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Welcome to Arum Class!

Our new quest for this term (Spring 2) is:

 

How can we find out what it is like to live in another country?

Our quest for this term (Spring 1) is:

 

How can we understand what change is and identify where it happens and

share what we have learnt with our friends and family?

Week ending 15th February

We have had a very busy last few weeks of term and it was great to see so many of you who came in to see the shoes that we designed and made this week.  The children enjoyed sharing their learning.

We wish you a restful half-term and hope everyone recovers from all the bugs going around! 

 

In our Phonics sessions over the last week we have learnt the following new sounds:

'ee' and 'ai'  

These again are 'digraphs' meaning two letters together to make one sound.  Look out for them when you are reading at home! 

Here are a few photos:

 

Week ending 1st February

In our Phonics sessions over the last two weeks we have learnt the following new sounds:

'ch', 'sh', 'th' and 'ng'  

These are all 'digraphs' which means two letters together to make one sound.  We have also learnt new key words 'we', 'be', 'me', 'she' and 'was'. 

Please practise these at home - little and often is best.  See if you can spot them in any book or stories that you share. Thank you!

Week ending 19th January

In our Phonics sessions this week we have learnt the following new sounds:

'x', 'y', 'z' and 'qu'

The 'qu' sound is what we call a 'digraph' which means two letters together to make one sound.  We have also learnt new key words 'he' and 'she'. We are continuing to consolidate sight words from Phase 2 - the, no, go, I, to

Please practise these at home - little and often is best.  Thank you!

Week ending 11th January

In our Phonics sessions this week we have learnt the following new sounds:

'j', 'v' and 'w'.  

Please practise these at home - little and often is best.  Thank you!

 

You should also have received an A4 sheet listing all the high frequency words that we will be learning over the next few weeks.  These are all from Phase 3 of Letters and Sounds.  It is also available here for you to download.  Please have a look at these words with your child, as this will help support the learning that we are doing here in school.  We will also be going back over key words from Phase 2 and a similar document with all of those words is also available here.

Welcome back after the Christmas break - we hope you had a good holiday - Happy New Year!

Thank you from us all for the lovely presents and cards you sent in!

We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the staff in Arum!  Have a wonderful festive break! Thank you for your kind gifts and cards.

 

We are so proud of Arum taking part in the Nativity story in church - we hope you enjoyed it.  Photos will be available in the new year.

 

We have had a very busy last few weeks of term and had lots of fun - here are a few photos.

Our quest for this term (Autumn 2) is:

 

How can we create an exciting quality "maths learning trail" for our families?

Week ending 16th November

 

Here is a recap of the sounds we have learnt so far this term in our Phonics sessions:

'ck', 'u', 'r', 'h', 'b' and 'l' along with the new key word 'and'.  Please practise these at home - little and often is best.  Thank you!

 

We have been talking about trails and this week Petal the Fairy left us a shape trail to follow and at the end we found some treasure!  It was very exciting! 

Week ending 26th October

 

We hope you all have an enjoyable half term break!

with best wishes from Caroline, Suzanne, Amy, Kate and Suzanne

 

In Phonics this week we have learnt these new sounds 'c' or 'k' and 'e' along with 2 new key words - 'no' and 'to'.  Please practise this little and often at home.  Thank you!

 

 

Week ending 19th October

 

In Phonics this week we have learnt two new sounds 'g', 'o' - we learn the sound the letter makes, the Jolly Phonics action to go with it and also how to write the letter using our cursive script.  We have continued to consolidate all sounds learnt so far and blending sounds together to read words eg p-a-t  pat, s-i-p sip.  

We are also learning high frequency words where the aim is to recognise and read the word without having to sound it out which can be tricky! - I, go, the, it, is, in, a

If you have a few moments at home please practice these sounds and key words with your child - little and often is best.

Thank you 

Week ending 5th October

Our very first week with the whole class in full-time!  We had a very busy week in Arum.  

 

We went for a welly walk around the school grounds looking for the signs of Autumn, we practised our cursive letter formation, we labelled pictures of our friends, we shared our 'Me boxes', we explored 2D shapes and we did lots of careful counting.  We also celebrated the Hindu Festival of Pitru Paksha when it is customary to remember our ancestors and offer them prayers and food.  To mark this festival in class we shared apples and milk. 

Please take a look a this selection of photos below and use them to talk to your child about their learning.

We have also continued with our daily phonics sessions. The sounds we are working on will be displayed in the window by the classroom door where you drop off and collect.  We also let you know via this page of our website.

This week we have learnt two sounds 'i', 'n' - we learn the sound the letter makes, the Jolly Phonics action to go with it and also how to write the letter using our cursive script.  We spent the rest of our sessions revising all our sounds and focusing on beginning to blend sounds together to read words eg p-a-t  pat, s-i-p sip.  

Week ending 28th September

It was good to have everyone in together this week and staying for lunch!  The children are settling well and getting to grips with all of our expectations.

We have started  learning lots of new sounds in our phonics sessions (daily on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday).  The sounds we are working on will be displayed in the window by the classroom door where you drop off and collect.  We also let you know via this page of our website.

This week we have learnt 's', 'a', 't', 'p'   - we learn the sound the letter makes, the Jolly Phonics action to go with it and also how to write the letter using our cursive script.  

If you have a bit of spare time at home, please help your child to recall these sounds and practice writing them.  See if you can spot them anywhere eg. in books, on display when out shopping or in the car.  Little and often is best!  Many thanks or your support with this.

 

Here are some photos of our learning this week:

Week ending 14th September

We have a had a great week in Arum! Lots of new experiences and learning!

We have been exploring all areas of our classroom and outdoor spaces including the Mulberry Garden, the Secret Garden, the allotment and the school field.  We have been talking about how to be a good learner and we have used all our senses to be 'curious' and we have been asking lots of interesting questions.  The adults in Arum have all shared their 'Me box' containing 5 things that are special to them. 

Here are a few photos of our week - use them as a starting point to get your child talking about what they have been doing in school!

A very warm welcome to all our new children and families!  It was lovely to come and visit you at home last week and we look forward to working with you and your child over the forthcoming year.

Please check this page of the website for information and pictures of what we have been up to!  Below you will find our plan outline for the term along with our latest newsletter that you will have received by email.

If you have any questions or concerns please do come and talk to us.

Here's to a happy and exciting half-term!

with best wishes 

Caroline Savage, Suzanne Cox, Amy Nicholls, Kate Kendall and Suzanne Phillips 

We have had a busy first week or so in Arum with lots of new experiences.  The children are settling quickly and have been exploring their new school and getting used to new routines and expectations.

Here are a selection of photos so that you can see what we have been up to!


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  • Radstock, BA3 4EX
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