21st - 25th March 2022

Highlights of the week:

Phonics:

We have learnt the letter group ee as code for /ee/ as in bee. We have also learnt the letter group or as code for /or/ as in fork. You will find this week's core sounds worksheets on your child’s phonics folder. Please look at these with your child and practise the words on them.

Top tips for phonics:

  • When reading short words, blend with the ‘short’ vowel sound first. If the word does not sound like a real word, try the ‘long’ vowel sound. For example, cat, table, pen, me.
  • When reading words with an ‘e’ on the end, for example, some and come, we have been teaching the children not to say ‘e’ sound at the end of the word.
  • When your child is reading sentences, if they sound out each word and they don’t blend the word back together again and continue just sounding out, for example ‘The c-a-t s-a-t o-n the r--u-g’. After they have sounded out a word, get them to go back to the beginning of the sentence and re-read with minimal blending. Repeat this after each word that they have sounded out it will support their understanding and the fluency of their reading. If your child finds this difficult, model doing it for them.

Maths:

This week we have continued exploring capacity. We have read the book ‘A Beach For Albert’ and explored the maths language in it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYxFJZPcxfo

We have had different challenges to find out what containers hold the most and explored how many scoops or cupfuls it takes to fill something up. The children particularly enjoyed the jewellery box challenge where they had to see who could fit the most objects into it before it was full!

Core text:

This week we have been reading The Dot by Peter H Reynolds. We have explored the idea of having Growth Mindset and believing in yourself.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpmNXbkLu6c

Jigsaw:

This week as part of ‘Healthy Me’ we talked about the importance of sleep for our bodies.

Music:

This week in music the children continued our new unit of ‘Our world’. The children began the lesson by listening to ‘Mars from The Planets by Gustav Holst’. They then sang and performed ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ using the glockenspiels and actions.

Library:

Please remember to send in your library books and we will change these as a whole class on a Friday morning.

Home learning ideas:

  • Can you explore capacity at home with your child, could they have a go at filling cups with different amounts.
  • Take some time to look through your child’s new phonics folder with them and pick out some pages to practise. You can record this as part of your child’s reading in their reading journal. You may notice some handwritten flashcards tucked in the front of your child’s phonics folder. These words or letters are ones your child found difficult to read during their 1:1 reading activities. You will not always receive these.
  • Have you downloaded the new White Rose Maths app? If so your child could play some of the games on this to support them with their maths learning.