Hello and happy Friday! We have had another busy and fun week with lots of learning going on!
We have moved on to our next Block of sounds in literacy, focusing on digraphs. This week our two new sounds were: sh and ch. We have been working on creating simple words using these sounds. We continue to revise the sounds covered so far. Our tricky words this week are go and she.
We continue to enjoy reading our Oxford Reading Tree books in class.
Our handwriting focus this week was on the formation of the letter a.
We are continuing with our focus on descriptive writing. This week we focused on writing about our dads.
We continued with our focus on money this week. We practiced our coin recognition skills and explored how to add different combinations of coins to make 5p, 10p and as a challenge, 20p.
In SEAL this week we looked at:
- saying the next number word after
- numeral recognition up t0 10.
- Establishing a collection of a given amount.
- Copying and counting monotonic sequences and sounds.
- Accurately counting domino and random array patterns
- Finger patterns to 5.
- Describing equal groups
- Partitioning numbers to 10
- Counting items in two collections with one collection screened.
- Counting items in a row with some items screened.
- Sequencing decade numerals to 100.
- Numeral recognition to 20.
- Short forwards and backwards number sequences to 30
- Saying alternate number words forwards and backwards up to 30.
Health and well-being
In outdoor PE we have continued with our fitness focus.
In indoor PE we really enjoyed some Scottish dancing.
We have continued to do our Daily Mile.
Other curricular areas:
This week we enjoyed celebrating Scottish week. As part of this we participated in a Scottish Burns supper, enjoying oatcakes and cheese. We also learned about some Scottish castles and Scottish animals.
We have enjoyed learning and singing some Scottish songs .
In outdoor learning this week we had a mini – Highland games. We loved seeing who could throw the welly the furtherest!
In science this week we investigated forces – exploring the idea of push and pull.
We have enjoyed having access to iPads this week using them to support our learning in literacy and numeracy.
We are excited to see to children growing in confidence as readers and enjoying sharing books together. Alongside the simple reading of the written word, we are developing the children’s reading comprehension skills, exploring the cognitive strategies of activating, inferring, monitoring/clarifying, questioning, searching/selecting, summarizing, and visualising.
Supporting reading development at home
Reading books will come home after the February break ( more information nearer the time) but in the meantime there are many ways you can support your child at home to further develop early literacy skills which will have a direct impact on the work we are doing in school-
- Reading to/with your child ( avoiding Oxford Reading tree texts please)
- Vocabulary development.
- Print Awareness – print in the environment- ‘reading’ signs & cereal packets etc
- Narrative Skills – retelling familiar stories in their own words
- Letter Knowledge -recognising the written letters in a variety of fonts
- Phonological Awareness – do these sound the same/different? exploring rhyme etc
- Blending/word building – using the sounds we know to decode or build words –
Hope that everyone had a really great weekend! 😊