Week Ending 26/11/21
Date: 23rd Nov 2021 @ 9:19pm
Happy Friday! As the cold weather kicks in we expect the children may wish to wrap up nice and warm with gloves, scarves and hats. Please encourage your child to carefully look after these things in school (and label where possible) as they can tend to get lost especially this time of the year.
It's been another busy week learning about 'The Three Little Pigs' as they embark on their journey to build their own homes. We asked the children "if you were going away, what would you pack and why?" The children had brilliant ideas and some great reasons for what they would take with them. We packed a suitcase full of different items and sounded out each word by stretching it (e.g. c-u-p = cup).
This half term in Phonics we are focusing on letter formation. At Tarporley, we use Kinetic Letters as our handwriting scheme. We are now learning the ‘abracadabra family’ which contains the letters c, a, o, d, s and g. This has proved tricky this week as many of the children are still trying to start the letters by going drawing a straight line down first as we did previously with the ‘jumper’ family. If they can draw a clear ‘c’ then the rest are easy so I have uploaded Miss Nicholas' video again with some examples and top tips to help. To support your child's writing at home, please encourage them to start their letters from the right place, hold their pencil correctly and provide lines for them to write on. To continue to develop fine motor skills, playdough is an amazing way to strengthen little fingers. Shonette Bason Wood is the inventor of 'Dough Disco' and provides interactive videos to develop fine motor movements combining our love of playdough and catchy songs! If your child is struggling with forming some of the Abracadabra letters then please take it back to drawing in glitter/sand/flour, using your finger on the floor or even writing on each other's backs and guessing the letter your child has drawn!
In Maths, we have been focussing on comparing quantities of objects using mathematical language such as 'more', 'less', 'fewer', 'greater than' and 'equal to'. We watched the Numberblocks episode 'Blockzilla' to help us with comparing numbers to 5. We found out that Blockzilla always eats the biggest number! This is easy to practice at home and can be used in different contexts e.g. Have I got more or less grapes than you? Can you build me a tower that is greater than mine? If I make a tower that is three blocks tall, can you make a tower that is equal to mine? You can use almost anything as long as the children are continuing to practice using the words highlighted in bold. This will support finding one more or one less than a number. We also continued to practice partitioning numbers 2, 3, 4 and 5 using our fingers. Ask your child "Show me 5 fingers. What different ways can you show me?" A 2 and 3 or a 4 and 1.
On Monday, we continued to practice our Nativity on the stage in the school hall. We are counting down the days until it's show time!
On Tuesday, we packed our own suitcases and wrote a list of items we would take with us if we were going away to build our new house like the Three Little Pigs.
On Wednesday, we looked at the new vocabulary in our book. We then made our own house from different materials we could find in the classroom. Finally we tested our creations to see if they were strong enough to pass the 'huff and puff' of the wolf using a hair dryer.
On Thursday, we discussed what we knew about wolves and described the wolf in the story using adjectives. Miss Nicholas and I took on the role as the wolf and the children asked questions they would like to find out about Mr Wolf. They then made a 'Watch Out' for the wolf poster and drew pictures to label.
On Friday, we took another trip to the library to change our reading for pleasure books. Please ensure this book is in their book bag on a Friday for us to change. We will send an email reminder just in case! We also practised our Nativity songs with the piano and included actions!
Nativity (TWO WEEKS TO GO!)
A date for your diary! The EYFS Nativity will be on Thursday 9th December at 2pm at St Helens church. School provide the costumes and a note was sent home with your child’s role and the base layers we need in school by Friday 3rd December. The children walk down to church for a 2pm start (dressed in costumes) and then we walk back to school to change back into uniform (we need the costumes back for the KS1 performance that evening!) and then they will be dismissed from school at 3:20pm as normal.
Congratulations to our Stars of the Week, George and Mia.
Our mystery reader this week was Grace's Mum. Thank you for coming to share a story with us! Please speak to your child’s class teacher to put a date in the diary if you would like to be mystery reader. We are fully booked for this half term but after Christmas will be splitting into two classes as there has been so much demand!
Have a fantastic weekend!
Miss Nicholas and Miss Selwyn