Here is a resource that might help you and your children at home with cursive letter formation. Please note that the rhymes are NOT the rhymes we use in school (as we follow the read write inc programme) but watching and practicing the way the pencil forms the letters might be useful :)
There were some problems accessing the last powerpoint document posted on the blog so I have included it as an embedded document and one you can download, they are both exactly the same.
This is a fantastic guide which includes so many lovely ideas to continue your child's learning at home. It might look quite daunting if you read the whole thing in one go, so if you don't have much time just scroll straight to page 33. Here are some great maths ideas which are so valuable but are so simple and cheap to do at home. See if you can give them a go!
The children have been telling me that they have been looking into the sky at night at the stars and finding Orion and other constellations we learned about when we went in the Space Dome last week.
Miss Vaughan told the children that if they look very closely this week (the best time would be early in the morning) they might even see some planets- 5 in fact! So watch out you might have some eager planet spotting children on your hands!
We had lots of fun during science day today. We went into the space dome in the morning; we had to crawl through the entrance, along the tunnel and then we got to the large, dark dome. We saw lots of stars projected onto the side of the dome and learnt some of the stories about the constellations. We also watched a light show about the solar system and shared our space knowledge with the space dome adults! They were very impressed.
In the afternoon we learnt about astronaut's space suits and Miss Vaughan set us a challenge to see which material would be best to make a space suit out of. To do this we tested which materials were waterproof. We squirted water onto the material which was over a glass with a toy inside. After we had squirted the water we felt whether the toy had got wet. We predicted before we tested and we recorded our results after. We were all in agreement that the plastic sheeting was waterproof and that is what we should use that to make our spacesuit. The suit is still under construction, await family assembly to see the finished product!
Other areas of the classroom were busy too with independent activities going on we had rocket making, rocket pack making, moon sand, name the alien table and counting planets and stars.
Sounds, Pictures and Cursive Letters
Each child will have a copy of these as a sound sheet to bring home over the Christmas holidays. The pictures are the same pictures we have been using alongside learning each sound. We encourage children to read all fonts but the letters on your child’s sheet are written cursively because that is how we are currently learning to write.
Here is what our class elf has challenged us with so far, some are a little cryptic...
Santa has sent me here to bring you some Christmas cheer.
I’ll be watching over you and keeping note too.
Remember to be your best so I can put my magic to the test.
P.S. Every day I’ll leave you a new Christmas cheer mission to complete
Christmas Cheer Mission Tuesday 1st
I need a name and it must come from the heart.
Pick something special and my magic will start.
Christmas Cheer Mission Wednesday 2nd
Your clay work is looks amazing… but it’s waiting for a good old painting!
Can you give yours a bit of colour? I think they will make a fantastic present for your mummys and daddys and look fantastic hanging in your home.
By the way I think 'Blackwell' suits me just fine :)
Christmas Cheer Mission Thursday 3rd
Make a robin with your hand and create a Christmas card that’s grand!
Use your handprint for the body and dab a bit of glitter on his breast. Give it to your mums and dads for Christmas they’ll think it’s the best.
Christmas Cheer Mission Friday 4th
Move around lots of Christmas activities today and get busy but don’t get too dizzy!
(Christmas craft day)
Christmas Cheer Mission Monday 7th
Pose for a photo to go on a calendar with a smile. We’ll learn about brushing them too in a while.
Our trip to the theatre was truly enjoyed by all. Lots of singing, dancing, shouting and laughs! See ILD for some video clips.
Half Term Practice
Here is a fun game that encourages children to read sounds and blend them together, you might like to give it a try over the break :) some of the sounds haven't been covered yet (see above) so please bear that in mind.
Teaching set one sounds-