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Mrs Main and Mrs Godfrey

Welcome to Hens Class!

 

We are so proud of our new intake of hens and are very impressed by how well they have settled, adapting to all the new routines and taking it all in their stride! J

 

The teachers in Hens class are Mrs Godfrey on Mondays and Tuesdays and Mrs Main on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  We are also very lucky to have Mrs Gibb and Miss Bailey as our teaching assistants.

Our Welcome letter can be found below, which gives more detailed information about life in Hens Class. 

Our Topic this term is Me and My Family. Each week we will send out a parent information sheet which will give ideas of how you can support your child’s learning at home.

We also have our own Caldecott Foundation Unit YouTube channel. Here you can listen to members of the Caldecott team share stories, rhymes and flash cards. Follow the link:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCikySlyJ9B76lo5geR-ye0Q/videos

As there is currently less time at drop off and collection to talk to us, if there is something you need to talk about please do phone the school and we can arrange a time to call and discuss. 

Do keep an eye on the class page for letters and photos of the children's work. 

We look forward to getting to know our new class this term! J

 

The Hens Class Team

Goodbye Hens 2019-2020! smiley

Dear Parents and Carers,

Well we made it to the end of term and we certainly won’t forget this year in a hurry! Thank you so much for all of your support and kindness throughout these challenging times, it really has been a team effort and we would like to thank you for the wonderful part you played in home schooling our lovely Hens. You have been amazing teachers and we loved seeing the photos of the creative ideas you came up with to teach your children at home! We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for our thoughtful gifts and kind messages, it has been a very emotional end to term!

Have a lovely summer holiday and we look forward to seeing you in September!

Best wishes,

Mrs Main, Mrs Godfrey, Mrs Gibb and Miss Bailey

Hens Lockdown Class of 2020

Social Story Moving up to Year 1

Term 6 Week 7 (week beginning 13/7/20) 

Dear Hens,

We have reached the end of Reception and what a year it has been! We are so proud of you all, and think you have coped amazingly well with all the challenges we have faced this year. We will always remember you and the fun times we have had in Reception. We hope you have had a chance to listen to your new teacher Miss Riach, reading her welcome message on the Swallows class page. We know you will have a wonderful time when you move up to year 1!

This is the final week on our topic about the seaside and the wonderful creatures that live in rock pools. You can watch the Year 1 teachers reading Sharing a Shell and other under-the-sea stories on the Swallows and Larks class pages! We have also added some Twinkl summer activity booklets which will keep your skills sharp over the summer, ready for Year 1 in September.

The children in school this week will be taking part in sporting activities and sporty obstacle courses! Hens at home… you could create your own obstacle course in your garden or at the park. Don’t forget to send us your photos!

Have a fabulous last week of term and a wonderful summer. For those Hens who are still learning from home we will phone you one last time on Wednesday to wish you good luck for September and a happy summer holiday J

Lots of love,

Mrs Main, Mrs Godfrey, Mrs Gibb and Miss Bailey xxxxx

Our final week of home learning for the term! Thank you for sharing your wonderful work!

Term 6 Week 6 (week beginning 6/7/20)

Hi Everyone!

We hope you have had a lovely weekend. Our topic for the next 2 weeks is all about the seaside and the creatures that live in the rock pools, seas and oceans. This is our transition topic that leads into Year 1. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be making paper plate sea creatures in school. We will pass these onto the Year 1 teachers who will make an underwater display ready for September. If your child is at home, why not make a sea creature and send us a photo? The Year 1 teachers can print off the pictures and include them in the display. The children will also get the opportunity to make a sea creature in September.

Transition

We can’t believe it’s that time of year already! Next week we will be putting Social Stories onto the class pages to prepare the children for their journey to Year 1. These will contain photos of the new teachers, classrooms, cloak room and playground. The Year 1 teachers will also be posting videos and stories on their class pages, welcoming the children to their new year group. If your child is in school, they will also have the opportunity to meet their new class teacher on the field for a story and a chat. If you have any questions or concerns about transition, please get in touch via the office and we will get back to you.

Farmer Gows

This term would have seen the Reception annual trip to Farmer Gow’s. The farm is now re-opened, if you would like to plan a visit over the summer holidays please book in advance on the website https://www.farmergows.co.uk/

Best wishes,

Mrs Main and Mrs Godfrey

Term 6 Week 5 (week beginning 29/6/20)

Hi everyone! 

