The children are still bringing in riddles from home and using independent time to write them at school. It is so lovely to see their enthusiasm!
This week we have spent time learning the letter groups ‘er’ and ‘ir’. The children are becoming more familiar with the sounds they have been introduced to and are trying to actively participate when we revise our flashcards as part of our phonics learning. Both classes have had the opportunity to sit down independently with the teachers to work through a past phonics screening paper. We hope that the children get used to the format of the pages so that when it comes to the real thing, it will be treated like just another day to them. We do not mention to the children that they are sitting for the screening. We will continue to do this activity over the course of the next few months.
This week our maths journey began to look at ordering and comparing numbers to 20. We found that some of the children were becoming muddled with the symbols for greater than and less than so we will be setting this week's homework based on this.
We have been concentrating on understanding nouns and verbs this week. This is something that we will continue to work on throughout the year but we were really impressed with how well the children got on.
The children are using the gym equipment and learning how to jump with their feet together, landing with their knees bent and feet together. Using the bench, they have been bunny hopping over the bench, walking along it to support their balancing and then leaving the bench by making a star jump. They have all thoroughly enjoyed having the equipment out and it certainly does make for tired children in the afternoon!
We write this in anticipation of our Chinese day on Friday to celebrate the year of the rabbit.