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Friday 17th July

 

Good Morning Year R

 

Wow! I cannot believe it is your last day in Year R and that when you return to school in September you will be in Year 1.  I have loved getting to know you all and teaching you.

 

Thank you very much for the wonderful cards and gifts that you gave me, Mrs Parkes and Mrs Kilkenny.  We are very grateful.  I would particularly like to thank you for the amazing book with all of your drawings and messages in.  It made me cry (happy tears!).  I recognise some of them from 'Draw with Rob' and I am so glad that you have enjoyed learning to draw when you have not been able to come to school.  So many of the drawings and pictures really remind me of things you talk about.  I will treasure it forever.  Thank you again.

 

I am looking forward to seeing lots of you later for the last time in Year R.  

 

I hope you all have a lovely summer and I am looking forward to seeing you in September.  

 

Miss Coster

 

Dear Parents and Children,

 

I would just like to say a huge thank you for the wonderful card, flowers and gifts. I loved the card so much and can’t believe how much you have all grown since the beginning of school!

 

It has been so much fun spending time with you all this year dancing and singing. I will see you all again in year one and we will do lots of sports activities together.

 

Hope you all have a lovely summer holiday and see you in September.

 

Many Thanks

 

Mrs Kilkenny

Thursday 16th July

 

Good Morning Year R

 

Last night I was assigning new books on Rising Stars Reading Planet and I had a look at how many books you have been reading.  I would like to say well done as lots of you have read an amazing number of books.  I hope you enjoyed reading them.  You will only be able to access these books today and tomorrow so it is your last chance to read these books.  

 

A few parents have asked if there is any way you can continue to read online. The following website offers a free service once you sign up   https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/  Unfortunately it doesn't have as many books in each book band or age range but if you are keen to read it should hep.

 

I am looking forward to seeing lots of you today.  

 

 

Wednesday 15th July

 

Bonjour Year R

 

It is the last week of the Virtual Sussex School Games.  I know lots of you have really enjoyed taking part.  This week the challenges are based upon an Old Skool Sports Day.  The first challenge is a Welly Wang, I think this might be my favourite challenge so far.  There is also a Skittle Alley, Hopping Mad and an Egg and Spoon Race.  For more information please see  https://www.activesussex.org/virtual/ If you take part remember to submit your scores by midday on Friday to https://www.activesussex.org/scorecard/  

 

If you haven't had a chance to look at the transition to Year 1 information it is available here https://www.stpeterseastgrinstead.co.uk/back-to-school/ Miss Cosens shares information about herself and if you wish to you can send her some information about you to infants@stpeterseg.co.uk She has really enjoyed looking at the details some of you have already sent her.  

Tuesday 14th July

 

Good Morning Year R

 

I hope you are enjoying the sunshine!

 

It will soon be the Summer holidays.  If you are looking for something to do Mid Sussex District Council will be running a FREE online programme "Play Days at Home" available each day Monday to Friday from 11am for under 10s. This will run for 6 weeks throughout the school summer holidays starting on Monday 20th July and finishing on Friday 28th August.  This programme will include circus skills and shows, puppet shows, songs and activities, recycled art, recycling challenges and quizzes, sports and keep fit activities and outdoor activities.  For more information please see https://www.midsussex.gov.uk/leisure-sport/whats-on-in-mid-sussex/mid-sussex-play-days/ 

 

Parents, I will be phoning you today to ask if you have any questions regarding your child's report.  I look forward to speaking to you later.  

Monday 13th July

 

Good Morning Year R

 

I hope you had a great weekends.

 

Do you remember me mentioning the Summer library reading challenge a few weeks ago?  There is a document below with more information.  West Susses libraries including East Grinstead are now offering a 'Select and Collect' option so you can borrow books if you wish to.  This could help you if you wish to take part in the challenge.  For more information please see https://arena.westsussex.gov.uk/web/arena/currentoffer/library-recovery  

 

Remember the online Rising Stars books will be available until Friday 17th so please make the most of them if you wish to read phonics books this week.  

Friday 10th July

 

Good Morning Year R

 

We had a busy day at school yesterday in the Year R groups.  We had fun colour mixing and painting and seeing what happened when you add waters to skittles.  The children loved receiving their medals and certificates for the Fun Run and made some lovely lists of what they would like to take on a picnic.  All of the adults were proud of the children as they used their sound mats to sound out and write words independently.

 

Perhaps you could try some colour mixing at home.

 

I look forward to seeing lots of you today.

 

Have a great weekend!

Thursday 9th July

 

Good Morning Year R

 

Were you able to work out my clues yesterday?  The medals have arrived for the 1km Fun Run.  I look forward to seeing lots of you today and giving out the medals.  

 

Today is the last day for the Rainbow Games.  Please submit any scores and photos by 3pm today to keepactive@stpeterseg.co.uk  If you are feeling active you could also have a go at this week's Virtual School Games challenges which are related to Golf.  Details can be found at https://www.activesussex.org/virtual/ If you take part remember to submit your scores by midday on Friday to https://www.activesussex.org/scorecard/ 

 

Wednesday 8th July

 

Good Morning Year R

 

Yesterday something arrived in the post at school.  I will give you some clues, it is for something lots of you did at school but you could also have done it at home.  The next clue, if you did it at school it was outside and the final clue, you did it six times.  Can you work out what it is?  If you are coming to school tomorrow you will find out.

 

If you are coming to school in the Year R groups on Thursday, please wear old clothes that it doesn't matter if you get paint on.  You don't have to wear school uniform.  I am looking forward to seeing lots of you tomorrow.

 

Don't forget about the Rainbow Games.

Tuesday 7th July 

 

Good Morning Year R

 

This week is the St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School Rainbow Games! This is a virtual Sports Day Challenge which you can take part in from home.  Year R are part of the silver infant team taking on the different houses in the juniors.  You are brilliant at taking part in the sports challenges at home so I think the infants can do really well.  There are 7 different challenges, please read the instructions on the Virtual Sports Day Activity cards document attached below.  Each activity has suggested modifications for each age group so please check the EYFS section carefully.  

 

Please do take part if you can, every point could help!  Everyone who takes part at home will get a certificate and I know you all love certificates!  GOOD LUCK SILVER TEAM!

 

We would love to see photos or video clips, please send them and your scores to keepactive@stpeterseg.co.uk by 3pm on Thursday 9th July.

Monday 6th July 

 

Good Morning Year R

 

I hope you had a lovely weekend.
 

On Friday at school we had a lot of fun acting out the story of Little Red Riding Hood. I hope you enjoy the videos below. I wasn’t able to film everyone at school. If you have been at school or at home learning this story and would like to send a short video (20 seconds or less) of you acting out part of the story I would love to see it and can post it here for everyone in the class to see. Please send it to infants@stpeterseg.co.uk 

Little Red Riding Hood part 1

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Little Red Riding Hood part 2

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Little Red Riding Hood part 3

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Little Red Riding Hood part 4

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Little Red Riding Hood part 5

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Little Red Riding Hood part 6

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Little Red Riding Hood part 7

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Little Red Riding Hood part 8

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Friday 3rd July

 

Good Morning Year R

 

Happy Friday! 

