During Phonics, we played a robot game. I segmented a word, the children listened carefully to the sounds and then we performed the action. Try speaking like a robot at home by segmenting a few action words, for example, j-o-g, h-o-p, c-l-a-p. We also shared the sound, song and story for ‘t’.
Later in the morning, we identified characters from the children’s picture books. We were able to spot Mum, Dad, Chip, Biff, Kipper and Floppy. We played a game of bingo with our learning partner to make sure we could find each character.
In Maths, we listened to a song about dancing flowers and the children really enjoyed performing the song with their friends. They’re growing in confidence, each day, to show me numbers in different ways.
As part of our Write Dance work, the children looked at a picture of a volcano, listened to a piece of music and then performed a volcano dance. The children were fascinated by the volcano and asked lots of questions. Write Dance is a music and mark making programme. The children listen to music, learn a dance and then draw pictures to match each topic. The children learn to draw using both hands at the same time and therefore develop their control and coordination skills.
Today, we shared a picture book called ‘The Haircut’. The children identified each character and I showed them how to tell a story using the pictures. We looked at each character's face and described how they felt at different points in the story. We started to think about why they felt this way. We explained new words and thought about why certain words had been used, for example, why the hair salon was called ‘Snips’. Visit www.oxfordowl.co.uk if you would like to use the e-books at home.
In Phonics, we shared the sound, story and song for ‘p’. On Friday, I will send home the children's phonics books. You will find 4 letter cards in their books. Please think of objects beginning with each sound and ask your child to draw a little picture in their book. Every Friday, I will send home new letter cards.
In Maths, we revisited our dancing flower song but this time we used egg boxes to match the number name to the correct number of objects. We also looked at different arrangements of spots on the whiteboard and the children used their fingers to show me how many spots they could see. This game will help the children to ‘see and say’ the number without having to count. They will also understand that a number can be displayed in many different ways.
Later in the day, Mrs Allen joined us to share a story. Mrs Allen will teach the children on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, for an hour each afternoon, while I complete some very important teacher jobs! J
Well done to all the children walking into the classroom independently. I know some children are walking in from the classroom door and some children are walking in from the main gate. If you’re saying ‘goodbye’ at the classroom door, please try to leave as soon as possible as sometimes it can make the children feel a little wobbly if they can see you through the glass. Don’t worry if they forget part of their morning routine, we will help them to organise their belongings later in the morning. It’s also a good idea to send your child into school with a friend. They often feel very grown up if they can walk down the path with a friend. You can always watch them from the wooden gate.
See you in the morning Red Class.
Mrs Webb, Mrs Reid and Mrs Cain xxx