week in Reception, it is so great seeing the children coming in every day beaming ear to ear! We also had a wonderful week introducing Noah and Sammy back to the amazing Kerem family! 

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development this week we have again had the puppets out to illustrate how we should treat our friends and to show how unkind words or actions make us feel. The children seem to relate well to the puppets and really enjoy when they pay us a visit. 

 

In Communication and Language this week the children have been discussing what they did on the weekend, as well as voicing their thoughts on the actions of the puppets. They have told stories of times when they felt overwhelmed by the actions of their friends and by how their friends have made them feel. It is so heart-warming to hear them speak so honestly.

 

In Physical Development this week the children have been learning all about the Chinese new year coming up. Although we haven’t started our learning on Asia yet, it felt right to start the celebrations as the new year is on the 10th of February this year! The children have been creating their own dragons using various shapes. They’ve had to cut the shapes and then glue the shapes together. They had to explain what shapes they were using and why. Later in the week, the children also did paintings of the dragon using their handprints. Please make sure to have a look on Tapestry as they are absolutely beautiful! In PE this week, Reception focused on developing their motor skills, through completing a circuit consisting of hopping, climbing, balancing, running and jumping.

 

In Literacy and Phonics this week the children have learnt two new tricky words: ball and tall. They have also learnt three new graphemes: er ,ure ow . They will have these new tricky words and digraph/trigraph cards in their reading folder. This is just a reminder that the tricky words and sound cards don't need to come to school every week. I would much rather you keep them at home and work with them, just returning the small folder. 

 

In Maths this week the children learnt the bonds of eight. I also reintroduced Mr Minus very briefly. We discussed how we can make four number sentences using just three numbers. E.g. If I give them the numbers 3, 5 and 8 they can make 3+5=8, 5+3=8, 8-3=5 and 8-5=3. They were intrigued to see the relationship between the addition and subtraction. 

All reception children have now been signed up to Doodle Maths. This is an online Maths programme covering all the steps in the Maths learning. Your child's login details are in their homework folders. 

 

In Understanding the World this week and Expressive Arts and Design the children have learnt about Chinese New Year. We watched a learning video about Chinese New Year and as it is the year of the dragon, the children used their own handprints in order to decorate a dragon. We also learnt a little bit of mandarin and we learnt fun facts about China. 

 

We also had several children from year 4 join our class on Wednesday! They have been learning all about the Amazon Rainforest and seeing as we’re learning about South America, they came and presented their projects to the children. They taught the children about the amazing wildlife in this region, several famous artists and they also brought raw cacao beans for the children to see which come from South America as well. The children absolutely loved it and it was such a pleasure having them over at the EYU. 

 

Jewish Studies:

We explored the parasha of Yitro. Now that Bnei Yisrael are in the Midbar (desert), Moshe tells them to get ready round Har Sinai to hear the Asseret Hadibrot (the Ten Rules). They are not allowed to go up on to Har Sinai. Hashem and Moshe say these rules to Bnei Yisrael. One of the rules of the Asseret Hadibrot is ‘Keep Shabbat’. Another rule is ‘Listen to your father and mother. The children listened to a fabulous tune I am a Mountain all about how Har Sinai was chosen to be the location of the giving of the Torah (Matan Torah). Each child made a 3D collage of Bnei Yisrael dancing and waiting excitedly round Har Sinai until Moshe came down with the Torah. 

 

In alef-bet this week we had a look at some new vocabulary words that end with the letter

Final chaf , which says ‘ch’  as in:

-choshech, meaning ‘darkness,’and

-melech, meaning ‘king’  

 

and Samech, which says ‘S,’ as in:

-sus, meaning ‘horse,’ and 

-carpas the vegetable that we look forward to dipping in salt water at Seder. 

-cos, meaning ‘cup’. 

 

On Friday we had our usual Shabbat party. On the Shabbat table were:

Shabbat Aba- Noah H

Shabbat Ima - Elise

Shabbat Banim - Sammy & Oliver

Shabbat Bat - Noa M

 

I would like to start collecting kitchen rolls and small plastic bottles for some upcoming crafts. So if you have any to hand please do bring them in.

 

Shabbat Shalom, 

 

Morah Cassie

Reminders:

- eBooks have been assigned. It makes me really sad as I can see so many families have never used them. They are such an amazing tool to enhance your child's learning! It is another way to ensure your child is reading and there are sound buttons for them to press in order to hear the sound if they find it tricky. I have also assigned Doodle homework, so please be sure to login! 

- Next week we will start to learn about Antarctica. Should you have any books, toys, games or fun facts to do with this continent, please feel free to bring them in! We will spend the last two weeks of this half term focusing on this continent. 

- We would like to invite you into school on Monday 12th February to join Morah Sari for a Family Day/Yom HaMishpacha session at 2pm. The session will last until the end of the school day. In the week prior to you joining us, Morah Sari will be teaching the children about how the day is celebrated in Israel and we thought it would be great if you could come in and share the celebration and an activity with your child.

- Please remember to send Morah Sari a photo of you and your family.

 

Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom and have a wonderful weekend.

 

Mrs. Ranson, Miss Lefort and Miss Molina

 

Friday 26th January,

 

Dear Parents,

 

What an amazing and exciting week we have had!

 

In Personal, Social  and Emotional Development this week we used our puppets in order to discuss different feelings and emotions. Our puppet friends acted out certain scenarios and the children had to explain what emotion they felt and explain why. We also discussed looks and appearances and learnt how everyone is ‘perfect just the way they are’ and that if we all looked the same and acted the same way, the world would be a boring place. I introduced the word unique and we used it in several different contexts. 

 

In Communication and Language Development this week the children have been discussing what they did on the weekend. They have also continued to listen to lots of stories and discuss various aspects of these stories. 

 

In Physical Development this week the children have been creating rainforest animals. As we are currently learning about South America, the children have learnt about various animals this week and they had the opportunity of creating their very own toucans! The children absolutely loved using paper plates and paint in order to make their creations! In PE the children were very happy to have Mr. Antony back, the children jumped and hopped over the hills and obstacles. They also worked on balancing. 

 

In Literacy and Phonics this week the children have been revising the sounds and tricky words which they have already learnt. They have also learnt ‘ow, oi, ear and air’.  We also started incorporating ‘the Drawing Club’ into the classroom which is a special programme used in Literacy in order to entice children to read more and express their creativity through art. This means we deep dive into one specific book a week and we focus on specific vocabulary words and the children work on the character and setting through their own drawings. It was our first time doing it this week and the children absolutely loved it. Our key words this week were: Giving, receiving, abundance, friendship, hopeful, affection and growing as we read the book, ‘The Giving Tree’. 

 

In Maths this week the children learnt the number bonds to seven. The children wrote the number bonds and practised them using Kung Fu Maths. They then enjoyed the online dice rolling activity. I would set the dice rolling and they would tell me when to press stop. They then did the Kung Fu number sentence then wrote the number sentence on their whiteboards. They are becoming increasingly confident with number sentences and I am so proud of their progress. Many of the children have enjoyed using the ‘dot’ method when it comes to adding. For example 1+6=7. They would draw one dot, then 6 dots, then count them all together. The children also baked delicious apple crumbles on Thursday! They had to measure all the ingredients and mix it together. They were delicious! 

 

In Understanding the World this week we have been learning about South America. We have discussed several countries located in this continent. We learnt about the weather, culture, religion and language in many of these countries. Many of the children already knew several facts about these countries as some of their favourite football players come from there!

 

In Expressive Arts and Design this week the children have designed their own toucans. I have to say, I think it’s been my favourite art project so far. The children created the most beautiful toucans using various colours. I am very excited for you to see their masterpieces on Tapestry! They had to cut, glue, fold, paint and most importantly… create! 

 

Forest School:

Reception children started in the field with our welcome song, calling to the trees and our name game. After recapping the rules we invited the children to go on a bud hunt. We talked about what buds were and acted out being a bud on a tree, getting bigger and bigger and bigger until it opened up to show the new leaves that are hiding inside. The children were then given a bud stick from a mystery tree. We looked at the buds and described their colour, shape and size before going on a hunt to find the mystery tree they came from. We identified the Willow buds, the hornbeam buds and the oak tree buds.

 

We had a closer look at some willow buds and enjoyed feeling the soft furry catkins before sharing The Tale of the Pussy Willow. A story which tells of how the pussy willow and weeping willow got their names. Storytelling is a lovely way to introduce the children to nature and the environment while helping to build their vocabulary and developing concentration skills. All the children listened well and joined in with some actions and sound effects. 

 

For the rest of the session, some children enjoyed relaxing in the hammocks. With Spring just around the corner, some of our activities involved looking at buds closely. The children had the opportunity to identify more of the tree's buds using our bud ID poster and then used them to get crafty. Some children rolled out clay tiles and used the buds to imprint patterns into the clay. Others had a go at using them with clay to make Spring Kittens like in the story. They also had the opportunity to use the charcoal that they enjoyed last week and the Lime tree was appreciated as they used one of the branches to make a swing.

 

We finished back at the log circle together and everyone shared the name of their favourite bud.

 

Have a great week,

Emma and Carrie

 

In Jewish Studies this week we joined Morah Sari and celebrated Tu B’Shevat with a fruity Tu B’Shevat Seder. We said the bracha ha’etz over lots of familiar fruits: grapes, apples, peaches and nectarines, and some more exotic fruit like mangoes, passion fruit and coconut. We looked at the seeds within the fruits, noticing which ones have lots and which ones have only one seed/stone. We said the bracha of ha’adama over banana and carrots, and we were able to say the special shehchiyanu bracha over a beautiful pink dragon fruit. In class we looked at the Shivat HaMininm /The 7 Species of Israel - 7 foods that traditionally grow in Eretz Yisrael and have for hundreds and hundreds of years - since the Bnei Yisrael came to the land and even before! These 7 are: olives, figs, dates, pomegranates, grapes, wheat and barley. The children made beautiful, colourful Shivat HaMinim collages and played matching games featuring the Shivat HaMinim. We learned words and made actions for this fruity song  Mango Banana V’ Melon  - have a listen at home and see if they can remember the words!

 

In alef-bet, Reception looked at words that end in Yud, which says ‘y’:

-pri, meaning ‘fruit’ and

-Sinai. 

 

We looked at words that end in Final Tsadi, which says ‘ts’:

-etz, meaning ‘tree’

-eretz, meaning ‘land’.

 

We also learned about  the parasha of Beshalach, in which Bnei Yisrael leave Mitzrayim, but are soon pursued by Paroh. They arrive at the Yam Suf where Hashem makes a miracle happen and the sea splits so that Bnei Yisrael are able to walk across on dry land. Hashem makes another miracle for Bnei Yisrael; all the time that they are in the Midbar they eat Mann which miraculously appears each morning (except on Shabbat) and there is always enough for each family. We looked at some (pretend) Mann and talked about its sweet taste. We discussed the miracles that happen in our own lives; a new baby in the family, waking up in the morning, the changing of the seasons etcetera. We played with the big magnetic fishing game, listened to the song Miracles from The Prince of Egypt and had a go at dressing up as ‘Suzanne,’ a Jellyfish who witnessed the miraculous splitting of the Yam Suf! Ask your child all about what Suzanne and her fish friends saw. Each child made their own 3D Splitting of the Yam Suf, which came out really beautifully -well done Reception class, I am so proud of you! 

 

On Friday we had our Shabbat party. This week on the Shabbat table we had:

Shabbat Aba - Rafi

Shabbat Ima - Amelie

Shabbat Ben -Leo G

Shabbat Bat - Rafaela

 

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom,

Morah Cassie

 

Thank you everyone for a wonderful week!

 

Have a great weekend, enjoy the slightly warmer weather and Shabbat Shalom.

 

Mrs. Ranson, Miss Le Fort and Miss Molina

 

Dear Parents,

 

What an amazing and exciting week we have had despite the cold weather. The children had their very first ‘little trip’ and more learning on North America was had! 

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development this week the children have been continuing to work on their different emotions. Each child picked a card and it gave a certain emotion. The children then acted out that emotion and we discussed when we would feel each emotion, why and how we could change that emotion for the better. The children loved this activity as they love acting and they love critical thinking! 

 

In Communication and Language this week the children have listened to many different stories, discussing the main characters in the book. The children have really been enjoying the ‘All Around the World’ themed books and discussing the many different cities, countries and continents. 

 

In Physical Development this week the children have been moulding with playdough in order to make our own North American igloos. The children have been continuing to work on their pencil grip and we’ve also been participating in a lot of construction making! 

In PE, the children participated in races. The children have been asking to race for weeks, so they absolutely loved it! It felt like a full on Sports Day!

 

In Literacy and Phonics this week the children have learnt ‘ ar, ur, oo and or’. It was a lot of new learning this week, but as always, a lot of fun! The tricky words this week were ‘they, all and are’. 

 

In Maths this week the children have been revising number bonds to 6 using simple addition. The children also baked some delicious blueberry muffins and they had to weigh and measure all the ingredients in order to do so!  

 

In Understanding the World this week, we continued to learn about North America with a specific emphasis this week on Mexico. The children loved learning about the hot climate,  learning about the different types of land, the Spanish language and the different culture! We even had our own little trip to the post office! In case you haven’t received your postcard yet, I will leave that a secret for now! 

 

This week in Jewish Studies we looked at the parasha of Bo. In this week’s parasha Paroh continues to refuse to let Bnei Yisrael out of Egypt/Mitzrayim and so Hashem sent the final three makot/punishments, which were: Locusts, Darkness and Sickness of the Firstborn. Hashem rescued Bnei Yisrael from slavery and took them out of Mitzrayim to be free to become the Jewish Nation. Hashem gave Moshe lots of different instructions to tell to Bnei Yisrael. Bnei Yisrael listened carefully to Moshe and followed all his instructions. In this parasha Hashem told Bnei Yisrael to celebrate the chag of Pesach every year from then on. Hashem told us that for seven days we must eat matzot, we must actively remember Yetsiyat Mitsrayim and we must refrain from eating chametz. Reception class  made their own matzot using lego base plates and the crayon rubbing method. They also produced some beautiful painted handprints that we will be keeping to make their Haggadahs. 

