Welcome to Wren Class
Welcome to Wren Class, your Class Teachers are Mrs Taylor and Mrs Pugh.
In our class we learn through play and exploration. Children will have a range of activities set up for them that they can explore throughout the day both inside and outside. There is lots of time to build relationships with our friends as we climb, build, create and talk together. We practise our letters and sounds each day as we learn to read and write using the 'Read Write Inc' phonics programme. We also explore numbers, counting and patterns each day, learning new things that we can then use in our play and activities.
Each day you need to bring a water bottle, a suitable coat and a bookbag to school. It is helpful for your child to have a spare change of clothes and a pair of wellington boots kept in school at all times.
Wren Class Welcome Meeting Presentation
Topic Overview Term 4
Aspiration Day 22.3.23
Today we have been talking about what we want to be when we grow up. Some of the children came in dressed up to show us. We watched some videos about different jobs we might want to do when we are adults, such as teachers, fire fighters, computer programmers and many more!
Farms2Ewe visit CPS 14.3.23
Week Beginning 27th February
This week we looked at plants and what they need to grow. We looked at photos of plants and labelled the different parts (root, stem, leaves, flower). We planted our own cress and sunflower seeds and are excited to watch them as they grow. We gave them plenty of water and put them near the window so they got some light. We watched a time lapse video of a bean plant growing and observed the roots growing down and the shoot growing up.
Week Beginning 20th February.
We have begun our new topic on 'Growing' this week. We started off the term looking at how humans grow and develop. We looked at baby photos of ourselves and discussed how we have changed over time and talked about things we can do now but couldn't do as a baby.
In maths we are learning about number 8. We watched the Numberblock 8 episode and looked at octoblock and our 8 Numicon piece to compare them. We drew our own Octoblocks, giving them 8 legs and 8 eyes etc. We have created a number 8 table in the classroom and all helped to find resources around us to show number 8. We have also been practising our accurate counting skills and showing 8 in different ways.
Week Beginning 6th February
This week we have been writing our own book, it is called 'We're Going on a Dinosaur Hunt'. We looked at the places the people went through in Bear hunt and reminded the children these were the settings. Then we planned our own setting for our dinosaur hunt. We chose a setting to draw and came up with words to describe them. We looked at a blank book format and discussed where we would put the title and thought about who the author and illustrator would be (Wren Class!). Once our book was complete, we shared it at story time and talked about what we liked about the story, then we placed our finished book in the reading corner so we can read it whenever we like.
In maths we have been looking at length and height this week. We used playdough to see who could make the longest and shortest worms and practised using the language "longer" and "shorter". Next we moved onto measuring, we used non standard units (multilink cubes) to measure how long our dinosaurs were in the classroom. We compared their lengths and used the language "longest" and "shortest". Then we moved onto height, we compared the heights of our friends and used the language "taller than" and "shorter than". We measured ourselves and have created a classroom display so we can see who is the "tallest" and "shortest" in Wren Class.
Week Beginning 30th January
This week we have continued our learning about Dinosaurs. We learnt how dinosaur fossils form and helped Mrs Taylor to write some sentences about this. We explained that dinosaurs hatched from eggs and learnt a baby dinosaur was known as a 'hatchling'. Then we imagined we all had a dinosaur egg in our hands, we pretended it had cracked and out popped our own dinosaurs. Then we designed our own dinosaurs and described them to our adults.
In maths we are continuing our learning about number 7. We used numicon to find different ways of making 7. We have partitioned 7 into 2 different groups and practised saying the number sentences aloud. We have used number tracks to find one more and one less than a given number.
Week Beginning 23rd January
This week we have started learning about dinosaurs. We began by talking about what we already know about dinosaurs and made a mind map. We talked about the times when the diosaurs lived and what it was like, then we discussed how we can find out about dinosaurs now through fossils and bones. Next we looked at what the dinosaurs looked like and learnt some of the body parts such as tails, scales, plates, frill, teeth etc. We used this information to label dinosaurs using magnetic letters and writing. We read the story 'Dinosaur Roar' and looked at the describing words used to talk about the dinosaurs, we then came up with some more words to describe the dinosaurs in the story.
In maths we have begun learning about number 7, we made a number 7 table by finding things around the classroom. We made up sets of 7 objects and looked for the digit written on things. We have been practising our careful counting by lining up objects and counting each one once. Next we moved onto looking at a tens frame and counting out 7 objects to put on it. We looked at how many empty spaces we had and noticed that there was always 3 empty no matter where we positioned our 7 objects.
Week Beginning 9th January
This week we have been to the polar regions, we had to wrap up warm! We have been learning about what animals live in the Arctic and the Antarctic. We have been learning some facts about polar bears and wrote them down to make some information sheets.
We have been working together to make some fantastic models at the junk modelling table and on the carpet with the wooden blocks, take a look at our photos, great teamwork Wrens!
We have also begun our learning about number 6 this week. We practised writing the number 6 and found lots of objects in our classroom to represent 6, we then created a number 6 table in the Maths Area. What can you find at home to represent 6? Can you see any houses with a number 6 on their door? Don't forget to practise writing number 6 at home using the rhyme "bend down low to pick up sticks, now I've made a number 6!"
Number Formation Rhymes
About your Class Teachers
Hello, my name is Mrs Taylor and I teach in Wren Class. I joined CPS last year and am really enjoying working with all the children! Prior to working at CPS I taught for 13 years at a Primary school in Oxford. I have two young children, both boys, 2 and 5. My 5 year old is also in Reception. I have 1 ginger Persian cat and a rabbit, who used to live at my previous school in my classroom! I love to sing and will make up songs and rhymes about anything. As a family we love exploring the outdoors and finding new walks in our local area.
Hello! My name is Mrs Harrison and I am one of the teachers in Wren Class. I have been working at CPS for many years and love the school because there is a fantastic team spirit. CPS is a really special place to work as I love the enthusiasm and energy of the children who come to our school.
I have 3 children at home and a tabby cat called Pippin. I like going on long walks and getting outside as much as possible. I love visiting different places and getting to the seaside as often as I can!
Hello I’m Mrs Pugh and am another teacher in Wren Class. I have been teaching at CPS for a number of years and absolutely love it! I have 3 children at home and a cat called Poppadom. I love singing and playing the guitar and piano. I take part in amateur dramatic productions and am a huge musicals fan! I also enjoy playing games with my family and going for walks in the countryside.
Collecting Your Child At The End Of The Day
To find our classroom please come into school and down the main driveway, turn right through the double gates, this will bring you to the playground, follow the playground round until you see our outside area. The gate to our outside area will be unlocked for you to come through and wait. A member of staff will open the door and call your child to come out as they see you waiting.
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