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Gems Class

Read on to find out what we have been up to in Gems this week.

This week we have enjoyed exploring That’s My Flower by Alice Hemming. This book is timed nicely with the weather changing and the first signs of Spring starting to appear. If you don’t have the book, you will be able to find a recording on YouTube. We made flowers in response to this book, and we will send them home this week.

We really enjoyed our pancake making session. Learning to make simple snacks (supervised) is a life skill that we want to embed. So do try to include children in cooking at home. Thank you for the donations we have received. We are grateful and this is a big help. 

In phonics we have been learning/ recapping the sound ‘l’. Pupils have worked hard in speedy sounds and phonics this week. Handwriting is a difficult skill but we are seeing a real desire from our pupils to improve in this area. Please continue Phonics work at home if you can. But please rest assured, there is no expectation to know all phonics. All pupils are on a journey, and we want them to work at the pace that suits them. We have also started to send put differentiated reading packs. Again, this is just for confidence building and exposure to pictures and phonics. 

We find that LittleBig Foxes, Number Blocks and RWI songs on their websites are a great source of fun and education. 

     A child painting a flower on a table

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Key messages

  • Please practise writing and saying the Set 1 sounds at home, using the phonics website by Ruth Miskin to help you. 

  • Would families please be so kind as to donate some general cooking supplies to help with our Thursday sessions. eg, flour, oil, eggs, butter, life long milk, cup cake cases. This is not compulsory. Donations welcome.

  • Pick up time for Gems pupils is 3pm. Please try to be prompt so we can maximise the time we have to set up for the next day’s learning.

  • Please ensure that you have notified the school if you are going to be late. 

  • It’s Number Day on Monday (25th) and all the children have been asked to dress up in a number theme to raise money for the NSPCC

  • On Thursday 28th pupils are to be collected at 1.30pm.