 

The children who came to school yesterday in the Year R groups did some fantastic learning which really made me and the other adults at school proud.  The children made Little Red Riding Hood story maps and we learnt about why sleep is important and then made clocks.  We will use the story maps to help us retell the story today.  If any of you did this learning at home I would love to see photos. 

 

I look forward to seeing lots of you today.

 

Have a good weekend!

Thursday 2nd July

 

Good Morning Year R

 

I am looking forward to seeing lots of you at school today.

 

It is lovely to see how regularly many of you read online on https://my.risingstars-uk.com/ Some of you have read an amazing number of books. If you haven't logged on for a while it would be great if you could log on and read a book.   Please do keep reading as we have access to these online books until the last day of term on the 17th July. 

 

Julia Donaldson is sharing some of her Songbirds Phonic stories on her Facebook page - The Gruffalo at 4pm today.  If you are able to watch you may recognise them as we have some of these books at school.

 

Wednesday 1st July

 

Good Morning Year R

 

It was lovely to speak to so many of you yesterday.  Lots of you said you had seen the photos and videos of the butterflies.  One girl has sent in a photo of a drawing she made of myself and some of you.  It is a fantastic drawing.  Another girl spotted a very large caterpillar when she was out on a walk.  You can see both photos below.

 

It is a new month today, do you know what month it is?  It begins with j and it isn't January. 

 

This week the Sussex Virtual School Games challenges focus on rugby.  One of you told me you had been trying them inside with balloons as it was raining yesterday.  I know some of you play rugby so hopefully you will enjoy the challenges.  Details can be found at https://www.activesussex.org/virtual/ If you take part remember to submit your scores by midday on Friday to https://www.activesussex.org/scorecard/ 

 

If you would like to be included in this week's Keep Active newsletter please send photos to keepactive@stpeterseg.co.uk Photos don't have to be of the rugby challenges they can be any physical activities.

 

Tuesday 30th June

 

Good Morning Year R

 

Did you look at the photos in the slide show?  The butterflies have emerged.  The first one emerged on Friday night and the first butterfly photos show it in the net and eating.  The next one emerged on Saturday and two more emerged on Sunday.  Unfortunately the third one had a damaged wing.  The last one emerged on Monday morning and you can see a video below of it emerging.  I have added lots more photos to the slide show.

 

I released them yesterday, the first one quickly flew out of the net.  The next ones couldn't quite work out how to leave so I helped them by gently putting my finger inside the net, each one climbed on and then I released them.  The one that emerged on Monday morning was released late Monday afternoon. 

Our fifth butterfly emerging

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Our first butterfly

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Children's Liturgy - Saint Peter and Saint Paul

Saint Peter and Saint Paul opened their hearts to Jesus. Let's be like them and open our hearts to Jesus this week!

Monday 29th June

 

Good Morning Year R

 

I hope you had a good weekend.  Today is a special day, it is our school feast day.  Our school is named after one of the saints that share toady's feast day, St. Peter.  In previous years the entire school has walked to church to attend Mass.  To find out more about our feast day please see https://www.stpeterseastgrinstead.co.uk/religious-life-of-the-school/ The information is at the bottom of the page.  You may also wish to watch the Liturgy that I have linked to above.

 

Have a look at the caterpillar slideshow at the top of the page.  Can you see any changes?

 

On Friday the children in the Year R groups at school continued their learning about Little Red Riding Hood.  They drew wolves and labelled them. 

Friday 26th June

 

Good Morning Year R

 

We had a really busy day at school yesterday.  We completed the Fun Run first thing before it got too hot.  We then made treasure maps of the classrooms, ate lunch outside and watched the ducklings having a swim.  The ducklings are being collected today so they can go back to the farm. It was lovely to spend time watching them swimming and diving.  There are some photos below.

 

We have had another amazing Keep Active at Home video, to see it please go to https://www.stpeterseastgrinstead.co.uk/physical-activities/

 

We also looked at the chrysalides, we couldn't see any changes.  Our fingers are crossed for butterflies today.

 

I am looking forward to seeing those of you who are coming to school today.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday 24th June

 

Good Morning Year R

 

It was lovely to speak to so many of you yesterday and hear what you have been up to.  Lots of you mentioned that you were going to play outside and some of you were going to play in paddling pools or with water.  I hope you had a fantastic time.  I am looking forward to seeing those of you who are coming into school today later. 

 

I have added a new picture of the caterpillars in the slide show above.  You may not be able to tell but I can see a bit more gold on each one.  In case any of them came out over night I added something for them to eat as I wouldn't want them to be hungry after all of that hard work.  I wonder if we will have any butterflies today.

Wednesday 24th June

 

Good Morning Year R

 

I transferred the chrysalides to a larger enclosure yesterday afternoon.  When I looked closely I saw that some of them have gold specs on them.  I had to be really careful with the ones that had fallen from the lid.  I followed the instructions and placed them on paper towels at the side of the new net.  Take a look at the photos above. 

 

We have received our first Keep Active at Home Challenge of the week.  It is fantastic!  You can see it here https://www.stpeterseastgrinstead.co.uk/physical-activities/

 

The weather is very warm this week, if you are coming to school on Thursday you can wear your PE kit (with shoes and socks) if you wish to.  Along with the yellow dresses, PE kits are the coolest things you can wear to school.  You will need a sun hat and it would be a good idea to bring an extra drink.

 

Today I will be telephoning you to speak to you.  I am really looking forward to it. 

 

Speak to you later!

Tuesday 23rd June

 

Good Morning Year R

 

Have a look at the latest photo of the caterpillars in the slide show above.  Something has changed.  Can you described what has happened to the last two caterpillars?  The warm weather can speed up their transformation so we may have butterflies this week. 

 

You may also wish to look at the ducklings on https://www.stpeterseastgrinstead.co.uk/ducklings-1/ They have really grown!  There are lots of videos including  some of them swimming.  In one their names are chosen.  I recognise one of the names as being a Year R suggestion.  If you suggested a name can you remember it?  Has your name been chosen?

 

This week the Virtual Sussex School Games challenges are based on cricket and stoolball.  The first one is looks fun and is called clap and catch.  I wonder if you can throw a ball (or pair of socks or orange!) in the air and clap and then catch.  Details can be found at https://www.activesussex.org/virtual/ If you take part remember to submit your scores by midday on Friday to https://www.activesussex.org/scorecard/

Monday 22nd  June

 

Good Morning Year R

 

I hope you had good weekends.  Did you see the great news in the latest Keep Active newsletter?  Year R sent in the most Keep Active at Home challenge videos so won the competition.   All of the amazing videos as well as one group at school doing one of challenges can be seen at https://www.stpeterseastgrinstead.co.uk/physical-activities/

 

This week there is a new challenge to win your own £20 voucher.  You can send in a new video even if you sent one in last week.  I have loved watching them and cannot wait to see what you come up with this week.  We show them to the children who come to school and you can watch them and have a go at home.  Please send your videos to keepactive@stpeterseg.co.uk Remember to keep them to 15 seconds. 

