This week our focus was Vegetables. We have been learning the names of the vegetables through non-fiction books and video clips. We investigated some real vegetables, felt and smelt them and discussed what our favourite vegetables are. We enjoyed making a vegetable pie by cutting and chopping vegetables. It was so delicious. In our art and craft, we made carrots and used them for vegetable printing.
In phonics we have been playing mix-pair-share using rhyming words. We have also been practising Phase 1 aspect 2' General Sound Discrimination: Instrumental Sounds' through letters and sounds games and activities.
This week in maths we sorted vegetables and fruits. We also focused on counting 1-5, 1-20 using various counters and number songs. We have also been learning about more and less. We enjoyed playing mucky monsters on the Interactive whiteboard.
For the past few weeks we have been learning and exploring all things about SPACE. We learned about the planets, rockets and astronauts. We made a human planet Earth, learnt space songs and enjoyed finding out and exploring how astronauts live in space.
This week during our topic ‘SPACE’ we had fun learning about aliens. We used our wild imagination to create fantastic alien caps and pictures of aliens. To celebrate our learning of space we had fun having an alien party as our Exit Point. We made alien cupcakes, alien cookies, asteroid popcorn and a green coloured alien drink. We enjoyed our party, taking part in many games and activities.
This week in phonics we have been learning the letter sounds 'e' and 'u' and the high frequency words 'and ' & ‘I’. We are starting to segment and blend words in simple sentences. We also read the story Elmer the Elephant and did a patchwork colouring during an ICT session on the computer. We love to play phonic games by segmenting and blending simple phrases on the interactive white board.
Your child will start taking home picture books in their blue book bags from week 2 of LB2. Here are some useful tips that will help when supporting your child on their reading journey. Remember to keep the experience informal, not stressful and comfortable. Ask your child to pick an area in your home that feels quiet and comfortable to them. Maybe you could add blankets and cushions to this area. Reading with your child should be an enjoyable experience for both child and parent.
- First tell them about the author and illustrator of the book. Look at the cover and name of the book- ask questions like; what you think this book might be about? Is there anything in the picture that might give us a clue?
- While exploring the pictures talk about the names of the characters, how they might be feeling and why, what might happen in the next page, how they might feel if something similar happened to them?
- You might like to search for different objects in the pictures starting with different sounds. For example ‘can you find two things in the picture that start with s” (sun and sock). Similarly you could play ‘I spy with my little eye something starting with N” (child might answer nest)
- Once you have finished the story ensure you ask your child questions about the story. Comprehension is very important and often missed. Questions such as; tell us can one character we meet in the story? , Where did the story take place, a city, a house, a forest? , What did x character do that was bad/good in the story, How did x character feel when x happened?
- Please fill in your child’s reading record and ensure to bring their blue book bag to school each day. There books will be changed once they have read with a Learning facilitator three times and the Learning facilitators feels they are ready to take on a new story.
Please remember we are trying to instill a love for reading within the learners so make it fun and as comfortable as possible. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s reading speak directly to either Ms Vijaya or Ms Helen.
Happy reading- watching a young child learn to read is a wonderful thing, enjoy!
We had been learning about measuring different lengths. We took part in a fun activity measuring the wiggly, curvy and straight lines with our footsteps, surprised with our predictions.
We will be leaving school at 8.00am on Wednesday the 31st October.