Learning Stories have been sent home today in your child’s purple folder. Inside you will find examples of work that your child has completed this term as well as Literacy and Numeracy comments. There is space at the bottom of the report for you to sign and, if you wish, to leave a comment. Please send the Learning Stories back to school next week.
Here is a summary of our learning this week.
In phonics we have continued to learn about magic e. The magic ‘e’ rule, sometimes known as silent ‘e’, is where the ‘e’ at the end of a word is silent but changes the way that the word is spoken. This happens when ‘e’ is the second letter in a split digraph with another vowel sound, such as in the word ‘cape’. The ‘a’ says its name (ay) rather than its sound (ah).
This week we have focussed on the ‘long o’ sound with ‘magic e’ (e.g. hole, hose, rope).
In our writing lesson we used a Percy Park Keeper story as the stimulus for an imaginative story. We are structuring our writing with a beginning, middle and end.
Ideas for learning at home:
- Your child should continue to work on the word wall related to the stage they are reading. They should become confident in reading these words. Remember that they should recognise these words by sight.
- Everyone should now have a magic wand at home! Write out the non-words hom, rop, glob, bon. Then ask your child to read them as they are, before tapping them with the magic wand and adding an e to the end of the word. Can they identify that the sound that the ‘o’ makes changes from its sound to its name?
- Handwriting. Here is a useful website which has animations to show how to correctly form each letter. Please note that the f and z that we use are in the ‘alternative / non scheme letters’ section.
Continuous Cursive letter choice 1 beginners (teachhandwriting.co.uk)
- Continue to practise reading and spelling the tricky words. An idea is to play Kim’s Game. Write some of the words on separate pieces of paper. Ask your child to read the words. Turn the pieces of paper over and ask your child to remember what was written on each one. Try it with different words.
In our number work we have been learning about equal groups.
Some of us have been learning to share equally. When we do this, we give one to each group until we run out. There should be an equal amount in each group.
Some of us have also been learning to identify rows and columns in arrays. The rows go across the way (like rows of seats at the cinema) and the columns go up and down (like they do on buildings). We can then find the total of the array. For example, 3 rows x 4 columns = 12.
Here are some online games which would reinforce the learning in class.
Curious George . Fair Shares | PBS KIDS
The array (scootle.edu.au)
We have also been introduced to directional language such as left, right, clockwise and anti clockwise.
At home you could play a fun game to reinforce this. Put some toys out around then room then ask your child to choose one without telling you. Ask them to give you directions to get to it. Will they be able to give you accurate directions?!
E.g. “Take 3 steps right then two steps forward.” Or “Make a half turn anti clockwise then take 4 steps forward.”
Other Curricular Areas
- We made stars for a Christmas window display.
- We enjoyed loose parts on Wednesday.
- We enjoyed hearing from the helping professionals about their jobs on Monday and Thursday. Thank to Mrs Patterson and Mr and Mrs Wu!
- Our PE lessons focussed on jumping and teamwork skills.
Have a lovely weekend,
Mrs de Bonrostro