Welcome to Donaldson Class R2
Teacher:Ms Marisa Etienne-Barnett
Teaching Assistant: Ms Adene Williams
This year each class have been paired with an author and ours is Julia Donaldson.Over the term we will be learning all about our chosen author so please keep an eye on all the exciting things we do.
Welcome to Julia Donaldson Class Page
Julia Donaldson CBE (born Julia Catherine Shields; born 16 September 1948) she is an English writer, playwright and performer, and the 2011–2013 Children's Laureate. She is best known for her popular rhyming stories for children, especially those illustrated by Axel Scheffler, which include The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man. She originally wrote songs for children's television but has concentrated on writing books since the words of one of her songs, "A Squash and a Squeeze", were made into a children's book in 1993. Of her 184 published works, 64 are widely available in bookshops. The remaining 120 are intended for school use and include her Songbirds phonic reading scheme, which is part of the Oxford University Press's Oxford Reading Tree.
Donaldson class have settled well into their new classroom.
We have read the story of the Little Red Hen, and begun to look at the sequence of events within the story. We learnt some new vocabulary such as ‘wheat’, ‘corn’, ‘windmill’ and look at how windmills work. We also continued to use our phonics to write words, captions and sentences (using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.) We also made our own hen using hand prints.
This week we have been learning a new story...The Little Red Hen. We started off the week retelling the story and with lots of practise we can now retell the story without any prompts! We added different voices for the characters and The Little Red Hen.
We also made our own Little Red Hen and used our phonics to write about The Little Red Hen.
Reading in reception
Each week children will bring home a reading book given to match their reading level. Children will bring home their reading record and book each night but this must come back to school the next day. As a school we place a high value on reading at home and we have the expectation that parents/carers will read daily with their children at home.
What an amazing end to our week! As we had been learning about writing a shopping list, we decided that we could follow our own plans and make our own sandwich. The children said "I've never made one before!", "This is so yummy!", "Thank you - this is the best day ever!" "I make sandwiches are home". The children behaved so well, taking turns and being safe with all the equipment.
Well done R2 I am very proud of you!
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