Hello and Happy Friday. It was lovely to meet lots of parents this week. We have had another fun week in p.1, despite the up and down weather. Only one more week till the holidays!
Some of our independent learning through play this week. Here are some of the highlights.
We have continued to learn and consolidate our initial single sounds. Our focus this week was on e and h. We are still enjoying watching Geraldine the Giraffe to help us learn our sounds and have been learning the Jolly Phonics songs and actions. We have also had the opportunity to learn our sounds through lots of play activities. This week this has included making clay hedgehogs, creating patterns with hamma beads, decorating a hat and colouring in Elmer the elephant.
Now that we have covered a variety of sounds we have started making some CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words and have begun to blend sounds. For instance, this week we made words such as hat, hen and ham. We are aware that some children already know these sounds and can blend, be reassured that they are receiving appropriate challenge. Today your child will bring home the next sheet with the sound cards for you to cut out and use at home to practice recognition of the letters and, alongside the sounds sent home last week, blend and spell CVC words.
We have continued to learn some key vocabulary from our reading scheme. We have been focusing on recognising the names of the characters by sight. These include: Mum, Dad, Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy. This week we also continued to learn the ORT Block 1 Tricky words. These include a, and & the. Some of us have also started additional tricky words to provide an extra challenge.
We have also been developing our fine motor skills to help us with our handwriting. Our pre- writing pattern this week was curved lines, like a c.. Our writing prompt this week was “I am pointing at” . We had some very imaginative suggestions with children pointing at the sun, an alien spaceship and a pet dragon. We are focusing on developing our story telling skills by using drawing to create a detailed picture which tells a story, then retelling our story for an adult to ‘scribe’ for us.
Home learning ideas:
- Every week your child will take home a blue sheet with the sounds we have worked on, some words that you can make with the sounds we have worked on so far and tricky words. The idea is to cut the letters and make words and practice creating words.
- Say three words and your child has to guess what is the initial sound of the three words and say another one starting with the same sound. e.g. say ant, arm, anchor and they could say apple.
- Play I spy with my little eye things that start with the sound…
- Practice writing letters using sand, flour and other materials.
Our core numeracy skills this week included:
- forward and backward number sequences starting and stopping at different points. (up to 30 for some).
- Numeral identification.
- counting and establishing a collection accurately (Including screened collections for some children).
- counting and creating auditory patterns
- accurate counting of random arrays and dominoes.
- copying and counting rhythmic patterns.
- describing equal groups
Home learning ideas:
- Practice number formation numbers 0 to 10 or (20 for a challenge).
- Count items: ask your child to give an X number of things: leaves, stones, sticks.
- Play snakes and ladders, encourage your child to recognise the number on the dice without counting the spots.
We continued with our IDL topic, “Around the World.” This week we visited China. We learned about foods, famous landmarks, animals and celebrations. We then did a Chinese dragon dance, made terracotta warriors out of clay and created our own paper dragons. Some members of our class also shared their personal knowledge of China and brought in some cultural items from home. We really enjoyed learning some Chinese words such as how to say “Ni Hao” and looking at a beautiful Chinese fan. There is still time to take in cultural items and share them with the rest of the class.
Health and Wellbeing –
This week during our assembly we focused on dyslexia, raising our awareness that we are all unique and different learners. This week we also discussed the idea of a big deal/ little deal to help the children to differentiate between a big deal (a situation that requires adult intervention) and a little deal (things that children are capable of handling on their own). We played a game to help remind us of situations that are a big deal (eg. you are hurt or in pain, you have been pushed over on purpose) or a little deal (you don’t get to sit next to your friend at lunchtime or someone has accidentally hurt you). We also discussed strategies to help us deal with a little deal. For example, if someone is annoying you, you could ask the person to stop and explain how you feel or walk away).
This week we worked on our ball skills. We focused on the skills of throwing, catching and rolling a ball thus developing our gross motor skills. This is something that you could practise with your child at home. We also enjoyed moving our body in different ways with some yoga.
Outdoor learning –
We had a fantastic time playing with loose parts outdoors. Lots of communication, turn- taking, balancing, co-ordination and engineering skills being developed.
- Please check your child’s purple bag for sounds and tricky words homework.
- Snack and chat time lasts only 10 minutes, so please be mindful of how many snack items children are bringing.
- PE takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays.
- Please label all your child’s items (water bottles and tubs included).
- Please remember not to bring any nuts or nut products to school.
- If your child has had to change clothes any day, please remember to send new spares clothes the next day so that we don’t run out of dry socks – our playground can get very muddy and wet at the moment!
- The October holidays start on Monday 18th October with children returning to school on Tuesday 26th October.
Thank – you for your continued support.
Have a lovely weekend.