Welcome to the Honey Bees!
Hello and welcome!
*Meet the Honey Bee grown-ups*
The grown-ups in the Honey Bee class are Mrs Talbot, Ms Holman, Mrs Picker and Miss Goldacre. We love teaching the Honey Bees and we are so proud of their achievements!
If you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you!
Our value in term 5 is 'Trust'. Trust is essential to human life and lies at the heart of all relationships. Trust entails vulnerability, putting yourself in others’ hands. We have to trust experts - pilots, dentists, surgeons and learn to be trustworthy ourselves.
Psalm 91:2 I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ John 14:1 (Jesus’ words to his disciples) ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.’
Trust is a really important value. It must be earned. If we do not trust someone it is very hard to build a good friendship with them. Talk together about:
• people who you know that are trustworthy.
• practical ways that we can show others that we are trustworthy.
*Our Learning for the Autumn term*
This term we are looking forward to taking part in lots of celebrations. We have Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, Diwali and Christmas all coming up this term! We will be learning lots about how these are celebrated and what they mean.
We will be focusing on the story 'The Baby Mouse' and learning about the characters, and the structure of the story. You can read this story in the Remote Learning section of the school website. We will also be reading lots of lovely books, including 'Owl Babies'.
We will be revising phase 2 phonics and starting Phase 3 this term, based on Letters and Sounds, and will be doing lots of games and activities to build our maths skills.
We are such busy Honeybees!
During the Spring 1 term, we have been planning our learning around Julia Donaldson books. The children have worked on a range of activities, based on the Gruffalo, The Smartest Giant in Town, Zog, Room on the Broom and Monkey Puzzle. We have been writing for different purposes, including letters, creating lists of items we would find in a giant's pocket, writing instructions for potions, and sequencing and retelling the stories.
These wonderful books have generated so many ideas, both from children who have been coming into school, and from those learning at home. The Honeybees have had lots of learning experiences, stimulated by ideas they have had after listening to the stories. These have included making our own giant for the classroom, creating our own books and information guides, printmaking, painting and drawing activities, and exploring how different substances react when we mix them together (whilst making 'potions!)
We have had some opportunities to find out more about different cultures: Chinese New Year was a celebration that the Honeybees thoroughly enjoyed. We learnt about Chinese Dragon Dances, we learnt about the story of the Jade Emperor, and we had a go at writing in Chinese calligraphy and using chopsticks!
In phonics, we have been revising phase 3 phonemes, which are really tricky! This phase includes lots of digraphs and trigraphs, and the children are having opportunities every day to use them in reading and writing activities.
In maths we have been using games and practical activities to inspire and challenge our learners with their love of numbers, measurement and shapes. We have been exploring number bonds, finding out 'one more, one less', recognising and ordering numbers, exploring length and height, comparing groups and subtracting.
During the second spring term, we will be continuing to use books as a starting point, to inspire and extend the learning of the Honeybees. We are focusing on modern classics - Dear Zoo, The Hungry Caterpillar, Aliens Love Underpants, Whatever Next and The Tiger Who Came to Tea. We will be looking at the Easter story, and signs of Spring as we get closer to the Easter holiday.
We will provide a range of materials and resources so that the children have lots of opportunities to respond to these books independently - the Honeybees love to make their own books, so we feel sure they will be inspired to make more after hearing these lovely stories! We will also be continuing to support children in writing for different purposes, including how we write invitations, recipes, lists, directions, stories and labels.
We will strive to challenge the children artistically by providing a range of creative opportunities. The children will also have daily access to activities to promote physical skills, both inside the classroom and outdoors.
In phonics we will continue to recap on the trigraphs and digraphs from Phase 3. We have phonics lessons every day to enable the children to have regular practise of their phonics skills.
We will also continue to have maths activities each day, and this term will be comparing and ordering quantities, looking at number bonds to 10, 3D shapes, doubling, sharing and halving.
We are really looking forward to welcoming back our Honeybees who have been working at home during the third national lockdown - it will be so lovely to be back together again!
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