Monday's Meeting summarised and another busy week in Egypt!

Many thanks to all who came to Monday's meeting. I hope you found it useful. For those of you unable to attend, here is a brief summary of what was covered...

* A typical day: Guided reading - 5 groups, 2 reading with adults and 3 working independently on reading related activities. This works on a rolling programme throughout the week, so all children read twice with an adult each week.

*Literacy/English - working on the current genre and also supporting children with word and sentence level work.


*Letters and Sounds - a daily dose of phonics. Children are grouped across year 1 and 2 ensuring that they are working at the appropriate level in phonics.

*Mathematics - an hour of maths.

After lunch...

*Handwriting - linked to the PenPals handwriting scheme. A 10-minute focus on letter formation and orientation of letters (where they sit on the line)

*IPC/P.E/R.E - children may be working on a range of activities linked to these areas.



*Home time

Reading: The books your child takes home are unread texts. Your child will let you know how much reading they can cope with each night, but a daily read is essential, even if you take the lead and read it to your child, with your child reading a few words here and there. Any concerns with reading, do let me know. Please remember that the reading scheme is a tool to enable your child to access a much wider range of books, so please encourage your child to read books other than Biff and Chip!

The Oxford Owls website is excellent and provides a wide choice of e-books at the level your child is working, plus activities.

Spelling: I check your child's spellings weekly (Thursdays/Fridays). However, if the spelling sheet is not in the bag I can not check their progress so I will be unable to send home any new ones.

IT: A good website for practising keyboard skills - Dance Mat Typing. Lots of noise, crazy animals and certificates...what more could you want!!

General: Please, no toys in school, unless linked to the topic. Book bags don't fit in drawers with the addition of key rings etc. (and children have been known to start their own 'swap shop' with toys and book bag jewellery which inevitably causes problems)

The Blog: I like to use the blog to let you know what we've done and what we're about to do so please keep yourself informed by taking a look regularly. Sunday seem to be the best day for blogging at the moment. 

Finally, any worries and concerns you have, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Either see me directly, or if you prefer, email the office and they'll pass your message on to me. I will get back to you the same day wherever possible.

After that hefty monologue, this bit is a little briefer than usual!

Our poetry unit has now finished and by the end of last week all children were either writing poems individually, in pairs or in groups. Their choice of language was superb and they showed a good understanding of how to organise  a poem. The children have really enjoyed listening to poems, so seize the opportunity to share poems with your child. By next week, I'll have a list of some of the best poetry books for young children which you may find useful.

Next week, our genre changes to fiction writing, with a particular focus on traditional tales. This week is all about immersing ourselves in the genre...listening to lots of familiar (and some less familiar) stories, looking closely at the main events in the story, how the story is organised in terms of the beginning, middle and end and sequencing events in  the stories. At home this would be a good opportunity to read your child traditional tales, for example, The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella...

We are all well into subtraction at the moment - using the language, subtract, minus, take away and less than. Chidren all have the opportunity to work at their own level, some using number lines to jump backwards when subtracting, and others preferring to use counters and other apparatus. It has been great to see so many children using the - and = signs in their work. 

Next week, we stick with subtraction, but our focus changes slightly to finding the difference between 2 numbers (how many more to make...?) e.g. the difference between 8 and 11 is 3. This can be a challenging concept for children so any help at home would be good. By laying out 2 lines of objects representing each number the children can see the difference visually by counting how many more is in 1 line than another.

And finally...tomorrow is an INSET day so don't come to school!

Explorerdome arrives on Friday 12th October and parent consultations are on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th October between 3.50 and 7.00pm. Letters have gone home, please return your appointment sheet as soon as possible so the office staff can begin organinsing appointments.

I hope you've found this useful, please comment and let me know (or if there's anything I've missed!)



Comments that people have made about this blog post

Comment 1 Comment by Janet on 30 Sep 12 at 7:27pm | Quote this comment
Thats very useful, thank you. I found it reassuring to know what to do with self choice books that are a stretch (ie its OK for me to read a bit), that its not the end of the world when Biff & Chip are not the flavour of the week (read something else). And the skeleton day is great to see. Thank you. Janet
Comment 2 Comment by Brendan K on 02 Oct 12 at 7:01pm | Quote this comment
Daryn's been practising like mad!
I think he will do well in whatever you give him!
Comment 3 Comment by Mr Ryan on 03 Oct 12 at 7:23pm | Quote this comment
...Quoting Lindsay W:
Thank you for all the detail in your blog posts - I find that 5 year olds don't make the best messengers so it is nice to have all the pertinent information in one place to refer to :-)

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