# Independent learning

The children have been developing a wide range of skills through independent learning opportunities in class and outdoors..

# Literacy.

This week we have introduced the letter sounds v and y as well as revising our ‘tricky’ words he and was

We continue to use core reading book resources in school as we begin to develop developing the children’s reading comprehension skills, exploring the cognitive strategies of activating, inferring, monitoring/clarifying, questioning, searching/selecting, summarizing, and visualising.

### NB a reading vocabulary card will be part of the home learning provided in the purple folders today.

We had another Friday ‘dictation/spelling’ written activity. Each week the children will be asked to spell two or three words using the sounds we know, and also to accurately write two of our tricky words. Please keep practising this skill at home.

# Numeracy and Maths

Our focus this week was on ‘number before’ – quickly identifying the number before a given number.

Please practise this at home. The given number can be any number in a range within which your child is comfortable.

Core numeracy skills this week included

• writing the numerals 1 – 10 ( and beyond) correctly
• 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 collection beyond 10 with accurate 1-1 correspondence
• recognising numerals
• sequencing a short selection of numerals ( e.g. 5,6,7,8)
• 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.

• adding two collections with the second one screened ( e.g. here are 8 counters, there are 5 more hiding under this pot, how many altogether?)
• sequencing numerals within the range 0-100
• naming the number after a given number (0-30)
• counting backwards from 30, starting and stopping at different points
• investigating which equal groups can be made from a given number ( e.g. can I make 2 equal groups/3 equal groups/4 equal groups/5 equal groups from 12 counters? What about if I have 16 counters, or 18 etc)

# Looking ahead to next week

We have Loose parts learning on Tuesday afternoon.

We will be learning about Chinese New Year.

Please return Learning Story folders as soon as possible after reading our termly overview and targets.

# Other areas of the curriculum

We learned about volcanoes. Key vocabulary was erupt, extinct, lava, magma. rock, molten. Arthur’s seat.

We learned about some important items invented by Scottish people. These included, amongst many, the telephone, television, penicillin, colour photographs, fridges, toasters, pneumatic tyres, contact lenses and the realisation of usefulness of fingerprints.

We discussed how sound is made by vibrations, and we learned how Alexander Graham Bell used his interest in how sounds are made to help him invent the first telephone. We looked at the vibrations of a violin string.

We identified where Scotland is on a map of the world and also looked on a map of Scotland to find the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness.

We have been learning about some famous Scottish Artists including Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Steven Brown and John Byrne. We have enjoyed creating our own artworks inspired by these artists.

In PE we have learned some more Scottish Country dance steps and we are almost able to dance the ‘Flying Scotsman’ in sets .

Mrs Ross came to talk to us about ways people can be the same or different.

# This week’s homework and other information

Something to focus on……

p

#### Many of our learners recognise the letters/sounds when they see them written down, but find it much harder to recall and write the letter shape for the sound they hear. e.g they can tell me that mop is m – o – p but cannot then write it down – instead saying ‘what does m look like again ?‘ Please help to consolidate your child’s ability to recall the grapheme needed for the sound they can hear.

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.