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We are a happy, family school with strong Christian values. We all work together to promote a love of learning where children succeed and reach their full potential. We hope you enjoy your visit.Hanley Swan Primary School is part of the Hanley and Upton Educational Trust

What are we doing this week?

6.12.21

The countdown to Christmas...

Over the next two weeks we will be having a lot of Christmas fun. We will be exploring the story of the birth of Jesus and watching class 2's nativity play on Tuesday. We will be making Christmas decorations, playing games and making the most of this exciting time of year. 

 

Thursday will be our last formal PE session involving PE kits, they will bring them home for washing. The PE kits do not need returning until after the holidays.

 

On Friday, we have the infant Christmas disco, do not forget that it is a non uniform day - party clothes only!

 

I must also mention reading and writing. Your children have worked really, really hard this term and they have all made great progress. I have been doing their reading and writing assessments over the last week and I am very pleased with all of them! If there are any specific areas that need addressing, I will put a little note in their 'Home-liaison book' this week.  

Well done class 1!

 

I have also added some photos of last weeks trip to Envirosort. If you have not already had a look, follow the link... Envirosort Recycling Centre | Hanley Swan St Gabriel's with St Mary's CofE Primary School (hanleyswanprimaryschool.co.uk) 

 

 PhonicsMaths
Monday

Sound - Revisit sh

Handwriting - Begin One Armed Robots - r

Activity - News writing

Christmas problem solving activities and revision of number awareness up to 5.

Tuesday

Sound - Revisit ch

Handwriting - n

Activity - Reading games

Christmas problem solving activities and revision of number awareness up to 5.

Wednesday

Sound - th

Handwriting  - Write Dance

Activity - Fine/gross motor control games

Christmas problem solving activities and revision of 2d shapes.

Thursday

Sound - ar

Handwriting - h

Activity -  CVC games

Christmas problem solving activities and revision of number awareness up to 5.

Friday

Sound - or

Handwriting - b

Activity - Library Time

Christmas problem solving activities and revision of number awareness up to 5.

Home support

Play with the sounds covered so far.

 Playing with numbers and shapes.

 

29.11.21

Toy Stories and Sharks!

We had a fantastic visit last week to Envirosort. Your children were amazing!

They were impeccably behaved, fully engaged and it was a pleasure to watch their excited little faces enjoying every moment. Well done class 1! I hope that they are able to help out with a little bit of recycling at home from now on. I will put a few photos on the website later this week.

 

This week we will be exploring stories that involve toys and making up our own Toy Stories. We will be using puppets, toys and our own recycled creations to role play, act out and enjoy little plays that involve toys. We will also be looking at the many fun characters in the Disney film Toy Story and using them to inspire our stories.

 

We also have a very special online activity set up for Friday. We will be having a virtual visit webinar with... Nick Sharratt! He has produced many wonderful children's books and this week he will be talking about his new creation - Oh no! Shark in the snow! It will be a very interesting morning!

 

Please could you also bring in a wooden spoon on Wednesday for the children to create a puppet with.

 

 PhonicsMaths
Monday

Sound - Revisit ay

Handwriting - e

Activity - News writing

One Less - Five Currant Buns

Tuesday

Sound - Revisit ee

Handwriting - s

Activity - Reading games

How Many? Representing Zero

Wednesday

Sound - igh

Handwriting  - Write Dance

Activity - Fine/gross motor control games

Composition of numbers to 5

Thursday

Sound - ow

Handwriting - f

Activity -  CVC games

Comparing numbers to 5

Friday

Sound -oo

Handwriting - All Curly caterpillar Letters

Activity - Library Time

Equal and unequal groups

Home support

Play with the sounds covered so far.

Alive in 5! - Week 1 | White Rose Maths

22.11.21

Let's get recycling

It is going to be a very exciting week in class 1 - we are going on our first trip!

The focus of the week will be recycling and helping the planet. We will be looking at what happens to our rubbish and finding out about what can and cannot be recycled. We will be reading a story about the problems with plastic bags and the harm plastic does to our oceans. Finally, we will be going to Envirosort on Thursday. The children need to wear school uniform and will need a coat, a drink and a packed lunch. 

PE this week will be on Friday.

