Hello! Thank you so much for all of the postcards you have sent us using the Evidence Me app. It has been lovely to see what children have been doing at home.
We have had a marvellous week in Class 1. Children have been learning all about friendship with lots of different activities. Odd Socks Day engaged children to review and explore our recognition and celebration of difference. After several weeks learning about Diwali some children chose to make Diwali celebration cards for friends. Our Elli animal this week is the cat who shows great curiosity and asks lots of questions. We have been sharing photos of pet cats and looking at big cat on Cbeebies too. Have a look at some of the wonderful cat paintings in the photo.
This week we are moving on to look at a new ELLI animal, the bee. We will be using the picture book ‘Bee and Me’ by Alison Jay to talk and discuss what is happening in the story, exploring lots of new vocabulary. The ELLI animal Bee helps us learn in collaboration with others. You could ask your children at home how they might work as a team both in school and at home. We will be making some busy bees this week using lots of fingerprints to create a swarm of wonderful busy bees.
This weeks learning
The full plans can be found on the class 3 blog for anyone quarantining at home:
We will continue our learning about being different and belonging by looking at what is the same and different about people in families. We will also continue our daily wellbeing activities.
Communication and Language
We continue to support development in this area by talking to the children about what they are doing, encouraging them to listen and to take turns in conversation. When watching something or reading stories we will ask questions to check that the children are actively listening and understand what is happening in the program or story. Using this week’s Elli Story ‘Bee and Me’ we will develop our own narrative to a story.
We will play games like I Spy, silly sentences ( where all the words begin with the same sound) and robot talking t( breaking the words down into individual phonemes eg r…e…d… instead of red ) to encourage your child to listen to the phonemes in words.
This week we will be exploring different ways of moving and using vocabulary to describe what we are doing.
This week we will use the story ‘Bee and Me’ by Alison Jay to talk about the Elli Bee and how it can help us to develop our team-working skills to help us learn from each other.
This week we will be recapping all the phonemes that we learnt so far and learning the new phonemes j, v, w
We will use these phonemes to blend (read) and segment (spell) CVC words
We will also be learning the ‘Tricky’ words we, me and be, that cannot be blended but need to be learnt by sight.
This week we will continue to read in small groups and 1:1 and continue to allocate them a home reading book from our online reading scheme. Please continue to talk to your children about their reading book, what do you think will happen in this story? Talk about the characters e.g. who do you think Tim is? How do you think Tim feels about that?
This week we are having a daily focus on numbers 6 – 10.
We will learn what the numeral looks like and how we can represent it in different ways, writing, mark making and physically with our fingers. Looking for the number in the environment and ways it is relevant to our lives. Eg house numbers, ages, we have 1 nose, etc. The children will have the opportunity to record some of these numbers in their own way – mathematical graphics.
We will continue to look for solid shapes in the environment. and use junk, bricks, lego and other construction sets, to encourage the children to build models and talk about the shapes that they have used.
Our observation challenge this week is to send a photo and observation of a model that the children have made using 3D shapes. Please ask the children to tell you about the shapes that they have used and record it in the notes using their own words.
Understanding the World
This week we will be learning some facts about bees. Finding out about how they play a vital role in our world.
We will be reading books about the Christian Nativity story and thinking about why it is so important for Christians as we continue to learn some special Christmas songs – outside.
This week we will be learning about the teamwork Bee and how it helps us learn through team-work. We will be making swarms of busy bees using our fingerprints. We will also be learning our Nativity songs from ‘Shine Star Shine.’