Welcome to the Wren Class page.
This page will be updated with photos, news, events, useful resources and links.
Wren Class is taught by Miss Lambert.
What a strange end to the year!
We know that many children across the school have enjoyed the weekly learning projects so we have prepared some Summer Activity suggestions for Wren Class. These are optional. The activities are in the document below.
Reception children (who will be grown up Year 1s in September), don't forget to take your flat teacher out on mini adventures. Take photos; write stories about what you get up to; be imaginative! I look forward to seeing photos!! You can upload photos of our adventures to Tapestry or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, I'd like to say a big thank you for making me feel so welcome at Upottery during my first year here.
I hope you are all keeping well!
Take care and enjoy the summer!
Home Learning - Updated on 17/7/20 for the week beginning 20/7/20
The final learning project is an opportunity for the children to reflect on their year in and out of school.
This week’s home learning:
Dear parents and carers,
This home learning is designed to support and aid you as parents and carers. Please use it to help your child, and support their learning in the best way you can. That said, at the current time, we are all experiencing pressures and needs within our own families not known before. Therefore, please do not put undue pressure on yourselves or children to complete everything. Home learning can be done in many ways, and should be a positive experience. The most important thing right now is that all families are able to be safe, look after one another, and maintain the positives at this challenging time. We are here to help and we understand that you know your child best and can strike the balance between using the home learning and providing the care and attention that all of our children need at this time.
If you need any further support, please email email@example.com and we will do our best to advise and support.
The Upottery Teaching Team
Week 6 Learning Project - Phonics
In the Learning Project for this past week there was an activity that was suggested to support phonics and letter formation. The idea was to "pour flour, rice or lentils into a shallow tray or plate. Show your child a letter, digraph, trigraph or tricky word and ask them to ‘write it’ in the food using their finger."
One of our lovely parents found a way to make this more engaging by making their own coloured rice with their child and was kind enough to send us the instructions if any other parents would like to give it a go.
You will need:
1 cup of dry rice
1 tsp vinegar
1/8th tsp of food colouring (or as much as is required to give you the shade you desire)
A zip lock bag
Simply put rice in the bag, add the vinegar and colouring, do up bag and squeeze around to completely mix. Empty out onto a baking tray to dry overnight and then store in a jar to play with. The family have had fun practising letters, weighing it out using scales and playing with cars in it.
I have been introduced to this song by a Wren parent. It is a lovely song all about the weather, which links into the Learning Project for this week. Maybe have a go at learning it. If you have made a rainmaker you could use it when it talks about the rain... Enjoy!!
Updated 11.5.2020 What have the Wrens been up to?
It has been lovely receiving some of your photos and messages showing and explaining what the children have been up to!
If you have any photos you would like to share, showing what your child has been up to recently, it would be wonderful to see the photo gallery below continue to grow!
The children have been exploring and learning in so many different ways! Already we have had photos of Wrens; gardening, milking, fishing, making dinosaur gardens and much more!!
It has been so lovely to see lots of Wrens and their families joining the zoom tutorials! I have enjoyed hearing about what you have been up to and seeing some of the wonderful home learning you have been doing! But mainly it has just been lovely to see your smiling faces!
Thank you to those people who have sent photos to Mrs Kennell and have shared photos, videos and comments on Tapestry (Reception)! It has been lovely to see what the children have achieved since being at home (e.g. building fences, riding bikes without stabilisers, growing plants).
Take care and stay safe
21.4.2020 Reading Eggs and Mathseeds:
Thank you to one of our parents for signposting me to some more useful online resources.
You can currently register for free trials. After exploring the sample resources, I think the Wrens will find the games and activities fun and engaging!
Stay safe everyone
Home Learning Update 15.04.2020
Hello Wrens! I hope you have had a good few weeks and a lovely Easter weekend.! Hopefully you've been able to enjoy the sunshine and haven't been eating too much chocolate...
Thank you to those people that have sent in photos! It has been great to see what the children have been up to. Some children have been gardening. Others have been looking for seasonal changes whilst out on walks.
It would be lovely to hear from more of you, to see how you are getting on and what you have been up to. If you have anything you would like to share, please send it in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Below, I have shared the Home Learning Project for the week starting 20.04.2020. In this project the children will be encouraged to explore families.
Home Learning 23.03.20
Hello Wrens and welcome to the 'Home Learning' section of our class page. This area will be updated regularly with suggestions of things to do whilst you are learning from home.
If you have any questions or would like to share anything with us, then please email the school office. Reception parents are also invited to share updates regarding learning to Tapestry.
To start I have attached the Home Learning ideas sent home in packs last week. The activities suggested should cover weeks beginning 23/03/20 and 13/04/20.
Look after yourselves!
You are probably aware that Joe Wicks is streaming PE sessions daily at 9am. His Day 1 video (23.3.20) has had lots of positive feedback and I'm sure many of the Wrens would love to have a go! https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
In Wren Class we enjoy having a go at the Cosmic Kids yoga and mindfulness activities
Another great resource for keeping active is BBC Supermovers, which explores learning through the use of dance, songs and actions. Great for active learners!! https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers
We also enjoy a range of dances to keep ourselves active. Search "Wake and Shake", "GoNoodle" or "Just Dance kids" on Youtube for a variety of videos
Home Learning: Phonics and Early Reading
Below are links to a range of online Phonics and Early Reading games and resources:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks - on the Alphablocks page there is a useful step-by-step guide for parents about how children learn to read via phonics
https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/ - I was recently recommended this website at an Early Years forum. There is also an app version of this game (although, last time I checked it was a paid app)
https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/ - this website provides a range of e-books and audio books to allow children to continue reading at home
Below are a few links to resources and games to explore a range of subjects.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks - Maths - Wren Class enjoy watching the numberblocks videos and talking about patterns they notice
http://ictgames.co.uk/ - I would recommend Archery Doubles and Save the Whale in particular
https://explorify.wellcome.ac.uk/en/activities - Science - this website offers activities to explore and problem solve
Wren class had lots of fun exploring the forest in the Autumn term. They toasted marshmallows and made hot chocolate. Being in the forest, many of the children really came out of their shells and got stuck into a range of activities which developed their resilience.
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