Hello and Welcome back! We have been enjoying the sunshine this week and have had lots of time enjoying it outside.
Please discuss with your child what they have been learning and what skills they are developing as they play. The STEM area continues to be popular. Thank – you so much for all the donations!
This week we have introduced the fr and dr sounds along with the tricky words you and one. We enjoyed chopping fruit, making frames with our friends and creating dresses and dragons.
Next week the pupils will be assessed on their ability to recognise and spell the block 1 tricky words and those from block two which we have introduced so far. Please support them at home with this learning.The tricky words are sent home each week on the home learning sheet, and you can also find the whole list on our spelling city homework page
Our writing prompt this week was “ World Book Week.” 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 writing some familiar words. It has been great to see the children’s confidence grow.
In handwriting this week we focused on correctly forming the a 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 continued 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 continued with our SEAL programme.
Our core numeracy skills this week included:
- Numeral identification to 10
- Counting items in two collections
- Creating spatio – motor finger patterns.
- Consolidating our number bonds to 10.
- Counting and creating auditory patterns.
Our challenge numeracy skills include:
- Saying short backwards numeral sequences to 30
- Numeral identification to 30.
- Describing equal groups.
- Creating and determining the number in an equal share.
- Consolidating number bonds to 10 and 20.
- Counting items in two screened collections.
- Determining a missing addend.
Other curricular areas:
- We enjoyed working on our co-ordination and balance skills in Indoor PE. We focused on rolling in different ways and in different shapes.
- In Outdoor PE we played team games.
- We continued to explore the topic of Disabilities. We explored disabilities linked to the Senses, such as blindness and deafness. We learned some sign language and created some artwork using a variety of different sensory materials.
- As part of our RSHP programme this week we continued to look at the importance of privacy and private parts. We learned the pants rule and children designed their own pants.
- We started a focus on Growth mindset this week. We discussed how when we find something tricky or difficult, it means our brain is growing and that mistakes help us to learn. We also came up with lots of ideas with things we could do when we find things difficult. The children came up with lots of good suggestions such as asking a friend or family member for help, keeping on practising lots and saying positive phrases such as “I can do it!” We have looked at a number of stories to make this more relatable including Giraffes Can’t Dance.
- We made pancakes, following Miss Campbell’s instructions and then enjoyed eating them on Pancake Tuesday.
- We have really enjoyed World Book Week. We have had a special focus on fairytales this week, reading a new story each day. We then voted for our favourite and completed a book review, helping to develop our critical thinking skills. We also created our own book surveys. It was great to see all the fantastic costumes and look at all the stories the children brought in. We also had a visit from the local librarian who read us a story.
- In Outdoor learning we did a sound walk, using recorders to record the different sounds in our playground.
- 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!
- Lost Property – we have one age 7, unnamed purple cardigan that has been unclaimed. Please get in touch if you you think this may belong to your child.
- 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.
- Please, if you can, continue to provide junk for our STEM area. Thank – you to everyone who has provided some so far.
- Parent Consultations: Our Parent Consultations will be taking place week beginning. 28th March. Further information about this will be coming out by soon.
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.
- Practice writing your tricky words. You could use a variety of materials to do this such as paint, foam and plasticine.
- Show of your new balancing skills but finding things in your garden or local park to balance on.
- Ask your child for a Growth mindset top tip!
- Please help your child to put their coat, shoes independently. You could start to practise how to do zips and buttons as a challenge.
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 all have a lovely weekend.