# Outdoor loose parts

No two loose parts sessions are ever the same – their creativity is endless !

# Independent learning

The children have been developing a wide range of skills through independent learning opportunities in class. Here is a selection of photographs of what they have been doing.

# Literacy

This week we have revised the letter sounds s, a t p n and i.

Our handwriting focus was horizontal lines.

The children will bring home a revision ‘sounds sheet’ today.

Our writing/storytelling prompt this week was ‘I was surprised when…’

# Numeracy

This week we have continued our numeracy fluency work with our Stages of Early Arithmetical Learning ( SEAL) inputs, reinforcing the following strategies and concepts –

Our Core numeracy skills this week were

• 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 without counting them)
• recognising dice patterns and clapping the amount of dots on the dice

Our challenge numeracy skills were.

• sequencing numerals within the range 0-30
• naming the number after a given number ( 0-30)
• counting backwards from 30, starting and stopping at different points
• making equal groups from a larger collection – ie 8 counters can be 2 groups of 4, 4 groups of 2 or 8 groups of 1

# Looking ahead to next week.

Parent Consultation meetings

Loose parts play on Wednesday afternoon.

# Other areas of the curriculum

• We have been discussing gender bias (in child friendly language) and very much enjoyed the story ‘Sparkleboy’. There an online version of the book here if you would like to read it again with your child.
• We have been learning about the people who work in our school. Mrs George and Mrs Cameron came to tell us about their work in the school office, and we went on a tour of the school. We saw places we had never seen before.
• In music we sang songs and played games designed to develop skills of keeping a steady beat. We also explored using our voices in different ways.
• In Outdoor and Indoor PE we have been focus on agility when running, zig zagging through obstacles and playing the tail catcher game. (I am learning how to move my body well, exploring how to manage and control it and finding out how to use and share space (HWB 0-21a)

# This week’s homework and other information

• Practise forming the letters s,a,t,p,i,n.
• Count backwards from 10 (or 20 or 30)
• Use all the blue letter cards to blend and build words ( see homework sheet in purple folder)
• Encourage your child to write their name using correct letter formation. You may wish to refer to this sheet for letter formation routes.

Can you help?

We have been given a new doll for our role play corner – but it is very cold!! If anyone has any leftover double knitting wool which we could use to make some clothes for it that would be much appreciated. (It would be even more amazing if anyone has the time and skill to make us some clothes to fit a 16″ baby doll)

A reminder to please 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.