In alef-bet we looked at some new vocabulary words that end in the letter Hey. We discussed how Hey usually makes the sound ‘h’, however when Hey comes at the end of a word, it is silent, as in the words: 

-yaldah, meaning girl

-mitzvah

-simcha, meaning joy

-Torah, and 

-tefilah, meaning prayer. 

 

We started to learn about TuB’Shevat which is coming up next week. We read the beautiful book Happy Birthday Tree, by M Rosenberg, and the gorgeous classic The Giving Tree, by Shel Sliverstein. We talked about how trees help us so much in our lives and we started to explore some TuB’Shevat songs. Each child made their own blossoming almond tree with colourful card and tissue paper. We also touched on the meaning behind the brachot HaEtz and HaAdama, which we say over our fruits and vegetables every day at the EYU at snack time. 

 

On Friday we had our Shabbat Party. On the Shabbat table we had:

 

Shabbat Aba - Oliver

Shabbat Ima - Noa

Shabbat Ben - Léo M

Shabbat Bat - Elise

 

Reminders:

-Please remember to return your child’s reading folder by Thursday morning at the latest in order for us to have it ready to hand out the next day, Friday. 

- After school club returns Monday 22nd January with Mr. Antony. 

- eBooks have been assigned and your child has a whole week to read them.

-Tu BiShvat celebrations will be Thursday 25th January, please make sure to bring in your fruit for that day! Children will be able to dress up on that day. I will provide further details on Monday. 

- Hair should be tied up at all times. 

- Phonics begins each morning at 8:40am. Please ensure your child is here on time. 

 

Shabbat shalom,

 

Mrs. Ranson, Miss Le Fort and Miss Molina

 

Dear Parents,

 

It has been a lovely first full week back to school after the holidays and finally we are all back together again.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development this week the children have been trying very hard to communicate with one another in a polite and respectful way. We started off with singing our amazing Sophie Says song and then we reviewed the many different emotions. We did some acting out of certain emotions and the children had to guess based on the various facial expressions and actions. We discussed how it’s okay to feel different emotions and we don’t always need to be ‘happy’. 

 

In Communication and Language this week the children have listened to many different stories, discussing the main characters in the book. The children have really been enjoying the ‘All Around the World’ themed books and discussing the many different cities, countries and continents. 

 

In Physical Development this week the children have been moulding with playdough, threading beads, cutting, writing, sticking, building with Lego, knocking nails in cork boards in the Taptap game and building the equestrian role play. Outside they have been riding bikes, climbing the climbing frame, writing in shaving foam and building with Stickle Bricks and Octagons. We also made our own snow this week using baking soda and shaving cream! 

 

In Literacy and Phonics this week the children have been reviewing the previously learnt phonemes, digraphs and trigraph. Our new digraph for this week was ‘ oo’. It is crucial that the children are confident with these before we move on to more new ones next week! 

 

In Maths this week the children have been revising number bonds using simple addition. They have also been learning about doubling. We started with doubling numbers to double five and then extended it to double ten. When writing it on the white board, the children could immediately see the pattern of, when doubling to ten, the answers were counting in twos. 

 

In Understanding the World this week we started learning about different continents. We started off with North America and discussed the different countries in this continent and how they are so different from one another. I, of course, spoke a lot about Canada and we discussed the many different cultures, types of people, climate, religions etc. within these countries. 

 

Reception children started with their usual routine followed by their names and actions.

 

We needed to warm our bodies up, so we returned to an old game with them called Nest Robbers. In this game the children had to get pieces of food back to their nest, without being caught by the red kites or having their food stolen by the corvids. They worked really well in their pairs, ensuring their nests were guarded and evading the predators with some great dodging.

 

Once our bodies were warmed up, we gathered together to listen to the story of Jack Frost. We thought about all of the fun things that can be done in Winter and how beautiful it is.

 

For the rest of the session, the children followed their own interests. Today they had the opportunity of becoming birds trying to get food out of a piece of ice. They used sticks as beaks to peck at the ice and get the food out, which they really enjoyed. Other children worked together to create a picture of a snowman on the ground using flour and natural materials to decorate. The children had to share their ideas and collaborate as they added on features such as the hat, the scarf, buttons, a mouth and eyes.We also had some children using sticks which they secured together to look like snowflakes.

 

We ended the session gathered together to share our favourite thing about Winter.

 

Have a great week,

Emma ands Carrie


 

In Expressive Arts and Design this week the children have been making their own totem poles. We’ve been discussing that in northern Canada, the native culture plays a huge role in society and something they are well known for is their beautiful artistic totem poles. They are used to represent their ancestry, people and events.  

 

This week in Jewish Studies, Reception looked into the parasha of Va’era. In this parasha Moshe has grown up into an adult, and Hashem tells him to go to Paroh to ask him to let Beneh Yisrael go out of Mitzrayim. Paroh says ‘no’ so Hashem sends punishments/makot. The punishments are in the form of plagues which affect everything. There is blood in the water, frogs all over the place, lice on the people and in the air, wild animals roaming everywhere, animals getting sick, horrible boils on people and huge hail stones falling from the sky. The children were excited to see Morah Cassie magically turn water into ‘blood’ and had fun looking for the frogs and wild animals hidden all around the classroom. Reception used foam bricks, wooden blocks and lego to build pyramids like the Bnei Yisrael and some dressed up as Egyptian taskmasters. Each child made a frog craft to take home and enjoy. We used this week’s parasha as an opportunity to get an early start on our preparations for Pesach. The children prepared their 10 Makot page which we will keep safe here at the EYU, ready to go into their Haggadahs. 

 

In alef-bet we had a review of some of our vocabulary from earlier on in the year. We also introduced Daled, which says ‘d’ and some vocabulary words that end in Daled:

-echad, meaning ‘one’

-chessed, meaning ‘kindness’

-yad, meaning ‘hand,’ and 

-yeled, meaning ‘boy’ . 

 

Reception also looked at the difference between Reish and Daled- they look very similar so they often get mixed up. A nice way to remember the difference is that Reish is a bit rounder, like a rainbow, whereas Daled has a little tail, just like a dog. Keep up the brilliant work practising your vocabulary and letters at home, the children are doing so well! Try mixing up a few vocabulary cards and making sets of words that end with the same letter, or grouping them in other fun ways eg: foods, numbers etc.

 

On Friday we had our Shabbat party. On the Shabbat table this week we had:


Shabbat Aba - Leo G

Shabbat Ima - Carmi

Shabbat Ben - Rafi

Shabbat Bat - Amelie

 

Reminders:

-More families have been enjoying the eBooks so it’s great to see. It would be great to see everyone using them in order to further consolidate your child's learning! 

- Please remember phonics begins at 8:40am, there have been many lates this week.

- No after school club Monday 15th January.

- Next week we will continue to work on North America.

- Your children visited the school library this week and brought home their chosen book. Please have it returned every Monday so they can take a new one.

 

Dear Parents,

 

It was wonderful to see so many smiley faces on Thursday morning. We have missed seeing your children every day over the holidays and it was so nice to be all together again. We hope you all had a wonderful holiday and once again, a very happy and healthy new year to all!

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development, the children have been revising the school and classroom rules and reconnecting with their friends. The children have been reminding themselves and each other how to speak to one another and how to be kind. 

 

In Communication and Language the children told us all about their holidays, some abroad, some local and some staying at home, just like me. It sounds like there was lots of fun in the sun and the children seem to be well rested and excited to be back. 

 

In Physical Development, the children have practised their writing skills both on paper and on whiteboards. They have done cutting and sticking as well as balancing the Citiblocs and manipulating the Playmobil characters. They have moulded, rolled and pinched the playdough, making different shapes. They have run around in the playground, ridden on the bikes and climbed the climbing frame. 

 

In Literacy, the children have been revising the phonic sounds and tricky monster words we have learnt. They have also been writing words and sentences on their whiteboards. Some children have been writing their own holiday news stories using some very good sound talking as well as phonetically plausible spellings. (Just a reminder of what phonetically plausible spelling means: it is when the child sounds out a word and writes the sounds they hear based on the phonics they have learnt. For example, a child might write the word ‘one’ as ‘wun’. Another very popular example is ‘chocolate’ being written as ‘choklit’.) 

 

In Understanding the World, we looked at a map of the world and plotted on that map where people went on holiday. We found out where lots of exciting countries were located and it was very interesting to realise that what looks like such a small distance on a map is an aeroplane flight many hours long. 

 

In Expressive Arts and Design,the children accessed the home corner, cooking up a storm using the playdough to make cookies, meatballs, pizza and lots of other lovely, yummy foods. They have created dialogues with the spaceship and combined this with the Citiblox, creating very interesting role play. 


 

Jewish Studies: It was so lovely to see the children looking so well and raring to go for a new term. We got off to a fabulous start; we discussed the parasha of Shemot. This is the first parasha of the second book of the Torah. In this parasha Moshe is born to Yocheved and Amram. However, Paroh, King of Mitzrayim wanted to get rid of all the Jewish baby boys. Yocheved hid him for three months at home and then when she couldn't hide him any longer, she put him in a Tevah (basket/box) in the river. His sister Miriam watched over him and he was spotted and taken out of the water by Paroh's daughter, Batya.

We talked about the middah of kindness in the parasha and all the different kind people who looked after Moshe in the story. We talked about how scared but also how brave Yocheved and Miriam must have been! We read the book Moses in the Bullrushes by K. Sully, and Had a go at singing a song to the tune of ‘Oh My Darling Clementine’ the words being:

In the water,

In a basket,

Who could that small baby be? 

In the water, in a basket, floating oh so quietly. 

It is Moshe, baby Moshe, baby Moshe- so tiny. 

It is Moshe , baby Moshe put there by his kind mummy. 

 

On Friday we had our Shabbat Party. On the Shabbat table this week we had:

Shabbat Aba - Zac

Shabbat Ima - Arianna

Shabbat Bat - Carmi

Shabbat Ben - Bobby

 

Reminders:

  • Next week we will be visiting the school library so your child will be bringing home another book.
  • For the next two weeks, we will be working on North America, please feel free to bring in any special books,pictures or things your child would like to show if your family comes from this continent. 
  • Please ensure your child is reading the Ebooks each week. I assign them on a weekly basis and I can see only half of the class are accessing them. 
  • Homework this week is the assigned Ebook, reading book and reviewing the phonemes, digraphs, trigraph and tricky monster words as this will be a huge focus next week. 

 

Wishing everyone Shabbat Shalom and have a great weekend.

 

Mrs. Ranson, Miss Le Fort and Miss Molina

 

Wednesday 13th December,

 

Dear Parents,

 

Wow! I cannot believe what a busy Autumn Term we have had and how quickly it has gone.

 

There have been many highlights this term, the biggest one for me has simply been getting to know your children and their different personalities. I also wanted to extend a huge thank you to all of you for making me feel so welcome and part of the Kerem family. I have absolutely loved this term and teaching your children. 

 

A particular highlight this term was seeing so many children learn to read. It is such a beautiful thing to observe and that is truly why Reception is one of my favourite years to teach. I have loved watching your children play together, smile together, learn together and teach each other. It truly has been an inspirational term of learning and inspiring a love for learning. The ‘All About Me’ topic is always a favourite and it was so wonderful watching the children explore different parts of the body, physical features, hobbies and interests and so much more! 

 

For me, Forest School is always a highlight. Emma is amazing with the children and they always enjoy her lessons. By far, the most exciting Forest School session has to have been the cold and icy afternoon watching the children be incredibly resilient and not one complaint was made. 

 

Who can forget the other highlight this year! It was watching the children perform twice in one month. Their presentations and performances were truly memorable! The children said their lines and sang so beautifully which is never an easy task! It is wonderful to see the children blossom with their acting and singing skills! 

 

This week in Jewish Studies we explored the parasha of Miketz. In the parasha, Pharoh has a very worrying dream about seven fat cows and seven thin cows. He is told about Yosef who is able to interpret dreams. Before meeting with Pharoh, Yosef washes, shaves and dresses himself nicely in order to show honour to the king. We do the same and prepare ourselves for Shabbat in order to meet the Shabbat Queen –Shabbat Hamalkah. Respect for king and queens is to teach us how to show respect to Hashem. Yosef explains to Paroh that his dream means that there will be seven years with lots of food and then seven years with very little food. Pharoh's dream comes true. Reception class had fun dressing Barbie dolls to meet King Charles and Queen Camilla. We also got a chance to roleplay as hairdressers and stylists with our hairdresser kit and mannequins. Each child made a big bright collage of poor worried Paroh dreaming about cows. 

 

In alef-bet this week we focussed on reviewing the letters and some of the vocabulary we have covered so far this term. The children are doing so well with this, so please do keep up your brilliant efforts and just have a look over your vocabulary and alef bet letters over the winter break. 

 

We continued to get into the Chanukah spirit by looking at the difference between a menorah, which has seven branches, and a Chanukia, which has eight branches and a shamash. 

 

We have covered so much in Jewish Studies this year so far and I am so excited to continue to teach your children after the big winter break! I have absolutely loved the beautiful crafts we have made together and how they have each expressed themselves so creatively through them. I especially liked the tiny sparkly honey pots we made for Rosh Hashanah, the Jacob’s ladder scenes for parashat Vayetsei and our gorgeous sevivon spinning modern art pictures. Well done Reception!

 

All in all it has been an amazing Autumn term. Thank you everyone for your support this term. Please enjoy the holidays. If you are staying at home, wrap up warmly and be safe. If you are travelling, safe travels and enjoy your holiday.

 

Dear parents שלום לכולם

 

It was so lovely to see so many of you for our Chanukah show last week. The children had a great time learning and dancing the song and I'm sure you will all agreed they did an amazing job

 

For our last Ivrit lesson of this term, we had a special story-show called Giveret Keresh and Mar Ma'aroch. Learning about Levivot (latkes). The children watched the story through a hand made character and after, they made small puppet characters of their own. 

 

Here is a reference from the original story to show your child: 

https://youtu.be/b-Ls8WPZoIM?feature=shared

Have a wonderful break

 Morah Sari

 

Reminders:

Ebooks have been assigned which specifically go over the recent digraphs and trigraph. Books have also been sent home in order to work on reading. We do not give out homework for the holiday, however I would strongly encourage you to continue working on the tricky words, phonemes, digraphs and recent trigraph in order to consolidate your child’s knowledge. 