 

Friday 19th June

 

Good Morning Year R

 

4 out of 5 ducklings have hatched, have a look at https://www.stpeterseastgrinstead.co.uk/ducklings-1/ to see them.

 

The children who attended school yesterday really enjoyed looking at the caterpillars and ducklings.  The children spotted something had changed.  Take a look at the last photo above.  Instead of four caterpillars hanging from the lid of the pot there were two.  It looks like two wriggly caterpillars have knocked the other three chrysalises and they have fallen to the bottom of the pot.  I have never seen this happen before, hopefully they will be ok as it wasn't far to fall. 

 

If you have been doing the Sussex school games Boccia challenges remember to enter the scores by midday on https://www.activesussex.org/scorecard/

 

Did you hear about the competition to name the ducklings?  If your child has an idea for a name please send it to infants@stpeterseg.co.uk and five names will be selected.  Children shared some great name ideas at school and it would be fantastic if one them was selected if they are sent to the infant e-mail.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

 

Thursday 18th June

 

Good Morning Year R

 

Have a look at the latest caterpillar photo.  Something has changed for some of the caterpillars, what do you think it is?

 

What did you think was inside the eggs?  They are duck eggs so will hatch into ducklings.  Photos and videos can be found at https://www.stpeterseastgrinstead.co.uk/ducklings-1/ These will be regularly updated. 

 

Did you see details about the Keep Active At Home competition?  We have had 3 Year R videos so far, if you would like to increase Year R’s chances of winning please send a 15 second video to keepactive@stpeterseg.co.uk  by 9am tomorrow (Friday).  I would love to see more of your amazing videos. 

 

I look forward to seeing lots of you at school today.  If you are not coming to school today there are two different assemblies you could watch.  One will be available on the National Oak Academy website and features the Duchess of Cambridge talking about kindness.  It should be available here https://classroom.thenational.academy/assemblies  at 11am.  The second assembly is a CAFOD assembly about hope and should be available here https://cafod.org.uk/News/Events/Hopeful-summer-assembly at 10am.  Those of you coming to school could watch them another day.

 

 

***********BREAKING NEWS**********

 

We have a third Year R Keep Active at Home Challenge video.  It is a fantastic dance routine you could try at home.  Please go to https://www.stpeterseastgrinstead.co.uk/keep-active-at-home-challenge-videos/ to see it.

 

There is a prize of a £30 gift voucher for the class that sends in the most Keep Active at Home videos.  If you would like increase Year R's chance of winning the deadline is 9am on Friday morning, so get creative, think of an idea, film it (15 seconds max) and send it to keepactive@stpeterseg.co.uk We have had 3 amazing videos so far.  I cant wait to see more.

Wednesday 17th June

 

Good Morning Year R

 

Have a look at the newest photo on the slide show above, some of the caterpillars are doing something different.  What do you think they are doing?  What will happen next?

 

We also have some egg-citing news, there was a delivery to school today.  What do you think might be inside?  (Parents I know you have received some information about this and know what is inside but I think it will be a really interesting discussion to have with your children before telling them.)

 

 

Tuesday 16th June

 

Good Morning Year R

 

I have put a new photo of the caterpillars in the slide show above.  I thought that they might begin to hang upside down from the top of their container over the weekend so I left them at school.  If they are moved when they first start to hang and spin their chrysalises they can be hurt if they fall off so I didn’t want to move them.  Miss Thouless kindly took a photo for us, what can you see that is different?  Are they beginning to hang upside down from the lid? 

 

This week the Virtual Sussex School Games challenge is Boccia.  I can hear lots of you saying, what is Boccia?  It is a Paralympic sport, and can be played by people in wheelchairs.  If you have a go in the first challenge you will sit on a chair and throw a ball trying to hit a target.  I hope you have fun!

For details of the challenges please see https://www.activesussex.org/virtual/

 

Remember to submit your scores by midday on Friday to https://www.activesussex.org/scorecard/

 

If you would like to share photos of these challenge or videos of your own challenges please send them to keepactive@stpeterseg.co.uk We have had another Year R Keep Active at Home video challenge which was also amazing.  It would be great to see more. All of the Year R videos can be seen at https://www.stpeterseastgrinstead.co.uk/keep-active-at-home-challenge-videos/

Monday 15th June

 

Good Morning Year R

 

I hope you enjoyed the sunshine at the weekend.  It is a new week so there is some new home learning.  There is a new pack about a dog called Max with lots of different activities.

 

Each year there is a national reading challenge.  It is free and available on line if you wish to take part.  For details please go to https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/parents-carers I have checked and West Sussex libraries do have books that can be read electronically but they only have 6 picture books. 

 

If you would like to see a new book Emily Grevatt is reading some books she has written or illustrated, there is a below link to one of them. 

Emily Reads . . . Again!

Friday 12th June

 

Kalimera Year R

 

This means Good Morning in Greek.  Did you know that in Greek many of the letters are different so this word actually looks like this, Καλημέρα.  Can you say Kalimera to someone today?

 

Have you noticed that the caterpillars have grown a lot. Can you see anything else that has changed if you look through the photos?

 

Here is a link to The Very Hungry Caterpillar story.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

We have our first Keep Active at home challenge video, it isn't just the first one in Year R, it is the first one in the entire school.  It is fantastic!  Can you have a go at this challenge?  We would love to see more challenges.  Please send them to keepactive@stpeterseg.co.uk

Our first Keep Active at Home challenge video

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Thursday 11th June

 

Good Morning Year R

 

Oliver Jeffers, the author of Lost and Found is reading one of his books each day on his website.  I haven’t read all of his books but I do like ‘The Way Back Home’ and ‘How to Catch a Star’.  Maybe you will enjoy these or maybe you will find a different one you like best.

https://www.oliverjeffers.com/books#/abookaday/ 

 

Below are details of an exciting new active challenge for you which I hope you will take part in.  I cannot wait to see your fabulous ideas.   They do need to be 15 seconds or less so they can be uploaded to the website for everyone to see.  I wonder how many of you will take part.  I hope lots of you will. 

Wednesday 10th June

 

Good Morning Year R

 

As you know reading is one of my favourite things to do so to do and I love sharing books with you.   I have two different books an adult can read to you.  One, Rain Before Rainbows, is a story with lovely pictures, the other, My Nature Activity Book, is an information book with suggestions of fun activities.

