Welcome back! Hope that everyone has had a lovely holiday – it has been great to hear about all the adventures everyone had last week.
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 farms, numbers and letters with the bricks.
Our new sound this week was d for dinosaur, dog and duck! We also revised and consolidated the initial single sounds we have already covered. These include s, a, t, p, i, n , r, m, h and e. We also practiced blending our sounds to make simple CVC words. We are aware that some children already know these sounds and can blend, be reassured that they are receiving appropriate challenge.
We also focused on consolidating our tricky words and key vocabulary from our reading scheme. We are getting better at recognising these by sight. These include: Mum, Dad, Biff, Chip, Kipper, Floppy, the and to. Some of us practiced our additional tricky words. Some of us have also started reading our Reading Scheme in class.
We have also been developing our fine motor skills to help us with our handwriting. This week we practiced writing our numbers for 0 to 10 and some of us continued to practice writing our own names correctly.
Our writing prompt this week was “I am splashing in a puddle”. We had some really great work with children drawing themselves wearing raincoats, hats and wellies whilst splashing in a puddle. 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 and perhaps not enjoyed about them. This week we especially enjoyed reading some spooky stories such as Winnie the Witch and Room on a Broom. We have also been discussing characters and events in these stories.
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 numeracy skills this week included:
- partitioning numbers to 10
- practising creating doubles patterns using our fingers.
- counting items in two collections (seen and unseen).
- numeral recognition and sequencing to 10, 20 or 30.
- saying alternate numbers forwards and backwards to 10, 20 or 30.
- naming the next one, two, three number words forwards and backwards
- accurate counting of random arrays and dominoes.
- copying and counting rhythmic patterns.
- organising 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.
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 use the below video to practice this skill at home.
IDL Topic –
Our topic over the next few weeks is “People who help us.” It will cover a variety of curricular areas including health and wellbeing, social studies, drama and literacy. We started this by having a discussion about what we already know. Lots of great suggestions about people who help us at home such as family, people who help us in school such as teachers, friends, cleaners and janitors and people in the community such as firefighters, the police service and the postal service. The children then identified what they would like to find out more about. For instance, the children decided that they would like to learn more about the emergency services such as the equipment used by the fire service and the police and how to call the emergency services.
We explored what people believe about, and how people celebrate Halloween in Scotland. We also explored the Mexican “Day of the Dead” Festival exploring the music, art and beliefs associated with this. We then created our own spooky Halloween art.
This week we continued to develop our gross motor skills by moving our body in different ways through some spooky yoga. Please note that our P.E days will be changing this term and our days will now be Monday and Tuesday.
Things to remember:
- PE will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays.
- Snack and chat time lasts only 10 minutes, so please be mindful of how many snack items children are bringing.
- 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 with all this rain.
Have a lovely weekend!