Forest School January 4th - First day back. Please ensure your child has appropriate clothing and comes to school with their wellies. ( They were sent home on the 7th in order to be washed)

On Thursday 4th January please can each child bring in 3-5 kitchen cardboard rolls. (not with the tissue on it) We will be using this for our first craft activity. Please can it kindly be in a bag with your child's name on it. 

 

Happy holidays and see you all in 2024! 

 

Mrs. Ranson, Miss Le Fort and Miss Molina

 

 

Wednesday 13th December,

 

Dear Parents,

 

Wow! I cannot believe what a busy Autumn Term we have had and how quickly it has gone.

 

There have been many highlights this term, the biggest one for me has simply been getting to know your children and their different personalities. We welcomed a new friend at the beginning of the year which is always exciting. I also wanted to extend a huge thank you to all of you for making me feel so welcome and part of the Kerem family. I have absolutely loved this term and teaching your children. 

 

A particular highlight this term was seeing so many children learn to read. It is such a beautiful thing to observe and that is truly why Reception is one of my favourite years to teach. Another memory is watching the children try an array of different foods with our new caterers. So many of the children have tried new foods and it’s been such a pleasure to see. I have loved watching your children play together, smile together, learn today and teach each other. It truly has been an inspirational term of learning and inspiring a love for learning. The ‘All About Me’ topic is always a favourite and it was so wonderful watching the children explore different parts of the body, physical features, hobbies and interests and so much more! 

 

For me, Forest School is always a highlight. Emma is amazing with the children and they always enjoy her lessons. By far, the most exciting Forest School session has to have been the cold and icy afternoon watching the children be incredibly resilient and not one complaint was made. Thank you Emma for always giving our children something they will remember.

 

Who can forget the other highlight this year! It was watching the children perform twice in one month. Their presentations and performances were truly memorable! The children said their lines and sang so beautifully which is never an easy task! It is wonderful to see the children blossom with their acting and singing skills! 

 

 

This week in Jewish Studies we explored the parasha of Miketz. In the parasha, Pharoh has a very worrying dream about seven fat cows and seven thin cows. He is told about Yosef who is able to interpret dreams. Before meeting with Pharoh, Yosef washes, shaves and dresses himself nicely in order to show honour to the king. We do the same and prepare ourselves for Shabbat in order to meet the Shabbat Queen –Shabbat Hamalkah. Respect for king and queens is to teach us how to show respect to Hashem. Yosef explains to Paroh that his dream means that there will be seven years with lots of food and then seven years with very little food. Pharoh's dream comes true. Reception class had fun dressing Barbie dolls to meet King Charles and Queen Camilla. We also got a chance to roleplay as hairdressers and stylists with our hairdresser kit and mannequins. Each child made a big bright collage of poor worried Paroh dreaming about cows. 

 

In alef-bet this week we focussed on reviewing the letters and some of the vocabulary we have covered so far this term. The children are doing so well with this, so please do keep up your brilliant efforts and just have a look over your vocabulary and alef bet letters over the winter break. 

 

We continued to get into the Chanukah spirit by looking at the difference between a menorah, which has seven branches, and a Chanukia, which has eight branches and a shamash. 

 

We have covered so much in Jewish Studies this year so far and I am so excited to continue to learn with you after the big Winter break! I have absolutely loved the beautiful crafts we have made together and how you have each expressed yourselves so creatively through them. I especially liked the tiny sparkly honey pots we made for Rosh Hashanah, the Jacob’s ladder scenes for parashat Vayetsei and our gorgeous sevivon spinning modern art pictures. Well done Reception!

 

All in all it has been an amazing Autumn term. Thank you everyone for your support this term. Please enjoy the holidays. If you are staying at home, wrap up warmly and be safe. If you are travelling, safe travels and enjoy your holiday.

 

Reminders:

Ebooks have been assigned which specifically go over the recent digraphs and trigraph. Books have also been sent home in order to work on reading. There is a no homework policy during holiday time, however I would strongly encourage you to continue working on the tricky words and the phonemes, digraphs and recent trigraph in order to consolidate your child’s knowledge. 

Forest School January 5th- First day back. Please ensure your child has appropriate clothing and comes to school with their wellies. ( They were sent home on the 7th in order to be washed)

Please on Thursday the 4th January can each child bring in 3-5 kitchen cardboard rolls. ( not with the tissue on it)We will be using this for our first craft activity. Please can it kindly be in a bag with your child's name on it. 

 

Happy holidays and see you all in 2024! 

 

Mrs. Ranson, Miss Le Fort and Miss Molina

 

Friday 8th December, 

 

Dear Parents,

 

What a busy week we have had! Thank you all so much for coming to the show today and we hope you enjoyed it! Also, we would like to wish you all a happy chanukah! 

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development this week we started off with a Sophie Says puppet show. We discussed the word ‘private’ and what it means. We used several scenarios to role play this out using the puppets, with the children having to answer questions based on the given scenarios.

 

In Communication and Language this week we have read lots of stories, identifying the main characters and the setting. We have also been rehearsing for the show today so many of the children have been jumping out of their comfort zone and performing in front of their peers and parents. 

 

In Physical Development this week the children have continued to design and cut out their own skeletons. We’ve been learning about all the different parts of the body, so the children have been creating their very own! They have moulded, pinched and rolled playdough, making emotion faces and making various parts of the body. This was a continuation of last week's lessons and links with Arts and Design. In PE this week the children worked on their jumping and skipping skills. 

 

In Literacy and Phonics this week the children have been reviewing all the prior phonemes, digraphs and recent trigraph. This week and next will all be a review in order to consolidate prior knowledge. I have been completing a phonics assessment for each child this week. 

 

In Maths this week we have been recapping Mr Plus with the bonds of six. We have also started to learn about subtraction but we will continue to work on this in the new year. The children have been completing various equations in many different ways using pebble stones, numicon, Unifix cubes etc.

 

In Understanding the World we have continued to learn about Chanukah and many of the upcoming celebrations around the world. 

 

In Forest School this week, Reception children had a bit of a rainy session, but they put up their hoods and had great fun enjoying the muddy puddles.

 

We started our session with our name game and welcome routine before playing a game of Squirrels that was introduced last week to warm up our bodies.

 

Next we asked the children to find something in Forest School that they could make a sound with to create a woodland band. Some children chose sticks to hit together or drum with, others found leaves to swoosh together and we found bumpy things that could be scratched to make a sound. We gathered back together and Carrie taught us a song about the Menorah, which we sang together.

 

This inspired us to make some musical instruments using small bells. The children used pipe cleaners to thread the bells on and wrapped these around some willow sticks. They then learnt how to tie strips of blue and white material onto their sticks. It took a lot of concentration, fine motor skills and patience to manipulate the pipe cleaners and material. It felt frustrating when it fell off, but we learnt how to make the pipe cleaner more secure by twisting it, which tightened it around the stick. We now have a new phrase: I can do difficult things! Other children used peelers to whittle elder sticks to create elder candles, which they added a small yellow leaf to, to make it look like a flame. There was also fun in the hammocks and fungus hunting in the woods. The children were very excited to find a Trumpet fungus that was as big as their hand.

 

To finish our session, we gathered back together to sing our Menorah song again accompanied by our jingly Hanukkah sticks.

 

Happy Hanukkah and see you next year.

 

Kind regards,

Emma and Carrie

 

 

In Jewish Studies this week, Reception class explored parashat Vayeshev. We learned about Yosef, the son of Yaakov and Rachel. In this parasha Yaakov gives Yosef a beautiful coat as a gift. Yosef shows it to his older brothers and they become jealous of him. Yosef has two dreams. One of them is about the sun, moon and stars bowing down to him. Yosef tells his brothers about his dreams. They become angry and even more jealous of him. They send Yosef away and he eventually arrives in Mitzrayim. A very exciting parasha! Each child made their own small Yosef’s Coat picture to take home and we also filled a large Yosef’s Coat poster with colourful fabrics, gems and sponge-shapes as a class project. We explored colour and mathematics by playing with dominoes. We listened to some songs from the show Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and a beautiful song called Coat of Many Colours by Dolly Parton which the children loved.

 

In alef-bet we focused on a new letter - Lamed, which makes the sound ‘l’ and occurs at the end of our four new vocabulary words:

-degel - meaning ‘flag’

-ohel- meaning ‘tent’ 

-gadol- meaning ‘big’, and 

-Yisrael- meaning ‘Israel’

 

We continued to learn about Chanukah, and focussed on the nes/miracle of the pure oil lasting eight days. We discussed which fried foods are our favourites, a topic about which we all felt very passionate! We explored how oil and water don't mix; making and shaking tiny bottles of oil and coloured water. We tried our hand at making different coloured oil-water bottles from the primary colours; red, yellow and blue. Each child made a fabulous sparkly olive oil jug craft to take home. 

 

Thank you for joining us at the EYU for our very special Chanukiah lighting. It is always so lovely to see the children joining in so proudly.

  

On the Shabbat table this week we had:

 

Shabbat Aba - MJ

Shabbat Ima - Elise

Shabbat Ben - Leo G

Shabbat Bat - Noa

 

Reminders:

-A reminder that each week along with the reading book, I also assign an Ebook to be read and signed for as well. I will be assigning several over the holidays so you will have plenty to read with your child. It is an amazing resource and sadly I can see many aren’t using it. 

- We would love to see more pictures of weekend outings, holidays, homework, reading etc. on Tapestry. The children often share this with the class so please continue to post!

-The school term ends Wednesday 13th December at 12:30pm. This week will be the last week of homework for the term. 

 

Wishing everyone Shabbat Shalom and a great weekend.

 

Kind regards

 

Mrs Ranson, Miss Le Fort and Miss Molina

 

Friday 1st December, 

 

Dear Parents,

 

What a busy week we have had! So many exciting activities happened this week!

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development this week we have been discussing different feelings. The children all knew about the three most popular feelings of happy, sad and angry. They enjoyed learning about feelings of frustration, elation, fear, etc. It was fun seeing them working in pairs, pulling different faces at each other and their partner having to identify the emotion. 

 

In Communication and Language this week we have read lots of stories, identifying the main characters and the setting. The children have also thought about and discussed something that would make them fearful. It fills me with such pride when I see how their confidence has grown and that they are happy to speak in a large group. 

 

In Physical Development this week the children have designed and cut out their own skeletons. We’ve been learning about all the different parts of the body, so the children have been creating their very own! They have moulded, pinched and rolled playdough, making emotion faces and making various parts of the body. They have enjoyed the climbing frame and hill in the nursery playground and built with the crates and blocks outside. In PE this week, the children participated in various obstacle courses. They also continued to work on their throwing and catching skills. 

 

In Literacy and Phonics this week the children have learnt three new digraphs, one new trigraph and two new tricky words. They learnt the 'ai', 'ee', 'oa’ and 'igh' sounds. Their new tricky words were ‘was and her’'. Their homework sheet will reflect the work we have done. 

 

In Maths this week we have been recapping Mr Plus with the bonds of six. The children know that it doesn't matter which order you write the numbers in addition and that 4+2 is the same as 2+4. We also learnt how to do Maths Kung Fu, using our whole body to say the number sentence. 

 

In Understanding the World we have finally completed our weather chart observations for the month of November. We can't wait to add up all the different weather types and make a bar chart next week, comparing the different numbers. 

 

In Forest School this week, after our welcome circle, we played a fast paced running game the groups enjoy called Squirrels.

 

Once the warmth had built up in our bodies, we gathered together to hear Emma tell an old folktale about the Winter solstice called Deer Mother. This story tells of the courageous Deer Mother travelling to Southern lands to bring back the Sun to break the endless Winter. 

 

Children in all groups were so excited to be back in the woods, they grabbed ropes, mallets, tarps and trowels and headed under the trees. Swings, dens and digging amongst the leaves and spotting fungus were popular activities. The children were also enjoying the movement and containment of being in the hammocks again. Reception children also thoroughly enjoyed going on a worm hunt with Carrie and climbing the trees, identifying together if they were safe or not, by looking for buds on the branches. They were particularly excited when they found some eggs and found out that they were snail eggs.

 

Today we had our bow saw out to saw logs, which were then drilled with our hand drills to make Reindeer like the one in the story. They decorated them with a face using pens and cut and inserted branches of silver birch or alder as antlers. This week is also National Tree Week. Another activity that some children explored was using cow parsley and the hapazone technique to print on material to create a tree print, which they also enjoyed decorating with pens to bring the woodland scene to life. Finally the children helped look after the birds. At this time of year it is much harder for them to find food and so the children threaded cheese and apple on to wire and hung it on the trees for them.

 

To conclude our sessions today we sang 40 Years on an Iceberg together. This is a fun movement song that felt particularly relevant today.

 

Have a great week,

Emma and Carrie

 

In Expressive Arts and Design this week the children designed their own skeletons and we were also incredibly lucky to have Anne Brackup come and complete an ‘All About Me’ collage activity with the children on Monday. The children also had the opportunity to decorate their own bags for the ‘Gifts for Israel’ initiative. The children also baked delicious chocolate chip cookies with an autumn theme! There have been a lot of different art projects this week and the children have thoroughly enjoyed them all!

 

In Jewish Studies this week, we looked at the parasha of Vayishlach. In Parashat Vayishlach, the time has come for Yaakov to return home with all his family. He is frightened to meet his brother Esav because the last time they were together Esav was very angry with him. Yaakov wants to make friends, so he sends presents to Esav. He sends lots of boy and girl goats, sheep, cows, donkeys and even some camels. When they meet this time, Yaacov and Esav don’t quarrel. We talked about the value of ‘getting along with others,’ even if we have differences of opinion, we can still try to act in a  cordial and respectful manner. Each of the children made a sheep picture to take home. We looked at the book ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell and spotted one of the animals that Yaacov gave to Esav. We offered lots of different animal activities for our free-flow including: animal dominoes, animal masks to cut out and roleplay with, animal puzzles and a fun Ba Ba Black Sheep number matching game. 