We hope you have enjoyed another great week of learning. The Jungle Animal topic is proving very popular amongst the children at school and we hope you have had fun finding out about all the different animals and their habitats. Some of the zoos and safari parks are now reopening, but you can also spend a virtual day at the zoo without leaving your house! Try this link to Chester Zoo https://www.chesterzoo.org/virtual-zoo-2/

Thank you for letting us know that the free Twinkl trial is now over. We have attached some extra worksheets and power points this week but please let us know if there is anything in particular you would find useful.

Best wishes,

Mrs Main and Mrs Godfrey

 

 

Mrs Main reads Monkey Puzzle!

Mrs Main reads the Julia Donaldson story about a monkey on a journey to find his mummy.

Mrs Main reads The Lion Who Wanted to Love by Giles Andreae

Listen to Mrs Main read this endearing story with the well-known theme of love conquering all.

Home learning.......Wild Animals!

A trip to Farmer Gows!

Home Learning...... Dragons and Castles

Mrs Neighbour reads ROAR!

Term 6 Week 4 (week beginning 22/6/20)

Hi Everyone,

We hope you all had a lovely weekend! Please find this weeks Maths and Literacy suggested activities below. The Jungle Animals topic sheet will follow shortly. 

If your child is coming into school this week , we are forecast some very warm weather, so don't forget to apply long lasting sun cream in the morning and send your child with a hat. 

Best wishes,

Mrs Main and Mrs Godfrey

Update 20th June 2020

Dear parents/ carers,

We have had another action packed week and managed to dodge the showers! This week’s topic is Jungle Animals. We are experiencing a few technological issues so the activities for week 4 home learning will hopefully be added at various points over the next few days.

As always we would like to thank our amazing parent community for your continued support and on behalf of our Foundation children would like to wish all our dads…………….

Have a wonderful weekend J

 

 

Mrs Neighbour reads Walking Through The Jungle

Come for a walk through the jungle with Mrs Neighbour! Can you hear a noise? What could it be?

Mrs Neighbour reads Giraffes Can't Dance

Mrs Neighbour reads a story about a giraffe who learns to dance to his own tune!

Down on the Farm! What have the Hens been up to this week?

Term 6 Week 3

Thank you so much for this week’s photos and emails, we love to hear what you have been up to and have been extremely impressed by the creative lengths our parents have been going to whilst home-schooling our Hens!

We hope you are enjoying our topic on farm animals and the What the Ladybird Heard stories!

Please find attached this week’s topic (farms) and suggested Maths and Phonics.

A selection of reading books are available on the Oxford Owl website.

Go to  https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/ click on "My class login" and enter:

 username: caldecottrmg

password: HENS

Then click on "My book shelf" and "Age 4-5"

If your child is not reading yet, please do not worry. Children learn to read at different rates. The most important thing you can do at the moment is read to your child every single day. You can also play games such as eye spy or use magnetic fridge letters or foam letters at bath time to spell little words like cat, dog, pig. Play blending games such as Phonics Play “Pick a Picture”. Your child may be anxious about reading which can stop them from learning, so it’s important that reading is fun J

Weekly phone call update:

As many more children are now in school, we are back to working full time. Therefore, the phone call system is changing. If your child is in school, you will not receive a weekly call as we are seeing them in class. 

If your child is not attending school, you will receive a mid-term call from Mrs Main. This will be on a Wednesday during week 4 or week 5.

If you would like to speak to Mrs Main or Mrs Godfrey in the meantime, whether your child is in school or being home schooled, then please do not hesitate to contact the office and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Have a wonderful week,

Mrs Main and Mrs Godfrey

More fabulous photos of your home learning!

Term 6 Week 2

Dear Parents,

It was lovely to welcome some of our Hens back into school this week. We were very impressed by how quickly they adapted to school life in their new “bubbles”! The children enjoyed having their own work station and equipment for maths and phonics, and spending lots of time outside in the Foundation Garden, Forest school and The Adventure Zone!

The children in school are following the Home Learning plans on the class pages, so we all continue to learn together.