 

Walker Books has released Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Halls and illustrated by David Litchfield as a free eBook.  Follow this link to read this beautiful book https://stayhome.walker.co.uk/rainbows/

 

My Nature Activity Book can be found on Rising Stars Reading Planet, it is different from the other books on there as it is for slightly older children so an adult will need to read it to you.  Even though some children have returned to school we cannot send home paper books so reading phonics books online continues to be important.  Ideally children should read for 10 minutes every day, if this is not possible try to read for 10 minutes as often as possible.

 

I wonder which one you will like best.

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Tuesday 9th June

 

Good morning Year R

 

I have added a new photo of the caterpillars above, it is hard to tell from the photo but there is one small caterpillar, one that is a bit bigger and three very big ones.  Just last Friday they were the same size, some must be hungry caterpillars!

 

The Sussex Virtual School Games challenges this week are linked to athletics.  The first two challenges, speed bounce and agility shuttles look like lots of fun.  You need some house hold items , towels and socks!  The last challenge is a mini marathon where you run 1km as fast as you can.  At school the class enjoy running round the daily mile track so hopefully you will like this challenge.  Details of the four challenges can be found at https://www.activesussex.org/virtual/

 

Remember to submit your scores by midday on Friday to https://www.activesussex.org/scorecard/

 

If you would like to be in the next Keep Active newsletter please send photos to keepactive@stpeterseg.co.uk 

Monday 8th June

 

Good Morning Year R

 

I hope you had a good weekend.  Did you work out what was inside the box?  It was caterpillars.  I have taken a photo of them each day and I cannot believe how much they have grown.  Do you know what caterpillars turn into?

 

Can you think of any other real creatures that change into something else?  I will give you a clue of one, ribbit!

Friday 5th June

 

Good morning Year R

 

It was lovely seeing those of you that came to school yesterday.  Just before the children went home a package arrived in the post for Year R.  It was quite small (about the side of an adult's hand but thicker).  I gave two other clues about what was inside, first that it was alive.  It does not have a puppy inside as one child guessed!  The second clue is that there was more than one of the same creature inside, they are small but will grow bigger.  What do you think is inside?

 

If you have done the Sussex Games challenge this week remember to submit your scores by midday on https://www.activesussex.org/scorecard/  If you haven't had a chance to try the netball/basketball challenges you could try them this morning.

Thursday 4th June

 

Good morning Year R

 

I am excited to see those of you returning to school today and I will be thinking of those of you who are at home. 

 

I have put a link to a story called The Colour Monster which we hope to share at school today, we will talk about feelings and colour our own colour monsters.  You could also listen to the story and colour your own colour monsters at home.

The Colour Monster

The Colour Monster - by Anna Llenas. Read by Sherry.

Wednesday 3rd June

 

Bonjour Year R

 

The Journey to the South Pole pack today focuses on France.  If you would like to learn some French you may wish to look at this Supermovers clip which teaches us greetings in French.

How are you?  -  Ca Va?  good  - ca va bien, bad – mal, ok – pas mal

Perhaps you could use these questions when you speak to anyone today.

 

The link in the pack underneath the French flag takes you to an animated French vocabulary clip.  It is quite long so only watch for as long as you find it interesting.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyHIcOX4FaE

 

I hope you enjoy learning some French.

 

Parents - some children are returning to school tomorrow.  If you haven’t yet shown your child the Year R back to school story please show them today, particularly talking through saying good bye at the green fence ‘bye bye stop’.  You may also wish to show them this ‘In it together’ story which has a lovely message at the end.

Tuesday 2nd June

 

Good morning Year R

 

If you were able to do the Journey to the South Pole activities yesterday I hope you enjoyed them, if you do more today you could maybe look at floating and sinking and things to take on a journey. The boy and the Penguin were travelling somewhere very cold.  At the moment it is hot, would you need the same things if you were going somewhere hot?

 

The Sussex Virtual School Games challenges this week are linked to basketball and netball.  You have always enjoyed ball games in PE so I think you will enjoy these.  You don’t need a basketball or netball, you can use any large ball that bounces.  These are the kind of challenges that if you are able to have more than one go at I think you will improve. They look like lots of fun.  Details of the four challenges can be found at https://www.activesussex.org/virtual/

 

Remember to submit your scores by midday on Friday to https://www.activesussex.org/scorecard/

 

If you would like to be in the next Keep Active newsletter please send photos to keepactive@stpeterseg.co.uk 

Monday 1st June

 

Good morning Year R

 

Did you see that the Space launch went ahead on Saturday?  It was amazing to watch.

 

This week there is a new pack based upon one of my favourite stories Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers.  We have this book in our book corner so you may have seen it before.  It doesn’t matter if you do not have the book at home as there are versions you can watch on YouTube.  If you choose to use the pack you will listen to part of the story each day, talk about it and possibly do some activities.  The first session involves looking at a map in the pack and watching a penguin clip.  I have suggested making a paper plate penguin at a creative task.  I love this story and the activities are really fun so I hope you enjoy them.

Friday 29th May

 

Good morning Year R

 

Happy Friday!  Did you manage to try something new from the 'things you can do before you are 6' list?  Are you proud of yourself for trying something new?  I'm proud of you!  If you haven't had a chance ask a grown up to help you look at the list and see if there is something new you can do. 

 

Unfortunately the Space launch I mentioned wasn't able to go ahead due to thunderstorms.  They hope to launch on Saturday, maybe a grown up can check if it happens this time and show you a clip if it does. 

 

It has been lovely to see that some of you have been reading online this week.  If you fancy listening to something new Julia Donaldson shared 'The Go-Away Bird' on The Gruffalo Facebook page yesterday.  I haven't read this one, I wonder what it is about?  Last week she shared 'The Everywhere Bear'.  I only read this recently but it has definitely become one of my favourites.  You may wish to listen to this one as well. 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday 28th May

 

Good morning Year R

 

How are you today?  I found a list of 'things to do before you are 6'.  Some things on the list do involve travelling or seasonal activities that would not be possible but there are some things on the list that could be done at home.  Maybe an adult could look through the list and choose a few things that are possible that you have never done before and you could choose one and do something new today.  I liked the look of build an indoor den, learn to play hopscotch, stay up late to look up the stars with a night time picnic and talk like a pirate for a day.  Maybe you could do one of these or you might do something different.  Have fun and enjoy your new experiences.

 

If have done anything active this week and would like to be in the next newsletter please send the photo today to keepactive@stpeterseg.co.uk It is wonderful to see the amazing things you have been doing.

Wednesday 27th May

 

Buongiorno Year R, this means Good morning in Italian.  Can you say Buongiorno to someone today?

 

Did you know that the National Oak Academy has some half term activities?  They are aimed at Primary and/or Secondary rather than specifically for Year R.  There are some that look like fun, including leaf animals, teeny tiny twig rafts and slimy states.  If need some activity ideas it may be worth having a look.

