# Friday 1st November

It was lovely to see you all today. I hope you all enjoyed sharing the learning with your child.

Literacy

We have been learning:

• Single sounds of the alphabet: this week we have focused on f, u, b.
• Tricky words: I, the, to
• We have all enjoyed watching Geraldine the Giraffe to help us learn our sounds – we find Geraldine really funny. You can find these clips on Youtube.
• To blend single sounds we know to help us read/write words.
• We have done our second piece of writing. We read Jack and the Beanstalk and then wrote about what we would like to find at the top of our beanstalk. We looked at using capital letters at the beginning of the sentence, fingers spaces between words and full stops.
• We took our first reading book home. We always read the book in class before it goes home therefore your child will be familiar with the words. This does not mean that they can actually read the book.

Home learning ideas:

• Reading: work on the new sounds and tricky words provided on the blue cards. This should be for a maximum of 10 minutes per day.

Numeracy and Maths

• We have continued to learn to recognise the mathematical signs for addition such as the plus/add and equals signs and have been encouraging the use of this language during our matching learning activities.
• We have worked on addition within 10 (20 for some).
• We have worked on gaining confidence when adding numbers and we have used a timer to see if we can improve our adding skills.
• We have continued to work on number bonds to ten.
• We had a special focus on number formation (0 to 10). Please continue to reinforce this at home.

Home learning ideas:

• Please continue to look at and discuss numbers in the environment with your child. On buses, cookers, door numbers etc. This will help us with our number recognition as we continue with our numeracy work.
• You can make a challenge like we have done in class with a few sums (within ten) and time your child. Using fingers is “allowed”. We have been working on keeping the biggest number on our head and count onwards the other number but we are still working on this skill.

Other Areas

• P.E.

Our P.E timetable has changed so we now have PE on a Wednesday afternoon and a Friday morning.

Wednesday- (throwing and catching skills). We missed PE on Friday due to the sharing the learning event.

Other Information

• Home learning went home today with our new sounds. Please continue to work on learning the sounds with your children. This should be for a maximum of 10 minutes per day
• This Tuesday our reading books went home on our purple folder. Please remember to bring it back to school every day so we can work in our reading. If a child does not bring the book on Tuesday another book will not be handed until the previous one has been returned.
• We are starting to introduce woodwork into our play area and we would be grateful if anyone would be able to donate some off cuttings of pine wood into school for us to use at this station.