The children settled back to school relatively well after their 'snow week' the week prior. We amalgamated the previous two weeks learning as much as possible so that the children could complete all of the Science experiments we had planned for the week before. The children finished writing up their experiments in their Science booklets which I know you were all very proud of when you saw them at parents evening. What with squeezing in the Science, the Kidenza trip and mother's day goodies, we had to carry over their Expressive Art & Design and Understanding the World lessons to this week - so no, you are not going crazy; this weeks Literacy is a duplication of last weeks.
It was lovely seeing you all at the parent consultations. I always love sharing your children's successes with you and I am sure you are proud of their achievements to date. Please remember I am always available to talk to about your child, preferably after school. Impromptu meetings here and there are fine, but should you want a more private meeting please make advance arrangements with me or by phoning the office. Thank you
Trip to the Taj on the 22nd. It looks like you lovely parents have managed to pull together enough car space so that we do not need to book a coach. Unfortunatly we now also have to avoid taking the mini bus as it is being used for a forest school session, but so far it looks as though we have enough parents to transport the entire class. Here we now ask you to speak with the parents who have volunteered to drive to ensure that one of them will take your child to and from the restaurant. Please come and speak to us if you are having difficulty arranging this. Many thanks.
This week children will rehearse comparing numbers to 10 and 20 and identifying the largest and smallest set. They will relate this to the numerals. They will also rehearse ordering numbers to 10 and 20 using the pegged number line. They will identify the larger and the smaller of two numbers using position on the line as a guide. Then they move onto using
Phonics and Literacy
This week we begin Phase 4 letters and sounds.
When children start Phase Four of the Letters and Sounds phonics programme, they will know a grapheme for each of the 42 phonemes. They will be able to blend phonemes to read CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words and segment in order to spell them.
Children will also have begun reading straightforward two-syllable words and simple captions, as well as reading and spelling some tricky words.
In Phase 4, no new graphemes are introduced. The main aim of this phase is to consolidate the children's knowledge and to help them learn to read and spell words which have adjacent consonants, such as trap, string and milk.
During Phase 4, the following tricky words (which can't yet be decoded) are introduced:
Writing Focus: As an extension of the children's visit to Benenden School to see Kidenza perform, the children will use their 'Expressive Art & Design' (Music) composition in order to write a 'Recipe for a Musical Feast'. Once the children have composed, performed and recorded their ideas on a graphic score, the children will then put all of this into writing in the style of a recipe.
Expressive Art and Design
Music: children will work in groups this week to compose their own 'recipe for a musical feast'. We will use India as our inspiration, and will engage the children's senses to help inspire their composition. I will bring in a range of Indian spices for the children to smell and in some cases taste, in order to provoke ideas for a spicy musical composition.
Children will then represent their composition as a graphic score. We may even create the score the painting with the very spices that inspired the musical creation.
Understanding the World
Leading up to our trip to the Indian Restaurant we will be looking closely at customs and cultures of other countries. We will look at India closely, but I will give the children the opportunity to tell me which countries they would like to find out a little more about. Children will work on keeping a fact file on each country as the week progresses, including the countries flag, information about the people of that country, the beliefs, the celebrations, the clothing and the food.
Dates for your Diary
Tuesday 20th - School nurse in to Hippos for standard height/weight/eye tests etc
Thursday 22nd March - Class trip to Indian Restaurant
Friday 23rd March - Yr R Cake Sale
Wednesday 28th March - Arts Festival (evening)
Thursday 29th March - Easter Service at St Marys and last day of term
As usual, more information will be sent out closer to each event where necessary