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All Dressed Up!

Hello everyone,

Thank you so much for helping with the patterned clothing - the children looked great. We had a lovely day focussing on pattern, tesselation and symmetry in various activities including potato printing and threading beads!

Throughout the week we discussed and recorded all the information we already know about clothes. Next week we will use the story of The Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson to focus on patterned clothing and design. Each week we will take a different part of the story and provide a stimulus for the children's learning. Next week the giant's tie will lead us forward! If you have the story at home I'm sure your child will enjoy sharing it with you.

In English we will begin our 3 week cycle on story writing using the same story as a stimulus for writing. 

In maths we will be focussing on calculation and problem solving. We will be thinking about ways of recording our investigations and working systematically. We will also be working with an adult, looking at multiplication, through repeated addition and arrays.

Next week we will be putting together the home learning grid for this unit - the learning that went on at home with the last unit was fantastic and the children were so proud to share what they'd learnt in school. Again, a big thank you for your commitment and for supporting your child with this.

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Comment 1 Comment by Miss Fisher on 17 Nov 13 at 4:04pm | Quote this comment
Hello,

Many thanks for your comment!
The sound patterns come from the 'letters and sounds' programme, which we use to support our planning for phonics. Each phase in the programme details different sound patterns for children to learn.
The number of combinations really depends on how many are covered throughout the week. If the children find a particular pattern tricky, we may focus on that for a couple of days. This could result in only a couple of patterns in the spelling list that week. I tend to ask the children which pattern they have found most difficult and include a larger proportion of those words within the list.
With regards to the difficulty each week, unfortunately there are some patterns that are particularly tricky and some that come more easily to the children. As a team we celebrate consistency and/or improvement, not just getting 10/10 each week.

I hope this answers your questions. You are always welcome to come and see me if you have any queries.

Many thanks,

Miss Fisher

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