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Welcome to Arum Class!

Spring 2 - 2018

Our new quest for this term is:

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

Happy Half term - enjoy the break!

Week ending 9th February 

It's been another busy week in Arum class! 

In Phonics we have learnt the new sound 'th' and key word 'was' and continued to consolidate our phase 3 sounds and key words. 

It was lovely to see you all this week in class and we hope you enjoyed having the opportunity to share our learning from this term - the children were all very excited to show you the shoes that they have so carefully designed and made.  Thank you for coming in!


We had a visit from a company called 'Balance Buddies' who brought along balance bikes that the children could all have a go on - it was great fun and the children enjoyed the balance and coordination challenge as they rode the bikes around the M.U.G.A.  


We have also been focusing on Internet Safety by talking about the story of Smartie the Penguin who got a tablet for his birthday.  We also learnt a song to help us remember what we should do if we have a problem when using a tablet or computer.  Ask your child to sing it to you!

We all used our school ipads to play on an app called 'Daisy the Dinosaur' where you use a series of commands to make Daisy move, jump, spin, grow and shrink - a great introduction to 'coding' for young children. They all loved it and were able to complete some of the challenges.  

Here are a selection of photos from the week:



Week ending 2nd February 

Apologies for the lack of recent additions to this page - technical issues now sorted!  

Here is a recap of what we have been learning in Phonics (Phase 3 of Letters and Sounds) over the last few weeks:

new sounds - j, v, w, x, y, z, zz, ch, sh, qu

new key words - he, she, we, me, be

We also continue to recap and consolidate all sounds and keywords learnt in Phase 2.

Please practise little and often at home - many thanks for you support.


We had a busy week taken up with our very special trip to Bath Abbey on Tuesday when we had the opportunity to visit and explore this beautiful building.  Thank you to the adults who came with us for their help.  We had a brilliant day out.

Then on Thursday we spent the morning with 2 artists working on the Bath Abbey project.  We thought about some of the things we saw on our visit and used pictures from our sketch books.  We learnt a new art technique using oil based pastels and coloured inks.  Our pictures will be used to create large scale stained glass windows which will be on display at the Abbey - very exciting!  It has been an amazing opportunity and enjoyed by all.

Here are a few photos of our week:


Week ending 12th January

In our Phonics this week we have learnt the following new sounds - j, v, w 

Please practice them at home with your child - little and often is best!


We have had a busy week in Arum.  We read the story 'The Fish who could wish' and wrote about our hopes and wishes.  In Maths we have been ordering and recognising numbers and doing some very careful counting.  In PE we learnt how to carefully carry the large mats.

As part of our new quest we were Scientists talking about how we can change water - a liquid - into ice - a solid.  Here are a few photos: 

Happy New Year and welcome back to school.  We hope you all enjoyed the festive break.

Many thanks for all the kind gifts and cards you gave us!


We would like to wish all Arum children and families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Enjoy the festive break and we look forward to seeing you all back in January 2018!


from Mrs Savage, Mrs Cox and Amy

Week ending 1st December

In our Phonics this week we have learnt the following new sounds - f, ff - two letters making one sound, l, ll - two letters making one sound and key word and lease practice them at home with your child.


Thank you to Finn's Mum who came in to tell us about her job as an Optician and she showed us how she can check our eye sight and keep our eyes healthy.


We were also Scientists this week when Jack's Mum came in to talk to us about her job - thank you!  We talked about what a Scientist does and did several experiments together - Gravity and the apple,  making elephant toothpaste and also we set up the mouldy bread experiment that we will be keeping an eye on over the next few weeks.  We are all being very curious!  Watch this space! 

Week ending 24th November

In our Phonics this week we have learnt the following new sounds - b, r, h and practiced using many of the key words we have learnt so far.  Please practice them at home with your child.

Week ending 17th November

In our Phonics this week we have learnt the following new sounds - e, ck, u and these high frequency words - to, no.  Please practice them at home with your child.


We have been learning a lot over the last couple of weeks about the different jobs that some of our Arum parents do. 

This week we heard about the role of a Vet.  It was a fascinating talk about caring for animals and everyone had the chance to 'operate' on the toy dog who had eaten far too many sweets!  We are glad to say that the dog has made a full recovery!  It was lovely to meet Nelly the whippet who was so well behaved and a good patient!

We also found out what it is like to be a Doctor and the different things that Doctors do to keep us well and make us better. 

