Week 3 of the Summer term was another great week in school. Our writing journals are now well up and running and the children are getting more and more confident each time they use them to write independently. This week Jessica did a particularly great job of writing in her journal and using all the skills she has been learning all year to write sentences. She is able to use the phoneme strip for any sounds she doesn’t know how to write, which is now only the digraphs. She is able to use the sentence hand more accurately to remember some finger spaces and she is able to remember all her words to write the full sentence.
Well done JESSICA for being our Writer of the Week!
In Maths we did lots of learning about time and being able to say what happened when during the day. We started to use the clocks to make some o’clock times. Raya worked particularly hard this week and was able to say the o’clock times with support when she made them on her clock.
Well done RAYA for being our Mathematician of the Week!
It has been another great week in Onyx class this week. Our Mathematician of the week did some great work in his focus group activity with Miss Morris. She was really impressed with his calculation skills and the way he was able to solve the problems she set. The children had to try and find a collection of animals with a given number of legs. Can you see which numbers he was trying to make?
It was too difficult to choose a Writer of the week this week. Everyone did such a fabulous job writing their Mother’s Day cards. We’ve not given them to our mums and carers yet but we will tomorrow and we think they’re going to be really impressed with how good we’ve got at writing! We think you’ll agree- have a look below…
Our Mathematician has been a subtraction whizz this week. She has been using the objects in the classroom to take some away and find out how many are left. She has been working out how to record her ideas using number sentences.
Our Writer has been working really hard to write her full name and has even been practising it at home. Well done! (There is no photo as it is of her name)
We have been doing lots of work to practise recognising and writing our names. It is important we can recognise our names because we need to find our name when we’ve had snack and also if we want to play outside.
It is important that we can write our name in Reception because it means we can make sure that our work and learning gets returned to us.
We made an Hello Book with all the children in it to help us recognise our name and our friends’ names. We had to cut our name into letters and then stick them back in the correct order.
While we were making our book Mateo looked and said, “Who has the longest name?” We decided to find out. This chart helped us to count the letters. Can you see who name is the longest?
We sorted our names into the number of letters to see which one there was the most of.
We’ve also started to write our names on the dinner registration board in a morning. Please help your child to do this without doing it for them. Your child may find it hard at first to copy their name card but practising everyday will help and it will get easier. They may find it easier to trace over where you have written their name to begin with. Concentrate on your child’s first name first before moving onto surnames.
Dinner registration is a great way of making sure that your child gets to practice their name every day. Look at what a fabulous job everybody did on the first day we had to do this!
What have we been learning?
- To recognise our name.
- To copy and then write our name.
- To find out how many letters we have in our name.
- To say which sound our name starts with.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Help your child to recognise their name if they can’t already.
- Help your children to write their name by first tracing, then copying then writing it from memory.
- Count the number of letters in your child’s name and the names of other people in your family. Can they tell the difference between a letter and word?
- Listen for the initial (first) sound in words together.
During our first few days at school we wrote our class charter. Our charter says what we think we should get to do and feel at school. We call these our rights. If we want these things to happen then there are some things we need to do. We call these our responsibilities.
After talking about our rights and responsibilities we recorded our ideas in the floor book.
We decided this is what our class charter should be….
Everyone then had to sign to say they agreed with our charter and that they were going to do their best to make sure they followed their responsibilities. Name writing can be a bit tricky when you’re first starting FS2 but we all tried our best and copied our name card if we needed to.
We’ve put our class charter on the classroom wall so everyone can see it and it will remind them what they agreed to. It means we can show our families as well.
On our first day of school we all made our handprint so we could make a flower altogether. Together we are the best!
Can you remember which colour your handprint was?
What have we been learning?
- about teamwork and working together.
- about the importance of following rules and routines.
What can you do to continue the learning at home?
- talk about other groups you and your child belong to, such as your family.
- talk about the rules and routines in your house and why it is important we follow them.