Squirrel Class Blog
Wow, we have had a busy first term in Squirrel class! We are so proud of everything the children have achieved already since starting school in September.
In phonics, we have finished teaching Phase 2 and been consolidating this learning to ensure the children are confident reading and writing these letters. They have been segmenting (sounding out) and blending (putting the sounds back together) words with three sounds (CVC words e.g. cat, dog etc.) Alongside this we have been learning “tricky words” which we have to “train our brain” to learn and “key words” which we have sent home to continue practising reading by sight without sounding out.
In Maths we have been learning all about numbers up to 11 and have been watching counting with Rodd to help us learning about our “number of the week” each week. We have also been finding 1 more and 1 less than a given number using objects and number lines. We have been counting forwards and backwards to 20 as a class using silly voices and doing our daily “home time countdown” to end the day! We have also started learning about adding and subtracting, using objects practically and beginning to represent this in different ways including drawing and writing number sentences.
Next term we are getting ready for an exciting “top secret” topic; please ask your children all about it when they start back in January! We continue to be learning using the children’s interests as our starting point to ensure that out curriculum is meeting their needs as well as inspiring and exciting them to be motivated independent learners. We will be starting to learn a new set of sounds in phonics so watch out for phase 3 sound cards coming home. These will include sounds where two letters make one sound, called a digraph, such as “ch” as in “ch-i-n” and “sh” in “sh-i-p”.
In Maths we will looking more at the shape, space and measure aspect of our curriculum by exploring capacity, length, weight and using prepositional language (e.g. on top of, next to and behind.)We will continue to use our amazing outdoor learning spaces to enhance the children’s experiences; such as using the water area and mud kitchen to gain practical experiences of volume and capacity. Please ensure your children continue to keep waterproofs in school after the Christmas break so that we can make the most of the outside area.
Miss Morris and I wish you all a fantastic Christmas break, filled with family fun and magical memories. We look forward to seeing you and hearing all about it in January.