Opal Class - Reception 2019-2020

Happy New Year 2020!!!  Opal Class - YR
 
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year - here's to a busy, fun packed term of learning and laughter in Opal Class 2020.  Last term was full of excitement, especially with the trips and adventures completed.  Here are a few photographs to share the learning and excitement.  Thank you to all parents for supporting their children at home this has really encouraged and motivated the children in class.  Looking forward to an exciting Spring term.
  • 2020 Kicking of the New Year with a great start!  Children in Opal class love learning about space.  A real interest has developed with planet earth.  Children have chosen to make a giant planet earth  - just look at the photos!  Watch out for aliens though!!!  Using mixed media with clay, glass gems, pipe cleaners and wire.  Great work out for those fingers!
A lovely trip was had by Opal children on Wednesday morning.  Full of adventure and sea air.  We discovered from our litter pick that Castle Beach is very clean!  Having returned to school for the afternoon the children spent the rest of the day in deep concentration cleaning and observing shells and discovering the different colours of seaweed.   Looking really closely they made some detailed observations which will be displayed on our Learning wall.   The children have developed an interest in planet earth and have been discussing pollution.  This has led to us talking about the fires in Australia which the children would like to raise money for.  Lots of ideas on the way...…….
The SPRING TERM 2020
So much learning has happened in Opal class this term - the children are flying!  The following phots tell the story.  They have been so passionate about raising money for the Australian animals caught in the horrendous bush fries.  Thank you all for supporting this cause!  During this endeavour the children continue to develop empathy, compassion, resilience and understanding and kindness.  Important qualities especially needed around this time, I'm sure you will agree?  
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Please note I have added the latest March newsletter to the website for parents and our curriculum map this SPRING term 2020.  The latest newsletter outlines phonics support however I will also add some web addresses which are useful for supporting learning at home.  I highly recommend Oliver Jeffers web site on-line and Nessy for continued phonics support.  The children have also enjoyed Cosmic Crew Yoga which you can catch on-line.  This is also shown on television on Saturday morning and easily found on catch-up.  Adress to follow.  Also added:
The Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc booklet (1).  This support reading and lists the letter sounds taught in sequence.  We have completed both sets one and two which the children are beginning to apply in writing.
SCIECNE FOCUS
Another great web address to support our learning in class: NASA Climate Kids
 
There are some wonderful suggestions and ideas that you could share with your children.  Great stimulus for discussion and interesting for you to see what your children know already!!  
Beach visit- Castel Beach Falmouth
STRANGE WEEK......... 16/3/20
Opal class have coped extremely well this week given the strange circumstances !  I am so proud of them, completing learning with enthusiasm and motivation.  I hope the learning packs for home are useful.  Here are a few photos of learning completed this week.  We have focused on feelings and emotions and acts of kindness.  Today the children focused their attention on science experiments and growing bean seeds- that's if they survive the watering!!  I hope you enjoy the video?  Listen carefully to the language it is amazing!  Thanks also to Carter who kept spirits up with magic tricks all day long and good luck with the tadpoles.  Carter is now our official animal keeper - with the worms also!
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24th March 2020
 
HI Everyone!
 
I hope you are all healthy and well!  Please see above the science experiment of our volcano experiment!  I was looking through my photographs a found this......this was born out of Carters discussion with the water and the cup. Have a go its great fun - there is a YouTube clip of how to do this at home.   I hope you are finding life at home exciting sharing learning at home with your families!  Carter I hope the tadpoles are wriggling and jiggling?  In another attempt to stay in touch I am going to post a 'STORY TIME' clip of myself reading a story.  I hope you enjoy it.......WARNING its a bit loud!
25th March 2020
Beautiful day today......please please go outside and PLAY!  Make the most of the weather and feel the sun on you skin!  
 
Please note email sent today and more links added to site!
 
ALSO.......
Don't forget to have some fun........follow the links for Zumba fun and some calm drawing!
READ WRITE INC RESOURCES for parents.........
 

Check out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo7fbLgY2oA_cFCIg9GdxtQ for daily virtual lessons. They are releasing three 10 minute speed sound lessons twice a day. 

Set 1: 9:30 and 12:30

Set 2: 10:00 and 1:00

Set 3: 10:30 and 1:30 

Thursday 26/3/20
 
GREAT TO CATCH UP WITH EVERYONE OVER THE PHONE!  THANKS TO ALL FOR YOUR KIND WORDS OF SUPPORT!  SOUNDS LIKE EVERYONE IS COPING INCREDIBLY WELL!  SO GOOD TO HEAR!  HERE ARE A FEW LINKS I PROMISED BUT PLEASE DO NOT FEEL PRESSURED INTO DOING ALL OF IT- IT IS JUST THERE AS A GUIDE IF YOU FEEL YOU NEED SOME MORE HELPFUL IDEAS.  
ENJOY THE SUNSHINE!
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For Arts and Crafts
Alistair Bryce-Clegg (In tab above) .........For FUN activities!!  
Go to the tab which says "Home Learning"
AMAZING!
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Oh no!!!  Look who Smokey cat has made friends with!  Guess which story this animal is from?  Will he stay for tea?  He won't fit in the cat flap........
 
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A visitor in Miss Horne's garden!