During numeracy the children have had lots of opportunities to count, in particular we have focused on careful counting. They found out that the best way to count carefully is to move the objects away whilst they count or put them in a line and count from one end to the other. What they definitely decided also was you need you count SLOWLY!
Using the idea of counting out the correct candles on a cake, the children had to use and acquire different skills to complete the birthday decorating.
They had to recognise the numeral, then count out the correct number of candles, THEN check with careful counting!
Later they then got to know where resources are kept in class by using counting card challenges to count just about anything in class such as paperclips, pencils, Duplo, pompoms and glue sticks. Some children even helped Mrs. Fletcher carry out a “stocktake” and counted all the pencils in their pots and labelled them with the numeral!
All week we have used the words, I and Can. In reading we have read books about the different noises animals can make, and stories about the different things the characters in the book can do.
This linked with literacy where children thought of sentences about what THEY could do, which they practised orally at first and then wrote about in their books. They wore stickers throughout the week which said “Ask me what I can do” Which gave them a great opportunity to talk about their many skills!
What talented children there are in children! Some examples of what the children said they could do included, "I can swim underwater", "I can climb a tree", "I can sing", "I can run really fast" to name a few.
This week the children will be introduced to the letters n and m. We will be also teaching them how to blend the sounds and show them the "fingers method" to show blending (pushing sounds together to read them) and segmenting (breaking sounds up in a word to spell).
Please try to work with your child on the sounds we teach in school, they are in their book bags that the children bring home everyday. A little every day at home as well as what is done at school will make a world of difference. As the number of sounds introduced increases it will get harder for children to retain them so a good way to help them is to expose them to these sounds whenever you have a few minutes. Remember also, the children will need to be able to write as well as read the sounds.
Literacy and Topic
The focus words this week are He, She, like and likes. The children will be introduced to the Robinson family and will be reading and writing sentences such as "He is dad. He likes football". Please support your child in learning these words and remember to encourage them to learn to write them as well as read the key words.
During the afternoons, the children will be learning about different houses and safety in the home. During RE the children will reflect on the Creation story, drawing and photographing things God created.
The objectives for this week will be estimating and checking to count, counting objects that can`t be moved and using the language of `more` and `less` to compare quantities.
We will also continue to incorporate number recognition and formation into the activities as we work through the week. Please remember to keep supporting your child in being able to recognise order and write numbers to 10 and then 20.
Have a great weekend!
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