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Term 3  January 2020

Welcome back after the Winter break. This term we will be focusing on the theme of ‘How the World Works.’ We will be visiting Domino’s to make pizza – hopefully this will happen without any more hiccups! The walk to Domino’s is long, but very interesting. We will see other schools, woodlands, shops, cafes and restaurants on our way, and hopefully have more conversations like the one where we discussed why there were no dinosaurs in Mangravet Woods.

We have postponed Forest School due to the high winds, and also maintenance work in our woodlands site. We will recommence our sessions as soon as possible.

This term, we have continued with Phonics Phase Three. Phase Three introduces more digraphs (two letters that make one sound), and some trigraphs (three letters that make one sound). We will also be learning new tricky words: he  she  we  me  be  you  was  they  all  are  her  my.

The phonemes and tricky words will be taught as follows:

Week commencing: 20th January sh ch th ng   she  he

Week commencing: 27th January ai ee igh oa   we me be

Week commencing: 13th January oo oo ar or    was  my

Week commencing: 3rd February  ow oi ear    you they

Week commencing: 10th February air ure er      her  all

 

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Our other main focus from now will be on Handwriting. We follow the Penpals scheme that separates the letters of the alphabet into four types: Curly Caterpillar Letters, Long Ladder Letters, One-Armed Robot Letters, and Zig-Zag Monster Letters. The different letter types follow rules that help with children’s progression through the school when they will begin to use joined (cursive) handwriting.   You can find advice by Googling ‘Penpals handwriting letter types’. The two main rules that we promote are:

  1.  Start at the top – or ‘in the air’. There are no letters that start near the line.
  2. Curly Caterpillar letters are made using an anti-clockwise movement.

If you would like any information, please ask me.

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Term 2 November 2019

Welcome back after a well-earned break. This term, we will begin to learn Phase 2 phonemes (sounds). The order in which we learn them is:

  • Set 1: s, a, t, p.
  • Set 2: i, n, m, d.
  • Set 3: g, o, c, k.
  • Set 4: ck, e, u, r.
  • Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss.

In addition to these letters and sounds (graphemes and phonemes), and words that can be made using them,  we will be learning ‘Tricky Words’ that are harder to read with the limited sounds that we know. The Tricky Words that we will learn this term are: I, no, go, into , to and the.

We will be using Jolly Phonics videos and songs to help, and the signs used in ‘Cued Articulation’ to demonstrate where and how the phonemes (sounds) are made in the mouth.

For maths, we will continue to learn numbers skills up to 20 using Number Blocks videos and resources. As well as numbers, we will explore shape, pattern and comparison to help develop mathematical understanding.

 

Term 1 September 2019

I am really pleased to say that everyone in Wallaby Class has settled well after their graduated entrance to full time at school. In Term One, we are following the children’s interests within the All About Me theme. So far, we have learned about the children’s pets, and would love any photos to be sent in to class to support our discussions and displays.

We have begun Phase One Phonics within the Letters and Sounds scheme, which focuses on the development of listening skills. This scheme is available to view by the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/190599/Letters_and_Sounds_-_DFES-00281-2007.pdf

This year we have begun our maths teaching and learning by using a mixture of number songs and rhymes, and guidance from the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) in conjunction with episodes of Number Blocks. Episodes of Number Blocks are freely available on YouTube.

Wallaby Class has two friends that we intend to send home with all the children: Jasper the travelling Bear and Pippa.

Jasper has already visited some Wallaby Children – please look out for his gold suitcase when it comes your way! Jasper loves to play and have cuddles.

Pippa is new to Wallaby Class and she loves to learn about the world around her. She is particularly keen to learn the languages and customs of the people she meets. Pippa wants to be a pilot when she grows up so she can travel the world.

 

Term 6 2019

I cannot believe it is term 6; where did the time go. In fact, time and change will be at the centre of our inquiry-based learning for the final term with the theme of ‘Where we are in Place and Time’. We will be looking back at our journey through the children’s first year in school, and gradually begin to look at what happens next. We will also explore what else changes through time in the world around us. We have begun the term by watching and learning about butterflies as they emerge from their chrysalises. Later in the term, we will visit the Rare Breeds Centre – please remember to bring in your child’s permission slip and payment.

 

 

This is Gerald from Golding Homes reading a story to Wallabies and Kangaroos.

 

 

We have begun our programme of Phonics, beginning with listening skills and hearing the variety of different sounds in words and all around us. Soon, we will begin to teach the sounds (phonemes) that the letters of the alphabet make. We follow the government designed ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme, and use the ‘Jolly Phonics’ songs and visuals (see the links below).

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/190599/Letters_and_Sounds_-_DFES-00281-2007.pdf

https://www.jollylearning.co.uk/jolly-phonics/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCMvsQho4ZE

Please stop and ask if you have any questions, we are happy help in any way we can.