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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?

Happy World Book Day

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Week ending 6th March 2020

In Phonics we have learnt the new digraph ee and key word all.

We had fun this week celebrating World Book Day - we dressed as our favourite characters and shared our favourite book with all our friends in Arum.  We also shared 'A home for Luna' by Steff Gemmill and thought about what it might be like to live in a new home that is different from our own.

Week ending 28th February 2020

Welcome back after the half-term break!

 

In Phonics we have learnt the new digraphs ng and ai and key word her.

 

We have had a lot of fun in Arum class this week!  We celebrated Shrove Tuesday by making and eating pancakes and taking part in pancake races with the Nursery children.  The pancakes were delicious!  We also went for a Welly walk around the school grounds looking for signs of Spring and spotted lots of daffodils, catkins and tress in bud.  We planted the Japanese onions in our raised bed and are very excited to have some frog spawn in the classroom which we will be keeping a close eye on.

In our Maths we have been measuring how far we can jump and exploring 2-dimensional shapes.

We welcomed visitors Jon and Claire, who came to talk to us about their role in the local community as Paramedics.  We had fun putting bandages on each other and were lucky enough to see one of their First Response vehicles - its siren was very loud!  Many thanks to them for giving up their spare time to visit us - we learnt lots of new things.

Here are a few photos:

Week ending 7th February 2020

In Phonics we have learnt the following new sounds and z, zz, qu and ch and learnt new key words you and was.

Please practice these at home when you have a moment - little and often is best! Thank you

 

We have had a busy week in Arum and went to visit Norton Green Garden Centre on Wednesday afternoon.  The children really enjoyed having a look around and finding out what a garden centre is and what you can buy there.  We have now used the children's ideas to create our own garden centre in our role play area.  If you have anything that we can borrow to add to it, then please send it in.  We also bought a few things to put in our raised bed - potatoes (which we are chitting!), japanese onions, a strawberry plant and a mini Christmas tree!

Thank you to all the parents who came along with us - your help is greatly appreciated.

 

Here are a few photos from our week in Arum. 

 

We went to Lily's Wood to do bark rubbings, had a visit from a guide dog which was very exciting and went to visit the chickens and collect the eggs. We did an egg raffle (put all our names in a hat) and some children were lucky enough to take some eggs home.  Enjoy!

Week ending 24th January 2020

In Phonics this week we have learnt the following new sounds andand spent time consolidating the sounds and key words that we have learnt so far including he, she, me, we, be, my.

Please practice these at home when you have a moment - little and often is best! Thank you

Week ending 17th January 2020

We have had a busy week in Arum with lots of new learning experiences!  Our Quest this term is all about 'change' and we have been doing a number of experiments to discover what change can mean.  We have been exploring ice and what happens when water gets cold.  We are also watching to see what happens to some fruit that we have cut up and left in the class room.  As Scientists we have been observing, predicting and asking questions.

We have also been learning about two dimensional shape - naming and describing common shapes using mathematical language and exploring them in our play.  In Literacy we have been sharing the story of Elmer the Elephant and thinking about how we are all different and unique.  We have planned and made a model of an animal using a range of different resources.

We joined Bryony and Campion at our 'Open the Book' assembly where we shared the story of 'The Boy Jesus in the Temple' and helped to take part in the story telling.

Have a look at our photos below to see what we have been up to!

In Phonics this week we have learnt the following new sounds and v and also new key words he, she, me, we, be and my.  You should have also received a sheet with all the new key words that we will be learning over the next few weeks as part of Letters and Sounds Phase 3.  Please do and try and look at these over the coming weeks and help your child learn them.  This will help to support their development in reading and writing.

 

A very Happy New Year to you all!  Welcome back to school - we hope you had an enjoyable festive break!  Thank you from us all for the kind gifts and cards - greatly appreciated.

Week ending 6th December 2019

In Phonics this week we have learnt the following new sounds ss and ff (digraphs - 2 letters making one sound) and spent time consolidating the sounds and key words that we have learnt so far the, I, no, go, into.

It was great to see more parents in again this week to take part in our daily phonics lessons - we hope you found the sessions helpful for supporting your child with their reading and writing at home.  