 

https://www.thenational.academy/oak-activity-club/overview

 

I saw on television that a spacecraft with astronauts is due to due to launch from Florida today.  It isn't due to launch until after you will all be asleep but if it does go ahead perhaps a grown up can find a clip for you to watch tomorrow.  Seeing a spacecraft launch is an amazing sight.  When I was about eleven I was lucky enough to go on holiday to Florida and I remember seeing, hearing and feeling a spacecraft launch.  It was spectacular even through I was quite a long way away. 

Tuesday 26th May

 

Good morning Year R

 

I hope you have enjoyed the sunshine this weekend.  It was lovely to speak to most parents and to some of you on Friday and to hear your news.  It was wonderful to hear about accomplishments like learning to ride a bike and becoming interested in drawing and to hear proud parents talk about how reading or maths have progressed.  One family talked about taking part in the Rob Biddulph world record attempt.  The child chose to colour their whale red because red is their favourite colour.  I think it is  a fantastic red whale! 

 

 

Friday 22nd May

 

Good morning Year R

 

It's Friday today, the day we come together and celebrate.  This week I have been at school with the key worker children and  I have been really impressed with how they have tried their best at the Virtual Games challenges even though they were tricky this week.  Many of them kept on trying and managed to improve their scores.  Is there anything you have got better at this week?  If you have well done!

 

Did any of you take part in the Rob Biddulph world record attempt?  I had a look to see what he drew, it wasn't a panda, it was a whale.  I wasn't able to take part but I had a go at one of his other challenges.  Have you drawn this one?  Can you tell what my drawing is? 

Have a lovely weekend!  Monday is a bank holiday so my next message will be on Tuesday.  Next week is half term, a time to relax and have fun so there won't be daily timetables.  If you would like to look at some possible activities you can find them under the orange spiral on the home learning page. 

Thursday 21st May

 

Good morning Year R

 

Yesterday I asked if you could remember in which language hola means hello, it was Spanish.  Also what do you need to stop you getting sunburn in the hot sun?  Sun cream and a hat.

 

Today at 4pm is the live Rob Biddulph drawing session.  If you would like to take part in the world record attempt please register at:

 

https://www.artworldrecords.com/?utm_campaign=32393fb4-af32-4531-8701-5e240bb54dfb&utm_source=so&utm_medium=mail&cid=26ac3ee8-b43e-4d7e-95dc-44543cb2155c

 

The livestream event will take place on Rob's YouTube channel.  I wonder what he will draw.  I think it might be an animal, maybe a panda.  What do you think he will draw today?  If you are able to take part, I hope you have fun.  I have seen some of your Rob Biddulph drawings and they are wonderful so I am sure this one will be too.

Wednesday 20th May

 

Hola Year R,

 

Can you remember which language hola is?  It means hello. 

 

I have just realised I made a mistake with the date yesterday, I am sorry about that, I have corrected it.  Yesterday was the 19th (not the 18th) and today is the 20th.  Everyone makes mistakes sometimes, even grown ups!  I need to sing the days of the week song and do the calendar!  Have you got a way you can keep track of the day and date at home?  Can you look on a phone or a paper calendar?  Perhaps you have an Alexa or something similar and you can ask it? Maybe there is a different way you keep track.

 

It is meant to be very warm and sunny today.  If you go outside, what do you need to make sure you don't get sunburn?  Is there anything else you can do so you don't get too hot?  I hope you enjoy the sunshine!  

Tuesday 19th May

 

Good morning Year R

 

This week is the gym and fitness challenge in the Virtual Sussex School Games.

 

Were you able to have a go at the wall sit yesterday?  The second challenge is the stork stand.  These two challenges are quite tricky for 4 and 5 year olds.  It doesn’t matter if you can’t do it the first time, have go, try your best and both myself and the grown-ups at home will be proud of you.  If you are able to have a go each day you may find it a bit easier each time you try.

 

Mrs Harrington has put all of the information on https://www.stpeterseastgrinstead.co.uk/pe-and-sport/

 

If you are able to take part please remember to submit your scores by midday on Friday to https://www.activesussex.org/scorecard/

 

It was wonderful to see one of you in the latest Keep Active newsletter.  If you would like to be in this week’s newsletter please send photos to keepactive@stpeterseg.co.uk  It doesn't just have to be Virtual Games challenges it can be any physical activity.

Monday 18th May

 

Guten Morgen , this means Good morning in German.  Perhaps you could try saying Guten Morgen to someone today. 

 

I hope you had a good weekend and enjoyed the lovely sunshine.   Below are some lovely pictures that you could print or use as ideas to draw and send to someone you haven't seen for a while.  I thought I would tell you five things I love about Year R.

 

1. Year R love singing and that makes me happy!

2. Someone in Year R always has something interesting to say. 

3. If there is a problem someone in Year R always has an idea about how we can fix it.

4.  If someone is sad a friend in the class will always try to make them feel better without needing to be asked to.

5.  Everyone in Year R is amazing!

 

If you would like to print the images they can be found at  https://www.royalmail.com/sending/sendaletter/how-to

 

Friday 15th May

 

Good morning Year R

 

How are you today?  Were you able to work out what my magical potion was yesterday?  It was jelly!  I haven't eaten jelly in a very long time, it turns out I like it!  Do you like jelly?

 

It is wonderful to see how many of you are reading online on https://my.risingstars-uk.com On Monday this week, the highest number of you so far read online which was brilliant.  Please remember to mark books as finished as this way I can easily see if you need more.  It is good to read books more than once, you could try reading one a couple of days later and see if it is easier to read.  Please do keep reading.  I wonder which book you have enjoyed most so far? 

 

Do you remember me telling you about Julia Donaldson reading, often singing and sometimes the illustrator drawing on her Facebook page, The Gruffalo every Thursday?  Yesterday she read The Detective Dog.  If you would like to listen you can find it on The Gruffalo Facebook page.

 

Parents, I have changed how the time tables and documents for each day are displayed.  For next week please click on the red spiral on the home learning page and then you will find a star for each day with everything you need.  Hopefully this is a little easier as you won't need to scroll as much.  I will add a new spiral for each new week. 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday 14th May

 

Good morning Year R     

 

How you have been getting on with this week's Sussex Virtual Games football challenges?  It would be lovely to see some photos in the newsletter, please send them to keepactive@stpeterseg.co.uk and remember to submit your scores on https://www.activesussex.org/scorecard/  by midday Friday.  If you haven't had a go yet it isn't to late, please take a look and join in if you can.

 

Today's creative challenge is linked to Mavis the Magical Cat, it is to make a magical potion.  I have had a go.  Can you tell what it is and how I made it?  Can you describe the changes?  What do you think my 'spiders' are?  I will give you a clue, they are not real spiders and they can be eaten.  Maybe you can have a go at making a magical potion, you can do this even if you have not done any Mavis the Magical Cat activities.