Thank you for your emails this week, we love to hear all about the things you have been up to at home! Please do keep sending photos and updates to the Caldecott homework email address: Homework@caldecott.oxon.sch.uk 

If you would like to speak to Mrs Main or Mrs Godfrey on the phone this term, please contact the school office and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

This week’s topic is Down on the Farm! See links below for this week’s Home Learning.

Kind Regards,

Mrs Main and Mrs Godfrey

Mrs Main reads The Cow that Laid an Egg

A funny farmyard tale about a cow called Marjorie

What have our Hens been up to this week? More minibeast mayhem!!

Mrs Neighbour reads What the Ladybird Heard

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

Mrs Neighbour reads Farmer Duck

Farmer Gow's re-opening

The farm park will re-open on Saturday 4 July
Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays
Day tickets may be pre-booked now

Term 6 Week 1

Hello Everyone!

We hope you all had a good half term and have been enjoying the glorious weather!

We are looking forward to welcoming some of our Hens back into school this week. As a result of this, Mrs Godfrey and Mrs Main will be spending more time in class, so Mrs Neighbour will be taking on the job of weekly phone calls for Hens class. We have really enjoyed our weekly chats with you and would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your messages of support over the period of school closure. Our conversations with you and our Hens have lifted our spirits each week and we feel very grateful that we work within such a wonderfully supportive community J  If at any point you would like to speak to either Mrs Main or Mrs Godfrey please let Mrs Neighbour know, or contact the school office and we will get back to you as soon as we can. We will continue to reply to your emails, and please do keep sending photos of your home learning. We would also love to see what you have been up to over half term! homework@caldecott.oxon.sch.uk

Home Learning will continue as last term. The children in school will follow the home learning weekly lessons, so all children, whether at home or in school,  will cover the same subjects and topics. We will post work on a Sunday evening ready for the following week. This term our topic is Animals which links very nicely with the White Rose Maths story this week, “The Snail and The Whale” Please find links below for this week’s home learning.

Kind regards,

Mrs Main and Mrs Godfrey

Some more photos of our Hens during week 5

Your home learning about minibeasts!

Term 5 Week 5 

Hello Hens!

We hope you and your family are well and had a good weekend. It was great to catch up with you on the phone this week and hear about the work you are managing to complete at home. My favourite quote this week from one of our Hens was “When this is all over you can finally see my Busy Book!”

This week we continue our topic on minibeasts with a focus on worms! Please click on the link below to hear Mrs Stuart reading Superworm! The weather forecast is dry this week, so not great weather for worms, but why not try your hand at “Worm Charming?” Jump and stamp on the ground; bang it with a spade or a stick….this tricks the worms into thinking it is raining and they come to the surface. Check out the World worm charming championships on Youtube for some tips and techniques! J

Watch the birds in the garden.. they are very good at worm charming and use a similar technique to trick the worms into coming to the surface by hopping up and down on the grass… very clever!

Click on the documents links below for this week’s maths and phonics activities. Another big thank you to you all for the efforts you are making with home learning. We know that it is not easy. We hope that by providing a broad range of suggested activities each week, as well as reiterating the message that wellbeing comes first, each family is able to use our suggestions as they see fit, to provide some learning each day.

As always, we do not expect children to complete all of these tasks. We have given you a range of activities so that your child can find something they can enjoy and access. None of this work is compulsory. It is vitally important for everyone that home learning is fun, relaxing and engaging for all of you! We know of the challenges of supporting siblings of a range of ages and hope that siblings can work together on many of these projects.

Have a great week,

The Hens team  xxxx

Mrs Stuart reads Superworm!

Mrs Stuart reads the story of an incredible worm who comes to everyone's rescue!

Mrs Main reads The Wide Mouthed Frog!

Mrs Main reads a funny story about a frog with a sticky tongue - who nearly comes to a sticky end!

Mrs Main reads a book about opposites

A great book about lots of things that are opposites! How many can you think of?

Dear parents, carers and Hens,

We want to thank you all for the efforts you are making with the home learning. We know that it has been a long time since we’ve seen you but we feel very connected to you all through our lovely weekly phone calls, the emails and the sharing of the learning you have been doing. This week we will be calling you on Thursday, as Friday is a Bank Holiday.

As Friday is a Bank Holiday there are no lessons planned but we have chosen some activities that you might like to do to celebrate the 75th anniversary of V.E. day (see links below) Don’t forget to send us your photos of Pirate dress-up Day on Thursday! We look forward to hearing from you,

Mrs Main, Mrs Godfrey and the Hens team smiley

Ahoy there me hearties! The crew of the Jolly Hen are looking for their shipmates......

