Class 1 Update, week 5
This week we have begun our phonics sessions and children have responded well to learning initial sounds, with some choosing to practice their letter formation independently. You can help at home by sharing the sounds taught to date (in green word books), recognising letters in the environment and supporting children to practice writing their name using the correct letter formation (please ask if you need more name tracing sheets).
Earlier on in the week we visited St Britius church in preparation for the harvest festival on Thursday. Children enjoyed exploring the church. Tilly told us all about Nancy's christening and we found Jonty's name on the baptism list.
We have begun recognising and ordering numbers. Children have been fishing for numbers in the water tray and trying to catch corresponding numbers of fish. Some children have been counting to 10, some to 20 and some beyond!
On Friday we made ice-cream. Everyone had a turn using the electric hand whisk. We are looking forward to tasting our ice-cream with our Grufflo crumble next week!
Please find attached the phonics letter following the parent workshop session and the letter formation guidance for parents.
Here are links to articulation and pronunciation sites as well as further explanation of synthetic phonics and the Read Write Inc phonics scheme developed by Ruth Miskin.
Web sites to support pronunciation of pure sounds and explain synthetic phonics
This week we have been thinking about patterns; we have been printing patterns in paint, making peg board patterns, threading repeating patterns on bead strings, making shape patterns and today we alternated different fruits to make fruit kebabs. All the children enjoyed eating their kebabs.
It was another wet day at Forest School - but it didn't stop the children from having fun! They made a rope swing, they made LOTS of mud cakes and some went bug hunting. When the rain came down, we went into our shelter and relaxed with a hot chocolate and a biscuit!
Our first cooking activity
Today we had our first cooking activity, I hope the children enjoyed their chocolate chip muffins.