 PhonicsMaths
Monday  
Tuesday

Sound - ou

Handwriting - g

Activity - News

Introducing shapes with 4 sides.
Wednesday

Sound - ur

Handwriting  - Write Dance

Activity - Fine/gross motor control games

Shape hunt - looking for four sided shapes.
Thursday

 

 
Friday

Sound -oy

Handwriting - q

Activity - Library Time

Time - sequencing the day.
Home support

Play with the sounds covered so far.

Light and Dark - Week 3 | White Rose Maths

 

 

15.11.21

A mixed bag

This week will be a variety of topics.

We will continue with toys for part of the week, do not forget to send a photo of your child's favourite toy if you have not already done so. We will be introducing ways of communicating this week and starting to learn some signalong. Finally, we will be starting a new mini topic on recycling in preparation for a class trip next week. On 25th November we are going to visit Envirosort in Worcester (more details to follow).

 

 PhonicsMaths
Monday

Sound - oo (short oo e.g. book & look)

Handwriting - c

Activity - News writing

Playing with 4 and 5.
Tuesday

Sound - ar

Handwriting - a

Activity - Reading games

Making shapes with 4 and 5.
Wednesday

Sound - or

Handwriting  - Write Dance

Activity - Fine/gross motor control games

Singing about 4 and 5 (one more)
Thursday

Sound - ir

Handwriting - d

Activity -  CVC games

Singing about 4 and 5 (one less)
Friday

Sound -air

Handwriting - o

Activity - Library Time

One more and one less.
Home support

Play with the sounds covered so far.

Light and Dark - Week 2 | White Rose Maths

 

8.11.21

Toys and Remembrance

This week we will be starting a new theme - Toys!

We will be talking about a favourite toys, what makes a good toy an how we play with different toys. If it is possible, it would be great if you could take a photo of your child's favourite toy and email it to class1@hanleyswanps.org.uk (you may get a bounce back email - do not worry, I have still received the photo).

On Thursday it is Remembrance day, we will take this opportunity to talk about why the day is so important, do a 2 minute silence and complete some poppy based activities.

 

 PhonicsMaths
Monday

Sound - ay

Handwriting - u (we did not mange to do u last Friday)

Activity - News writing

Understanding 4 and 5 - Session 1
Tuesday

Sound - ee

Handwriting - j

Activity - Reading games

Understanding 4 and 5 - Session 2
Wednesday

Sound - igh

Handwriting  - Write Dance

Activity - Fine/gross motor control games

Understanding 4 and 5 - Session 3
Thursday

Sound - ow

Handwriting - y

Activity -  CVC games

Understanding 4 and 5 - Session 4
Friday

Sound - oo

Handwriting - Long Ladder Letter Review

Activity - Library Time

Understanding 4 and 5 - Session 5
Home support

Play with the sounds covered so far.

Light and Dark - Week 1 | White Rose Maths

 

Our timetable has had to change a little this half term. PE will now take place on a Thursday afternoon and Forest School will be on a Friday afternoon.

 

1.11.21

Festivals of Light

I hope that you have all had a lovely half term.

We will be starting this half term with a BANG! We will be learning about the history behind bonfire night and doing some fun firework art and DT activities. We will also be finding out about the Hindu Festival of Diwali and learning a little bit about the Hindu religion and the story behind this festival. 

We will also be starting specific letter formation activities this week. We do this in a particular order, the order is sets of letters that all have the same basic movement.  We will be starting with the Long Ladder letters (l,i,t,u,y & j), followed by Curly Caterpillar letters (c,a,d,e,s,o,g,f&q), One Armed robots (r.n,h,b,m,k&p) and Ziz zag letters (x,w,v &z)

 

 PhonicsMaths
Monday

Sound - Review all sounds covered so far

Handwriting - l

Activity - News writing

It's Me 1, 2, 3! - Circle and Triangles - Session 1
Tuesday

Sound - sh

Handwriting - t

Activity - Reading games

It's Me 1, 2, 3! - Circle and Triangles - Session 2
Wednesday

Sound - ch

Handwriting  - Write Dance

Activity - Fine/gross motor control games

It's Me 1, 2, 3! - Circle and Triangles - Session 3
Thursday

Sound - th

Handwriting - i

Activity -  CVC games

It's Me 1, 2, 3! - Positional Language - Session 4
Friday

Sound - Review all Set 1 sounds

Handwriting - u

Activity - Library Time

It's Me 1, 2, 3! - Positional Language - Session 5
Home support

Play with the sounds covered so far.

