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Headteacher: Mrs Anna Moss

0121 445 1622

Friday Fanfare 21

Hello Red Class,

We enjoyed another lovely day at Forest School today. The sun was shining as we used our photo key to find animals in the forest. Every week we look for risks and changes in the forest and think about how to keep safe. We chant, “Look high. Look low. Look everywhere you go.” This chant helped us to find the animals quickly.

In Phonics, we’ve been reading and spelling 4 letter words beginning with 2 consonants e.g. stop, swim, crab. We’ve focused on the second sound in each word because sometimes this sound can get lost i.e. ‘stop’ turns into ‘sop’. In Literacy sessions, we’ve been thinking about the difference between letters and words so that we can use finger spaces correctly. We’ve also thought about how to use capital letters for the start of a sentence and for names. Sharing was the focus in Maths. Try sharing at home. For example, you could share buttons between yourself and a grown up. Remember to share the buttons one by one and check each person has the same amount. Also, see if you can teach your grown ups our ‘Chip the Chopper’ song. This song will help you to practise halving. Remember to use your fingers to help.

 My name is Chip, Chip, Chip, Chip the Chopper.

And I like to chop numbers in half.

My name is Chip, Chip, Chip, Chip the Chopper.

And I like to chop numbers in half.

Like…10…chop…5!

 Thank you to those families who attended today’s handwriting ‘drop in’. Below is a brief outline of handwriting sessions across the week:

Monday: Write Dance session including a dance to develop gross motor skills.

Tuesday: Write Dance session including picture and pattern work to develop fine motor skills.

Wednesday-Friday: Letter formation work. We learn how to form a letter correctly and apply it within words and sentences.

We introduce a ‘family’ of letters every couple of weeks. Each family begins with the same action. For example, the curly caterpillar letters start with a round and back action (c,o,a,d,g,q).

When we introduce a new letter, we ask the children to tell us what the letter looks like. Perhaps the letter looks like a superhero with a cape, a jungle animal or a roller coaster. This encourages the children to look closely at the letter shape and it helps to provide a story for the letter. For example, when learning how to write letter ‘m’ one child commented that the ‘m’ looked like mountains so we pretended that Martin the Martian was visiting from space and he wanted to climb the mountains. Drawing little stick people (Mrs Webb’s art ability shining through) climbing over the letter really engaged the children.

When practising at home, use the step by step guide in the handwriting book to show your child how to form the letter correctly then practise in different ways:

-Rainbow writing with felt tips (tracing over the same letter with different coloured pens).

-Write in a tray of shaving foam, sand, flour, sprinkles, paint.

-Use cotton buds or fingers, dipped in paint, to print over the letter.

-Chalk on the patio.

-Make marks and form letters in play dough.

-Use the handwriting book.

The most important message is to have fun. The children are already making progress with their writing. Every day I receive letters, cards, lists and messages because the children are motivated to write and to apply their new skills. During focus group work this week I’ve been very impressed with their word and sentence work. Mrs Moss was also very pleased too. Keep up the good work Red Class!

Finally, you will find your child’s report in their book bag tonight. I look forward to seeing my last few families next week. Your reports will follow the consultation.

Have a lovely weekend my little stars. I’m looking forward to Sunday!

Mrs Webb, Mrs Allen, Mrs Winterbourn, Mrs Roberts and Mrs Franklin