A massive 'thank you' to those of you who have volunteered to come in and speak to the children - they have loved every minute!

Week ending 10th November

In our Phonics this week we have learnt the following new sounds - g, o, c, k and these high frequency words - the, go.  Please talk about them at home with your child.


It was great to see so many of you in the classroom on Friday afternoon to talk about how we teach reading, writing & Phonics in Arum.  We hope you found the session useful and informative.  Thank you for coming.  If you were unable to make it a copy of the hand outs will be sent home to you.  You will also find a link to Wow! notes here on the website should you need more copies.


We also welcomed Evie's Mum Jen to the classroom.  She is a veterinary nurse and she brought Julian the Vet and their dog Tweed in to talk to us about working with animals.  The children loved hearing about all the pets they care for and meeting Tweed who was so well behaved when being examined by the children!  Thank you so much for coming in!

We went to our first 'Open the Book' Assembly with Bryony and Campion this week! This is when a group of volunteers from St John's Church come in and tell us important stories from bible.  This week we shared the story of the Feeding of the Five Thousand, where four children from our class helped to act out the story by dressing up as some of Jesus' followers.  The children really enjoyed listening and taking part. Here are some photos:

Week ending 3rd November

In our Phonics this week we have learnt the following new sounds - m, d and these high frequency words - I, it, is.  Please talk about them at home with your child.


For our Welly Walk this week we where hunting for colours - in particular looking for varying shades of green - here are a few photos:

This term we are learning about different jobs and professions.  On Friday Oscar's mum came in to talk to us about being a nurse - we had fun finding out how to feel our own pulse and put on slings and bandages.  Thank you to Rachel for a very interesting talk!

Planting our red oak tree with Mr Allinson

Planting our red oak tree with Mr Allinson 1
Planting our red oak tree with Mr Allinson 2
Planting our red oak tree with Mr Allinson 3
Planting our red oak tree with Mr Allinson 4

Welcome back after the half term break!  We hope you all had a good week and are feeling refreshed and ready for another busy term in Arum.

Just a quick reminder that in Phonics so far we have learnt these sounds.....

s, a, t, p, i, n

also these key words I, in

Please practise the sounds and actions at home and 'sound talk' simple words - little and often is best.


Please also return your child's yellow shared voice book as we will be taking turns to share their half term news over the coming weeks.

Thank you

Week ending 13th October

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

s, a, t, p

Ask your child to tell you the sound and Jolly Phonics action for each of these graphemes (letters). 

We have also been learning to 'sound talk' simple cvc words (consonant - vowel - consonant) using these sounds - e.g s-a-t  sat, t-a-p  tap. 

Please practice them at home - little and often is best!

Week ending 6th October

Another exciting week in Arum - everyone stayed for the morning and lunch.  It has been lovely for the class to be together and getting to know each other again after the morning/afternoon sessions.

Our Harvest Festival Service at St Vigor's Church was a highlight of the week. We enjoyed our Autumn walk to the church and we are very proud of the children who stood up to talk about being generous and sharing the apple cakes that we had made in school.  Thank you to all who walked to church with us.

Harvest Festival Celebrations

Making apple cakes to celebrate Harvest Festival

School dinners - yum yum!

School dinners - yum yum! 1
School dinners - yum yum! 2
School dinners - yum yum! 3

Week ending 29th September

This week we went out for a Welly Walk looking for the signs of Autumn - what did we see?

Week ending 15th September

Another busy week in Arum class - we have been practising our counting and number recognition skills and learning to use a drawing package on our class computers.  We also had fun using the Stickle bricks to create models of ourselves.  In between the rain showers we explored Lily's Wood.  What 5 things did you find there to bring back to the classroom?

A warm welcome to all our new children and families!  It was lovely to come and visit you at home over the last couple of days 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!

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 and Amy Nicholls 

We have had a busy first two days in Arum with lots of new experiences.  The children are settling very 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!

We had a very important task on Friday and that was to choose a name for our class chicken.  First we came up with a few ideas - Cookie, Mr Love Heart, Mrs Chicken, Percy, Sarah, Goldie and Fiona and then we all voted for our favourite name and the most popular was Biscuit!

We will make regular visits to see Biscuit and will hopefully soon be able to collect some of her eggs!

Meet our class chicken - her name is Biscuit!

Meet our class chicken - her name is Biscuit! 1

Our first day at school - we are the Arum team!!

Our first day at school - we are the Arum team!! 1
Our first day at school - we are the Arum team!! 2