Hello and Welcome back! It had been lovely to hear about all the interesting things the children have been up to in the holidays. They have all settled back into the classroom routines well.
Please discuss with your child what they have been learning and what skills they are developing as they play. We have had some great conversations around this in class this week. Our new writing are and the junk modelling area have both been popular this week.
This week we have introduced the br and cr sounds along with the tricky words said and come. We crunched crisps, made crowns and made patterns with broccoli and brown paint.
Our writing prompt this week was “My holidays.” 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 and trying to write some familiar words on our own. We use sentence stems to help us. This week these were: we went, we saw and we liked.
In handwriting this week we focused on correctly forming the e letter shape.
Mon – Thursday in school we will introduce a new title and any new vocabulary in the book. Alongside the simple reading of the written word, we will be developing the children’s reading comprehension skills, exploring the cognitive strategies of activating, inferring, monitoring/clarifying, questioning, searching/selecting, summarizing, and visualising.
On Thursday the children will bring their book home to showcase their learning. Please enjoy sharing the book with your child and encourage their successes. It may appear that the book is ‘too easy’, but please be mindful of the fact that they are sharing a familiar text. If you wish to give them a challenge, try reading the book from back to front starting with the final word of the final sentence. This makes no sense at all, but the children enjoy this activity and it allows them to read the words without the context of meaning or memory.
Please return the title to school on Monday
We would ask that you avoid the temptation to buy Oxford Reading tree texts for home use as this can have an impact on the children’s learning activities in class – e.g., it is tricky to predict the outcome of the story if they have already read it at home. Thank you for your support in this.
Other ways to support reading development at home
· reading books of their own choice
· 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 – check the blog for our home learning sheet which will be posted most weeks.
Numeracy and Maths –
In Maths this week we started exploring our Position and Directions topic. We focused on the language of position and direction including in front, behind, forwards, backwards, left, right and above and below. We then focused on these skills in a number of games and practical activities to help us gain an understanding of these skills.
We continued with our SEAL programme.
Other curricular areas:
- We enjoyed doing some dancing during Indoor PE.
- As part of our “Building Resilience Topic” we enjoyed discussing how to stay active and healthy and enjoyed looking at the photos lots of us brought in of us being active during the school holidays. Lots of fun activities like trampolining, horse riding and going to the park.
- We enjoyed an Outdoor Loose Parts session. The sun even came out for it which was great!
- We began to explore the topic of disabilities. We were very impressed with the sensitivity and understanding that children showed.
- As part of our RSHP programme this week we looked naming body parts and the importance of privacy and our private parts.
- We also looked at how we can keep ourselves clean and healthy through washing, hand- washing and teeth cleaning.
- In Outdoor learning we followed instructions to build paper aeroplanes, decorated them and experimented to see how far they could fly!
- We enjoyed dressing up for Twos – day!
- Mrs Haynes teaches p.1 on a Tuesday.
- Thank – you to everyone who provided a spare change of clothes – our playground is full of puddles and very wet at the moment so spare socks are especially useful at the moment! Just a little reminder to bring some in if you have not yet done so.
- Next Thursday, the 3rd of March is World Book Day. Children are invited to come to school dressed as a favourite book character! We will be doing lots of activities over the week to celebrate this. Children are welcome to bring a favourite book at any point this week to share with the class!
- The junk modelling area has been really popular with lots of fantastic learning doing on. Please continue to send in clean cardboard recycling to help keep supplies topped up.
- Please remember to return your child’s reading book on Monday. Your child needs to bring the purple folder in order to take the reading book home.
Ideas for supporting learning at home.
- Play the game Simon Says using direction words such as backwards, forwards, behind , in front and left and right.
- Look around the environment to see if you can see the numerals (buses/ cars). Etc
- Use the blue sound cards to practice sounds and build CVC words.
- Look for all the tricky words we have learned so far in environmental print.
- Show of your new dancing skills with some music!
We are here to help and support you, please feel free to send any questions or concerns via the office admin or if you are happy catch me at the door at the beginning or end of the day.
Thanks for your continued help and support.
Hope you have a lovely weekend.