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21st September 2019

We have had a fantastic week it has been so lovely to have sunny weather. The children seem to really understand all the routines and they are transitioning so well from reception.

Maths: We have continued with Singapore maths and the children are impressing me with how well they are using the equipment to show their working. We have been comparing numbers and using the language of more than, greater than, less than, fewer than, equals to and the same as. The children found some of the language tricky so if you could practice this at home it would be very helpful. We have continued working on one more and one less than a number to 10.

English: This week, after sharing a PowerPoint and book on ‘Mrs Pirate’ the children wrote their own lists of items Mrs pirate might buy. They had some great ideas and were amazing at rhyming, for example they thought she might buy a ‘Jolly Roger flag and a new shopping bag!’ We have finished all the long ladder letters in handwriting; i, l, t, j, u and y and have started writing the caterpillar letters beginning with c,a and o.

I have heard all the children read individually and assessed their reading. I am really pleased with their progress so far.

In phonics, we have re-caped some of the phase 3 sounds and have looked at words which contain these sounds. The children are brilliant at recalling the sounds when they see them written in isolation, however, when reading they often don’t see the sound as two letters one sound and will sound every letter in the word. For example, for shark they might sound out s-h-a-r-k rather than sh-ar-k. Please help when they are reading to point out the two letters one sound or even with air three letters one sound!

Science: We have started sending home the science bag and shared their first experiment that had been written up. We had a visit from Mrs Marley-Foster and her rabbits, they had grown so much from when they visited the class in reception. We have looked at the oak tree and will monitor changes across the year. We planted bulbs which we hope will grow and flower in the spring. We set up out door thermometers so we can monitor the temperature and weather trends across the year.

Please remember any issue, concerns or worries however big, small and seemingly insignificant please come and talk to me.

Have a great weekend. Enjoy the sunshine.

Sara Welsh

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