It's Me 1, 2, 3! - Week 3 | White Rose Maths

 

 

18.10.21

Our 5 Super Powers!

This week we will be looking a little deeper at who we are and what we can do. We will be exploring our 5 senses, how our body is made up and what we can do to develop our super powers.

 

 PhonicsMaths
Monday

Sound - z & blending CVC words.

Activity - News writing

It's me 1, 2, 3! Session 1
Tuesday

Sound - x & blending CVC words.

Activity - Reading games

It's me 1, 2, 3! Session 2
Wednesday

Sound - qu & blending CVC words

Activity - Fine/gross motor control games

It's me 1, 2, 3! Session 3
Thursday

Sound - ng/nk & blending CVC words.

Activity -  Write Dance 

It's me 1, 2, 3! Session 4 & 5
Friday  
Home support

Play with the sounds covered so far.

It's Me 1, 2, 3! - Week 2 | White Rose Maths

 

Have a lovely half term if I do not get to speak to you this week, and remember to keep reading and revising the letter sounds as frequently as possible.

 

11.10.21

Dem Bones dem bones dem dry bones!

This week we will be taking a look inside our bodies and finding out about how our body works and what holds us up - our bones. Funny Bones books will help us out along the way. We will also be finding out about the other parts of the body and the important role they play in helping us live.

 

 PhonicsMaths
Monday

Sound - r & blending CVC words.

Activity - News writing

All about 1
Tuesday

Sound - j & blending CVC words.

Activity - Reading games

All about 2
Wednesday

Sound - v & blending CVC words

Activity - Fine/gross motor control games

All about 3
Thursday

Sound - y & blending CVC words.

Activity -  Write Dance 

Sorting groups 1, 2 and 3
Friday

Sound - w & blending CVC words.

Activity - Library Time

Matching groups 1, 2 and 3
Home support

Play with the sounds covered so far.

It's Me 1, 2, 3! - Week 1 | White Rose Maths

 

4.10.21

Autumn leaves are falling down...

Autumn is here and this week we will be celebrating this. We will be going on an ‘autumn adventure’ finding evidence for the new season and using the things we find for art and design activities.

 

Please remember to provide a pair of wellington boots for your child this week. They enjoy going out in the rain and it would be a shame for your child to miss out on splashing in puddles. 

 

Our learning takes place in the classroom and in the outdoor classroom everyday. Could you make sure that your child has a vest / t shirt under their uniform to provide them with some comfort on the cooler days.

 

 PhonicsMaths
Monday

Sound - b & blending CVC words.

Activity - News writing

Exploring pattern - Session 1
Tuesday

Sound - f & blending CVC words.

Activity - Reading games

Exploring pattern - Session 2
Wednesday

Sound - e & blending CVC words

Activity - Fine/gross motor control games

Exploring pattern - Session 3
Thursday

Sound - l & blending CVC words.

Activity -  Write Dance 

Exploring pattern - Session 4
Friday

Sound - h & blending CVC words.

Activity - Library Time

Exploring pattern - Session 5
Home support

Play with the sounds covered so far.

Just Like Me - Week 3 | White Rose Maths

 

27.9.21

Harvest

This week we will be finishing our Harvest topic. We will also be finishing off the story of the Little Red Hen and, hopefully, making bread.

 

This week we will start Forest School. We will be taking part in this activity on Thursday afternoon. The children will NOT need to bring/wear old clothes, the school will provide a set of waterproofs for them to wear. They WILL need wellingtons.

 

On Friday we will be enjoying our annual Harvest Festival at Church (do not forget to drop the children at church), and on Thursday we have our charity event in aid of the air ambulance.

 

The table below is an aid to guide you with what we are doing in class or learning opportunities if your child is not at school. Please do not feel you have to cover these activities at home, reading is the priority at home.

 

 PhonicsMaths
Monday

Sound - n & blending CVC words.

Activity - News writing

Session 1 - Comparing size, mass and capacity & comparing amounts
Tuesday

Sound - o & blending CVC words.

