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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.