Sunday, 7 April 2019

Stepping Up this week

Dear Parents

What a busy week we have had in Stepping Up!

It all started with the story We're Going on a Bear Hunt. We read it, joined in with it, acted it out, ordered pictures to retell it and then used the tuff tray to use the story line in our play. We have very much enjoyed using our binoculars and have thoroughly enjoyed going on our own bear hunts with them. By putting bears into caves, we have practised our counting, number recognition and further developed our understanding of the concepts of one more and one less.

 We have worked on our fine motor skills by drawing paths through the different settings in the story, we've written an invitation, used play dough to make bears and practised our writing patterns. We have used the large equipment again this week, so we have been climbing through tunnels, over planks and jumping off of the equipment in our quest to find a bear. We also learned about different types of bears, where they live and what they eat.

Our sound this week has been 'b' for bear, so we have been listening out for it at the start of words and we have practised writing it on chalkboards.

The highlight was definitely our Teddy Bear's picnic on Thursday at the park, despite the fact the weather clearly hadn't read the story because it was not "a beautiful day". Whilst we all returned to the Village Hall slightly bedraggled and windswept, we had an amazing time playing with our bears and friends in the park and enjoying a snack together. Rose and Kerri were so so proud of us on Thursday, we walked to the park sensibly, we listened to instructions, we were kind to our friends and we kept ourselves safe. If you haven't already logged into our tapestry journals, please do so as Rose and Kerri have put lots of pictures on there of our trip. They've also put information on there about what we did whilst we were out.

Next week is the last week before we break up for the Easter holidays. Unsurprisingly, our theme is Easter! We are going to be doing some Easter themed cooking, so keep an eye out for that, reading books about animals traditionally related to Easter and doing some Easter craft. We won't have a new sound in phonics, we'll have more practice on the ones we have already learned (s, a, p, b).

A few things for next week:
Easter bonnets need to be made and dropped in by Friday morning. They will be judged by the Alrewas Ambassadors and Ms Golden from All Saints School during the morning,
On Friday, the morning session is as normal, and our Easter party is from 12-2. Stepping Stones are providing party food. Tickets can be bought for the party this week. They cost £5.
The Easter Bonnet parade is at 2pm on Friday, parents need to be back for 2pm so you can see our Easter bonnets in all their glory!
If we have been doing the sponsored matchbox fill fundraiser, our matchboxes and sponsorship money needs to be in by Wednesday 10th April. Prizes will be given out after the Easter Bonnet parade.
We'll email you again at the end of the week to let you know what we've been up to.

Stepping Up staff and children