Activity - Reading games

Session 2 - Comparing size, mass and capacity & comparing amounts
Wednesday

Sound - c & blending CVC words

Activity - Fine/gross motor control games

Session 3 - Comparing size, mass and capacity & comparing amounts
Thursday

Sound - k & blending CVC words.

Activity -  Write Dance 

Session 4 - Comparing size, mass and capacity & comparing amounts
Friday

Sound - u & blending CVC words.

Activity - Library Time

Session 5 - Comparing size, mass and capacity & comparing amounts
Home support

Play with the sounds covered so far.

Just Like Me - Week 2 | White Rose Maths

 

20.9.21

The Little Red Hen

This week we will be learning all about harvest time and using the story of the Little Red Hen to help us. We will be exploring where our food comes from and the variety of fruits and vegetables we have.
This week we will also be talking about healthy eating and the importance of eating fruit and veg.

On Wednesday we will be doing a day of outdoor activities with class 2, along with exploring Psalm 23 in preparation for a special Open the Book service on Thursday. 'Open the Book' are a group of volunteers that regularly visit school and dramatise stories from the bible. 

 

 

 PhonicsMaths
Monday

Sound - d & blending CVC words.

Activity - News writing

White Rose Maths Session 1 - Matching & Sorting (link below)
Tuesday

Sound - i & blending CVC words.

Activity - Reading games

White Rose Maths Session 2 - Matching & Sorting (link below)
Wednesday

Activity - Fine/gross motor control games

White Rose Maths Session 3- Matching & Sorting (link below)
Thursday

Sound - p & blending CVC words.

Activity -  Write Dance 

White Rose Maths Session 4 - Matching & Sorting (link below)
Friday

Sound - g & blending CVC words.

Activity - Library Time

White Rose Maths Session 5 - Matching & Sorting (link below)
Home support

Play with the sounds covered so far.

Just Like Me - Week 1 | White Rose Maths 

cvc - consonant vowel consonant https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zxfyjty/articles/zs2crdm 

 

Library Book

I hope that you have enjoyed the library book over the weekend. 

The library book will need returning on Monday.

 

Reading Books

I am very pleased to say that on Monday your child will be bringing home two reading books to read at home during the week.

You will keep these books for the duration of the week and then return them to school on a Friday.

This will happen each week - Receive the books on a Monday, return the books on a Friday.

 

Please make sure you share a book every night, start to get into a routine and make this time together very special, it will help you in the long run. It is very important to re-read the books to develop their phonetic memory, awareness, ability and confidence. If they get to a point when they have memorized the book (which is good), ask them to point to the words as they read, ask them to identify certain words on the page, and cover words up and ask them to tell you what words are under your thumb. In other words, have fun with the book and turn reading into a game!


You only need to share a book for a few minutes each night and hopefully this will help your child develop a positive routine for reading. Regular reading also has a huge impact on children's progress throughout the year and their time at Hanley Swan C of E Primary school.

If you need help with reading at home, please see the 'Learning to Read' page  https://www.hanleyswanprimaryschool.co.uk/learning-to-read/ 

 

To help with reading, I will also send home the letters that we have covered in class. Use these letters to make cvc words and play with at home.

 

 

13.9.21

Look at me!

What a fabulous first week the children had last week, they were brilliant. They sailed through each day and enjoyed everything that we did, we are very proud of them. I am really looking forward to seeing them again this week.

 

Please remember, no matter how upset they seem in the morning, leave them with us as they are always fine. If there are any problems, we will give you a ring.

 

The children are enjoying their snacks and drinks in class, do not forget that it is water in their water bottles please. Lunches have also gone well and they are all enjoying eating together in the hall. Once again, if there are any problems we will let you know.

 

I hope that you have enjoyed the library book over the weekend. The library book will need returning on Monday. Please do not forget as we are teaching the children the morning routing and this includes returning the library book.

 

This week will be all about ‘showing off’. Every day the children will have the chance to show off their skills to the rest of the class. These skills could be anything from things they already know, to newly acquired skills. Hopefully this will develop their self-confidence, promote a positive attitude to learning and give everyone a chance to see who they are sharing their class with. We will be exploring what we are all very good at and some of the things we are not so good at.

