Welcome back…oh no, it’s a Gruffalo!

Asalamualaykum!

Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely half term, we loved hearing about all the exciting (and relaxing!) things all the children got up to!

This term the theme is Animals. The children were asked what animal-themed role play area they would like and they voted for The Gruffalo Den – so here it is!

 

The children have loved exploring it and role playing the story! In’sha’Allah we will keep the Gruffalo Den up for the rest of the term. In Literacy, the children acted out the story as a class (a few times) and sequenced it in their Literacy Books, attempting to write some of the animal names too. MashaAllah the children are making a good start to writing in their books.

We have also been busy cooking. The children chose to make ‘Log pile houses’ from the story using celery and their choice of fillings (peanut butter and/or jam). We have a special Gruffalo Recipe book which we will be choosing a recipe from next week too in’sha’Allah!

 

 

We saw that we had some left over celery, so we did an interesting experiment with it. We observed what happened when we kept the celery in blue food colouring – the leaves turned blue! Overnight! This was because celery had little holes in it which allow liquids to be absorbed through.

(Also another interesting tidbit: The number of calories you use/burn to chew celery is the same number of calories which that piece of celery contains!).

In Maths this week, the children have been learning to add ‘one more’ to numbers up to 20. To be able to do this, children should be able to reliably count to 20 in 1s and understand that when we ‘add’ we make the number bigger by jumping one step forward.  Children were also introduced to the signs + (plus/add) and = (equals, meaning how many there are altogether). Please continue to practice reading simple number sentences with children, as well as helping them count to 20 and being able to work out one more than any number up to 20. If they can do this, then up to 30 etc.

Next week, the children will be learning to find ‘one less’ than any number up to 20. To be able to do this accurately, they should be able to count backwards from 20 reliably to understand which numbers are before each one. Please practice counting backwards from 20 too.

In Phonics, the children have been learning the new sounds: h, b, f, ff, l (L), ll. Please practice reading and writing these with your child, including decodable words with these sounds using the flashcards in the homework packs (e.g. h-a-t, b-i-t, p-u-ff, l-i-d, h-i-ll).

Children have also been learning to read and write the following tricky words (they will be expected to know how to spell these too):

  • I
  • to
  • no
  • go
  • the
  • into

 

As the theme this term is Animals, the children began to learn about the story of the Prophet Nuh AS and how Allah commanded him to take two of each animal with him and his followers. The children also learned a song to help them remember!

Who built the ark?
Noah, Noah
Who built the ark?
Prophet Nuh built the ark. (AS)

In came the animals two by two
The hippopotamus and the kangaroo

Who built the ark?
Noah, Noah
Who built the ark?
Prophet Nuh built the ark. (AS)

In came the animals four by four
Two through the window and two through the door

Who built the ark?
Noah, Noah
Who built the ark?
Prophet Nuh built the ark. (AS)

In came the animals six by six
The elephant laughed at the monkey’s tricks

Who built the ark?
Noah, Noah
Who built the ark?
Prophet Nuh built the ark. (AS)

In came the animals eight by eight
Some were on time but the others were late

Who built the ark?
Noah, Noah
Who built the ark?
Prophet Nuh built the ark. (AS)

In came the animals ten by ten
Five black roosters and five black hens

Who built the ark?
Noah, Noah
Who built the ark?
Prophet Nuh built the ark. (AS)

In’sha’Allah next week we will revise the story.

 

So as you can see, we’ve had a very busy first week back alhumdulillah!

 

Reminders:

 

PARENT MEETINGS (Monday 5th November from 3.30pm-5pm and Wednesday 7th November from 3.30pm-5pm). Please be on time for the slot you have chosen! Each parent meeting will have to last 10 minutes to ensure everyone has an equal chance to meet with the teachers and discuss their child’s progress. You will have a chance to look through your child’s books as well as receive their targets for the term, while discussing your child’s progress thus far. We look forward to meeting with you all in’sha’Allah!

 

Weekly Reminders:

  • Monday = homework due / new homework
  • Friday = book change and P.E. (please send children to school in their full P.E. kits. As Winter is approaching, we may be taking the children upstairs to the hall for P.E. so they will need to have plimsolls to take with them. Half of the class have their plimsolls in school so will be able to take part. If your child does not have theirs in school, please ensure they bring them in a bag on Friday.
  • Note: Children’s plimsolls are only used for P.E. in the hall, so they must be clean too.
  • Please ensure children are dressed for winter – please ensure they have their coats, hats and gloves!

We hope you have an enjoyable weekend in’sha’Allah!

Ustaadah Nadia and Ustaadah Seemab