 

In alef-bet this week we looked at a new letter - Reish, which makes the sound ‘r’. We learned some words that end in the letter Reish. Do have a look over the vocabulary cards for these words if you can this weekend: 

-midbar - meaning ‘desert’

-or - meaning ‘light’

-ner- meaning ‘candle’

-siddur , and 

-shofar

 

We continued to explore Chanukah this week and we focussed on the role of the sevivon/ dreidel in the Chanukah story. The Children learned that King Antiochus would not let the Jewish people keep any of Hashem’s mitzvot or learn Torah, but the Jewish people did not stop learning Torah. When the soldiers came by, the Jewish people covered up that they were learning Torah by playing dreidel/ סביבון. When the soldiers asked “are you learning Torah?” the Jews would say “no, we are playing dreidel/סביבון”. Once the soldiers were gone, the Jews would once again continue to learn Torah quietly. Each of the children made a unique piece of abstract art by dipping a sevivon in paint and spinning it on card. These sevivon pieces came out really beautifully.

 

On Friday we had our usual Shabbat party. On the Shabbat table this week we had:

 

Shabbat Aba - Lé

Shabbat Ima - Rafaela

Shabbat Ben - Zac

Shabbat Bat- Arianna

 

Reminders:

-A reminder that each week along with the reading book, I also assign an Ebook to be read and signed for as well.

-Friday 8th December is our Chanukah show,the script has been sent home, please could you kindly rehearse your child's line with them. Feel free to work on the songs as well. 

- This week we have slipped slightly with the lateness. Please remember children should be in no later than 8:40. I sadly have some children missing out on the start of their phonics lesson. 

- Please can the children wear a Chanukkah jumper for the show on the 8th December. This can be any colour, so long as it’s Chanukkah themed! Feel free to make your own. 🙂 Please can children bring their jumper in on Wednesday 6th December for a dress rehearsal. 

- Our next topic in the Spring Term will be, ‘ All Around the World’. I would really like to get a display made before the end of the term, so I would therefore like to find out where everyone’s family is from. Please could I ask for each of you to email me where your family comes from. If you were born in England, but perhaps your parents came from Eastern Europe, could you email me the name of country? If your parents were born in England, that’s fine too! Or perhaps email me where their parents were born? Whatever you feel most comfortable with!  Thank you so much!

- There will be no after school club on Monday 4th December.

- We would love to see more pictures of weekend outings, homework, reading etc. on Tapestry. The children often share this with the class so please continue to post!

- Thank you to everyone for bringing in gifts for the children in Israel. The children absolutely loved this project and we cannot thank you enough for your generosity! 

 

Wishing everyone Shabbat Shalom and a great weekend.

 

Kind regards

 

Mrs Ranson, Miss Le Fort and Miss Molina

 

 

Friday 24th November,

 

Dear Parents,

 

What a busy week we have had. Without a doubt, the highlight of the week has been the Chagigat HaSiddur performance today. Thank you to everyone who attended.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development this week the children continued learning that 'it's okay not to be okay'. We have been discussing some of the things that might make us angry or sad or upset. Some children showed huge emotional intelligence. As some of the children didn’t have time to finish last week, the children continued to create their friendship bracelets. Each child had the opportunity to make two bracelets; one for them and one for their special friend.  It was really lovely to see them being so kind and so appreciative. 

 

In Communication and Language this week it was largely related to the PSED with children saying what makes them angry or sad. I am loving the fact that some children who were previously a bit shy to speak in a large group were able to share their thoughts with the group. It tells me how much their confidence has grown and developed.

 

In Physical Development the children have been doing lots of writing on their whiteboards in Maths. Many of them still need some support with number formation. They have also been writing the tricky words on paper and using their hands to write in the non cooked coloured rice. This is always a great activity as it truly helps with their fine motor skills. We also did some gardening when we had beautiful sunshine! We are excited to see our daffodils and tulips grow! We also had our amazing challah bake on Thursday where all the children participated in baking their own challahs. They loved every minute of it! The children also participated in a chollah bake on Thursday which was super exciting! Please see Tapestry for numerous photographs! 

 

In Literacy and Phonics this week the children have been listening to many stories, discussing the main characters. The children have learnt four new digraphs this week. A digraph is two letters together that make one sound. They have learnt the digraphs ‘sh’ ‘th’ ‘ng’ and ‘nk’. The tricky word this week was ‘push’. Their homework will reflect the work we have done.

 

In Maths this week the children have been working with Mr Plus ( we thought it would be fun to give him a name) and learning how to write number sentences. They know that two groups of objects can be added together to make a total. Mr Plus has been shopping for treats and walking through the forest gathering goodies in both his hands. It was really great for the children to learn the plus symbol and be able to know what it is used for. It was also great for children to begin to understand the concept of number bonds as we used the plus symbol to work on number bonds to 5. We tried to reinforce the fact that when we use the plus sign, the number will always get bigger and become a greater number. We also had an amazing time in the sunshine on Monday when we incorporated adding into our gardening activity! The children had to count how many holes we would dig and had to add together the number of tulips and daffodils. It would be great if you could continue to work on this at home. Example: You have two Cheerios and I have 3 Cheerios, how many do we have altogether? 

 

In Understanding the World this week the children have continued to do the weather board, drawing the weather each day. They are getting very excited that this is almost at an end and then we can use our Maths skills to count and compare the different weathers.

 

In Forest School this week, Reception children gathered at our tarp to share our welcome routine with counting and our copying name game. 

 

Today was all about dragons and so we started with a dragon egg game. Emma (who was blindfolded) was a mother dragon looking after her eggs. The children took it in turns to creep up to steal one of her eggs. They had to move really quietly to avoid being heard by Emma as if they were heard they had to return to their seat empty handed. 

 

Next, we shared the story: The Trouble with Dragons, which told of a group of dragons that used all of the Earth's resources and were left on their own. It taught us about how to be kind and look after our planet. 

 

For the rest of the session, the children explored in their own ways. Some children continued playing with the dragon eggs and soft toy dragons. Others enjoyed creating ride along dragons. This involved lots of problem solving. They stuffed a sock with newspaper and had to think of a way to attach it to a stick using pipe cleaners. They then decorated them with pens and pieces of material for the fire and tail. This was not an easy task, but the children persevered and were proud of their creations. Another crafty activity that many children enjoyed was using wool tops to wet felt and create dragon's eggs. This is a very mindful activity that took a lot of time and patience, but once again brought a great sense of pride. Others used the hazel sticks to build dragon dens, balancing the sticks one on top of the other over a frame. This again was a great problem solving activity as they had to think about using the right length sticks to make it stay up and not collapse.

 

To conclude our session, we gathered back at the log circle. We asked the children to think about, if they had a dragon, what kind of dragon would it be. It was wonderful to hear them use their imaginations and tell us about their magical dragons.

 

Have a great week,

Emma and Carrie

 

In Expressive Arts and Design this week the children did some independent painting. They also cut and stuck collage pictures, constructed with the magnetic shapes, played with the Playmobil holiday park and role played in the home corner with the dressing up clothes. Their main art piece of the week was creating their very own Chanukah bunting for us to put on display. The children had to cut the cloth themselves in a correct triangular formation and they used special felt tips in order to design their own Chanukiah, dreidel or donuts! 

 

Thank you to all of you who made it for our Chanukiah making session and Chagigat Siddur. The children did us so proud, as usual! The children were so excited to see their pictures and read your beautiful messages in their siddur and we are all so looking forward to using them for Tefillah here at the EYU. 

 

This week in Jewish Studies, we looked at Parashat Vayetze, in which Yaacov leaves home and travels to Charan to find a wife. On the journey he stops for a rest and has a dream in which there is a big ladder with angels/malachim going up and down. In the dream Hashem promises Yaacov that he will have lots of children and that Yaacov and his family will be given Eretz Yisrael. We had such a fabulous time making ladders big and small out of all sorts of materials including sponge bricks, wooden blocks and lolly sticks. We counted rungs, compared ladder lengths and laid rungs down according to numbers rolled on a dice. Each of the children made a picture of Yaacov’s dream with the angels represented by colourful pompoms. 

 

In alef-bet this week, we continued to explore the letter Nun Sofit (final nun), which says ‘n’ and we focussed on two words that end with Nun Sofit: 

-shemen, meaning oil, and 

-sevivon, meaning dreidel 

 

Please keep going with your vocabulary and letter card practice, even if it's only a couple of minutes once or twice a week. 

 

We carried on looking at Chanukah this week, and focussed our attention on the significance of the sevivon/dreidel. Why did the Jewish people play with a sevivon? In order to hide their Torah learning from horrible King Antiochus’ soldiers - what a clever ruse! The children have made and decorated their own 3D sevivon/dreidel made from card, which will be used to decorate the EYU. 

 

On our Shabbat table this week we had:

 

Shabbat Aba -Bobby

Shabbat Ima - Amelie

Shabbat Ben - MJ

Shabbat Bat - Arianna

 

Reminders:

-A reminder that each week along with the reading book, I also assign an Ebook to be read and signed for as well.

-Friday 8th December is our Channukah show, I am sending home the script, please could you kindly rehearse your child's line with them. Feel free to work on the songs as well. 

- Thank you so much for being on time, this week has been amazing and nearly every child has arrived by 8:40 every day so well done! This means no one is missing the start of phonics so this is crucial. 

- Please can the children wear a Chanukkah jumper for the show on the 8th December. This can be any colour, so long as it’s Chanukkah themed! Feel free to make your own. 🙂

- There will be no after school club on Monday 4th December.

- Please make sure gifts for the ‘gift bag initiative to Israel’ are sent in no later than Tuesday 28th November. 

- FINAL CALL: Pictures of your child's hobbies, interests, family, favourite toy etc are due Monday 27th November. Please make sure you have this ready as it would be a shame for your child to arrive on the day and have no pictures. 🙁 Please can you kindly bring in magazines as well so the children can use them for collages. All of their pictures should be in an envelope with their name on it. 

 

Have a wonderful weekend and Shabbat Shalom everyone.


Mrs. Ranson, Miss Le Fort and Miss Molina

 

Friday 17th November,

 

Dear Parents,

 

I cannot believe how quickly this term is flying by. It has been such a pleasure seeing so many of you at the focus meetings and I look forward to discussing your children with the parents I've not yet seen. This week has been Anti-Bullying week so we have been having many discussions about how to treat our friends. 

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development this week we discussed what we think bullying is. The children gave some lovely ideas in the discussion, including verbal bullying and saying unkind things. Our Anti-Bullying week display looks really exciting and the children are very proud of their work. The children wore their odd socks and even created their own pair in order to teach the children that we’re all different and all unique. 

 

As part of Anti-Bullying week, Natasha from Streetwise came in and spoke to the children about friendship and bullying. She started by talking to the children about their friends and what they like to play with their friends at school. She then showed them an animated video with birds. There were lots of little birds and a big bird and there was a lot of being unkind in the video. The children discussed some of the unkind behaviour (bullying) they had seen. Natasha then discussed what they could do if someone was being unkind to them. The children had some very good ideas, including telling someone, asking them to play, being kind to them and telling them to stop.

 

Our Communication and Language this week has been largely based on Anti-Bullying week. The children have discussed bullying and what it means and the different types of bullying. The children also expressed how it makes them feel if someone is unkind to them. We also discussed some nice things that we can do to our friends in order to make sure they are feeling happy.

 

In Physical Development this week the children have decorated and cut out odd socks, drawn around their forearms and hands and decorated them and then cut them out and threaded beads to make bracelets if they wanted to. The children also had to do a lot of cutting and glueing when it came to making and decorating their own crowns which they will wear at their performance next Friday 24th November.  In PE this week, the children continued with throwing and catching. 

 

In Literacy this week we have read many books about bullying and being kind to each other. The children are recognising the main characters in the story and discussing them. In Phonics this week the children have learnt the new sounds 'y', 'z and zz', 'qu' and 'sh'. Two letters that make a sound is called a digraph which the children are familiar with. It’s good to use the language ‘ phoneme’ and ‘digraph’ when speaking to the children and working on their phonics. The new harder to say and harder to read words (tricky) words are 'we', 'be' and 'me’'. Their homework sheet this week will reflect the new sounds and words we have learnt.

 

In Maths this week the children have been using unifix cubes and various shapes to measure different socks. This has proven to be a great fun activity. We also used measuring cups to learn about different capacities and we tried to measure the amount of rain we had each day this week and we then compared the different capacities. 

 

In Understanding the World this week we did some special paintings for Diwali. The children read various books on the celebration and learnt the significance of Diwali. The children then went on to create their own henna’s after seeing several examples and made their own. They first had to trace their own hand and then went onto creating their own henna patterns using brown paint. They absolutely loved this activity! They also baked sweet Indian treats on Thursday in order to continue the celebrations! 

 

In Expressive Arts and Design this week the children decorated odd socks and hand prints for our Anti-Bullying week display. They threaded beads to make their friendship bracelets, one for themself and one for a friend. They also had fun with the Barbies and ponies as well. Finally, the children also created and decorated their own crowns which they will be using for their presentation coming up in a few weeks time. 

 

This week in Forest School, Reception children started with their welcome routine and another game of Forest Fire. They really enjoy chasing each other and being chased.

 

Next we gathered together to listen to Emma tell the story of How the Stars Came to Be. The children enjoyed joining in with actions and sound effects as Emma told the story.

 

For the rest of the session the children chose to follow their own interests to meet their own needs. Some children chose to make a den with Carrie using ropes, tarps, mallets and pegs. They worked together to tie a ridge line  which they hung a tarp over and then tied out together. This involved lots of teamwork and communication. Their hard work was rewarded when it was finished as they enjoyed going inside and using finger torches to play. Finally, they used clay to make candle holders or diva lights. They pinched and shaped the clay, then decorated them with coloured leaves and patterns, finishing it with a tea light candle inside. There was also lots of fun to be had using the hazel sticks and ropes again, building mini dens for the Forest Friends.

 

At the end of the session, we gathered together at the log circle to share some of the things that we learned and enjoyed.

 

Have a great week,

Emma and Carrie

 

This week in Jewish Studies, the children learnt about the parasha of Toledot in which Yitzchak and Rivkah got married and had twin boys – Esav and Yaacov. The twins grew up to be very different in appearance, character and behaviour. Esav was a hunter and Yaacov loved to study. When Yitzchak was old he asked Esav to hunt an animal and prepare a tasty meal. Esav listened to his daddy and went immediately to prepare such a meal. Rivkah asked Yaacov to do the same thing, and he did as she asked. We learn from Esav and Yaacov how important it is to honour our mummy and daddy. We call this middah ‘Kibbud av va-em’. We listened to a song about hobbies and took time playing with the Barbie dolls outside and discussed how we as people can have different interests from each other but still have lots of common values. This tied in really nicely with Anti Bullying Week, as we reflected as a class on the fact that Esav and Yaacov had different interests and strengths, but they shared the beautiful common ground of kibbud av va-em. Reception Class made Esav and Yaacov finger puppets to cherish at home.

 

In alef-bet this week we started to look at a new letter- Nun Sofit (final nun), which says ‘n’. We learned our new vocabulary words that end in Nun Sofit:

-even-meaning stone/rock

-ben-meaning son

-gan-meaning garden and

-yayin- meaning wine

 

Keep up the brilliant work practising your letters and vocabulary words at home. Do remember to sign the yellow page in your alef bet folder each time you practise. 

 

Reception class also celebrated Rosh Chodesh Kislev and started to learn about the story of Chanukah. We have started to learn the words and tunes of Sevivon Sov Sov Sov and listened and sang along with a gorgeous version of Maoz Tsur by Boys Town Jerusalem. We made beautiful pictures of Chanukia’s out of lolly sticks and have started to make Chanukah themed decorations for the classroom. 

 

We are so looking forward to our Chagigat Siddur next week. Please keep practising your child’s line at home with them so they are really confident on the day. Boys, please do make sure to wear tsitsit and kippot on the day too.

 

This week on the Shabbat table we had:

 

Shabbat Aba - Rafael

Shabbat Ima - Noa

Shabbat Ben - Leo G

Shabbat Bat - Rafaela

 

Reminders:

  • I am still having to send out reminders, so please can I kindly ask that all homework folders are returned by Thursday at the latest.
  • School begins at 8:30am and children should arrive no later than 8:40am. I then take the register and we talk about the day. Our phonics lesson begins at 8:45am and it means that your child is missing the beginning of the lesson if they arrive late.
  • On Friday’s, school will finish at 12:30pm.
  • Pictures of your child's hobbies, interests, family, favourite toy etc are due Monday 27th November. Please make sure you have this ready as it would be a shame for your child to arrive on the day and have no pictures. 🙁 Please can you kindly bring in magazines as well so the children can use them for collages. All of their pictures should be in an envelope with their name on it. 
  • Please remember focus meetings have begun and will continue every Thursday until the end of the term. Please email me if there are any issues. 
  • You will find in your child’s bag a template for you to write a note to your child for their siddur. Please can you write your message and return it to me on Monday so that we can put it in your child’s siddur ready for next Friday.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

 

Mrs. Ranson, Miss Le Fort and Miss Molina

 

Friday 10th November, 

 

Dear Parents,

 

What an exciting week we have had here in Reception! Another week has come and gone so quickly, but the children have had a wonderful week! 

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development this week the puppets made another appearance showing us how to be kind to our friends. This week the children learnt that Sophie says It’s okay not to be okay. It was so heartwarming to hear many of the children discussing this with their parents at home time. You will probably be hearing a lot about what Sophie says in the coming weeks and months.

 

In Communication and Language this week the children have been discussing things that can make them feel upset or, in Sophie’s words, ‘not okay’. The children told me of some of the things that make them feel ‘not okay’ and we also came to the conclusion that sometimes we don’t know why we are feeling not okay and that is okay! It was also good for the children to share some of their worries and learn who they can discuss their worries with. Often speaking about them makes us feel better! 

The children also discussed their bonfire night and the fireworks they saw and heard. I heard some lovely expressive and descriptive language. 

 

In Physical Development this week the children participated in a very sensory activity whereby they created their own fireworks using shaving foam. They were then able to decorate it with glitter and as always, they had modelled versions in front of them or they were able to start from scratch and create their own. It’s amazing to see how incredibly creative they can be. In PE, the children worked on their throwing and catching skills. 

 

In Literacy and Phonics this week the children have been working on ‘ j’ ‘v’ ‘w’ and ‘x’. The harder to say and harder to read words were ‘buses, he and she’. It is wonderful to see so many children practising their phonemes and reading their books at home.It is great to see many of the children making such amazing progress!

 

In Understanding the World this week we discussed Remembrance Day and why we wear poppies on the 11th of November. The children were very interested in this, with many of them choosing to make their own poppies to stick onto their jumpers. It was lovely that some of them chose to make a poppy to take home for a sibling or a parent.

 

In Expressive Arts and Design this week, the children finished off their homes which you can see on Tapestry. Thank you so much for bringing in the shoe boxes as the children absolutely LOVED this activity and learnt about so many different types of homes and what makes their home so special! We also created our own fireworks using shaving foam and glitter and doing a special firework painting! 

 

 

In Forest School, after our usual opening circle, the children gathered together to play ForestFire. The children had to think of animals that lived in the British woodland and when their animal was called, they ran past the 'fire' and tried to reach the safety of the other side without getting caught. If they got caught they became the fire and helped catch. They really enjoyed this running and chasing game and thought about the sensations in their bodies after all the running around.

 

After this, we listened to Emma tell the story of Fox and Fire. This story teaches us about the wonderful benefits of fire such as warmth, light and cooked food, while also reminding us to be respectful in order to avoid getting burnt.

 

For the rest of the session, the children followed their own interests and met their own needs. Lots of children had their first experience of whittling. They used peelers to remove the bark from pieces of Elder and then palm drills to hollow out the ends. They then decorated their rocket by pushing material strips in the end to make the tail. It was fun seeing the children enjoying flying their rockets through the air. Others used sticks and rope to build tripod dens for the Forest Friends. They tied the sticks together and then started balancing sticks on this to make it warm and dry for the Forest Friends.

 

We finished the session back together with a song: We are the Wild Ones. Some children enjoyed joining in with the rhythm by clapping and patting their knees.

 

Have a great week,

Emma and Lenka

 

This week in JS we learned about the parasha of Chayei Sara. We learned that Avraham and Sarah were eventually blessed with a son called Yitzchak. When he grew up Avraham sent his servant Eliezer to find Yitzchak a wife. Eliezer met Rivkah at the well where she gave water not only to him but to all his camels. When Eliezer saw what a kind person Rivkah was, he knew that she would be the right wife for Yitzchak. The children made a 3d well craft out of card, sticky tape and lolly sticks. They were quite a challenge to create, but the results were smashing! We learned some fabulous songs this week as a class. The first was Alice the camel makaton- Singing hands. We listened to the catchy tuneEliezer Made a Test by Rabbi M.Dubin.We also learned a song that goes to the tune of Frere Jaques - you might like to have a go at singing it at home. The lyrics are :“Rivka met Eliezer x2 At the well x2 She gave him lots of water, x2 His camels too! X2”

 

Rivkah agreed to marry Yizchak and Eliezer gave her lots of beautiful gifts. When Rivka married Yitzchak, she lit shabbat candles in Yitzchak’s tent just as his mummy Sarah had done in her and Avraham’s tent. Nowadays when we light shabbat candles we are joining generations and generations of Jewish people (and especially Jewish women) who have brought the beautiful light of Shabbat into Jewish homes for thousands of years. The children each made a really special shabbat candle lighting moving- parts poster,which we are going to use for a display in the EYU. 

 

In alef bet this week, we continued to explore the letter Mem Sofit, which makes the sound ‘m’. I will be sending home cards with this week’s vocabulary:

adom- meaning red

geshem-meaning rain

hayom - meaning today

shalom - meaning peace/hello

 

We have started to get ready for the Chagigat Siddur and each of the children has been given a line to practise at home. They are going to be fantastic! You should have received an email from me on Monday with your child’s line. If you haven’t, please do let me know! 

 

This week on the shabbat table we had: 

 

Shabbat Aba - Oliver

Shabbat Ima - Carmi 

Shabbat Ben - Léo M.

Shabbat Bat - Amelie

Reminders:

  • Please remember homework folders (the large colourful envelopes) must be returned by Thursday latest, in order for me to give your child their new phonemes for the week (on a Friday) for you to keep at home in order to practise with them. I get the folders ready every Thursday to be sent home Friday so it’s really helpful for them to be at school by Thursday. I also need to kindly ask that books are returned by Thursday at the latest otherwise, I sadly cannot give them a new one. Please ensure that you’ve filled out the reading log. It’s important that your child reads the book more than once which is why it’s important for you to keep the book for a few days. This gives them the chance to consolidate their learning/new words. It also gives them the chance to progress and see their own progression. 
  • Please feel free to send in your child's homework once it’s complete, but please post it on Tapestry beforehand.  
  • Please remember Reception begins at 8:30am with lessons beginning at 8:40. We have been seeing a lot of lateness and it is crucial the children are here on time. We are going to have to start being tougher on this as it's quite disruptive to the rest of the class. Reception will finish at 12:30 on Fridays for this half term.
  • Please remember focus meetings have begun. If you are unsure when yours is, feel free to email me.
  • We have a special surprise guest coming to teach an art lesson on Monday 27th November. For this lesson, we will need magazines (please ensure they are child friendly) and  photocopies of family pictures for a collage for an ‘all about me’ project. Please can you take a picture of their favourite toy and bring it in as well. If you could slowly start bringing these in with your child's name on it, that would be amazing! This is all for the 27th November, so no rush but I wanted to give advance notice. Please can all your child’s pictures be placed in an envelope with their name on it. 
  • On Monday 13th it is ‘ Odd Sock Day’ for anti-bullying week, please ensure your child is dressed in odd socks and ready for this day. 

 

Happy weekend and Shabbat Shalom

 

Mrs. Ranson, Miss Le Fort and Miss Molina

 

 

Dear Parents,

 

I hope you all had a wonderful half term break and spent quality time as a family wherever in the world it was. As always, it was truly a pleasure teaching your wonderful children this week. 

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development this week we continued the ‘all about me’ theme where we started off the lesson with our positive affirmations. Before the holiday, we worked on things that make me special and things that make me happy. Whereas, this week we worked on and discussed things that make me sad. It’s important for the children to know there are many different emotions and all of them are okay. They love singing the Sophie Says song, ‘It’s Okay to not be Okay’. 

 

In Communication and Language, the children all talked about what they did over the half term break. We are strongly encouraging the children to use full and complete sentences and we are always modelling how this is done. We also had various group exercises such as the children sharing their favourite type of home. 

 

In Physical Development the children have been cutting, sticking, drawing, and writing. They have been balancing the Citibloks and clicking the Mobilo to make some fantastic trains and cars. They have climbed on the climbing frames, with some showing very agile skills on the ropes. They have ridden the balance bikes and done lots of running around the playground.  In PE with Mr. Antony the children have been jumping, skipping, hopping and learning batting! 

 

In Literacy and Phonics this week the children revised the sounds they have already learnt. The new sounds for this week were ‘h’ ‘b’ ‘f and ff’ and ‘l and ll’. The new tricky monster words were ‘his’ and ‘as’. Their homework sheet this week reflects the work they have learnt this week. An eBook has also been uploaded for each child. Please use your personal username and password to get into the book and read it with your child. 

 

In Maths this week the children reviewed numbers 1-5. We practised counting in as many different ways as possible. We used cubes, conkers, shapes, penguins, blocks and so much more. I would encourage you to work on counting with your child and for them to be able to subitize numbers 1-5. Once they’ve mastered this, have them write numbers 1-5 as we’ve been working on this all week as well. We did it at the start of each maths lesson as a little warm up! 

 

In Understanding the World this week the children learnt about many different types of homes. They learnt about detached houses, flats, apartments, bungalows, condos, townhouse, cottage, houses, mansions etc. We taught the children about why there are different homes, where you can find these homes and why every home is different. We also asked the children to create their favourite home using their shoe boxes. This project will continue on to next week and we are very excited for the children to present their shoe boxes/homes to the class next week. 

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children were designing their ‘ideal home’ using shoe boxes and recycled materials. It is very important for the children to explain step by step what it is that they are creating so we can see their understanding and their ideas. The children have completely impressed us with what they’ve come up with! 

 

In Jewish Studies this week, we looked at two parshiyot - Lech-Lecha and Vayera. In Lech Lecha we meet Avraham and Sarah. Hashem told Avraham to take his family and leave his home and his country. Avraham and Sarah listened to Hashem and did what He told them to do straight away. They took all their possessions with them, their animals and their servants. Avraham and Sarah also took their nephew Lot and his family and his animals with them. Avraham was sad that he and Sarah didn't have any children and in this parasha Hashem promised Avraham that one day he and Sarah would have lots of descendants - as many as the stars in the sky! Reception class had a chance to pack a suitcase for a long journey and decide on what ‘essentials’ they would take. We also looked at different types of vehicle that people can  use to travel - sorting toy trains , planes , boats and camels and we built some amazing Brio train tracks across the classroom. We followed all the actions in a song by Julia Donaldson called Pull a Funny Face so diligently, just like Avraham and Sarah followed Hashem’s instructions. Reception class made beautiful camel ‘shadow’ pictures to take home and cherish. 

 

Reception also learned about the parasha Vayera in which Avraham welcomed three special visitors, who were angels in disguse to his tent. He brought them water to wash their feet and told them to rest under the tree. Then he hurried to organise and prepare a delicious meal for them. We learn from Avraham’s actions how to welcome and care for guests. The children made gorgeous colourful textured collages of Avraham serving his guests out of yarn and foam shapes- well done Reception- you are such a creative bunch!  We listened to the catchy tune Hachnosas Orchim (Welcoming Guests) by Uncle Moishy. What healthy foods do you serve to guests in your home? 

 

In alef-bet this week we started to explore the letter Mem Sofit, which says ‘m’ and features at the end of our new words:

Avraham

adam -meaning man

orchim - meaning guests 

cochavim - meaning stars

eim - meaning mother

lechem - meaning bread,  and

mayim - meaning water  

 

I have sent home vocabulary cards with these images, along with a ‘key’ for the next batch of words that will be coming up over the next few weeks. I will also send home the letter ‘Mem Sofit’ for you to practise with your child. Please make sure to pop the dates of alef bet practice and any comments on the yellow table that came home in your child's alef bet folder just before half term. 

