In Early Years we looked at different body types, skin colour and abilities; we tried to remember that our bodies might look different on the outside but they all look the same on the inside. Each learner made an 'I am special' book and gave themselves a compliment, such as: I love my hair because it's shiny. We also started each day with a positive body affirmation such as: I am special, My body is right for me and I am healthy and strong.
This week we have been learning about Europe: United Kingdom's animals. We used non-fiction books and video clips to extend our knowledge of animals in Europe such as the hedgehog, badger, puffin and red squirrel. We had fun observing and exploring animals around the world in our Tuff Spot tray, using a magnifying glass and books. In arts and crafts we enjoyed making hedgehog, badger masks, a squirrel collage, and colouring and painting animals from around the world.
This week in phonics, we continued recapping Phase 1, Aspects 1-7. We also continued practising body sounds, letters and sounds in groups. We have been working hard on our initial sounds and blending three letter words through various games and activities. We enjoyed mark- making with salt and glitter to practise writing our names.
In maths we continued to develop our counting skills and number recognition through cooperative learning structure games such as: show down, corners and line up. We are also learning to sequence numbers; we made ladybirds and caterpillars by sequencing numbers.
The traditional tale for this week was Little Red Riding Hood. The learners enjoyed making food for grandma, fighting off the big bad wolf and writing Get Well Soon cards to Grandma. In the art area this week, they weaved baskets and used different junk materials to build new and stronger baskets for Little Red Riding Hood.
All learners started off the week by recapping on halving numbers. They are all becoming so confident! Thanks to the game What's the time Mr Wolf we started to introduce time. The learners explored the clock and learnt the different parts, such as: face and hands. Next week we will continue to learn about time and setting the clock to
O 'clock hours.
In phonics this week...
Ms. Vijaya's group covered the trigraph sound ure and used it to segment words. They also practised writing sentences using tricky words and stretching these sentences to make them longer.
Ms. Helen's group looked at the sounds oa and igh. They recognised these sounds in both reading and writing words. They also covered the tricky words you and they.
Ms. Niumai's group have been recapping all their tricky words and writing sentences using these words. They have also been blending, segmenting and reading sentences with more confidence.