Week ending 29th November 2019

In Phonics this week we have learnt the following new sounds b, l, ll (a digraph - 2 letters making one sound) and spent time consolidating the sounds and key words that we have learnt so far.  We have also played a number of different games to help us practice blending sounds together to make CVC words (consonant, vowel, consonant).  It has been great to welcome so many parents who have joined us for our daily phonics sessions - we hope you enjoyed the sessions and found it useful to see how we teach Phonics.

We have had a busy fortnight in Arum - here are a few photos.  We have a Xmas treat in store which we are practising with Mrs Tyler.  We have been making trails using a wide range of resources both inside and outside - for example musical instruments and natural objects.  We attended our first 'Open the Book' assembly when our friends from St John's told us a story about Joseph the Carpenter.  The children were also presented with their bibles which they will keep in school.  In our Maths learning we have been creating patterns and adding two groups of objects together to find a total.

Week ending 15th November 2019

In Phonics this week we have learnt the new sound r and spent time consolidating all the sounds and key words that we have learnt so far.  We have also been practising blending these sounds together to read simple CVC (consonant/vowel/consonant) words such as r-u-g rug, c-a-t cat, m-a-n man etc. 

We have also been reading different versions of 'The Magic Porridge Pot' and telling the story using a story map and actions to support us.  We have all made and tasted porridge - very yummy!  We have also been Artists and taking our pencil or pen for a walk across the page - in our special sketch books.  In Maths we have been exploring estimation and also learning how to add two groups of object together to find the total.  We have been very busy!

 

Apologies again that there is a lack of photos - we are having issues with uploading them - we will keep trying!

Thank you

Week ending 8th November 2019

In Phonics this week we have learnt e and ck (2 letters together making one sound) and key words no and to

Please practise at home - little and often!

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Welcome back to school - we hope you all had an enjoyable half term break!  Here are our plans for the run up to Christmas.  Any questions, please do come and ask us.  Here's to another busy term of exciting learning!

The Arum Team

Thank you to everyone who was able to come in share our learning for this term.  It was great to see so many of you and the children really enjoyed sharing their 'Me posters'.

We wish you a very Happy Half-term!

Harvest Festival Service

Week ending 18th October 2019

Here is a recap of all the new sounds that we have learnt during our Phonics sessions so far this term:

s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g

We have also started to look at key words - I, it, is, in, a, go, the. Some of these words can be sounded out eg i - n - in, however words such as go and the cannot, so the children just need to learn to read them on sight.  Can you spot any of them in books at home? 

We use the Jolly Phonics actions - ask your child and they will show you the action and tell you the sounds that these letters make. 

Can you spot any of these letters at home?  Or find any objects beginning with these sounds.  We also learn how to write these letters in the cursive script, making sure we always start in the correct place.  

If you do have time to practise at home, then little and often is best!

 

Sorry that there are no new photos at the moment - technical issues!  We will update this page when we can.

Week ending 4th October 2019

In Phonics this week we have learnt these new sounds 't', 'p', 'i', and 'n'.  We have also started to look at  key words - I, it, is, and in.  We use the Jolly Phonics actions - ask your child and they will show you the action and tell you the sounds that these letters make. 

Can you spot any of these letters at home?  Or find any objects beginning with these sounds.  We also learn how to write these letters in the cursive script, making sure we always start in the correct place.  

Week ending 27th September 2019

That was a busy week with the children in full time!  They are settling in really well and getting used to the new routines and expectations, including having lunch in the hall and play on the MUGA.  

Below are some photos to show you what we have been up to this week - picking apples and blackberries, making and eating crumble, doing P.E, exploring numbers and counting, writing letters, making and eating toast, circle time, sharing a story with Mr Chorley, sharing our 'me boxes'.

 

We have also started daily Phonics - learning letters and sounds.  This week we have learnt two new sounds 's' and 'a'.  We use the Jolly Phonics actions - ask your child and they will show you the action and tell you the sounds that these letters make.  Can you spot any of these letters at home?  Or find any objects beginning with these sounds.  We also learn how to write these letters in the cursive script.  

 

A very warm welcome to all our new children and families!  It was lovely to come and visit you all at home 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 and Suzanne Cox 

We have had a very busy first couple of weeks at school getting to grips with new routines and expectations.  We have been exploring our new school, meeting lots of new adults and finding out where everything is! Here are a few photos so that you can see what we have been up to in school.

  • St Vigor and St John Church School
  • Wells Road
  • Chilcompton
  • Radstock, BA3 4EX
  • Tel: 01761 233847
  • Email: school@svsj.bwmat.org