Another great week in Hippos class, well done to the little ones for powering through. We are getting through so much and the children are really developing their independence and resilience.
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 is all about introducing children to addition and subtraction. Children start the week by practising subitising numbers up to 6 using fingers and dots on a dice. They move on to find number pairs to 5 and then to 6, and are shown the addition number sentence that goes with each pair. They are introduced to simple subtractions using their number pairs, and learn to recognise that adding and subtracting are inverse operations.
Support this at home: Play some board games with your children...subitising is the ability to instantly recognise the number of objects in a small group (ie. number of dots on a dice) Your child could even design their own board game.
Phonics & Literacy
The children have now learnt the sounds: s, a, t, p, i, n, c, k, e, h, r, m, d and g 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:
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.
l Pretend to lick a lollipop and say l, l, l, l.
f Let hands gently come together as if toy fish deflating, and say ffffff.
Literacy focus: We are currently working towards writing a narrative. We are going to expand on last week's character work by thinking about a setting for our characters. Children will use segmenting techniques (pulling apart words to hear each sound) and blending techniques (pushing the sounds back together for writing) to write some descriptive words. Children will paint a setting for their characters and place sticky labels with their descriptive words on around the painting.
If you want to support this at home, a 'phoneme frame' is a good way of ensuring children capture all of the sounds they hear in a word. They look like this, one sound per box (as emphasised by the dot underneath):
To use a phoneme frame successfully, children must have a phonics card to support them to remember what the letters they want to use actually look like.
Pencil Grip: if you have noticed that your child is unable to grip a pencil correctly, please practice with your child at home. The children work on strengthening their smaller hand muscles each morning by participating in a range of fine-motor activities. Each activity also reinforces the correct pencil grip, using the index and middle fingers and thumb. We teach pencil grip in class but additional support at home is really productive. This can simply be done by supervising your child whilst they are drawing or colouring in.
Expressive Art & Design
Art: alongside our Literacy learning objective, the children will be painting their own setting for the character they are writing about in their narrative work. We will use the book 'Where the wild things are' as stimulus for this. I will be teaching the children the art of sketching, emphasising how lots of faint, short pencil strokes can create an outline. We will use water colour to paint our settings
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 20th 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.