Hello and happy Friday! 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 and please keep them coming!
Sounds and Tricky Words –
Our new sounds this week are sm and sn. We enjoyed painting smiles, creating snakes, sniffing a variety of smells and finding some snails. Our tricky words this week are so and very.
Our writing prompt this week was “ It’s not a stick.” We read “It’s not a stick” and then took a walk to the woods where we each chose a stick. We then role played what our stick could be. There were lots of wonderful ideas. Lots of us are becoming increasingly independent and using our knowledge of tricky words and phonetic knowledge to write some great pieces.
In handwriting this week we focused on correctly forming the s and m letter shapes, We also practiced writing some words linked to our sounds and tricky words including snap, smell, so and very.
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 with our focus on time. We recapped telling the time using an analogue clock and introduced telling the time using a digital clock . We focused on o’clock and some of us had an extra challenge of using half past. We are focusing on developing the terminology of the minute and the hour hand.
We also started looking at measure through estimating and measuring the length and height of everyday objects using non side -standard units of measures. We have also been focusing on using the terminology of length such as longer , shorter, taller, smaller etc.
Other curricular areas:
- We enjoyed working on preparing for our Sports Day during PE this week. We have been focusing on running, the egg and spoon race and the sack race.
- We really enjoyed our Loose Parts session especially as we are now able to do it with P1CD. It has been lovely to see the children being able to see the children getting to make some new friends.
- We have been learning about gender equalities this week discussing common stereotypes about boys and girls. We read a story called ‘ Pink is for Boys.’
- In Outdoor Learning this week we drew and measured some lines in the playground . We worked in pairs and used our hands and feet to measure our lines. Some of us found other objects around our playground to measure.
- We enjoyed a trip to the woods with P1CD on Wednesday. We found and measured lots of sticks and also found a stick for our writing.
Ideas for supporting learning at home.
- This is a fun time game we have been playing in class to practice time in class. https://www.sheppardsoftware.com/math/time/clock-splat-game/
- Use the blue sound cards to practice sounds and build CVC words.
- Ask your child to find clocks around the house? Are they analogue or digital?
- Ask your child to use everyday items such as paper clips, their hands and feet to measure items around the house or when out and about.
- Ask your child to show of their sports day skills.
- Next week is Health Week. Wednesday is Sports Day with P.1’s slot is between 9 and 10. You are very welcome to come and watch your child take part!
- Please come dressed in activewear every day next week.
- A number of children are bringing small toys from home. It would be much appreciated if this was discouraged as it can distract them from the learning opportunities in the classroom and can also cause upset if the toys get lost or broken. Many thanks for your support in this.
- 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.
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.