Hello and happy Friday! Please discuss with your child what they have been learning and what skills they are developing as they play.
Sounds and Tricky Words –
Our new sounds this week are st and sp. We enjoyed painting spots on a ladybug, learning about Spain, creating stars and spiders. Our tricky words this week are every and two.
Our writing prompt this week was “ My Crown.” We created our own crowns and shared them with the class. There were lots of wonderful descriptions. 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 letters in our tricky words and in our phonics sounds.
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.
This week we continued to focus on measure. We looked at weight and developed the terminology of light and heavy. We also introduced the word capacity. We estimated, compared and measured how much water could fit into different containers.
- Subtractive tasks using a row.
- Describing visible arrays
- Building visible arrays
- Counting the number of jumps backwards from b to a.
- Doubling numbers to 20
- Counting forwards and backwards within 100.
- Partitioning into equal shares.
- Saying the number word before up to 30.
- Counting backwards from 30.
- Numeral identification to 20.
- Counting items in two collections
- Identifying numbers to 10.
- Saying the next number word backwards from 20.
- Saying the next number word forwards to 20.
- Using finger patterns to keep track of temporal sequences of sounds.
Other curricular areas:
- We enjoyed Modern Languages week. We have focused on learning numbers to ten in French and Spanish. We have also been practising French and Spanish greetings. We then created a video which was shared at Assembly on Friday.
- We enjoyed learning a bit about Spanish and French culture this week.
- In PE this week we focused on dance and fitness. We enjoyed learning and sharing some dance moves and coming up with a routine for our Jubilee Party next Wednesday.
- In Health and Wellbeing we thought about what we enjoyed most about Primary 1 and what we would like to do in Primary 2.
Ideas for supporting learning at home.
- Can you count to ten in French?
- Ask your child what were our new tricky words this week.
- Can they show you the dance routine they came up with in PE this week?
- Can you think of a word that begins with st or sp sound?
- 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.
- On Wednesday 1st of June, we will be celebrating the Jubilee. Children are invited to dress up in their finery/ party clothes for an afternoon Garden Party celebration!
- We will not be sending reading books home next Thursday
- Please bring a carton next week so your child can repot their tomato plant to take home. Feel free to decorate your pot and please ensure it is labelled with your child’s name.
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!