Wednesday 13th May

 

Good morning Year R

 

Today is National Numeracy Day, do you know what numeracy is?  It's Maths!  The suggested Maths learning this week is based on Numberblocks, have a look if you haven't had a chance yet.  If you would like another numeracy challenge I have posted a photo below of a fun game you can play drawing parts of a beetle depending what number you roll on a dice.  You may also like to try this online game where you can choose to order or sequence as well as the number range.

 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/caterpillar-ordering

 

Here is my Superhero Bear, can you tell what my theme is?  I hope you enjoyed drawing your bears yesterday.

 

I know many of you really enjoy the Rob Biddulph drawing challenges, next week on the 21st May he is running a world record attempt for the biggest online art class.  If you would like to take part here is the link for more information and to register.

 

https://www.artworldrecords.com/?utm_campaign=32393fb4-af32-4531-8701-5e240bb54dfb&utm_source=so&utm_medium=mail&cid=26ac3ee8-b43e-4d7e-95dc-44543cb2155c

Tuesday 12th May

 

Good morning Year R 

 

I have another Rob Biddulph drawing challenge for you today, drawing a Superhero Bear.  I will be having a go and posting my drawing tomorrow.  Think about what superpowers your bear might have.  Maybe they could fly, become invisible, run really fast or turn things into chocolate.

 

This week the sport in the Sussex Virtual School Games is football which I know lots of you enjoy.  Please find information about the four different challenges on the school website under News and Events, then PE and Sport.  If possible try to have a go at the challenges more than once, you may be able to get improve if you try more than once.

 

Remember to enter your scores by midday on Friday 15th May.  The link is below.

 

https://www.activesussex.org/scorecard/ 

 

If you would like to appear in the next Keep Active Newsletter please e-mail photos to keepactive@stpeterseg.co.uk

 

You may find these scorecards helpful.

Monday 11th May

 

Good morning Year R

 

I hope you had a lovely weekend and enjoyed the VE Day celebrations.  I was lucky enough to see the Spitfire fly over, did you see it?  Mrs Parkes made some wonderful looking cupcakes.

 

Mrs Parkes has written a message for you today:

 

Hi everyone,  hope you are staying safe and well and enjoying the activities Miss Coster has set. I have been home schooling my son who is in Year 10. Its very different to Reception class. When we have finished school work we have been playing games, My favourite has been Guess who. I have also been baking, making cakes and biscuits. I hope you are having fun with your families. Keep smiling and I can't wait to hear all your stories.    Mrs Parkes

Thursday 7th May

 

Good morning Year R

 

Today's activities are connected to tomorrow, Friday because it is a special day.  It is the 75th anniversary of VE Day.  The war had ended so there was a special celebration, VE Day.  There are lots of different suggestions you may wish to try.  I hope you find something you enjoy.

 

Mrs Parkes has made some bunting out of an old duvet and string and has decorated her garden.  Isn't it lovely?  She is going to make some cupcakes with red, white and blue icing.  I have a big Union Jack flag I am going to put outside and I am going to try and make something like the photo below out of fruit.

 

Around 3pm on Friday a Spitfire is due to fly over Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead so if you live nearby you may be able to see and hear it from your windows or gardens.  Perhaps you will see some flags or other decorations near where you live.

 

As Friday is a Bank Holiday I won't post a message and there isn't a timetable but I look forward to catching up on Monday.  Enjoy VE Day and the weekend!

Wednesday 6th May

 

Good morning Year R

 

Did you draw your a monkey yesterday after watching Rob Biddulph draw his?  A photo of my monkey is below.  What do you think?

 

Today your creative challenge is linked to Mavis the Magical Cat, can you take a toy on an adventure?  You could take it to different places around your home.  Perhaps you could take photos.

 

Parents, I have put a link below to a free eBook to help children learn that it's okay to worry about Coronavirus.  I really like the bright illustrations throughout and the positive messages on the last few pages of the story.  Please have a look and if you think it may help share it with your child.

Tuesday 5th May

 

Good morning Year R

 

It is a new week so there is a new Sussex Virtual Games Challenge .  This week it is tennis, just like last week you do not have to have tennis rackets and balls to take part.  The details of all four challenges can be found on the school website under News and Events then PE and Sport.  Remember to submit your best scores to https://www.activesussex.org/scorecard/  by midday on Friday.

 

It was wonderful to see some of you taking part in the Sussex Virtual Games and keeping active in other ways in last week's Keep Active Newsletter.  If you would like to be in this week's Newsletter please send photos to keepactive@stpeterseg.co.uk

 

Today I also have another Rob Biddulph drawing challenge for you.  This week it is a monkey.  I am going to have a go today and I will post a photo of my drawing tomorrow.  I wonder if your monkey will be similar or different?

Monday 4th May

 

Good morning Year R

 

I hope you had a good weekend.  It was lovely that the sun came out again!  I have added something different to your home learning this week, a story called Mavis the Magical Cat and lots of different activities connected to the story.  Each day I will suggest different activities.  I wonder what Mavis can do that makes her magical?

 

Parents, please don't worry about the long document, we will work through it gradually.  All activities are suggestions and it is absolutely fine if you do something else instead.

 

It is wonderful to see that more of you have begun reading the online Rising Stars Phonics books and that lots of you are reading online regularly.  Thank you very much for this.  If you haven't looked yet please do have a look at  https://my.risingstars-uk.com The login details were sent out at the beginning of April.  Please keep reading if you can.  Please mark books you have read as finished.  I check daily and will assign more books if you have two or less unread books.  I am aware there was a problem viewing two particular books last week.  This has been resolved so you should now be able to enjoy all of the books.

Friday 1st May

 

Good morning Year R,

 

Wow today is the first day of May.  If we were at school together that would mean we would be changing the month on our calendar.  I cannot believe we are in a new month.  As it is the first day of the month which number would we put on the calendar? 

 

If you haven't sung the days of the week song in a while you could take this opportunity to sing it.  It is Friday which is the day we come together and celebrate.  What have you done this week that you are proud of?  Maybe you have learnt something new, made something fantastic or have been kind or helpful.  I am sure you have done something amazing and I am giving you a clap. 

 

As today is Friday it means tomorrow is Saturday which is the weekend.  I hope you enjoy your weekend!

 

Thursday 30th April

 

Good morning Year R,

 

Do you recognise the gentleman in the photo below?  It is Captain Tom Moore and today it is his birthday.  He is 100!  He challenged himself to walk up and down his garden 100 times and has raised lots and lots of money for the NHS, over £29 million and the amount is still increasing.  Happy Birthday!  A lot of people would like to thank Captain Tom Moore.  Can you remember to say thank you to someone that does something for you today?

Marvin has been busy looking for things beginning with h today.  Can you find the same things or perhaps you can find something different?

Wednesday 29th April

 

Good morning Year R,

 

I know lots of you enjoyed drawing Eugene the Owl last week so I have suggested another drawing challenge for today.  I have had a go.  What do you think of my peacock?  I hope you have lots of fun if you try this activity.