Shiver me timbers!!! Look what our shipmates have been up to in Pirate Week.....

Mrs Main reads Winnie's Pirate Adventure!

Listen to Mrs Main read another pirate adventure!

Term 5, Week 2

Hello everyone!

It was great to talk to you all on Friday and to catch up after the Easter holidays and Superhero dress- up day!  The Parent Sheet for Week 2 is below together with some information about Tricky Words. As always, please contact us via the Homework@caldecott.oxon.sch.uk  email address if you have any queries or want to pass anything on to either of us.   

We look forward to speaking with you all again this week. 

Have a lovely week and keep safe and happy.

Mrs Main and Mrs Godfrey

Pirate Themed home learning Term 5 Week 2

Tricky Words

This week we had quite a few queries about Tricky Words. Below is a short guide to Tricky words- we hope it helps!

 

When the children are in school we teach one new tricky word per week. So far we have taught all “phase 2 and 3” tricky words in school and the first two “phase 4” tricky words (said and like)

Starting from this week, we will introduce a new Tricky Word each week on the Parent Suggestions sheet. This week is “have

How we teach Tricky words in school and ideas to support this at home

1 Flash all tricky words learnt so far (you can use the videos with Mrs Main and Elmer on the class pages/ Caldecott Youtube page, or print off your own flash cards from Twinkl, or simply make your own flash cards.

2 Introduce the new tricky word (e.g “have”) Explain there are some words that are not decodable (we cannot sound them out like c-a-t or d-o-g) We call these “Tricky words”. We cannot sound them out and we have to learn them by sight reading.

3 Write a sentence including this week’s tricky word, e.g “I have got a big cat.”

4. Practise writing the tricky word together in your busy book

5. Practise reading the new tricky word- Write the tricky word on a post-it and stick it to the fridge/ use foam letters to make the tricky word in the bath/ use magnetic letters and write the tricky word on the fridge

Hopefully this will help- remember it is just a guide. We are aware that you are at home trying to juggle work/ parenting and teaching in these challenging times! Do as much or as little as you can manage.

Mrs Main reads phase 4 Tricky Words

Can you read the phase 4 Tricky Words, and help Elmer to unscramble his tricky words?

"Super Main" reads Super Daisy and the Peril of Planet Pea!

Join Super Daisy on this pea blasting adventure!

Mrs Main reads Captain Teachum's Buried Treasure!

Listen to this pirate adventure!

A Message from the Foundation Stage Team

Superhero Dress up Day! Thursday 23rd April (see letter below for details)

Monday 20th April 2020

Dear parents/carers, 

We hope you are all happy and safe and had a lovely Easter!

We have been so lucky with the gorgeous weather and hope that you have enjoyed it.

As school closures continue, each week we will produce a sheet of suggested activities for the Hens and Robins to complete. We understand that during this difficult time no one needs any extra pressure so please pick and choose what works for you from the suggestions. There’s a lot for your children to process at the moment and helping your children feel safe and secure is much more important than doing a worksheet!

 

There are also some really interesting lessons on BBC Bitesize - click onto the Year1 page if you feel your child needs more challenge

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

 

We have very much enjoyed speaking to you all over the phone in previous weeks. We will continue to phone home once a week to say 'hello!'

Please let us know of any issues during those phone calls or you can email the office.

There is an email address available for parents to contact teachers regarding work their children have done and may want to share, or to ask for information on learning. We will aim to reply within 48 hours:

Homework@caldecott.oxon.sch.uk

Best wishes and take care,

The Caldecott Reception Team

 

Hens and Robins Home Learning Ideas, Term 5 Week 1

Mrs Main reads another Supertato story! (FULL VERSION)

It's another adventure for our Superhero Supertato! Carnival Catastropea!

Mrs Main reads Tricky Words (with a little help from Elmer!)

Can you read the words on the Tricky word train, and help Elmer to unscramble his tricky words?

Mrs Main reads Goldilocks!

Mrs Main reads a classic tale - why not join in?

