23rd - 27th May 2022

Highlights of the week:     

Phonics:

  • We have learnt the letter -y as code for /ee/ as in happy. We have learnt that this letter as code for /ee/ never comes at the beginning of a word. We have also learnt x as code for /ks/ as in box and fox.
  • We have then had a go at forming our letters correctly. We have been working on our pencil grip using our ‘froggy legs’ and trying to form the letters correctly using the word patters/rhymes to support us.
  • The children are working hard towards our end of year expectations for reading and writing. We have been working particularly hard at remembering to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops when writing sentences.

For your information we have attached the end of year Early Learning Goals. These set out what a child is expected to have achieved by the end of the year.

Early Learning Goal - Reading:

  • Say a sound for each letter in the alphabet and at least 10 digraphs.
  • Read words consistent with their phonic knowledge by sound-blending.
  • Read aloud simple sentences and books that are consistent with their phonic knowledge, including some common exception words.


Early Learning Goal - Writing:

  • Write recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed.
  • Spell words by identifying sounds in them and representing the sounds with a letter or letters.
  • Write simple phrases and sentences that can be read by others.

Phonics Top Tip:

  • We teach children to never sound out the ‘end e’ in words. This is because many words in the English language end with the letter ‘e’ but often it does not require decoding with its own ‘sound’. There are some exceptions to this rule and the children will learn these as they move through the school.

Maths:

  • This week in maths we have been learning about doubling. We have explored this in lots of different ways including doubling dice games with our friends and making double numicon butterflies. We have also had a go at recording some of our double facts using pictorial representations.
  • We have continued working on our mental recall of number bonds to 5 as this is a key part of the end of year expectations in maths.

The children are working hard towards our end of year expectations for mathematics. For your information we have attached the end of year Early Learning Goals. These set out what a child is expected to have achieved by the end of the year.

Early Learning Goal - Number:

  • Have a deep understanding of numbers to 10, including the composition of each number.
  • Subitise (recognise quantities without counting) up to 5.
  • Automatically recall (without reference to rhymes, counting or other aids) number bonds up to 5 (including subtraction facts) and some number bonds to 10, including double facts


Early Learning Goal - Numerical Patterns:

  • Verbally count beyond 20, recognising the pattern of the counting system.
  • Compare quantities up to 10 in different contexts, recognising when one quantity is greater than, less than or the same as the other quantity.
  • Explore and represent patterns within numbers up to 10, including evens and odds, double facts and how quantities can be distributed equally.

Core text:

  • This week we have been exploring non-fiction books linked to plants, growth and minibeasts. We have looked closely at the different features of a non-fiction text and enjoyed talking about the new information we have learnt.

Topic:

  • We have continued to talk about the concept of ‘responsibility’ in a range of contexts. We have focused on our responsibilities towards the environment and living things.
  • We have been working towards our sunflower challenge and becoming sunflower experts. We have studied seed packets and looked at the information on them including the months of the year and how the colour coding shows you when to ‘sow’ the seeds. We have planted giant sunflowers and the children are very excited that they can grow up to 4m tall. We have talked about the responsibilities we have towards the plant and helping it grow. After half term we will start to explore the concept of change in more detail.
  • Whilst talking about our local environment we have been exploring our school grounds and the children have been very excited to find out all about the minibeasts that live around our school. Following on from this interest we have started to talk about habitats.

Music:

  • Following on from the children’s interest in minibeasts we have started to learn some minibeast songs. We look forward to performing these to you next half term! Dates to follow shortly.

Jubilee Day:

  • We are really excited about celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in school. Look out on Tapestry for our updates about our day.

Home learning ideas:

  • To support your child in reaching the end of year expectation in comprehension, enjoy reading and talking about books together. Reading comprehension is about the children being able to talk about what has been read to them.
  • This is the Early Learning Goal for comprehension which sets out what a child is expected to have achieved by the end of the year.


Early Learning Goal - Comprehension:

  • Demonstrate understanding of what has been read to them by retelling stories and narratives using their own words and recently introduced vocabulary.
  • Anticipate (where appropriate) key events in stories.
  • Use and understand recently introduced vocabulary during discussions about stories, nonfiction, rhymes and poems and during role play.
  • How many levels can you complete on Numbots?
  • 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.
  • Remember you can complete the reading challenge and collect a prize from the prize box every time you read 10 times.
  • Can you listen to some of the number bond songs and recall all of the numbers bonds to 5.