Sunday, January 11, 2009

Where have you been?

Hi there everyone!

The children had a great time at the pantomime on Friday. Many thanks to you for your generous contributions to make such events possible. The children begin their topic on JOURNEYS this week.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World
To observe, find out about and identify features in the place they live and the natural world

Well, as we all went on a journey on Friday to the Pantomime, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to use this to help the children plan their own journey. They will be using the digital photographs taken to sequence the events of the journey and then using the small world table, to re-enact a journey they have taken.

The children will be also making model rockets in the coming weeks. So…yes, it’s time to clutter up your kitchen again with boxes and yoghurt pots for our model making. Cheers!

By the end of the week, the children:
MUST be able to recognise the sound and name for h and b
SHOULD be able to recognise the sound and name for f, ff l, ll and ss
COULD be able to use the letters they have learned to segment and blend words when reading and writing.

Here are some websites to have a go at. - this is a great website. Perhaps make sure that your child focuses on the letters that they are working on for the week. - this game is great for helping your child to blend sounds together. You can select the pattern (choose those with the letters we have been working on) and then the children have to read the word and click on the tick if it is a real word. - This again is a great website for blending three letter words together. - This helps the children see how three letter words are made up of a consonant, a vowel and then a consonant. - If your child is experiencing difficulties listening to the middle sound then this is a great game for them. - a great site for blending again. Look at the picture in the machine and click on the correct word to match it. this is a great site for supporting the blending of the letters learned so far. The children are familiar with using sound buttons in class.

Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
This is the second week of our three week block on shape. As time ran away with us last week due to it being a short week, we shall be consolidating the children’s knowledge of 2D shapes and their properties before moving on to 3D shape. If your child already knows the 2d shapes then please concentrate on the language used to describe the shapes.

By the end of this week, the children:
MUST be able to select the correct 2D shape from a given set;
SHOULD be able to sort all the 2D shapes using own criteria;
COULD be able to name similarities and differences between the properties of any 2D shape, using correct mathematical vocabulary

Here are some good websites also. - the children review their recognition of 2d shapes and then look for them in pictures. The children also get the opportunity to create their own shape picture on the computer. - a good website for seeing how models are make up of 3D shapes. - a great website. The children must catch the given shape but no others. - shape sorting activity according to properties. - a good website to help the children match, find, build and discover the properties of the 2D shapes. - the children can copy shape pictures by clicking and dragging them. They can then go on to create their own. - parts of a shape are shown and the children have to guess the shape. - this is a fantastic game to help the children develop their visual memory techniques. the children have to guess the shape as it is revealed. They can chose to use 2d or 3d shapes. - 3D shape matching game. - a good website. The children have to identify the shape that is partially hidden in sand and then click on the correct labelled picture. - identifying 2D and 3D shapes. - guess the 3D shape. -by clicking on the shapes label you will be able to make patterns with 2D shapes. If you also click on the space row under 3D and 2D shapes you will have to sort different shapes according to the given criteria.

Alternatively, you could go on a shape walk around the house or local area and see what shapes you can find.

Physical Development
The children will be using the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ to develop their understanding of the use of movement to depict a story. They will listen to the patterned language and create movements to support the retelling of this amazing book.

Fine motor skills
The development of the children’s fine motor skills are paramount at this stage as their phonic skills are developing rapidly and, in some cases, their ability to record their understanding is becoming difficult due to poor fine motor skills. Please could we ask that you do complete your child’s handwriting homework with them each week and return it on a Friday to be prepared for the following Monday. In addition to this, you could do the following things at home to promote the development of the fine motor skills:

Doing buttons and trying to beat their time on each go.
Colouring – this is one of the best ways of support the skills for writing. Make sure that the side of your child’s hand is on the table at all times to maximise control.

Playdough. Aagh!! I hear some of you call as it does get stuck in the carpet. However a good solution to this is to use a large tray to work on rather than the plastic mats.
Baking – this one is a real winner as you get to enjoy the final product!

And finally…
Please could we remind everyone about being in school on time. In order to get a prompt start to the day, get the registers done and then get into assembly on time, the children need to be sorted and on the carpet by 8.50 at the latest. Your support in this would be really appreciated. Thanks.

Have a fantastic week everyone!
Take care

Jayne Narraway and the Foundation Stage Team x

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