Update Friday 3rd April 

 

Dear Hens,

We hope that you and your families are all well. We will be calling today and look forward to hearing about your week! smiley

We are really impressed with the way you have carried on with your learning at home. It has been interesting to find out the subjects that have excited you and for us to learn from you!  Some parents and children have recommended websites that they have enjoyed which is extremely helpful. 

We would love to receive some more photos of the work that you have been doing. Please send these to: homework@caldecott.oxon.sch.uk.  We are reading our emails each day and will look forward to hearing more about the things that you have been working on. Well done for all you have achieved at home so far!

Make sure that you now take a break over Easter to recharge your batteries. Remember to take a walk, ride your bike or play in the garden! If you are looking for something to do indoors,  you could complete our Rainbow Scavenger hunt, or the new NHS Nightingale Hospital would love to be sent rainbow pictures digitally so that they can decorate their wards: #RainbowsForNightingale

We have provided links below to child-friendly Corona virus documents from the government and the Autism Society, which you can share with your children if you wish.

Keep smiling and keep well. We miss you all lots. 

Have a lovely Easter,

Mrs Main and Mrs Godfrey 

Ideas for Easter Learning

Update Monday 30th March

 

It was wonderful to be able to speak to so many of you on Friday and to hear how you are getting on. We  have seen lots of lovely work on the homework email already. Keep it coming! It is great to see so many photos of your art work and creations, the Hens really are a creative bunch! smiley Please forward any photos/ news/ school work related queries to our new email address: homework@caldecott.oxon.sch.uk.

 We will be phoning families again at the end of the week, before the start of the Easter break and look forward to speaking with you then.

We hope you and your families are able to enjoy some sunny walks in the coming days.

 

Best wishes,

 

Mrs Main and Mrs Godfrey

Forest School 

We have really missed our weekly Forest School session and the Hens team have been looking for nature- inspired activities for you to complete whilst you are at home. Our talented Mrs Gibb has created a lovely Early Years Bingo Board (see document below) 

We have also added links for The National Trust, The Woodland Trust and RSPB, which all have activities for families to complete whilst in self- isolation. 

Mrs Gibb's Early Years Wild Bingo Board

Signs of Spring Spotter sheet

Finally, Miss Bailey has found a lovely website with lots of craft ideas, activity sheets, tasty recipes and colouring sheets!

26th March Update

We have set up a class account on the Oxford Owl website, so you can access ebooks to read at home. Click on the link below, click on "My class login" and enter:

 username: caldecottrmg

password: HENS

Then click on "My book shelf" and "Age 4-5"

Most of the books also have activities linked to the stories, for example The Little Red Hen has a story sequencing activity and a phonics game. 

As you progress down the book shelves the reading levels become more challenging. 

We hope these are useful, but don't forget to share lots of "real books" too! smiley

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25th March Update 

 We have set up a new email address as follows: Homework@caldecott.oxon.sch.uk. Please use this address to send photographs or attachments of any work that your child would like us to see. Whilst it is not possible for us to formally mark work during this difficult period, we would be delighted to see what the children have been doing and to share in their successes and discoveries. It may also be possible to provide a small level of feedback should you have a specific query that cannot wait for your weekly phone call review.

 

We will continue to operate a small team within school in order to address all other queries. Should you need support with anything other than homework, please continue to use our school office email address: admin.2605@caldecott.oxon.sch.ukAlso, if your child is entitled to free school meals, we are still able to provide a hot lunch or a brunch bag regardless of whether or not they are in school. If you require a meal for your child, please let the school office know. Meals are ready to collect from the school office at 12.00pm each day. If your child is entitled to a meal but you are concerned about social distancing, we have put measures in place so that you can receive your child's meal safely. 

 Please continue to check the class page regularly  - we will continue to update it over the course of the coming weeks.

 We will all miss seeing the children over the next few weeks and we hope they are able to continue with their learning at home. Please find below a list of some useful websites and documents to help you support your child's learning while they are at home

The Reception Team

 

 

 

Listed below are some useful website links and documents to help your child with their learning while they are off school. The children will also have a pack to take home on Friday or it will be delivered to you if your child is absent this week. The pack will include a Busy Book for your child to work in each day and resources to support their learning. Teachers will be phoning once a week to check how you and your family are getting on. 

Many little things light up hungry little minds. Children take everything in, and even the smallest things parent/carers do with them can make a big difference.

To support your child's learning, here is a link to some information and recommended applications you can use for children from birth to five: 


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