We say a very sad farewell to Miss Thorne today. She has been a wonderful addition to our team here at Bempton and has been truly supportive; inspiring our children; and being a fantastic colleague. Miss Thorne has really worked hard covering Miss Jewitt's maternity cover. We would like to take this opportunity to wish her continued success in completing her Level 3 qualification. She will always be fondly remembered as a true friend of Bempton.
We hope this is not a final goodbye as Miss Thorne has said she will love to pop in and perhaps offer her services voluntarily when she can. I know we along with the children will be looking forward to welcoming her back soon.
We would like to take this opportunity to warmly welcome Miss Jewitt back to her role in Class One and look forward to her settling in quickly with the children from Monday 6th November 2017.
We are enjoying learning about the seaside. We have been learning about what we see at the beach, creating lots of exciting animals and pictures using various materials and discussing the texture of different items. Next week we will be developing our learning and concentrating on what lives under the sea.
In maths we have begun learning about the part and part whole model through telling maths stories. Children have been learning to use their knowledge of phonics independently including using finger spaces and full stops in their writing.
The Part, Part Whole model involves children telling the story of numbers through pictures. For example the picture on the white board:
There are 3 spiders in the tree
There are 2 spiders on the grass
There are 5 spiders in the whole story
We also completed this activity using hoops to show the children with objects how the 2 parts of the story go together to make the whole.
At the beginning of the term we learned about fairy tales. We focused on the Three Little Pigs, the Three Billy Goats Gruff and Little Red Riding Hood. We learned about story settings, character description, predicting what might happen next, sequencing the story and writing the story map. Class 1 enjoyed role playing the story and acting out different versions of the story and then comparing them.
Class 1 celebrated the Chinese New Year by learning about the different traditions and customs, including how to write Chinese numbers and letters. The children then created a Chinese dragon using different media and lots of imagination. Through the creation of the Chinese dragon we learned about shapes, measurements, mixing colours and ordering different sized boxes. The dragon was then used to inspire the children to move imaginatively to Chinese music accompanying each other using percussion instruments.