Welcome to the first blog of the new school year! I hope you find the blogs very useful and a great way to find out about what your child is learning at school. We hope you enjoy looking at all the fantastic photos of our learning in action! Often children are very tired at the end of the day and come home saying that they have done "nothing" at school. Please be assured that all children are very busy, are learning lots and are having a fantastic time. With that in mind, here's what's been happening in Plum class so far....
We have begun our Read Write Inc journey this week and every day we have learnt a new sound. So far we have learnt to recognise and write m,a,s,d and t. All children have been enjoying our rwi sessions and have been trying really hard with their writing. Many of us are finding letter formation quite tricky so please watch the videos that were sent home and practise writing the letters learnt as often as you can. Every Friday we will send home the formation sheets from the week for you to practise over the weekend. Remember, writing letters doesn't mean sitting at a table or sitting still. If you're finding it difficult to get your child to focus or engage at home; try writing letters with sticks in mud, with your fingers in the sand at the beach, writing letters with a paint brush, using chalk on the ground. It's important to keep writing fun and exciting! But most importantly, when you support your child to write, please support them with accurate formation. It's important to iron out mistakes early.
In our mathematical work we have spent this week supporting the children to play and learn effectively in the maths provision around the classroom. We have also used the week to begin to understand the skills the children already have so we can support them further in the upcoming weeks. 
Our topic work in the first few weeks is centered all around the children. So far the children have spent time looking closely at themselves and their friends in plum class. We have been focusing on the vocabulary similar, different and unique. We have been celebrating how unique we all are but have alsoenjoyed talking about our similarities. The children enjoyed using loose parts to make a representation of their faces. 
Later in the week we began thinking about people in our families that our special to us and had fun painting someone in our family who we care about.
On Wednesday afternoons we are going to be taking part in drawing club. Drawing club centers around a different story each week and the children can have fun developing their mark making skills, pencil grip, overall fine motor skills, vocabulary and all around Literacy skills. This week our story was The Colour Monster. This story is all about a monster who changes colour depending on its feelings. The children had fun drawing their own monster and added their own silly details. Next week our story will be The Smartest Giant in Town.
In PE this half term our focus will be gymnastics. The children will focus on moving with confidence. We had fun this week moving like animals.
As well as all of this learning, the children have had fun exploring our garden, harvesting some of the vegetables from our patch, making friendships, learning our school rules and just having fun!! 
What a busy week its been! We are so proud of all of the children and their resilience. Have a restful weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday. Please remember to bring a photograph in of your child as a baby and a family photograph. We will be using them in next weeks lessons.
Take care- Miss Freeman