Verulam Class are definitely “Owlsome” and “Tallonted”…

We have had a busy week with a focus on books. We have shared a big book called Owl Babies and talked about words such as title, author, illustrator, title page and blurb. The children helped to find these in the book. We also looked at the difference between a word and a letter.

Following on from reading Owl Babies we looked at nocturnal animals. They found out about the different features of an owl and learnt that an owl’s beak is called a ‘bill’. The children decorated owls, made nests and painted some other nocturnal animals.

With our grandparents visiting on Monday afternoon and the Owl Babies book, which is one about brothers and sisters, we thought the children would like to be authors and make their own family books. They drew pictures of people in their family and then wrote their family’s names underneath. Maybe your child would like to make a book over half term and bring it for show and tell after half term?

The children have enjoyed talking about the different things they have brought in from home for show and tell. They are all gaining confidence in their speaking and listening skills during this time. Rather than bringing in a toy we would like you to encourage your child to bring in something they made, a photograph they can talk about or an achievement such as a certificate or something of importance. Many thanks.

Just wanted to finish with a couple of photos of the children making their bird feeders this afternoon. It was quite messy but definitely lots of fun squishing and mixing the ingredients together!

We all hope you have a fun but restful half term and we look forward to seeing you in November!

Reading Meeting

FS2 Reading 2019 – Follow the link for an overview of our Reading Meeting, taking place at school on Thursday 24th October, 9am.

At this meeting you will be given a new Reading Folder. It’s full of supporting materials to ensure that you and your family can work in partnership with us.  Everything you need will be in one place!

If you are unable to attend on Thursday, you may want to invite a family member, friend or Nanny in your place.  If not, arrange for somebody in class to be a note taker on your behalf and your child’s Reading Folder will be sent home with them at the end of the week.

If you have any questions, please speak to your child’s class teacher.

Big Red Combine Harvester…

We have had a fun week learning about Harvest and giving. The children have enjoyed knowing their harvest contributions are going to people in need, so thank you. There has been lots of opportunities for sharing, taking turns and teamwork as the children took part in making a large combine harvester. We gave them the boxes and looked at some designs before setting the children the challenge of making one. They did a great job!

The children have learnt three new sounds- p i n. We have been practising the action and saying the sound in it’s purest form. For example it is not ‘nuh’ it is ‘n’. Mr Thorne is a great example of how to say the sound. He can be found on YouTube and makes a video for every sound. Here is the link for the letter s.

Next week on Monday, it is Grandparents Afternoon from 1:45-2:45. It is an opportunity for your child’s grandparent or older friend to spend some time with your child in class. Please let us know if your child will be bringing someone in. Their grandparent is welcome to bring in any photos or share any stories about when they were young. We would love to see and hear their stories.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend. See you Monday.

Wilderhood Watch

On Friday October 10th, the Wilderhood Watch team planted a hedgerow here on our field at school, in collaboration with parents, Year 2 children and the PTA.  They planted ninety saplings of Hazel, Hawthorn, Dog rose, Crabapple and Dogwood.

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The aim is to create an eco-friendly neighbourhood.  Click to see how they are working on The Big Climate Fightback.

Thank you to everyone who helped out on the day.

Acorn, conker, acorn, conker…

Thank you to all the families who went on an Autumn walk and brought in many things for us to use during our learning this week. The children have been busy making patterns and repeating patterns using these resources. The love of pattern creating continued through to the end of the week with children using resources from our art trolley to make a repeating pattern.

In our tough spot we used our Autumn things to help develop the children’s language. Words such as crunchy, prickly, hard, and bumpy were all used. I wonder what particular things they were referring to when using these words?

Also, thank you if you attended our parent meetings on either Monday or Thursday this week. We hope you enjoyed looking through your child’s journal for the first time as well as learning how we track progress and of course see what the children have been doing! Hopefully you got any questions answered but please feel free to catch one of us at the end of the day if you have any more.

We have now started learning our letter sounds (known as phonemes). Each letter of the alphabet has it’s own song and action. These actions help with all aspects of your child’s reading and writing and the children become very familiar with them. Can your child show you what the action and sound is for the letters s a t? We worked with our learning partner to find the initial sound in words and match to the written letter (known as the grapheme).

We have also been practising for our Harvest Singalong on Wednesday 16th October. Please make sure all Harvest tins are brought in by Wednesday 16th as someone from Feed food bank will be collecting our donations then.

Many thanks for your continued support and have a lovely weekend.

Another busy week in class.

We started our week with some Maths learning where we ‘exploded’ a number. This is where we discovered how many ways a number could be made. We looked at numbers of personal significance; 4, 5 and 6. Maybe your child could demonstrate how to ‘explode’ one of these numbers.

We have been developing our listening skills and this weeks focus was rhyming. We played games where we identified ‘rhyming friends’ and also read Oi Frog by Kes Gray and Jim Field. Lots of the children have read this book at home and it was a firm favourite across the class!

Thinking ahead for next week, we are focusing on an Autumn/Harvest theme where we will be learning songs for our Harvest Sing-along. Our learning will mainly involve natural resources such as sticks, conkers, leaves, pine cones, etc. We would really appreciate any contributions of these materials, preferably by Monday.

Don’t forget the Parent meeting next week. It’s really important that you attend either the Monday 9 o’clock or Thursday 6 o’clock meeting to give you the opportunity to learn about our journals and see them for the first time, also having the opportunity to have an informal chat with ourselves.

Books, Books and Books…

This week your child will have a reading book in their book bag.


You will find your child’s Reading Record and a reading book. Please make sure these come to school every day. 

The Reading Record has information about Learning to Read, a Glossary for reading vocabulary, and specific advice for your child’s reading level.


Please sign and comment each time you have read with your child. Some examples of parents comments are “We talked about the elephant being big and the mouse being small, read to page 4” or “We read the book again and made squeaky noises for the mouse.”

This is an example of a book your child might take home.


Check the inside front and back covers for tips for reading with your child and good ideas. Many of these books will not have words in them. Look through the pictures and ask your child what they can see. Tell the story using your words and your child’s words. Let your child hold the book, turn the pages and manage the book for themselves.

As we begin our phonics sessions in the coming weeks, teachers will begin to select books with sounds and words as appropriate.

Please continue reading story books alongside school reading books and find the time that reading is best for your family. Some families read at breakfast time, after school, bedtime or with other family members/ nannies.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend.