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Week 2

Winter, beans and bikes!

This week we have continued to look at a contrasting location to our own. This week we looked at life in the Arctic circle for one family. We were shocked to find out that they don't have running water because the pipes freeze and that it gets really, really cold. The little boy in the film was walking to school in -40 C!


We have explored ice inside and outside the classroom and talked about signs of winter.


This week we have learnt 4 more diagraphs - 2 letters making one sound. These are quite hard to learn as they either have the same letters but different sounds or they look similar. 

Jack and the beanstalk

In PE we have been using the traditional tale of Jack and the beanstalk to explore ways of moving on the equipment. We balanced on the leaves, slid down the saucepan handle and moved over the stepping stones to reach the castle!

Balance bikes!

As an enthusiastic mountain biker I was thrilled when Miss Cullen was able to book balanceability for our children - please say 'Thank you' if you see her in the front playground!

The children were so excited on Tuesday to meet Jayne and Hannah from Burlish Bike Park who run the courses.

Each week the children will develop their skills on the balance bikes to progress to riding on pedal bikes - without stabilisers!

Balance bikes give children the experience of learning to control a bike, turning, starting and stopping. Once they've mastered these skills they can transfer these onto a pedal bike.

Please ask if you need any guidance in supporting your child at home as this was the method I used with my own children and they really benefitted from this method.

Exploring number

This week we looked at staircase number patterns that increase by one each time. We cut out numbers to order the penguins and practised writing our numbers too.

Also this week...

Bonnie came for her story on Tuesday and got lots of cuddles form Mrs Rushton. We painted snowflakes and made lots of exciting things with playdough. Explored numbers and made towers!

Reading superstars

I have noticed that the number of times the children have been reading has really dropped. It is really important that the children have opportunities to practise as many times as possible during the week. I completely understand the constraints of family life and clubs but also know the amazing benefit that sitting down for 10 minutes to listen to your child read has.


Next Week

Monday - Forest school uniform

Tuesday - Forest school uniform - shoes or dark trainers

Wednesday - School uniform

Thursday - School uniform

Friday - School uniform


Have a wonderful weekend


Mrs Rudkin and the amazing RR team!