I would like to remind you about the Virtual Sussex School Games.  The challenge for this week is hockey but you can still take part even without a hockey stick.  Suggested adaptions are a cricket bat, tennis racket, umbrella or any other suitable object.  If you can please do take part.  I have put a link to the website so you can see the challenges and adaptations. Remember to submit your score on their website by midday on Friday 1st May. 

 

If you take any photos of this or any other physical activities and would like them to be in the next Active Newsletter please e-mail them to keepactive@stpeterseg.co.uk It was wonderful to see so many of you in the last newsletter. 

Tuesday 28th April

 

Good morning Year R

 

I have attached a photo of two of the natural objects I found for today's maths challenge.  What is the same and what is different?  They are both flowers so that is the same.  One is a dandelion and one is a daisy so that is different.  The flower on the dandelion is open and on the daisy it is closed so that is different.

 

I also had a go at making a toy out of natural items.  Can you work out who I made?  His name begins with M.  It's Marvin!

 

If it is too wet to find natural objects outside you could always use items you can find inside if you are abel to do the challenges.

Monday 27th April

 

Good morning Year R,

 

I hope you have enjoyed your weekend and the sunshine.  Marvin found something beginning with e.  I had a go at the rainbow matching challenge and managed to find something for most colours.  I couldn't find anything orange in my garden.  I wonder if you can and if you can find more than one thing for each colour.

I have added some new star buttons under the home learning tab.  You will find some ideas and activities to help your child with Phonics particularly writing and some extra maths challenges.  As with every suggested activity they are optional so please do not feel you have to do them.  I hope they are useful.

Friday 24th April

 

Good morning Year R

 

It's Friday, the day of the week we celebrate.  Is there something you have done this week you are really proud of?  Maybe is was something you have learnt or something you have made?  Perhaps you were kind or helpful?  Remember to say well done or thank you to the people around you.

 

As you know I love reading.  It has been wonderful to see how many of you have been logging on and reading Phonics books online.  If you haven't had a look yet please go to  https://my.risingstars-uk.com and enter the login details sent out via Parent Coms at the beginning of April.  When you read a book remember to mark it as finished.  I regularly add new ones when I see you have marked books as finished.  If you can try to read for 10 minutes every day.

 

Yesterday Julia Donaldson posted a new video on her Facebook page, The Gruffalo.  She sang a song featuring Stickman with her husband Malcolm.  I think this is my favourite Julia Donaldson story.  If you watch to the end there is a great video about making a garden for Stickman.  Perhaps you could make a garden for Stickman? 

 

Marvin looked for items featuring ck.  Can you remember where the sound will be?  Will it be the beginning, middle or end?

Thursday 23rd April

 

Good morning Year R,

 

Today is St. George's Day so most of your suggested activities are linked to dragons.

 

West Sussex Scouts have asked any Scouts which include Beavers, Rainbows and Brownies to wear their uniforms during tonight's Clap for Carers so you may see some older children wearing them if you join in tonight.

 

A dragon friend helped Marvin look for things beginning with c.  They found a candle and my cat!

 

Remember to send your active photos to keepactive@stpeterseg.co.uk if you would like them to be included in the next newsletter.  It was wonderful to see some of you in last week's newsletter.

Wednesday 22nd April

 

Good morning Year R

 

Marvin had a look around the house for k things.  Can you see what he found?  I wonder what you will find today.

 

Some of the activities today are connected to something lots of you like.  SPACE and one of my favourite books.  I hope you enjoy them.

Tuesday 21st April

 

Good morning Year R,

 

Did you try to guess the monkey's name?  His name is Marvin.  Marvin found it hard to find things beginning with o but has managed to find a colour beginning with o.  I wonder what you will find.

 

The creative challenge today is drawing an owl.  I had a go.  It was lots of fun.  What do you think?  If you are able to have a go I am sure your owl will be amazing.

 

Monday 20th April

 

Good morning Year R,

 

It is the first day of a new term so I will be posting a timetable and suggested activities for each weekday.  You can find them under home learning. They are suggestions to be followed if you wish.

 

I am missing Jeffery the Giraffe at school so I have found a friend to help me find items around the house in Phonics.  He is a monkey and his name begins with M.  Can you guess what it is?  I will let you know tomorrow.  He has found something beginning with g.  Can you find the same things or some other things?

 

There is a shape challenge in maths today  I have posted a photo of a page from a great book, Walter's Wonderful Web.  Which shapes can you spot?  How many of each?

Friday 17th April

 

Good morning Year R

 

How are you today?  I have a challenge for you, can you do something to make someone smile?  I made a thank you picture for the recycling collectors and put it on my recycling bin.  It made the gentleman that collected it smile.  Perhaps you could make a picture for someone you haven't seen for a while or for someone to say thank you.

 

I am sure you can make your own amazing pictures but if you prefer to colour I have attached the posters I used below.

Thursday 16th April

 

Good morning Year R,

 

One of the things we really enjoy at school is listening to a story.  I cannot wait to be able to read to you but in the mean time I have found a lovely Easter story for you to listen to.  I have put a link below to a story on the BBC iPlayer.  I think the bunny looks  a bit like The Twitches in the Stevie story.  What do you think?

I have been so pleased to see that lots of you have logged on and have been reading the online phonics books.  I have added two new ones this week.  Which has been your favourite so far?  Remember to mark ones you have read as finished so I can see you have read them. You can read them again by going to the 'Books I have read' tab.

 

If you haven't had read one yet please take a look, you will find a few different books.  You can choose one you like the look of to read first.  Go to https://my.risingstars-uk.com and enter the login details you have been sent. 

Wednesday 15th April

 

Good morning Year R,

 

An important and fun thing to do is to keep active.  There are so any different ways you can do this even if you are inside and we would love to see how you are doing this.  You can send photos to keepactive@stpeterseg.co.uk to be included in the next newsletter which will be sent out this Friday.  It would be great to keep a record of all of your activities in the active diary posted below.

 

If you need some ideas you can look at weblinks under the Keep Active tab on the Year R homepage.  As you may know I am a big Strictly fan so I have been keeping active by doing some of Oti Mabuse's dance classes on YouTube.  My favourite one has been The Greatest Showman.  I was excited to hear that there is a new Strictly dance everyone can join in with.  The first part was posted last night and I have posted a link below in case you would like to have a go.  I really enjoyed the air guitar!

 

I have also posted one of your favourites, yoga disco bunny bounce.  Keep bouncing!

Cosmic Kids Yoga Disco | Bunny Bounce!

Tuesday 14th April

 

Good morning Year R,

 

I hope you had a good Easter.  I thought I would share an Easter craft with you that Mrs Parkes made.