 

We will start to learn our letters this week. We will be covering m, a, s & t and using them to read some simple CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words like sat and mat. There will be a ‘Write dance’ session (pre writing movement activities), where we will begin to attempt to write these letters and the letters in our name. Please remember that we use cursive handwriting at Hanley Swan.

 

 

 PhonicsMaths
Monday

Singing songs and a write dance session

Counting to 10 and singing number rhymes.
Tuesday

Sound - s

Counting to 10 and singing number rhymes.
Wednesday

Sound  - a

Counting to 10 and singing number rhymes.
Thursday

Sound  - t and introduce blending.

Counting to 10 and singing number rhymes.
Friday

Sound - m and continue lending.

Counting to 10 and singing number rhymes.
Home support

Play with the sounds covered so far.

Count to 10 as often as possible.

 

If your child has access to digital media and you would like to have a look at some maths ‘activities’ together, then we will be using ‘The Numtums’ and 'Numberblocks' to support their learning. Our reading is supported using Cbeebies 'Alphablocks'. Please take a look at the Cbeebies website.

 

If you have a ‘tablet’ of any description and you have not already done so, then please download the Cbeebies apps. There is a Cbeebies play/ play island, a Creative app, an Explore app and a Cbeebies story app. They are all excellent and meet the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. Have fun!
 

 

Welcome to Hanley Swan

 

This week we will be settling in and exploring the classroom and outdoor facilities. We will be looking at the classroom and where everything goes! There will also be a few opportunities to have a look around the school and pop into Forest School, the library, hall and the playground. We will also be letting the children get to know each other through a number of games and play based activities. 

The main focus will be fun!

 

There will be no specific literacy and maths activities (these will start next week).

 

 PhonicsMaths
Monday

Singing rhymes and listening to stories.

Counting to 10 and singing number rhymes.
Tuesday

Singing rhymes and listening to stories.

Counting to 10 and singing number rhymes.
Wednesday

Singing rhymes and listening to stories.

Counting to 10 and singing number rhymes.
Thursday

Singing rhymes and listening to stories.

Counting to 10 and singing number rhymes.
Friday

Singing rhymes and listening to stories.

Counting to 10 and singing number rhymes.
Home support

Read a story to your child each night

Count to 10 as often as possible.

 

Please make sure that you bring in their PE kit and labelled wellington boots this week. They will also need a hat if we have the mini heatwave (the once that has been promised every week for the last 5 weeks!).

 

For your interest...

 

School set up:

Hanley Swan is a small school with four classes and 7 year groups. This can be a little confusing, so to help you out here is the school set up:

Class 1 (1 Year group) - Reception or Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Class 2 (2 Year groups) - Year 1 and Year 2 (Key stage 1)

Class 3 (2 Year Groups) - Year 3 and Year 4 (Lower key stage 2)

Class 4 (2 Year Groups) - Year 5 and Year 6 (Upper key stage 2)

Secondary school - Year 7 +

 

 

Home Liaison Book:

This week your child will bring home the 'Home liaison book' in a plastic wallet. This book needs to be in their book bag every day.


The ‘Home liaison book’ is for communication between home and school. It can be used in any way that is useful for individual parents. Here is a rough guide to get you started:

When your child brings home a reading book we will write the title in the ‘Title’ box. This helps us keep a record of what your child has read. If your child reads other books with you at home (please please please make sure you do!!) you are more than welcome to write them in as well, but that is up to you.

The ‘Pages read and comments’ box is for you to note down how far you have got in a book if you have not read it all. You can also add information about things you have noticed whilst sharing the book, e.g. likes, dislikes, letters/words they have struggled with, etc.

In class 1, we have no specific use for the ‘spellings’ box, but if you would like to use it to record words that they are reading / writing (later in the year) you are welcome to.

The ‘Home/school message’ box is for you to write any important information in. Changes to who is picking your child up, questions or any other information about your child that you think will be important to us in school. I will also use this box to write information in if I do not get a chance to speak to you.

The blank box can be used for anything you like…doodle, draw, scribble, colour…

If you have limited time in the evening I would rather you spend an extra 2 minutes cuddling, reading or talking to your child than filling the book in. I hope this helps.

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