We had a wonderful time in the woods on Thursday. In play the children challenged themselves physically – climbing trees, carrying branches and lifting stones. They showed amazing resilience, teamwork, problem solving skills and imaginations. We were so proud of them.
This week we have been revising the sounds taught so far. We introduced the first two tricky words I and the. ‘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.
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 are developing our motor skills to help us with handwriting. Our pre-writing pattern this week was ‘loops’
Our writing prompt this week was ” I am changing my shoes”
We are focusing on developing our story telling skills by firstly using drawing to create a detailed picture which clearly tells a story, then retelling our story for an adult to ‘scribe’ for us.
Our core numeracy skills this week included,
- numeral identification to 10,( focus on 6,7, 8 and 9)
- identifying the number before a given number up to 10
- establishing a collection of a given amount
- counting and creating auditory patterns
- accurate counting of random arrays
Our challenge activities in numeracy were
- describing equal groups
- numeral identification to 30
- identifying the number before a given number up to 30
- counting two collections with the first screened ( counting on strategy)
Other areas of the curriculum
In outdoor PE we worked towards bouncing a ball at our feet and catching it again. Please encourage your child to play with a ball outdoors if possible.
In indoor PE we enjoy a class warm up and some yoga time.
Using singing games and rhymes we continue to explore our voices, developing the confidence to sing in a group and alone. We have enjoyed some clapping games with a partner, developing our motor skills, hand eye co-ordination, turn taking and ability to keep a beat
As a continuation of our discussions about diversity and learning about the different countries our family members come from we made a list of what we already thought we knew about the Country of China, and then a list of ‘wonders’ eg I wonder why….We have started finding the answers to some of our questions
We also learned about some of the national symbols of South Africa, and watched a video showing some beautiful images of the landscape in Serbia – we loved seeing the twisty river, the castles, snowy mountains and caves.
All templates returned by the deadline of Tuesday 12th were collected, and we managed to sneak in one or two late arrivals on Wednesday morning. Unfortunately, any templates returned after this date were not collected by the fundraising team.
Things to do at home :-
Use your sound cards to build CVC words
Look for the tricky words I and the environmental print
Count backwards carefully from 10. If this is very easy for you, try starting at 20. ( or 30 or more!)
Practise writing your name using correct standard letter formation for each letter in your name. You can watch this short video as a reminder of the correct route for each letter.
Play outdoors with a ball, practising catching, throwing and rolling.
Practise using scissors correctly ( remember, thumb on top)
Look for letters and numerals in the environment – ( signs/buses/doors/car number plates etc)
Please help your child to be able to put their coat on independently. Of course we will help with buttons and zips where necessary, but we would really like all pupils to be able to put their arms in the sleeves by themselves. Thank you
Things to remember:
- Please take care on the ‘pitch’ area of the playground at pick up time if a PE lesson is in progress. Please do not walk through a lesson, but stay as close to the edge of the pitch as possible. Thank you.
- Snack and chat time lasts only 10 minutes, so please be mindful of how many snack items children are bringing.
- PE will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays.
- Please label all your child’s items (water bottles and tubs included).
- Please say goodbye your child at the top of the steps and wave to them as they enter the classroom. Please remember to maintain the 2 metre distance at all times between adults. Please don’t come to the class door. If you have an urgent message for us email /phone the school office. Thank you for your understanding on this matter.
- 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 puddly!