D R A G O N S T O D AY S P R I N G 2 0 1 6
More formally, every sound that children
learn they then practise forming in writing
in the same session, before it is reinforced
throughout the curriculum. We teach a
cursive script, which has proved helpful
in giving children the confidence to start
writing every letter on the line. A pinch
and rest ‘tripod’ grip on the pencil is
encouraged to give the script strength and
stability and those who need support with
fine motor skills receive extra help from the
Learning Support department.
Less willing children are encouraged to
have a go at writing through a phonetic
approach using access tools such as
alphabet and sound strips, ‘tricky word’
displays around the classroom and, during
more formal writing activities, are given
‘scaffolding’. This involves sharing what
they want to write with their teacher,
who draws lines of appropriate lengths to
accommodate each word. Gradually the
scaffolding becomes redundant. As the
child’s confidence and ability strengthen,
the independent writer emerges.
Parents have a big part to play in helping
their offspring develop literacy skills: sound
cards and activities can be practised, books
shared and discussed and constant two-way
communication between home and school
When children move up into Year 1, the
momentum started in Reception expands
into further phonic, spelling and guided
group reading sessions. Handwriting
becomes more consistently joined as the
year progresses and children become more
confident and fluent readers.
At Lynams we recognise that achieving a
balance between challenge and success
is critical to learning; our School ethos
is to support and encourage children to
develop a love of reading, understand
what they have read and be able to express
their wonderfully creative thoughts and
burgeoning personalities on paper.
Diwali was an opportunity for Reception to learn about the
Hindu faith and to take part in different activities involved
in celebrating this exciting festival. In November, 2015,
children made delicious raita dip from yogurt and cucumber,
and they put their artistic skills to work to create some rangoli
patterns and made diva lamps by modelling clay with their
thumbs. We finished the celebrations with a ‘light walk’ down
a line of twinkling diva lamps.
YEAR 1 REAL LIFE SUPERHEROES
As part of their Superhero theme for the first half
of term, Year 1 looked at real life superheroes.
Two members of the Oxford Police Department
came and spoke to the children about the
importance of the police and the types of jobs
they do. The children asked lots of questions
about how the officers catch criminals and even
got to speak to someone at the Police Station
over the officer’s radio.
Children also visited Kidlington Fire Station to learn about fire safety and how fire
fighters use different equipment to fight fires and rescue people. The children were shown
the parts of a fire engine and were allowed to sit inside one, to see what it’s like for the
fire fighters to ride to an emergency. The highlight of the trip was to test their fire-fighting
strength by spraying one of the powerful fire hoses.
Both experiences helped the children to see that there truly are people in our
community who are real life superheroes.
YEAR 2 EARTH TRUST TRIP
Year 2 embraced their new topic ‘Country File’ with huge excitement on their trip to
Wittenham Clumps, this term.
Children planted seeds, rolled oats, made buttermilk and butter from cream and
learnt how to milk a cow. After a picnic, we had time to play in the ‘mud kitchen’;
creating all sorts of delicious combinations. We explored the hills to view the
surrounding countryside and found out that fields which were brown were not in fact
growing chocolate or coffee, but had recently been harvested. The day finished with
creating clay creatures in the woods and working co-operatively in groups to build
dens. A great time was had getting to know both teachers and new friends.
YEAR 3 CHARITABLE SWAP & BUY
Year 3 presented a large cheque, both in size and value, to Heather Tarplee from
Farms for City Children. Last summer, when they were in Year 2, children raised
money by organising a Swap & Buy sale. They made their own products to sell,
created a poster to advertise their goods
and made bunting to decorate their stall.
They found out that many children
who live in cities have never played in
fields or visited animals in their natural
environment. Farms for City Children
enables these children to have the
opportunity to spend a week on a farm
looking after animals, harvesting and
cooking the crops and enjoying the
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