The children have completed their first full time week, and although tired, are really developing their concentration skills and ability to 'sit, listen and do' for slightly longer periods of time. Well done to the little ones!
We have a straight forward week ahead this week and I am positive the children will be as brilliant as they were last week.
Can you help? I have been trying over the last few months to make the child initiated experiences for the children as 'real' as possible. Part of this has involved changing our plastic toys in the sand pit, mud kitchen and inside role play area for real life resources such as cooking utensils, mixing bowls, pans, fairy cake trays, frying pans etc...all metal or copper (or similar) If you can donate anything to this cause, new or old it would be very much appreciated. My family and I keep an eye on what's available in the charity shops, so if you're passing one, perhaps you could nip in to see if there are any beauties?
Additionally, I am hoping to grow some fruit and vegetables in our outdoor area so we can generate our own produce for the children to stock the mud kitchen and indoor role play aera. This idea is very young, and if there are any parents who might like to help develop this idea with me, I'd be grateful for any help here to. Many thanks!
This week children are learning about the days of the week, reciting the names and beginning to order them. They will use language related to time such as ʻyesterdayʼ, ʻtodayʼ, ʻtomorrowʼ, ʻmorningʼ, afternoonʼ, ʻeveningʼ and ʻnightʼ. They will see oʼclock times in the context of their daily routine. Children will also be introduced to the language of position, playing hide and seek with a teddy bear using key vocabulary such as ʻinʼ, ʻonʼ, ʻoverʼ, ʻunderʼ, ʻbesideʼ, ʻleftʻ and ʻrightʼ.
To support this at home, learn the following song to help the children remember the days in order: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIvQOab00OQ (rest assured we have learnt this with an English accent/pronunciation) We also mix it up a little on Friday and sing 'Star of the Week ' (clap clap)
Additionally, to support children's understanding of positional language, why not ask them to draw you a map of some sort (a treasure map, or map to the get to the park) and ask them to explain how you get to the end point...scribe their directions around the map for them.
Phonics and Literacy
The children have now learnt the sounds: s, a, t, p, i, n, c, k, e, h, r, m and we have started to talk about how we can put some of these sounds together to make words such as 'sat'. Children identified quickly that if we replaced the sound 's' with 'p' we had a new word 'pat'. When we put sounds together to make a word we call it blending and we use our 'phoneme fingers' to show how many sounds there are in each word - so if we were to say the word 'sat' we would say each sound and put up a finger at a time to correspond with each sound...we then repeat and speed up the process so the children can hear the sounds blend together.
This weeks sounds:
d Beat hands up and down as if playing a drum and say d, d, d, d.
g Spiral hand down, as if water going down the drain, and say g, g, g.
o Pretend to turn light switch on and off and say o, o, o, o.
u Pretend to be putting up an umbrella and say u, u, u, u.
Literacy focus: this week the children will have a go at writing captions about themselves and imaginary characters. They will learn to organise the letters they have learnt so far to help them with phonetically plausible attempts.
If you would like to support this at home:
If your child is currently learning to write their name, support their learning by first encouraging correct pencil grip (we refer to the index and middle finger as 'bunny ears') Write their name for them and encourage activities such as tracing over their name; its nice to over-lap different colour crayons to create a rainbow name. Children could trace over their name with glue and sprinkle on glitter. Use 'dot-to-dots' as a guide for your child to start writing their name. If your child cannot grip their pencil yet, do lots of activities with pegs; using the 'bunny ear' fingers on the top of the peg and the thumb at the bottom. Children could then transfer beads from one bowl to another. If your child is writing their name, they could have a go at writing their surname, or they could have a go at writing the names of their favourite toys using the letters and sounds learnt so far in phonics where possible.
Reading: This week we are assessing the children's reading ability in order to group them for guided reading sessions in class. Initially, we aim to split the children in to 8 groups, but over time this will reduce to 5 groups. We will therefore hear every child read each week. Mrs Coleman also regularly assesses the children on a one-to-one basis in order to determine if their home reading books need to increase slightly in difficulty.
Expressive Art & Design
Art: Tied in with Literacy, children will draw and paint pictures of themselves and of their favourite characters from story books. We will use the art work for labelling names and captions.
Music: Children will begin to learn the basics of rhythm and tempo in music, clapping and repeating musical patterns. We will play a range of musical games, and children will learn an new song 'It's my name'
The children will also start work on their Christmas Card design (see newsletter for more info) At some point in October the original design will come home to you for you to see. This is so you can decide if you'd like to place an order of the card when it is printed professionally. The original art work must be returned to school as we send it off to the priniting company.
Dates for your Diary
Friday 20th October (new ammended date) 2pm: Hippos children, along with their Year 6 buddies are treated to a Magic show in the school hall, this is funded by the PTFA and is to celebrate the special bonds already forming between the children.
Friday 20th October: Non school uniform day (donations of chocolate for PTFA Christmas tombola)
Friday 27th October: Last day of term 1.
Thursday 2nd Nov - School Disco (Povisional Date)
Friday 3rd Nov - Non school uniform day (PTFA hook a bag donation)
Tuesday 14th and Thurs 16th Nov - Parents Evening
Saturday 25th Nov - Christmas Bazaar
Tuesday 28th Nov - Flu Vaccination
Tuesday 12th Dec - Dress Rehearsal Yr R, Yr1 and Yr2 Christmas Nativity
Wednesday 13th Dec - Children's Christmas lunch
Thursday 14th Dec - Yr R, Yr1 and Yr2 Christmas Nativity
Friday 15th Dec - Yr R, Yr1 and Yr2 Christmas Nativity
Monday 18th Dec - Whole School to Pantomime, Tonbridge
Tuesday 19th Dec - Yr R, Yr 1 and Yr 2 Christmas Party
Wednesday 20th Dec - Christmas Service at St Marys and last day of term.
Please note: more detail will be sent out closer to each date where relevant.