 

This week on the Shabbat Table we had:

 

Shabbat Aba - MJ

Shabbat Ima - Arianna

Shabbat Ben - Zac

Shabbat Bat - Elise

 

Reminders:

  • Please remember homework folders (the large colourful envelopes) must be returned by Thursday latest, in order for me to give your child their new phonemes for the week (on a Friday) for you to keep at home in order to practise with them. I get the folders ready every Thursday to be sent home Friday so it’s really helpful for them to be at school by Thursday. I also need to kindly ask that books are returned by Thursday at the latest otherwise, I sadly cannot give them a new one. Please ensure that you’ve filled out the reading log. It’s important that your child reads the book more than once which is why it’s important for you to keep the book for a few days. This gives them the chance to consolidate their learning/new words. It also gives them the chance to progress and see their own progression. 
  • Please feel free to send in your child's homework once it’s complete, but please post it on Tapestry beforehand. 
  • Snacks should only be fruits and vegetables. I have been seeing a lot of snacks that aren’t fruits or vegetables and it is unfair to your child as they are then without a snack.  
  • Reception will finish at 12:30 on Fridays for this half term. 
  • Please remember focus meetings have begun. If you are unsure when yours is, feel free to email me.
  • We have a special surprise guest coming to teach an art lesson on Monday 27th November. For this lesson, we will need magazines (please ensure they are child friendly) and  photocopies of family pictures for a collage for an ‘all about me’ project. Please can you take a picture of their favourite toy and bring it in as well. If you could slowly start bringing these in with your child's name on it, that would be amazing! This is all for the 27th November, so no rush but I wanted to give advance notice. 

As always, any questions you know where I am. Have a lovely and restful weekend.

Mrs. Ranson

 

Friday 20th October, 2023

Dear Parents,

Reception have once again had a fabulous week! On behalf of the Reception team and I, we wish you all a wonderful and safe half term break. We look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 30th October. 

I would like to formally welcome Mr and Mrs. Celniker to the wonderful Kerem family! 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development, the children have been learning and continuing to work on ‘ What makes me happy’. The children have been discussing, colouring and describing things that make them happy. We also continued to work on our positive affirmations which really helps the children build their self-confidence. We’ve been seeing some of the children practising saying these affirmations when finding something tricky which really shows…. It’s working! ( Example: Them saying to themselves, ‘ I can do it! ‘)

In Communication and Language, the children have been discussing what they’ve been doing over the weekend. We always go around in a circle and the children have the opportunity to share should they wish to. We’ve also continued our last few books about different jobs and the children then had to share what job they would eventually like. We know they’re only four years old, but it’s important for the children to be able to connect their lives to things they enjoy and this in turn, enables them to pair this off nicely with a job they find best suits their interests! 

In Physical Development this week, the children have been painting, writing, drawing, sticking, balancing blocks and ‘baking’ many treats using our homemade playdough. They had PE with Mr Antony which they all thoroughly enjoyed. The activities were running, hopping, skipping, jumping and completing various obstacle courses. 

In Literacy and Phonics this week the children have been revising the sounds and tricky words already learnt. We worked on the ‘ss’ sound on Monday and the rest of the week was revising the phonemes we’ve already learnt and we worked on spelling the tricky words. You will only find the ‘ ss’ laminated card in your child's homework folder. I kindly ask that you spend the half term ensuring your child knows all the phonemes we’ve worked on and practise the tricky words. It is really important to consolidate these so moving onto the next sounds after the half term will be a lot easier. 

In Maths this week the children have been learning about the number 5. Also what numbers go together to make 5. E.g. 4+1=5, 5+0=5, 2+3=5. We’ve used leafs, Unifix cubes and our friendly penguins to demonstrate 5. We also did our wonderful scavenger hunt again whereby the children had to find ‘5’ of various different objects. They absolutely love doing this as this involves, running, racing, finding, searching and they just love this activity! It is also incredibly exciting watching them do it. 🙂

In Understanding the World this week, the children have been looking at and reading various books for Black History Month. The children especially loved ‘Handa’s Surprise’. We discussed what Black History month is. We discussed, what is its significance? We also talked about equality and why it’s important in so many different ways. We connected equality to their lives and then to other members of society and the world beyond. 

In Expressive Arts and Design this week, the children have been painting what they want to be when they’re older. As previously mentioned, for the past few weeks the children have been learning about many eclectic jobs and professions. Towards the end of this week the children had to explain what they wanted to be and why. They then had to paint it. Please ensure to have a look at Tapestry to see what your child chose. Their answers were so precious. 

 

In Forest schools this week, Reception started their session with our usual welcome routine followed by a new game of Nest Robbers. The children created nests using sticks with a partner and then had to run to the bird feeder to collect pieces of food to bring back to their nests.

After this we gathered together to listen to the story of The King of the Birds. This tells us of some different birds and what makes them special. It also teaches us that even if we are small, like the Wren, we can do incredible things.  

For the rest of the session, the children chose between a selection of activities:

  • Making bird feeders using string, pine cones, vegetable fat and bird seed
  • Making nests and playing with the toy birds and eggs
  • Making clay birds.

The children really enjoyed learning about the birds and how they can help them.

We finished gathering back together, and shared some of the names of the birds we learnt.

Have a great week,

Emma and Carrie

In Jewish Studies this week, we have been looking at Parashat Noach. In this week’s parasha we learned that Noach was a good man but the people all around him were horrible to each other. Hashem told Noach to build a Tevah (ark) because He was going to bring a Mabul (flood). Hashem told Noach to take his family and lots of animals into the Tevah so that they would be safe. Noach and his family looked after the animals while they were in the Tevah. Noach was kind. When the flood was over a dove brought Noach a branch from an olive tree. Hashem placed a rainbow in the sky and promised never to make such a big flood ever again. When we see a rainbow we can say a bracha  to remember Hashem's promise. 

The children made their own depiction of Noach’s tevah in the Mabul filled with all sorts of animals. Some of the children created their own rainbows from paints, cut out shapes and played colour matching games. Some of the children had a go at making animal masks and puppets. We also looked at some beautiful Noach themed books, like The Chameleon that Saved Noah's Ark by Yael Nolchadsky. We also had a go at learning the song The Animals Went in Two By Two along with some brilliant actions. 

In alef bet this week we reviewed the letter Tav, which makes the sound ‘t’ and we started to learn some new vocabulary words:

Bayit - house

Bat- daughter

Zayit - olive, and 

Tsitsit.

The children are enjoying learning their words and letters. I have sent home the letter cards for the letters Shin, Vet and Tav and a sheet with some vocabulary fun game ideas for you to try at home.  

This week on the Shabbat table we had: 

Ima- Elise

Aba - Leo G

Bat - Carmi

Ben - Bobby

Shabbat Shalom and have a wonderful break over half term

Morah Cassie

Reminders:

  • Please remember homework folders (the large colourful envelopes) must be returned by Thursday latest, in order for me to give your child their new phonemes for the week  (on a Friday) for you to keep at home in order to practise with them. I get the folders ready every Thursday to be sent home Friday so it’s really helpful for them to be at school by Thursday. I also need to kindly ask that books are returned by Thursday at the latest otherwise, I sadly cannot give them a new one. Please ensure that you’ve filled out the reading log. It’s important that your child reads the book more than once which is why it’s important for you to keep the book for a few days. This gives them the chance to consolidate their learning/new words. It also gives them the chance to progress and see their own progression. 
  • Please feel free to send in your child's homework once it’s complete, but please post it on Tapestry. Each child has been given homework to complete during the half term holidays. 
  • Snacks should only be fruits and vegetables and on a Friday crisps are allowed for a lunch 
  • Please ensure you’ve practised the phonemes and tricky words from the start of September until now in order to consolidate their learning- this is a huge part of half term homework and should be practised daily. 
  • When we come back from the half term, Reception will finish at 12:30 on Fridays. 
  • Please remember focus meetings begin the first week back so please make sure to put your date in your diary.
  • ****Please can every child bring in a shoe box labelled for Monday 30th October, this is for the next art project!  ****

Happy half term, thank you all for making my first half term at Kerem incredibly enjoyable! 

Mrs. Ranson, Miss Le Fort and Miss Molina


 

Friday 13th October, 2023

Dear Parents,

Firstly, I would like to say with a heavy heart, how difficult this week has been for all of us and my thoughts and prayers are with each of you during these difficult times. Thankfully your children have all brought smiles to our faces and most importantly your children have felt safe and happy. If you ever want to speak, we are all here for each and every one of you. 

Despite the current circumstances, Reception have had a lovely week filled with sunshine and a lot of learning.

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development, the children have been learning about taking turns. We’ve been speaking a lot about how sharing is caring and the importance of giving. We’ve used the puppets to role play and to practise how we would deal with certain situations. Also, as we always do, we started off our PSED lesson on Wednesday with our affirmations for the week. In case you want to do these at home, please refer to Tapestry to see which ones we do. It is really helpful to do this with children as it trains their brains to think more positively and unconsciously instils more confidence.  

In Communication and Language, the children have been discussing what they do over the weekend. We go around in a circle and share one thing. We have been looking at several different pumpkins with different sizes. The children have each had one on one time with an adult whereby they had to explain which pumpkin is the smallest, how do they know? Which is the largest, how do they know? They’ve also had to discuss the different physical appearances of the pumpkins and explain what they think is inside!  

In Physical Development this week, the children have been painting, writing, drawing, sticking, balancing blocks and ‘baking’ many treats using our homemade playdough. They had PE with Mr Antony which they all thoroughly enjoyed, practising their jumping, running, balancing and coordination skills.

In Literacy and Phonics this week the children have been revising the sounds and tricky words already learnt. The new phonemes and their first digraph for this week are  'ck',  'e’ ‘u’ and ‘r’. The children have been using their robot arms to sound talk words using these phonemes. We had three tricky words this week which were 'of, to and is.’ Continuing on from last week, we have continued to read various books all about different types of jobs and the children have had to say whether or not they would like this job and why. It is helpful for the children to hear about various professions around the world so they can draw connections to their own lives and their likes/dislikes. 

In Maths this week the children have been learning about the number 4. Also what numbers go together to make 4. E.g. 3+1= 4, 4+0=4, 2+2=4. We’ve used leafs, Unifix cubes and our friendly penguins to demonstrate 4. We have also been looking at the mass of different pumpkins and we had to explain which has the greatest mass and which has the lightest mass. 

In Understanding The World this week, the children have been looking at different parts of nature that go along with the season. This week, we looked at leaves in particular and we discussed the different types of leaves and which trees they come from. We tied this in with Canadian Thanksgiving which was on Monday. The children learnt about another part of the world and the celebrations they celebrate and why. Each of the children went around and said something they are thankful for and tasted some authentic maple syrup (the very best of the best, I promise!). 

In Expressive Arts and Design this week, the children have been leaf printing. Many of the children brought in leaves (thank you) that they found over the weekend and they worked on creating beautiful leaf prints. They absolutely love anything that has to do with painting, so throw some nature into it and we have the happiest and smiliest children! 

Dear everyone שלום לכולם

This week in Ivrit we met my Israeli friend, Podi Kipodi (Podi the Hedgehog).

The children introduced themselves to him, saying: "Shalom Podi, Ani (I am)  _____ , Also, Shalom, Ani  Podi. 

I have introduced our new Interactive online program called Misaviv La'olam, created by Jewish Interactive, and we have learned through playing many new words in Ivrit connected to the topic of Ani (I am/me). 

Yeled Ve Yalda (boy and girl). 

Ze/Zot (This is)

Morah Sari

In Forest School this week, Reception started their session with our usual welcome routine followed by a new game of Squirrels. The children were great at listening to the different instructions and performing the different actions, getting into pairs to escape the fox.

After this we gathered together to listen to the story The Squirrels Who Squabbled and thought about how sharing is much better than arguing and missing out. 

For the rest of the session, the children chose between a selection of activities:

  • Drilling acorns and conkers to thread on a necklace.
  • Apple printing
  • Making clay hedgehogs.

The children were really proud of their creations and they showed great imagination, strength and perseverance, particularly with the drilling which was very challenging.

We finished gathering back together, and shared a counting conker song.

Have a great week,

Emma and Carrie

In Jewish Studies this week we delved into the first parasha of the Torah - parashat Bereishit. In this parasha we learn all about Briyat Ha Olam, that Hashem created the world in 6 days. Hashem created the sea, the sky and the earth and all the creatures and people. We learned that the first man was Adam and the first woman was Chava. We learned that Hashem rested on the seventh day, and He called that rest day Shabbat. We discussed the fact that we too have a rest on Shabbat and that Shabbat and our beautiful planet are wonderful gifts from Hashem. We learned actions and lyrics to a gorgeous song called Who Made The Colours, which goes to the tune of ‘glory, glory’. If you would like to sing this at home, the words are: 

Who made the colours of the rainbow?

 

Who made the fishes in the sea?

 

Who made the people all around us? 

 

And who made you and me? 

 

Hashem made the colours of the rainbow!

 

Hashem made the fishes in the sea!

 

Hashem made the people all around us!

 

And Hashem made you and me!

 

The children picked up the words and actions so quickly, they are such a talented bunch. 

 

Each child made a craft depicting the third day of creation (flowers, trees and grasses)  as well as a craft representing the fourth day of creation (the sun, moon and stars). 

 

In alef bet this week we introduced four words which have the coda/final sound of ‘t’ made by the letter tav. These tav-ending words are: 

 

Bereishit

Talit

Shabbat and 

Briyat ha olam - the creation of the world. 

 

Each child had a chance to start decorating a small poster of the letter Tav and have a go at writing tavs. The children were encouraged to make tavs around the classroom and playground. We also looked over our two previous letters - Vet, which says ‘v’  and Shin, which says ‘sh’ and some of the words that end in those letters. Your child will have brought home lots of vocabulary word cards by now - do keep them at home and look at them over the week and I will continue to send home new cards each week as we cover more words. There is no need to send your Ivrit vocabulary cards back to me at school. The children are doing so well with their alef bet learning. Well done Reception!

