Welcome to Willow Class! We are a kind, caring and happy class who love to explore our indoor and outdoor areas – there is always something exciting to do!
Our curriculum offers children a wide range of opportunities and first hand experiences to help them to be independent thinkers and encourage them to try new things and enjoy a new challenge. Our learning is child centered and follows the interests of the children alongside a carefully planned progression of skills. We embed the ‘Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning’ – playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically across both our indoor and outdoor areas.
In Willow Class we like to use our Gem Powers to help us learn. We use:
NEW - Videos can be found below to help with pronunciation of phonemes.
This term in phonics the children will be learning the following phonemes and matching graphemes. They will also be learning to read the following common exception words (words that are tricky and just need to be known!) -
W/b 7th Nov - j, v, w, x / me
W/b 14th Nov - y, z, zz, qu / be, we
W/b 21st Nov - ch, sh, th, ng / he, she
W/b 28th Nov - ai, ee, igh, oa / was, you
W/b 5th Dec - oo, ar, or, ur / they, all
W/b 12th Dec - ow, oi, ear, air / are, my
We will match the phoneme (sound) and grapheme (written letter/s), recognise them and write them ourselves using the correct formation. We will also blend to read words and segment to write words containing these phonemes. We will also learn to recognise our common exception words on sight.
Games to help practise your phonics:
Choose the sounds and pop them!
Blend to read. What object is missing?
Blend to read (choose Phase 2 or Phase 3 sounds)
To begin the term in maths we will be getting to know the children. We will be looking at their counting, ordering and comparing skills. Later on in the term we will investigating matching, sorting, comparing amounts, comparing size, mass and capacity, as well as making simple patterns.
Some useful websites and games to support learning:
Reading at home:
• Establish a regular time and place for daily reading, such as before bed or first thing in a morning.
• Keep a variety of reading materials available (picture books, fiction, non-fiction, atlases, dictionaries, magazines, newspapers, join the library and visit regularly).
• Share your own experiences of books (eg. talking about favourite book) and read yourself – children will want to follow your example!
• Lots of talk! Ask questions encouraging children to think and make predictions about what they are reading.
• Involve children in reading for specific uses as well as pleasure (eg. shopping list).
Home reading books:
Your child will bring home a decodable book and a library book to read at home every week. Read their decodable book at least 3 times - by decoding, with fluency and then with prosody (expression). Encourage your child to sound out and blend on their own and to spot any common exception words (see phonics section above)
Go read / Boom Reader:
We use an online app called 'Go Read' (recently renames 'Boom Reader' to record your child's reading at home and at school. Please comment on 'Go Read' when you hear your child read their book. Comments from parents are a good way to let us know how your child is getting on with reading at home. Here are some suggestions of what you could comment on:
Did they enjoy the book?
Are they using their phonics to help them decode unfamiliar words?
Are they recognising any common exception words?
Do they recognise their mistakes and self-correct?
Do they recognise any common exception words?
Are they reading with expression?
Something new to read...
Want some new books to read with your child? Follow this link to the Book Trust website and explore...
Some other things to keep you busy...
30 day Lego challenge – google it to find ideas!
Fun fine motor skills https://theimaginationtree.com/40-fine-motor-skills-activities-for-kids
See below for 'being active' ideas.
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