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What a chilly week it is this week. We have been enjoying playing with the ice in our playground. 

We have been continuing to think about capacity and had fun with some water beads outside. We started the week by learning the 3 little pigs story and then we have been building homes for the 3 little pigs from sticks, straw and stones.

 

 

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Well done to the following children who have all earnt a house point for completing their capacity challenge on Tapestry at home. Sophia, Harry, Amelie, Riaz, Lottie and Violet.

It was lovely to see you playing at home. 

Every two weeks I will add a challenge for children to complete with you at home linked to our learning focus in school. It will always be something fun. 

We have been very busy this week doing lots of different activities.
Picture 1 Making food for a Banquet
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Picture 7 Practicing letters using brushes and shaving foam
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Picture 9 Decorating tyres for a party
Picture 10 Practicing writing our tricky words
Picture 11 Playing games with phonics
Picture 12 Making bird feeders from lard and bird seeds
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Picture 16 Smashing ice
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Picture 18 Listening to Sophia’s mum read to us in German
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What fun we have had in handwriting this week. We are learning how to form the curly caterpillar letters correctly. Look at the different fun activities we have tried that will help make our fingers, arms and shoulders strong.
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Happy New Year Dolphins smiley
What a busy week we have had. On Tuesday we went on a dragon hunt and found a dragon's egg at the bottom of the field. We had to travel through long grass, climb trees and swing across a deep ravine! 

We wanted to take the dragons egg back to our classroom to keep it warm but we worried that the mummy dragon would get  cross so we left her some notes so she didn’t worry.

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On Wednesday a dragon named Zog hatched out of the egg. We have been helping Zog get used to our classroom and showing him around. We even cooked him some dinner in the mud kitchen!
Since then we have been doing lots of activities about dragons and castles, including building our castle roleplay in the classroom!
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Dolphins Christmas Party!

We had great fun at our Christmas party, playing pass the parcel, musical chairs and eating yummy party food.

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Christmas Lunch
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This week we have been making Gingerbread men. We followed a special recipe, put our gingerbread in the oven and then decorated them. 
We had lots of fun yesterday wearing our Christmas jumpers and going shopping for our friends and family. We hope you all like your presents.
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This week we are listening to the story of ‘The Jolly Christmas Postman’. We are making a workshop for the Elves and a Christmas post office outside. We are very excited about these Christmas activities. Mrs Burden is amazed at how much writing we are doing during Discovery time.
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This week we are thinking about the opposite of Dark, Light! We have learnt about the celebration Diwali.
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We just love practicing to write like this!
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This week we were all so excited to start practicing for our Christmas Nativity show. We are doing very well at remembering where to stand and when to go on to the stage. We also have 9 songs to learn!!! On Wednesday we tried on our costumes to make sure they fitted. One more week on rehearsing and then we can show our mums and dads. 

 

Also this week we have learnt 3 more digraphs and the trigraph ‘igh’. Ask us about the story of the owl who was afraid of the night? 

 

In disovery time time we are enjoying playing in our outdoor vets role play where we look after sick nocturnal animals. Also some of us are pretending to ninjas and building ninja hideouts. 

 

In in Maths we have been learning how to add 1 more to a number by playing lots of different games.

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What fun we are having in Maths this week. We are learning to match amounts to numbers and count accurately. 

The aliens had a biscuit picnic, we had to make sure they had the right number of biscuits on their plates!  The best bit was eating the biscuits after!

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We went to see the newest member of our class today. Our white chicken! We have decided to call her Jiggly.

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We went to see the newest member of our class today. Our white chicken! We have decided to call her Jiggly. 3
We went to see the newest member of our class today. Our white chicken! We have decided to call her Jiggly. 4
We went to see the newest member of our class today. Our white chicken! We have decided to call her Jiggly. 5
We went to see the newest member of our class today. Our white chicken! We have decided to call her Jiggly. 6
We went to see the newest member of our class today. Our white chicken! We have decided to call her Jiggly. 7
We are so busy as soon as we come in to school! Have you ever wondered what we do after we say goodbye to you? Here are some pictures of the jobs we do when we walk in the door.
Picture 1 Fill up our water bottles
Picture 2 Strengthen our fingers by playing with playdough
Picture 3 Practice our numbers
Picture 4 Drawing and writing
Picture 5 Threading and pattern making
Picture 6 Playing with phonics games
Picture 7 Choosing our lunch
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This week we have started our exciting new topic on Space! An alien Crashed his rocket in to our classsroom and we helped him to rebuild it.

In phonics we are learning new sounds everyday and practicing blending sounds together to read words. In Maths we have been making shape rockets and finding ways to make 5.

We had great fun in Funky Fingers stretching our bodies high an make ourselves long like the long ladder letters.

 

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During funky fingers we have been using salt dough to make the first letter of our names. Funky fingers helps our fingers, hands and arms get stronger so that we can hold our pencil and write well.
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A little rain never stops the Dolphins from having fun!

We have had such a busy week this week. In maths we have made some yummy fruit kebabs which we had to make into patterns. We have also been learning more about numbers and arranging gold beans in different ways.

We have learnt 4 new sounds including 'p' where we made a pink pig cake and had a go at saying the sound to blow out the candle on the cake.

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Our grandparents came into school to join in our learning this week. We made fruit patterns, explored the outdoor area and shared stories at snack time.
Openbox theatre came to see us this afternoon. We were thinking about toys and how they move. We used our imaginations to become the toys and make up a story. We had great fun!

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After almost 5 weeks together now we are getting to know each other really well and making good friends.
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We have been doing lots of Maths this week. We are really good at counting. Now we are learning to recognise all the numbers to ten and match the correct number of objects to these numbers. We decided we could practice this at home too with our toys.
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Reading and Phonics Workshop Powerpoint
In Worship Time today we learnt about the story of Noah’s Ark. Ask your child to show you the picture of the rainbow in our playground frieze.
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Fun in Discovery Time this week. Evil Pea froze some little toys and we had to rescue them!
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Today was another busy day, making leaf shakers outside, making pictures for our mums and trying to write the word mum. We were so tired by the end of the day we all needed a good lie down!
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What a busy couple of days we have had! Can you see what we have been learning?
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Picture 4 Funky Fingers
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Picture 10 Outdoor Explorers
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Picture 18 Busy children!
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Picture 22 Flying a kite
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smiley Welcome to Dolphins class page smiley

 

We had a brilliant first day making new friends, trying lots of different activities and starting our topic on Superheroes. Well done Dolphins you were all superheroes today!

We talked a lot about our rules. Ask your child to tell you the 4 rules we have learnt today. 

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