Below you will find an overview of the stimuli and learning we will be introducing children to in class this week for your information if your child is in school this week or to support you with home-schooling if your child is self-isolating at home. Support is available via your Tapestry app, email@example.com or by telephoning 01562850397.
Book of the Week
'Can't You Sleep Little Bear' by Martin Waddell
This book allows us to continue thinking about the importance of a good bedtime routine to continue developing our knowledge of Space, the Moon and the night's sky. As part of our learning, we will be:
- Enjoying our Mission Control Role Play Area where we can plan for rocket missions to the Moon, coordinate moon walks and undertake scientific experiments.
- Discussing and writing lists of what me might see in the night's sky
- Finding out about the Phases of the Moon
- Learning about the first moon landings back in 1969
- Learning about other sources of light that Big Bear could use to stop Little Bear being scared
- Making our own star constellations from marshmallows and spaghetti
- Making our own lanterns
- Talking about the things that worry us (Little Bear is scared of the dark) and discussing the ways in which we can manage our own feelings and worries, and who is there to help us if we are worried
- Writing our own Big Bear Books, and
- Enjoying space dancing
Outdoors we are going to be having a big focus on fine motor skills this week in order to help children prepare for more formal writing over the next few weeks. We have planned lots of Autumn-themed fine motor activities for your child to chose from outside this week. These activities will help your child develop their fine motor skills, concentration, patience and scientific knowledge and awareness of the changing seasons. These activities include:
- Freeing frozen Autumn items in ice
- Giving hedgehogs peg spikes
- Using tweezers to move conkers into different shapes and orders
- Creating a leaf kebab
- Creating an Autumn Tree using a range of materials (ripping paper, moving bottle tops, scrunching tissue, sorting buttons etc)
- Hole punching Autumn leaves
- Wrapping Autumnal coloured wool around cardboard leaves
- Using hammers to tap golf tees into pumpkins
In Phonics, we have now officially taught all of the Phase 2 sounds! Hurray! The children now know all of the following sounds:
s a t p i n m d g o c k ck e u r h b l ll f ff ss
After Half Term, we will repeat all of these sounds again in Phonics sessions, but with a new focus on Writing them, as we have focused on Reading to this point. For the next two weeks, we will actually be focusing on Reading a small group of the Phase 3 sounds so that the children can read all of the letters of the alphabet by half term as this helps to open up a whole world of words to them. These sounds are slightly more difficult to read, distinguish and recall so children may need a lot of practise with them. This is nothing to worry about. We will be focusing on the following sounds:
j v w x y z zz
We will not be covering the other Phase 3 sounds until we have repeated Phase 2 with a writing focus.
We will also continue our focus on the six Tricky Words of Phase 2:
I no go to the into
From this week, all children will be receiving reading books with words in as the children have now been taught enough sounds to allow these books to be read using blending and segmenting.
We will be using the Jolly Phonics songs, Tricky Words song and Phonics Play games below to help us, all of which can be accessed at home.
In Maths this week, we will be focusing on being able to say the number that is one more or one less than a given number. We will be using our fingers, Maths cubes and number songs to help us practise the skill of one more and one less. Children will be encouraged and supported to find one more/less by adding on or taking off a cube from a tower; putting fingers up or down on their hands and moving backwards and forwards on a number line, with the aim of developing children's abilities to be able to say one more or less without any resources and in their heads. Below are some songs that could help you practise the skill of 'one more' and 'one less' at home.