Happy New Year!
We hope that you had a lovely winter break and that you all had a magical Christmas.
It has been lovely to see the children and hear about all of the lovely things that they did over the break. The children have settled back into school and are looking forward to a busy but exciting term.
This term we have started learning about dinosaurs. The children have already amazed us with some fabulous facts and we are excited to learn more! We have already been thinking about dinosaur facts and new vocabulary such as archaeologist, fossil, decompose and extinct.This week we are reading the story of 'How to Grow a Dinosaur'. We noticed in the book that someone had left a packet of dinosaur seeds. Will we be able to grow our very own dinosaur?
Over the next couple of weeks we will be focusing on doubling and halving. We are going to use our knowledge of addition and subtraction to help us to solve the problems. Maybe you could try some doubling and halving activities at home.
Can you double the cars in the garage?
Can you double the ladybird spots?
Can you double the birthday candles? etc
They children have been working hard using their knowledge of phonics to write words, captions and sentences. We have been thinking about what makes a 'super sentence' and we decided that they need: a capital letter, finger spaces, a full stop and tall and small letters.
At the moment we are focusing on handwriting. It is important that your child uses the correct letter formation when writing. Please practise letter formation with your child at home.
Phase 3 sounds
Set 6: j, v, w, x
Set 7: y, z, zz, qu
Consonant digraphs: ch, sh, th, ng
Vowel digraphs/trigraphs: ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er
Children allocated an afternoon session (12:45pm-3:15pm) will enter via the school office and leave via the classroom doors.
Things to Bring to School
* Gilmour School book bag
* Water bottle
* Gilmour School P.E. Kit in a school P.E. bag, including black pumps
*Gilmour School waterproof trousers and jacket
* Wellington Boots
ALL CLOTHING AND BELONGINGS MUST BE CLEARLY LABELLED
Over the coming weeks we will be having lots of fun getting to know each other and making new friends. The staff will be helping the children to settle into their beautiful new class, we will learn where to hang our coats, put our books bags, where our water bottles go and we will become familiar with our class routines. We will encourage the children to become independent learners, making decisions such as choosing where they would like to play. Sometimes we chose to learn and play in our indoor classroom and sometimes we choose our outdoor classroom. We will be practising putting on our waterproofs and wellington boots all by ourselves. We will enjoy preparing our own snack, making sandwiches, preparing our cereal and cutting up our pancakes.
We kindly ask families to keep encouraging the children to dress independently at home. This will help the children on our Physical Education days when we change into our P.E. kits.
Each day the children will participate in 30 minutes teacher directed phonic activities. Phonics time is great fun! To begin our phonic teaching we will be trying really hard to orally blend simple words such as dog, bin, mat, pin, map and dig. Please practise orally blending words at home. Next, encourage your child to segment the sounds they can hear in simple words, this will help to prepare your child for writing. Your child will bring home an EYFS Reading and Phonics information leaflets, both of these leaflets provide important information about segmenting and blending and supporting your child with their reading and writing.
Maths is Fun
In addition to phonics time each day the children will enjoy 30 minutes of teacher directed maths activities. We teach our number skills through fun and interactive activities. We will initially be revising ordering our numbers to 10. We will then have fun recognising and ordering our numbers to 20. During the first half term we will send home number flash cards, please use the provided flash cards to practise recalling and ordering numbers to 20. Use your flash cards to make up fun and interactive games that all the family can have fun playing. Don't forget lots of counting forwards and backwards. Counting when you are out and about is really useful. Count the conkers and leaves you find on your trip to the park. Count how many seconds it takes to walk up the stairs. Look at door numbers on the way home from school. The list of opportunities is endless.
Things to practise at home:
(Remember to keep the learning fun, writing in unusual places, counting when out and about.)
*Recognising own name
*Writing name independently using the correct Letter formation
*Orally segmenting and blending simple three letter words, b-a-t,
* Counting to 30 forwards and backwards, starting from a variety of points
* Recognising the numbers 1 - 20
* Writing our numbers correctly