Further to our email earlier in the week, please note that our PE days have changed as of this week now that we are able to use the gym hall. We will have Outdoor PE on a Monday and indoor PE on a Thursday.
Please check the post from earlier in the week about the many items of lost property – we are particularly keen to identify the owner of the bag containing a change of clothes.
Outdoor loose parts learning
We had a wonderful morning discovering, experimenting and learning together outside.
This week our focus sounds were o and g the sounds taught so far. We introduced the new tricky word tricky word he as well as revising our previously learned words.
Please support your child at home to learn to recognise, read and spell all of our tricky words by sight.
We have enjoyed reading together in our groups.
We are developing our motor skills to help us with handwriting. Our pre-writing pattern this week was ‘circles’. We tried to remember to start our circles at the top and go in an anticlockwise direction ( as we would when writing the letter o)
Our imaginative writing prompt this week was “My magic wand” We went to the woods to collect suitable sticks, then decorated them to make them a little bit magical and used our imaginations to think what magic they might be able to do.
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,
- consolidating our knowledge of number bonds to 10
- 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
- numeral identification to 100
- ordering decades
- identifying the number before a given number up to 30
- counting short forward or backward sequences of numbers to 30 or 100
- counting two collections with the first screened ( counting on strategy)
Other areas of the curriculum
- In outdoor PE we returned to a focus on fitness and stamina
- In indoor PE we were excited to have our first trip to the gym hall where we explored the new space with travelling movement games.
- Using singing games and rhymes we continue to explore our voices, developing the confidence to sing in a group and alone. We have enjoyed learning some rhymes and songs using our voices in different ways,as well as developing our motor skills, hand eye co-ordination, turn taking and ability to keep a beat
- We have started to think about people who help us in different contexts. Firstly we thought about all the different adults who help us in different ways in school. Then we thought about adults who can help us when there is a big problem, e.g. fire service, police, hospital staff etc. We voted on which occupation we would like to learn about first.
- We discussed the festival of Diwali and learned how families might celebrate.
Things to do at home :-
Learn your number bonds /number pairs that make ten
Use your sound cards to build CVC words
Look for the tricky words I and the to and he in 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!