If you would like to make it you need paper, paint and a cardboard roll.  If you do not have paint I think could be made drawing lines with felt tip pens.  Draw an out line of a chick in pencil.  Cut the roll in half and use the longer half to print the body of the chick.  Cut the other half into a smaller piece and use that to print the head.  Add a beak, feet and an eye.  You will then have a fantastic chick!

Thursday 9th April

 

Hello Year R,

 

One of the things I really enjoy is reading.  I like chapter books and picture books.  There are lots of ways you can continue sharing books.

 

You can read Phonics books online by going to https://my.risingstars-uk.com and entering your login details.  I have added five books so far and I will continue to add more.  I hope you have enjoyed reading them.  If you have read a book please mark it as finished.  You will still be able to read it again by clicking on the 'Books I have read' tab.  If you haven't had a look yet please do as this is a great way to keep reading. 

 

One of my favourite authors is Julia Donaldson.  She has written The Gruffalo, Room on a Broom, Zog and many, many more.  Seven of her books are currently available as animated films on BBC iPlayer.  I haven't seen The Highway Rat so I am planning to watch it this weekend.  Last week she posted a great version of A Squash and a Squeeze with singing and puppets.  She is sharing another story today on her Facebook page called The Gruffalo.  I wonder if she will sing this time?

Wednesday 8th April

 

Good morning Year R,

 

Last week I posted a photo of the grass we had planted and asked if you knew what it was going to be.  Mrs Parkes turned it into an Easter Garden.  The flowers were all from our school grounds.  Isn't it beautiful?  The grass had grown so much it needed a cut!  Did you guess correctly?

Have you spotted that I have added some World Book Day photos on our main Year R page?  What were all of your friends dressed as?

Tuesday 7th April

 

Kon'nichiwa Year R, (Hello in Japanese)

 

In Year R we love to sing so I thought I would put a link to some songs you can sing at home.  Singing makes me happy, hopefully listening to and singing these upbeat songs will make you feel happy too.

 

https://www.outoftheark.co.uk/ootam-at-home/

 

They have added songs each week and are currently on Week 3.  I think the children will really enjoy 'The Easter Egg trail' (Week 3) and 'Clap Hands! Stamp Feet!' (Week 2).  Movements can be added to both to keep active.  I can picture the children looking particularly happy, grumpy and sleepy in 'Clap Hands! Stamp Feet!' I also really like 'Together' and 'Living and Learning' from Week 1.  You may prefer other songs.  Listen to as many as you can and try learning the ones you like.  Which one is your favourite?

 

The songs are free and available for the duration of school closures.

Monday 6th April

 

Good morning Year R,

 

I hope had a good weekend.  I have been keeping in touch with my family and friends by phone.  I have been Facetiming my nephew, sometimes reading him a bedtime story.  Have you used Facetime, Skype or another way of seeing your friends or family?

 

I found this great activity on abcdoes.com/home-learning where you can use photos and play with your friends and family.  Although it suggests laminating photos this isn't essential.  If you do not have a printer you could draw your friends or family.

 

I have put some suggestions for Easter activities as well as a possible timetable under the Home Learning tab.

Friday 3rd April

 

Last night many people in the country clapped for the second time to thank everyone who is helping.  THANK YOU!  Did you join in or hear?

 

As it is Friday the day we come together and celebrate at school try to think of something to say well done for to everyone you speak to.  You could also give them a clap.

 

Mrs Parkes has spent time experimenting trying to grow a rainbow.

Perhaps you can try this at home.  Can you grow a rainbow?

Thursday 2nd April

 

Good morning Year R

 

I have been thinking about how much I am missing you all telling me what you have been doing and what you think about everything.  I hope you have been enjoying the activities you have done and I cannot wait to hear all of your news when we see each other again. 

 

A challenge for you today is to speak to someone on the phone you don't see every day and tell them what you have been doing, this could be someone in your family or a friend.

 

If your parents are happy to send photos of the ways you have been keeping active they can send them to keepactive@stpeterseg.co.uk where they can be included in our weekly physical activity newsletter for all the children in the school.

 

I spotted something beginning with 'n'. What did you find?

 

These are some photos of the shop I made for the maths challenge today.  I wonder what you might choose to buy if you make a shop at home.

Wednesday 1st April

 

Good morning Year R

 

It is a new month.  I have posted a photo of our calendar below.  You can use it to talk about the day, date, month, year, weather and season.

 

I have added a photo of the phonics challenge game.

Today's play challenge is a memory game.  Look at the first photo.  In the second photo I have taken one thing away.  Can you work out which object is missing?  In the third photo I have moved the objects around and taken a different thing away.  Can you work out what is missing now?  I hope you have fun playing this at home.

I spotted these items beginning with 'i'. What did you spot?

 

Mrs Parkes had a go at the farm animal drawing challenge. She did a great job.

Tuesday 31st March

 

Bonjour Year R,

 

Sometimes when we do the register we say hello in different languages.  Today I have chosen French.  Can you say bonjour to anyone you speak to today?  You could begin your day by working out what day it is by singing the days of the week song.  It is to the tune of 'the Adams Family'. Yesterday was Monday, what day is it today?  Today is the last day of March, do you know which month it will be tomorrow?

 

I spotted these 'p' things.  What did you spot?

Monday 30th March

 

Good morning Year R

 

I cannot believe the many different kinds of weather yesterday.  I saw sun, hail, rain and sleet as well as wind.

 

If you scroll down to Friday I have posted a photo of the mystery shadows.  Did you guess correctly?

 

I thought you might like to look at this photo of the grass we planted.  Look how much it has grown!  Later this week I will tell you what we were going to turn it into.  I will give you a clue, it is connected to Easter and the plant pot is a cave.  Perhaps parents or older siblings may be able to give you some ideas.

 

I have posted some photos of objects beginning with t I spotted.  Did you spot the same things in your house or did you find different things?

Friday 27th March 2020

 

Good morning Year R

 

On Fridays we have celebration assembly.  Take some time today to say well done and thank you to anyone in your family who has done something for you, been kind or done something amazing.  You could give them a round of applause (clapping).  I am proud of you if you have tried your best at everything you have done this week and I am giving you a round of applause.

 

There are a lot of people working very hard to look after other people at the moment and they definitely need a big thank you.  You could draw a picture and stick it in your window to say thank you to the nurses, doctors and all of the other carers (as well as other individuals) who are doing amazing work.  You may have heard clapping last night.  It was the 'clap for carers' to say thank you.

 

Here are some photos of a things I spotted in my house and as promised a picture made from things found outside, it’s a monster!  Thank you to the child that made it.

The creative challenge for today is shadow drawing.  I have seen some great ones where you keep the toy in exactly the same place and draw around it at different times throughout the day.  Can you predict what might happen?     

 

Can you work out what the toys are in the second photo?  They are NOT dinosaurs in the second photo.  I know the first toy is tricky so I will give you a clue.  It kept moving so I had to swap it for a different one that didn’t roll away.  I will post a photo and the answers on Monday. It was a car and an elephant.

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