# Independent learning

The children have been developing their skills through independent learning opportunities in class. Here are just a few photographs of what they have been doing.

# Literacy

This week we have explored the letter sound a and t.

The children will bring home a ‘sounds sheet’ today. please cut out and keep the letter cards and use them as flashcards to practice letter recognition. Each week we will send home the new sounds learned to add to your collection. In order to blend the sounds seamlessly together to build words the children should learn and use the ‘pure sound’ of the letter ( eg sssss rather than Suh or the letter name Ess )The sheet will also have a list of suggested words to build using the sounds.

Please practice forming the letters following the correct route, using these links as a guide.

This week we have begun to introduce the children to the characters in The Oxford Reading Tree scheme which we use in school. You may wish to watch and discuss this short video at home with your child.

Our writing/storytelling prompt this week was ‘My Family’

# Numeracy

This week we have started our Stages of Early Arithmetical Learning ( SEAL) inputs, reinforcing the following strategies and concepts –

• counting backwards from 10 ( or 20 for some pupils).
• naming the next number in an isolated short backwards number sequence. ie. I say, 10, 9, 8 (they say 7)
• establishing a collection ( give me 9 counters/raisins/etc)
• counting a collecting with accurate 1-1 correspondence
• recognising numerals
• sequencing numerals
• making instant finger patterns (show me 6 fingers)
• recognising dice patterns

# Other areas of the curriculum

In Outdoor PE we have been continuing to focus on our skills in different ways of travelling e.g. jumping with both feet together, skipping, hopping and side stepping. In indoor PE we played games beginning with ‘t’ like tunnel tig and toe tig and we had fun with tennis rackets too.

# Things to do at home and other information

• Promote independence in dressing – changing/tying shoes, opening snack packets, zipping up coats, sorting inside out sleeves etc
• Look around the environment for examples of written numerals – car number plates on the walk to school provide lots of opportunity for number hunts!
• Encourage your child to write their name using correct letter formation. You may wish to refer to this sheet for letter formation routes.

Purple folder. Thank you for your support in emptying the purple folders each day. Some children like to attach a keyring or similar to their folder to help them easily identify their own one. This is a great idea, but please only one small – medium sized keyring, as lots of bulky ones make the folder tricky to store in the class basket. Thanks.

A reminder to name all items of clothing and shoes, and to check names on items brought home in case your child accidentally acquires a jumper belonging to someone else.

We would greatly appreciate donations of any unwanted empty or partially used notebooks or diaries ( used pages can be removed). Also any enticing writing implements ( ie glittery pencils/gel pens/ pencils with feathers etc – basically anything other than standard school issue type pencils/pens) These will be used in our ‘message trolley’. The children enjoy choosing resources from the trolley to use in their independent learning, promoting markmaking and early writing skills.

Please also see a request in the home link for some donations of resources for our outdoor loose parts learning (messy play) sessions