Friday 13th November


Dear Parents/Carers,

The children have been learning about different events happening in the community; Diwali, Remembrance and Children In Need.

During the week the children have been learning about the Hindu festival Diwali and how it is celebrated. They listened to the story of Rama and Sita and their escape from Ravana. We talked about Diwali, which is a festival of light, celebrating the victory of good over evil. They watch a Newsround clip about a child celebrating Diwali with her family.  Deeya talked about why she celebrates Diwali and the children got to see the temple she visits to pray, the food they share and the dress she wore.

As a class the children read instructions to make salt dough. The children moulded the dough, manipulating with their hands to make a Diva lamp. As a class the children then wrote their own instructions  ‘How to make a diva lamp’.  They used their phonological knowledge to sound out words and an adult scribed their ideas. They learnt that instructions need to be bossy! The children have been excited about taking their Diva lamps home! The recipe is below if you’d like to make it at home to roll, squash, squeeze and flatten. If your child wishes to keep their creation you can bake it in the oven at a low temperature until solid.

In Maths the children explored Rangoli patterns. We looked at the lines of symmetry and had a go at creating some of our own symmetrical patterns.

On Wednesday it was Remembrance, the children made poppies and we observed the two minute silence at eleven o’clock to remember all the people that died in the war.

In Phonics this week the children have learnt ‘j’,’v’,’w’ and ‘x’ phoneme/ grapheme correspondence. They have been continuing to practise blending for reading, words and captions. The children have also started to think about what sounds are needed to spell certain words and having a go at writing words as a class/ independently. They have been doing this through a range of games and activities. The children have received a new set of flashcards this week. They sounds are h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss also included are the high frequency words, no, go, into, on, at, of, off, get, can, up. Try and use these with your child to play the games suggested.

Next week we will start looking at answering some of the questions the children had when we talked about what they wanted to learn after half term. The sea came out as a theme with questions such as “How do whales squirt water out their hole?”, “How do fish/sharks/ turtles swim?”, and “How do dolphins dive underwater?” We will answer these questions and probably create many more, starting with learning the rhyme ‘A sailor went to sea, sea, sea”.

Have an enjoyable weekend,

Best Wishes,

Miss Zimmerman and the EFYS team.

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