On this week’s Shabbat table we had:

Ima - Rafaela

Aba - Zac

Bat - Noa 

Ben - Rafi

Reminders:

  • Please remember homework folders (the large colourful envelopes) must be returned by Thursday latest in order for me to give your child their new phonemes for the week  (on a Friday) for you to keep at home in order to practise with them. I get the folders ready every Thursday to be sent home Friday so it’s really helpful for them to be at school by Thursday. I also need to kindly ask that books are returned by Thursday at the latest otherwise, I sadly cannot give them a new one. Please ensure that you’ve filled out the reading log. It’s important that your child reads the book more than once which is why it’s important for you to keep the book for a few days. This gives them the chance to consolidate their learning/new words. It also gives them the chance to progress and see their own progression. 
  • Snacks should only be fruits and vegetables and on a Friday crisps are allowed for a lunch snack. 
  • Please can children only bring in a toy from home when they are the ‘star of the day.’
  • Please make sure that you send in Tzedakah each Friday. It is important that the children understand the importance of giving.
  • Breakfast should be eaten at home, there have been a number of children this week bringing breakfast to school. Please make sure it has been eaten before coming to school. 
  • Friday 20th, school ends at 2:00pm. 

Kind regards

Mrs. Ranson, Miss Le Fort and Miss Molina

 

Friday 6th October, 2023

Dear Parents,

Reception have had another incredible week with so much learning happening. From visiting several sukkahs, to discovering different types of professionals, all the way to another magical afternoon of Forest School. 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development, the children have been learning about kind hands. We used our hands to help and to be gentle, not for hurting and snatching. The children have come up with some great ideas for kind hands. We did a lot of this through using our Sophie Says puppets which the children absolutely love. 

In Communication and Language, the children have been gaining confidence to raise their hands and speak in a large group. They have been learning what makes a sentence and that sentences are made up of several words.  We read a book about what makes us happy and each child went around sharing what makes them happy. We modelled full sentences and the children were able to replicate this and give their own examples. It was beautiful to hear them say such lovely things, it also sounds like you’re all such wonderful parents and give a lot of cuddles! When we learn our tricky words, we always ask if the children can give us a sentence using the word. 

In Physical Development this week, the children have been writing, drawing, painting, sticking, dressing/ hairstyling the special dolls, balancing blocks and using our wonderful hairdressing equipment.   They had PE with Mr Antony which they all thoroughly enjoyed, practising their jumping, running, balancing and coordination skills. They have also been making sukkot decorations using playdough which is always a favourite! 

In Literacy and Phonics this week the children have been revising the sounds and tricky words already learnt. The new phonemes for this week are  'g',  'o’ ‘c’ and ‘k’ . The children have been using their robot arms to sound talk words using these phonemes. We had three tricky words this week which were 'put' ‘of’ and ‘is’. These sounds and words are in your child's reading/homework folder. It has been so pleasing to see some of the children taking a great interest in the sounds, sitting right in front of the sound board and writing the sounds on a sheet of paper. My favourite part of each phonics lesson is when the children have to tell me words that start with the phoneme from the day. For example ‘ o’, some of the children have been giving me words like ostrich or octopus. I love when they’re incorporating words from other lessons or books we’ve read and bringing it up in the phonics lessons. 

In Maths this week the children have been learning about the number 3. Also what numbers go together to make 3. E.g. 3+0, 2+1, 1+2, and 0+3. They have also started learning number formation. On Tuesday, we did a little treasure hunt, where the children were divided into small groups and they had to find 3 logs, 3 conkers, 3 acorns, 3 branches and many more. They absolutely loved running around, working as a team and being able to demonstrate the number 3, all in a really engaging way! The children also enjoyed making special lemon flavoured cupcakes, which they iced and decorated with a lulav and etrog. They helped to measure and mix all the ingredients! They were delish! 

In Understanding The World this week, the children have been looking at different parts of nature that go along with the season. Several children brought in acorns, logs and conkers which we incorporated in our maths lesson, but we also discussed each of these objects in detail and why they come and go just like the seasons. This has been completely child led, with children sharing their knowledge. 

In Expressive Arts and Design this week, the children have been weaving their own baskets to go along with the fruits they made last week. This involves a lot of concentration and has a huge emphasis on developing children's gross motor skills. They had to do some cutting and coordination which is always tricky, but these baskets are coming along really beautifully and we are excited to put them up on display! We will be continuing this next week in order to have them all up on display by the end of next week. 

In Forest School this week, Reception children arrived with a flourish of song today, showing their excitement. We began with our welcome routine, counting and sharing our names with an action. After a recap of the rules and a quick game of 1,2, 3 Where Are You, we got ourselves into small teams to sort a selection of seeds including conkers, acorns and acorn caps. The children had to observe them carefully and work out a place to put each object with their team, the start of team working skills.

Next we gathered on the grass to hear Emma tell the story of The Nut Thief: A story about a young squirrel who mistakenly believed another squirrel was helping themselves to her precious pine nuts and started to think bad thoughts about her. It turned out it was actually she who had been taking the nuts. We talked about how she felt when she thought her nuts were being taken and how she felt when she realised her mistake. Storytelling supports the development of language and emotional literacy while promoting brain development and imagination.

Our free choice exploration included using spikey teasels and clay to make squirrels, with the tails made from teasels. They had to hold them carefully to ensure they didn't spike their fingers. Squashing and squeezing the clay into shape helps to strengthen children's hand and finger muscles needed for writing, while manipulating the teasel into place encourages the children to manage their own risk and safety. Other children enjoyed rolling painted seeds around in a tray to create beautiful pictures. Digging, playing in the mud kitchen and relaxing in the hammocks was also a popular choice.

For our reflection at the end of the session we sang some songs with the group including Grey Squirrel, which the children are getting really confident at now, and we introduced Inside I'm Wild! 

Have a great week,

Emma and Carrie

In Jewish studies this week, we delved into the beautiful world of Sukkot and everyone got to enjoy spending time in our Sukkah here at the EYU. We learned that long ago when Bnei Yisrael left Mitzrayim, they travelled through the desert for a long, long time and lived in Sukkot or booths. 

We learned that we wave the lulav and etrog and it is a mitzvah to make a bracha and shake them. Each of the children in Reception made their own little person holding a tiny lulav and etrog made from popsicle sticks and pompoms. Each one was so colourful and creative. Well done Reception! We also made fabulous flags to wave in Shul on Simchat Torah, which is coming up this weekend. We learned that it is a fun minhag or tradition for us to dance in shul with flags and the Torah scrolls. We talked about our favourite parts of Simchat Torah and we all agreed that we like the dancing but we absolutely love catching sweets in Shul!

In alef bet this week we continued to focus on the letter Vet and we reviewed our words from last week that end in Vet (tov, lev, chalav and zahav) and we focussed on three more words that also end in Vet:

Lulav,

Av - meaning father and 

Ahav - meaning love. 

Please keep on looking over your vocabulary cards when you have a free minute at home, asking your child if they can recall the word that is depicted on the card. The children are all doing so well with their vocabulary, I am really proud of them. 

On this week’s Shabbat table we had:

Ima- Amelie

Aba- Léo

Bat- Arianna

Ben-  Zac

 

Reminders:

  • Please remember to put your child’s name in all their belongings as this makes finding things much easier. If your child brings home a jumper with someone else’s name by mistake, please return it as soon as possible.
  • Please remember homework folders (the large colourful envelopes) must be returned by Thursday latest in order for me to give your child their new phonemes for the week  (on a Friday) for you to keep at home in order to practise with them. I get the folders ready every Thursday to be sent home Friday so it’s really helpful for them to be at school by Thursday. I also need to kindly ask that books are returned by Thursday at the latest otherwise, I sadly cannot give them a new one. Please ensure that you’ve filled out the reading log. It’s important that your child reads the book more than once which is why it’s important for you to keep the book for a few days. This gives them the chance to consolidate their learning/new words. It also gives them the chance to progress and see their own progression. 
  • Please can children only bring in a toy from home when they are star of the day.
  • Please make sure that you send in Tzedakah each Friday. It is important that the children understand the importance of giving. 
  • Please bring in for Monday 9th a few interesting leafs for a wonderful art project for next week! Please have them in a ziploc bag with your child's name on it. 
  • Friday 13th and Friday 20th, school ends at 2:00pm. 

Kind regards

Mrs. Ranson, Miss Le Fort and Miss Molina

 

 

Friday 29 September 2023

 

Dear Parents,

 

We hope you all had a meaningful fast.

 

It’s been another wonderful week in Reception, although a shorter week, it still seems like so much learning has happened! 

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development this week, we have continued to learn to share, take turns and be kind to each other. We have discussed using our words rather than our hands, again using the puppets to illustrate this further. 

 

In Communication and Language this week, the children discussed what they did on Yom Kippur. They have also been practising how to listen to their friends, first in a small group and then in a large group. The children also worked on explaining their favourite fruit to their peers. Each child presented their art pieces to the class. They had to use a full sentence when explaining their reasoning. 

 

In Physical Development this week the children have been looking for items filled in rice. This is a wonderful sensory activity as it helps children with their fine motor skills. They have been running around, riding balance bikes, climbing and hanging, carrying large blocks and crates, all to develop their gross motor skills. 

 

In Literacy and Phonics this week, the children have learnt four new phonemes(sounds): ‘i’, ‘n’, ‘m’ and d’. The children have really enjoyed their phonics lessons. They have continued to practise sound talking each day. After each phonics lesson, the children learn to write the grapheme (written sound) that they have learnt. We have also introduced the first new ‘tricky words’. These are words that do not follow the Phonics rules that children have learnt so far, meaning they must learn the whole word by sight as ‘tricky words’ cannot be decoded.  I will be sending these home as well this weekend in your homework packets. Additionally, some of you will find a sound talking pack in your child's bag.  Please practise sound talking the picture to your child and let them blend it/ point it out to you. Example, ‘c’ ‘a’ ‘t’ is cat. 

 

In Maths this week, we were discussing simple 2D shapes. Many children knew the names of the circle, square, triangle, pentagon, octagon, hexagon, diamond and many more. We then counted the sides and corners of the different shapes. The children went on to make lovely pictures using the cut out shapes. We also used our wonderful 2D shapes outside in order to build and make other shapes. We have also continued to count each person at the start of every lesson and we’ve been practising counting forwards and backwards. Many of the children find counting backwards very challenging and this is something we will continue to work on all year. 

 

In Understanding the World this week, the children have been discussing the sudden drop in temperature in the mornings. They have commented on the fact that they need to bring their coats to school and some of them are bringing in warmer coats. The children have also been playing with the castle, comparing sizes and talking about the different parts of the castle( they are particularly fond of the moat). They loved pretending to be knights and princesses. 

 

In Expressive Arts and Design this week the children have been creating pictures of their favourite fruits using an assortment of materials. The children had to say what their favourite fruit is and explain how they were going to create it using the different materials. The children discussed their 5 senses when explaining their fruit choice. Towards the end of the week, each child had the opportunity of presenting their fruit to the class. 

 

In Forest School this week,  

 

In PE this week, the children worked on balancing and jumping. The children did some racing which incorporated both of these skills. We have some very speedy Reception children! 

 

Reception children were excited to arrive at Forest School. We sang our welcome song, counted and called our number to the different trees. The children are becoming familiar with the Silver Birch and Willow trees and remembering where they are located on the site. Next we shared our names with an action. Some of the children were feeling a bit shy to join in today, but we hope with the regular routine they will develop more confidence and creativity as they share each week.

 

Next, we played 1,2,3 Where Are You? The children are getting more adventurous each week and exploring further, which is great to see. They were really good at listening to where Emma was hidden and running to her voice as she shouted, "1,2,3 Come back to me!"

 

Today we focussed on the Autumn leaves and the trees in our Forest School. Chester, our cuddly conker, showed the children some different leaves from the site. They thought of describing words for the leaves: long, thin, wavy, bumpy, and then went on a hunt for the trees that they came from. The children were able to identify and find the Willow tree and the Oak tree.

 

We gathered back at the tarp to listen to the story What Do You See When You Look at a Tree. This story shares the differences between the trees and gets us to think about what the trees might have seen, heard and felt in the long time they have been standing there.

 

For the rest of the session they followed their own interests and met their own needs. Some children enjoyed returning to the mud kitchen, pouring and mixing potions to meet their sensory needs. Others got creative, threading a variety of leaves onto wool to make leaf bracelets. Other children used the different coloured leaves to cut out and create collage style pictures. We also had our toy birds out, which the children made nests for using sticks and leaves. Finally some children had a first go at whittling Willow using peelers. This took lots of concentration and focus and the children who had a go enjoyed the satisfaction gained from removing all of the bark.

 

We finished our session with a song of The Trees in the Woods, thinking about what animals live in and use the trees.

 

Have a great week,

Emma and Carrie



 

Jewish Studies: 

This week, Reception looked at why we say The Shema. The Shema reminds us that there is only one Hashem. The Shema tells us to love Hashem with all our hearts, souls and strength. When we say the first line of the Shema, we cover our eyes so we can really concentrate on the special words we are saying. Reception class made beautiful framed foamy Shema crafts to take home and cherish. They look so beautiful and colourful and I am sure you will all enjoy using them at bedtime! We looked at the mezuzot in our classroom and discussed how each mezuzah contains the words of The Shema written on a little piece of parchment. We discussed the different mezuzot we have at home - some children have plain white ones and some have mezuzot that are more intricate or colourful. The children played with various Shema themed items in our tuff tray outside - lots of mezuzah boxes, plastic hearts, sponge hebrew letters Shin, Mem and Hey and big googly eyes. 

 

In our alef bet studies we looked at some new words:

 ‘tov’, meaning good, 

‘lev’, meaning heart,

 ‘chalav’, meaning milk, and

 ‘zahav’ meaning gold. 

 

All of these words have the coda or end sound ‘v’ made with the letter Vet. The children had a lot of fun practising writing the letter Vet in different ways - on the white board, with pens and pencils, using their fingers to trace the shape of the letter Vet on each other’s hands and making Vet crafts and posters. I will be sending home the little vocabulary cards with your children this Friday. Do keep the cards at home and play with them whenever you have a free minute. Have a think about other words that you encounter out and about that end with the ‘v’ sound. 

