Welcome back to term 5, this year seems to be just flying by! With such wonderful weather all week we have begun to make full use of our new decked ‘Outdoor Classroom’ just outside our new backdoor. The children focus so much better on their teacher-led learning when they have opportunity to pursue their own interests at other times. Having their own self-initiated learning time also develops their independence and skills of investigation, as well as cooperation, problem-solving and resilience. Time well spent I believe!
This term we are honing our phonic skills, ensuring that we know all our sounds quickly and can sound out and blend words that contain them. We have been busy creating our own nonsense alien words, challenging each other to work them out. Please continue to check for new words added to the yellow phonic wallets each week.
On Tuesday we had a brisk walk up to The Vine to wave our hands and flags for Lizzy Yarnold as she whizzed by on her open-top bus. This was our first of two bus-related excitements this week….
Friday saw us board our very own red, double decker bus to spend the day at Ladyland farm. We had a truly fabulous day. The sun shone, the animals were friendly and the children were brilliant. Our Farmer, Jackie, commented how well the children participated, listened and shared their knowledge, they made me feel exceptionally proud.
Finally, our two, birthday boys (one celebrating yesterday and the other tomorrow) were lucky enough to hold a newly hatched chick, still damp and only an hour or so old. Farmer Jackie then decided that it should be named after them … so, welcome to the world baby ‘Harley-James’!