What a brilliant first term! I am so very proud of how the children have settled into school life at Whitkirk. Each year I am blown away with how well children settle and learn the routines and the expectations of school and this year was no exception! From the second week the children were entering the room independently and exploring the classroom, making new friends and interacting with all the adults. Parents should be very proud!
The children really enjoyed learning about mini beasts during our first six weeks, in particular reading the story Super Worm. It was wonderful to see the children applying their knowledge of rhyme to this book and engaging in the magic of this Julia Donaldson classic.
Cubs took a great interest in Julia Donaldson stories , which lead us then study ‘What the lady bird Heard’ which, of course ended in a trip to Temple Newsam Farm! The children’s behavior on this trip was exemplary and I cannot wait to plan more adventures for our team!
A highlight of term 1 for me personally, is the Bug Ball! The children prepared spider sandwiches, explained their chosen bug costume and took part in a bug feast! It made me very proud to see the children confidently interacting with their friends and enjoying themselves!
Throughout these first six weeks the children made rapid progress in phonics. It is a pleasure to teach children to read and write and the children’s enthusiasm this year has made this all the more exciting! Using Choppy the Robot, the children are becoming independent writers , Cubs are also very skilled at using their blending brushes to blend to read words!
The Children returned from the half term eager to carry on how they started! Our new topic after the holidays was ‘ Festivals and Celebrations’ . This involved learning about Diwali, Bonfire night, Birthdays and Weddings. Throughout the weeks we have learnt the story of Diwali; the children really enjoyed the idea of the 10 headed daemon in the story. We have also learnt the story behind Bonfire night, made birthday buns, visited the church to create our own wedding, and learnt why we take part in remembering ‘Remembrance Day’ and ‘ Children in Need’ .
Our final celebration in our celebration extravaganza term has been Christmas! It has been truly magical to see the children’s reaction to the daily adventures of their class Elf and taking part in their first nativity. I am very excited for Cubs to perform their Nativity next week!
Keep up the amazing work Cubs, you are an asset to Whitkirk.