Hello and Happy holidays! This term has been great and it has been lovely getting to know all the children a little bit better each day. They are great: they are a lovely, caring and welcoming class who have really bonded well. I can’t wait to hear about all your fun holiday adventures when we are all back together after the holidays.
Some of our independent learning through play this week. Here are some of the highlights. We have had lots of fun drawing and making crafts, learning in the home corner, reading in the book corner and constructing castles, rockets and zoos with the bricks.
We have revised and consolidated our initial single sounds this week. We have focused on s, a, t, p, i, n , r, m, h and e. We also continued to practice blending our sounds to make simple CVC words.
We also focused on learning our tricky words and key vocabulary from our reading scheme. These include: Mum, Dad, Biff, Chip, Kipper, Floppy, the & I. Some of us practiced our additional tricky words. ‘Tricky words’ are words which do not follow phonetic rules therefore cannot be blended or sounded out, we just have to learn to recognise, read and spell these words by sight.We really enjoyed our ghost game to help us remember these words in a fun way.
Today your child will bring home a sheet with the two tricky words from this week. Please cut out and keep these to use as flashcards at home to encourage sight recognition of these words. Please also help your child to learnt to write these words from memory
We have also been developing our fine motor skills to help us with our handwriting. This week we practiced writing out the alphabet. Our writing prompt this week was “I am changing my shoes”. We had some really great work with children thinking carefully and drawing their cubbyholes, shoes, jackets and schoolbags. 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.
During storytime, we have been enjoying listening to a wide range of texts and discussing what we have enjoyed about them. This week we especially enjoyed reading Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson.
Home learning ideas:
- Spend time reading books at home. Reading to your child is an excellent way of increasing your child’s vocabulary.
- Encourage your child to make their name in different ways: in the sand, with flour, play dough, etc.
- If your child cannot yet write their own name, please practise this at home. Lower case letters please (apart from the initial letter).
Our core numeracy skills this week included:
- Exploring numbers to 10, 20 or 30.
- sequencing numerals to 10 or 20.
- naming the next number in a forwards or backwards sequence
- Practising instantly making and recognising finger patterns. Doing it on our head ( the bunny ears game) makes it a bit tricky as we can’t see our fingers, we just have to feel the pattern.
- accurate counting of random arrays and dominoes.
- copying and counting rhythmic patterns.
- describing equal groups
Home learning ideas:
- Practice using your ‘bunny ears’. Ask your child to show you a number on their fingers using the bunny ears method. They should practice holding up the number of fingers straight away without needing to count each finger. They then look at their fingers to check if they are correct. This is great for numeracy development.
- Play Three for me, one for you . The adult says three numbers in a sequence, either forwards or backwards, the child says the next number in the sequence. e.g. 6,7,8………9 or 14,13, 12…….11. You can choose the level of challenge by staying within 10, or going up to 20.
- You could play this game. Please choose from sequencing or ordering (forwards) from 1- 10 or 1-20.
- Count items using 1-1 correspondence. Put out a quantity of small items, for example buttons, counters, small stones or lego bricks. Ask your child to count them carefully, pointing to, or moving each one in turn. can they count the total accurately? Increase the level of challenge by using a larger collection.
We continued with our IDL topic, “Around the World.” This week we visited the Continent of Europe. We learned about the countries in Europe such as Italy, the Netherlands and France; foods such as pizza, pasta and waffles and famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben. Some of us shared information we already knew about Europe. For example, we learned some Dutch words including Oma and Opa. (Grandma and Grandpa).
Funky Fingers –
This week we started our funky fingers challenges using playdough. These challenges help to strengthen the muscles in our hands and fingers, thus developing our fine motor skills. This helps us with activities such as writing and pencil grip, buttoning, and zippering.
You could practice this at home using these videos.
This week we continued to work on our ball skills. We focused on the skills of throwing, catching and rolling a ball/ beanbag, thus developing our gross motor skills. This is something that you could practise with your child at home as is something that many of us are finding tricky. We also enjoyed moving our body in different ways with some yoga.
Health and Wellbeing –
This Friday was “Show Racism the Red Card day.” Lots of us wore red clothing in support of this. We had a really good class discussion about racism with several children already having a good understanding of this term. We explored how to ensure fairness, kindness and embracing everyone’s differences within our school and the wider community.
- A reminder that next week it is the October break. Children are back to school on Tuesday 26th October.
Thank – you for your continued support and hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday!
Miss Wyatt .