 

This weekend we will start to celebrate Sukkot and so we discussed the mitzvah to sit in a Sukkah and we started to make decorations for our beautiful Sukkah at the EYU. Next week we will really delve into Sukkot in more detail and also learn about Simchat Torah. 

 

Wishing you a fantastic Chag and a Shabbat Shalom, 

 

Morah Cassie 

 

This week on the Shabbat table was: 

 

Ima- Noa

Aba- Bobby

Bat- Rafaela

Ben-Leo

 

Shalom everyone שלום לכולם

 

Apologies for not being able to join the parents' evening last week and meet with you properly. Thank God, I'm much better.

 

This week in Ivrit, the children were learning new words connected with Chag Sukkot. 

פַּטִּישׁ - Patish - hammer

מַסְמֵר - Masmer - nail

אַבָּא בַּסֻּכָּה - Aba ba Sukka - dad in the Sukka

אִמָּא בַּסֻּכָּה - Ima ba Sukka - mum in the Sukka

אַרְבַּעַת הַמִּינִים - arba'at aminim 

קִשּׁוּט - kishut- decoration 

קְרָשִׁים - krashim - planks 

עֲנָפִים - Anafim - branches 

יֶלֶד וְיָלְדָה בַּסֻּכָּה - yelled ve yalda ba Sukka - A boy and a girl in the Sukka 

 

https://youtu.be/TODTgzdUfH0?feature=shared

 

Please share the link with your child. I hope to hear them singing it during the week. 

 

Morah Sari

 

Reminders:

  • Please remember to return your child’s reading / homework folders by Thursday at the latest. Please keep the sound cards at home in order to keep practising with your child. The only thing that should be returned is the reading log and books. We are unable to give your child a new book if they have not brought back their current one.  Please make sure to write in the comment section how your child did with their reading. Any other homework, please take a picture of it and post it on Tapestry. We would love to see it! 
  • Hair must be up at all times.
  • If you are out and about and would like to bring in any conkers and acorns, we would love to use them for a maths activity next week! Children can bring them in on Monday in a separate bag. 
  • Next Friday 6th October, school ends at 12:30pm. 
  • Please make sure to send Tzedaka each Friday. It is important that the children understand the importance of giving.

 

Shabbat Shalom everyone.

 

Mrs. Ranson, Miss Le fort and Miss Molina

 

Friday 22nd September

 

Dear Parents,

 

What a lovely week we have had in Reception. Children are coming into class really excited for the day and there is a general sense of confidence and happiness in the mornings. Many children are complaining of tiredness by the end of the day which tells me how busy and active they have been.

 

This week in Personal, Social and Emotional Development, we have been discussing being kind to our friends. How we can help our friends who are still struggling a bit, how to speak to our friends in a kind way, how to include everyone in our play, etc. It is really heartwarming to see the little ones showing compassion and often empathy to their friends. 

 

In Communication and Language we did a lot of teamwork this week. The children worked with recycled boxes in order to make their own mode of transport. We discussed the different types of transport ( many seemed very enthused by the tube - giving you some weekend ideas) and they had to listen to their peers and communicate with their team in order to build their own model. 

 

In Physical Development this week, the children have been practising their pencil grip and writing posture. When children are writing they should be sitting flat on the chair with both feet firmly on the ground, their page positioned correctly and their non-dominant hand resting on the page. They have also built their own bus, car, train, plane etc. which took a lot of hand eye coordination and focus! 

 

In Literacy and Phonics this week, the children have learnt four new phonemes(sounds): ‘s’, ‘a’, ‘t’ and ‘p’. The children have really enjoyed their phonics lessons. They have also been practising sound talking each day as discussed at the meeting. After each phonics lesson, the children learn to write the grapheme (written sound) that they have learnt. 

 

In Maths this week, the children have been exploring numbers 1-3. We have been using many different manipulatives in order to model these numbers. We’ve been counting the number of people in the room each day in order to practise counting. Many of our activities included children having to count bricks, cubes, conquers and logs. Many of the children are able to count up to 3 ( and beyond) but we worked a lot with the children on really understanding the number composition. The children also did some baking this week with our fish theme and we baked delicious chocolate chip cookies in the shape of fish! We used measuring, mixing, stirring and we did a lot of tasing too! 

 

In Expressive Arts and Design this week, the children were making their own modes of transport. This involved a lot of using scissors, glue, tape and other small tools. There was also a lot of art and design involved when it came to planning out what their transport system would look like. We’ve also been singing a lot of songs in order to practise our days of the week and months of the year. 


 

In Understanding the World, Reception children were excited to be back at Forest School and were dressed for the weather in their waterproofs. They are becoming really familiar with the welcome routine now and confidently shared their names with an action. This part of our session helps the children be creative as well as developing skills like rhythm through the call and response nature of the game.

 

We had a quick game of 1,2,3 Where are You? This has become a bit of a favourite part of the session and it is nice to see the children becoming more confident at moving in the area, exploring further and connecting with their favourite hiding places.

 

Next after a song of 'Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes', we worked in two groups. Each group drew around one of their members on a piece of paper on the floor. We then thought about how we could work together to add features such as eyes, a nose and a mouth, hair, shoes and trousers. The children enjoyed running around, collecting grass, leaves and sticks and putting them on the person shapes to bring them to life. Moving over uneven ground is a great way to build core strength and stability, which in turn supports the children in school.

 

For the rest of the session, they followed their own interests. Many children returned to our mud kitchen area today, enjoying pouring and mixing potions together. Others explored the clay, adding balls to sticks and then adding features to make clay people. We also had paint and rollers out, which the children used to paint and print leaves onto a large roll of paper. There was also lots of fun to be had in the woods as well making swings and sitting in the hammocks with the Forest friends.

 

The children were great at putting away the resources at the end of the session and we gathered together to sing Boom, Chicka Boom, again developing our call and response skills.

 

This week in Jewish Studies we focussed on the topic of Yom Kippur which is coming up this weekend. The children learnt that on Yom Kippur grown-ups fast and that nobody- grownups or children wears leather, as leather is seen as a bit too much of a fancy luxury for the serious day of Yom Kippur. We looked at pictures of different types of shoes that don’t have leather in them - flip flops, wellies and even crocs. The children enjoyed discussing which were their favourites. The children made their own beautiful non-leather slippers for Yom Kippur, some choosing to draw round their own feet to get the bases into a perfect fit. 

 

We looked at the story of Yonah, which we will read in shul over Yom Kippur. The children caught our big numbered plastic fish in the playground, made their own boats and buses out of card-board boxes and had a go at role-playing the part of the story of Yonah where he was thrown off the big boat and ended up getting swallowed by a huge fish. They used our toy pirate boat, little plastic sea creatures and a big fish made from a milk bottle and their wonderful imaginations. Well done Reception I am so proud of you! Each child made a moving Yonah collage with a big fish swallowing Yonah up. 

 

We reviewed the sound ‘Sh’ made by the letter Shin which comes at the end of a few new words we focussed on this week:

‘’chodesh’ meaning month 

‘shemesh’ meaning sun

 ‘esh’ meaning fire and

 ‘chamesh’ meaning five. 

 

The children reviewed the words they learned last week as well - ‘rosh’(head), ‘dvash’(honey) ‘and ‘kiddush’. We had a go at making Shins out of lego, playdough and everyone had the chance to write some shins on our big colourful class shin collage. Have a go at spotting things around the house that have the ‘Sh’ sound from shampoo to kiddush cups, there are lots to find. 

 

 

On last week's shabbat table we had:

Ima- Arianna

Aba- Oliver

Bat- Amelie

Ben- Léo 

 

On this week’s shabbat table we had:

Ima - Carmi

Aba- Rafael

Bat- Elise

Ben -MJ

 

Wishing you a meaningful and easy fast and a gmar chatima tov, 

 

Morah Cassie

 

Reminders:

  • Please remember to return your child’s reading / homework folders by Thursday at the latest.
  • Children should not be wearing jewellery, nail polish and any hair bands should be blue.
  • School is closed on Monday and we look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.
  • For show and tell, please could you kindly send your child in with something to show the class when they are the star of the day. I will also ask the first day of every half term for children to bring something in ( should they wish to) from their holiday. All other school days, please can you ensure your child is not bringing in any toys from home. 
  • With regards to the wellie boots, we are happy for them to stay in school from now on, however we must have a named plastic bag for us to put them in especially as they will be getting quite muddy from Forest School. Please have this done for Thursday 28th September. 
  • This week a few children have been bringing books from home, I have absolutely loved seeing their reading choices and it’s so nice for them to share it with the class. I am very happy for children to bring in books from home( with their names) so they can help me read/ share it with the class! Let’s spread the love of reading! 

 

Shabbat Shalom everyone

Mrs. Ranson, Miss Le Fort and Miss Molina

 

Friday 15th September 

 

Dear Parents,

 

What a great first week we have had. It has been so lovely getting to know all of you and your wonderful children.  Despite some children finding it difficult getting back into a routine,  all the children have persevered and have had a wonderful start to a new academic year! Also, being new to the Kerem team, in just two weeks, I can proudly say that I can already see why everyone says Kerem is such a special place and it feels like a family here. I definitely understand why now and have to thank you all for making me feel so welcomed and supported. 

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development this week, the children have been settling back into school and learning their routines. We wrote together a ‘class contract’ with the Reception rules which included being kind, being a good friend and being a good listener. We all put our hand print on it as our very own personal signature. This way, we can revert back to it throughout the year should we need to.  

 

In Communication and Language this week the children have been discussing their summer holidays. I have heard about some fantastic trips to exotic locations and it all sounds very exciting. I heard about some wonderful holidays and it was so great to hear that so much learning continued to happen throughout the summer outside the classroom!  The children also spoke at the end of each day and shared their favourite part of the day using full sentences which we have been modelling. It’s so nice to see how in just one week, their vocabulary has expanded! 

 

In Physical Development, the children have been practising their cutting and sticking as well as their pencil grip. They’ve also been painting their self portraits for their ‘ all about me’ topic. The children absolutely LOVED using the touch screen. The children also used their imaginations when it came to building large construction forts, using the balance grass bars and I must say, I was very impressed with their balancing skills when it came to riding bikes. I think I can proudly say many of the children can ride a bike ever better than I can! On Wednesday, we also baked our very own honey cakes in order to celebrate the sweet new year ahead of this weekend's festivities! 

 

In Literacy this week, the children have heard many stories. They have listened carefully and identified some rhyming words, said what they thought might happen next and predicted how a story might end.  I have also been assessing the children’s phonic skills in preparation for starting phonics next week. 

 

In Maths this week, the children have been working on a lot of counting. We have been doing the date board on a daily basis. They have been introduced to the visual timetable in order to see the sequence of events for the day and they have followed the big hand on the clock to know when five, ten or fifteen minutes is up.  I have also been assessing the children’s maths skills in preparation for starting maths next week. We worked on counting and ordering numbers using our special penguin puzzle pieces! 

 

In Understanding the World, the children have been playing with the dinosaurs, many of them knowing the names of some of the species. I am very impressed with their knowledge as I struggle to pronounce some of the names.  The children have also been using the dressing up clothes in the classroom in our role play area. They have also absolutely loved our new house in the outside playground, and it was so nice to see many of the children doing some cooking- I even tasted a delicious meal! 

 

In Expressive Arts and Design the children have been creating dialogues with the small world characters, they’ve been cooking up a storm in the home corner, being fantastic mummies and daddies and chefs, playing made up games in the playground and generally being happy little four year olds. It has been so lovely to see their personalities come out in their creative play.

 

In Forest School this week the children enjoyed being in the woods and we were so lucky to have had beautiful sunshine. Emma and Carrie were amazing with the children and told them the muddier they were, the more fun they would have. A few of the girls were cooking up a storm and made me some ‘ mud soup’. I told them it was delicious, however it was just missing a dash of salt. They thought it was hilarious. The children then had the choice of digging in the mud to look for creatures, making mud paint, painting the trees, making clay friends or looking after the forest insects. A great time was had by all and it was great to see the sharing and teamwork displayed by the children.

 

Jewish studies: It is lovely to see Reception class after a long summer - I have missed you all. We were joined by one new child in the class, who settled in so nicely and was welcomed by the class so warmly. I am so proud of you all in the reception class, you have shown such beautiful middot!  

 

Rosh HaShanah is upon us and we talked about the idea of saying sorry and trying our best to put things right when we have done something wrong. We talked about different types of mitzvot and aveirot and that at Rosh HaShanah, we start afresh and hope to have a good and sweet new year ahead with lots of new mitzvot. We tasted some delicious honey straight from the honeycomb and looked at the pomegranate with its hundreds of jewel-coloured seeds that represent the 613 mitzvot that are contained in the Torah.

 

The children listened to me blowing the three different notes on my shofar - tekia, shevarim and teruah and they each made a beautiful 'Sounds of the Shofar' craft which is going to go up in a new display in the EYU. In the garden Reception had such fun in the water tray with our collection of squirty honey bottles and glittery water and counted out pompom 'nectar' balls using our chunky tweezers, putting them in numbered honeycomb cells. 

 

This week we welcomed Reception class into the beautiful and rich world of the alef-bet. We used the words Rosh, Kiddush and Dvash to explore the sound 'Sh' made by the letter Shin. The children started to decorate their own Shin posters and letter practice sheets to take home. We made Shin's in the playground out of foam bricks, number discs, plastic fish, tiny toy penguins and even our own bodies. Have a go at making the letter shin with your child at home next time you are squirting ketchup, playing with lego or even sorting socks! 

 

I wish you a Shana Tovah and a sweet and good New Year, 

 

Morah Cassie

 

Reminders:

  • Please remember to put your child’s name in all their school clothing, including their kippah.  
  • Please remember that every Thursday is forest school and to bring wellies and waterproofs each week. Please make sure that you look at the weather that morning and ensure your child has the appropriate clothing.
  • Please check the school calendar and the previous reminder email to see the special ending times. 

 

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend (hopefully as gorgeous as last weekend)

 

Shabbat Shalom

 

Mrs. Ranson, Miss Le Fort and Miss Molina

 

 

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